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2018 Mid-Term Election Cycle Bio of Members General Assembly


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We many retirements announced, Bernie Sanders $1.26 Million with estimate of $7 Million for his re-election bid. Vermont Tax Payers can shift power in the VT Senate, VT House, Lt. Gov., U.S. Congresswoman Anya Tynio vs Peter Welch, vs both New York Natives Bernie Sanders and Lawrence Zupan. They have a major opportunity for Native Independents to bring an End of The Socialist Doctrine Democrats/Progressives Destroying the Affordability of Vermont for all Seniors, Middle Class and the Poor with Carbon Taxes, S.55, S.6, H.422, State Budgets, Fees, Cut backs, School Closing getting rid of high paid educators with serious shrinking student populations all over the State of Vermont.

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2018 Mid-Term Election Cycle Bio of Members General Assembly

  1. 1. Biographical Sketches of Members of the General Assembly 2017-2018 Published by The Vermont General Assembly
  2. 2. MEMBERS OF THE SENATE 2017-2018
  3. 3. 1 Senator Tim Ashe Chittenden District TIM ASHE of Burlington, Chittenden County, was born in Framingham, MA, on December 10, 1976. Tim holds degrees from the University of Vermont (1999) and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (2004). For eight years, Tim developed affordable housing with Cathedral Square. He and his team created or renovated 396 affordable senior apartments with total budgets exceeding $30 million. For the last two years he’s taught college level courses. Tim served on the staff of Congressman Bernie Sanders from 1999–2001. He served two terms on the Burlington City Council, chairing the City’s Community Development and Neighborhood Revitalization Committee. Tim serves on the Board of Directors of Housing Foundation, Inc, and previously served on the Board of Spectrum Youth and Family Services. Member of the Senate: 2009–present. From 2013–2016, Tim chaired the Senate Committee on Finance and served on the Senate Committee on Judiciary, the Joint Fiscal Committee, the Joint Corrections Oversight Committee, and the Emergency Board. He is now the President Pro Tempore. Senator Claire Ayer Addison District CLAIRE D. AYER of Addison, Addison County, Democrat, was raised and educated in the Champlain Valley. Following graduation from Jeanne Mance School of Nursing, she married Alan Ayer. In 1979, they settled in Weybridge where they raised their three children. Ayer is a registered nurse with a degree in environmental studies from Middlebury College. Past service includes: Weybridge School Board (Chair), Middlebury Area Land Trust, Vermont Association of Conservation Districts (President), National Association of Conservation Districts (Executive Board), and Justice of the Peace. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the American Legion Auxiliary. Ayer served as a member of the Electoral College in 2008. During her first two terms in the Vermont Senate, Ayer served on the Senate Committees on Agriculture, Transportation, and Finance, and as Vice Chair of Natural Resources and Energy. She also served on the Judicial Retention and Health Access Oversight committees. She was elected to the UVM Board of Trustees for six years where she served as Chair of the College of Agriculture Board and Chair of the Educational Policy and Institutional Resources Committee. In her third and fourth terms in the Vermont Senate, Ayer was elected to serve as Senate Majority Whip. In 2009, she was appointed Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance and to represent the Senate on the Lake Champlain Basin Committee. Since 2011, Ayer has chaired the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare, served as Majority Whip, and is on the board of the Champlain Valley AHEC. Home Phone: 759-2748. Mailing Address: 1020 Tritown Road, Addison, VT 05491.
  4. 4. 2 REBECCA A. BALINT of Brattleboro, Windham County, Democrat, was born in a US Army hospital in Heidelberg, Germany where her dad was stationed. She was raised predominantly in upstate New York and attended public schools in Peekskill. She received her BA from Smith College in Northampton, MA, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Rebecca earned her master’s in education from Harvard University in 1995 and her MA in history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2001. Her career in education has been spent teaching in public and private schools in New England, as well as at the Community College of Vermont. She first moved to Vermont in 1994 to teach rock climbing at the Farm and Wilderness Foundation in Plymouth and relocated permanently to Vermont in 1997. She went on to direct Saltash Mountain Camp at Farm and Wilderness, a coed wilderness adventure camp for 11–15 year olds. She has served on Brattleboro’s Development Review Board and as an elected town meeting representative from her district in Brattleboro. She writes a popular weekly op-ed column in the Brattleboro Reformer, serves on the workforce committee of the Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS), and is a CTI-trained coach who works with groups and individual clients on fulfilling professional and personal goals. She is also an avid runner. Rebecca lives with her wife, attorney Elizabeth R. Wohl, and their two children, Abraham and Sadie. Home Phone: 257-4162. Address: 271 South Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Senator Rebecca Balint Windham District PHIL BARUTH currently serves as Chair of Senate Education, after four years of service as Majority Leader. Elected to the Senate originally in 2010, he has since served on the Education, Economic Development, and Agriculture Committees. Prior to 2010, Phil spent a dozen years as an award-winning commentator for Vermont Public Radio; he has spent the last 20 years writing novels as well. The X President, a darkly comic take on the life and legacy of Bill Clinton, became a New York Times Notable Book in 2003. The Brothers Boswell, his most recent novel, was listed as one of the Best Books of 2009 by the Washington Post. Phil teaches in the English Department at the University of Vermont. He lives in Burlington with his wife, Annika, and his daughters, Gwendolyn and Miranda. Mailing Address: 87 Curtis Avenue, Burlington, VT 05408. Senator Phil Baruth Chittenden District
  5. 5. 3 Senator Joe Benning Caledonia District JOE BENNING of Lyndon, Caledonia County, Republican, was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, on December 7, 1956. Occupation: trial lawyer. Joe graduated from Mater Dei High School in New Monmouth, New Jersey, in 1975; from Lyndon State College as a Dean’s List Student with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science in 1979; and from Vermont Law School with a Juris Doctorate Degree and member of the Moot Court Advisory Board in 1983. He is married to Deb Benning and they have two children, Emily and Justin. Joe is former Chair of Vermont’s Human Rights Commission, President of the Lyndonville Rotary Club and Lyndon State College Foundation; a past member of Northeast Kingdom Youth Services Board, Lyndon Town School Board, Lyndonville Stars & Stripes Committee, the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees, Caledonia County Task Force On Domestic Violence, Town/Village Agent for Lyndon/Lyndonville. He is a charter member of the Central Vermont Harley Owners Group, a life member of the American Motorcyclist Association and Lyndon Historical Society. He is Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and a member of the Senate Committee on Education; he has served on the Senate Committees on Institutions and on Natural Resources and Energy, the Judicial Retention Committee, the Mental Health Oversight Committee, and the Misdemeanor Sentencing Review Committee. He is the Town Moderator for the Town of Lyndon, a Justice of the Peace, a past Trustee at Lyndon Institute, Corporator at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, and a member of the Path Around Lyndon Committee. Member of the Senate: 2011–present. Home Phone: 626-3600. Address: P.O. Box 142, Lyndonville, VT 05851. Senator Carolyn Branagan Franklin District CAROLYN W. BRANAGAN of Georgia, Franklin County, Republican, became a resident of present town in 1963. University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont (BS 1976 and MEd 1984). She is married to Christopher Branagan and they have two daughters and one son. Organizations: University of Vermont Trustee; Franklin County Republican Committee; Governor’s Commission on International Education; Vermont Legislative Women’s Caucus; Vermont Interactive Television Coordinating Council; Past Trustee and Chair, Vermont Maple Festival; Board of Trustees for Martha’s Kitchen, Franklin County Home Health Board; Friends of Northern Lake Champlain; Vermont State Mother of the Year, 2010; Georgia Baptist Church; Georgia School Board; Town Moderator; Georgia Town History Editor; Vermont Historical Society Board. Member of the House: 2003–2016; Member of the Senate: 2017–present. Phone: 782-4108. Post Office Address: 1295 Ballard Road, Georgia, VT 05478.
  6. 6. 4 CHRISTOPHER A. BRAY of New Haven, Vermont, became a member of the Vermont House of Representatives in January 2007, serving two terms on the House Agriculture Committee. Chris graduated from the University of Vermont (BA, Zoology, 1977; MA, English, 1991), where he taught for four years in the English Department. Chris then worked at National Life of Vermont, IBM, Intel, and Apple. Chris founded and still operates Common Ground Communications, which provides writing, editing, and production services to technical clients and the book publishing industry. Chris and his family operate an 82-acre farm in New Haven. In 2006, Chris graduated from the Governor Richard Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute. In 2009, Chris was elected to the Board of Trustees of the University of Vermont. Chris was a lead sponsor of Vermont’s Farm to Plate Program and the Biomass Energy Development Working Group, which he co- chaired until 2011. In 2009, Chris received the Vermont Natural Resource Council’s Legislative Leadership Award. In 2010, Chris received the Council of State Government’s Toll Fellowship. In 2012, Chris was appointed to the Vermont State Supreme Court’s Professional Responsibility Program. Chris’s other current and past service includes the United Way of Addison County (Board of Directors), Middlebury Rotary Club, Vermont Milk Commission (Secretary), Rural Economic Development Working Group (Chair), Vermont Forestry Study Group, NCSL Agriculture & Energy Committee, Justice of the Peace, New Haven Board of Civil Authority, and Middlebury Area Land Trust (past President). Senator Christopher Bray Addison District FRANCIS K. BROOKS of Montpelier, Washington County, Democrat, was born in Washington, D.C., on May 24, 1943, and became a resident of Montpelier in June of 1967. Occupation: retired teacher, secondary education. He was educated in elementary schools in Alexandria, Virginia; Parker-Gray High School, Alexandria; Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont (B.S., 1967); Clarkson College, Potsdam, New York (M.S., 1974). He is married to the former Eunice W. Williams, and they have one son and one daughter. Member of the House: 1983–2008. Senate: 2017–present. He was elected Sergeant at Arms: 2007–2015. Religious preference: Baptist. Home Phone: 223-3170. 27 Harrison Avenue, Montpelier, VT 05602. Senator Francis Brooks Washington District
  7. 7. 5 Senator Brian Campion Bennington District BRIAN CAMPION of Bennington, Bennington County, Democrat, was born in Albany, New York, on December 11, 1970. Campion was elected to the Vermont State Senate in 2014. Prior to the Senate, Campion served two terms in the Vermont House of Representatives, 2011–2014. While a member of the House of Representatives, Campion served on the House Education Committee. He is employed at Bennington College. He holds a BA and MA in History. Memberships: Trustee of the Bennington Museum, Threshold Collaborative, and Green Mountain Express Network; Member of Catamount Rotary. Home Phone: 753-7705. Post Office Address: 1292 West Road, Bennington, VT 05201. E-mail: Senator Alison Clarkson Windsor District ALISON HUDNUT CLARKSON of Woodstock, Windsor County, Democrat, was educated at Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, BA 1977. Alison is married to Oliver R. Goodenough and they have two sons, Ward and William. She currently serves on the Billings Park Commission. Former board member of: the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Natural Resources Council, Pentangle Council of the Arts, Sustainable Woodstock, The Adirondack Council, The New York Theater Workshop, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Park School of Buffalo. Former theater producer, New York City. Alison is honored to have been named Woodstock Rotary’s Citizen of the Year in 2002, and to have received the Vermont Farm Bureau’s Stephanie Bourdeau Women in Agriculture Leadership Award in 2008 and Vermont Natural Resources Council’s Outstanding Vermont Legislator Award in 2008. Member of the House: 2005– 2016. Member of the Senate: 2017–present. Home Phone: 457-4627. E-mail: Post Office Address: 18 Golf Avenue, Woodstock, VT 05091.
  8. 8. 6 BRIAN COLLAMORE of Rutland Town, Rutland County, Republican. Born on November 28, 1950, in Detroit, Michigan. Elementary education in Michigan. High school at Jesuit Xavier School in Concord, Massachusetts. Moved to Vermont in 1968 and attended Middlebury College. Received a BA in Sociology/Anthropology in 1972. He and his wife, Christina, have one son, Brian. He has a long broadcast career in both Middlebury and Rutland with over 40 years on the radio and over 30 years in sales and is currently General Sales Manager for five radio stations for Catamount Radio. Winner of the Distinguished Service Award from the Vermont Association of Broadcasters. He also has served as an ice hockey official since 1978 and still referees youth, high school, and college hockey games. Currently the Vermont Supervisor of Officials for USA Hockey, President of the Vermont Chapter of the National Ice Hockey Association of America, and board member of the Vermont State Amateur Hockey Association. Has served on the Marketing Committee of the Rutland County United Way. Home Mailing Address: 124 Patricia Lane, Rutland, 05701. Home Phone: 773-1365 Senator Brian Collamore Rutland District ANN E. CUMMINGS of Montpelier, Washington County, Democrat, was born in Holliston, Massachusetts, on July 20, 1946, and became a resident of present town in November 1975. She is married to Regis E. Cummings, and they have three daughters and one son. Occupation: Realtor. She was educated in elementary schools in Wantaugh, New York, and Lexington, Kentucky; Lexington Catholic High School, Lexington, Kentucky; Cardinal Cushing College, Brookline, Massachusetts (BA, 1968); St. Michael’s College, Winooski, Vermont (MSA, 1989). She is the former mayor of Montpelier. Member of: Vermont Student Assistance Corp. (VSAC) Board of Directors; USS Montpelier Association (honorary member); Former Member: Vermont Commission on Women, Vermont Handcrafters, Central Vermont Community Action Council. Member of the Senate: 1997–present. Religious preference: Catholic. Home Phone: 223-6043. Post Office Address: 24 Colonial Drive, Montpelier, VT 05602. Senator Ann Cummings Washington District
  9. 9. 7 Senator Dustin Degree Franklin District DUSTIN ALLARD DEGREE was born February 12, 1985, in St. Albans, Vermont, and is a 2003 graduate of Bellows Free Academy and a 2004 graduate of the Tilton School in Tilton, NH. Degree is a former member of the Vermont House of Representatives, serving the City of St. Albans during the 2011–12 biennium. From 2008 to June of 2010, Degree served as Executive Assistant to Governor Jim Douglas. Prior to working in the Governor’s office, he was selected to report on the State of Vermont for MTV’s Emmy award winning “Choose or Lose” coverage of the 2008 presidential election. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the St. Albans City Development Review Board and on the Board of Directors of the St. Albans Amateur Skating Association. He is the Chair of the St. Albans City Republican Committee and a Justice of the Peace. Senator Margaret Flory Rutland District MARGARET “PEG” FLORY of Pittsford, Rutland County, Republican, was born in Colchester, Vermont, on August 2, 1948. Occupation: Retired Attorney. She was educated at Immaculate Heart of Mary and Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Rutland, Vermont; Southern Vermont College, Bennington, Vermont (associate’s degree, 1968); Champlain College (associate’s degree, 1990). She completed a four-year law clerkship under Richard A. Pearson in 1995. Member of: Rutland Region Transportation Council, Pittsford representative; American, Vermont and Rutland County Bar Associations; Rutland County Diversion Review Board. Religious preference: Roman Catholic. Member of the House: 1999–2010. Member of the Senate: 2011–present. Phone: 779-1870. Home Mailing Address: 3011 US Route 7, Pittsford, Vermont 05763.
  10. 10. 8 DEBBIE INGRAM of Williston, Chittenden County, was born in Savannah, Georgia. She graduated with an AB degree in Communication from Stanford University and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Debbie also completed a Fellowship at Cambridge University, England. She has worked for the last ten years as the Executive Director of Vermont Interfaith Action, a coalition of congregations throughout the State that seeks to effect systemic change around issues of social justice. She has also served two terms on the Williston Selectboard, where she chaired the Affordable Housing Task Force and the Housing Trust Fund Task Force. Debbie is Williston’s alternate to the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, where she chaired the Public Participation Plan Committee. Governor Douglas appointed Debbie to the Advisory Group for the Vermont Consolidated Plan, submitted annually to HUD, and Governor Shumlin appointed her as a consumer representative to the Steering Committee for the Vermont Health Care Innovation Project, a multimillion dollar grant awarded to the State through the Affordable Care Act. Debbie began her career in the film and television industry in Los Angeles, where she worked in development and production, and she ran a communications consulting firm in Bangladesh for seven years, writing, producing, and directing award-winning videos. Debbie is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC) and has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Vermont Conference of the UCC. She is currently the Moderator of the Conference. This is Debbie’s first term in the Senate. Senator Debbie Ingram Chittenden District JANE KITCHEL of Danville, Caledonia County, Democrat, was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, on August 23, 1945, and grew up in Danville on the family farm. Occupation: Public Administrator. Retired from the State of Vermont, former Secretary, Agency of Human Services. Jane was educated in Danville Schools, graduating from Danville High School in 1963; Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania (AB, 1967); Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments, 1994. She is married to Robert Kitchel and they have one son. Jane is Former President, Board of Trustees, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium (St. Johnsbury, Vt.); Secretary, Danville Chamber of Commerce; Corporator, Northeastern Vermont Regional Corporation; Fairbanks Museum Fellow; Board Member, Vermont Food Bank, Member, Board of Directors of the Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education Center; Member, Danville Congregational Church. Member of the Senate: 2005–present. Home Phone: 684-3482. Post Office Address: P.O. Box 82, Danville, VT 05828. Senator Jane Kitchel Caledonia District
  11. 11. 9 Senator Virginia Lyons Chittenden District VIRGINIA LYONS of Williston, Chittenden County, Democrat, was born in Auburn, NY. She was educated at Drew University, Rutgers University, and earned her Doctorate at the University of Vermont. She taught at Trinity College, VT, for 27 years. She is a college professor with over 30 years of research, teaching, and other experience in Environmental and Biological Sciences. Community: She is a former member and Chair of Williston’s Selectboard, alternate member Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, former Cochran’s Ski Club Chair, former Board Vice Chair and member CVAHEC and Vermont Family Network. She serves on Friends of the Winooski River Board, UVM Medical Center Children’s Hospital Advisory Council member, CCTV 17 Board, and other community groups. In 2012–14, she served on the steering Committee of the Council of State Government North Eastern Region for Climate Adaptation policy programs. She served as Vice Chair of the NCSL Committee on Infrastructure, Environment and Energy. Senate terms and activities: 2000–present. She chaired growth center land use planning and biomass working groups. She served on various committees: Agriculture Vice Chair 2000–02; Health and Welfare Vice Chair 2000–02, member 2002– 2010, Vice Chair 2013–14; Natural Resources and Energy member 2000–02, Chair 2002–2012, Vice Chair; Education 2010–2012; Finance 2012–14; Joint Energy; VT Champlain Citizens Advisory Committee, Chair; Health Care Oversight Committee; Sexual Harassment Panel; Corrections Oversight Committee; Co-Chair Vermont Commission on International Trade and State Sovereignty. Mailing Address: 241 White Birch Lane, Williston, VT 05495. Phone: 863-6129. Senator Mark MacDonald Orange District MARK A. MACDONALD of Williamstown, Orange County, Democrat, was born in Middletown, Connecticut, on December 18, 1942. He has spent summers in Vermont since 1947 and became a permanent resident in September, 1974. Occupation: teacher/farmer. He was educated in elementary schools in New Jersey and Washington, D.C.; Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts (BA, 1972); attended Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont, 1975-76 to attain teacher’s certification. Member of: Williamstown Planning Commission, 1984-1994; Vermont Beef Producers Association; Chelsea Fish and Game Club; Orange County Farm Bureau; American Legion; Orange Southwest Teachers Association; Vietnam Veterans of America. He served in the U.S. Army, 1968–1970, with eighteen months of service in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970. Member of the House: 1983 (seated July 19)–1994. Member of the Senate: 1996–present. Home Phone: 433-5867. Post Office Address: 404 MacDonald Road, Williamstown, VT 05679.
  12. 12. 10 RICHARD T. MAZZA of Colchester, Chittenden County, Democrat, was born in Colchester, Vermont, on September 4, 1939, and is a lifelong resident. Occupation: self-employed grocer of Dick Mazza’s General Store in Colchester, which opened in 1954. He was educated in elementary schools in Colchester and at Winooski High School. He is married to the former Dorothy D. Hinds and together they have one son, one daughter, and four grandchildren. Member of: Champlain Valley Fair, board of directors; Colchester Senior Citizens Housing Project, president. Member of the House 1973–76 (Committee on Transportation; Legislative Council). Member of the Senate: 1985– present. Senate Committee on Transportation, chair, 1991–present; Senate Committee on Institutions, vice-chair, 1991–present; Joint Transportation Oversight Committee, chair; Committee on Committees, third member, 1997–present. Religious preference: Catholic. Home Phone: 863-1067. Post Office Address: 777 West Lakeshore Drive, Colchester, VT 05446-1539. Senator Richard Mazza Grand Isle District RICHARD “DICK” MCCORMACK of Bethel, Windsor County, Democrat, was born on July 20, 1947, in New York City, New York. He became a resident of present town in 1970. Occupation: retired college instructor, performer. He was educated Hofstra University, bachelor’s degree (U.S. History, 1970); at Castleton State College, Secondary Education Studies, (1977–78); Vermont Law School, master’s degree (cum laude - 2002). He is married to Cindy Metcalf and they have five grown children and five grandchildren between them. Board Service: Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Adult Basic Education, AIDS Community Resource Network, Emerge Family Access Center, Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Earth Right Institute, Operation Laundry List, Vermont Sierra Club. Public Service: District III Environmental Commission (Chair 1986–1989); Justice of the Peace (1984–89). Majority Leader (1997–2001). Senator Richard McCormack Windsor District
  13. 13. 11 Senator Alice Nitka Windsor District ALICE W. NITKA of Ludlow, Windsor County, Democrat, was born December 13, 1944, in Little Falls, New York, and became a resident of present town in 1969. Occupation: She is employed by Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc., an agency providing services to children. She was formerly employed as a social worker for more than 30 years, specializing in adoptions. She was educated at Williamstown Public Schools, Williamstown, Massachusetts; Vincentian Institute, Albany, New York; Russell Sage College, Troy, New York (BA, 1967). She is married to Martin Nitka, and they have two daughters, Abigail and Molly. Member of: Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, Board of Trustees; Ludlow Board of Civil Authority; Senate Chair, Vermont Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus; Vermont Foster and Adoptive Families Association; Black River Valley Rod and Gun Club; and serves as a Justice of the Peace. Past member of: Ludlow Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment, chair. Member of the Senate: 2007–present. Member of the House: 1999–2006. Home Phone: 228-8432. Post Office Address: North Hill, P.O. Box 136, Ludlow, VT 05149. Senator Christopher Pearson Chittenden District CHRISTOPHER PEARSON of Burlington, Chittenden County, grew up in Maine, but was born in Canada. He moved to Burlington in to attend UVM, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Art in psychology. In 1998, he got his start in Vermont politics working for then-Congressman Bernie Sanders. In 2006 he was appointed to the Legislature to fill a vacancy. Pearson runs his own consulting firm specializing in nonprofit communication and project management. He is married with two daughters. Member of the House: 2006–2016. Member of the Senate: 2017–present. Burlington Parks and Recreation Commission member 2009-2014. Home Phone: 860-3933. E-mail: Address: 12 Brookes Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.
  14. 14. 12 ANTHONY POLLINA of Middlesex, Washington County, was born on February 17, 1952, in New Jersey. Anthony graduated from Johnson State College with a degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies. He is the Director of the Vermont Democracy Fund and Producer and Host of Equal Time Radio on WDEV AM and FM. He was the Founder and Director of Rural Vermont; Senior Advisor to U.S. Representative Bernie Sanders; Policy Director and Executive Director of Vermont Public Interest Research Group. He has taught at Johnson State College, Community College of Vermont, and Vermont College and was the Director of the Washington County Community School. He has served on the Governor’s Agricultural Advisory Board, the Board of Vermont NOFA (Northeast Organic Farmers Association), Vermont Peace and Justice Center, National Biotechnology Working Group, Central Vermont Solid Waste District, and National Family Farm Coalition. He is pleased to be married to Deborah Wolf and they have two wonderful, grown daughters. Home Address: 93 Story Road, North Middlesex, VT 05682. Phone: 229-5809. Senator Anthony Pollina Washington District JOHN S. RODGERS of Glover, Orleans County, Democrat, was born on July 29, 1965, in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont. John was raised in Glover on the family dairy farm; he was the fifth generation to grow up on the farm. He graduated from Sacred Heart, Newport, VT (1983), and from New Hampshire Vocational Technical College, Berlin, NH, (Associates Degree 1985). After college, John started a construction business, JS Rodgers Masonry Inc., specializing in dry stonework and excavation. He served eight years in the Vermont House of Representatives; he was the Collector of Delinquent Taxes for many years in Glover and coached youth soccer. He is a member of the NRA, Barton Area Chamber of Commerce, and served as the Director to Shadow Lake Association, Glover, VT. In 2008, John received the Crime Victim Service Award. He is married to Brenda Rodgers, a nurse at the NVR Hospital, and they have two boys. Post Office Address: PO Box 217, Glover, VT 05839. Senator John Rodgers Essex-Orleans District RICHARD W. SEARS, JR. of Bennington, Bennington County, Democrat, was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, on April 22, 1943, and became a resident of Bennington in 1971. Occupation: Worked in residential programs for troubled youth for over 35 years. Retired January 1, 2006. He was educated in schools in Ashland, Massachusetts; New Hampton School, New Hampton, New Hampshire; University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont (BA, 1966). He is married to the former Beverly Bushey. Member of Bennington Select Board, 1987–93 (chairman for four years) and Elks Lodge #567. Member of the Senate: 1993–present. Religious preference: Congregational. E-mail:, Post Office Address: 343 Matteson Road, North Bennington, VT 05257. Senator Richard Sears Bennington District
  15. 15. 13 Senator Michael Sirotkin Chittenden District MICHAEL SIROTKIN of South Burlington, Chittenden County, Democrat. Educated in public Schools of Queens, New York, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania (1970), and University of Denver, College of Law (1975). Staff Attorney Vermont Legal Aid (1976–1982); Co-director VT Senior Citizens Law Project (1980–1982); Partner, Mickenberg Dunn Sirotkin and Dorsch law firm (1982–1998); Founding partner Sirotkin and Necrason, PLC, Governmental and Public Affairs law firm (1999–2014). Advocated at the Vermont State House for over 30 years on behalf of numerous consumer, environmental, housing, professional, and working family organizations. Appointed to Vermont Senate February 2014, replacing late wife of 35 years, beloved Senator Sally Fox, who passed away on January 10, 2014, after 17 years of legislative service. They have two adult sons. Appointed to Senate Committees on Agriculture and on Institutions and the Joint Health Care Oversight Committee for the balance of 2014 session, and was elected to continue to represent Chittenden County in the Vermont Senate 2015–present. Served on Town of Essex Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment and South Burlington Development Review Board and Red Rocks Committee. Justice of the Peace and Member South Burlington Board of Civil Authority. Past member of Vermont Medicaid Advisory Board and Department on Aging Advisory Board. Current board member of Hunger Free Vermont. Senator David Soucy Rutland District
  16. 16. 14 ROBERT A. STARR of Troy, Orleans County, Democrat, was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on December 17, 1942, and became a resident of present town on June 3, 1944. He is married to the former Anita Cadieux, and they have one son. Occupation: president, Starr’s United, Inc., d/b/a Starr’s Transportation. He was educated in elementary schools in North Troy, Vermont; North Troy High School; and Vermont Technical College, Randolph, Vermont (associate degree in agriculture). Member of: Troy school board; O.E.N.S.U. school board; Troy zoning board and planning commission; Board of Civil Authority; Troy town moderator; North Country High School, moderator; Vermont State College trustee; Vermont Truck and Bus Association, director; Elks Club #2155, Newport; National Conference of State Legislatures. Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture, 1985–2000. Member of the House: 1979–2004. Member of the Senate: 2005–2016. Chair of Committee on Education. 2009– 2012. Chair of Committee on Agriculture 2013–present; Member, Committee on Appropriations. Religious preference: Protestant. Home Phone: 988-2877; Office: 988-2281 or 2282. Post Office Address: 958 Route 105W, North Troy, VT 05859. Senator Robert Starr Essex-Orleans District RICHARD WESTMAN of Cambridge, Lamoille County, Republican, was born in Burlington, Vermont, on March 13, 1959, and became a resident of Cambridge in March of 1959. He was educated at the elementary school in Cambridge, Vermont, and at Lamoille Union High School, Hyde Park, Vermont. He graduated from Johnson State College with a BA in 1982. He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives 1983–2009, serving on various committees as well as being Chair of Appropriations and Chair of Transportation. He served for four years as the Assistant Republican Leader and four years as the Republican Leader. He served as Tax Commissioner from 2009–2010. He lives with Joan Nagy. He is employed at Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) and oversees the Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan, a 529 College Saving Program. He has been a member of various nonprofit boards, including the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, Vermont Center for the Book, and the University of Vermont Board of Trustees. He is on the boards of Copley Hospital and Vermont Electric Cooperative. Member of the Senate: 2011–present. Home Phone: 644-2297. E-mail: Senator Richard Westman Lamoille District
  17. 17. 15 Senator Jeanette White Windham District JEANETTE WHITE of Putney, Windham County, Democrat, was born on May 2, 1943, in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and moved to Vermont in 1972. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, in political science and sociology in 1965 and her master’s degree in Community Development and Community Education in 1972 from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. She is married to Bill White and they have two grown children, Laurie and Josh. Member of the Senate: 2003–present. Home Phone: 387-4379. Post Office Address: 35A Old Depot Road, Putney, VT 05346.
  19. 19. 18 Representative David Ainsworth Windsor-Orange-1 DAVID AINSWORTH of Royalton, Windsor County, Republican. Occupation: Dairy farmer/vegetable grower and marketer. Educated at South Royalton High School, VT; UVM Burlington, VT (B.S. 1977). He is married to Peggy L. (Bowin) Ainsworth. They are guardians over their two granddaughters, Robyn and Alexandra. Memberships: Justice of Peace since 1980; Royalton Town Moderator 1990–2016; Cabot/Agri-Mark Resolution Committee since 1993; Farm Bureau member 39+ years, Windsor County President, VT Farm Bureau Executive Board 2015–present; Alpha Gamma Rho and Alpha Zeta member. Member of the House 2007–2010. Home Phone: 763-8017. Post Office Address: 86 VT Rte. 14, So. Royalton, VT, 05068. Representative Janet Ancel Washington-6 JANET ANCEL of Calais, Washington County, Democrat, was born April 7 in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Calais. Attended Maple Corner grade school in Calais and Montpelier High School. Occupation: Attorney (inactive). Received a BA in English from Stanford University in California (1967) and a master’s in social work and law degree from the University of Denver in Colorado (1973 and 1979). Admitted to Vermont Bar in 1980. Served for many years as legal staff for the Legislature and later as Legal Counsel to Governor Howard Dean (1993–2000) and Vermont Tax Commissioner (2000– 2002). Married to Stephen Reynes, a former member of the House. Janet has two adult sons and three grandsons. She is a former Board member of Federation of Tax Administrators and a current member of the State and Local Tax Task Force and the Budget and Revenue Committee of NCSL. She is also a member of Historic Kents Corner, Inc. and is a volunteer at the Adamant Coop. Member of the House: 2005–present. Cell Phone: 249-1660. Mailing Address: PO Box 123, Calais, VT 05648. E-mail: Representative Robert Bancroft Chittenden-8-3 ROBERT L. BANCROFT of Westford, Chittenden County, Republican, was born on September 29, 1947, in Barre, VT. He became a resident of current town on May 31, 1983. He graduated with a BA from the University of Vermont and received an MS from UVM. He received a PhD in 1981 from Purdue University. He is a self-employed economist. He has three children, one girl and two boys. He served on the Westford Selectboard for 12 years and on the Westford School Board for two years. Mailing Address: 405 Brookside Rd., Westford, VT 05494. Phone: 879-7386.
  20. 20. 19 JOHN L. BARTHOLOMEW of Hartland, Windsor County, Democrat, was born in Philadelphia on February 14, 1955, and became a resident of present town in 2005. Occupation: retired veterinarian; former Chief of Research Animal Management Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD); retired Captain (O- 6), U.S. Public Health Service. He is married to Julianne Harden and has one daughter, Marta. Education: University of Oklahoma, zoology and botany major; Oklahoma State University, BS in agriculture (1980) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (1981). Member, American Veterinary Medical Association; Hartland Boards of Civil Authority and Abatement (Justice of the Peace), Boards of Directors of Upper Valley Music Center and Revels North. Home Phone: 436-2151. Post Office Address: 23 Linden Road, Hartland, VT 05048. Representative John Bartholomew Windsor-1 FRED K. BASER of Bristol, Addison County, spent his youth in New Jersey. He graduated from Colgate University and began his career working for a company in New York City. While in the city, he helped establish the East Harlem Little League. In 1975, after his employer closed their doors, Fred and his wife, Marian, moved to Vermont to be close to Marian’s family. Marian and Fred had three sons. Today they enjoy five grandchildren. Among the activities he enjoys are skiing, hiking, golf, fishing, and visiting the grandkids. Past and current organizations that Fred is and has been associated with include: Porter Medical Center Board; Bristol Selectboard member and chair; Addison County Economic Development Board; Chair of Bristol’s Revolving Loan Fund; President of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce; President of the Addison County chapter of Habitat for Humanity; Patricia Hannaford Career Center School Board; Justice of the Peace; and Fred is Bristol’s Town Moderator. Fred is a Certified Financial Planner® and established Bristol Financial Services Inc. in 1987. Representative Fred Baser Addison-4
  21. 21. 20 Representative Lynn Batchelor Orleans-1 LYNN BATCHELOR of Derby Line in Orleans County, a Republican, was born in New York State. She became a full-time resident of Vermont in 2001. Previous to that she and her husband, David A. Batchelor, a native of Derby Line, lived in Florida with their three sons. While in Florida she owned her own medical collections business. Since moving to Vermont she has earned a diploma from the American Academy of Certified Coders. She recently retired from the Department of Corrections after 10 years of service. Previous to that she was the office manager for the Occupational Health Services at the Orleans Essex VNA & Hospice. She graduated from White Plains High School, White Plains, New York, attended Keuka College in Penn Yan, New York, as well as St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Newburgh, New York. Memberships include; Daughters of the Nile, Eastern Star, past president of the local chapter of the American Academy of Certified Coders. Member of the House: 2011–present. Phone: 873-3006. Post Office Address: 165 Beach Street, Derby Line, VT 05830. Representative Scott Beck Caledonia-3 SCOTT BECK of St. Johnsbury, Caledonia County, Republican, born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Upon completion of his undergraduate work at the University of Washington, he entered the United States Navy, and served until 1999 as a Naval Flight Officer. Scott made three extended deployments, and earned two Air Medals for combat missions flown in Bosnia and Somalia. He was also the recipient of a Navy Commendation Medal, two Navy Achievement medals, and numerous campaign medals and ribbons. Scott has flown over 1,100 hours in jet aircraft and has nearly 300 carrier arrested landings. Upon completing MEd degrees in social science and mathematics at The Citadel, Scott returned to St. Johnsbury with his family in 1999 and became an educator, dorm counselor, and coach at St. Johnsbury Academy; he continues to work at the Academy today and teaches American history, American government, and economics. In 2005, Scott and his wife, Joelle, opened the Boxcar & Caboose, an independent bookstore in downtown St. Johnsbury. He has been the chair of the Downtown Improvement Commission and Executive Director of the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce. During his time with the Chamber, Scott initiated the Discover St. Johnsbury campaign, assisted with the reconstruction of the fire-damaged 1879 Building, and initiated the St. Johnsbury promotional film series. He is the lead organizer of the St. Johnsbury World Maple Festival, coaches youth baseball, and is a champion for excellent education for all of St. Johnsbury’s youth. Scott and Joelle reside with their six children in St. Johnsbury.
  22. 22. 21 PAUL S. BELASKI of Windsor, Windsor County, Democrat, was born in Bellows Falls, VT but moved to Windsor when one year of age. He attended Windsor Elementary and High School and then went to the University of Pennsylvania for a Bachelor of Arts and Harvard University for a Master’s of Architecture. Occupation: Architect from 1990 to present, but as many Vermonters has also worked multiple “extra” jobs, including carpenter, food service in area restaurants, and the Windsor Zoning Administrator 2005–2012 with added responsibility as Acting Town Administrator 2006–2008. As well as singing at St. Francis of Assisi, Windsor and St. Denis, Hanover, NH churches, he’s often hiking, swimming, and occasionally on the stage in a number of musical theater performances. Home and Business Address: 56 Belaski Road, Windsor, VT 05089. He can be reached at Representative Paul Belaski Windsor-1 STEVE BEYOR of Highgate Springs, Franklin County, Republican, was born on February 14, 1947, in Highgate, Vermont. He graduated from Highgate High School in 1964. Steve is retired from Energizer, where he worked as a tool- and diemaker. He was a member of the Vermont National Guard from 1965–1971. Member of: American Legion Color Guard; NRA; Knights of Columbus (Swanton Chapter). He is a former President of the Snowmobile Club. Steve has been a Little League and Babe Ruth coach and has instructed hunter safety classes for more than 25 years. He is married to Dianne Beyor, and they have a daughter and a son. Post Office Address: PO Box 287, Highgate Springs, VT 05460. Representative Steve Beyor Franklin-5 CLEMENT “CLEM” J. BISSONNETTE of Winooski, Chittenden County, Democrat, was born and raised in Winooski. Clem graduated from Champlain College in 1965 with an associate’s degree in business management to begin a career with IBM in Essex Junction which lasted 36 years. Clem married Sharon in 1979, and they have one grown son, Mitchell. They are members of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Winooski. Clem has served the City of Winooski in the following capacities: Chair of the Winooski Housing Authority; Deputy Mayor of the City Council; Chair of the Winooski School Board Trustees; Mayor of Winooski; oversaw the largest Downtown Redevelopment in the State of Vermont; and Interim City Manager. Member of the House: 2007–present. E-mail: Postal Address: 11 Dufresne Drive, Winooski, Vermont 05404. Home Phone: 655-9527. Representative Clement Bissonnette Chittenden-6-7
  23. 23. 22 Representative Thomas Bock Windsor-3-1 THOMAS BOCK of Chester, Windsor County, was born and raised in Sauk Rapids, a small rural town in Minnesota. He attended St. Cloud University where he earned a BA in political science and minored in economics. Tom moved to Chester, Vermont in 1971. He became vice president and managed the Chester business operations of Readex Microprint/Newsbank, and subsequently owned and operated Vermont T’s, Inc., a small Vermont business, for 21 years, retiring in 2009. Soon after he arrived in Chester he became involved in local government. He served on the Budget Committee, the Board of Civil Authority, the Chester Selectboard for 10 years, and served as chair of the Chester Planning Commission for 25 years. He is currently chair of the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission. He is married to Mariette Boni Bock and is the father of three adult children and grandfather of five. Representative Bill Botzow Bennington-1 BILL BOTZOW of Pownal, Bennington County, Democrat, was born September 29, 1945, in New York City, and became a resident of Pownal on January 1, 1982, with his wife, Ruth. He is a visual artist who has combined a career in the arts with public service. He is a Trustee of the University of Vermont. He has served on the boards of the Vermont Arts Council, Governor’s Institutes of Vermont, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the New England Foundation for the Arts and River Network. He received a BA in 1968 from Princeton University, then ran an after-school tutoring program in East Harlem, NYC, from 1968–70 before working in rural West Virginia, Arizona, Montana, Colorado, and Vermont. Member of the House: 2003–present. Home Phone: 447-7717. E-mail: and Post Office Address: 1225 South Stream Road, Bennington, VT 05201. Representative Patrick Brennan Chittenden-9-2 PATRICK M. BRENNAN of Colchester, Chittenden County, Republican, was born on June 11, 1953, in Burlington, Vermont, and became a resident of present town in 1985. He was educated at Rice Memorial High School, South Burlington, Vermont. He is married to Mary Elizabeth (Beauvais) Brennan and they have one daughter and one son. Organizations: Colchester Civil Board; Justice of the Peace; past Colchester High School Key Communicator; ST. Chairman, BPOE Special Activities; Past CMS Girls’ Softball Coach. Member of: Colchester Republican Committee; past member, Citizens Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain; Chair of House Committee on Transportation; former member, Colchester Planning Committee. Member of the House: 2003–present. Home Phone: 863-3773. Post Office Address: 96 Tanglewood Drive, Colchester, VT 05446.
  24. 24. 23 TIM BRIGLIN of Thetford, Orange County, Democrat, was born April 7, 1966 and grew up in Greenwich, NY. He is married to Laurel Mackin and they have two young boys. Representative Briglin graduated with honors from Cornell University in 1988 with a degree in History and Government. In 1995, Tim received an MBA from Stanford University. Tim is a managing partner at Tuckerman Capital, a firm he cofounded in 2001 to invest in and grow small manufacturing businesses. Tuckerman Capital has invested in 18 companies across the U.S. Before starting Tuckerman, Tim was a partner at Green Mountain Partners of Quechee, prior to which he worked in corporate finance at Morgan Stanley in New York. In the early-1990s, he worked in Washington, DC for Senator Patrick Leahy as his legislative assistant on budget, tax, and economic issues. Tim has been involved in Vermont politics for over 20 years working on multiple Leahy, Welch, Markowitz, and Obama campaigns. Tim was on the Vermont delegation to the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions and has been the Treasurer of the VT Democratic Party. He served for ten years on the Thetford Academy board of trustees, including three years as the president. Currently, Tim is a director of the Vermont Economic Progress Council, Vermont Parks Forever, Mascoma Savings Bank, and Vital Communities’ Corporate Council. Member of the House: 2015–present. Home Phone: 785-2414. Home Address: 459 Tucker Hill Road, Thetford Center, VT 05075. Representative Tim Briglin Windsor- Orange-2 CYNTHIA BROWNING of Arlington in Bennington County was born in Rochester, New York, on April 18, 1953, and became a full time resident of Arlington in 1998. Occupation: Executive Director of the Batten Kill Watershed Alliance. Education: Bennington College in Bennington, VT (BA, 1979); University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (MA/PhD, 1989). Member of: Arlington Selectboard, Arlington Zoning Board of Adjustment, Bennington Regional Transportation Advisory Committee. She taught Economics at Bates College, Smith College, and Williams College. She is a Democrat. Member of the House: 2007–present. Home Phone: 375-9019. Post Office Address: PO Box 389, Arlington, VT 05250. Representative Cynthia Browning Bennington-4
  25. 25. 24 Representative Jessica Brumsted Chittenden-5-2 JESSICA BRUMSTED is an experienced government relations professional who started her career in Senator Jim Jeffords’ Vermont office in the late 80s before serving as Director of Government Relations at then Fletcher Allen Health Care in the mid- to late-90s. She left Fletcher Allen to serve as Director of the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program at the University of Vermont for several years before resigning to focus her time and energy on raising her four children. For the last decade, she has been an active community volunteer, serving on numerous committees and boards. Currently, she is a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and Champlain College’s Single Parents program. She is a member of UVM Medical Center’s Auxiliary; she recently chaired the fundraising committee for UVM Medical Center’s new Mother-Baby inpatient unit, which opened in August 2015; and she volunteers her time to help the Development Office at UVM Medical Center raise money for programs and facilities on an ongoing basis. She also is a member of the External Advisory Committee for the Visiting Nurses Association and has served on the VNA’s board, and she is a member of the University of Vermont Integrative Health in Primary Care Advisory Committee. Jessica grew up in Warwick, RI. A 30-year resident of Vermont, she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics and a master’s in public administration from the University of Vermont. She is married to John Brumsted, CEO of UVM Medical Center and UVM Health Network, and she is the proud parent of four children who range in age from 17 to 23. She also has three stepchildren, and five stepgrandchildren.
  26. 26. 25 SUSAN M. BUCKHOLZ of West Hartford, Windsor County, Democrat, received a B.A. in History from Yale College in 1977 and attended Boston University School of Law for one year, after which she worked and traveled in the U.S. and abroad until 1987. Sue moved to Vermont in 1990 to start a four-year clerkship with the firm of Teachout, Brooks & McNally and was admitted to practice law in Vermont in June 1995. Occupation: attorney at Law Offices of Susan M. Buckholz, P.C., former adjunct instructor at Community College of Vermont and Vermont Law School. She is married to Jim Dow and they have one grown child between them and two grandsons. Community Board Service: Current: Hartford Dismas House Board and Dismas of Vermont statewide board. Historical: Emerge Family Advocates (2012–2013), Valley Court Diversion Programs (2007– 2009, Secretary), Next Steps/Stepping Stone Peer Support (2007– 2016, Secretary, President), Lebanon Opera House (2005–2008), Children’s Literacy Foundation (2003–2009, President), Northern New England District of the Unitarian Universalist Association (2008–2013, Secretary, President), Vermont Parents Representation Center, Inc. (2011–2013, Founding Member, President), Upper Valley Food Coop (2001–2003), First Universalist Society of Hartland (2001–2002 and 2015, President), Women’s Information Services (WISE) (1996–2002, Secretary, President), and Vermont ACLU (early 1990s). Professional Recognitions: Certificate of Appreciation from the Vermont Guardian Ad Litem Program (2008, 2011), Vermont Supreme Court and Family Court Oversight Committee Recognition Award for dedication and service to the Vermont Family Court (2008), Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, Vermont Bar Association for pro bono service to children and families in Windsor County (2003). Profession and Public Service: Justice for Children Task Force of the Vermont Supreme Court (2008–2013), Family Division Oversight Committee of the Vermont Supreme Court/Judiciary, Town and School Moderator, Hartford, Vermont (2002-2007). Many publications. Service on Standing Committees: Agriculture and Forestry. Address: 973 Old Town Farm Road, White River Junction, Vermont 05001. Home Phone: 802-291- 9063. E-mail: Representative Susan Buckholz Windsor-4-1
  27. 27. 26 Representative Tom Burditt Rutland-2 TOM BURDITT was born August 18, 1956 in Rutland, VT. He now resides in West Rutland. Tom is a proud 12th generation Vermonter who graduated from Rutland High School in 1974. He has two children, a daughter, Heather, and a son, Shane. He is also the proud grandfather of three grandsons, Skylar, Milo, and Phoenix, and father- in-law of TJ Phillips. All the aforementioned reside in Seattle, WA. Heather and TJ are gifted home educating parents and Shane was a Special Forces Green Beret Medic. Shane now partners with his brother-in-law TJ as owners and operators of Capes and Powers IT Consultants of West Seattle. Tom was a partner in Vaillancourt Tree- Landscape in Pittsford, VT for 24 years from 1977–2001. He has owned and operated Tom Burditt’s Rx Lawn systems since 2002. Some of his experiences and affiliations have included Town of West Rutland Selectman (2005–2006), Rutland High School Varsity Wrestling Coach (1997-2001), International Society of Arboriculture (1977–2001), Elm Research Institute (1977–2001), Vermont State Certified Pesticides Applicator (1977–Present), Business Network International (2002), Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce, Rutland South Rotary, Logistics Chair of Rutland’s Relay for Life (2005), Member and Board of Directors Rutland County Pro Business Coalition (2008–2010). His contact information is: State House Phone: (800) 322-5616. E-mail: Mailing Address: 1118 Clarendon Ave., West Rutland, VT 05777. Representative Mollie Burke Windham-2-2 MOLLIE S. BURKE of Brattleboro, Windham County, Progressive/Democrat grew up in Buffalo, NY, and on the Niagara River in Canada. She has a BA in political science from Marymount College, including two years of undergraduate and graduate study at the London School of Economics. She later embarked on a career in the arts, and received a Master of Fine Arts from Goddard College in 2007. Since moving to Vermont in 1970 Burke has been active in the Brattleboro community as an artist and teacher of both art and figure skating. She is founder and director of Art in the Neighborhood, an organization that provides tuition-free art classes to children in low- income housing communities. She also works in a number of Vermont schools as a juried Vermont Arts Council artist-in-residence. Current work with students includes an artistic cartography project about Vermont. Burke has been a Brattleboro Town Meeting representative since 1990. Member of the House: 2008–present and has served on the Committee on Transportation. Burke is married to theater director and writer Peter Gould. They have three grown children and three grandchildren. Home Address: 62 West Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Phone: 257-4844. E-mail:
  28. 28. 27 WILLIAM “BILL” CANFIELD of Fair Haven, Rutland County, Republican. Born in Rutland. Occupation, self-employed Barber/Stylist. Educated in Fair Haven, graduate of Fair Haven Union High School. He and his late wife, Mary, have four children (two daughters and two sons) and five grandchildren. Elected as Justice of the Peace 20 years. Past Town Moderator. Served in the U.S. Navy for four years (Vietnam Era). Member of American Legion Post 49 for 42 years, Knights of Columbus Council 810 for 30 years, Fraternal Order of the Eagles AERIE 3907 for 20 years, Castleton Lions Club, Lodge #75 Free and Accepted Masons of Fair Haven. Appointed to Joint Energy Committee (2009, 2010) Appointed to Governor’s Veterans Advisory Council (2007–present), House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy (2005–2014), House Committee on Ways and Means (2015–present), Member of House: 2005–present. Home Phone: 265-4428. Post Office Address: 12 Pine Street, Fair Haven, VT 05743. Representative William Canfield Rutland-3 STEPHEN A. CARR of Brandon, Rutland County, Democrat was born on November 13, 1949 in Rutland, VT. He became a resident of Brandon in 1953. Steve graduated from Otter Valley Union High School, Brandon, VT (1967); Castleton State College, Castleton, VT (BA history/psychology, 1972); and has taken various advanced financial courses from the American Institute of Banking. He is self- employed as a consultant to small businesses. Previously a member of: Selectboard; Zoning Board; Porter Hospital Board; Board member and Treasurer Neshobe Golf Club, Inc.; President of Rutland Area Visiting Nurses. Currently, he is the President of the Brandon Industrial Corporation and is a Board Member and Treasurer of the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace Community Center, Inc. Steve is married to Jane Carr, they have a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren. Post Office Address: 27 East Prospect Street, Brandon, VT 05733. Representative Stephen Carr Rutland-6
  29. 29. 28 Representative RobinChestnut- Tangerman Rutland- Bennington ROBIN CHESNUT-TANGERMAN of Middletown Springs, Rutland County, Progressive/Democrat, was born June 14, 1960. His early childhood was in New Hampshire and Vermont; the family then moved to a farm in western New York State. After a year in Scotland, he earned a BA from Hamilton College and did graduate work in Education at UMass Amherst and Castleton State College. He also earned a mediation degree from Woodbury College. Since 1991, he and his wife, Melissa, have lived in Middletown Springs where they home schooled their daughters, Jeni and Malindi. Robin has owned and operated Talisman Woodwork for 25 years, doing remodeling with a focus on energy efficiency and historical renovation. Community involvement includes the Middletown Springs Selectboard (10 years), Fire Department (11 years), Building Committee, Energy Committee, founder of town newsletter, board member and an organizer of SolarFest (renewable energy and sustainable living fair, for 16 years), and environmental page columnist for Rutland Herald/Times Argus (5 years). He is a Vermont licensed educator at The Tutorial Center at Smokey House in Danby, working with at-risk teens, and an adjunct faculty at Green Mountain College in the Renewable Energy and Ecological Design Program (REED). Home Phone: 235-2050. Home Address: 72 Sundog Lane, Middletown Springs, VT 05757. E-mail: Representative Annmarie Christensen Windsor-2 ANNMARIE CHRISTENSEN lives in the Village of Perkinsville in Weathersfield. She received a BA from Misericordia University and a MS from Marlboro College. Occupation: Journalist, having been a reporter and news editor at the Valley News, Rutland Herald, and VPR. Publisher of an international newspaper on HIV/AIDs best practices and innovations in developing countries as director of publications for the Global Health Council, based in White River Junction, VT and Washington, D.C. Director of communications for The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, which researches best practices in regard to domestic health systems. Two children, Meredith and J. Max, and partner, Dallas Carey. Home Phone: 802-263-9530. Mailing Address: 16 Old Center St., Perkinsville, VT 05151. E-mail:
  30. 30. 29 KEVIN “COACH” CHRISTIE of Hartford, Windsor County, Democrat, was born April 7, 1950, in Hartford, CT, and moved to Hartford, VT, at age 23, in 1973. He attended parochial schools through high school and graduated from Eastern CT State University (BA, 1972), active in student government and the performing arts. He moved to Quechee, VT, to open an automotive business (1973–1980). He is married to Mary C. Christie and they have two daughters, Amber and Angela. Started coaching track at Hartford High School in 1980 and then started coaching football and teaching at Hartford Technical Career Ctr. in 1986, received his MEd in Ed. Admin./Supervision in 1990. He was named Vermont Technical Education Teacher of the Year 1992. Technical Center Director/Principal at Randolph Technical Career Center in Randolph, VT, 1994–2001. He began his Doctoral Degree in Ed. Admin. and is almost completed. Then was an automotive Service Director and then Therapeutic Case Manager for youth in foster care for six years, he has served on Vermont Human Rights Commission, Boys & Girls Club, Vocal Soloist, VT. Special Olympics, Ed. Advisor, Correctional Facility, Chair VT/Rehab. Advisory Council, VT Symphony Chorus, Nat. Rep. AVA Resolutions Comm., Hartford Housing Authority. Held certifications; Principal, K–12, Superintendent, Technical Center Director, Auto. Tech. Teacher, NOCTI, ASE Cert. He is a Notary Public, has served on the Hartford School Board since 2007 and was the Chair. Attends Saint Anthony’s Church in White River Jct. Address: 682 Christian St., White River Jct., VT 05001. Phone: 295-1066. E-mail: Representative Kevin Christie Windsor-4-2
  31. 31. 30 Representative Brian Cina Chittenden-6-4 BRIAN CINA of Burlington, Chittenden County, Progressive/Democratic, was born and raised in northeastern New Jersey. He moved to New Hampshire in 1994 to attend Dartmouth College, where he was a Senior Fellow and graduated with an A.B. in Music. In 1998, he moved to Burlington, Vermont and served as an Americorps member at Spectrum Youth and Family Services. From 1999-2003, Cina continued working in human services, providing restorative justice and outreach to youth and families. From 2003- 2005, he attended the University of Vermont, earning a Master of Social Work degree. From 2005–2010, Cina worked at Transitional Services for Youth and Families, providing family support services and supervising the social services program. Since 2010, he has operated a private practice in clinical social work/psychotherapy located in downtown Burlington. Cina is a community organizer and activist. He cofounded ISGOOD (Isham Street Gardening and Other Optimistic Doings), a neighborhood organization that has reduced crime through gardening and other community service activities since 2005. Cina has served as a School Board member from 2014–2017. He led the search for a new superintendent in 2015 and is currently the chair of the Finance Committee. Cina is also a musician and performance artist. Phone: 802-448-2178. E-mail: Address: 12-1/2 Isham Street, Burlington, VT 05401. Representative Selene Colburn Chittenden-6-4 SELENE COLBURN was born and raised in Burlington, where she currently serves as East District City Councilor. She is an Associate Library Professor at the University of Vermont with a secondary appointment in the Department of Music and Dance. She has served on the boards of Vermont Community Access Media, Burlington’s Channel 17, Grass Roots Art and Community Effort (GRACE), Cradle to Grave Arts, the Fletcher Free Library Commission, the Vermont Library Association, and the Burlington Parallel Justice Commission. In 2002 she cofounded Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom and has served as a board chair, member, volunteer and fundraiser for the organization. She received a BA in dance from Bennington College in 1991 and a Master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons College in 1999. Prior to her employment at UVM, she worked in libraries and archives at the Shelburne Museum, the St. Johnsbury Archives Collaborative, and WGBH in Boston. She lives with her husband, Chris Burns, and her daughters, Clio and Ione.
  32. 32. 31 JAMES O’NEILL CONDON of Colchester, Chittenden County, Democrat, was born on May 19, 1958, in New London, Connecticut, and became a resident of present town in 1993. Occupation: Executive Director, Vermont Association of Broadcasters. He is married to Ginny McGehee and they have one son, Thomas. He was educated at the University of Connecticut, Storrs (BA, History, 1981). He is past president of the VT Associated Press Broadcasters Association and former Vermont AP Newscaster and Sportscaster of the Year. Member of the Colchester Economic Development Advisory Committee. Member of the House: 2005–present. Home Phone: 655-5764. Post Office Address: 500A Dalton Drive, Colchester, VT 05446. Representative James Condon Chittenden-9-1 PETER CONLON was born in Barre and raised in Montpelier, graduating from Montpelier High School in 1982 and Dartmouth College in 1986. He and his wife, Mary, then served as Peace Corps volunteers in Paraguay before settling in Cornwall in 1990. They have three sons. He was a reporter and news editor of the Addison Independent newspaper in Middlebury through 2004, then worked for nearly a decade as a dairy labor specialist throughout New England. Since 2014, he has owned and operated Vermont Move Management and Home Inventory. He is a member of the Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department and the newly unified Addison Central School District board. He is former president of Friends of Cornwall School and Champlain Valley Little League. Representative Peter Conlon Addison-2
  33. 33. 32 Representative Daniel Connor Franklin-6 DANIEL F. CONNOR of Fairfield, Vermont, is a second-term member of the “People’s House” for the towns of Bakersfield, Fairfield, and Fletcher (Franklin District #6). Franklin County is the heartland for Vermont dairy and maple syrup production. He attended Fairfield Center School, Central Catholic High School, and graduated from Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans, Vermont. He received his “practical education” on the farms of W. Robert Howrigan and Henry J. Magnan. He is passionate about the working landscape and sustainable agriculture. He understands that the dairy industry provides the infrastructure for diversified agriculture in Vermont. Dan graduated from VTC in 1979 and the University of Vermont in 1981 with a BS in agricultural science/education. He is the Executive Director for the Vermont Beef Industry Council (VBIC), one of 44 qualified state beef councils across the United States. The VBIC is the only beef council in New England. His career began at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Montpelier, as Dairy Marketing Specialist responsible for sensory evaluation, marketing, and promotion of dairy products. He resigned in 1990 as the Agency’s Dairy Marketing Chief to start Connor & Company for agricultural and small business marketing and promotion. He was Vice President of Vermont Country Milk with its bottling plant located on the UVM campus. He was responsible for the research, design, marketing, and promotion of high-quality milk and cream in glass bottles. He is the proud father of two adult sons and on October 31, 2014, he became a very proud granddad. Phone: 578-3014, E-mail: or Address: 4367 Route 36, Fairfield, VT 05445. Representative Chip Conquest Orange-Caledonia CHIP CONQUEST of Wells River, Orange County, Democrat, was born on October 17, 1961, in Cleveland, Ohio, and became a Wells River resident in 1990. He grew up in Shelburne, VT; attended UVM, from which he holds a bachelor’s in English, and The Evergreen State College, in Washington, from which he received a master’s in teaching. He is a farmer and carpenter, married to Fay Homan and they have a son and a daughter. He is a member of the Blue Mountain Union school board and chair of the Baldwin Memorial Library board. Member of the House: 2009–present. Home Phone: 757-3803. Post Office Address: 409 Bible Hill Road, Wells River, VT 05081.
  34. 34. 33 SARAH LOUISE COPELAND HANZAS of Bradford, Orange County, Democrat, was born on July 9, 1970, in Lake Forest, Illinois. Occupation: Owner of The Local Buzz Cafe in Bradford and secondary science teacher at Valley Vista in Bradford. She was educated at the University of Vermont (BA history, 1992; geology, 1993) and earned her teaching certificate through the Upper Valley Teacher institute in 1995. She is married to John P. Hanzas, Jr. and they have three daughters. She is vice chair of the Health Insurance Committee of National Conference of Insurance Legislators. Sarah is a 2006 graduate of Vermont Leadership Institute. She attends Grace United Methodist Church, where she serves on the Staff-Parish Relations Committee. Member of the House: 2005–present. Home Phone: 222-4064. Post Office Address: PO Box 43, Bradford, VT 05033. Representative Sarah Copeland- Hanzas Orange-2 TIMOTHY R. CORCORAN II, of Bennington, Bennington County, Democrat, was born in Bennington, Vermont, on March 17, 1973, and has been a lifelong resident. Occupation: Employed by Hoisington Realty. He was educated at Mt. Anthony Union High School, Bennington, Vermont; Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont (BA, political science, 1996). He is married to Corrie A. Corcoran. Member of the House: 2003–present. Home Phone: 447-0929. Post Office Address: 8 Corey Lane, Bennington, VT 05201. Representative Timothy Corcoran Bennington-2-1 LARRY “COOPER” CUPOLI of Rutland, Rutland County, Republican, was born in Rutland, Vermont, on April 14, 1947. Occupation: Salesman for Kinney Motors. Education: Graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy, Rutland, VT in 1965 and received a business degree from Southern Vermont College, Bennington, VT in 1967. Larry is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, past President of the Pico Ski Club. Member of American Legion Post 31 and a 42-year member of Elks (BPOE 345) Rutland, VT. He is married to Patricia Cupoli, they have two girls and one boy. Post Office Address: 57 Piedmont Pond Road, Rutland, VT 05701. Representative Larry Cupoli Rutland-5-2
  35. 35. 34 Representative Maureen Dakin Chittenden-9-2 MAUREEN PIETRYKA DAKIN Colchester, Chittenden County, was born in Proctor, VT on March 17, 1950. She was raised and educated in West Rutland. She is the widow of Robert E. Dakin and has two children, Melanie and Patrick, a grandson, Zachary, four sisters, and four brothers. Maureen graduated from UVM (political science) and Trinity College (secondary education). Democrat. Retired. Served on Colchester School Board (Clerk, Vice Chair). Justice of the Peace (20 years). Currently Chair, Board of Civil Authority. Longtime member of the Friends of the Burnham Memorial Library and Colchester Historical Society. Board, VNA of Chittenden/Grand Isle Counties. VT State Board of Dental Examiners (public member); VT State Human Services Board; Associate, VT Leadership Institute, Snelling Center for Government; Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments. Member of the House: 1997–2004, 2015–present. Committees on Agriculture, on Commerce (Clerk, Vice Chair), on Appropriations. Member and Chair, Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules. Member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. Representative David Deen Windham-4 DAVID L. DEEN of Westminster, Windham County, Democrat, was born in Abington, Pennsylvania, on December 20, 1944, and became a resident of Westminster in 1972. Occupation: River Steward Emeritus for the Connecticut River Watershed Council. He graduated from Stamford High School, Stamford, Connecticut; University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut (chemistry major, English minor, 1968 no degree); Antioch New England Graduate School (MS, environmental science, 1996). He is married to Allison Millett Deen. They have one daughter, their son having died in 2008. They have five surviving grandchildren and have two great-grandchildren. Member of Trout Unlimited, Bass Anglers Association, Vermont American Civil Liberties Union, Ducks Unlimited, Atlantic Salmon Association, International Game Fish Association, Vermont River Conservancy, Vermont Community Foundation, Common Cause of Vermont, and Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center. Member of the Senate: 1987–88. Member of the House: 1991–present. Religious preference: Protestant. Session Address: State House, Montpelier, VT 05601. Session Phone: (800) 322-5616. Home Phone: 869-3116. E-mail: Post Office Address: 5607 Westminster West Road, Putney, VT 05346.
  36. 36. 35 DENNIS J. DEVEREUX of Mount Holly, Rutland County, Republican, was born on March 10, 1951, in Rutland, Vermont, and is a descendant of the first male child born in Jackson’s Gore in 1783. He has two grown sons, and retired after a 33-year career in the Ludlow-Rutland GE aircraft engine business. He was educated at the GE Apprentice Program, and also graduated from Johnson State College. Dennis has served his town as a JP, member of the local Planning Commission, and is a town cemetery commissioner. Currently, he is president of the Mount Holly Community Historical Museum, and serves as treasurer of Colfax Lodge #21, Ripley Camp #4 of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, and is on the Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Present member of Black River Academy Museum in Ludlow, Black River Rod and Gun Club, Crown Point Road Association, Vermont Old Cemetery Association, Mount Holly Community Association, and the Vermont Historical Society. Member of the House: 2007–present. Home Phone: 259-2460. Mailing Address: PO Box 1, Route 155, Belmont, VT 05730. Representative Dennis Devereux Rutland- Windsor-2 EILEEN “LYNN” G. DICKINSON of St. Albans Town, Franklin County, Republican, was born on October 8, 1949 in Teaneck, New Jersey and became a resident of present town in 1973. Occupation: business manager at Dickinson & Branon Dental Care. She was educated at John F. Kennedy High School in Katonah, New York, and at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. She is married to Richard Dickinson and they have three grown children, two girls and one son. Owner with husband of a farm in St. Albans Town that raises Angus beef cattle. Formerly a realtor with Poquette & Bruley and a member of the following organizations: Advisory Board of the Community College of Vermont in Franklin County; Franklin-Grand Isle Mental Health Agency Board; St. Mary’s Parish Council, as chair of Education Committee; President of the Title I Parents Advisory Committee for the Franklin Central Supervisory Union; President of the Parent Teachers Organization, St. Albans City Elementary; Board of Trustees, Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans, Chair for four years; School Director of Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans, Union High School District 48; Member Public Oversight Commission for BISHCA; Legislative Trustee of the Vermont State Colleges. Member of the House: 2009–present. Home Phone: 524-3404. Post Office Address: 69 Button Road, St. Albans, VT 05478. Representative Eileen Dickinson Franklin-3-2
  37. 37. 36 Representative Anne Donahue Washington-1 ANNE DE LA BLANCHETAI DONAHUE of Northfield, Washington County, Republican, was born on March 20, 1956, in Burlington, Vermont, and became a resident of present town in 1990. Occupation: News Editor, Counterpoint, Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, Rutland. She was educated at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, JD, 1981; Boston College, Boston, MA, BA in political science and philosophy, 1978; attended Sorbonne, Paris, Cours de Civilisation Francaise, 1976. Inactive member of the bar in Vermont; Washington, DC; and New Jersey. Joint Mental Health Oversight Committee (2003–2014); Green Mountain Care Board Advisory Committee (2013–present); Blueprint for Health Mental Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Committee (2010–present); Northfield Rotary; St. John the Evangelist parish, Northfield. Member of the House: 2003–present. Home Phone: 485-6431. Post Office Address: 148 Donahue Drive, Northfield, VT 05663. E-mail: Representative Johannah Donovan Chittenden-6-5 JOHANNAH LEDDY DONOVAN of Burlington, Chittenden County, Democrat, was born on September 18, 1944, in Burlington, and has been a lifelong resident. Occupation: Retired teacher, Vermont Adult Learning. She was educated at Rice Memorial High School, South Burlington, Vermont; Trinity College, Burlington, Vermont (BA, 1967). She is widow of Thomas Donovan and has five daughters, one son, and nine grandchildren. Chittenden County Democratic Committee; Burlington City Democratic Committee; Christ the King Parish. Member of the House: 2001–present. Home Phone: 863-4634. Post Office Address: 38 Bayview Street, Burlington, VT 05401. Representative Betsy Dunn Chittenden-8-1 BETSY DUNN, Chittenden-8-1. I was raised in Metuchen, New Jersey. I received my BA in Education with two minors in Biology and Physical Education in 1971. I received my nursing degree in 1985. I moved to Essex, VT in October 1986, with my husband, Tom, and our two daughters, Kristine and Colleen. I have worked all of that time at the Medical Center in Burlington, most recently as a Labor and Delivery nurse. I have served my Union as a chief steward and my unit’s lead steward for 13 years. I have negotiated six contracts with our administration. I am an avid gardener and I love sailing, reading, and the theatre. I love to learn and am very creative. I am a Progressive Democrat.
  38. 38. 37 ALICE M. EMMONS of Springfield, Windsor County, Democrat, was born in Springfield Vermont, on February 14, 1955. Occupation: owner/proprietor of Lamps & Shades by Alice. She was educated in elementary schools in Springfield, Vermont; Springfield High School, Springfield, Vermont; University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire (BS, 1977). Member of: Springfield Board of Civil Authority. Member of the House: 1983–present. Home Phone: 885-5893. Post Office Address: 318 Summer Street, Springfield, VT 05156. Representative Alice Emmons Windsor-3-2 PETER J. FAGAN of Rutland City, Rutland County, Republican, was born in Rutland, Vermont, and with the exception of attendance at college and a six-year stint in the U.S. Army has been a lifelong resident of Rutland. Occupation: Retired from the U.S. Military. He was educated in Rutland Catholic Schools, Louisiana State University (BS) and U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA (Master of Strategic Studies). He is married to Diane and they have one daughter and two sons. Work experience: He retired as a colonel from the Vermont Army National Guard with 30 years of service, six on active duty and 24 with the Vermont Guard. He commanded military units at the company, battalion, and brigade level. Community Service: He is currently serving his fifth term on the Rutland School Board, is a member of the City of Rutland Pension Board, is on the Board of Directors for Starbase Vermont, and is the Committee Chairman for Boy Scout Troops 105 and 112. E-mail: Post Office Address: 17 Clinton Avenue, Rutland, VT 05701. Representative Peter Fagan Rutland-5-1 MARTHA “MARTY” FELTUS of Lyndon, Caledonia County, Republican, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 30, 1946. She became a resident of Lyndon in May 1977. Martha graduated from Will Rodgers High School, Tulsa, Oklahoma (1964), and Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin (BA Spanish 1968). Martha retired from Weidmann Electrical Technology after 27 years of working in management positions in international sales, customer management, and strategic improvement initiatives. She is a member of: Board of Trustees Village of Lyndonville; Town of Lyndon Selectboard; Lyndon Planning Commission; Corporator of Lyndon Institute; Board Member and past President of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association. Marty is married to Stephen Feltus, they have one girl and one boy. Post Office Address: PO Box 963, Lyndonville, VT 05851. Representative Martha Feltus Caledonia-4
  39. 39. 38 Representative Rachael Fields Bennington-2-1 RACHAEL FIELDS of Bennington, Bennington County, Democrat, was born in Tempe, Arizona, on March 19,1980. She moved to Bennington with her family in 1992. Rachael attended Mt. Anthony Union High and now is a licensed Nursing Assistant. Rachael has worked at the Vermont Veterans Home for nearly ten years, caring for Vermont’s veterans and their spouses. She has served as a chapter Vice President, Council member, Bylaws Committee Chair and is currently a steward and a Trustee to the Board for the Vermont State Employees’ Association. Rachael is married to Andrew Fields. Representative Robert Forguites Windsor-3-2 ROBERT FORGUITES Born in Forest Dale, a village in the Town of Brandon, Vermont. Grew up in Forest Dale and graduated from Brandon High School. Served in the U.S. Army during the Berlin Build-Up, Cuban Missile Crisis, and early Vietnam Era. Served as a member of the Town of Brandon Board of Selectmen and the Otter Valley Union High School Board of Directors. Member of the Connecticut River Transit Board of Directors. Longtime member of Rotary. Married for 32 years, with one son. His wife is now deceased. Over 20 years’ banking experience, with positions ranging from bookkeeper to Chairman of the Board. Over 20 years’ municipal government experience, four years as Comptroller and 16 years as Town Manager for the Town of Springfield, Vermont.
  40. 40. 39 BOB FRENIER of Chelsea, Republican, grew up in Bedford, Massachusetts and was educated in Bedford public schools and at Tufts University. He was an Eagle Scout and served as a Marine enlisted man and news editor of the Bedford Minuteman newspaper before his election as a Bedford selectman at age 28. He became a Vermont resident in 1992. Bob is a former Vermont volunteer firefighter/EMT-I and deputy sheriff. He has remained active for around 20 years as a Trustee of the Chelsea Health Center, where he led the construction of Chelsea’s new $1.1 million health care facility, and initiated (with a local pediatrician) Vermont’s first mobile dental hygiene facility to serve children from families with low income at eight area schools. More recently, he began Vermont’s first program to utilize on-duty EMTs to provide nonemergency, in-home preventive health care to seniors. He also recruited the first commercial drug store to serve remote Chelsea in 90 years by helping it obtain Vermont’s first license allowing the pharmacist to communicate with the tiny store’s staff and customers via teleconferencing. He is ecstatically married to his wife of 47 years, Carol, with whom he has been in business for 38 years, producing television commercials and remanufactured fire trucks. Home Phone: 685-3811. Address: 85 Town Farm Road, Chelsea, VT 05038. Home E-mail: Representative Bob Frenier Orange-1 DOUGLAS GAGE is a Republican, representing District 5-4 in Rutland City. Born in Reading, PA on May 13, 1959. Moved to Vermont in 1976 and graduated from Northfield High School in 1977. After high school he enrolled in Vermont Technical College where he studied Land Surveying. After college, Douglas settled in Rutland. He is part of a family line that goes back five generations of Vermonters. Married to Susan (Sheldon) in 1980. They have two daughters, Margaret and Beth. Since moving to Rutland in 1979, Douglas has been actively involved in his community. He is an environmental advocate, has served as PTO President to the Lincoln/Northwest Elementary, and is currently on the Rutland City School Board. He has been a dedicated Mentor at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility for over five years. He has worked for Coca-Cola for 14 years, where he drives tractor trailer. He is a member of The Church at Rutland. Representative Douglas Gage Rutland-5-4
  41. 41. 40 Representative Marianna Gamache Franklin-4 MARIANNA GAMACHE of Swanton, Franklin County, was born in Brooklyn, NY, and attended St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary and Midwood High School. She received her BS in special education and psychology from the State University of New York at Old Westbury in 1985. In 1987, she joined that university as a College Admissions Officer until moving to Florida in 1990. She was employed by Florida Atlantic University in the same capacity and left in 1995 when she married her husband and moved to VT. She was married for 18 years to Paul L. Gamache of St. Albans (deceased in 2013). Until his death, she was involved in the Gamache family movie theater business and also owned a women’s fitness facility in Swanton and Enosburg Falls. She belongs to the Catholic Daughters of America and is a member of both the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Swanton) and Immaculate Conception (St. Albans) parishes. She is a member of the Northwest Medical Center Auxiliary, the Swanton Enhancement Project, the Swanton Chamber of Commerce, and the Historical Society. She was elected a Delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2010 and to the Republican Platform Committee 2010, 2012, 2014; elected Franklin County Republican Committee Finance Chair 2012–2014; elected as a Justice of the Peace in 2013. She has one adult daughter from a previous marriage. Representative John Gannon Windham-6 JOHN M. GANNON of Wilmington, Windham County, Democrat, was educated at Groton School (1980), Middlebury College (B.A. 1984), and Suffolk University Law School (J.D. 1987). Admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1988, John was an associate at Paul, Frank + Collins in Burlington, Vermont (1987–1990) and then joined the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. (1990– 2001). In 2001, he joined the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. In 2004, he also became President of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. He was Executive Producer of the documentary “Trick$ of the Trade: Outsmarting Investment Fraud,” which won a Telly Award in 2010. He returned to Vermont in 2011 and with his wife, Crista, runs Happy Dog Farm, LLC, a small poultry producer. John serves on the Wilmington Selectboard (2015–present) and is a board member of The Wilmington Fund VT, Inc. (2012–present), Wilmington Works, Inc. (2013–present), and BetterInvesting, Inc. (2011–present). He is a member of Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley, the Wilmington Trails Committee, the Vermont Mountain Bike Association, and the Vermont Farm Bureau. Phone: 802-490-4327. Post Office Address: P.O. Box 1003, Wilmington, VT 05363. E-mail:
  42. 42. 41 MARCIA GARDNER of Richmond, Chittenden County, Democrat, was born at the Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois and raised in Montpelier, Vermont. She became a resident of Richmond in 1999. She was educated at the University of Vermont (BA) and Saint Michael’s College (MSA). Marcia spent 19 years in State government at the Vermont Department of Liquor Control and is a graduate of the Vermont Certified Public Manager Program. Past community board and committee memberships include: Richmond Conservation Commission (2010–2011), Richmond Town Selectboard (2009–2010), Vermont State Marketing and Promotional Partnership (2006–2010), and the Richmond Economic Development Committee (2004–2007). She also volunteered for the International Institute for Peace through Tourism and is a member of Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society in Business, Management, and Administration. Marcia is married to James Gardner and they have four stepchildren, Melissa and Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica and Loren Legacy, and three grandchildren. Home Phone: 434-2854. E-mail: Address: 2290 Hinesburg Road, VT 05477. Representative Marcia Gardner Chittenden-1 DYLAN J. GIAMBATISTA of Essex Junction, Chittenden County, Democrat, was in Rutland, Vermont. A lifelong Vermonter, Dylan’s experience includes work in business, State government, and the Vermont General Assembly, where from 2014-2016 he served as Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House. He currently works as Director of Outreach and Financial Literacy in the Vermont Office of the State Treasurer. Dylan serves on the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition Board of Directors. He is a Justice of the Peace. Dylan lives with his wife, Candace Morgan, and their two cats. Representative Dylan Giambatista Chittenden-8-2
  43. 43. 42 Representative Diana Gonzalez Chittenden-6-7 DIANA GONZÁLEZ of Winooski, Chittenden County, Progressive/Democrat. Diana (pronounced De-ahna) holds degrees from Western Washington University and the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. Diana is pursuing a doctorate in Education, Leadership, and Policy at the University of Vermont, and runs an independent consulting business, Grounds for Discourse. Through her work at Grounds for Discourse she helps organizations and schools create and run tailored trainings on diversity, dialogue, and social justice. Previously, she worked in public health, specifically addressing substance abuse prevention in Higher Education. In January, 2014 she was elected to Vermont’s House of Representatives after campaigning on a progressive platform of economic justice and equity for all Vermonters. Home phone: 661.4053 Email address: Representative Maxine Grad Washington-7 MAXINE GRAD of Moretown, Washington County, Democrat, was born on August 10, 1960, in Great Neck, New York, and became a resident of present town in 1986. Occupation: attorney/educator. She was educated at VT Law School, South Royalton, Vermont (VT JD, MSL, 1985); Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts (MA, BA, 1982); Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute Alumna. She is the mother of three children. Member of: Governor’s Institutes of Vermont; Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health; Northfield Rotary Club; Governor’s Commission on Women (past); Moretown Action Planning Committee (past); Director, Northfield Business Professional Association (past); Bi-State Primary Care Vermont (past); Women’s Health Steering Committee (past); Moretown Democratic Committee; National Women’s Health Network; Moretown and Central Vermont Regional Planning Commissions (1987). Member of the House: 2001–present. Home Phone: 496-7667. Post Office Address: 301 Paddy Hill Road, Moretown, VT 05660.
  44. 44. 43 RODNEY GRAHAM of Williamstown, Orange County, Republican, was born and raised in Williamstown. He graduated from Williamstown High School. He is a dairy farmer and maple sugar producer. He served on the Williamstown School Board, 1997–2007, where he was on the transportation and policy committees. He currently serves on the Selectboard, where he has been a member since 2008, and served on the Public Safety Building Committee. He is a member of the Vermont Sugar Makers Association, Vermont Farm Bureau, Agri-Mark/Cabot Coop, and Organic Valley Coop. Mailing Address: 859 Graham Rd, Williamstown, VT 0 5679. Phone: 433-6127. Representative Rodney Graham Orange-1 ADAM M. GRESHIN of Warren, Washington County, Independent, was born in Huntington (Long Island), New York on September 9, 1960 and became a resident of Warren in 2002. He is a partner in Summit Ventures NE LLC, the owner of Sugarbush Resort, where he oversees guest and community relations and sits on the executive committee. Prior to his employment at Sugarbush, he worked for 16 years as a research analyst and lead portfolio manager in the global bond group at Scudder Stevens & Clark in Boston. He was educated at Bowdoin College (BA magna cum laude in romance languages and economics, 1982) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (master of arts in law and diplomacy, 1984). He became a Chartered Financial Analyst in 1990. Adam is married to Anne (Cassin) Greshin, originally from Middlebury, VT, and they have three children. Board memberships include the Warren School Board and, formerly, the Mad River Valley Health Center Board. He is a member of the Mad River Valley Rotary Club, the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Friends of the Mad River. Adam and his family are members of the Beth Jacob Synagogue in Montpelier. Home Phone: 583-3223. Post Office Address: 611 Eurich Pond Road, Warren, VT 05674. Representative Adam Greshin Washington-7
  45. 45. 44 Representative Sandy Haas Windsor-Rutland SANDY HAAS of Rochester, Windsor County, Progressive, was born on May 8, 1946, in Orange, California, and became a resident of Rochester in 1980. Occupation: lawyer in private practice (retired) and innkeeper, The New Homestead Bed & Breakfast. She was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, BA, 1968; JD, 1974 (Boalt Hall). Her partner is David Marmor. Member, Rochester Planning Commission since 1982; White River Valley Players Board of Directors, 1984–2005; Clara Martin Center Board, 1982–1998; Rochester Trustee of Public Funds, 1987–2003. Member of the House: 2005–present. Home Phone: 767-4751. Post Office Address: 360 South Main St., Rochester, VT 05767. Representative Jim Harrison Rutland- Windsor-1 JIM HARRISON of Chittenden, VT (Rutland County) was appointed to the House in 2017. He is the former president of the Vermont Retail & Grocers Association (VRGA), a position he held until the end of 2016 after a 29+ year career with the organization. He has a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from New Hampshire College. Since stepping down from his full-time position with the Association, he works part time at Green Mountain Golf Course in Killington and recently joined the Friends of Chittenden Public Library and the Chittenden Historical Society, and is a new member of the scholarship selection committee for VRGA. He and his wife, Pat, have lived in North Chittenden since 2006. They have two adult children and two grandsons. Representative Helen Head Chittenden-7-3 HELEN HEAD of South Burlington, Chittenden County, Democrat, was born and raised in Griffin, Georgia, and became a resident of South Burlington in 1992. She was educated at the University of New Hampshire (BA) and the University of Vermont (MPA). Her career has focused on the administration of nonprofit organizations, including New Hampshire Legal Assistance’s Concord office and Project Home (now HomeShare Vermont). Past community board and committee memberships have focused on domestic violence, developmental disabilities, Alzheimer’s Disease, court diversion, corrections, community library services, and ecumenical action. At present, she works with Hospice of the Champlain Valley, Dismas House, and Small Potatoes, an interfaith program that feeds hungry Vermonters on Saturday mornings. Helen is married to Thomas Mercurio and they have a grown son and daughter, Paul and Maria. Member of the House: 2003–present. Home Phone: 862-2267. E-mail: Website: Address: 65 East Terrace, South Burlington, VT 05403.
  46. 46. 45 MICHAEL J. HEBERT of Vernon, Windham County, Republican, was born April 13, 1950, at Holyoke, MA. Moved to Vernon in 1984. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1968 to 1971. Graduated from college in Springfield, MA, 1975. Mike has been an active community member coaching high school softball and baseball and little league baseball in Vernon and Brattleboro. In addition, he has served on numerous local and regional school boards for more than 25 years. Mike served as a member of the Vermont Water Resources Board and the Vermont Natural Resources Board for eight years. He is a member of several fraternal organizations, as well as a member of the Guilford Sportsman’s Club and the NRA. Mike and his wife, Deborah (Daigneault) Hebert, were married on July 14, 1973. They have two daughters, Michelle Hebert of Vernon, VT, and Heather Hebert of Dover, VT. They also have seven grandchildren, Arianna, Aleksander, Turner, and Owen of Vernon and Madeline, Nina, and Catori of Dover. Phone: 451-9088. Address: 54 Homestead Way, Vernon, VT 05354. Representative Michael Hebert Windham-1 ROBERT “BOB” HELM of Fair Haven, Rutland County, Republican, was born in Canandaqua, New York, on October 28, 1949, and became a resident of present town in 1950. Occupation: Real estate and others. He is married to Caren L. Helm, and they have two daughters and one son. He was educated at Fair Haven Union High School, Fair Haven, Vermont, and attended Concord Commercial College, Manchester, New Hampshire (Associate’s Degree, 1971). Past Castleton Board of Selectmen, Chair; NRA, life member; American Legion; Disabled American Veterans; VFW; Vietnam Veterans of America; Fair Haven Rotary; U.S. Marine Corps.; Vermont State Colleges, Board of Trustees; Past Chairman, Fish, Wildlife and Water Resource Committees. Likes hunting and fishing and really likes shooting moose. Member of the House: 1991– present. Religious preference: Congregational and a firm believer in the rights of free speech, God bless America, and in God we trust. Home Phone: 265-2145. Post Office Address: 647 Rt 4A E, Fair Haven, VT 05743. Representative Robert Helm Rutland-3
  47. 47. 46 Representative Mark Higley Orleans-Lamoille MARK HIGLEY of Lowell, Orleans County, Republican, was born on March 5, 1956, in Brattleboro, Vermont, and became a resident of present town in 1990. He was educated at the Guilford Central School and Brattleboro Union High School. After graduation he served in the USN Seabees as a builder. In 1978 he became a self-employed general contractor and in 1980 married his wife, Cathy. They have four children, two daughters and two sons, and two granddaughters. Board appointments include Solid Waste Committee and Agricultural Advisory Committee. Elected positions include two one-year terms on the Brattleboro selectboard, 1986 and 1987, and lister in Lowell since 1994. He worked for five winters for the Town of Lowell, plowing roads and running a grader. He’s a current member of the Vermont Beef Producers Association and Vermont Sugar Makers Association. Member of the House: 2009–present. Home Phone: 744-6379. Post Office Address: PO Box 10, Lowell, VT 05847-0010. Representative Matt Hill Lamoille-2 MATT HILL of Wolcott, Vermont, Democrat, was born and raised in Johnson, Vermont. As a Vermonter, Matt’s life experiences include being a part of the Vermont Department of Labor administration, carpentry, and real estate, to name a few. As a former basketball player, coach, and referee, he thrives on teamwork and in high pressure situations. Matt lives with his partner, Erika, and their two dogs. Representative Mary Hooper Washington-4 MARY S. HOOPER of Montpelier, Washington County, Democrat, was born in Heidelberg, Germany, where her father was serving in the army. She has lived in Montpelier since 1979 with her husband, Jim Slinkman, who is a physicist working for IBM. They have a son. She has been the executive director of the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts, Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry, the first executive director of the Montpelier downtown association. She served four terms as Mayor of Montpelier and on a number of City Boards and Commissions and other organizations, including Capstone (the regional community action agency), the Hunger Council, and the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Member of the House: 2009–present. Mailing Address: 882 North Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. E-mail: Home Phone: 802 223-2892. Mobile Phone: 793-9512