(Montpelier) – Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives Shap Smith has appointed Lynn Batchelor of Derby Line to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW).
Commissioner Batchelor is a Republican member of the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Orleans-1, a district with the towns of Brownington, Charleston, Derby, Holland, and Morgan. She was first elected to the House in 2010. She serves on the House Committee on Human Services, which considers matters relating to human services, public health and social and economic security. She is also co-chair of the Women’s Legislative Caucus.
In addition to public service as a member of the Vermont House, Commissioner Batchelor worked at Northern State Correctional Facility as part of the Administration staff for the past 10 years. She handled multiple duties not only for the staff but for the inmates as well. Previous to that, she was the office manager for Occupational Health Services at the Orleans Essex Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, and before moving to Vermont in 2001, owned and operated her own medical billing and collections business. She graduated from White Plains High School in White Plains New York, and attended Keuka College in Penn Yan, New York as well as St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Newburgh, New York.
Commissioner Batchelor’s interest in women's issues in part stems from her experience working directly with Vermonters involved in Corrections. “The Incarcerated Women's Initiative,” said Commissioner Batchelor, “which the Commission is focusing on at a statewide summit next Tuesday, is so crucial for our communities: assisting incarcerated women to transition from Corrections to a life that will be productive and fulfilling both for the women and for their children.” She is supportive of programming for children and adults with special needs, and is working on keeping the Austine School for the Deaf open, as well as supporting the work of the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council. Commissioner Batchelor is also interested in working on legislation around equal pay for women. “There are so many women's issues that need help to succeed,” she said.
Commissioner Batchelor will serve a four year term. VCW is a non-partisan state agency working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. Sixteen volunteer commissioners and 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 a toll-free information and referral service at 800-881-1561 and many publications, including The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont. For more information, visit www.women.vermont.gov.