I moved to Vermont in 1987, just before I married my love, Mary Ready, in the Old Round Church in Richmond. After starting a family in West Bolton — these 3 wonderful children — we moved to St. Johnsbury 13 years ago. We both felt at home in St. J immediately.
Being a parent has been the most rewarding experience imaginable. I have always been active in their lives, from diaper-changing, to stories at bedtime, to coaching little league teams, to high school math homework, to college applications. While Mary was in medical residency in Maine, and then getting her feet on the ground here in St. Johnsbury, I was the primary at-home parent. I will forever cherish that time.
Noah graduated from University of Pennsylvania and is building a robotics start-up company in San Francisco. Anna graduated from Middlebury College and is starting studies soon toward becoming a certified nurse midwife. Cyrus graduated from Stanford University last year and is working for his brother.
My background is construction: carpenter, contractor, building designer. But 25 years ago, I sought a way to offer building services to folks who needed it the most but were least able to afford it, and to combine it with environmental responsibility. I accepted a position directing the Weatherization Assistance Program for Chittenden, Addison, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties.
Weatherization is a housing and energy program that helps lower-income homeowners and renters make their homes safer and more comfortable, while at the same time reducing their energy bills.
Since 2009 I have directed another efficiency program, 3E Thermal. 3E provides consulting, support and cash incentives for efficiency retrofit projects in apartment buildings statewide. We partner with Weatherization, Efficiency Vermont, renewable energy programs, housing agencies and private owners. 3E is based at Capstone Community Action, in Barre.
I have served on the Board of Catamount Film & Arts since 2010. In that time Catamount has emerged as a true community arts center offering: arts education; performing arts, including daytime presentations for area school children, regular bluegrass and folk shows, and KCP Presents concert series; First Night St. Johnsbury; as well as gallery presentations and two film theaters.
I joined the Board of Rural Edge in January 2017. We are working to stabilize the agency's finances and bring this vital NEK apartment housing owner and developer back to health and strength.
I am also actively involved in the revitalization effort spearheaded by the Vermont Council on Rural Development 'community visit' in spring 2015, specifically on the Economic Restructuring Committee seeking to revitalize downtown buildings, and on the Housing Committee.
I have participated in past Town planning efforts, and am part of St. Johnsbury's Energy Committee.
In the past I have served on the School Board and Town Library Board in China, Maine, and Recycling Committee and Planning Commission in Bolton, Vermont.
I am a graduate of Cornell University, Bachelor of Arts, Government, 1974.
I have attended numerous building science training sessions -- as well as presented many -- since 1991.
I attended high school at Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland.
Your help and encouragement has been invaluable!
Celia Jackmauh, communications and graphic design
Tara Holt, volunteer coordinator
Ann Hare, data and bookkeeping
Noah Ready-Campbell, website and internet consulting
Corinne Johannson, Michelle Fay, photography
Mary Ready, sounding board and biggest supporter
and many others!