The COTS Team

COTS StaffSTAFF & BOARD

COTS leverages the time and talents of 44 full-time, plus part-time staff members, at our shelters, prevention and housing programs, as well as our administrative office. Wrap around support services provided by case managers and shelter staff is critical. Shelter staff help provide safe and decent shelter to guests while case managers help people stabilize their lives and move back into housing.  We are a service site for the AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps/VISTA program, as well as a field placement site for graduate students in UVM’s School of Social Work.

COTS board members represent our broader community through a diverse group of skills (management, finance, real estate, development, human services, faith community, etc.) and maintain a high profile of community support.

ADMINISTRATION

Rita Markley, Executive Director

Denise Danyow, Operations Director

Julia Paradiso, Program Director

Becky Holt, Development & Communications Director

Brenda Cheeseman, Human Resources Director

Jonathan Farrell, Facilities Director

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Brigitte Ritchie, Board Chair
Director of Community & Public Relations
KeyBank

Jeffrey Nolan, Board Vice Chair
Attorney
Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C.

Joyce Hagan, Secretary
Therapist
Lakewood Psychotherapy

Debra Royce, Treasurer
Debra Royce, Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer
AllEarth Renewables, Inc.

Michael New
VP of Human Resources
Saint Michael’s College

Sean Collins
Director of Organization Development
Dealer.com

Laurie Gunn
VP of Human Resources
University of Vermont Medical Center

George Hubbard
Manager
The Craftsmen Group, LLC

Paul Lekstutis
Vice President
L.N. Consulting, Inc.

Tom Torti
President
Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce

Catherine Dingle
Attorney
Murphy Sullivan Kronk

Michael H. Lipson
Attorney

Beth Anderson
Director of Operations
VermontOxfordNetwork

Shelley Richardson
Retired Vice President for Advancement
Champlain College

Jeff Martin
Licensed Psychologist

Bob Steis
Owner
Business Communications Services