Sheila Bannister is an Associate Professor in the Dental Hygiene department providing instruction in Dental Materials and Community Oral Health, and in the second and third-year clinical program and didactic courses for associate degree students. In the baccalaureate program, Sheila teaches the online course Contemporary Issues in Dental Hygiene. She is an alumnus of the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists in Boston with an associate degree in Dental Hygiene, Northeastern University in Boston with a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene and specialization in student teaching, and Johnson State College in Vermont with a master’s degree in Education. Sheila worked in private dental practices in Massachusetts and Vermont from 1999-2007. In 2004, Sheila became involved in dental hygiene education as an adjunct clinical instructor at Vermont Tech and she accepted a full-time teaching position in 2007.
Professionally, Sheila has served twice as President of the Vermont Dental Hygienists’ Association and is currently Legislative Chairperson for her professional organization. Sheila’s passion is increasing access to oral health care in Vermont and she has organized free dental care events, and worked to pass legislation in 2016 that expanded the dental workforce through the creation of a dental therapist team member. Sheila currently serves on the Vermont Technical Dental Hygiene Advisory Board.
This is my fifth year teaching at VTC and my first year as the Associate Degree Nursing Department Chair. I am involved in several college committees and nursing organizations to stay current. Before teaching full-time, I have worked at Norwich University and Gifford Medical Center where some of my roles included diabetes educator, full-time lecturer and staff nurse as well as charge nurse and supervisor. I have also worked at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center as a staff nurse and charge nurse. I have lived in Vermont since 1989, have raised my children here and am pleased to call Vermont my home.
Here at Vermont Tech, I teach Principles and Practices of Nursing IV and V (NUR 2030, NUR 2130) and the clinical portions of the fall and spring semester. I also teach the Transition and Trends (NUR 2010) and Advanced Pharmacology (NUR 2011). My hospital experiences have been critical when working with student nurses to prepare them for their careers after graduation.
When I am not teaching nursing courses, I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, and enjoying Lake Champlain.
Please contact me at any point with questions by email or office phone.
My undergraduate degree, in physics (minoring in history and psychology), was at Michigan State University, starting Fall, 1962, where I designed part of the cyclotron the summer of my freshman year, and continued to work on software for the cyclotron group (my adviser, Henry Blosser, was the head of it) for the rest of my time there. I wrote the second video game in the world, the other being done at MIT at about the same time in 1963. I also worked as a computer operator at nights to pay for flying lessons in the MSU flying club, where I obtained my private pilots license in 1964. After graduation (June, 1966), I started grad school in physics, but started working for IBM Components Division in Fishkill, NY, January, 1967.
At IBM, I designed their first memory chip, with two other people. It was probably the first completely computer design and manufacturing project of any kind in the world. During that time, I obtained my instrument rating, commercial pilots license, sea plane rating and glider license. I left IBM in January, 1969, to go back to grad school, and went to UMass, Amherst, in physics. I obtained my airplane, instrument and glider flight instructor ratings in 1969 while at UMass. I worked part time as an airplane flight instructor while in school, and spent the summer of 1970 as a full time glider flight instructor at Sugarbush Airport in Vermont. I switched to Zoology after a year, and did an M.S. on seagull soaring flight aerodynamics. My PhD., from the Zoology Department, awarded in 1979, was on bat flight aerodynamics and functional anatomy.
I started teaching at Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, VT, in August, 1977, teaching physics and zoology. I initiated and taught Spacecraft Software (for our Software Engineering MS degree, with Peter Chapin), Spacecraft Technology I & II, Intro. Zoology, Anatomy and Physiology, Ada, Advanced Ada, Operating Systems and Pascal; and taught Calculus and non-calculus based Physics, Modern Physics, Introductory Chemistry and BASIC computer programming. Starting 2004, I have applied for 24 NASA grants, and have received 33, totaling about $700,000. This has resulted in the construction of a CubeSat that was launched in an Air Force Minotaur 1 rocket in November 19, 2013, the first by any college in New England or New York. It was in orbit and operational for 2 years and two days, before reentering the Earth's atmosphere on November 21, 2015, and was the only successful satellite of any kind launched by a college in the North East of the United States until 2018. I have just started on a grant to work on a spacecraft software system with Jeremy Ouellette and our students to develop a satellite version of the JT65 weak signal protocol, that will allow a university satellite to communicate with a university ground station from Jupiter avoiding the very expensive and hard to get time on Deep Space Network of NASA. At about the time of my first grant, my son, Jack Brandon, was born, and is now 15 years old. He has traveled with me to technical conferences in Europe (where I gave talks in York, UK; Venice, Italy; Porto Venere, Italy; Stockholm, Sweden; Berlin, Germany; Paris, France; Madrid, Spain; Pisa, Italy; Vienna, Austria; and Jerusalem, Israel). He accompanied me to the launch of our CubeSat from Wallops Island, VA in November, 2013. I have also given talks in San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) multiple times, Washington, DC, multiple times, Cambridge, MA, multiple times, Ithaca, NY and Ottawa, Canada. I was a keynote speaker at Ada Europe, Lisbon in 2018, and an invited speaker (along with John Glenn, Scott Carpenter and Buzz Aldrin) at Space Operations, Washington, DC, in 2012 and an invited speaker at the Amateur Radio Satellite Corporation 50th Anniversary conference in 2019.
With a background in electrical engineering and computer science, Peter has an interest in both the hardware and software aspects of computer systems. He is particularly interested in the areas of high integrity software, data science, embedded systems, and the Internet of Things. Peter is also involved in certain open source projects including Open Watcom and various others mentioned on his GitHub page.
In the past, Peter has served on the technical committee charged with creating and maintaining the C++ standard. He has been the software director of VTC’s CubeSat Laboratory where he directed students writing high integrity flight software for CubeSat spacecraft. He has also conducted research on programming language based security in wireless sensor networks (SpartanRPC and Scalaness), and he is working on a second edition of a book on the high integrity programming language SPARK.
Karen began her career in Nursing at a large teaching hospital. While working there she also obtained her BS in Nursing and in May of 2010 received the distinguished Baccalaureate Nursing Student Award.
“I had the opportunity to mentor and orient new nurses to the profession and to our hospital, which I thoroughly enjoyed.” After transferring to a small critical access hospital, Karen gained experience as a charge nurse, mentor, ICU nurse, and many other roles.
In the hospitals, Karen had the opportunity to work with several Vermont Tech Nursing Grads,
“I was amazed at their knowledge and their performance in the clinical setting. I wanted to become a part of this excellent movement and transition into nursing practice.”
Karen has been a part of the Vermont Tech Nursing Team since August of 2016 and has found a strong support network in her senior leadership team and fellow nursing colleagues.
“I love teaching. My most favorite way to teach is through active learning with case studies, group presentations, NCLEX questions, and clinical reasoning scenarios.”
Nursing requires dedication and passion. Karen encourages new students to set up a schedule and develop their time management skills so they can better stay on top of their work.
Karen says, “The students that come through our program have many wonderful qualities. Students are self-directed, possess time management skills, and are committed to their learning."
Karen recently completed her first half-marathon and enjoys exploring all over Vermont.
My name is Bethany Crowley and I have been teaching in the faculty role for the LPN program in the Vermont Technical College southeast region since 2017. Prior to that, I had been a clinical associate since 2015. I grew up with a family of volunteer and career firefighters and would often join my father for his monthly training and weekly maintenance sessions at the local firehouse. Starting as a teen I volunteered for my local rescue squad first as a first-responder, and then as an EMT once I became eligible. Once I was a nurse, I continued to pursue emergency work in my free time as a nurse at a local ski area for a couple of seasons.
In addition to teaching I work per diem and on call for one of our clinical sites in the operating room. I have been a perioperative nurse since 2008 in central Vermont and eastern Connecticut. I also worked on a medical-surgical unit in Connecticut, and in Vermont prior to that. In perioperative setting, I function as both a scrub nurse and a circulator which has brought me into the world of orthopedics, general surgery, urology, ophthalmology, podiatry, a little bit of ENT, gynecology, and obstetrical delivery of infants, all of which happen in both the elective and emergent settings.
I am a first-generation college student, and a graduate of the Vermont Tech program from the Randolph site for my PN program and the Brattleboro site for my ADN program. I have a Bachelor’s degree from UMASS Amherst and am currently working on a Master’s in Nursing through UMASS as well.
In addition to teaching, working and going to school I have two very active sons. I also enjoy running, skiing, kayaking with the boys and reading.
Dr. Craig A. Damon teaches courses primarily for the three computing programs: Software Engineering, Computer Engineering Technology and Information Technology. He teaches broadly across the curriculum, ranging from first semester introductory courses up to and including the upcoming Master's of Software Engineering program. Some of his favorite undergraduate courses to teach include Intro to IST, Java Programming, Object Oriented Programming, Computer Organization, Software Engineering, System Analysis and Design, Computer Graphics, Human-Computer Interaction and Computer Architecture. He also teaches both Android and iOS development, usually as part of the sophomore projects course and is always thrilled to be able to work with our many gifted students for their senior projects.
Prior to his appointment at Vermont Tech, Dr. Damon taught Computer Science at UVM, including running the graduate program there. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Beyond teaching, Craig has multiple decades industry experience across a broad range of roles, working in almost every facet of software companies. He has founded four software companies and served as a part of the senior management team of three others, including taking one company public.
Craig was not fortunate enough to be born in Vermont, but moved to Vermont to return his wife Leslie to the state where she grew up when it was time to raise their son. When he is not teaching, Dr. Damon is probably programming, watching old movies or helping his son research statistics from the British Premier League (and yes Craig does have data on every pass made in the league over recent years on his home server).
Hello my name is Candy, although officially it is Catherine, and that confuses many. My nursing career began when I decided that watering 35 horses in the winter in Vermont was not what I wanted to do with my life. My hands were frozen that cold day when it became very clear to me that I needed another profession. It began at VTC as a Veterinary Assistant (this was before Vet Tech’s existed). During that time, I became an EMT and realized how important and highly regarded nurses were. I quickly decided that I wanted to be a nurse. I initially received my ADN from Vermont College in Montpelier. After 10 years at the bedside in the MICU I went back to Norwich and completed my BSN. After many more years in the MICU I went back to Norwich and I was in their first MSN online class. My MSN is in nursing administration.
During my years in the MICU I also became a clinical instructor for Norwich and Vermont Tech for semesters at a time, as needed. In my ICU work I was a staff nurse, a clinical coordinator, and a nurse educator. After graduating with my MSN I moved out of the ICU to manage a large floor with 7 different services. From there I moved to my first critical access hospital as a Nursing Director. Then I began as a clinical associate for VTC, and 3 years later became a full-time assistant professor in the first-year nursing program.
I am a board member of the AACN Horizons Chapter. I am a past chair and day coordinator for our Biennial AACN Horizons Conference. This includes up to 13 chapters throughout New England working together to provide cutting edge education for ICU and acute care nurses. www.aacnhorizonsconference.org I am also a member of the local VT Green Mountain Chapter of AACN. I have been a certified critical care nurse for over 30 years – CCRN. I am also a board member of the ANA-VT professional organization.
I was a volunteer Advanced EMT with Stowe Rescue for 35 years. I raised 3 amazing children. And I never outgrew my addiction to horses. I currently have many horses, along with dogs, cats, chickens, a goat, and a bunny.
Before joining the faculty, Professor Diebold worked in the civil engineering and land surveying profession. During this time he supervised field crews in all aspects of land surveying, designed and managed civil engineering projects, and reviewed land survey and civil engineering drawings. Professor Diebold is a licensed land surveyor in Vermont and an engineering intern. His responsibilities at Vermont Tech include teaching Survey I, CET 1011, Environmental Engineering and Science, CET 2030, and Engineering and Surveying Computer Applications II, CET 1032. When there is student interest, Professor Diebold teaches Evidence and Procedure for Boundary Line Location, CET 3010.