About

MEET DENISE

I grew up in a small lumber mill town outside of Portland, Oregon – where a commitment to hard work, community, and service were core values. In 1977 I moved to Northfield, Vermont with my husband David, a Northfield native, where we’ve made our home and raised our children. Here I’ve found those same core values that I embrace.

I hold a B.A. in Community Service & Public Affairs from the University of Oregon, as well as an M.A. in Education from Northern Vermont University (formerly Johnson State College). My passion for supporting students and providing high-quality educational opportunities led to a 30-year career in Vermont colleges and universities, where I held leadership positions in critical administrative units such as Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Norwich University, Registrar at Vermont Technical College, and Director of Admissions at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Since my professional retirement five years ago, I have owned and operated a custom quilting business, Legacy Threads. I additionally provide part-time childcare for my granddaughters and serve on the board of CERV (Community Emergency Relief Volunteers). I am a long-time member of the Northfield Democratic Committee, where I have served as secretary, vice-chair, and currently serve as town representative to the county committee.

For several years, many Washington-1 residents have encouraged me to run for office. I feel a strong commitment to ensuring Vermont is a state where everyone can succeed and contribute meaningfully to our communities. I look forward to bringing a creative problem solving approach to the issues we as Vermonters face, and I believe in the power of our shared values to offer new perspectives and innovative ways forward on issues important to us all.

I welcome hearing from you regarding what matters most in your community, and I am grateful for your support of my campaign for Vermont State Representative for Berlin and Northfield.