The board is composed of individuals who bring a range of experience in non profit management and social service. Prior to forming the non profit, Annamarie had a team with whom she regularly consulted. It was a natural move to ask them to work together as a board.
Annamarie Pluhar, M.Div., an award-winning speaker and trainer, is the force behind Sharing Housing, Inc. As the founder and president, 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 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.
Josh Roberts, Vice 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.
Janet Cramer, Board Member
Janet F. Cramer, M.S. LICSW, is a clinical social worker with special training in geriatrics who has been in practice for 28 years.
A graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work in 1988, she worked in home care and at the White River Junction VA Medical center while joining her husband in private practice of Marriage and Family Therapy.
At his retirement she continued the practice on her own. She just retired after ten years as a Housing Commissioner in the town of Brattleboro, VT, was previously a trustee of Marlboro College and served as Senior Warden for St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Brattleboro. In addition, Ms. Cramer was president of the Council on Aging for SC Vermont, now Senior Solutions. As well as one of the two delegates from Windham County to the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent lIving for nearly fifteen years and its chair for three years
Before moving to Vermont full time, Ms. Cramer was development director for the League of Women Voters of Connecticut and taught discussion leading and participation skills for the League.
In Wilton CT Ms. Cramer was one of three Commissioners of Police, secretary of the charter revision commission, school building committee and a candidate for First Selectman.
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.