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New Faces in New Places at the BCRC

The BCRC recently said farewell to regional planner and all-around graphic genius Mickey McGlasson, who is now pursuing a graduate degree in public policy at Carnegie Mellon University. And VISTA Nevin Lassard is off to a pre-dental program at the University of Pennsylvania, while VISTA Rory Price will continue her work in the community with Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services.

Current BCRC VISTA, Michelle Marrocco, will take on a new role at the BCRC when her VISTA term of service is completed in November. Michelle will be BCRC’s community development assistant, building on her work in the areas of cultural planning, regional food systems, and healthy communities, along with new responsibilities in BCRC’s community development program. mmarrocco@bcrcvt.org - 442-0713 x8

Catherine Bryars has just started work as a new Regional Planner at the BCRC. Catherine will be busy working on municipal planning and implementation projects, including plan and bylaw updates, village center and downtown designations, energy planning, and more. A graduate of Amherst College and the graduate program in regional planning at the University of Massachusetts, Catherine most recently was a Fulbright Scholar in Oaxaca, Mexico. cbryars@bcrcvt.org - 442-0713 x10

Another graduate of the regional planning program at UMass, Jonathan Cooper, will be joining the BCRC in September as a Community and Economic Development Specialist. Jonathan will be helping to advance BCRC’s efforts to support business retention and growth, workforce development, and establishment of strong regional partnerships through the Southern Vermont Economic Development Zone and will be spending time both at BCRC’s offices in Bennington and at the Manchester Town Offices when working in the Northshire. jcooper@bcrcvt.org - 442-0713 x9

The BCRC also welcomes three new VISTAs: Elyse Belarge, who will be working on regional food systems, assisting with community outreach efforts in Bennington, and downtown redevelopment and housing; Rachel Newton who will be working on youth engagement activities and a variety of projects with Southwestern Vermont Health Care Corporation; and Rebecca Raymond, who will be supporting the “drug free community” work of the Alliance for Community Transformations. In a continuing partnership with the Lightning Jar co-working space, these three new VISTAs will be working out of that facility on North Street in Bennington’s downtown.