Officers, Stewards, and Staff

By Your Side On Your Side Because We Care

Sharon Shroeder
Cheryl O’Toole
Sarah Ferguson

“We work in an environment that is impacted by uncertainty and constant change. There is no shortage of success stories that nurses have in meeting those challenges head-on and using our union’s collective strength to make a positive impact on the outcome. You could continue to hope that our Administration does the right thing, or you can join us at the decision-making table to make sure they do. We hope you will join us!” 

Howie Otten

12 years, Central Sterile

Nicole DiVita

I have worked at UVMMC for 4 years in Ophthalmology.

“I support VFNHP because they give us a voice in the workplace and are committed to ensuring our rights are protected. Having worked in a nonunion private practice prior to UVMMC for the first 10 years of my career I see the union as a valuable asset in my career.”

Bea Disogra

Bea has been an RN 34 years, 14 of which have been at UVMMC. Prior experience includes ED, Cardiac and Primary Care. I’ve been an RN 4 in Outpatient Neurological Surgery for almost 9 years.

“Before working here at UVMMC, I was a union nurse at CVPH. Unions are democratic organizations, and by design, they reflect what the members are willing to do to make positive changes. One experience with one union shouldn’t be the reason for not supporting another. Our union is only as strong as our members make it, and here at our hospital, we’ve been putting in the work for years to raise standards of patient care, maintain a bench of talented caregivers, and build a transparent and effective union.”

Chris Gonyeau

25 years at UVMMC, Respiratory Therapy 

“I support VFNHP to better the care of our patients. Being part of this community, I want to know that we can provide the best care possible and our union provides the power to make that happen.”

Craig Jones

6.5 years at UVMMC, Shep 3/Miller

“I support VFNHP because it gives me another avenue to advocate for my patients, my coworkers, my friends, and my family.”

Jess Kilpatrick

20 years at UVMMC all of which have been in Baird 5.

“In our contracts, we have bargained for a fair process around how time off gets granted, what shift lengths are (based on unit sometimes), how call is assigned, etc. While the contract outlines these scheduling practices, it doesn’t mean that your unit has to change what is working for your group. There is specific wording in the contract that states a unit can continue to use a practice that is in place. This language is still true several contracts later in both the nurse and technical units. Each unit all does something a little different with schedules and other contract areas because it works for that unit.”


Tracy Fornasier

I have been a nurse for 23 years. I moved to Vermont in 2006 and started working at UVMMC in January of 2007. Over the years, I have worked inpatient on McClure 6, and outpatient in the Neurosurgery Clinic and most recently in Adult Primary Care at APC Williston.

“Our union, and specifically my involvement as a Chief Steward, has shown no evidence of a fractured or contentious relationship with my direct Management. I think our contract improves the relationship. There are clear parameters that everyone is aware of and a process to hold Management accountable if the terms do not get followed. That level of transparency only leads to a healthier work environment for all of us.”

Deb Snell

UVMMC Nurse since 1999, MICU

“VFNHP has provided it’s members with a very important voice. We can safely challenge our institution and hold them accountable to our contract. However, we can always do better and will continue to fight for better working conditions and the work/life balance our members deserve.”

Jess Varney

Jess has worked at UVMMC for the past 6 years, primarily at Fanny Allen.  Jess sees your union as a way to bring people together to make UVMMC better, explaining.

“I support our union because it unites some of the strongest groups of professionals out there and gives us the platform to implement positive change. When our expertise is utilized in a real way, our patients and our professions are lifted up. This is what being organized allows us to do.”

Rachel Foxx

Rachel has been at UVMMC 16 years, working on the Mother-Baby Unit for the last 15.

I support our union because together we are stronger, together we look out for and support each other, and together we provide safer patient care. It’s about a healthy work environment for our members, and a healthy and safe healing environment for our patients.

Chele Lippay

Certified Surgical Technologist for last 15 years

“I enjoy being a part of our Tech Union as I feel it is a way in which we can come together as a group to accomplish situations that may otherwise feel impossible to reach as an individual.”

Marybeth Early

10 years in the OR

“I support our union because I believe in what it represents.  We are workers formed to protect and advocate for its members’ interests.”

Clare Doyle

Years: 28 years in SICU/PICU

“I support our union because we need to take matters into our own hands and demand equality and justice for all.  We can’t depend on management to do the right thing.  Even when you have a good manager, it can change overnight. By being a part of a union, we are able to take matters into our own hands because we actually have a seat at the table.”

Olivia Thompson
Jenn Long

At UVMMC since 2013 at Adult Primary Care

“I support our union because I believe in the collective power of nurses and health professionals. Our individual commitments to the service of others are amplified by the strength of our membership!”

Kelly Borch

16 years on Mother Baby

“Union members have the right to bring a Union Steward into meetings with Management that could lead to discipline. We always encourage our members to exercise this right. Having someone at your side in meetings with Management helps maintain your rights under the contract. Our presence often changes the tone for the better.”

Benton Taylor

At UVMMC since 2017 in McClure 5 Neurology/Neurosurgery

“I support our union because I believe in the collective power of nurses and health professionals. Our individual commitments to the service of others are amplified by the strength of our membership!”

Phil Corriveau
Diane Zeller

Worked at UVMMC since 2008, OR

“We need our Union here, at UVMMC, to stand by our members.”

Donna Zarro

Worked at UVMMC since 2007, Baird 6 

“I support our union because we need adequate staffing across all shifts in order to create continuity of care and to promote healing.”

Ann Elise Johnson

7 years at UVMMC, mother baby whole time

“I’m active in the union because I believe that together we can make this a healthy workplace for us and our patients.”



6/1 Bargaining Update

Nurses and Techs gathered in the McClure lobby to show solidarity with our Bargaining Team ahead of the 6/1 bargaining session. Contract negotiations have stalled, as we did not reach agreement at this week's session. VFNHP has given a package for the hospital to...

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5/11 Nurse Bargaining and Incentive Update

Last night, the VFNHP Bargaining Team spent over 3 hours hearing the same thing from management: The hospital will not agree to any financial proposals beyond the $1.3M for their charge and preceptor differentials proposals. Seven proposals, including increasing all...

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VFNHP Proposals 4/6/2022

Dear members,  Nurse contract bargaining began last night, and our Bargaining Team made 34 proposals across the table, while Management offered 11 proposals, only one of which was economic (Charge/Preceptor differential). Here are some of the highlights: Increased...

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Negotiations for all

At the opening of VFNHP-Nurse negotiations with the UVMMC administration, all of the VFNHP proposals were designed to:* Protect and improve patient care * Provide safety and respect * Improve benefits and compensation to recruit and retain nurses and support...

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Proposed Ophthalmology Career Ladder

Ophthalmology Techs have the opportunity to vote on updated job descriptions as well as an updated wage scale as part of career ladder negotiations. If approved, these changes would update our job descriptions to reflect our current practices, eliminate the OA I level...

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Proposed ED Tech Career Ladder Update

ED Techs have the opportunity to vote on an updated job description for the ED Tech III role as part of career ladder negotiations. If approved by a majority of ED Techs, this updated job description would make it easier to progress to the ED Tech III role by...

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