Housing Trust holds annual meeting, discusses waste and efficiency


BRATTLEBORO >> The Windham & Windsor Housing Trust held its Annual Meeting at the River Garden in Brattleboro on Thursday, May 26, to report to its membership and elect five new members to its Board.

Not only did the 110 attendees not waste any time hearing from current Board President Dan Yates, Executive Director Connie Snow and guest speaker Brattleboro Town Manager Peter Elwell, WWHT staff made sure that the dinner produced only one bag of actual garbage. As part of WWHT's sustainability plan, almost everything at the dinner was either compostable or recyclable. The plastic tablecloths made up the bulk of the single bag of garbage, held here by Sustainability Manager Bruce Whitney.

The new board members include Alex Beck, a Brattleboro resident and SIT Graduate, comes from a background in Nonprofit and Social Business Management. Alex holds a MA in Service, Leadership, and Management and wrote his thesis on the impact of Information Communication Technology on NGOs in Rwanda, where he lived and worked prior to co-founding a civic technology start-up in Downtown Rutland. Alex is employed at Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, where he coordinates the Southern Vermont Young Professionals and facilitates the creation, organization, and distribution of regional workforce and education opportunities for young Vermonters throughout the Windham region.

Christine Chapman has lived in Springfield for the last 37 years (mostly), owning a home in North Springfield for the last 25. Chris left Springfield in 1995 to go to college in Dallas, and then worked in Maui as the Director of a drug and alcohol treatment center. Returning to Springfield, Chris worked for the Springfield School District in Special Education for 10 years, and then she joined the staff of Springfield Supported Housing Program in 2012 as a Case Manager.

After many years working in education, including as Dean of Students at a Quaker boarding school, Margaret B. Clark spent 14 years teaching environmental education in both Colorado and throughout Vermont. She went on for an MS in Management at Antioch New England and began her own organizational development business, consulting with a broad variety of non-profits. She has been a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism since 1987.

John Hanley has been the Chief Financial Officer at G.S. Precision, Inc. since May 2012. Prior to joining G.S. Precision, he spent seven years at FiberMark in Brattleboro as CFO, leading a financial reorganization that included a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, subsequent emergence as a private company and eventual sale of business segments to private equity and, ultimately, to strategic buyers. John has an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut in 1978, an MBA from UCONN in 1995, and earned a Certified Public Accountant certificate in Connecticut early in his career.

Kim Morrell was born and raised in Vermont, living in Brattleboro from the age of six until leaving the state for college studies. After completing her degree at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., she returned to the area, married, and settled down. She and her husband rented for a number of years, until 2009 when they were able to realize their dream of owning a home through the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust.

Also honored at the meeting were outgoing Board Members, Elizabeth Fisher, Claudette Hollenbeck, Mary Houghton, Barbara Ternes and Drew Richards as well as Michael Hertz, the Housing Trust's long-time attorney.


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