The Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF) will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary on April 11th. Area churches will be joining us in our Ringing of the Bells to celebrate local cancer patients and their families. CPSF supports nearly 500 Vermont cancer patients and their families each year. This Vermont based nonprofit helps patients meet their basic needs including food, housing, home heating, childcare, transportation to treatment, prescriptions, and medical costs not covered by insurance. Church bells will ring 5 times (1 for each 100 families CPSF supports annually) at 7pm on April 11 to celebrate the thousands of Vermont cancer patients.
Participating churches include:
St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church of Montpelier
First Congregational Church of Berlin
First Congregational Church of Middlebury
First Congregational Church of Essex Junction
First Congregational Church of Burlington
St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church of Burlington
First Congregational Church of St. Albans
Holy Angel's Roman Catholic Church St. Albans
St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church of St. Albans
The Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF) elected a new leadership team for its Board of Directors. Jennifer Sullivan has been elected President, Catherine Suiter has been elected Vice President, Zachary Musgrave has been elected Secretary, and David Bosworth was re-elected as Treasurer.
Jennifer Sullivan graduated from Champlain College and soon after began working at McSoley McCoy & Co. Sullivan enjoys spending time outdoors with her two dogs or riding her horse. Cancer has affected the lives of many whom she loves, giving her the passion to help those in Vermont face cancer with courage and hope. Sullivan currently serves as Board President and is also part of the Finance Committee.
Catherine Suiter, M.Ed., joined CPSF through her work with the Supportive Services Committee in 2015. For ten years before retiring from UVM Medical Center, she worked with all the hospitals in Vermont to implement the statewide Tobacco Cessation Program. Prior to that she was the Executive Director for a local nonprofit that provided substance abuse prevention programs for teens. When her son, as a young adult, had to negotiate the cancer quagmire for three years, the importance of holistic treatment became clear. Suiter chairs the Supportive Services and Development & Marketing committees
Zachary Musgrave is delighted to join the CPSF Executive Committee as Secretary. In addition to his role as Secretary, Musgrave serves on the Development & Marketing Committee. Outside of CPSF, he is a Financial Planner with Hickok & Boardman Capital Management. Musgrave currently lives in Burlington with his fiancée, Katie, and their dog, Maureen.
David Bosworth was re-elected to his position of Treasurer and has been serving CPSF for five years. He has served on the Executive Committee for the past four years. Bosworth has worked in finance for over twenty years and is currently a Senior Portfolio Manager and Trust Officer with Community Trust. He lives in Weybridge with his wife, son, and daughter.
The board also welcomed several new board members: Shawn Calley, Beth Drown, Jessica Kalb, Mike Kiessling, Erin Knox, Kathryn Lagerstedt, Kaki McGeary, and Kathy Zhou.
CPSF’s Board of Directors consists of 18 committed professionals located throughout the state of Vermont. The board is dedicated to making sure that all Vermont cancer patients can face cancer with dignity, confidence, and serenity.
Shawn Calley is the Executive Chef at Burlington Country Club and was formerly the Chef Owner of the Hearth & Candle. A graduate of Pennsylvania Culinary, he is the winner of numerous competitive culinary titles including CPSF Culinary Classic Cup Champion, Top Chef of the Champlain Valley, and Vermont Chef of the Year. Calley resides in Westford with his wife and son.
Beth Drown is the Nurse Manager for Norris Cotton Cancer Center North. She serves on the CPSF Supportive Services Committee. Drown resides in Kirby with her two sons, a terrier, and six chickens.
Jessica Kalb is a Social Marketing Professional, formerly the Regional Vice President at TLC HomeCare and Nursing. Kalb chairs the CPSF Events Committee. This Kentucky native is now a proud resident of Rutland, where she resides with her husband, daughter, and her two terriers.
Mike Kiessling is a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones. Kiessling is a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS). He resides in Essex Junction with his wife and son. In addition to serving on the CPSF Finance Committee, he is active with the Boy Scouts of America and Freemasons of Vermont.
Erin Knox is the Director of Sales at Gazebo Senior Living and has been with the company for nine years. She has over thirty years of sales, marketing, and hospitality experience. As a cancer survivor, Knox loves and appreciates what CPSF does for our community. She currently serves on the Essex Westford School Board and is a member of the board for SSTA. She resides in Essex Junction with her husband and son.
Kathryn Lagerstedt is the Senior Vice President of Retail at North Country Federal Credit Union, leading the team operating twelve branches and the call center. Lagerstedt holds a BA in Psychology from Wheaton College. She lives in Berlin, VT with her husband, daughter, and golden retriever.
Kaki McGeary is an active community volunteer who lives in Essex with her family. Her professional experience includes developing and leading strategic grantmaking initiatives for a health foundation and community foundation in Ohio, providing project management for a nonprofit consulting firm, and working for a higher education foundation in Indiana. She recently co-chaired a successful $1 million campaign for a 150-year-old church, and she has many years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in the areas of fundraising, volunteer management, program development, and strategic planning. She is a member of the CPSF Development & Marketing Committee.
Kathy Zhou is an Associate Attorney for Paul Frank + Collins P.C. specializing in the areas of business transactions, commercial finance, and public finance. Zhou obtained her J.D. from William & Mary Law School and is licensed to practice law in both Vermont and Massachusetts. She is the Chair of the CPSF Governance Committee. Zhou resides in South Burlington with her partner and their dog, Bongo.