Camp Ta-Kum-Ta announces four new board members

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Tue, 02/20/2018 - 8:56pm -- Denise Sortor

Camp Ta-Kum-Ta announces the appointment of four new members of its Board of Directors. Joining the Board of Directors are Jane Donahue-Davis, Bob Lawrence, Meaghan Cormier and Tom Wyand. “All four of our newest Board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to offer year-round programs to children who have or have had cancer and their families.” Hattie Johnson, Executive Director.

Jane Donahue- Davis has been involved in Camp Ta-Kum-Ta since her twin sister, June, introduced her in Camp’s first year. As a Vermont State Trooper, Jane came annually to give campers rides in the State Police boats and play on the beach. She was instantly hooked so after she left the police force she began volunteering for the week-long summer camp, winter weekends and various other events every year thereafter. She has been the waterfront leader at camp for 15 years. Jane has worked as a teacher and administrator in the Burlington School District for over 20 years. Jane lives in Essex, Vermont with her husband Dan. She has three step-children and three adult children, a son and a daughter who live in the area and a son who lives with his wife in Sweden.

Robert Lawrence, CPA is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of AN Deringer, Inc in St Albans, VT. Deringer is a US Customs Broker providing integrated supply chain solutions and is based in Vermont serving clients in 30 locations throughout the US. Bob previously worked in public accounting, lastly with KPMG LLP in Burlington, VT. Bob has actively coached youth football, basketball and baseball. A South Hero resident, Bob joined the Camp TKT Board in January 2018, and is passionate about Camp TKT's mission and excited to be involved with volunteering and the various Camp programs.

Meaghan Cormier is a Marketing Consultant at Hall Communications who partners with businesses to develop marketing campaigns, create their message and grow their branding. After graduating from Saint Michael’s College in 2011, Meaghan began her career at the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce in Burlington. There she also sat on the committee for the Burlington Young Professionals. After taking some time to travel abroad, she came back and worked as the Director of Membership and Events at the Home Builders Association of Northern Vermont. From the Home Builders Meaghan moved on to her current position at Hall Communications. She became connected to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta through her work at KOOL 105 and the annual Ta-Kum-Ta Thon. After plunging into the lake for a few in years to kick off the Ta-Kum-Ta-Thon, Meaghan became more interested in working with Camp Ta-Kum-Ta and joined the board January 2018.

Tom Wyand is a long-time supporter of Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. Tom is a native Vermonter and has lived in Plattsburgh, NY for the last 44 years. Tom is an entrepreneur and is known by many for his successful businesses such as North End Harley Davidson in Plattsburgh, TC Sports, and Mooney Bay Marina. Tom and his wife Diane, with support from their friends and family, recently designed and built the beautiful memorial garden at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta in loving memory of campers who have passed over the years. Tom understands how much of an impact a place like Camp Ta-Kum-Ta has on the children and families served. He brings a strong business and construction background to the board in addition to being a very loyal supporter of Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.

Camp Ta-Kum-Ta is completely funded through the generosity of donors. Camp accepts all of its children and their family tuition-free. Our mission is to provide challenging, extraordinary experiences in a safe and loving environment for children who have or have had cancer and their families. Camp exists for Vermont and Northern New York children. (including other out-of-state children who are treated in Vermont), at no cost to their families.

For more information about Camp Ta-Kum-Ta call 802-372-5863 or visit www.takumta.org.