Thanks to Lilly Talbert from the Vermont Commission on Women for sharing this with us.
Of her reappointment, LaVarnway says “I’m honored to continue to serve alongside my colleagues to advance education, advocacy, and opportunity for Vermont women. The work of the Commission over the past 50 years has had a tremendous impact on the opportunities and resources available to women in our State.”
Commissioner LaVarnway is a Career Development Specialist at South Burlington High School where she designs and implements programs providing educational experiences in both pre-professional (school-to-work) and community (Volunteers In Action) settings. She is experienced in all aspects of career development and experiential education in the public and private sectors including eighteen years in higher education, seven years in technical education and twenty-three in public (secondary) education.
Prior to this work, she was the Academic Internship Coordinator at Saint Michael’s College, and also worked in Career Development and Cooperative Education at Norwich University. Commissioner LaVarnway operated her own consulting business, CDS – Career Development Specialists, specializing in career counseling to individuals, businesses and educational institutions. Since 1994, Commission LaVarnway has been a member and (at-large) state of Vermont Director with the professional organization New England Association for Cooperative Education and Field Experience. She holds Honorary Life Member Award for Outstanding Leadership Contribution from that organization. Commissioner LaVarnway holds a M.Ed. from Norwich University and a BA from Westfield State University in Massachusetts, with three educational endorsements in Cooperative Career and Technical Education Coordinator (7-12), Social Science (7-12), Physical Education (K-12) and a HQT (Highly Qualified Teacher) status in Social Studies.
The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state agency working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from organizations concerned with women’s issues guide VCW’s public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts. VCW offers many services to the public, including a toll-free information and referral service at 800-881-1561 and many publications, including the handbook The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont. For more information, please visit www.women.vermont.gov.