Tuesday April 2, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Building a Better Brattleboro Executive Director Andrea Livermore has accepted a position as Development Director at Brattleboro Area Hospice.

Livermore will leave BABB as the downtown organization decides what to do with the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, and also moves away from having a full-time director.

BABB will have a part-time director as its new fiscal year starts on July 1.

Livermore said when the BABB Board of Directors voted to have a part-time director in order to save money she decided to look around at other organizations in the area.

"I feel very lucky to have been able to find a job with another organization in this community, where I want to live and work," she said Monday. "It’s great to be working with an established organization. It’s a perfect fit for me."

Livermore has been at BABB since March 2007, and has also served as executive director of both United Way of Windham County and Youth Services, Inc.

"I am thrilled that Andrea has joined us," Brattleboro Area Hospice Executive Director Susan Parris stated in a press release. "She brings a wealth of skills and experience that will really benefit our work in the community."

Brattleboro Area Hospice is one of the few volunteer hospices left in the United States.

The group provides emotional and practical support during a terminal illness or following the death of a loved one.

All services provided by hospice are free and no state or federal funds are received.

The group gets 64 percent of its budget from Experienced Goods Thrift Store, which the group owns and manages.

Livermore is a member of the Board of Directors at Brattleboro Savings and Loan and is Chairwoman of the Marlboro Selectboard.

She recently was appointed to the Vermont Community Development Board by Governor Peter Shumlin.

Livermore said she may work part time with BABB in the coming months if it works out.

BABB Board President Donna Simons, in a previous interview, said the organization was surprised when Livermore announced that she had taken another job.

Simons said the BABB board hoped to have a full-time director through June.

The group expects to make a decision about the future of the River Garden by early June.

"It’s very hard for me to be leaving downtown," Livermore said. "I don’t want to leave BABB in a lurch in any way, but this is something I needed to do. I hope the transition will be easy for everyone."

Howard Weiss-Tisman can be reached at hwtisman@reformer.com, or 802-254-2311, ext. 279. You can follow him on Twitter @HowardReformer.