Board of Directors 2018-02-19T14:06:15+00:00

Board of Directors

Richard Paul
Richard PaulChairman
Certified Public Accountant, Richard A. Paul, Jr. CPA, P.C., White River Junction, VT

Richard Paul, Jr. is the sole shareholder of his accounting firm Richard A. Paul, Jr., CPA, P.C. of White River Junction, VT since 2009 after spending 21 years as a manager and partner with two other Upper Valley accounting firms. His firm specializes in business and individual income tax preparation, financial statement preparation, tax planning and management consulting. Richard has served as President of the Board of Directors of Green Mountain Children’s Center in White River Junction, Vermont and as Treasurer for Grafton County Economic Development Council, promoting economic development for New Hampshire’s Grafton County. Richard has taught accounting courses at Franklin Pierce University and has also prepared tax returns for the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) since 1999. Richard lives with his wife Kelly in Hartland, Vermont.

Connie Gavin
Connie GavinCo-Chair
Account Manager, Invest Employee Assistance Program, Burlington, VT

Connie Gavin is an Account Manager at Invest EAP, a state-wide wellness program responsible for partnering with employers to foster a well work culture. By supporting managers, employees as well as household members outcomes include a significant ROI, increased productivity, morale and work-life balance. A native Vermonter, Connie holds a Master’s degree in Health Education from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont. Connie is an active member in her community and curious life long learner.

Sydny Atwood
Sydny AtwoodSecretary
Regional Marketing Coordinator, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

In her current position at Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Sydny travels throughout Vermont working on marketing strategy at the company, office and individual level. She has been with Four Seasons SIR since relocating from Dallas, TX in 2014. While living in Dallas, Sydny worked for a large company as well as a small individually owned business. She also began direct community service with the Junior League of Dallas. Sydny holds a BA in English from Dickinson College ’10.

Sydny resides in West Dover, Vermont with her husband, Sam, and newly adopted puppy, Olive.

Frank Dike
Frank DikeTreasurer
Frank Dike lives in the Brockton MA the “City of Champions” and loves to play table tennis, travel and watch movies. Frank is married with two wonderful kids. He is very interested in the impact learning and education has on health and development of high school students. A fellow of the Partnership Inc. Boston. Frank holds two Graduate degrees in Financial Economics and Management from Boston University and Harvard University. He is a Senior Manager (Vice President) responsible for Operational Risk and Controls at State Street Corporation Boston. Over a span of 17 years’ Frank has held several Senior Leadership roles at fortune 500 firms.
He is Chairman of the CHL finance committee.
Gene Fullam
Gene Fullam
Managing Partner/ Founder – EPF Capital LLC, Huntington, NY

When Gene Fullam began researching his next career move, his goal was to parallel his interest in youth volunteer work (as a former Catholic Big Brother and AAU Team Basketball Coach) with his two-decades of extensive corporate finance experience in the for profit arena.

Intrigued by CHL’s mission and vision, Gene noted how the organization’s core business needs dovetailed nicely with his corporate finance background and interests.

Gene brings to CHL’s Board significant operational, organizational development and management leadership running complex organizations at both domestic and international firms – ORT America, IB&M, Salomon Smith Barney (Citigroup), Lehman Brothers, Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank and Standard & Poor’s Corporation (where he began his career).

Past roles as COO/CFO/Consultant help to establish a track record that includes scaling new business platforms and achieving forecasted operating and budget objectives at large and small enterprises. Gene’s experience also includes driving a wide variety of strategic planning and project management assignments including inter-departmental and cross-functional teams. Projects include major technology/business system infrastructure improvements in product management, client deliverables, research and portfolio analytics, business practices, performance measures, financial disciplines and capital fundraising.

Gene holds a BA from Boston College and a Masters Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University.

Kelly Merrigan Short
Kelly Merrigan Short works at Beck’s Studio in Brattleboro, VT as a cosmetologist, which has been her profession for 30 years. When her children were little, she worked out of her home so she could stay home with them. She homeschooled all of them in their early education and enrolled them in school based on their needs and wants.

She lost her 16 year old daughter in January of 2011 to suicide, and thus began her passion for suicide prevention. She brings energy and a hands on attitude to the Board.

Kelly is the mother of 4 girls and has one granddaughter. She lives at a beautiful orchard in West Brattleboro, VT.

Yvonne Sin Alberts
Yvonne Sin Alberts
Independent Advisor, Consultant, and Investor

Yvonne Sin Alberts worked in investment and financial services industry for 18 years and is currently an independent consultant, advisor and investor. She advises and consults with start-ups in biotechnology, technology, media and communications on strategic and financing issues. She is also interested in public health, development of the brain, and promoting community involvement.

She was one of three founders of Ginger Capital Advisors Ltd in 2005. As the portfolio manager of Ginger Global Opportunities Fund and co-manager of Greater China Fund, she led the team to yield over three folds of the initial capital in the years 2005-2010. She headed up the group’s 8-person research team, and was deeply involved in operations and marketing of the funds.

Before involving in asset management, she has 12 years of investment banking experience – 8 years in New York and 4 years in Asia. She led the Technology and Telecommunications banking effort in Asia for Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. At Morgan Stanley in New York, she worked on a broad range of financing, strategic and advisory transactions in food/consumer products, automotive and utilities industries. She started her finance career at Bankers Trust Company, now Deutsche Bank, in swaps and private placements.

Yvonne has an MBA/MA in Finance and Management from The Wharton School and The Lauder Institute. She also has an MA/BA magna cum laude in Biology from Harvard University. She enjoys music, outdoor activities and travelling. She is now based in Boston.

Elisa Perin
Elisa Perin
Elisa Perin
ACO Clinical Consultant, OneCare Vermont, Brattleboro, VT

Elisa currently serves as a clinical consultant for OneCare Vermont, an accountable care organization (ACO) created by The University of Vermont Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock that works with a statewide network of providers to coordinate health care of approximately 114,000 Medicare, Medicaid and Commercially-insured beneficiaries. The knowledge gained through this partnership will translate to improvements in clinical delivery and reimbursement systems that can eventually benefit all payers and patients in Vermont by improving the health of Vermonters with high quality care while achieving lower cost growth. Prior to her current role, she served in various care coordination and health promotion roles within patient-centered medical home, public health and community-based outreach models.

A native Ohioan, Elisa holds a Masters in Public Health from The University of Cincinnati and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Xavier University. She is a licensed registered nurse in the state of Vermont and a certified case manager as recognized by The Commission for Case Manager Certification. She enjoys singing with the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus, being an active participant in the Southern Vermont Young Professionals Group, and enjoying all of the outdoor adventuring that the Green Mountain State has to offer. She is excited to work with the Center for Health and Learning as a first-time Board member.

Janet Schreiber, Ph.D.
Janet Schreiber, Ph.D.
Director of Grief, Loss, and Trauma Certificate Program, Southwestern College

Dr. Schreiber was a Professor of Public Health at the University of Texas, Director of the Elizabeth Kubler Ross Hospice Training Program and is currently the creator and Director of the Grief, Loss and Trauma certificate program at Southwestern College. Dr. Schreiber also facilitates Santa Fe Survivors of Suicide in Santa Fe. She is the founder of Santa Fe Doorways, a 12 year old community education program developed to improve end of life care. She is the president of the board for Circle of Love, a patient advocate at Christus St. Vincent Hospital and a board member of the Guardianship Alliance.