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.
Born in New York City, raised in Connecticut and Virginia, and a graduate of Middlebury College, 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 in 2002. He joined Gifford’s board in the late 1990s and then again in 2010.
A Royalton resident, he has served as a trustee of public funds, and member of the Revolving Loan Fund committee and the Royalton Planning Commission. He has been active with the South Royalton School and served on the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and Dartmouth Hitchcock Alliance boards. He was also an alumni interviewer for Middlebury College for 25 years. He has been married to his wife Louise for 53 years and they have two children.
Jody Richards is a Bethel native who now lives in Randolph. She is managing partner and co-owner of Farrow Financial, a financial planning and money management firm in Randolph.
She studied economics at UVM and Strayer University in Virginia and earned her master’s in investment management from Boston University. She is a Certified Financial Planner 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 enjoys being active and supporting her family in their many pursuits.
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.”
Brad Atwood grew up on Cape Cod and moved to Vermont in 1987 to attend Vermont Law School. A father of four and attorney with Hughes Smith Hughes Atwood & Mullaly in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Brad now lives on a farm in Sharon.
He served on the Sharon Selectboard for six years (including as its chair during the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene), and The Sharon Academy Board of Trustees for nine years (the last four as its president). Brad is currently on the board of Tri-Valley Transit, formerly Stagecoach Transportation Services.
Dan Bennett has served as president and chief executive officer of Gifford Health Care since September of 2016. He previously worked for eleven years at Waldo County Healthcare in Belfast, Maine where he served as their director of community services (3 years) and chief operating officer (8 years). Prior to that Dan was the executive director and chief financial officer at the Mid-Coast Mental Health Center in Rockland, Maine.
Raised in Brandon, Vermont, he held staff-level accounting positions at Gifford Medical Center and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont before accepting a management-level position with Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, VT. He and his wife, Jane live in Randolph.
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 Randolph 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 in 2013, quickly getting involved in charity events like Gifford’s Last Mile Ride as a participant and as a business sponsor.
Joan Goldstein has been Vermont’s Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development since April of 2015. Prior to her appointment to commissioner she led the Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation (GMEDC) – the regional development corporation for Northern Windsor and Orange counties. Before moving to Vermont 12 years ago, Joan spent more than 20 years in a variety of international sales, marketing, client relationship, and project management roles.
Joan lives with her husband in Royalton where she has previously served on the planning commission and Selectboard and is currently a trustee of public funds. She has served on Gifford’s strategic planning committee since 2014.
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.
After growing up in Brookfield, Vt. and graduating from Randolph Union High School, Ben Jickling was elected to the state legislature to represent the greater Randolph community. He serves on the House Health Care.
In addition, he runs the R.A.M.P, a community based adult-youth mentoring program and works at Montague Golf Club as a greens keeper. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, traveling, and volunteering as an assistant basketball coach for the Randolph boy’s varsity team. Ben lives in Randolph.
A Royalton native, Theron Manning has been a South Royalton resident for 45 years. Now retired, he worked at Gifford for 44 years (first as director of Plant Operations and then as director of Strategic Planning).
He is currently the moderator of the South Royalton Prudential Committee (which oversees district fire, water, and rescue services) and has served on that board for 11 years. A community member of Gifford’s strategic Planning Committee from 2015 to 2017, he joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and brings an interest in strategic planning for long-term growth.
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 with the local Boys and Girls Club for ten years, 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.
Dr. Joseph Pelletier is a general pediatrician in the Randolph Primary Care Division. He attended the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and the University of Wisconsin, and his residency was at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.
A pediatrician for over 13 years, he joined Gifford in 2003 and has served as chief of Pediatrics since shortly after his arrival. He is board certified in pediatrics, and lives in Randolph.
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 career in banking, first as a teller in Connecticut and then 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, a division of Bar Harbor Bank and Trust. Sue takes great pleasure in helping people.
In addition to her volunteerism with Gifford, Sue previously served on the Randolph Area Community Development Corp. board for 17 years. She lives in Rochester with her husband.
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.