Starting in July, a full-time director of administration will be joining the team in Shelburne’s town offices. Filling this new position is someone who is a familiar face to many. Ann Janda is stepping into the role after having spent the time as an intern in the town manager’s office.
“She came in with quite a bit more experience, and relevant experience, than your typical intern,” Town Manager Joe Colangelo said.
Janda’s past includes an impressive resumé, which encompasses experiences such as serving as the general manager of Healthy Living, working in various roles at a number of financial institutions in New York City, outreach and marketing specialist for Hunger Free Vermont, director of marketing for Vermont Commons School, and owner of her own marketing consultant business. The year prior to her internship with Shelburne, Janda was a municipal management fellow with the town of Milton.
That background translated into Janda being ready to take on higher-level tasks from the very start of her internship. During her time as an intern, Janda handled department head-level tasks. She was instrumental in remedying two major projects for the town. She was key in helping a group of homeowners gain railroad crossing easements to their homes. Janda also played an important part in getting work done on South Water Tank.
Colangelo said that since Janda had started with the town, she quickly became part of the team. He said that she gets along well with staff and has been a valuable asset.
In May, Janda completed her Master of Public Administration in from the University of Vermont. As part of her efforts in her pursuit of the degree, she won the annual Frank Smallwood Award from the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics for being the most collegial, enthusiastic, and team-oriented in her class.
As she moves into this new role, Town Manager Joe Colangelo says that the town is fortunate to have Janda as part of the team.