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VABVI Board of Directors & Key Staff

FY2019 Board of Directors

 

Andrew Bessy (Board President)

Andrew is originally from Detroit, Michigan and has his degree from Michigan State University. He and his wife Erin moved to Vermont in 1991, where they made their home and raised two daughters, Deanna and Julia.  

Andrew and Erin have been associated with VABVI for 22 years, and Erin has also served on the board for 9 years, 3 as president. Andrew is the Technical Director for Colorlab Cosmetics in Williston. He enjoys home-brewing and aquariums in his spare time. He has been on the board since June 2015.

Dr. Stephen Feltus, OD (Vice President)

Stephen is from Acton, Mass. He received a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Biology at Beloit College in Wisconsin in 1968 and his Doctor of Optometry from New England College of Optometry in Boston in 1972. He was an Optometrist in US Air Force, and afterwards completed a residency at the V.A. in Boston for Low Vision and Vision Rehab. He then became the Residency Program Director from 1975-1977. He was an Optometrist at Ophthalmology Associates in St. Johnsbury, VT from 1977 to 2000 concentrating on general optometry and low vision services. He was an Optometrist at Optical Expressions in St. Johnsbury, VT practicing general optometry and low vision services until he retired in 2016

He is a member of the Vermont Optometric Association and served on the boards of VABVI, Lyndon State College Foundation, Northeastern VT Regional Hospital, and Northern Counties Health Care.

Adam Osha (Board Treasurer)

Adam is a local Vermonter, born and raised in Randolph Center, VT. He worked on a local dairy farm until the age of 19, when he then attended the University of Vermont. There, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics and began his career in insurance in 2003. He is also an active board member of the Vermont Chapter of Associated General Contractors of America, and the Randolph Development review board.

Adam is currently an agent with Kinney Pike Insurance. When he is not working, Adam loves to be outdoors with his wife and 2 sons, and he feels passionate about connecting the community to services within VABVI. He has served as the Board Treasurer since July of 2017.

Chryl Martin (Board Secretary)

Tom Chase (Strategic Planning, Budget & Finance Committees)

Tom Chase is the CEO of Neagley & Chase Construction Company. He has served as the community consultant to many non-profits and as a Management Consultant to area corporations. He formed Chase Properties and Development .LTD as he designed, developed, constructed and leased real estate for industrial use. He joined Mark Neagley in August of 1998 to form the new company. Prior to that, Tom was a professional engineer with the Pizzagalli Construction Company, a career that culminated as President and Chief Operating Officer. He served in that capacity from March 1991 to April 1996.

Tom joined the VABVI Board in 2009. Previously, he served on the Board of the Ronald McDonald House in Burlington, as President and on numerous committees.

Tom lives in Colchester. He has four children and nine grandchildren.

Patricia Henderson

Ormand S. Mungeon

Ormand was born and raised in Winooski, VT. The sixth of eleven children.  After earning a B.A. at St. Michael's College, he went on to complete a Master's In Education and Master of the Science in Administration.  After thirty-one years in education, he retired in 2004.  Ormand was Vice President and then President of the Vermont Chapter of the United States Amateur Ballroom Dancing Association for several years.  For the last five years he has volunteered for Age Well and delivered for Meals on Wheels. Ormand has resided in Colchester for twenty-six years with his wife Denise. Since retiring, Ormand and his wife have worked together on several exciting real estate projects.  He enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, traveling with family, reading, walking, dancing and hiking.

James Ouellette

Trina Young

 Trina Young is not originally from Vermont, but - after living in Virginia, Maryland, Utah, Wisconsin, and Minnesota - has chosen to make it her home. Since moving here nearly 6 years ago, she has taken up skiing, learned what a sugar shack is, and single handedly gotten herself (and her vehicle!) unstuck from a dirt road during mud season. 

She has a Ph.D. in German Literature from the University of Utah and currently teaches German at Norwich University. At home, she loves being with her husband and 4 lively kids. Trina enjoys people - talking to people, getting to know people, traveling to meet or visit people. VABVI is important to her because it encourages people to be all they can.

Board Meeting Schedule for FY2018-19


Key Staff

Executive Director
Steve Pouliot – spouliot@vabvi.org
800-639-5861 ext. 233   

Director of Development 
John Thomas - jthomas@vabvi.org
800-639-5861 ext. 224

Office Manager
Lori Newsome – lnewsome@vabvi.org
800-639-5861 ext. 231

Director of Operations
Kathleen Quinlan – kquinlan@vabvi.org
800-639-5861 ext. 234

Director of Adult Services
Daniel Norris – dnorris@vabvi.org
877-350-8838 

Director of Children's Services
Stephanie Bissonette – sbissonette@vabvi.org
800-639-5861 ext. 225  

Braille Transcription
Lori Newsome – lnewsome@vabvi.org
800-639-5861 ext. 231

Intake & Report Specialist 
Andrea Hershberg - ahershberg@vabvi.org
800-639-5861 ext. 214

Volunteer Services
Vicki Vest – vvest@vabvi.org
800-639-5861 ext. 243

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