BAYADA Home Health Care names VanderZee associate director

BRATTLEBORO -- BAYADA home Health Care recently announced that Kimberley VanderZee has been named associate director of the Brattleboro home care office. VanderZee will manage the team and oversee all operations of the office, which provides nursing and assistive (personal) care services to people in Windham and Windsor counties.

For the past 15 months, VanderZee has been the client services manager with the office, responsible for scheduling and arranging all client care. Prior to joining BAYADA, she held a variety of positions in the senior care industry, including as elder care advisor/case manager for a senior living referral organization, director of community relations for a large assisted living facility, and a hospice aide with a visiting nurse association.

VanderZee resides in Wilmington.

For more information about BAYADA in Brattleboro, call 802-254-7071.

Brattleboro Area Drop In Center hires two new full timers

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Area Drop In Center has recently expanded its team to include a new Food Shelf Coordinator and a new Case Manager. Adding these new members to the staff enables the organization to better serve the increasing volume of clients who utilize the Drop In Center’s services.

Andrea Jaquith was hired in November as a full-time Case Manager. Before joining the team at the Drop In Center, she worked for the Vermont Department of Economic Services and the Vermont Department of Family Services. Andrea was born and raised in Dummerston therefore feeling a close connection to the community.

Denise Nuccio was recently hired in February as a full-time Food Shelf Coordinator. She formerly worked at Westminster Meats as the head meat packer, secretary, and butcher trainee. She is originally from upstate New York and has lived in Westminster for the past few years.

To learn more about the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center or give a tax deductible donation, visit www.BrattleboroDropIn.org.

River Artisans announces new officers

The River Artisans Cooperative elected its 2014-15 slate of officers at their Annual Meeting held Saturday, April 5.

The new board is Elizabeth (BJ) Clauson and Carolyn Harris, co-presidents; Debbi Wetzel, vice president; Franklin and Roberta Geist, co-secretaries, Mary Hepburn as treasurer, and Pat Bellows as member-at-large.

The River Artisans is a cooperative organization dedicated to promoting local artists and craftsmen and the store gives members a place to market their goods. Founded in 1975 as the Jelly Bean Tree, it has helped hundreds of artists to establish themselves in the crafts market. The shop has become a favorite stop for many repeat visitors to Vermont. The group always welcomes new artists and application forms are available in the shop.

For more information, e-mail riverartisans@gmail.com, visit riverartisans.com, or call 802-869-2099. Become The River Artisans’ friend at www.facebook.com/RiverArtisans for current news and up-coming events.

VSECU donates to Windham County Child Care

BRATTELBORO -- VSECU, Vermont’s only statewide credit union, is supporting the Windham Child Care Association with a $3,000 donation. The Windham Child Care Association administers programs and services for children, families, and early childhood educators to ensure access to high-quality child care is available to all children in Windham County.

"We are so proud to be able to financially assist this organization. Access to quality child care is an urgent and essential need for so many Vermont families," said VSECU Brattleboro Branch Manager Lisa DiBernardo. Lisa recently visited the Association during an arts class at the center. "It is clear the work they are doing there has a positive effect on the children and the community."

Rebecca Salem, director of development at Windham Child Care Association expressed her appreciation by saying, "It is heartening to work with a business that is clearly dedicated to the communities they work in and interested in understanding the impact of their investments."

InnerWell Partners with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont

BRATTLEBORO -- InnerWell Integrative Counseling Services and the InnerWell Center for Couples Therapy have entered into a partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, in order to provide counseling services to members of all Blue Cross-affiliated plans.

Based in Brattleboro, InnerWell provides counseling services to individual adults and to couples.

"We wanted to make our services more accessible to more people, and so many people in this area have Blue Cross plans. It just seemed like the right thing to do," said Rachel Zamore, LMFT, InnerWell Director. "Now people with Blue Cross plans get our specialized couples therapy services or truly integrative care for anxiety, trauma or depression, and only pay their office visit copay. That’s a pretty big change and we’re excited to be partnering with Blue Cross to make this possible."

In addition to this partnership with Blue Cross (and its affiliated plans), InnerWell will continue to accept other PPO insurances, and will also continue to provide services to clients who choose to pay privately and not involve insurance with their care.

The InnerWell Center for Couples Therapy offers specialized services for couples and relationship issues, including couples therapy for reconnection and repair, as well as discernment counseling for couples on the brink of divorce. InnerWell Integrative Counseling Services is known for providing compassionate, goal-directed, empowering individual counseling services, using the latest discoveries about the mind-body connection and how to foster truly lasting, positive change. InnerWell is based at the Solar Hill Center in Brattleboro.

Prior authorization is not required for Blue Cross members, and appointments are now available. More information can be found at www.InnerWell.org and www.InnerWellCouples.org, or by calling 802-231-2550.

Area residents receive Early Childhood Education Award

BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro resident Kay Curtis, South Newfane resident Kim Friedman, and Putney resident Elizabeth Christie were among 10 people to receive an award from the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children for their time and energy spent working to improve the lives of Vermont’s children and families.

Curtis was recognized for her work engaging children and parents through her well established home-based childcare center. Friedman was recognized for her work as an early childhood advocate. She is currently a consultant for the Vermont Agency of Human Services, Building Bright Futures, and the Northern New England Early Childhood Network. Christie was recognized for serving as the executive director of Windham Child Care Association for ten years, and serving as a founding member of Kids are Priority One.

The early childhood awards were presented at the 20th anniversary celebration of Early Childhood Day at the Legislature organized by Vermont’s Early Childhood Alliance and Building Bright Futures.

The Permanent Fund Awards honor those who work to advance early childhood policy through education and advocacy. The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, founded in 2000, works to improve the quality of Vermont’s early care and education system through the support of three statewide initiatives: Vermont Birth to Three, the Vermont Community Preschool Collaborative, and Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership. For more information on the Permanent Fund, visit www.permanentfund.org.