Shelburne Farms welcomes new staff

President Alec Webb has announced appointments to the staff of Shelburne Farms:

Hannah Sacco of Shelburne is the new director of the Inn at Shelburne Farms, succeeding Karen Polihronakis. Sacco came to the Inn in 2010 as a seasonal front desk person and the following year became a full-time staff member as special functions assistant, a role she continued in 2012 when she became Inn functions manager, coordinating special events at the Inn and Orchard Cove Cottage. She was appointed director of the Inn on Jan. 1, 2014.

Kate Turcotte of Shelburne is the new head cheesemaker at Shelburne Farms, succeeding Nat Bacon. Turcotte was an intern and seasonal cheesemaker while a student at the University of Vermont (UVM). In the fall of 2011 Kate became a member of the cheesemaking staff at Shelburne Farms and left in 2012 to make cheese at Consider Bardwell Farm in West Pawlet. She returned to Shelburne Farms as head cheesemaker in January.

Betsy Rosenbluth of Burlington has joined the staff of Shelburne Farms as project director for Vermont FEED and the Vermont Farm to School Network. Rosenbluth was formerly with the Burlington Legacy program where she was instrumental in founding ECHO, and more recently she worked with the Orton Family Foundation as director of projects and as interim director.

Jed Norris of Shelburne has been appointed Shelburne Farms Early Education Program coordinator. A native of Middlebury, Norris graduated from Colby Sawyer College with a K-3 teaching license. He taught at a private preschool in Middlebury and then moved to Burlington to teach at the UVM Lab School, a school for infants to preschoolers, where he was a teacher and mentor for UVM student teachers. He received his graduate degree from UVM in Early Childhood. He was program director at Burlington Children’s Space in the Old North End of the city, a non-profit school for children from six-weeks old to pre-school. He joined the Shelburne Farms education staff in March.

Erin Boyd has been appointed as special events coordinator. Boyd grew up in Thetford, graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a degree in anthropology and spent several years as a volunteer with AmeriCorps and Habitat for Humanity, and then became coordinator of special projects, special events, volunteers, and community relations for Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans. She returned to Vermont in 2013 and worked briefly with the Vermont Department of Economic Development before joining Shelburne Farms, succeeding Andrea VanHoven as special events coordinator.

Karin Bourassa has joined the staff of Shelburne Farms as executive assistant to President Alec Webb and Vice President and Program Director Megan Camp, and grants administration manager. Bourassa grew up in Hinesburg and Shelburne and graduated from UVM with a master’s degree in Public Administration. Since 1998 she has been executive director of the Vermont Karelia Rule of Law project, organizing groups of volunteer judges and lawyers who went to Russia to work on education programs, and organizing groups of Ukranian and Russian lawyers and judges who came to Vermont, as well as 13 other states.