Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is made up of current parents, alumni parents and community members. The Board of Directors has responsibility for the general management, the property, business and affairs of the school and fundraising. The Board decides school policy and revises school by-laws as necessary. The Board meets on the first Tuesday of every month and on other occasions as seen fit. Board Meetings are open to the public and we encourage interested parties to attend at any time.
Each April new members are recruited for the following school year and in June the new Board becomes official. If you think you might want to become involved please talk with any Board member, or our Director, or just attend our next meeting.
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Beth is thrilled to be part of the Evergreen community, as parent of an alum, a current student, and as current Board President. Beth holds a Master of Science in Administration and Management (MSA) from Saint Michael’s College. Her background includes: nonprofit sector management, project management in the for profit world for government, nonprofit, university, and private sector clients, and board service, including 7 years on the Panton Select board, and the Evergreen Board since 2015. What most excites Beth about serving on the Evergreen Board: “I love thinking about Evergreen’s future—how we can sustainably further our mission to serve our community’s kids!”
In the spring of 1982 when Susan was searching in vain for a preschool for her almost 3 year old son, Graham, she and three other moms decided to start their own school. With overwhelming support from the Vergennes & outlying communities Evergreen was conceived - and opened as a 3 day program in the fall of 1982. It was truly a collaborative labor of love! Susan taught at Evergreen and remained on the board for 8 years. She's been teaching in the Early Childhood PreK-3 Program at UVM for more than 20 years and 6 years ago rejoined the board of Evergreen. She lives in Shelburne and has 3 children (all Evergreen alumni) and 2 grand-daughters.
Katrina has been a Vermont resident since 1972 and a resident of Vergennes since 1976. Graduating from the College of St Rose in Albany, NY with a degree in Education she became involved with the Evergreen Preschool in 1982, teaching a one day per week program for 3 year olds and becoming the Treasurer of the organization. Katrina continued as one of the teachers in the various programs (2 day, 3 day, 4 day, kindergarten) and in the various locations (Water Street, Green Street, Sand Road) from 1982 until 1994. Katrina then spent the following 20 years at Vermont Teddy Bear in retail, forecasting/analysis and marketing. She has continued serving on the Evergreen Board as the Treasurer to the present day. Her continued involvement with Evergreen comes with a love for the organization and the many families that have passed through its doors. In serving on the Board of Evergreen and being Treasurer Katrina is pleased to give back to the community in this capacity.
Jena was born and raised in Vermont, but moved out of state to attend college. After college, she attended law school in Michigan where she graduated with her Juris Doctorate. During this time, Jena married her husband, Ben, and they now have two daughters, Gracie and Tommie. Gracie is currently in the 3 Day program and loves it! Jena spent her professional career in Michigan at legal aid working in an office that specializes in family law and domestic violence matters. While living in Michigan, she also volunteered with a non-profit animal rescue which led to a house filled with dogs! In 2018, Jena and Ben made the decision to move back to Vermont to be closer to family and friends. Jena now works at WomenSafe as the Outreach and Legal Advocate. Jena is thrilled to be part of this community and she looks forward to continuing to serve Evergreen and our families.
Karri has been a resident of Vergennes for 12 years. She is married to a life-long Ferrisburgh/Vergennes resident, Brian. Together they have three children, Weston, William and Lillian. Karri is a Registered EEG Technologist, specializing in neurointraoperative monitoring and ICU EEG monitoring. She splits her time between UVM Medical Center and CortiCare Neurodiagnostics. She is a member of the American Society of Electroencephalographic Technologists. She holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Biology from the University of Vermont. In her free time, Karri loves to indulge in Dateline Mysteries and obscure medical documentaries, listen to comedy podcasts and read detective novels. Karri joined the Board in 2019 to be a voice for the children of the Evergreen Community. Early education is a cause she is passionate about and so far has been a very rewarding experience for her
Cheri joined the Evergreen Board of Directors at the end of 2016. Her son was just starting at Evergreen and she wanted to find a way to be more involved in his school. Cheri is a life-long Addison resident and lives there with her husband, Scott, and their two children, Chace and Summer. Cheri has a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University. She and Scott have owned WAGS in West Addison since 2013 and she ran one of several family businesses, Vermont’s Own Products, from the time she graduated college until Chace was born. In addition to that, and being a stay-at-home mom, Cheri is a wedding coordinator at An Affair by the Lake in West Addison. She truly loves this Evergreen community and looks forward to continuing to serve you as a member of the board.
Julie Bessette joined the Evergreen Board of Directors in the Fall of 2017. Julie and her husband, Taylor, live in New Haven with their 4 beautiful children, Benny, Weston, Lila and Nora, on a gentleman's farm. Julie earned a dual-major associates degree in Accounting and Business from the Community College of Vermont. Julie is currently a homemaker whom most of the time you will find tending to the animals (whether in the barn or in the house!).
Open Board Set 2019-20