Snelling Center for Government announces the Vermont Leadership Institute Class of 2018

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Tue, 10/24/2017 - 12:00pm -- Denise Sortor

The Snelling Center for Government is pleased to announce the Vermont Leadership Institute Class of 2018. The Class of 2018 is comprised of 23 associates from across the state who represent a wide variety of organizations from the public, private and non-profit sectors:

Sarah Amos, St Johnsbury, Catamount Arts

Alexandra Bergeron, Williamstown, Vermont State Colleges

Jen Bostwick, Essex Junction, Nine East Network

Scott Campbell, St Johnsbury, Capstone Community Action, Inc

Pamela Dearborn, St Johnsbury, Northern Counties Health Care

Kimberly Fitzgerald, Colchester, Cathedral Square

Nicholas Foss, Burlington, Vermont Department of Finance and Management

Christina Goodwin, Worcester, Home Share Now, Inc

Daniel Groberg, Montpelier, Montpelier City Center

Katherine Harbaugh, Richmond, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont

Lynne Jaunich, Charlotte, Board Member

Lynn Jones, Cabot, Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc

Elizabeth Miller, Middletown Springs, Educator

Cindy Mosedale, Barnet, Barnet School

Geoffrey Pippenger, South Duxbury, Department for Children and Families Economic Services Division

James Rice, West Burke, Vermont Department of Corrections

Vanessa Riegler, Post Mills, Aloha Foundation

Liz Ruffa, East Dorset, EDR Consulting, Inc

Kristen Sharpless, Stowe, Stowe Land Trust

Mark Sousa, Middlebury, Green Mountain Transit

Aron Steward, Burlington, State of Vermont

Renee Swain, Sutton, Umbrella, Inc

Nicole Whalen, Worcester, Vermont Foodbank

The Class of 2018 embarked on their leadership journey in September and will meet for a total of nineteen seminar days between now and June 2018. Associates will engage in intensive assessment and self-reflection, study ethics and systems thinking and become immersed in some of the most important issues facing Vermont. Through this experience, associates are inspired to participate in public service, take thoughtful action within the public sector, and work effectively with other Vermont citizens to bring about positive change. This year marks the 23rd year of the Vermont Leadership Institute, and the Class of 2018 will join more than 500 graduates who are making a difference in Vermont: leading innovative businesses, creating award-winning non-profits, serving in the legislature and state government, and volunteering in their communities.

To learn more about the Vermont Leadership Institute and the Snelling Center’s other professional development programs, please visit or contact Suzanne Trahey at or 802-859-3090.

The Snelling Center for Government is a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to fostering responsible and ethical civic leadership, encouraging public service by private citizens, and promoting informed citizen participation in shaping public policy in Vermont.  For more information, please visit our website at

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