board of directors

Bennington Rescue Squad is lead by an 11-person volunteer Board of Directors. In addition to three membership representatives, there are members of our community who bring their experience and wisdom to our organization. We appreciate the time and effort each Director gives.

Interested in becoming a Board Member? Check out our Application Process! 

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  • Brian Peat
    Chairperson

    Bennington, VT | Term (2nd) Expires March 2020 Brian was born, raised, and educated in Bennington and is the third generation president/owner of C.L. White Glass. Brian was a former EMT with Bennington Rescue, starting in January of 1990 and has answered over 1,000 calls. Brian held the rank of Captain (1993) and President (April 1994 to March 1996) in addition to serving a previous term on the Board of Directors from 1998 to 2002.

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  • Brian Murphy, MBA, CPA
    Vice Chairperson

    Shaftsbury, VT | Term (1st) Expires 2019 Brian is the Vice President for Finance and Administration (Chief Financial Officer) for Bennington College. Prior to coming to Bennington, Brian was the Chief Operating Officer for the Savannah College of Art and Design, worked for KPMG (one of the big 4 accounting firms), and spent some time working for a defense contractor. Brian graduated from Florida State University with a BS in Finance and Accounting, and has a Master’s in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Chicago, and is a certified CPA.

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  • Matt Schade, BS, EMT
    Secretary

    North Bennington, VT | Term (1st) Expires 2021 Matt is a current EMT and AEMT candidate with Bennington Rescue Squad. Matt previously was on the Board from 2013-2016. Matt works as the Environmental, Health, Safety, and Security Manager with Kaman Composites. He holds a BS in Environmental Studies from Southern Vermont College. Matt is involved in many community events and organization, and scouting. He lives in North Bennington with his family.

  • Brian Howe, M.Ed.
    Treasurer (Ex-Officio)

    Bennington, VT | Term (Annual Appointment) Brian Howe is a Math and Science Teacher at Arlington Memorial High School.

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  • Annick Billert, BS

    Shaftsbury, VT | Term (1st) Expires 2021 Annick Billert has lived in the Bennington / Shaftsbury area since 1996. She graduated from Southern Vermont College in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Private Security Management. She was planning on returning to Canaan, VT where she grew up to work, instead she fell in love with this area and it has since become her home. Annick works at the Bank of Bennington and has been in a supervisory or management roll since 2000. She currently holds the position as Assistant Vice President and is currently the Main Office Manager. Annick lives in Shaftsbury with her two children, a daughter Masson who is 14 and her son Lincoln who is 9.

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  • Charlene Ives, MD

    Dr. Ives is a specialist in Oncology and Hematology and has been in practice for over 20 years. She completed her undergraduate from the State University of New York (SUNY) – Binghamton. She is a graduate of Medical College of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), and completed her residency at Boston University Medical Center. She is Board Certified in Medical Oncology.

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  • Tony Krulikowski, MS

    Shaftsbury, VT | 1st Term (Expires 2020) (Partial Term)

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  • Melissa Jackson, BSW, LNHA

    Melissa Jackson has been in Long Term Care over 25 years. Over her tenure, she has served in many capacities; as a Social Worker, Admissions Coordinator and Nursing Home Administrator. Melissa was appointed by Governor James Douglas to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Vermont Veterans’ Home in 2011. Mrs. Jackson has a B.A. 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. Melissa is a member of the Governor’s Veterans Affairs Council and an Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow. Melissa comes from a military family whose service to our country dates to the Civil War. She is a Navy Wife, Marine Mom and has volunteered with the USO. Melissa lives in Dorset, VT with her husband Chief Petty Officer (Ret) Thomas Jackson and their children Amanda and Daniel. Her eldest son, Corporal Dakota Jackson, recently completed his 4 years of service in the Marine Corps. Melissa is dedicated to the well- being of the Veterans she serves.

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  • Peter Lawrence, Esq.

    Bennington, VT | Term (3rd) Expires 2020 Peter is an attorney with Barr Sternberg who specializes in Family, Real Estate, Employment, and Appellate law. Peter Lawrence is a tireless advocate for Vermont families, working to help clients receive fair and reasonable outcomes in life’s most unreasonable situations. Lawrence’s 20 years of practice in family law serves as the foundation for one of the most reputable family law attorneys in the state. Committed to his clients, his community, and to improving the justice system, he is a member of nearly every family law judicial committee in the state of Vermont regarding family matters, including the Vermont Family Division Rules Committee, the Vermont Family Division Oversight Committee, and the Vermont Family Division Experimental Project, which he helped to found. Lawrence also chairs the Bennington County Family Division Bench/Bar Committee. Aside from his commitment to improving how the Vermont State Family Division delivers services to litigants, Lawrence began his career as an educator, and gained early career experience assisting young people re-enter their communities through educational alternatives. He continues this work in practice and outside of his practice, most notably as one of the founders of Bennington’s sister city relationship with the town of Somotillo, Nicaragua. Peter graduated from Boston College, and received his Master’s in Education and J.D. from Northeastern University.

  • Elaina Noblet
    ND, LMFT, MA, NREMT

    Bennington, VT | Term (1st) Expires 2019 International Constant for several non-profit organizations in Africa.Has worked internationally on developing, implementing, and sustainability of patient access to services, programs, and treatment.Experience working with Substance Use Disorders, Special Needs, Developmental Disabilities, Community Partnerships, and wrap-around whole-person centered care merging medical and behavioral care. Experience working in EMS since 2000 as an EMT, AEMT since 2003. Currently Directing Berkshire County Behavioral Health Community Partner Program through the Brien Center and sees patients in Private Practice in North Adams.

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  • Rick Noel
    M.Ed, BA, EMT, I/C
    Membership Representative

    North Adams, MA | Term (1st) Expires (Partial) Expires 2019

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  • Richard Scheffler
    AEMT
    Membership Representative

    Bennington, VT | Term (1st) Expires 2020

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