On September 29th, New England Kurn Hattin Homes held its Annual Meeting of Trustees and Incorporators. The Board re-elected eight Incorporators for terms of three years; Jerry Bardwell (Middleboro, MA), Diane Bazin (Westminster, VT), Scott Bundy (Boxborough, MA), Jodi Kelley Hoyt (Newport, NH), James Pietro (Sutton, MA), Leslie Richards (Chesterfield, MO), Merton Snow (Shaftsbury, VT), and Maggi Suttles (Walpole, NH).
The Board elected four new Incorporators for a term of three years: Jeanné Collins (Shelburne, VT), Adam Lombard, class of 2003 (North Chatham, MA), Cindy Spinner (Hershey, PA), and CJ Spirito (Burlington, VT).
Marilyn Moore (Peabody, MA) was elected as Incorporator Emerita in recognition of her 55 years of dedicated service to Kurn Hattin Homes.
A Board Resolution honoring alumnus and former Executive Director, Trustee, and Board President David J. Maysilles and his wife Barbara was read. This resolution recognized the many years of wonderful service to the Homes as well as their $200,000 bequest for the children of the Homes.
Diane Bazin (Westminster, VT), Sheldon Scott (Walpole, NH), and Janet Wilson (Walpole, NH) were re-elected as Trustees for a term of three years.
Cliff Wood (Putney, VT) was elected as Trustee for a term of three years.
Re-elected as Officers for a term of one year were: President, Mark Bodin (Andover, VT), Vice President, Christopher Hackett (Westminster, VT), Vice President, Eric Velto (Springfield, VT), 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 of the Executive Committee.
Kurn Hattin thanks our outgoing Incorporators and Trustees: Dan Antosiewicz (Keene, NH), Patrick Crotty (Walpole, NH), Debra Hamel (Bellows Falls, VT), Charles Kelsey (New London, NH), Barbara Matteson (Chatham, MA), Philip Perlah (Chester, VT), Rita Ramirez (East Dummerston, VT), Steven Ryder (Swanzey, NH), Robert Tortolani (Brattleboro, VT), Joan Willey (Newport, NH), and William Scarlett (Saxtons River, VT) for their years of service.
President Mark Bodin highlighted a year of perseverance—one of Kurn Hattin’s core values. “This is a staff that despite a global pandemic, managed to come up with new ways to meet the Kurn Hattin mission. We have the right team to meet that mission. As a Board, these children deserve our best effort,” he noted. Executive Director, Stephen Harrison remarked about moving forward despite a 3rd academic year affected by COVID. Financial Manager Stephen Fitch presented the financial report. At the end of the meeting, the Board voted on a statement that was later shared with everyone on staff: “The entire staff [of Kurn Hattin Homes] has done an unbelievable job during a year of COVID and a year with a lot of negative press. Their work has been extraordinary, and they need to hear that the Board is fully behind them and supporting them— just a huge THANK YOU to all from the Board.”