Board of Directors
Maureen Conrad, President
Maureen has served on the Homeward Bound board since 2014. She and her husband live in Shoreham with Beau, a beloved mutt. Maureen is active in the Middlebury Rotary Club, works as the Development Director for Addison County Home Health and Hospice and makes incredible chocolate chip cookies!
Sue Hoxie, Vice President
Sue is a Brandon resident and runs the Addison County Chamber of Commerce. An adopter of many shelter and rescue cats and dogs, her current menagerie includes Cody, a golden retriever, Dixie, a golden-colored mutt and Pixie, the fluffiest cat ever.
Patrick Rooney, Treasurer
Patrick been involved with Homeward Bound since January 2016 and have greatly enjoyed his time working with the shelter. He is in awe of the work the dedicated employees and volunteers perform on a daily basis. They continue to spread a message of compassion through advocacy and advocacy through education. The work of those at Homeward Bound inspires him to continue his work at the Shelter and he is honored to be a part of it. Currently, Patrick lives in Bristol with his fiancé and pets; cat, Bear and loveable mutt, Haas.
Anja Wurm, DVM Secretary
Anja is owner of Full Circle Home Veterinary Care, a veterinary house call practice caring for small animals in their homes in Addison and Southern Chittenden County. She is the veterinary of record at Homeward Bound and helps to develop protocols, guide treatments and helps with the general well-being of the animals at the shelter. She has really enjoyed learning the ins and outs of shelter medicine and is proud to be associated with such a progressive, well run shelter.
Lesley is an attorney at Deppman Law. She is a graduate of Williams College and Suffolk University Law School. At Deppman Law, her practice includes estate planning and administration, civil litigation, family law, personal injury and general corporate matters. She lives in Cornwall with her family and their golden retriever, Atticus, and Homeward Bound alumna, Linus.
Mark retired in 2014, after 27 years of service, from Verisk (a national data information supplier to insurance companies). After living in Salisbury, VT for 14 years, Mark and Barbara with daughters Kate and Cari moved into Middlebury last year. Mark grew up in Colorado, but has lived in the Quad Cities, Saratoga Springs (NY), and Oak Park (IL). He is currently Zoning Administer for Salisbury and serving on the Board of Middlebury Parks and Recreation. He loves to make furniture, renovate homes, and play with his dog Mike. Mike is a golden retriever, age 3 who lives with the Wilch family as well as Pipen (cavalier dog), Oscar (cat), a goldfish with no name, and of course the humans.
Hilary is a violinist and has been with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra for 33 years and she also works as an RN at Porter Medical Center and is VP of the Porter Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals. Hilary has two grown sons and two grandchildren. When she’s not making music with the VSO, talking with Porter Medical Center patients or volunteering her talents to Homeward Bound, you can find her working in her perennial gardens or playing with her three cats at her home in Leicester.
Suzanne Peterson Suzanne joined the Homeward Bound Board in January 2018. Suzanne lives in Middlebury with her adopted dog, Sammy. She returned from California to Vermont fifteen years ago to be closer to family. Suzanne has worked at UVMHN/Porter Medical Center for almost 15 years and has been involved in healthcare for over 25 years. Suzanne is passionate about supporting the mission of Homeward Bound, as well as providing support and getting the word out regarding all the great programs Homeward Bound offers to our community of people and animals.