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.”

Jonathan Roberts

Jonathan has worked at UVMMC for 2.5 years in MICU. Prior to that, he worked in Philadelphia, first on a trauma floor and then a Bone Marrow transplant unit. Jonathan is excited to continue to build your union, remarking.

“Being in a union gives me a say in the conditions of my work. Our contract, which guarantees our rights, is negotiated and brought to a vote for all members. Through this process we are able to take direct action to improve the terms of our work and the care we give our patients. It requires work, action, and solidarity, but without our union I am a voice in a crowd, with our union we speak with power.”

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.”

Jade Rogers

9 years, Respiratory Therapy

“Through labor management meetings, the grievance process and bargaining we’re able to address current or ongoing issues, staffing concerns as well as advocate for our patients. These steps form an environment where we are part of the conversation with our hospital administrators. In turn, we create better working conditions and a safer work environment for both our co-workers and our patients.”

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.”

Olivia Thompson



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