Local hospice adds two key members to its team

MIDDLEBURY — Hospice Volunteer Services (HVS) has appointed a new leader and another key new staff member.
Meredith Stanley is the Middlebury organization’s new executive director. She brings more than 25 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience to HVS.
As the only provider of volunteer hospice care and bereavement services to individuals, family and communities in Addison County, HVS has experienced an increase in requests for support necessitating a more deliberate and focused fundraising approach. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations at the office, representing HVS in the community and serving as an advocate for end-of-life care, Stanley is charged with leading the initiative to develop new ideas and design fundraising paths for HVS to follow.
A native Vermonter, Stanley in August moved to Addison from Texas to take the HVS job. She most recently worked as head of Episcopal schools in Texas. She started her career at St. Paul’s Academy in Concord, N.H.
“HVS is delighted to have Meredith with us,” said HVS board President Jay McEvoy. “She brings a wealth of knowledge to our agency and her experience dovetails well with our mission.”
The HVS mission is to offering care and support to community members and their families who are facing the end of life or grieving the loss of a loved one. The mission also includes educating the community on the issues of death and dying.
“Meredith’s experience has enabled her to step right into the position thus creating a very smooth transition without any interruption in services or volunteer support of the Addison County community,” McEvoy said.
He also expressed his gratitude to Jennifer Oldham who served HVS as interim executive director from January to August,
“We are so grateful to Jen, she provided us with strong leadership while we were undertaking a broad search for the next executive director,” McEvoy said.
HVS also has appointed Karri Ingerson as bereavement coordinator and program assistant. Ingerson, a Middlebury resident, completed a nine-month internship program at HVS in June focusing on all aspects of the HVS program.
She was hired during the summer and brings to the office many years of service to the non-profit sector, including work in organization, coordination and scheduling.
Ingerson serves as the HVS one-on-one bereavement support person and coordinator of all bereavement services offered to the community.
“Karri’s experience at HVS has proven to be essential in her ability to quickly respond to the greater Addison County community in regard to bereavement services and assisting with program initiatives,” Stanley said. “We are truly fortunate to have Karri as part of the HVS team.”
For more information, contact HVS at 388-4111.

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