4 new members elected to Bennington Rescue board

BENNINGTON — Four new members were recently elected to three-year terms on the Bennington Rescue Squad's board of directors. The new members are Annick Billert, Dr. Charlene Ives, Melissa Jackson and Matt Schade.

Bennington Rescue Squad is led by an eleven-member Board of Directors that consists of eight community representatives and three membership representatives. Each year approximately one-third of the Board seats become vacant. Board members can serve a maximum of three terms.

"We had some board members that had completed their terms, and they did some amazing work over the last few years. We are forever grateful for the time and effort they put in." said board chair Brian Peat. "As Bennington Rescue continues to grow and positions itself to be the regional leader of Emergency Medical Services, we need strong board members to help make that vision a reality."

Billert is the assistant vice president and main office manager for The Bank of Bennington. Annick holds a bachelor's in criminal justice and private security management from Southern Vermont College.

Ives is a specialist in oncology and hematology at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and has been in practice for over 20 years. She graduated from the State University of New York — Binghamton and the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She completed her residency at Boston University Medical Center and is board certified in medical oncology.

Jackson serves as the chief executive officer of the Vermont Veterans' Home, where she has been since 2011. She has been involved in long-term care for over 25 years and is a licensed nursing home administrator. Jackson holds a bachelor's degree in social work from Christopher Newport University and has currently pursuing her MBA in health care administration from Franklin Pierce University. She is the Northeast regional director for the National Association of State Veterans Home and is a member of their Constitution and Bylaws Committee. Jackson is also a member of the Governor's Veterans Affairs Council and an Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow.

Schade is the environmental, health, safety and security manager with Kaman Composites. He had previously served on the board, from 2013-2016, and is a current EMT and an AEMT candidate with Bennington Rescue Squad. He is a graduate of Southern Vermont College with a bachelor's in environmental studies. Schade is involved in many community events and organizations, including the Village School of North Bennington and Scouting.

"I am looking forward to what Bennington Rescue Squad is going to accomplish in the next few years," Forest Weyen said following the election. "The key to a successful board is a diverse group of professionals from a variety of backgrounds. We continue to deliver great talent on our board and are positioned with the ability to face the uncertainty of the ever-changing healthcare environment. It is an exciting time."

Bennington Rescue Squad 501(c)(3) is a Vermont licensed Critical Care Emergency Medical Service that provides care to Bennington, North Bennington, Shaftsbury, Woodford and areas surrounding 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To find out more about Bennington Rescue, check out benningtonrescue.org.


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