Kurn Hattin Homes Welcomes New Trustee and Incorporators at Annual Meeting
October 4, 2019
On October 2nd, New England Kurn Hattin Homes held its Annual Meeting of Trustees and Incorporators. The Board re-elected nine Incorporators for terms of three years; Michael Blau (Hudson, NH), Mark Bodin (Chester, VT), Christopher Hackett (Westminster, VT), James Lynch (Walpole, NH), Bruce Martin (Walpole, NH), Rhonda Nolan (Danbury, CT), William Scarlett IV (Saxtons River, VT), Sheldon Scott (Bellows Falls, VT), and Greg Worden (Brattleboro, VT).
Jerry Bardwell (Middleboro, MA), Mark Bodin (Chester, VT), Christopher Hackett (Westminster, VT), Bruce Martin (Walpole, NH) and Greg Worden (Brattleboro, VT) were re-elected as Trustees for a term of three years.
The Board elected seven new Incorporators for a term of three years: Cheryl Gay-Sherwin (North Walpole, NH), Stephen Peterson (North Haven, CT), Kelley Cota Tully (Bellows Falls, VT), Eric Velto (Bartonsville, VT), Cliff Wood (Putney, VT), Wylene Wood (Putney, VT), and John Zimmerman (Cape Porpoise, ME). Eric Velto was also elected to fill a Trustee vacancy for a term of three years.
Re-elected as officers and members of the Executive Committee for a term of one year were: President, Mark Bodin (Chester, VT), Vice President, Christopher Hackett (Westminster, VT), 2nd Vice President, James Lynch (Walpole, NH), Treasurer, Janet Wilson (Walpole, NH), and Secretary, Diane Bazin (Westminster, VT). Non-Officers Jerry Bardwell (Middleboro, MA) and Sheldon Scott (Bellows Falls, VT) were both re-elected as Members At Large.
President Mark Bodin gave the President’s Message highlighting the importance of meeting the needs and expectations of the children and families served. Executive Director’s remarks about the organization’s125 years of service were given by Stephen Harrison and Financial Manager Steve Fitch presented the financial report. Director of Residential Services, Nancy Richardson, shared a “Day in Residential Life” video which highlighted the children’s life from waking up to turning in at night. School Principle Sergio Simunovic spoke about accomplishments at the school, such as achieving a 1:1 Chromebook to student ratio in grades 2-8, installing interactive SMART boards in all the classrooms, and a new Literacy program. Keri Newton, Dean of Students, discussed how implanting PBiS (Positive Behavioral interventions and Supports) at the School and Residential Services has resulted in some dramatic positive changes in student behavior.
A musical performance by the Kurn Hattin Children's Choir, a social hour and dinner were also the highlights of the annual event.
New Kurn Hattin Homes’ Trustee and Incorporators stand together after the Annual Meeting on October 2nd. Pictured from left to right are Eric Velto, Cliff Wood, Wylene Wood, and Stephen Peterson. Missing from photo are Cheryl Gay-Sherwin, Kelly Cota Tully, and John Zimmerman.