Downtown Brattleboro Alliance elects new board members and officers

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BRATTLEBORO — Downtown Brattleboro Alliance (DBA) elected three new board members for three-year terms. They were voted in at the annual DBA gathering held Sept. 25 at A Vermont Table.

Jennifer Alberico has lived in Brattleboro for the past 24 years and has worked at the Community College of Vermont for 18 of those years. At CCV, she has gone from faculty member to academic advisor, to enrollment manager, to director of online teaching and learning.

Claire Renaud was born and raised in Brattleboro. While working as a massage therapist she and her husband became first-time homebuyers in 2014. She fell in love with the process from a home buyer's perspective and now is a Berkely Veller Real Estate Agent. She lives in Guilford with her three daughters. Being a Vermont native she has knowledge of this area and what it has to offer. She understands the value of raising a family in southern Vermont and has volunteered countless hours at her children's schools.

Akosua Nyako, a longtime resident of Brattleboro, is an international human resources manager at a local organization whose work focuses on international education and development. She provides guidance and support for internationally-based employees in areas such as talent acquisition, performance management, policy development, and review as well as compliant operations within the global context.

The volunteer DBA board meets on the second Monday of each month, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at Annie Richard's office, 45 Walnut St. All meetings are open to the public.

At the most recent board meeting on Oct.14, DBA elected three new officers.

Peter May, who joined the board in September 2018, will now serve as the board President. May is an international consultant with more than 25 years of experience in the global education and development assistance sectors. He advises U.S. and international institutions on matters driving internationalization strategy, including business structure, governance, strategic program partnerships, contracts, employment, risk and crisis management, compliance, and global expansion. He has served two major institutions as a presidential cabinet member, managing a broad portfolio of business, legal and governing board functions across more than 45 countries. Locally, May is a former chair of the Putney Town School Board and has also served as Moderator for the town of Putney.

Erin Scaggs joined the board in December 2017 and will now serve as vice president. She is the co-owner of Elliot St. Fish & Chips and the chief creator in every wacky, wild and strategic posts on their social media accounts. Elliot St. Fish & Chips has hosted Feeding Frenzy, a night where one local non-profit is awarded profits for the evening. Scaggs is also the founder of the Chesterfield Outdoor Music Concert Series, Elliot St. Block Parties and ensures that many of DBA's promotions happen with great flourish.

Annie Richards, who joined the board August 2018, will now serve as its secretary. Richards is a family psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner who brings the perspective of the community's children to the work DBA accomplishes. She is a panel member for the Diversion Committee at Youth Services and a member of the Multidisciplinary Team for Windham County Safe Place, which is the region's child advocacy center for victims of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse.

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