Nancy E. Lavarnway of Northfield Appointed to State Women’s Commission

Issued April 3, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lilly Talbert, Vermont Commission on Women


Nancy E. Lavarnway of Northfield Appointed to State Women’s Commission


(Montpelier) – The Senate Committee on Committees, comprised of Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott, Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell and Senator Richard Mazza, has appointed Nancy E. LaVarnway of Northfield to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW).


Commissioner LaVarnway is Career Development Specialist at the South Burlington High School Career Development Center where she designs and implements programs providing educational experiences in both pre-professional (school-to-work) and community (Volunteers In Action) settings.   She is experienced in all aspects of career development and experiential education in the public and private sectors including eighteen years in higher education, seven years in technical education and twenty-two in public (secondary) education.

Her work at the Career Development Center involves interaction between multiple sectors such as students, faculty, administrators, parents, businesses and the community at large. She has a passion for career development and the advancement of women and underrepresented populations.  When asked what she hopes to achieve while serving on the VCW, Commissioner LaVarnway replied, “I hope that my breadth of experience will allow me to bring a fresh perspective to the Commission as we work to advance the status of women in Vermont.”

Prior to her work at the Career Development Center, Commissioner LaVarnway was the Academic Internship Coordinator at Saint Michael’s College. She also worked in Career Development and Cooperative Education at Norwich University.   Commissioner LaVarnway operated her own consulting business, CDS - Career Development Specialists, specializing in career counseling to individuals, businesses and educational institutions.


Commissioner LaVarnway currently serves Vermont’s (At-Large) Director for the New England Association for Cooperative Education and Field Experience.  A member of this organization since 1994, she was recognized in 2004 with an Outstanding Service Award and an Honorary Life Member Award. Commissioner LaVarnway holds a M.Ed. from Norwich University and a BA from Westfield State University, Massachusetts.


The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state commission charged with reducing discrimination and encouraging opportunities for women.  Sixteen volunteer commissioners and an advisory board of representatives from organizations concerned with women’s issues guide the VCW’s public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts. VCW offers many services to the public, including an information and referral service at 800-881-1561 and many publications, including the handbook The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont.   For more information, visit