Snelling Center for Government Is Announces Vermont Leadership Institute Class of 2009September 4, 2008 – – The Snelling Center for Government is pleased to announce the members of the 2009 Vermont Leadership Institute. VLI recruits Vermont’s best and brightest from the private, public, and non-profit sectors, creating lasting networks to benefit Vermont. The members of this year’s class include:Melvin Adams, VT Agency of Transportation; Tracy Bach, Vermont Law School; Mark Blanchard, Springfield Hospital; Emily Boedecker, The Nature Conservancy; Rob Chapman, Vermont Community Access Media, Inc.; Judith Cohen, UVM, College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Ethan Dezotelle, County Courier / Franklin County Northeast Supervisory Union; Don George, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont; Carlos Haase, South End Arts and Business Association; Sally Hayes, C.P. Smith Elementary School; Paul Hochanadel, Spectrum Youth and Family Services; Dorigen Keeney, VT Campaign to End Childhood Hunger; C.J. Knudsen, Vermont Lake Monsters; Mark Latham, Vermont Law School; Jenepher Lingelbach, South Royalton; William Morison, Community College of Vermont; Mary Morris, Green Mountain Power; Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, Vermont-National Education Association; Jeffrey Padgett, Engineered Solutions, Inc.; Karen Shea, VT Department for Children and Families; Joe Speidel, UVM, Office of Federal, State, and Community Relations; Stacy Theberge,Vermont College of Fine Arts; June Tierney, VT Public Service Board; Sarah Waring, Vermont Council on Rural Development.Beginning this September, VLI associates will be participating in an intensive program, consisting of eight overnight sessions, totaling eighteen seminar days between now and June. Each session is held in a different region of the state to convey a sense of Vermont’s rich historic, geographic, and cultural diversity. During their VLI experience, associates will engage in intensive assessment and self-reflection, study ethics and systems thinking and become immersed in some of the most important issues facing Vermont. Through this experience, associates are inspired to participate in public service, take thoughtful action within the public sector, and work effectively with other Vermont citizens to bring about positive change.Since the Vermont Leadership Institute started in 1995, over three hundred leaders from Vermont’s private, public, and non-profit sectors have completed the program. These alumni are making a difference in Vermont-leading innovative businesses, serving in the legislature and state government, creating award-winning non-profits, and volunteering in their communities.To learn more about the Vermont Leadership Institute, including the 2009 associates, please visit www.snellingcenter.org(link is external) or call Susan McCormack, Director of Leadership Development at 802.859.3090.The Snelling Center for Government is a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to fostering responsible and ethical leadership, encouraging public service by private citizens, and promoting informed citizen participation in shaping public policy in Vermont. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.snellingcenter.org(link is external).