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HV Annual Meeting Celebrates Leaders and Accomplishments

Housing Vermont recognized two exceptional leaders and elected a new Board member and a slate of officers at its September 10 annual meeting.

The Housing Vermont staff joined HV President Nancy Owens as she announced that the Michael Richardson Award would go posthumously to Trevor Parsons who had directed HV’s energy efficiency program. In presenting the award to Jen Parsons, Trevor’s wife, Nancy said “Trevor was responsible for nothing less than re-inventing how we create energy efficiencies in multi-family housing, not just at Housing Vermont, but throughout Vermont. More importantly, Trevor showed us every day that strength of character is a powerful bedrock foundation for our personal and professional lives.”

Vicky Smith, King Street Center, John Bossange and HV’s Beth Boutin

Vicky Smith, King Street Center, John Bossange and HV’s Beth Boutin

The Miles Jensen Award, which recognizes the outstanding contributions of volunteers, was presented to John Bossange for outstanding commitment to the community in his professional and personal life, in particular through his volunteer service to the King Street Center as he guided it though the exciting and challenging building redevelopment process. The Center’s new space, which was financed through Housing Vermont’s New Markets Tax Credit program, expanded opportunities to enrich youth programs, increase outreach to families and forge new partnerships with other organizations.

Marc Landry, Chair of the HV Board of Directors, thanked retiring Board members John Nopper and Janet Spitler for their service. He noted that Janet had turned in her Board seat for a senior staff position as HV’s new CFO. The members elected Walt Greiner to the Board. Walt, who lives in Lincoln, represented TD Bank on the Green Mountain Housing Equity Fund Investment Committee for many years.

The membership also re-elected directors Chip Hart, Amy Demetrowitz, and Steve Marsh while the directors re-appointed Betsy Ide. Marc Landry was re-elected Chair and John Vogel will serve as Vice Chair.

Nancy reflected on the many accomplishments during the past year and described a new venture—HV Connections—which will expand economic and social opportunities for residents. She announced that the HV Board had committed $600,000 over five years to this program. Kathy Beyer, Vice President for Development narrated a slide show which presented the housing and New Markets Tax Credit projects completed in the past year. Kathy noted that financing for the four housing developments topped $28 million while the proceeds for the two NMTC deals exceeded $11 million. Kathy thanked the many public, nonprofit and private partners which make these ventures successful.