Our board is composed of individuals who bring a wide range of experience in myriad fields. In 2022, after two years of meeting by Zoom, we determined to be a "Zoom" board and thereby not be limited by geography.
Josh Roberts, President
Growing up in the Upper Valley, Josh called Lebanon, NH his home. After graduating from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY in 2012, he worked for Mascoma Bank in the Upper Valley in several capacities. His years of experience in banking steered him towards his current career as a financial advisor. He subsequently moved to St Louis, Missouri to complete his training with Edward Jones. In 2016, he worked in a local Brattleboro Edward Jones office which provided him with an opportunity to continue to develop his skills while learning from one of the most experienced financial advisors in the area. In June of 2018, he opened his own branch office.
Josh participates in multiple community events including being a member of the board of directors of United Way of Windham County and the Southern Vermont Young Professionals Steering Committee. He was awarded the 40 under 40 Rising Star Award by the Vermont Business Magazine in 2019 and Emerging Leader of Southern Vermont in 2018
Lisa Sieverts, Secretary
Lisa Sieverts owns Facilitated Change, an independent project management consulting company. She is credentialed as an Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) and a Project Management Professional (PMP®) by the Project Management Institute, a global leader in the development of standards for the practice of project management.
Before launching her own company in 2003, she worked for Hewlett-Packard in California and Idaho. In addition to her consulting business, she currently teaches Agile Project Management for the Harvard Extension School in Cambridge, MA.
Dorothy Mazeau, Treasurer
Drawing on more than 20 years of experience of living in shared homes, Dorothy Mazeau has poured her enthusiasm for this lifestyle into founding Golden HomeSharing Connections and its online database Golden Girls Canada as a way to help others learn about the benefits of home-sharing and find compatible home-mates.
Dorothy earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rhode Island School of Design. In the 1990’s, she became an advocate for the cohousing movement, serving on the Board of Directors for both the Cohousing Association of the United States and the Canadian Cohousing Network. In 2004 Dorothy left the architectural profession to become a full-time Realtor, specializing in working with older adults. She soon saw the need for a wider range of living options for her clients, as they enter this third stage of their lives. Throughout her years in Canada, Dorothy has lived primarily in shared homes, both as a single mother and on into her senior years.
Ellen Dudley, Board Member
Ellen Dudley is the author of two books: Slow Burn (Provincetown Arts Press, Provincetown, MA, 1997) and The Geographic Cure (Four Way Books, NYC, 2007) as well as work in numerous periodicals. She was editor and publisher of the Marlboro Review literary magazine between 1995 and 2006. She is currently working on two books to be published soon.
She has taught in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, the Frost Plac,e and been guest lecturer at numerous institutions including University of Portland, UC Irvine, University of Redlands and The New School. She teaches & writes from Marlboro, Vermont and the village of Waiohinu, on the Big Island of Hawai`i.
Lilllianne Henderson, Board Member
Lillianne is a native of North Carolina. She is a business owner, with skills in business development, media relations, television and digital marketing. She has experience with residential and commercial development projects.
She currently works in the in-home care industry specializing in dementia and hospice care.
She lives in shared housing and sees the benefits of shared community and lower cost of living. She is passionate that shared housing is a solution for so many and is valued advocate for our vision and mission.
John Spooner, Board Member
John grew up in a rural farming town in northern Montana. He has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in English from Purdue University. He received his law degree from the University of Montana in 1980, served as editor of the law review, and clerked for a federal judge for two years. In 1982, he moved to New York City, where he worked as an attorney with a white-collar criminal defense firm and for the Legal Aid Society. He then worked with the Loft Board, a small housing agency, for three years before becoming an administrative law judge at the NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearing. There he presided over and wrote decisions in hundreds of cases dealing with employment, housing, discrimination, contract, labor, licensing, and vehicle forfeiture law. After 30 years there, he retired in 2020. He and his husband moved to Brattleboro, Vermont, in 2021. He is a member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Brattleboro.
Annamarie Pluhar, M.Div., an award-winning speaker and trainer, is the force behind Sharing Housing, Inc. As the founder and current Executive Director, Ms. Pluhar has advocated for older adults, especially singles, to have a “home-mate,” someone with whom they can share a home with other(s) to reduce housing expenditures, enjoy the benefits of company, community, cooperation, and comfort.
She is the author of Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates based on her own personal experiences of living in shared housing for the past twenty years. Ms. Pluhar designs and delivers all Sharing Housing training. An instructional designer by profession, she excels in creating learning experiences for participants that are fun, engaging and provocative. She has been a guest blogger for SixtyandMe and is a contributing expert for the Silvernest newsletter.
Ms. Pluhar has more than thirty years of experience developing training, facilitating, and managing project for government agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), United States Agency of International Development (USAID), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRA), as well as commercial, and nonprofit organizations.
She has served as a board member for the Windham Child Care Association, and is currently a Planning Commissioner for her town of Dummerston, Vermont. She is an active member of St. Michael’s Episcopal church in Brattleboro and a founding member of BrattleMasters, a Toastmasters club.
A graduate of Vassar College and The Episcopal Divinity School, Ms. Pluhar resides in Dummerston, VT.