Project Independence Staff
Sarah Crane, RN, Adult Day Supervisor
Sarah joined PI in May 2015 to lead the nursing staff. She has extensive knowledge of Human Services after spending 13 years providing home health services in CT & VT and received her RN degree from Vermont Technical Center. Sarah assumed the Adult Day Supervisor role in May 2016.
Sue Catto, Office Administrator
Sue is a lifetime Vermonter and has been a Customer Service Representative for a variety of businesses since 1989. In addition, Sue has more than 20 years experience in the insurance industry. She has served as a Hospice Volunteer for Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice. Has served on the Board of Directors for Project Independence and is a current Director on the Board of Wildersburg Home Owners Association and the Board for Sky Acres Trust. A resident of Barre, Sue enjoys free time at her family camp, cooking, rug braiding, and basketweaving, and hosts an annual corn roast.
Anne was born and raised in Vermont and attended the New England Culinary Institute, where she graduated in 1989. Annie developed a passion for cooking when she was very young. She spent time visiting her grandparents who were the cook and dietician for the Vermont Academy and fell in love with their kitchen. She fulfills her love of cooking here at PI, with her family and through a catering business she owns with her sister. Annie, her husband Rob and their son Fletcher live in Barre Town.
Tammy Mattote, LNA
Tammy has been an LNA for over 32 years. She has been married to her husband Mark since 2004 and they make their home in Williamstown. Tammy has two grown sons — Jeffrey lives in Plainfield, NH and Jason lives in Barre. Tammy and Mark have a large cabin cruiser on Lake Champlain and spend every summer weekend on the boat, where they enjoy traveling the lake and fishing. Tammy also likes to read, knit, work in her flower garden, and has a passion for quilting and sewing. Tammy says she loves her job at present and likes working with the varied age groups.
Amanda Koledo, LNA
Amanda began work at Project Independence in 2009 as an LNA. She lives in Barre with her husband Chris and their two children, Madison & Brent. Amanda received her LNA license in 2007 and loves working with the elderly. In her spare time, Amanda says she enjoys spending time with her family, doing outdoor activities, sewing and knitting (when she can find the time) .
Terry Joeckel, LNA
Terry lives in Northfield Falls with her husband Craig. She began her career as an Activity Director (unofficially) at the age of 12. As a seventh grader, she worked after school and week-ends at the Mayo Nursing Home in Northfield, where her mother was a nurse’s aide.
After high school, Terry held several different jobs and even owned her own food and pet supply store. She began working for Gifford as their day care cook, eleven years ago. She visited the Gifford Nursing Home one day with the day care children and it was like coming home! Terry knew immediately she had found her calling and applied for the open position they had as Activity Director. Terry first came to PI on a per diem basis in 2013 then became a permanent member of PI in 2014.
Carrie Kamont, LNA
Carrie was raised in Vermont and has lived in many parts of the United States. When her and her husband started a family, they chose to move back to VT to provide the best environment. Carrie resides in Barre with her two daughters and feel the city is destined for great things. She became an LNA in 2007 and spent several years working in the nursing home environment. Carrie joined PI in August 2014, and enjoys working with a population she adores, in a home like setting and is excited about her future with PI. Carrie enjoys building relationships with the participants and hearing their life stories. With her energy and enthusiasm, Carrie is very creative and enjoys all types of craft projects. Participants comment her cold hands mean she has a warm heart and Carrie works hard each day to prove they’re right!
Barbara Clark, Administrative Project Coordinator
Barb is a native Vermonter who has lived in the Barre area all her life. Barb and her husband, Doug, raised four children and have six grandchildren. She spent twenty years in the banking industry before retiring to care for her husband. Barb served as a member of the PI Board for several years, a frequent volunteer and strong supporter of PI’s mission. After her husband passed, Barb took some time for herself; then she began volunteering again. Over 2013, it became clear to her that she wanted to work at PI. She is enjoying sharing her talents and knowledge with such a valuable place. Project Independence fulfills a much needed role in caring for our elderly and disabled population and it is gratifying to contribute to its’ success.
Shelly Ehrman, RN, Outreach and Caregiver Support Coordinator
Shelly has been a nurse since 1985 with extensive experience in mental health, homecare and geriatrics. Additionally she is trained in therapeutic massage and runs her own part time massage therapy practice. A native of Philadelphia Pennsylvania she moved here in 2002 to enjoy the gentler lifestyle of Vermont. Shelly lives in Northfield with her spouse Jim, their German Shepard Sara and rescue cat Henry. She enjoys hiking, gardening, reading and creative writing.