Vermont Business Magazine On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, the RuralEdge (RE) Board of Directors announced the resignation of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Trisha Ingalls. Brian Pickard, Chief Operating Officer (COO), will provide leadership in the interim. Based in Lyndonville, RuralEdge develops affordable housing.
“It is with sincere appreciation that the members of the RuralEdge board of directors accept Trisha’s resignation,” said Louise Bonvechio, chair of the RE board. “We value Trisha’s strength as a leader in steering the organization with the powerful partnerships with the people RE serves, its stakeholders and staff. We are thankful for her six years of service and wish her well in her next endeavors.”
Ingalls started with RE in 2012 and served as COO before being appointed as CEO in 2015.
Picard joined RE as Project Manager in real estate development in 2016 before being appointed COO, in 2017.
"With Brian Picard leading great staff and a strong senior leadership team working with him, RuralEdge is in extraordinarily capable hands. There will be no interruption in the reliable services RuralEdge provides," Bonvechio added.
“It was incredibly difficult to make the choice to leave RuralEdge. The past six years have given me professional development opportunities I never imagined possible, and the chance to work with some of the most dedicated and inspiring people I have ever met,” Ingalls said. “However, my family needs to be my priority in the years ahead; the board and management team are in a great position to select an exceptional new leader.”
RuralEdge (RE) strengthens Northeast Kingdom Communities one home at a time. As a Community Development Corporation primarily serving the Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont (NEK), RuralEdge develops affordable housing for low and moderate-income seniors, families and those with disabilities.
The organization manages over 600 affordable housing units scattered across 2,000 square miles. RE operates a Home Ownership Center (HOC) providing Homebuyer Education, Financial Empowerment classes and Home Repair and Rehabilitation, SASH, aSupport and Services at Home program and an Assisted Living Facility for seniors.
RE not only provides access to quality affordable housing it has also helped transform communities by rehabbing underutilized or vacant, deteriorated and sometimes fire-damaged properties in key locations, turning them into community assets.
Source: Lyndonville, VT. RuralEdge 2.27.2018