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Dean joins Youth Services Board

BRATTLEBORO >> Pauline Dean, of Brattleboro, recently joined 16 other community members in serving on Youth Services' board of directors. Through 10 programs ranging from Court Diversion to mentoring, the nonprofit agency helps Windham County young people and families thrive.

Dean has served before in similar capacities in the region, presently on the board of BCTV, on numerous committee within The Brattleboro Retreat, and a host of volunteer work.

Youth Services' newest board member has 16 years of experience as an educator, five of which have been working with young people at the Meadows Educational Center, a therapeutic alternative school located within the Brattleboro Retreat where she is a case manager and intensive special education elementary teacher.

"Pauline's familiarity with working with children and families in crisis, gives her insight into the mission of this agency which adds an important dimension to our board," said Tom Nunziata, Youth Services' board president. "We look forward to tapping her expertise and experience in working on the front lines of helping youth," he said.

To learn how you can get involved with Youth Services or to refer a youth for assistance, visit wwwyouthservicesinc.org or call 802-257-0361.

Trainings offered by Working Bridges Group

BRATTLEBORO >> Are you a local employer challenged by sustaining a stable and productive workforce? You are not alone and there is assistance available.

The Working Bridges Employer Workgroup, convened by United Way of Windham County, is offering two opportunities to share your experiences and learn with your colleagues in March. An "Intro to Bridges Concepts" training, facilitated by Prudence Pease, will be held on March 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Brattleboro Retreat Education Center. The cost is $35 a person and includes a copy of the book "Hidden Rules of Class at Work," Working Bridges materials and light refreshments. Participants will leave with strategies they can use to improve employee retention, productivity and advancement for their workforce. Pre-registration is encouraged, as space is limited. The training is being sponsored by Brattleboro Retreat, New England Career Connection, and River Valley Credit Union.

"This was one of the most impactful trainings I have ever attended," said Angela Earle Gray, Human Resources Director at Chroma Technology, which has sent employees to this annual training since 2012.

This session is intended for senior managers, HR professionals, supervisors, and employees of organizations with an economically diverse workforce. This training continues the work of the regional Working Bridges Employer Workgroup, which began in November 2012 and meets bi-monthly in Brattleboro.

The Employer Workgroup's next meeting on Wednesday, March 9, from 9 to 11 a.m. will include a free workshop presented by Kerry Secrest of Watershed Coaching, LLC entitled, "Working Across Generations," addressing generational conflicts at work, why generational perspectives differ and what can be done to strengthen these relationships at work.

Working Bridges is an employer collaborative dedicated to improving workplace productivity, retention, advancement and financial stability for employees. Employers know the success of their businesses and economic health of our community depends on employee retention and enhanced productivity. Through Working Bridges, they also recognize a steady job is the most reliable ticket out of poverty for individuals.

To register for the "Intro to Bridges Concepts" training or RSVP for the March 9 Employer Workgroup or for more information on Working Bridges, please contact Sue Graff, Community Investment Director, United Way of Windham County, at 802-257-4011, ext. 113, or sue@unitedwaywindham.org.

Darrow joins local law firm

BRATTLEBORO >> Amelia W.L. Darrow recently joined the law firm of Corum Mabie Cook Prodan Angell & Secrest, PLC as an associate attorney. She is also admitted to practice law in Massachusetts. Darrow works with individuals and businesses practicing corporate law, employment law, business and estate planning, and family law. She has considerable experience working with intellectual property in matters covering copyright and trademark law, asset management, technology transfer, and international licensing.

A long-time resident of southern Vermont, Darrow received her juris doctor from Vermont Law School, cum laude, in 2015. She received her BA in a joint degree from Marlboro College and the School for International Training, graduating with Highest Honors. More recently, Darrow interned at the United Nations, for a judge at the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in The Hague, The Netherlands. There her work included issues of international criminal law, international and humanitarian law. Darrow also has experience with immigration and refugee law.

Darrow understands the needs of businesses having run the Olallie Daylily Gardens in South Newfane. She then managed intellectual property assets, licenses, and copyrights in the entertainment industry, developing music and mobile applications as platforms for branding and marketing with River Music, and later StarMaker Interactive. Before law school, she also managed projects under federal and state grants in public health with the Center for Health and Learning. With a background in both for-profit and not-for-profit businesses, Amelia brings a depth of real-world experience to her law practice.

Darrow is currently a board member of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, the Next Stage Arts Project, and The Gathering Place. She has taught parenting classes with the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition. From 2005 to 2012, Amelia performed in the area group Broadband. She lives in Brattleboro with her two children. She loves cycling, gardening, and travel.

Corum Mabie Cook Prodan Angell & Secrest, PLC is a general practice law firm in Brattleboro with six attorneys. The firm's practice areas include family law, personal injury, criminal defense, estate planning and administration, real estate, elder law, civil litigation, and Social Security disability.

Darrow can be reached at 802-257-5292, ext. 1, or svalaw@sover.net http://www.southernvermontattorneys.com/profiles/amelia_wl_darrow.


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