EDP Outstanding Alumni Awards
These awards are presented to EDP alumni from JSC's Community-Based Bachelors Degree Program, who have made outstanding accomplishments in their careers and lives whether in social service, business, or community service. Nominations come from faculty, staff, and alumni. Selection is made by President Murphy.
Jane Bradley, Class of 1996
Jane Bradley is the Director of Organizational Development and Training for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. In her nominating letter, JSC EDP Co-Director Valerie Edwards writes, "Jane Bradley built Blue Cross/ Blue Shield's education program from the ground up. It even has a dedicated building — it is quite the operation!" Jane has been recognized numerous times for her accomplishments, most recently this year when she received the Vermont Council for Quality Ambassador Award. In addition to caring for her family, Jane takes time to cultivate her own interests. Prior to her career at BC/BS, Jane was an Outreach Coordinator for the BlueFirst program, providing wellness education and health care access information for low-income Vermonters. She has been a member of the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir for 10 years and enjoys writing short essays and stories. As if that doesn't keep her busy enough, six years ago, Jane took up horseback riding.
Carol Buchdahl, Class of 1985
Nominated by JSC President Barbara Murphy, Carol is the manager of Leadership Development at Vermont Technical College. In that role she has worked collaboratively with a number of organizations, including Central Vermont Medical Center, Dartmouth Hitchcock Nursing Alliance, General Dynamics, IBM and the Foundation for Healthy Communities. She has been the keynote speaker for a number of conferences and training sites both in the United States and overseas. Carol has served as a consultant for executive leadership teams, and in her "off hours" she enjoys serving as a board member for Main Street Arts in Saxtons River and on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. A former Vermont legislator and registered nurse, Carol chairs the Health, Safety and Civil Rights Committee of the Vermont Commission on Women.
Kathleen Sawyer, Class of 2002
Judy Yarnall, retired JSC faculty member in Writing and Literature, nominated Kathleen Sawyer because "students would find her inspirational." On the Web site for her business "Local Wisdom," Kathleen provides insight into her personal philosophy: "When I was little and was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I don't think I said 'I want to be an artist.' Most likely, I said 'mermaid.' Now, years later, my art heroes are the local undiscovered ones. Several years ago, I started making collage cards and sending them to family and friends on New Year's Eve. My son Chris thought that these should be shared with people outside our small world. So, at age 14, he sold his electric guitar and gave me the money for the first printing. In '01, we started Local Wisdom, a small Vermont greeting card company with six designs of my collage art. Now they are sold in over seven hundred shops and museums across the United States, Sweden and the Bahamas. I have abandoned the safe career path to live the second half of my life in the hopeful unknown."