Holton Home, 158Western Ave Brattleboro VT  05301... setting the standard in elder care since 1892


The Board of Directors of the Holton Home

We have a great group of directors with deep connections to the home.

Kris McDermet

Dummerston, VT
Occupational Therapist – retired

I moved to Vermont in 1986 with my husband Stewart and our animals to restore an old brick cape in Dummerston.  In the meantime we fell in love with the community of Brattleboro.  I went to work as an Occupational Therapist for the VNA of Vermont and New Hampshire, retiring after 22 years.  I had patients at Holton Home and clients through Brattleboro Area Hospice over the years and came to admire the staff, residents, and philosophy of Holton Home care.  Now I volunteer with Brattleboro Area Hospice, The Drop in Center, and The West Brattleboro Association.  I’ve also begun a part time business of Rug Hooking and Braiding and travel the country teaching these skills to others.  I’m an active member in Brattleboro West Arts and The Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild.  I am excited to be part of the Holton Home board during what promises to be an exciting time.

Lee Madden

Newfane, VT
Justice of the Peace
Town of Brattleboro

I moved to Newfane from Maryland in 1974. I have lived in Brattleboro since the late 1970s. I am a professional book seller dealing in antiquarian, collectible and scholarly books and ephemera.  I previously served as the financial officer for Chroma Technology Corp. and before that as the Vice President of Tree Spirit woodenware company.  Currently, I am serving as Justice of the Peace in Brattleboro and am a long-time Brattleboro Town Meeting Representative. I have previously served on the River Gallery Art School Board, the Brooks Memorial Library Board, the Town Finance Committee, the BUHS Board, and a number of other local and state boards and committees.  During the 40 years that I have lived in Brattleboro and Newfane I have often heard glowing accounts of Holton Home. Recently I spent some time assisting my late mother in a rehabilitation facility in Northern Vermont and I came to appreciate how very important a professional, competent and caring facility is and determined I should do what I can to insure we maintain our great facilities and add more when possible. I was very pleased when the opportunity to serve the Holton Home arose.

Vern Grubinger

Dummerston, VT
Extension Specialist
University of Vermont

I came to Vermont in 1990 to work for the University of Vermont. I am an Extension Specialist serving commercial vegetable and berry farms across the state. I also coordinate a USDA grants program in sustainable agriculture research and education for 12 northeastern states. I’ve served on a variety of boards including the Brattleboro Food Coop and the Vermont Land Trust.  Since 1992 I’ve lived in Dummerston with my wife Tracey Devlin, and we’ve raised two sons here. My mother Eva moved to the area 8 years ago; about 3 years ago she moved into Holton Home. We are all so glad she did! I have been very impressed with the care, the environment, the leadership and the mission of Holton Home. It was an honor to be asked to serve on the board and I look forward to contributing as best I can to assuring a bright future for Holton Home.

Cathy Osman

Marlboro, VT
Professor of Fine Arts
Marlboro College

Having worked at Marlboro College as a Professor of Fine Arts for 18 years, ten of which I have been a resident of the town of Marlboro, I feel deeply connected to community both through my many graduating seniors as well as the friends I have made in and around Brattleboro.  I currently volunteer in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, have served on the Brattleboro Museum advisory board, chaired the World Studies Program at Marlboro College and have an active art exhibition schedule in New England.   “The Hilton” as my mother, a resident of four years has renamed Holton Home, is a place my husband and I, plus extended family are so grateful to have found. The care given to each and every resident is graced with dignity and a careful attention to each individual resident’s needs. My life has been profoundly enriched getting to know the other residents and the dedicated staff, and witnessing the daily intricacies of life at Holton Home. Joining the board is an honor.

Cathy Coonan

Brattleboro, VT
Certified Insurance Counselor
The Richards Group

I have served on many local boards over the years including Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Building a Better Brattleboro, Brattleboro Country Club and Brattleboro Rotary Club. Currently, I am a Board Member of Youth Services and Chair of Brattleboro Rotary Club’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament.  My Aunt Mary moved to Holton Home several years ago and has been very happy in her new home. Our community is very lucky to have such a caring and friendly residential care home that allows the residents to maintain their independence. Serving on the Board of Directors is an honor and a privilege and I look forward to my tenure.

Linda Rice

Board President
Halifax, VT
Nurse Practitioner, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital

Having worked in the healthcare profession for over 40 years (the last 20 as a Nurse Practitioner), I am well aware of the plight many families face in providing safe care for their aging parents, and the complex issues surrounding convincing someone to leave their home and independence. As a member of the Board (and having my mother-in-law here for four years), I have had the pleasure of getting to know quite a few of the residents and their families, and have repeatedly heard residents say, ‘If I can’t live in my own home, there is no place else I would want to be.’ That statement says it all.

Andy Reichsman

Marlboro, VT
Ames Hill Film & Video Productions

I had the double blessing of having both my mother and mother-in-law at Holton Home.  It was my good fortune to visit them at the home almost daily for four years. Through what I observed during those years, my respect and admiration for Holton Home staff is unbounded. To me, there’s no better place in the world for a loved one needing assistance.

Joseph Meyer

Brattleboro, VT
Real Estate Appraiser
Everett Real Estate Services

There are places that I drive by and think “this is one of the good things about our community,” and Holton Home is one of those.  It’s a local treasure.  The building and grounds are attractive, historic, functional and well-maintained. But Holton Home is about the people:  the staff and residents are great; the interactions between them, wonderful.  As a member of the Board, I’m glad to be able to help in my small way.

Paul Dedell

Williamsville, VT
Director of the Middle School
Hilltop Montessori School

In my capacity as director of the Hilltop Montessori Middle School, we have collaborated on our “elderly companion” program that allows our eighth grade students the opportunity to build a relationship with a willing resident. Both the staff and the residents at Holton Home have supported and nurtured this program and many enduring and moving relationships have ensued. When it was time for my father-in-law to move from Colorado and be in assisted living, Holton Home helped make this transitory time of his life safe and embracing.  Recently my mother also became a resident. Holton Home not only does a wonderful job caring for our elderly, but more importantly, it respects and celebrates who these people are now in this part of their journey.

Allan Hansell

Vernon, VT
Biology Professor – retired

My wife lived her last three years at Holton Home and we both truly felt included in the activities and the life at the Home from day one. Residents and caregivers alike treat each other like family – it has always seemed to me that they put the ‘home’ in Holton Home. There are larger and better-known assisted living facilities around the country and in the region, but there are none that rival Holton Home for the family-like atmosphere and personalized care. When I was invited to join the Board, I felt honored to be a part of this extended family that is doing such important work and doing it so well.

Jill Brehm

Visiting Committee
Spofford, NH
Retired Physical Therapist

My mother was on the Visiting Committee, and my mother-in-law lived at the Holton Home happily in her last years. When I retired from physical therapy, I enjoyed joining the board and look forward to helping shape the future of Holton Home.  We learn a lot about life from the elders in our lives and come to appreciate their needs and those who, along with us, care for them.

It is because of our community of kind friends that Holton Home has been able to provide exceptional service to elders for more than 120 years. Thank you.

Holton Home
158 Western Avenue
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Tel: 802.254.4155