Current VEHI Board Members
Chair (term expires 2019)
Tracy Wrend, Superintendent of Schools for Lamoille South Supervisory Union (LSSU), is a graduate of the University of Vermont and Johnson State College. Prior to her selection as Superintendent for LSSU in 2007, Tracy served the supervisory union as its Director of Student Services. She also has previous experience as a Special Educator, Consulting Teacher and Education Support System Coordinator for the Morristown School District and Lamoille Union Middle School, and is a 2008 graduate of the Snelling Center’s Vermont School Leadership Project.
Tracy holds several roles in regional and state-wide educational organizations. She is currently the Chair of the Lamoille Area Professional Development Academy, a member of the New England School Development Council board, and President Elect of the Vermont Superintendents Association.
(term expires 2019)
Nicole Mace is the Executive Director of the Vermont School Boards Association (VSBA).
The VSBA envisions a state where every student has access to and is engaged in a world-class public education, where local boards provide student-focused oversight of education systems, and where educators, families, and communities are engaged partners, ensuring that the futures of all Vermont children are driven by their aspirations, not bound by their circumstances. The VSBA works to achieve this vision for public education by supporting all school boards to serve as effective trustees for education on behalf of their communities and by providing a strong collective voice toward enhancing the cause of public education in Vermont.
Nicole has served Vermont's education and human services systems in a variety of roles since moving to the state in 1999. She currently serves on the City Council in Winooski, where she lives with her daughter, Olive.
(term expires 2021)
(term expires 2020)
Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Chair of the South Burlington School Board, has served on the South Burlington School Board since 2005. As a sole proprietor of a healthcare consulting business with over 30 years of experience in both privately-held and Fortune 100 companies serving the healthcare industry, she has witnessed changes in the delivery of healthcare services, insurance provisions and the evolution of reimbursement. As a general manager of multi-million dollar businesses with employees throughout the U.S. and abroad, she has also participated in many transitions between benefit plans which included much-needed and broadly-disseminated employee educational forums.
Elizabeth has worked in leadership roles for operating divisions of Merck, Tyco Healthcare (formerly Kendall), Baxter, Allegiance and Cardinal Health. She has line experience in R & D, Sales and Marketing, Business and Strategic Planning, and General Management of diverse global manufacturing businesses serving hospitals, physicians, alternative sites of care, and industrial health & safety. She has worked closely with clients to improve the quality of delivered healthcare for those who directly serve patients and for those who require their service.
Elizabeth earned her B.S. from the University of Vermont and M.S. in Chemical Engineering with a focus on biomedical implants from Cornell University and has completed coursework for a Masters of Business Administration degree at the University of San Diego.
(term expires 2021)
Martha Gagner, Business Manager for the Franklin Central Supervisory Union (FCSU) joined the VEHI Board in 2013. She has been in her position as Business Manager since November 2004. Martha has worked for the supervisory union for over 22 years holding various positions, such as accounts payable, payroll, benefits and accounting supervisor. She is active in the Vermont Association of School Business Officials (VASBO) and serves on the ASBO Tri-State Conference committee. She and her husband are lifelong residents of Franklin County and they have two married daughters and a granddaughter.