Manchester Riverwalk Announces New Board Members
The Manchester Riverwalk Association announces the appointment of three new board members to the group’s governing body, as well as the election of a slate of officers for 2016. Joining the Board of Trustees are Joanie Burns, Dick Smith and Jen Weinstein. “Each of these new board members has been involved with the Riverwalk Association since its inception, and each has displayed a passion and commitment to our vision that will help us reach our goal sooner,” said Bill Laberge, president.
Burns moved to Manchester in 2012 from Rye, N.Y., where she lived for the better part of 42 years, raising three girls. When her youngest went off to college, she came north. While in Rye, Joanie owned and operated a garden design and installation business, Down To Earth, Ltd. She has been designing and installing gardens for 18 years and continues to travel south for projects each spring and fall. She enjoys working with the committee members and feels that the Riverwalk will be a very positive addition to this thriving, historic town that she now calls home.
Smith has life-long ties to Vermont. A Lehigh University engineer with an MBA from Columbia University, he is member of the Shires Byway Committee, a former president of the Manchester Historical Society and a current Trustee of the Vermont Historical Society in Barre and Montpelier. In addition to authoring two books on the Revolutionary War in Bennington County, he hosts a history show on GNAT-TV. He resides in Manchester with his wife, Sharon.
Weinstein is an attorney licensed to practice in the several states, including Vermont. After briefly serving as the executive director at SVAC, she has resumed her role of assisting the Northshire community in many other ways. She was recently named to the Neighbor to Neighbor Board and is thrilled to accept a position on the Riverwalk Board.
The three join existing Board members Bill Laberge, Stephen Drunsic, Margaret Donovan, Cathy Stewart, Eileen Braheney, Emmy McCusker and Alison Hill. The Officers of the Board serve a one year term, while Trustees are elected for three-year terms. The Riverwalk Board of Trustees works with the broader Manchester Riverwalk Committee, a volunteer group that meets monthly to help forward the organization’s vision. You can learn more at the website, manchesterriverwalk.org.