BENNINGTON -- Bob Thompson, United Counseling Service Board President, is pleased to announce the appointment of three new board members to oversee operations of the community mental health and developmental services agency for Bennington County.

"I’m delighted to welcome Charles Letourneau, Nathaniel Marcoux, and Lee Romano to the UCS board," Thompson said. "They are knowledgeable, energetic, and highly respected community leaders."

"I know that the UCS staff will benefit greatly from the active involvement and support that Charlie, Than, and Lee will provide," says Ralph Provenza, UCS executive director.

Letourneau, of Bennington, recently retired from a distinguished career at TD Bank. Letourneau has long been involved in the community as a member of the Catamount Rotary Club, director and treasurer of the board for the Center for Restorative Justice, trustee for the Park Lawn Cemetery, and a trustee for the Olin Scott Fund. He has also participated in the Bennington Car Show for more than 20 years.

"I am pleased to be affiliated with an organization whose management and staff are dedicated to providing quality mental health and developmental disabilities programs for both adults and children in Bennington County," says Letourneau. "I have known several of their employees for many years and admire their dedication to their clients in the local community."

Marcoux, of Bennington, is the chief operating officer of Northwestern Mutual in Bennington. With his hands-on management style, he is involved in the development of all financial planning proposals as well as overseeing day-to-day office operations. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree in 2005, and he is a chartered life underwriter in advanced insurance planning as well as a chartered financial consultant in advanced financial planning.

"United Counseling Service of Bennington County has been a fixture in this community for decades," says Marcoux. "This organization plays such an important role in the overall health of the community, and the services it provides are needed now more than ever. It is an honor and a privilege to have been appointed to this board, and I am looking forward to collaborating with the other governing members to help ensure that this organization continues its track record of success and maintains its reputation of providing first-rate services to those in our community who need it most."

In addition to his new role, Marcoux is also a board member of United Children’s Services, a member of the governing body of UCS. Among his duties in that role, he helps to establish and review goals for UCS and lead and support community programs.

Romano, of Dorset, owns Romano Publishing, a custom publishing company which has served the travel and arts communities in Southern Vermont for many years. Publications include Stratton Magazine and several other quality publications including the regional Dining Guide, Area Guide books and playbills for Dorset, Weston, and Manchester Music Festival. Lee has been integrally involved in many civic and community organizations including the Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce and Riley Rink at Hunter Park, having served as president for both organizations. Lee was also one of the founding members of the Weston Land Trust and has served on vestry at Zion Episcopal Church.

"I have always been impressed with the work that UCS does. It is an exceptional organization that plays such a critically important role in our regional community. I look forward to making a contribution as a board member and to helping UCS as it moves forward during these challenging times. They do so much for so many and I feel honored to have been asked to join their Board of Directors," Romano said.

"UCS is fortunate that individuals like Charlie, Than, and Lee are willing to commit their time and energy to helping us meet our mission which is to improve the quality of life for those we serve," added Thompson.

Visit www.ucsvt.org to learn more about UCS.