Nonprofit news and notes: Brattleboro Retreat appoints new board members


BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro Retreat recently announced the appointment of two new trustees, Kate O'Connor and Adam Grinold, who officially joined the hospital's board of directors on Friday, Sept. 23.

Brattleboro resident Kate O'Connor currently serves as the executive director of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce and the vice chairwoman of the Brattleboro Select Board. She began her career in public service as an aide to former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin. For 14 years she was a top policy and political advisor to Howard Dean during his tenure as Vermont governor and as a candidate for U.S. president.

O'Connor received a BA in political science from Bates College. She is a member of the Vermont E911 Board and chairwoman of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel, having been appointed to both boards by Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Adam Grinold is a business man, realtor, and life-long resident of southern Vermont who has served as executive director of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation since 2014. He also owns and operates Wahoo's Eatery in Wilmington, and serves as chairman of the Wilmington School Board. Many know Grinold as the former general manager of another local business — The White House of Wilmington — which he and his family sold in 2008.

Over the past 20 years he has worked to contribute to the vitality of the local community by serving on The Wilmington Planning Commission; Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce; Twin Valley Facilities Committee; Bi-Town Committee; SeVEDS; Wilmington Works; Southern Vermont Economic Development Zone Steering Committee; Regional Development Corporations of Vermont Board of Directors (current vice chair) and been elected to the Pettee Memorial Library Trustees, and Twin Valley School Board.

Having had a mother who suffered from depression her entire adult life, Grinold considers his membership on the Retreat board as an opportunity to support the hospital's mission.

A graduate of Wilmington High School, Grinold received his BA with honors from Castleton State College in 1995.

"We are so pleased to welcome Kate and Adam to the Retreat board," said Board Chairwoman Elizabeth Catlin. "They're both deeply committed to our mission to provide great care for people who suffer from mental illness and addiction, and they also bring unique perspectives and skill sets that will prove invaluable in helping guide the Retreat to continued growth and stability."

Westminster Cares, Inc. holds monthly board meeting

WESTMINSTER >> The Westminster Cares, Inc. Board of Directors met Sept. 14 at the Westminster Institute at 4:30 p.m. with President Connie Sanderson presiding. The following board members attended: Reggie Borden, Pete Harrison, Barbara Sherrod, Robin Lawrence, Sally Ryea, Heidi Anderson, Don Dawson, Lori Larue and Director Donna Dawson. Miriam Lanata was unable to attend. Westminster Cares creates opportunities for seniors and disabled adults to live with independence and dignity in the community. Your support to this care-giving organization is a way for all of us to take care of our friends.

Anyone interested in learning more about Westminster Cares, volunteering to deliver meals on wheels or driving neighbors to doctor appointments, working on a committee, making a contribution or attending a workshop may contact Donna Dawson at 802-722-3607 or by email at Visit and find Westminster Cares on Facebook.

In August, WC volunteers delivered Meals on Wheels five days a week to 13 different people. In addition, two frozen entrees were delivered each Friday to eight people on Fridays for weekend meals (16 total weekend meals).

During the month of August, 13 rides were provided by five volunteers who drove seniors to medical appointments at the pharmacy and cardio rehab appointments.

During August, the community nurse made eight home visits on behalf of eight seniors for medication and pain management, blood pressure checks, foot care and diabetes education. Isabelle saw an additional eight seniors at the monthly blood pressure clinic at senior lunch.

Westminster Cares welcomes donations throughout the year from anyone wishing to remember or honor a loved one or friend. Donations in August and September were made in memory of Paul Ricci from Evelyn McLean, Juliet Bell, Allison and David Deen, Susan Roman, Roger Blacklow, Laura Blacklow and Peter Fougere, and the Windham Regional Woodlands Association.


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