Weyen appointed to United Counseling Service Board

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BENNINGTON — The executive director of the Bennington Rescue Squad will serve on the Board of Directors for the United Counseling Service.

Forest Weyen has been appointed to the board that oversees the community mental health and developmental services agency, according to a news release from the organization.

"I was absolutely honored when approached to be a part of such a great organization," Weyen said in a statement. "Our EMS providers interact with UCS staff in many ways everyday, but we only see a small part of what UCS does. I do not think that the community really knows the depth and breadth of the services that UCS provides and the value to the community that it adds."

Bob Thompson, board president, said he and members are pleased with the addition. "His professional experience, coupled with strong leadership will help UCS to strengthen its community relation endeavors," he said.

UCS offers a variety of services for children, adults, families, and seniors through counseling, early care and education, and clinical support. Bennington County Head Start, which serves children ages 3 to 5, also runs under UCS.

Weyen has served as director for the Bennington Rescue Squad since 2013. The nonprofit ambulance organization is the primary provider of emergency medical services for Bennington, North Bennington, Shaftsbury, Woodford and surrounding areas. Weyen has a bachelor's degree in emergency medicine from the University of Pittsburgh and a masters in business administration from West Virginia University and has completed a post graduate administrative fellowship in healthcare administration.

Weyen will serve on the board with current members: Thompson, Vice President Roberta Lynch Carroll, Secretary William Baldwin, Treasurer Nathaniel Marcoux, Dave Ballou, Joanna Mintzer, Charles Letourneau, Lee Romano and counsel Joseph J. O'Dea.

"I know that UCS will benefit greatly from the active involvement and support that Forest will provide," Lorna Mattern, UCS executive director, said in a statement. "Leaders like Forest will help further our mission of building a stronger community."

Reach staff writer Edward Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111 or @edamon_banner.


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