December 11, 2018

(Montpelier) – Governor Phil Scott has appointed Ed Adrian of Burlington, Lisa Carlson of Danville, and Heidi Tringe of Montpelier to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), the state’s non-partisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls.

Mr. Adrian practices law in Burlington at Monaghan Safar Ducham PLLC, helping municipal clients and licensed professionals grapple with legal issues throughout the state.  He previously served as the Chief Prosecuting Attorney at the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation in Montpelier and as a Deputy State’s Attorney in Franklin County.  In 2007 Mr. Adrian was elected to the Burlington City Council and served until 2012.  From 2013 until 2018 he chaired Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library Commission.  When not practicing law, Mr. Adrian provides public policy and personal commentary on VPR; writes on Vermont legal and ethics issues at the “Freedom and Ethics” blog; and also delves into Vermont politics and policy at his “Sugaring Off” blog.  He looks forward to bringing the knowledge and insight gleaned from these experiences to assist the Vermont Commission on Women in any way needed. 

A native Vermonter, Ms. Carlson joined the Air Force in 1978.  During her 22 years of service, she worked as a paralegal, a law office manager, and her at her final job as the Senior Paralegal Manager for Air Force Special Operations Command.  She retired in 2000 as a Master Sergeant.   After retirement she worked as a substitute teacher and a para educator at both Walden and Danville Schools.   In 2012, Ms. Carlson, along with her husband Tracy, started Carlson Plumbing and Heating and she is currently the Office Manager/Administrator for the business.   In 1993, she earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies from the Community College of the Air Force.   Ms. Carlson currently serves as a volunteer and the Secretary of VT S.U.P.P.O.R.T.S, a non-profit organization that annually sends care packages to military members stationed in remote areas during the holidays.   She is also a member of the Advisory Council for the NEK Council on Aging.

Ms. Tringe grew up in Montpelier and moved home in 2005 with her husband to raise their two children. She served on the senior staff of Governor Jim Douglas, and in a number of roles for the late U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords in his Washington, DC office and on his 2000 campaign.  Ms. Tringe was also Communications Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, and Legislative Affairs Director for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She is currently a Partner at MMR, LLC in Montpelier, serves on the Board of Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, the Advisory Committee for the Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership, and is co-founder of the start-up women’s networking and leadership effort, ElevateHer Vermont.

“I’m pleased to appoint Ed Adrian, Lisa Carlson and Heidi Tringe to the Vermont Commission on Women and appreciate their enthusiasm for serving,” said Governor Scott. “Each of them will bring a unique and valuable perspective to the important work of the Commission, and will work tirelessly with the other members to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls in Vermont.” 

Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from organizations concerned with women's issues guide the Vermont Commission on Women’s public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts.  Find out more about VCW by visiting or by calling 800-881-1561.

November 28, 2018

(Montpelier) – The Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives, Mitzi Johnson, has appointed Kim Nolan to serve a four-year term on the Vermont Commission on Women.

Ms. Nolan is an Executive Leadership Team member and Senior Director of City Market Co-op, a community-owned food cooperative with two locations in Burlington.

A community-based leader, educator, and consultant, Ms. Nolan facilitates collaborative processes across teams, building safe relationships, and achieving desired outcomes within larger systems.  Ms. Nolan has worked closely with leaders and diverse teams for 25 years, helping create engaged workplaces and learning environments that make a positive impact on the world.

Prior to joining the leadership team of City Market, Ms. Nolan served as Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Master’s program in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University. Prior to that, she was Program Officer of the Mind and Life Institute, designing the Academy of Contemplative and Ethical Leadership (ACEL), and also served as Department Chair and Lead Faculty of Integral Psychology at Burlington College, where she founded The Institute of Contemplative Studies.

Ms. Nolan was also Founder and Executive Director of the Dignity Foundation, through which she taught self-care and mindfulness in schools and in human service agencies and provided coaching to leaders seeking contemplative practice.

Commissioner Nolan holds a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University and a M.Ed. from Boston University in Counseling Psychology.   She has been a champion for women’s rights and issues of gender equity since grade school student council. She is ordained as a Buddhist Chaplain and is a lifelong activist for social change and an advocate for human rights.

October 1, 2018

Vermont Commission on Women stands with all survivors of sexual assault and violence.

Looking for support and help?

Emergency Relief from Abuse Orders - (800) 540-9990 reaches a court clerk after hours.

Looking for more resources on this topic? Link to the Violence section of our resource directory, here.

Looking for information on this topic?  Read the Violence Against Women and Children chapter in our Legal Rights of Women in Vermont handbook. 

September 18, 2018

What do health care, child care, paid family and medical leave, education, and mental health have in common?  According to preliminary results from Vermont Commission on Women’s statewide Listening Project survey, these are the top areas of concern for women in Franklin county.

Join the Commission as they explore this topic in depth.  On Thursday evening, September 27th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at St. Albans City Hall, the Commission hosts “Economic Challenges in Franklin County: Listening Project Forum.”   Kicking off the conversation, local experts from Let’s Grow Kids, Main Street Alliance Vermont, Northwestern Counseling & Support Services, and RiseVT address conditions for women and girls in Franklin County. The focus then switches to audience participation and discussion, where area residents share their experience, learn from others, and shape the work of the Commission. 

This event is part of the Commission’s statewide Listening Project,  asking what needs aren’t being met for Vermont women, what most affects their ability to provide for themselves or their families, and how the Commission can support efforts to improve the economic well-being of women in our state.  This event is free, and refreshments will be served.  Learn more: on Facebook  or at


September 18, 2018

Brattleboro area residents will share their story at Vermont Commission on Women’s  Listening Project event, “The Hidden Side of Women’s Lives in Our Community,”  hosted by area Commissioners at Brooks Memorial Library, Wednesday, September 26th from  6:00 - 7:30 pm.

“This an opportunity for community members to shape the work of our Commission,” said Brattleboro Commissioner, Kerry Secrest.  “Brattleboro is one of three locations where we’re gathering Vermonters together.  We want to listen to the real-world experiences of women in our community, their stories, the challenges they encounter in their everyday lives.”

This event is an extension of the Commission’s statewide Listening Project survey. The survey asks what needs aren’t being met for Vermont women, what most effects their abilities to provide for themselves or their families, and what can be done to help.  The survey has been distributed at events around the state, by organizations aligned with the Commission’s mission to advance rights and opportunities for women, and online at

“Preliminary survey results from our region indicate some of the top economic concerns for women were health care, including mental health, housing, child care, and retirement,” reported Brattleboro Commissioner, Emilie Kornheiser.  “We’re eager to hear more - and to listen.  Information gathered at this event will help us to understand conditions for women, and to prioritize our work.”

A report with Listening Project findings and recommendations will be presented to policy makers in 2019.   Commission director Cary Brown and Commissioner Carol Buchdahl of Saxton’s River will also be present.

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