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Board of Directors  2017 - 2018

Linda M. Ayer, President
Gail Moreau, Vice President
Stacy Pepper, Treasurer
Nick Danigelis, Co-Secretary
Gina Scafa, Co-Secretary
Ken Bridges
Sally Grossnickle
Lavenia Medeiros
Diane Noyes  
Michele Catella

The Board of Directors meets at the Center regulary with a public forum to receive comments and questions from the greater community. We conduct meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order and we follow the By-Laws of the Center. 

Upcoming meetings

  • Annual  Meeting: Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 10:00 am

Linda M. Ayer arrived in Burlington in 1970 with her husband and young son, graduated from UVM and has lived on Killarney Drive since 1990.  After a 25 year career in teaching, she retired from Vermont public middle/high school and the university and worked in a variety of positions that fostered positive and respectful collaborative working relationships to achieve measurable goals until 2014.  The Heineberg Community Senior Center’s Tai Chi, Yoga, and Mahjongg activities connect her with other seniors, as do the special lectures and luncheons.  Linda looks forward to strengthening the bonds of community through service on the Board and working together to increase participation, generate additional programs for engagement, and provide a welcoming, respectful, and dynamic gathering place that enhances the well-being of the citizens in our aging community.

Ken Bridges is a property Manager/SASH Coordinator for Cathedral Square and is familiar with the Center from his time managing Heineberg Senior Housing during the pilot period of the SASH program. He also worked for Vermont Respite House for approximately 12 years as a House Manager/ Caregiver. His goal as a board member is to assist in keeping the Center as a positive community resource and find ways for it to adapt to changing demographics, needs and interests by reaching out to populations of seniors, including but not limited to,  unserved neighborhoods and large congregate housing communities as well as our growing population of new-American seniors. Ken is committed to collaborating with all involved to insure the long term viability of the Center.

Michele Catella has been a resident of the North End for over twenty years and has been involved with the Heineberg Community Senior Center for ten years. A Jazzercise instructor since 2002, she became the franchise owner in 2011 of the Burlington Jazzercise Fitness Center. Michele loves interacting with the public and has skills in mediation and conflict resolution. She brings to the Board experience with fundraising and nutritional and fitness education.  As a cancer survivor, she has learned through her journey to value the little things in life.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, four children and three grandchildren.  

Nick Danigelis was born and raised in Burlington and recently retired as UVM Professor of Sociology with a specialty in gerontology. He brings to the Center expertise in program evaluation from his advisory board memberships for Project HOME (now known as HomeShare Vermont) during its formative years, as well as for RSVP and Foster Grandparents.  By taking time to listen and learn about the Center and its mission, he hopes to offer constructive suggestions regarding current and future evaluation tools as the Center moves through this exciting time of transition.  He feels strongly that information gathering for nonprofits is essential because program directors need to know what works for current and potential participants and service providers to improve program delivery and participant satisfaction. As the HCSC seeks additional outside funding, which is increasingly dependent on carefully gathered and analyzed data regarding program efficacies, Nick expects to work collegially with all Board members to help the Center grow and thrive.

Sally Grossnickle began her adult life as an elementary teacher in South Bend, IN.  She and her husband pooled their business and education talents and began Creative Teaching, a teacher and parent educational supply store.  They retired to Clermont, FL and volunteered with an organization to form a give-away teacher’s store.  After her husband’s passing, she moved to Vermont where she is active with the Alzheimer’s Association, The UVMMC Thrift Shop and the kindergarten beginning reading program.  At the Center, Sally participates in Tai Chi, plays bridge, and serves on the fundraising committee.

Lavenia Medeiros moved to the New North End of Burlington in 1997 after raising three children in Central Vermont.  Upon moving to the Burlington area, she decided to go back to school as an adult to complete her education.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in 2004 from Smith College.  Her appreciation for the role of senior center in the community developed when she witnessed the social benefits of her mother’s involvement. Lavenia participates in the Tai Chi classes and volunteers on the fundraising committee at the Center.  You may spot her at her part-time job crossing the children for the Flynn School at the corner of Starr Farm Road and North Avenue during the school year.

Gail Moreau served as director of the Heineberg Senior Center from 1995 until she retired in 2012.  With a grant from the Department of Aging and Independent Living, she established communication among senior centers across the state of Vermont resulting in the formation in 2013 of the Vermont Association of Senior Centers and Meal Providers (VASCAMP) of which she served as facilitator of the organization until January 2017.  Her goal for serving on the Board is to support and assist the Executive Director and Board as the center moves to the future of serving older adults in our community in a vibrant and welcoming setting.  Gail hopes to use her experience and knowledge of senior services to contribute in a meaningful way to the Heineberg Community Senior Center.

Diane Noyes, for the past seven years, has been an ongoing shared home provider for seniors.  Prior to that, she was a licensed nursing assistant, medical supply clerk for 160 patients at a local nursing home for seven years, worked as an accounts receivable clerk at BPW water department and was an office manager at a graphic arts company.  Diane also served as a ward clerk for Ward 7.  She currently participates at the Center in bridge, strength & balance, bingo and the lunch program.  She volunteers for activities as the need arises.
Stacy Pepper received her Bachelor’s degree in business from Champlain College and is currently employed at the University of Vermont Medical Center as a Financial Specialist. She sees serving on the Board as an opportunity to give back to her community and share her knowledge, energy and skills. Her goal is to provide guidance and support around financials and budget as well as any other areas where her skills and experiences can assist.  She is eager to learn, highly organized, detailed oriented and really enjoys working with people. Stacy and her husband were born and raised in Vermont and live in Colchester with their two children.

Gina Scafa is a semi-retired Speech-Language Pathologist from the Burlington Schools with a specialty in early language development.  In addition, she teaches Jazzercise classes and plays Mahjongg at the HSCSC.  He has been a Burlington Resident for 34 years and is a certified Master Gardener who loves to cook.  By serving on the Board, Gina looks forward to becoming more familiar with the activities and offerings of the Center and to collaborate with other Board members to meet the goals that are set.





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Heineberg Community & Senior Center
14 Heineberg Road,
Burlington, VT 05408
Phone (802) 863-3982
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Wednesday 10am to 3pm
Thursdays 9am - 3pm

Lower Level closed Fridays

Heineberg Community & Senior Center is an equal opportunity employer and senior services provider.
We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, sex, age, veteran status, or disability.