Directory

Lori Rivers

Phone: (802) 728-1726
Department: Business Technology & Management

Meredith Roberts, PhD, MSN, RN

Phone: (802) 879-5970
Department: Nursing

I led the creation and implementation of Vermont Tech’s new online BSN program and now teach across all three programs. I live in in a self-designed log cabin and have worked in a variety of care settings on the east coast from the ICU, to oncology case manager, infection control practitioner, staff educator, school nurse, and administrator. I received my BSN at George Mason then received my MSN then my PhD at the University of Phoenix. I presented my research in South Africa at the STTI International Conference, and the Indianapolis Leadership Conference. I have one daughter living in Colorado who also practices as a family physician in Grand Junction, and two grandsons. I have five horses, love music, my husband, holistic therapies, and participate in many professional organizations (Current ANA-VT President) as well as community theater.

Robert Robishaw

Phone: (802) 728-1734
Department: Fire Science

Bob been a career Firefighter for 37 years and is also an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and Fire Inspector. He is a Pro-Board certified Fire Instructor and has been teaching with the Vermont Fire Academy for 22 years. Bob has degrees in Fire Science and Fire Investigation. 

Frank Romano

Department: Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Guy Rouelle

Department: Professional Pilot Technology

Steven Ruegsegger

Department: Computer & Information Systems

Janel Rule

Department: Business Technology & Management

John Ryan

Department: Nursing

Laurie Sabens

Department: Business Technology & Management

Scott Sabol, PE

Phone: (802) 728-1272
Department: Architectural Engineering Technology

Professor Sabol’s appointment is with the Architectural & Building Engineering Technology department, but he also teaches Statics and Strength of Materials, CET 2040 and Structural Design, CET 2120, for the Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology department.  Professor Sabol’s experience is extensive, having worked on many types of structural engineering projects in both the buildings and transportation (bridges) industry.  Prior to his appointment at Vermont Tech, Professor Sabol’s career included work as a structural engineer in Vermont, researcher in Pennsylvania, project manager in Washington, DC, and director of a transportation institute in Delaware.  He remains active in multiple professional societies and continues to author articles and participate in professional presentations.  Professor Sabol is a registered professional engineer.  His additional teaching responsibilities in the Architectural Engineering Technology include Steel Structures Design, ARE 3030, Senior Project, ARE 4720, FE Exam Survey,  ARE 4050, Architectural Engineering Management, ARE 4020,  Concrete Structures Design, ARE 4010, Codes and Loads:  Structural, ARE 3111, and Structural Analysis, ARE 3020. Prof. Sabol is a native Vermonter who grew up in Northfield.  He is known for taking motorcycle rides in the summer, searching for buildings and bridges that he can talk about in his classes.

Michelle Sama

Phone: (802) 728-1716
Email: msama@vtc.edu
Department: Science

I have been teaching for six years at Vermont Technical College and before teaching, I completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Geisel Medical School, Dartmouth College. I have lived in Vermont since January of 2008 and am happy to call Vermont my home state. I have a PhD in Pharmacology, but my primary field of study has been Neuroscience. I actively studied Alzheimer's disease for 10 years, and find all areas of the brain fascinating! One of the aspects of being a research scientist that I most enjoyed was teaching students, and this led me to pursue a career in teaching.

At Vermont Tech I teach Principles of Microbiology (BIO-2120), Anatomy and Physiology (BIO-2011), General Biology (BIO-1040), Introductory Chemistry (CHE-1020) and General Chemistry (CHE-1031). I teach courses in both online and in-person format and hope to teach a few more options in the coming years. Teaching at a hands-on institution such as Vermont, allows me to use laboratory time to cover some of the hardest topics, and students at Vermont Tech seem to truly appreciate this format. As a trained scientist, my favorite type of teaching is in a laboratory setting.

Aside from teaching and chairing the science department, I also serve as the college liaison for the Vermont State Environmental and Agriculture Laboratory (VAEL), that is currently being built on the North side of campus, and will open in the Spring of 2019. While the construction has been taking place, I have worked with Engleberth Construction to offer students tours of the building site, giving Vermont Tech students an additional experience to add to their hands-on work done at the college.  This lab is an exciting project and I am eager to get students involved in the work that is done at the VAEL lab. I will also continue to facilitate interactions between VAEL employees, and faculty, staff and students of the college. 

My husband also teaches at Vermont Tech and we are both very committed to providing the best courses we can for our students. In our free time, we enjoy playing with our seven-year-old boy/girl twins and two-year-old daughter; making sure to be outdoors as much as possible. Please feel free to get in touch with me via email or phone. I am on multiple campuses so email is the best way to contact me.

Anna Seaver, MSN, FNP

Department: Nursing

Anna May joined the full-time faculty in 2014.  She continues to practice as a nurse practitioner at the Brattleboro Retreat.  She has worked in community health, addiction services, and with patients with severe mental illness.  She has a particular interest in harm reduction and in multidisciplinary care.  

Anna May and her partner live in Putney and have a one-year-old daughter.

Linda Segovia

Phone: (802) 728-1288
Department: Mathematics

Sarah Silbert

Phone: (802) 728-1222
Department: English

Brendan Simpson

Department: Electrical/Electromechanical Engineering Technology

Jack Skoda

Phone: (802) 728-1709
Department: Computer & Information Systems

Jack Skoda joined the full time faculty in 2016 after serving as a continuous CIS adjunct at Vermont Tech since 2002.  He has spent 30 years in the computer industry working for the United States Air Force and Navy, Fortune 500 companies, and start-ups.  During his time in industry he has worked in system and network administration, software development, testing, project management, and computer and network security.

Before becoming full time at Vermont Tech, Jack worked with the Air Force Institute of Technology Center for Cyberspace Research to build and run an award winning cyberspace operation training program for men and women of all branches of the military and several federal agencies.  Jack continues to work in national defense as a member of the Vermont Air National Guard where he spends his weekends teaching cyberspace operations.

Interests include game theory, computer forensics, cyberspace operations, cybertechnology policy, industrial control systems security.

Christopher Smith

Phone: (802) 728-1371
Department: English

Chris Smith is an associate professor of English, Humanities, and Social Science. Chris recently returned from a yearlong sabbatical following the completion of his doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies. Chris spent much of his sabbatical studying community theaters and public art spaces. While his travels took him all over the United States, Chris focused on a Vaudeville-era theater in Trinidad, Colorado. Working with the City of Trinidad, public planners, and other stakeholders, Chris worked to create a use plan to support the theater's revived use, as well as procured grants to secure the facility. Read more about his project here.
In support of his continued research on the social capital of community theaters and public art spaces, Chris applied for and received the DuBuque Research Fellowship, an annual award presented by the Theatre Historical Society of America. This research, which will be completed before he arrives back in the classroom this fall, will provide the basis for original scholarship related to historic theaters, and their revived use.
Chris has said he is excited to return to Vermont Tech, and that he missed the changing seasons of the Green Mountains. He is excited to bring his experiences and new knowledge back to Vermont Tech. Chris enjoys teaching social science electives and composition courses, but he is most passionate about how the humanities-- in all their forms-- can help foster community.

Jack Smith

Department: Electrical/Electromechanical Engineering Technology

Doug Smith

Phone: (802) 863-5988
Department: Professional Pilot Technology

Aviation was a part of my life from age 8. My father taught me the basics of flying before I could even reach the rudder pedals of an airplane! High school found me working at a local airport with a flight school in Texas, whereby for every day I worked washing and fueling airplanes, I earned a one hour flight lesson as payment. I graduated from high school with a Commercial Pilot Certificate before I left for college. My aviation passion never faded, with flying in college and afterwards in Australia for two years.

In 1974 I obtained my flight instructor credentials and after building time and experience, worked my way up the aviation ladder to flying freight and passengers in larger aircraft for Basler Airlines in Wisconsin, including the famous DC-3 from WW II, even flying smokejumpers one summer for the Forest Service in Missoula, MT in the wonderful “gooney bird”. I also flew Jimmy Carter around Illinois in a DC-3 when he was a candidate for President!

Aviation led me to the Chief Flight Instructor position at Auburn University’s School of Aviation in 1976. Within a year, I was hired by Delta Air Lines, and spent 35 years flying as an airline pilot for Basler, Delta, Eos, and Air India, retiring off the Boeing 777 international routes. My total flight time exceeds 35,000 hours.

I remained active as a flight instructor throughout my career, specializing in instructing Private Pilots just starting in aviation, and offering seaplane training as well, on my days off. I served as a Line Check Pilot with Delta, qualifying new pilots on most of the Boeings that Delta flew. When the opportunity to start an aviation program with Vermont Tech arose, I first co-founded the Vermont Flight Academy, applied for FAA approved (Part 141) flight school certifications, and then working with VTC, established the first BS degree in aviation for the state of Vermont. The  broad aviation curriculum included ground and flight courses in all the short-comings that I had observed over my career, to include more pilot training with certificates and ratings, specialty training in conventional landing gear aircraft (tail draggers), spin-training and upset recoveries, seaplane training, and high altitude training with hypoxia, simulator training as often as possible, and high performance training, among the regular curriculum courses.

The adjunct professors of Vermont Tech’s Professional Pilot Technology, come to the classroom as former airline pilots, flight instructors, weather experts, and learning and curriculum specialists. We focus and enjoy the process of training the next generation of professional pilots, and the students seem to appreciate the real-world examples in their courses that the faculty often include. Aviation insists on hands-on participation in every subject of the curriculum.

In addition to duties as Assistant Professor, my participation in additional arenas include:

FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (for VT, NH, ME)
Vermont Aviation Council (Governor appointed)
Flight School Association of North America
University Aviation Association
Aircraft Owner’s & Pilot’s Association
Experimental Aircraft Association – Young Eagles flying
Seaplane Pilots Association, Field Director for Vermont
FAASTeam, Lead Representative for aviation safety workshops
Vermont Aeronautics & Aviation Association
Vermont Chamber of Commerce
Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE)
Assistance Chief Flight Instructor, Vermont Flight Academy
Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) member

Pamelia Smith

Phone: (802) 728-1285
Department: Landscape Design & Sustainable Horticulture

Pamelia Smith’s design perspective is informed by her background in landscape architecture, fine art, and design. Prior to becoming a landscape architect, she worked as a potter, creating functional pottery for everyday use. This aesthetic has shaped and influenced her perspective as a landscape architect, where the creation and integration of beauty into our everyday lives is of prime importance.

Pamelia received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute, where she majored in Ceramics, with a minor in Fiber Arts. She earned a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, where she was awarded the Benjamin C. Howland Competition Prize and the ASLA Student Design Award of Honor.

For the past 23 years, Pamelia has taught Landscape Graphics, Landscape Design, Landscape Construction, and Woody Ornamentals in the Landscape Design and Sustainable Horticulture Program at Vermont Tech, where she was program chair from 2006 -2012. She retired in 2012, and has taught part time ever since. In addition to teaching, Pamelia has worked as a landscape architect for the firm of Shepard Butler Landscape Architects (1998 to present). Prior to this, she worked for the Office of H. Keith Wagner (formerly known as Site Concern), for Landworks in Middlebury, and as an illustrator for the Journal of Light Construction.

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