Lund’s management team represents a combined 80 years experience at Lund! Learn more about the people who lead and inspire us at Lund.
Barbara has been the Executive Director of Lund since 1997. She grew up in New Jersey, received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Brandeis University, and her MSW in Policy and Planning from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She moved to Vermont in 1991.
Prior to working at Lund, she was the Director of Outpatient Services at the Counseling Service of Addison County, and the Director of Program Development at Spectrum Youth and Family Services. While in Michigan, Barbara was the Executive Director of the Michigan Network of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs for ten years.
In addition to her work with Lund, Barbara is a state representative in the Vermont Legislature.
Director of Adoption
Wanda began employment at Lund in 1995. She came with an Associate’s Degree in Social Work and 14 years experience working as the Assistant Director for Residential Treatment Services at Baird Center for Children and Families in Burlington, VT. As Director of Adoption Services at Lund, Wanda manages all aspects of the Adoption program.
Wanda’s work and that of her staff has been celebrated and acknowledged with three Congressional “Angel in Adoption” Awards and two Health and Human Services “Adoption Excellence Awards.”
Director of Residential and Community Treatment Services
With roots firmly grounded in child welfare, Kim began employment at Lund in 1996, with a BSW from Trinity College and seven years experience working at Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) in Burlington, VT as an investigative social worker. As the Director of Residential and Community Treatment Programs at Lund, Kim oversees Residential Services including a 26-bed residential treatment facility and a transitional housing program, Substance Abuse Treatment Programs, Children’s Services, Transitional Services, and Education. Kim actively participates in many statewide and community groups to enhance the field of family services and child welfare.
Director of Human Resources
Jamie is a graduate of the University of Vermont with Bachelor’s degrees in English and Sociology. She became involved with Lund as an intern in college and was immediately drawn to the agency’s mission. After completing her internship in 2000, Jamie was hired as a Residential Counselor and began her journey with Lund. As Director of Human Resources, Jamie oversees all aspects of human resources for more than 100 Lund employees and interns and works closely with Lund’s Board of Trustees. She has spearheaded many exciting initiatives for Lund staff, including the implementation of the Reward and Recognition Program and Lund’s Wellness Program.
Director of Finance
Lorei joined Lund in November 2014 as the Director of Finance. She is responsible for the financial management and strategic direction at Lund. Lorei has a diverse financial background. After working in public accounting at the start of her career, she worked as a self-employed consultant, which led to managing the business operations at the Community College of Vermont.
Director of Operations
Bob Robinson began his work at Lund in 2007. He came to Lund with a B.S. in Outdoor Education/Recreation and certification in Secondary Science Education from Lyndon State College. Prior to joining Lund, he was the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, VT for twelve years. As Director of Operations, Bob is responsible for ensuring that Lund’s buildings and assets are functioning and providing the best possible living, learning, and working environment for our families and staff.
Our Board of Trustees
We are very fortunate to have a dedicated, talented, and experienced Board of Trustees. They work hard every day on Lund’s behalf and bring their personal testimony and business acumen to their positions at Lund. We are grateful for their contributions.
Paulette has served on Lund’s board for the past nine years. She has served on the finance and program committees and chaired Lund’s Strategic Planning and Governance Committees. She is currently the Director for the School of Nursing at Norwich University. As an Adult Nurse Practitioner, she also practices at the GoodHEALTH/CHCB practice in South Burlington, Vermont focusing on the treatment of obesity and related chronic diseases. She has lectured in healthcare leadership and policy at the University of Vermont and Northeastern University and has consulted on patient centered and clinical excellence practice innovations. Paulette also volunteers internationally leading nursing and nurse practitioner students on community health care brigades delivering care to impoverished villages in Nicaragua. She was past Vice President for the VNPA and has served on the policy and research committees. She was recently appointed to the Vermont Board of Nursing, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse sub-committee. She previously practiced at Massachusetts General Hospital and held positions of Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner under Governor Douglas in the State of Vermont, and Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer for CVS Minute Clinics.
Immediate Past President
Sara Byers is Co-Owner and President of Leonardo’s Pizza, with three locations in VT and ME, and Leonardo’s of Vermont, a wholesale pizza sauce business. Sara serves as Immediate Past Board President at Lund, Board Chair at Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and Immediate Past Board Chair at the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is also an appointed member of Vermont’s Capital Debt Affordability Advisory Committee. In 2015, Sara was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce Degree from Champlain College. In addition, Sara received the 2009 Community Spirit Award from Women Helping Battered Women, the 2010 Rising Star Award from the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and a 2012 Health Building Block Award from the United Way of Chittenden County.
Emily Lee became involved with Lund by joining the finance committee. With a background in banking and financial management, she brings great experience to this committee and now to the Board. Emily is very connected in the Burlington community as a member of the Ward 2 NPA steering committee, and serving on the board of Preservation Burlington. She was also the recipient in 2012 of the Ray O’ Connor Award for Community Improvement. Emily graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Political Science. She joins the Board of Lund with a special interest in learning about how social services are delivered in Vermont.
Stephanie Miller Taylor
Stephanie is a longtime supporter of organizations that help women and children, such as the Single Parents Program at Champlain College, and “believes that all children deserve a good start in life”. She is Vice President/Director of Marketing at her family’s real estate business R.E.M. Development, in Williston. In addition to the Lund board, Stephanie sits on the boards of the Burlington Business Association and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. Stephanie lives in Warren with her family.
Eileen Simollardes served two terms as Lund’s Board President. She is Vice President of Supply and Regulatory Affairs at Vermont Gas Systems in South Burlington, VT. She has also served as Vice President and Secretary of the Board. Eileen lives with her family in Milton, VT.
Lucy had worked with Lund for many years in her role at the Department for Children and Families where she worked for over 40 years. She is pleased to now have the opportunity to become directly involved by joining the board. Having lived in Burlington all her life, Lucy sees Lund as “contributing enormously to the fabric of the town”. Lucy is also on the board of the Champlain Senior Center. In her free time she enjoys walking, gardening, tai chi, boating on the lake and spending time with her four grandchildren.
Member at Large
Maria is a Human Resources professional who works at Revision Military. “I truly believe in the holistic and integrated way in which Lund looks to empower and help families grow in the face of challenges.”
Jessica has been involved with Lund since 1986 when she first came as a volunteer during her time as a student at UVM. Her most recent involvement was as a member of the committee that organized Lund’s 125th birthday celebrations in the spring of 2016. Jessica holds a BA in politic science and economics and an MPA, both from UVM. She has been involved in many boards and committees at prominent local organizations including the VNA, UVM Medical Center, Champlain College Single Parents Program, United Way of Northwest Vermont’s Women’s Leadership Council, and Champlain Valley Union High School.
Matthew Carter returned to Lund’s Board of Trustees in 2010. With more than twenty years of banking and business experience, his background, provides leadership on operational and financial matters. Matthew worked for several years in private law practice and as in-house counsel.
Currently working as the Commissioner at the Vermont Department of Human Resources, Tom brings to Lund government experience at both the state and federal levels. Through his previous work as Chief of Staff to Vermont Speaker of the House Shap Smith and in Washington D.C. as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Peter Welch, Tom gained a deep understanding of social services policy, which is what drew him to Lund. He has been engaged in community and civic service since high school and is a past President of theBboard of HOBY Vermont. Tom lives in Jericho.
Chris has worked with Lund in his role as an attorney at Vermont Legal Aid where his practice primarily relates to housing, public benefits and family law cases brought on behalf of low income Vermonters. Chris is extremely active in his community serving local organizations in a variety of volunteer roles. He also currently serves as Co-Chair of the Governor’s Council on Pathways from Poverty.
Thomas J. Donovan, (TJ) Jr. was elected Chittenden County State’s Attorney in November 2006. Prior to being elected, he was an associate with the Burlington law firm of Jarvis & Kaplan. TJ also served as a Deputy State’s Attorney in Chittenden County and as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, PA. He joined the Board in 2008. T.J. is a Burlington native who lives here with his family.
A native Vermonter, Maurine first learned of Lund through the young mothers who shared their experiences with students at her middle school. Years later, as a member of the Archives Committee, she discovered personal stories of Lund’s impact stretching back over a century. Inspired by these experiences, she jumped into Lund’s 2012 rebranding project. She’s enormously proud of the outcome of that work and the team that saw it through. Maurine’s professional background is in advertising, brand strategy, and research, working both in agencies and client side. Today she designs and conducts qualitative research for the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program, at the UVM College of Medicine. She’s also a flower farmer and floral designer – her business Tigri Flowers creates wild, organic arrangements for weddings and events. In her free time, she enjoys running with her hound and mentoring with the King Street Center’s Junior-Senior Buddy program.
Jeanne B. Kennedy
Jeanne B. Kennedy is the owner/operator of JB Kennedy Associates, LLC, a firm that provides comprehensive government relations and lobbying services to corporations and associations. Kennedy began her professional career in the Burlington area working as a dental hygienist. She served in the Vermont House of Representatives prior to opening her business. She is a member of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and also serves on the Hope Lodge Advisory Committee. A long term resident of South Burlington, Jeanne now lives in Williston and has served on Lund Board since 1990.
Barbara Lande Bronfman lives in South Burlington with her husband, Stuart. She is an active volunteer on the Board of the Flynn Theater and is involved with a number of other non-profits in Chittenden County. Her desire to make the world a better place for women and children led her to Lund’s Board of Trustees. She enjoys skiing, golfing, and playing tennis.
Christopher is Vice President of Loso’s Professional Janitorial Services, Inc., serving in this role since 2012. Previously, he worked as a management consultant for 18 years in New York City and Washington, DC, serving in leadership roles at such firms as Deloitte, BearingPoint, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Christopher was appointed to the Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities in 2012, becoming Chair in 2014. He is also a business representative of the Vermont Statewide Workforce Investment Board and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s Vermont Training Program. He also serves on the Development Committee for Community Health Centers of Burlington. He has been a faculty member at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs since 2003, teaching management-related courses. Christopher brings a strong background in business, organizational development and civic engagement and is looking forward to putting his expertise to work at Lund.
Larry became involved with Lund in 2012 first as a member of the Finance Committee and later as a member of the Board. Larry is a retired commercial banker with over 40 years’ experience in the banking industry. He served as a Senior Credit Officer of People’s United Bank and before that as the Chief Credit Policy Officer of Chittenden Corporation. Larry’s banking experience includes 11 years working and living in Hong Kong and Indonesia. He lives in Williston with his wife, Sylvia.
Allegra Miller comes to Lund with a wealth of experience having worked in education, both as a teacher and as an administrator, in Chittenden County for over 32 years. She is very interested in supporting Lund’s educational programs and has been connected to Lund for many years through holiday giving, food drives and in the course of her work. She is a member of the Vermont Principal’s Association, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Well Spouse Organization. This year she will be the interim co-principal at Hinesburg Community School. Allegra lives in Burlington and enjoys playing the piano, reading and gardening.
Bibi is the owner of Curve Trends Marketing. She will be serving on the new Lund PR and Communications Committee. Bibi has told us she is looking forward to adding a tremendous amount of depth to the outreach efforts of Lund with local and national audiences.
Susan has been a Lund volunteer since 2011, helping with Lund’s Ride for Children, serving on the Development Committee, and working with the Kids-A-Part program. Susan has an extensive background in education and has taught in schools in Marin County, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Susan also helps women reach their educational goals as a member of Champlain College’s Single Parents Program Advisory Committee which helps students obtain scholarships to attend school full time. Susan is an active volunteer at her children’s school and is currently a Chittenden South Supervisory Union School Board member. Susan is excited to learn more about the many ways Lund strengthens families throughout Vermont. Susan lives in Charlotte with her husband, Ben, and two children, Elizabeth and Sam.
Manon O’ Connor
Manon is the Senior Director of Development for the UVM Cancer Center. Manon is an experienced professional and volunteer in Vermont’s civic and community organizations and understands “the need for solid community member participation and devotion to advance efforts for a strong and healthy community.”
Jim joins Lund after a long career in state government as Vermont’s Commissioner of Finance and Management. He brings extensive financial, management and nonprofit experience to the board. Jim is currently on the audit committee for the Vermont Historical Society and a board member for HP Harmony. Jim was previously on the Board of Trustees of the Vermont Veterans’ Home, a position to which he was first appointed by Governor Dean and then reappointed by Governor Douglas. Jim is also a baseball fan and has previously coached and volunteered for Little League. Jim lives in Essex Town. He enjoys golfing, hunting and watching baseball, football and basketball games.
Cyndee joins Lund’s board after two years as a member of the Finance Committee. Cyndee is a dedicated and passionate community volunteer – also serving on the board of the HowardCenter and having volunteered for Meals on Wheels, the Girl Scouts and on a Parent Teacher Organization. She earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and German from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the University of Vermont. Cyndee has experience in many different professional roles including as an accountant, an instructor at the Community College of Vermont, a business and human resources manager and a high school German teacher. Cyndee is a mother of six and enjoys tennis, skiing, traveling and using her skills and interests to help others.
As a former beneficiary of Lund’s services, Heidi was looking for an opportunity to give back to the organization. “Over the years, I have often wondered how I could ever repay Lund’s generosity. As a board member I will have the opportunity to say thank you for all that you have done for me and my family,” she says. Heidi lives in Milton and is an active volunteer for the Recreation Department and the library while also studying full time for a legal studies degree.