I moved to Middlebury from Boston in 1992, with my husband, our two children, aged 3 and 6, and two dogs. Everyone had a new job or a new school to attend so it was a big change for all of us. I had worked for many years at Bank of Boston and went to work for its subsidiary, Bank of Vermont. My husband Ted was an elementary school teacher in Shelburne. Our kids went to Mary Hogan and Quarry Hill.
In the 24 years we've lived in Middlebury, I have been very active in public and nonprofit service. Locally, I have chaired the Mary Hogan school board, Chaired the United Way board, was on the first Middlebury Conservation Committee, and was Treasurer of the Middlebury Natural Foods Coop board. I was also Interim Executive Director of the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) and the Addison County Solid Waste Management District.
At the state level, I was Chair of both the Vermont Land Trust and Smart Growth Vermont boards. I'm currently in my 4th year on the Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) and also participate as a board member of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and Vermont Employee Ownership boards.
And I've been involved with the State Legislature on several fronts. In addition to testifying in committees as part of my current job, I have served on two legislative study committees - for Migrant Workers Drivers Licenses and Employee Relocation Tax Credit. Further, last year I was asked by House Speaker Shap Smith to be a member of his Economic Advisory Council.
For the past 7 1/2 years, I have been the Executive Director of the Addison County Economic Development Corporation. In my job, I get to help small businesses grow, succeed, and thrive. It's such a pleasure to work with our local businesses who are working hard to be successful and do well by their employees! We offer lots of services and connections to resources to support our local businesses.
Having had experience in education, the environment, and the economy, I feel that I have a good sense of some of the issues Vermont and Middlebury are facing. I believe it's important for us to work together to find the best solutions. I take a collaborative approach to finding answers. "Us vs. them" is simply not helpful. I am a problem solver who realizes that our issues are complex, not black and white. Therefore, solutions require a thoughtful, deliberative approach where many opinions and ideas are heard.
In my spare time, Ted and I like to canoe, bike, and hike. We also like to travel and to visit our children. As of June, both of our children will be married and we are also expecting our first grandchild!