Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Fran Briand
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Fran Briand

Manager, Entrepreneurial Business Solutions Group, Gallagher Flynn & Company, LLP

Mercy Connections  provides a space for participants to pursue new beginnings through many program offerings. The organization’s positive impact on not only the people directly involved with Mercy, but also the community as a whole, is why I am so proud to support Mercy Connections.

Sr. Lindora Cabral
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Sr. Lindora Cabral

RSM, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

Mercy Connections welcomes and values each person who walks into their space. Education is key to each program offered, so that individuals gain skills needed to move on in life. Most important is the atmosphere of caring and hope that each individual experiences and the opportunity to find lasting relationships with staff and other participants.

Arline Duffy
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Arline Duffy

Chair, Mercy Connections Board of Directors & Partner/Shareholder, Sheehey Furlong & Behm, P.C.

I believe the services that Mercy Connections delivers, led by a dedicated and caring staff, provide powerful, life-changing opportunities to members of our community. It is such a pleasure to see staff find so much joy in the success of their students and program participants.

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Sarah George

State’s Attorney for Chittenden County

I believe that when all are well, we are all well. Mercy Connections works with so many members of our community with relentless love and support. They ensure that every single person they meet is seen, heard, and helped.

Joy Hastings
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Joy Hastings

Community Relations Banker, Mascoma Bank

Ed Howe
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Ed Howe

Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, People’s United, a division of M&T Bank

I support Mercy Connections because the diverse program offerings provide participants the tools to reach their potential. The combination of mentoring and education with the Women’s Small Business program creates jobs and economic activity along with making a positive difference in the lives of participants.

Nicole LaBrecque
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Nicole LaBrecque

Vice President & Employee Owner, PC Construction

Michell Langlais
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Michell Langlais

Director of Sales, Westport Hospitality

Everyone deserves a chance at finding their self-worth in order to live their best life. With a mission to assist those who are challenged financially, emotionally, and socially, Mercy Connections offers folks the chance to become more self-sufficient and to change their lives for the better.

Laura Lipton, Ed.D
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Laura Lipton, Ed.D

Co-director MiraVia, LLC

Mercy Connections offers support, training, resources, and guidance to bolster achievement. The programs and services provide skills and tools, a judgment-free, safe space, and a forum for self-expression. I support Mercy Connections because it is a place where hope triumphs and dreams are realized.

Amit Lodha
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Amit Lodha

Manufacturing Manager, Worldwide Operations, Agilent (formerly Biotek)

I so appreciate and support the wonderful work that Mercy Connections does, particularly in the areas of justice and mentoring. These programs benefit women facing significant barriers, helping them be successful in life and in their community. I am proud to be a part of this mission.

Subha Luck
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Subha Luck

Community Volunteer

I love the diverse programs that provide education, mentoring and emotional support to move people towards self-sufficiency and greater confidence. As a result of their wide-reaching presence, welcoming and supportive staff, and unique programming, our community is a better place.

Ray Rouleau
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Ray Rouleau

Sales & Service Director, Vermont Information Processing

Everyone can achieve their goals when supported by their community. I am proud to be part of a mission that is supported by people who provide compassion and programs that make a difference in people's lives.

Louisa Williams Schibli
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Louisa Williams Schibli

Co-Founder, Milk Money Vermont, Partner, Vermont Works

Not only does the Small Business Program give participants the opportunity and tools they need to start a business, but more importantly women gain the self confidence, connections and support to make economic stability a reality.

Heidi St. Peter
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Heidi St. Peter

Assistant Director of Academic Support, St. Michael’s College

Within every program of Mercy Connections is the legacy of hope, kindness, encouragement, empowerment, and LOVE that has been a staple in our community for years. I am empowered by the depth of relationship, respect, and concern in each interaction.

Mary Sullivan
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Mary Sullivan

Community Volunteer

Mercy Connections touches my soul. To see people reach their potential because this organization believed in and guided them is so inspiring and joyful, and it is an honor to serve on the board of trustees for such a dedicated, impactful organization.

Marie Teme
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Marie Teme

Owner & Founder of Green Vision Cleansing, LLC

Mercy Connections is a place where hope is restored and dreams become visions. I am a proud graduate of the Women's Small Business Program. Serving as a Board member is a privilege to celebrate the impact that this organization is making in the community.

Ashley Wainerr
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Ashley Wainer

Vice President, Customers & Energy Innovation, Vermont Gas Systems

This organization is focused on community, providing stability to people when they may need it most. The tools and education provided will continue to support participants on their journey to self-reliance. I am humbled to be part of such a powerful mission for today’s generations and the many generations to come.

Leandre Waldo
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Leandre Waldo

Chief of Staff, Saint Michael’s College

I share this organization's belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all people, and support their work because no other organization is doing this relevant, vitally important, deeply compassionate work.

Jason Williams
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Jason Williams

Network Director of Government & Community Relations, University of Vermont Health Network

I’m honored to be part of the Mercy Connections family. I’ve been a happy supporter of the organization because I’ve seen the incredible work they are able to do, and am excited to serve the organization and its incredible participants. Mercy Connections’ philosophy of radical hospitality and intense connectedness fosters skills, builds leaders and makes me hopeful for our shared future.