Board of Directors


Jim Hoag, President – South Hero

Starting Year on Board: 2017

Current Board Position/Committee President, also on Finance, Communications

Current/Previous work place: Champlain College

Interests/Hobbies: Local History, Genealogy, Model A Ford

What do you like about / why you volunteered and became involved with CIDER?

The reason I like to volunteer for CIDER is it’s an organization that truly takes a community-based approach and adheres to its basic mission. The people involved all want to help the community in an effective and respectful manner.

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Bob Pekar, Vice Pres. – South Hero

Starting Year on Board: 2019

Present/Past Occupation. Retired CEO of a Nonprofit Behavioral Health Organization

Committees: VP on Board, Co-Chair Capital Campaign, finance Comm, Chair of Development, nominating

Interests/Hobbies: gardening , WWII toy soldier’s

Why joined CIDER: wonderful mission of caring for senior citizens

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Marie Kilbride, Secretary – North Hero

Starting Year on Board: 2018

Current Board Position/Committee/New: Board Secretary, Wellness Committee, Finance Committee

Current/Previous work place: Retired, Previously worked at Community College of Vermont

Interests/Hobbies: Grand Isle Rescue member interested in community health, (antique) Model A Fords, gardening

What do you like about / why you volunteered and became involved with CIDER?: I like that CIDER is a grassroots, community-based organization run by members in the community for members of the community. I volunteered because I thought that I could help make a wellness connection for both CIDER and Grand Isle Rescue.

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Kevin Ray Treasurer – North Hero

Starting Year on Board: 2023

Current Board Position/Committee: Treasurer, Executive Committee, Finance Committee

Current/Previous work place: Retired Vice Chairman of The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) after 35 years of service where responsibilities included overseeing the Bank’s corporate relationship activities and lending in the USA & Europe.

Interests/Hobbies: Skiing, Golf, Fishing, Travel

What do you like about / why you volunteered and became involved with CIDER? I appreciate the valuable services CIDER provides to the community of Grand Isle County and have enjoyed being a volunteer driver the past few years.


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Connie Boutin – Alburgh

Starting Year on Board: 2020

Current/Previous work place: Retired from the Grand Isle Court, State of Vermont

Current Board Position/Committee/New: Event committee, Wellness

Interests/Hobbies: I have worked on and planned many church dinners at St. Amadeus and St. Anne’s Shrine. For the past two years I have planned Souper Sunday a fund raiser at our library in Alburgh. I have attended the annual CIDER dinner for several years and as I am an antique dealer I have done the CIDER antique show for many years also. My other hobbies are gardening, photography, baking and horses. Morgan horses.

What do you like about / why you volunteered and became involved with CIDER? I appreciate all that the organization does for our community and as we have a large elderly population feel that it is so important.

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Barbara Capen – Grand Isle

Starting Year on Board: 2020 (also served 2010-1016)

Current Board Position/Committee/New: new

Current/Previous work place: retired

Interests/Hobbies: gardening, walking, hiking, travel

What do you like about / why you volunteered and became involved with CIDER? Involvement with a local organization, helping with different activities.

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Mark Cobb – Grand Isle

Starting Year on Board: 2017

Current Board Position/Committee/New: Co-chair Housing Committee, Nominating Committee

Current/Previous work place: Self Employed Contractor/Real Estate Agent for 35 yrs.

Interests/Hobbies: Hunting, reading, family and working with wood,

What do you like about / why you volunteered and became involved with CIDER In my opinion, CIDER has always been a stellar organization. I love being a part of this community by giving back to this great non-profit. The challenges I have faced together with my colleagues have not always been easy, but they are “all heart”. Volunteering for CIDER has been the very thing that has helped me to reconnect to my community. I am truly grateful for this opportunity to serve this community as a whole.

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Doug Disabito - Alburgh

Starting Year on Board: 2023 (also served 2008-2014, 2015-2021)

Occupation: Grand Isle County State's Attorney


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Ethelyn Dubuque – South Hero

Starting Year on Board: 2020

Occupation/Previous Occupation: Retired/ Insurance Agent

Interests/Hobbies: Gardening

What I like about or why I became involved with CIDER: CIDER is very important to the seniors here on the Islands always enjoyed helping. Would help at the mealsite and with the holiday meals. I would also bake for the mealsite

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Judy Duval - South Hero (also served 2015-2021)

Committees:

Occupation/Previous Occupation: Employed for 30 yrs. with G.I. Supervisory Union teaching in schools. Business partner for 22 years and owned my own business for 6 years, I got my teaching license and stayed in education for 30 years—a love that I had wanted since 1st grade

Interests/Hobbies: Collect blue glass (Cobalt), snowmen, sleighs, antiques, volunteering

What I like about or why I became involved with CIDER:?

C—caring, capable, cooperation, capable

I---individuals, interesting, informational

D- Debbie, driving, dedicated, dependable

E- excellent, energy, eats

R- responsible, rescue, ramps, reachable, respectable


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Diane Hauser – North Hero -> South Hero

Starting Year on Board: 2022 (previously 2015-2021)

Career: in the office at a machine shop and foundry, the telephone company as an operator , in a glove manufacturer, and a International truck dealership.

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, serving on the Board of CIDER, helping my daughter with her farmers market in New York.

Why you joined CIDER board? When I first came to Vt. I found out that I had stage 4 Cancer. Cider was a life saver for me and when Robin asked me to be on the Board as a client of Cider. I said yes as I wanted to give back for all Cider had done for me. The Cider organization is fantastic and I am proud to be a part of it.

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Evan Hill – Isle La Motte

Starting Year on Board: 2017

Committees: Events committee

Current/Previous work place: Vermont Judiciary

Interests/Hobbies: My dog Zuri, knitting, crochet, crafts, reading, bragging rights for talented granddaughter, antiques, getting through boredom of COVID

I think I am kind and tolerant

What do you like about / why you volunteered and became involved with CIDER?: Because the organization helps elderly people be less isolated. Its mission is worthy.

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Jim Holzschuch – South Hero

Starting Year on Board: 2022

Committees: Development and Communications

Occupation: Grand Isle Artworks, prior: C.I.D.E.R Program Coordinator, US Army, IBM for 28 years and Manpower at IBM for 9 years (sharing an office with Robin Way)

Interests/Hobbies: wood carving… Also interested in extending C.I.D.E.R.'s reach to the northern towns.


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Gail Horne – Grand Isle

Starting Year on Board: 2019

Committees: Wellness committee

Occupation/Previous Occupation: KBV 48 years

Interests/Hobbies: Bike, ski, hike, travel

What I like about or why I became involved with CIDER: I think CIDER is a great organization. I was an original signer 25+? years ago

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Ben Joseph – North Hero

Starting Year on Board: 2020 (previously served 2014-15)

Current/Previous work place: Retired Vermont Superior Court Judge, currently a North Hero Selectman

Interests/Hobbies: Gardening, singing and playing the violin

What do you like about / why you volunteered and became involved with CIDER? I have been a volunteer driver for Cider for some time

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Gina Lewis – Alburgh

Starting Year on Board: 2021

Committees: Wellness

Current Work Place: Alburgh Library

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Bob Pettegrow – Isle La Motte

Starting Year on Board: 2018 (also served 2008-2014)

Committees: Currently on nominating and finance committees

Current or previous work place: 15 years as court officer and currently retired.

Interests/hobbies: fishing, gardening, camping.

What I like about or why I became involved with CIDER: I think CIDER is a good organization. It helps seniors with transportation, ramps, meals and medical supplies. Grand Isle county does not have a lot of resources.

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Missy Siner – Grand Isle

Starting Year on Board: 2020

Current/Previous work place : Special Olympics Vermont

Committees: Communications

Interests/Hobbies: Avid skier, cyclist, hiker, paddler. Love the farmer’s market, cooking, my two grown kids, and my two labs – a 14 yr. old yellow, and a nine month old black lab.

What do you like about / why you volunteered and became involved with CIDER?:

I believe strongly in the benefits of and contributing to community. The Islands is a wonderful collection of communities, but life here can be challenging, especially for senior citizens and people with disabilities. CIDER's mission focuses on these populations, and is making a positive difference in the lives of many Islanders.


Tom Speyer – Grand Isle

Starting Year on Board: 2020

Current Board Position/Committee: At Large position on Executive Committee, Participated in ramp building projects. Practice Tai Chi with Rob. Interested in Sr. Housing and Wellness

Current/Previous work place: Professionally, my career was in digital publishing – project managing and program-managing efforts to transform publishing organizations from print-on-paper to digital. Since 2001 I worked for John Wiley – publishing learning materials in higher education – teaching college students such subjects as math, physics, engineering and accounting online. Experience also includes online information services, newsletters and the like.

Interests/Hobbies: Boating and Boatbuilding, Racquet sports – Tennis and Pickleball, Skiing, Tai Chi, Jazz.

What do you like about / why you volunteered and became involved with CIDER?

I like the fact that CIDER is a community-based organization in which people help other people in their community directly – cooking for them, driving them places, exercising, building ramps etc. The help is tangible and the connections are direct.

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Cathy Tatro – Alburgh

Starting Year on Board: 2018

Current Board Position/Committee/New: Wellness, Executive Director Search

Current/Previous work place: RN for 46 years

Interests/Hobbies: Antiques, travel

What do you like about / why you volunteered and became involved with CIDER? Empowering seniors and disabled.


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