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    GMHRA Meeting & Educational Topic

    Date: August 12, 2016, 7:30am – 10:00am
    Heritage Family Credit Union
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    Representatives from The Housing Trust of Rutland County and The Vermont Country Store share their perspectives on how employers can collaborate with local organizations to serve their employees.

    Elisabeth Kulas and Andrea Coppola will discuss how employees’ housing conditions impact their productivity at work and how employers can connect with the Housing Trust to find safe, affordable housing for employees.

    Ann Warrell will update GMHRA regarding efforts to develop a Working Bridges program in Rutland County. Come with questions – the presenters are eager to engage in conversation with you!



    Elisabeth Kulas, Executive Director

    The Housing Trust of Rutland County

    Elisabeth Kulas has served as the Executive Director of the Housing Trust of Rutland County since 1993.  The Housing Trust is a mission-focused real estate development and property management grassroots non-profit focusing its efforts on rental housing for low and moderate income residents of Rutland County.  The Housing Trust is seeking to connect with Rutland County’s human resource managers to develop strategies to provide workers with safe, attractive and affordable housing they can make into their homes. The Housing Trust owns and manages over 300 units of rental housing and three mobile home parks and rents to families, individuals, people with special needs and retirees.


    Andrea Coppola, Chief Operating Officer

    The Housing Trust of Rutland County

    Andrea is the Chief Operating Officer for the Housing Trust of Rutland County. She has an MBA in Human Resources Management from Franklin Pierce University, a Bachelors in Organizational Leadership from the College of St Joseph, and holds both the SPHR and SHRM –SCP Certifications. 


    Ann Warrell, Community Relations Manager
    The Vermont Country Store

    Ann Warrell is the community relations manager for The Vermont Country Store where she manages the company’s employee-driven community involvement programs and develops innovative partnerships with local non-profits to support employer and community needs.


    Since joining the company, she has partnered with the Vermont Community Foundation to develop Good Neighbor Fund, the first program of its kind in Vermont to provide grant assistance to employees in need through an independent, objective and confidential evaluation process. In collaboration with VSECU, she also established the Good Neighbor Loan program, which offers low-interest short-term loans to employees in need. She worked with the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link to the develop the Farm Fresh Connect Market, which provides an on-line marketplace for local food producers to sell and distribute their products to over a dozen businesses and 3,000 employees in the Rutland area.


    Ann previously worked for Central Vermont Public Service where she held responsibilities for employee communications, community relations and investor relations throughout her 10 years with that company.


    This meeting will be at Heritage Family Credit Union’s Ron Hance Operations Center. The address is 30 Allen Street, Rutland, VT. Please enter through the main entrance facing the branch.

    Green Mountain Human Resources Association is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.