Matt Considine grew up in Waltham, Mass. He attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut studying finance and then earned his master’s in business administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. A distinguished career working in analyst, portfolio management and vice president positions at investment management companies followed.
He had visited Vermont for years and finally in 2008, he and wife, Melanie, moved to Vermont in search of some elbow room. He worked as a programmer until being named to a new position, director of investments for the state of Vermont in 2011. He continues in that role and joined the Gifford board in 2014 to contribute to his community hospital. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors and astronomy.
A New York City native and Middlebury College graduate, Lincoln Clark spent his career in the publishing and marketing, communications and research industries in New York City. He moved to Vermont full-time in 1984, first working for a New York-based company and then running his own business.
He retired more than a decade ago, joined Gifford’s board in the late 1990s and then again in 2010. A Royalton resident, he is also his town’s trustee of public funds and helps review requests to the revolving loan fund. He’s a past member of the Royalton Planning Commission, has been active with the South Royalton School and was on the Vermont Institute of Natural Science board. He was also an alumni interviewer for Middlebury College for 25 years.
A Bethel native who now lives in Randolph, Jody Richards is a managing partner at Farrow Financial, a financial planning and money management firm in Randolph Center.
She has degrees from Vermont Technical College in veterinary technology, Strayer University in Virginia in economics and Boston University in investment management. She is also certified as a financial planner, a funds specialist and a charted financial analyst.
Jody first joined Gifford’s investment subcommittee in 2011, then its finance committee in 2013 and finally its Board in 2014.
In her free time, Jody is a mom, avid equestrian and has a small farm that raises natural, grass-fed pork and beef, including miniature belted Galloways – a rarer breed Jody sells around the country.
Barbara Rochat moved to Chelsea in 1980 to escape the “suburbia” of New Jersey. The property Barb and her family bought was an old farm, but Barb had no plans of farming. That is until her husband bought her a couple of sheep one year for her birthday. In the decades since, the Rochats have seen their herd grow to more than 50 sheep, started selling meat, added chickens, and bought Rutland-based Vermont Quality Meats, which ships a variety of Vermont food products to primarily New York and Boston markets.
Barb is also a past EMT in Chelsea and in 2008 joined the Gifford board. Like sheep farming, volunteering in health care came with a learning curve, but Barb is happy to be affiliated with such a “shining star in the field.”
Carol Bushey grew up in Tunbridge, moving to Randolph Center as a teen and soon heading off to the Thompson School of Practical Nursing. She went on to work as a nurse, including at Gifford, until transitioning to a long career in real estate and then insurance. In 2001, she bought and still operates The Frankenburg Agency in Randolph.
Carol now lives in Brookfield and invests significant time and effort in bettering her community. She spent more than a decade helping to coordinate a golf tournament for Make-a-Wish Vermont, serves on the board of the Randolph Area Food Shelf and joined the Gifford board last year, quickly getting involved in charity events like Gifford’s Last Mile Ride as a participant and as a business sponsor.
Sheila Jacobs had an early start with Gifford. She was born at Gifford and her first job was staffing the switchboard in the evenings.
In 1984, she started what would be decades-long career in banking, climbing through the ranks and leading to her current role as assistant vice president and branch manager for Mascoma Savings Bank’s historic Bethel location. Her move to the Bethel branch meant an opportunity to return to the community she loves and, after 22 years spent living in White River Junction, Sheila moved back to her native Randolph in 2000.
Since then, she has gotten involved her community. She is a member of the Randolph Area Hospice, is on the board of the White River Valley Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Randolph Rotary Club, a justice of the peace and joined the Gifford board in 2013.
Gus Meyer has been calling Vermont home since the age of 9 and has lived in the same house in Randolph for more than three decades. He’s a private practice psychologist working primarily in central Vermont schools providing evaluations for special education eligibility.
Gus is a Middlebury College graduate and earned both his master’s degree and Ph.D. at Washington State University in clinical psychology. He previously worked at the Clara Martin Center and has made giving back to his community a priority. He served a term on the selectboard, has worked for decades with the local Boys and Girls Club and helped start the Orange County Diversion Board. He joined the Gifford board in 2006 and calls the volunteer position an honor.
Born and raised in West Windsor, Peter Nowlan studied history at the University of Vermont before being drafted in 1968. He entered officer candidate school, serving for five years as an infantry captain in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
When he returned to Vermont, Peter read a Rutland Herald article about the Vermont Law School being established. He was a member of the charter class of 1973, graduating in 1976. He spent a couple of years as an assistant attorney general before opening his own practice in Randolph in 1981. He still operates that practice today.
A Randolph resident, Peter has served the community as a past village trustee and then a selectman, school board member, Town Meeting monitor and joined the Gifford board in 2012.
In 2014 Peter Reed retired to his Braintree home after more than 20 years as Executive Director at UBS Investment Bank. Looking for work with a community focus, he soon found a position at the Northfield Savings Bank in Randolph. He is also on the board of the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation, the Advisory Board of the Randolph Technical Career Center, and is a member of the Randolph Sunrise Rotary.
Peter graduated from Earlham College and received an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He had considered a career in medicine and throughout his life has remained interested in healthcare issues.
Sue Sherman was born in Providence, R.I., and grew up on the coast in Connecticut, before moving to Vermont. A graduate of the School for Bank Administration, she has spent her adult years in banking, first as a teller in Connecticut and then for the last 35 years working her way through the ranks at Randolph National Bank. Currently she is a mortgage originator (loan officer) and vice president for Lake Sunapee Bank, which purchased Randolph National Bank.
In addition to her volunteerism with Gifford, Sue serves on the Randolph Area Community Development Corp. board as secretary. She lives in Rochester.
A VTC graduate, Susan Sytsma has lived in Randolph Center for 36 years. As the owner of Sytsma Design Group, an architectural design and kitchen/bath building business, she has been able to apply her design, business, and marketing skills to various Gifford projects over the years.
Susan helped to organize Gifford’s original Last Mile Ride in 2004, worked on the capital campaign that funded the Menig expansion in 2005, and most recently has helped with the “Vision for the Future” campaign.
She has been a member of the Randolph Rotary and the Randolph Area Chamber of Commerce and served on the building committee for Habitat for Humanity and the Josyln House Advisory Council.
Susan returned to the board in 2015. She first served on Gifford’s board from 2000 to 2009, and retired after a maximum of three, 3- year terms.
A RUHS graduate, Clay Westbrook is now president of American Flatbread. He received a BS in Restaurant and Hospitality Management from Rochester Institute of Technology, and stayed active in the Vermont food community while a student. After graduation, he worked as a cook on tall ships, specializing in vocational sail training for youth, and then as a chef on a privately owned, 124′ yacht. He returned to RIT to complete his MS in Service Management in 2008.
Clay is also currently president of the Vermont Lacrosse Officials Association and officiates both high school and college lacrosse games throughout the state. He lives in Randolph with his wife Meghan.
Todd Winslow grew up in Randolph and helped in his family’s business, Magee Office products, throughout high school—always in ragged jeans. After majoring in business management at New England College in Henniker, N.H., Todd went out west to follow his dream in the ski industry.
He had been there a little over a year when he returned to Magee to help with a business project. He had intended this to be a temporary stay. However, he never left and presently has a dual role at Magee as president and sales manager.
Todd is past president of the Whiter River Junction Rotary Club, is an incorporator at Mascoma Savings Bank, is involved in volunteer work at the Vermont Food Bank and Randolph Community Dinners, and (of course) is a participant in Gifford’s Last Mile Ride.
Todd lives in Wilder Vermont, but from an early age he knew how important Gifford was to the community: “My mom told me there were two places in town that you need to take care of because they can’t be replaced. Those are the hospital and Chandler,” he said.
Bob Wright worked his way up from the foundry floor to manager at Vermont Castings in Randolph. Born at Gifford and raised in Randolph, Bob attended local schools and then college for a couple of years before starting at Vermont Castings. He was promoted to foundry manager in 1986 – a position he has held since, working out of the same office for nearly three decades.
A Brookfield resident, Bob is active in the business community, as a member and past board member of the local chamber of commerce, the Randolph Rotary club and Gifford. Bob has served as a past vice chair and chair of the Gifford board. He participates because of his enjoyment of community service and his admiration for Gifford’s success.