Zack's Place Board of Directors
Enrichment Programs for People with Special Needs in the Woodstock VT Area Zack's Place Board of Directors

Zack's Place Board of Directors

Zack's Place Board of Directors 2016

Zack's Place is governed by a non-paid board of directors who make policy, oversee the budget, and meet at least once a month with the executive director. The executive director is a paid employee and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the enrichment center. We employ and pay a part-time art director as well as a per diem bookkeeper whose time averages about two hours a week. We also pay a variety of independent contractors who come to the center to instruct or oversee the implementation of specific programs, either weekly or monthly. Many of our program providers are volunteers as well.

The board of directors presently is comprised of ten members and they annually elect the four officers, a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Our board members are actively involved in the center in various ways. They assist in fund raising, grant writing, building maintenance and improvements, and volunteer their time, often on field trips or at the center itself. They have been known to sew costumes for and appear in our musical productions, bake at cake sales, toil in our gardens, and install our kitchen.

The executive director (ED) is our only full time employee and is responsible for budget preparation, organizing the programming, supervising the participants, communicating with family members and caregivers, fundraising, grant writing, administrative duties, supply ordering, staff oversight and review, money management, and more.

Part-time employees include one administrative assistant (AA), who works four days a week, to assist the ED with daily administrative tasks, and is also responsible for the production of the Zack's Place "Little Phone Book" which is a recent fundraising endeavor handed off to ZP by a former Woodstock foundation; two program directors (PD) who are in charge of overseeing implementation of our daily programs each of whom typically work two days a week; and a part time bookkeeper, who is responsible for production of all the financial reports, including the monthly profit and loss statements, budget use year to date, checkbook ledger, and deposit report.

Board members are a diverse group of people whose combined experiences and skills offer a unique blend of talents that serve ZP very well. Each board member, in addition to their routine board duties, includes themselves in certain activities that really enhance the function of this wonderful community enrichment center.

Because of the small community setting in which ZP finds itself, its board members immerse themselves in the fundraising arena, the day-to-day activities of ZP, and often find themselves as volunteers to fill gaps in programming. They serve as waiters, bartenders, cooks, and entertainers at fundraisers called "Dine Arounds". These are themed dinner parties hosted by community members who provide all of the food and drink in their own homes. All proceeds pass to ZP. Even former board members continue to serve as volunteers at activities and functions in order to insure the continued success of ZP.

All of their combined time helping in these diverse roles helps ZP to better serve the participants and keeps overhead down. Board members also often make substantial financial contributions through, not only direct donations, but also by attending fundraisers as paying guests.

Being a board member for ZP is a richly rewarding experience with immediate gratification as one views the participants' enthusiasm for their ever ongoing projects and knowing that their lives are richer and fuller with each day.

Current Board

ZP is fortunate to have the experience and creativity of its volunteer board of directors. Including entrepreneurs, special educators, and sports champions, board composition reflects ZP's vitality as well as its viability, and our directors contribute to the business acumen, volunteer ethic, and spirit of adventure upon which ZP is based.

Norm Frates, Jr., President
Mascoma Bank, VP Mortgage Lending

Norm Frates founder and president of Zack’s Place Board is the father of Zack Frates the inspiration for Zack’s Place. Zack passed away in 2011 but his inspiration lives on. Norm is Vice President of Mortgage Lending for Mascoma Bank. He has worked in the mortgage industry for over 20 years in the Woodstock area including owning Eastern Mountain Mortgage for 15 years. He has served on many Boards including Ski Runners, Woodstock Recreation Center, Woodstock Foundation, Mount Ascutney Hospital and is currently President of Woodstock Rotary. Norm has four adult children and lives with his wife Dail in Woodstock on a farm. Norm enjoys working on the farm, hockey, cycling, and being outdoors.

Bettyanne McGuire, Vice President
Retired Attorney

Bettyanne moved to Woodstock in 2006. She is a Fordham Law School graduate licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey, with a practice devoted to educational advocacy, special needs estate planning, guardianships, and advocacy for adults and children with disabilities. Bettyanne served as chair of the board of a large New Jersey mental health services provider with a $28,000,000 budget as well as on the board of her local New Jersey school board where she chaired the finance and collective bargaining committees. Bettyanne’s personal life experiences and knowledge of the issues confronting families of persons with special needs allows her to bring compassion and insights to the individuals served by Zack's Place. She is a Woodstock Rotarian, president of the Woodstock Ladies Golf Association and loves not only golf, but skiing, hiking and reading. She and her husband, David, have one daughter, Emily, who is married and lives in Brooklyn Heights, New York.

James N. Godfrey, CPA, Treasurer
Tyler, Simms & St. Sauveur

Jim is a Partner with the accounting firm Tyler, Simms, & St. Sauveur, in Lebanon, NH. Jim's specialization in the firm is working with not-for-profit organizations for which he has a comprehensive understanding of their needs, and the myriad of issues that they face. After graduating from Woodstock Union High School in 1984, Jim attended the University of Vermont. Jim was raised in Killington along with an older brother with intellectual disabilities. He is hopeful that his professional and personal experiences will allow him to contribute meaningful input to the Board and help the organization achieve its mission. Jim is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Vermont, and a board member of Upper Valley Court Diversion. He currently resides in Woodstock with his wife Eileen, and their son Lucas is a freshman at Elon University. He tries to spend as much of his free time in the outdoors; skiing, hiking, and kayaking.

Lisabeth Leach Maloney, MD, MS

9 Spencer Road
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755
603-643-6032 (home)
603-860-8050 (mobile)

Lib is an American Board of Anesthesiology board certified anesthesiologist with subspecialty fellowship training in neuroanesthesia, who retired from clinical anesthesiology practice in May, 2015 after a 31 year career.

Lib was born and raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey and attended Dartmouth College, graduating Magna Cum Laude as a French major in 1977 in the second class of women at Dartmouth. She then attended Boston University School of Medicine, graduating in 1981. Lib completed an internship in Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology residency and Neuroanesthesiology fellowship training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. After training, she joined the faculty of the Department of Anesthesiology at Dartmouth and was an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and of The Dartmouth Institute at the Geisel School of Medicine. In 2005, Lib received a Masters of Science degree from The Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth (The Dartmouth Institute).

Her whole career was spent at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. While there, she served as Executive Medical Director of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic and Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital from 1995 – 2008

Lib was a member of the Board of Directors for the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care from 1996 – 2013, and Northeast Healthcare Quality Foundation from 2004 – 2010. She currently is a member of the Admissions Committee for The Dartmouth Institute, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Maynard House in Hanover, New Hampshire and a member of the Board of Directors at Zack’s Place in Woodstock, Vermont.

Lib is married to W. Joseph (Joe) Maloney, President and Owner of Maloney Associates Insurance in Hanover, New Hampshire. Lib and Joe have two children, Bridget and Connor, two grandchildren, Madeline and Cameron. Lib and Joe live in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Dennis Shillen
Attorney at Shillen and Mackall

Dennis is a senior partner at the Woodstock Law Offices of Shillen and Mackall. As a personal injury plaintiff’s attorney, Dennis advocates for victims’ rights and is admitted to practice law in Vermont and Florida (including all Federal Courts) as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. Dennis is a long-time member of the Woodstock Rotary Club, has served on the boards of many local non-profit boards (Woodstock Youth Hockey & Skating Association, Woodstock Boy Scouts Troop 220, The Homestead Assisted Care Facility, Mertens House Nursing Home, Woodstock Lodge 246 F&AM, and The Woodstock Historical Society), and is an active supporter of several area cultural institutions including Pentangle Council on the Arts and Billings Farm and Museum. In his spare time Dennis enjoys sailing and holds a Master Captains License issued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Nerissa Edwards
School Counselor Woodstock Union High School

Having skied in Vermont during her childhood, Nerissa finally moved to Waterbury in 1989 and then later to South Woodstock. She has worked as a Counselor at Montpelier High School, Crossett Brook Middle School, Thatcher Brook Primary School, Reading Elementary School and Albert Bridge School. She is currently a counselor at Woodstock Union High School.  She has a strong belief in community service and has subsequently worked with students of all ages on many different service projects. A memorable project was helping dig mud out of the Bethany church with 20 high school students after the Flood of ’92. It never occurred to her that she would have a similar experience here in Woodstock after Irene. Nerissa is a Make A Wish of Vermont Wish Grantor. Her partner Jim and her children Austin, Hannah and Sawyer have all volunteered at Zack’s Place. A family tradition since moving to the area is having my extended family participate in the Zacks Place Turkey trot.

Susan Copeland

Susan has lived in the Upper Valley for 11 years, moving with her family to Woodstock a year ago to be closer to the things they are involved in. Community service is very important to her and she spends much of her time volunteering for the causes that she values, Zack’s Place being one of her favorites. As President of Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society, she is devoted to helping animals in need and educating the public to be humanitarian towards all living creatures.She also volunteers for the Thompson Senior Center, as a front desk receptionist and as a Meals On Wheels driver. As a writer, Susan gets a lot of inspiration from living in Vermont and following her passions. She enjoys many outdoor activities, as hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, all of which she enjoys with her husband and her dogs.

Ron Jaynes
Retired Building Contractor

Ron Jaynes recently retired as President from Jaynes and Berge Inc. He has lived in Woodstock since 1971. He received his BA in Business Administration from the University of Georgia. He has served on many local boards including:
Woodstock Elementary
Woodstock Union High School
Woodstock Foundation Advisory Board
Vermont National Bank Advisory Board
Unitarian Universalist Church
Mertens House
Lawrence and Mary Rockefeller Woodstock Foundation Fund
Woodstock Associates
Wise Development Committee
Zack’s Place

He was recipient of the Woodstock Recreation Center Volunteer of the year award 1991,Chairman of the Woodstock School Fund and Woodstock Citizen of the year in 2015. Interests Volunteer Work, Improving his Spanish, Travel and Sports

Lisa Burrell
Agricultural Entrepreneur
Special Needs Parent

Lisa Burrell is one of the local artisans who sells Home made Baked Goods at the Mt. Tom Farmers Market and The Woodstock Winter Market in Woodstock, Vermont. 

The daughter of a local farming family, Lisa's Roots lie deep in Woodstock.  She continues to live in the Woodstock Area with her husband Todd, and daughter Jessica, who has Cerebral Palsy.  Jessica came to Zack's Place the very first day it opened in 2006 and has been there almost every day since,  enjoying her friends and the activities they share.  From its early days, Lisa became involved in helping out at Zack's Place, pitching in with bake sales and organizing parent and caretaker activities.  Lisa is a dedicated mother and she and Jessica enjoy time together baking, sugaring, and creating goods to sell at local farmers markets.  As an avid member of the prosper Home- Makers club she meets monthly to share her homemaking skills with friends and help with a local fundraiser. 

Sylvie Lavoie-Finer
Entrepreneur

Sylvie raised her children and started her business in Killington, VT. The brain child for Finer Vermont Tours was in 1984, Incorporated in 1988, and as she puts it, took her 1st paycheck in 1991! Finer Vermont Tours is a Receptive Tour Operator, packaging group tours in New England and parts of Canada, for mostly the mature market. 1991 is also the year her son, Dustin was born; now living in Montreal after graduating McGill. Her daughter Brielle was born in 1995; now attending St. Lawrence University. As her children were growing up, Sylvie was very active at Sherburne Elementary School and also taught the ELF program (Environmental Learning for the Future thru VINS). Growing up, one of her best friends had cerebral palsy. Later in High School, She lived with a family who had a son with Down syndrome. Sylvie moved to Woodstock in 2012, where shortly thereafter, she started volunteering at Zack’s Place and then became a board member.

“If you’re ever having a bad day, I highly recommend stopping by Zack’s Place”, where you are sure to be cheered up by the amazing participants! You will surely leave with a smile on your face!”

Helen Norton
Parent of a daughter with special needs
Part-time caregiver and professional gardener
Parent Board Member

Helen and her daughter, Erin, have attended programs at Zack’s Place for the past 10 years. She is an active Zack’s Place volunteer, and has been a parent Board member since 2014, serving on the Personnel and Safety Committees. She is a Sunday school teacher, a Family Faculty member of the Boyle Community Medicine Program, a parent representative to the Medical Home Committee at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, and has served as secretary of High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program. Helen loves spending time with Erin and her friends at Zack’s Place enjoying all the wonderful program offerings especially yoga, adaptive sports, music, and the theater program.

Jeff Dillon
Global Health Care Professional

Jeff Dillon is a global healthcare professional currently serving as Vice Consul, Trade & Investment Officer for Healthcare for the British Consulate. He has held senior executive roles at several Fortune 50 Corporations. Currently he is active on several board positions for both non-profit and for-profit domestic and global corporations, as well as serving as a Rotarian. Having a brother with special needs, he has been an active advocate in all types of organizations to generate opportunities and improve the well-being for him and his peers.

Dave Duval

Dave Duval served as a Trustee of Quechee Lakes Landowners’ Association and The Quechee Club in Quechee, VT for four years.  He was President and CEO from 2014 though the end of his term in 2016.  During his tenure he focused on upgrading governance practices; the completion of a membership survey and 5-year business plan; improving communications with members; financing a new $5 million indoor and outdoor Aquatics Complex; integrating committee and Board activities; implementing more meaningful financial reporting; and developing a 10 year Integrated Funds Plan.  The plan established the groundwork for several years of capital improvements designed to modernize the capital base, increase membership satisfaction and attract new buyer/members. Immediately prior to his role at Quechee Lakes, he served on the Board of Governors of Charles River Country Club in Newton Centre, MA for 8 years and as Treasurer for 6 of those years. During his tenure, he assembled a peer group of Club Treasurers, General Managers and Controllers in the greater Boston area for the purpose of sharing financial information and promoting best practices. While serving as Treasurer he oversaw a survey of the membership and developed and executed against a long-term financial plan resulting in the completion of an extensive list of member-satisfying capital improvements totaling close to $17 million. At each Club, he negotiated appropriate levels of debt on favorable terms.

Dave is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his undergraduate degree from Bentley University and his MBA from Babson College.  During his 40-year professional career, he served as the EVP/CFO of a privately held group of companies and more recently as a partner in venture capital firms that helped more than 80 portfolio companies fund and execute carefully crafted plans for more than 20 years.  He has served as a Director and Officer of several companies, non-profits, clubs and associations and advises clients of Boston Financial Management, LLC.


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