Annamarie Pluhar, President
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. In addition to these materials, Ms. Pluhar designed and developed the Discovering Sharing Housing webinar and the Finding the Ideal Home-Mate Workshop. She also has been a guest blogger for SixtyandMe and Silvernest.com.
An expert in instructional design, facilitation, training, and project management, Ms. Pluhar has thirty years experience with 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 of the Windham Child Care Association, and is currently a Planning Commissioner for her town of Dummerston, VT, an active member of St. Michael’s Episcopal church in Brattleboro, VT, a founding member of BrattleMasters, a Toastmasters club.
A graduate of Vassar College and The Episcopal Divinity School, Ms. Pluhar resides in Dummerston, VT.
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.
Janet F. Cramer, Treasurer
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.
iishana P. Artra, Board Member
iishana P. Artra, Ph.D. has owned and directed a shared interfaith home since 2008 for women aged 17-70.
In her consulting practice, she specializes in helping members of stepfamilies adjust to the psychological and logistical challenges of sharing a home with one another.
A graduate of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, she has worked in grief and trauma resolution with combat veterans and coordinated disaster relief for Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita evacuees in New Orleans.
Ms. Artra was previously a consultant to start up businesses in Boston for four years. She has sixteen years of experience in instructional design and delivery and six years in project management for environmental law products, school health trainings, and federal grant applications for job creation.
She has served fourteen non-profit organizations since 1977, served on three boards and founded a non-profit literacy organization.
Lori Palmer, Board Member
Lori Palmer, owner of Coverings, has maintained a successful business for more than twenty years. Prior to opening her own shop, she worked as a production manager at a local business for thirteen years.
She is the mother of three grown children and and an active grandmother of four. She decided to start finishing her college education when she was 42. A dedicated volunteer in the community of Brattleboro, she served as a hotline counselor at the Women's Crisis Center for over five years.
She has been an active member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church and a member of their Outreach Team since 2005. While serving on this committee she has made over a dozen volunteer trips to Mississippi, New Orleans and Staten Island to help rebuild homes there that were destroyed by the disasters and hurricanes hitting these regions.
Ms. Palmer has also traveled to Rwanda in Africa through the organization CHABHA (Children Affected By HIV/Aids) to work with the children and to teach sewing classes to young women most of whom have been orphaned by the Aids epidemic and the genocide.
Rebeca Schiller, Marketing Consultant
Rebeca Schiller is the founder of Plain Speaking Communications, a marketing consultancy based in Brattleboro, VT.
Prior to launching her own business, Ms. Schiller worked at leading marketing communications firms in New York City. She has represented major name brands including Starbucks, GUND, Sylvan Learning Center, SONY, LG Electronics, and bestselling authors Barbara Taylor Bradford, and Allison Winn Scotch.
Ms. Schiller is a graduate of San Francisco State University, and resides in Brattleboro, VT.