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Lamoille Neighbors Board of Directors

   

Lisa Dimondstein, President

Lisa’s work passion was in the field of women’s health. She worked for 10 years as a labor and delivery nurse at Copley Hospital and as a Nurse Practitioner for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England for 28 years. One of her most rewarding experiences was volunteering for Grounds For Health helping to train nurses and doctors in cervical cancer prevention in Mexico, Tanzania and Kenya. 

After retiring, Lisa realized that if she was going to be able to remain in her own home, in rural Vermont, that she would need to find a creative solution. Lamoille Neighbors is the result of this desire, as well as her drive to help others in her community to do the same. 

Lisa also serves on the board of Friends of Green River Reservoir helping to preserve the wilderness quality of a very unique state park in her town. Her passion for being in the natural world extends to her fine art photography and her love of being in the mountains. 

Lisa and her partner Mary are avid gardeners, travelers and outdoor enthusiasts. Lisa has two grandchildren which bring laughter and joy into their home when they visit. They hope that with the help of Lamoille Neighbors they will be able to stay in the home they love. They already feel engaged and connected to their local community in ways they never imagined. 

Joan Greene, Vice President

Joan loves to volunteer. Her earliest memory of volunteering was in southern Vermont, helping at the town fair with her grandfather.  In her adult life she was a coach for her daughter’s soccer team and an active member of her professional pediatric nurse practitioner local, state and national associations. 

Currently she serves on the board of Lamoille Community Food Share, supports the Morrisville Food Coop and Salvation Farms. She also has a therapy dog and has accompanied her to elementary schools and colleges to bring joy to students.
Her passion is women’s soccer. 

She and her husband, Kris, are enjoying their first granddaughter, who is almost 2 years old.

Michael Wickenden, Treasurer


Michael moved to Hyde Park in 1977, where he and wife #1 built Tenney Hill Farm, raised 2 children, beef cattle, bees and much of their own organic food. He taught at Stowe Middle-High School for 15 years.  He then worked in Vermont’s electrical energy efficiency field as a consultant to the Public Utility Commission and ultimately as the Regulatory Director of Efficiency Vermont.  

He retired in 2016. He still resides on the same farm, aging well with wife #2 and still raising bees and vegetables. He joined Lamoille Neighbors in its early days and has served on the Finance Committee since its conception.

Kathleen Geiersbach, Director

Kathy is a New England transplant, having been born and raised in Pasadena, California. She left the West to go to college in Massachusetts, where she graduated from Wellesley with a BA and a biology major. Then it was on to Brown University, where she earned her MA in Classics and completed the course work for a Ph.D. Kathy met her husband of 52 years in Rhode Island where they both lived for the next 26 years. Kathy started teaching at an independent school in Rhode Island and went on to hold several administrative positions, including upper school head and assistant head. Meanwhile, she and Ken had six children (why the Ph.D. was never completed). They bought a little piece of heaven in Vermont, where the 8 of them spent vacations and lived there all summer. 

In 1992, Kathy became academic dean at a boarding school in Colorado Springs, where the family lived for five years until she was named founding head of a new independent school in Boise, Idaho. After 2 years it was time for another change, and the family returned to New England, where Kathy was trained in computer programming and spent 6 years working as a data analyst for the human resources department of a nonprofit community hospital. When she and Ken retired in 2006, Kathy had spent close to 40 years working in the nonprofit sector. 

Ken and Kathy retired to their home in Hyde Park, Vermont, where both soon became involved in volunteering for the Lanpher Library. In April 2018, Kathy joined with others in the community to help found Lamoille Neighbors.

Olea Smith-Kaland, Secretary

Olea grew up in rural Sandy Hook, Connecticut. She lived in London, England and Florence, Italy before moving to Hyde Park, Vermont, 48 years ago. Later, she lived in Bergen, Norway for 27 years with her husband until after he died in 2013. Moving back to Hyde Park then was coming home for her. Spending time with her son and daughter in law and three lively and beloved young grandsons gives her great delight. 
 
Olea has a B.A. In Political Science from Smith College, a Master of Social Work from Adelphi University, and an Advanced Diploma in Family Therapy from the Institute for Family Therapy in London and Diakonhjemmets Høyskolen in Oslo, Norway.
 
In London, Olea worked for the Child Poverty Action Group while in Vermont, she has worked for Planned Parenthood as well as at Lamoille County Mental Health as a therapist, supervisor, and administrator. Olea was the first Director of the Lamoille Family Center. In Norway, she worked as a child protection administrator and Court member and as a family and couples therapist as well as parental mediator. She also taught couples therapy there at the college level for many years. 
 
In Norway, Olea volunteered for the Lysoen Museum. In Hyde Park, she volunteers for Hospice and the Lamoille Restorative Center.
 
Being a founding member of Lamoille Neighbors is a natural evolution of Olea's interest in connection with others through education and support. It's a unique way to give and receive as well as maintain, renew, and establish new friendships while strengthening community ties.

Maxine Adams, Director

Maxine grew up in New York and lived for 30 years on the southern coast of Maine - but she always wanted to live in the state where she learned to ski.  So, when her son and daughter stayed in VT after graduating from Northern Vermont University at Johnson, she and her husband, Bob Malbon, built a home in Hyde Park, VT.  They currently enjoy being the grandparents of a 15, 6, and 4 year old.

Maxine holds a BA in Psychology from SUNY Albany, Masters in Business from Husson University and a Masters in Social Work from University of Connecticut with a concentration in Community Organizing.  She has had a varied career working as an instructor at a community college and a medical college, an analyst and paralegal for a health insurance company, a contractor for a hospital cooperative, and an operations manager for a health care provider.  For 8 years, Maxine was a social worker for SASH (Support and Services at Home) in Lamoille County - helping older Vermonters access the resources they needed to age at home.  She is now a part-time Caregiver for Home Instead.  She is also a private elder care manager and end of life Doula.

Maxine enjoys snowshoeing/skiing, canoeing/kayaking, biking/hiking.  She particularly enjoys being a “photo stylist” for her photographer husband - i.e. she positions the canoe so he gets the best angle for a loon shot on the local lakes.

For her, being a founding member of Lamoille Neighbors is a chance to become part of a supportive network for seniors aging in place - and to “play it forward.”

Ellen Gibs, Director

Ellen is a native of Lowell MA.  She and her husband, Larry, lived in Acton MA before they moved to Hyde Park VT 8 years ago.  Their home in VT has extensive gardens and a wonderful view of Mount Elmore. They moved to VT to enjoy outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, hiking, gardening, kayaking and swimming.  Or even better, sitting on the deck after dinner in the summer listening to the birds, watching the world go by.  She and Larry have two sons and 4 grandchildren whom they adore.

Ellen graduated from Boston University with an MSW and has been a geriatric social worker for 40 years. She is semiretired, but still has a small private practice on telemedicine.

As a relative newcomer to Hyde Park, Lamoille Neighbors has been a wonderful experience.  It is not easy as a newcomer to meet people.  As a board member she met many of the folks who live relatively close. “Who knew I had such wonderful neighbors?“ Being part of Lamoille Neighbors is her way to give back to the community and help establish an organization that will help Ellen and Larry age in place in the community they love.

Sue Moore, Director

Sue and her family moved to Hyde Park in December 1974. Her two  children now have families of their own. Spending time with them is her greatest joy.

Sue received a BA in Psychology from the University of Vermont, as well as a MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and a CAS in Child Development. In her career as a Speech and Language Pathologist she has had the opportunity to work with people of all ages who are dealing with communication difficulties.

She worked at Home Health supporting adults with acquired communication difficulties. She was an adjunct faculty member at Johnson State College for eleven years, teaching graduate students in education.

For most of her career, Sue worked with school-aged students from three to adulthood. Currently, she works with families who have children in the range of  birth to three years. Throughout the fifty years of following this profession, she has been blessed to have worked with outstanding colleagues and to meet many wonderful people.

Lamoille Neighbors has been a great addition to her life. It’s a wonderful way to make new friends and become actively involved in our community. Sue is a founding member of  the Board of Directors, and is on the Finance Committee and the Social Committee.