Board of Directors

The Hannah’s House Board is fortunate to include a diverse, dedicated group of individuals with a wide variety of experience and talents they are generously contributing to Hannah’s House. Board members and advisors include professional clinicians, business consultants, guidance counselor, visiting nurse director, architect, a legislator, real estate agents, attorneys, local school nurses,  WWSU health coordinators, a teacher and Hannah’s family members.

  • President Cynthia Carr, Waitsfield, VT
  • Vice-President Joan Cnossen, Waitsfield, VT
  • Treasurer Alvan Carr, Waitsfield, VT
  • Secretary Sue Dillon, Waitsfield, VT
  • Member Chris Jernigan, Waitsfield, VT
  • Member Lisa Jenison, Waitsfield, VT
  • Member Charlie Hosford, Waitsfield, VT
  • Member Linda King, Duxbury, VT
  • Member Susan McKnight, Warren, VT
  • Member Robin Jackson, Waitsfield, VT
  • Member David Caterino, Warren, VT

Hannah’s House Consultants

Since our inception, Hannah’s House has been gifted with invaluable advice, sponsorship and encouragement from several well known experts in the field of family systems therapy. Our primary consultant, Erik Thompson, has generously donated his time for consults, board meetings, and Hannah’s House workshops. Andrea Schara has traveled from Connecticut and Virginia to help develop Hannah’s House, explore neurofeedback and conduct workshops. Donna Troisi has added to our knowledge base by providing valuable insight about the Learning Center in Washington, DC and the use of neurofeedback as a valuable therapy tool.

erikhdbwcoErik Thompson, MA

Erik Thompson is President of the Vermont Center for Family Studies, and is dedicated to helping leaders in families and other organizations identify and practice strategies to increase maturity, responsibility and high-level communication.

Erik’s business focus is the growth of vital and sustainable partnerships and mentoring relationships. He has coached CEO’s, Presidents, and their leadership teams in fields such as accounting, finance, manufacturing and advertising. He has coached leaders in service organizations, schools, clergy, and health care. He consults with family businesses on a wide range of issues from succession planning to relationship management. He is currently coaching government leaders responsible for the management of alarming behavior. For more information, visit and

andreaphotosAndrea Schara, LCSWA

Andrea Schara, LCSWA, born in 1941. She has a son and a daughter and eleven grandchildren. Ms. Schara became a family therapist following the hospitalization of one of her brothers. Initially she was working as an alcoholism counselor at a psychiatric hospital in Virginia Beach, and then was trained by and worked for Murray Bowen, M.D., the internationally reknowned father of family therapy and theory. During her time at the Georgetown Family Center Ms. Schara also archived fifteen years of videotapes of Dr. Bowen working with families. They are available for researchers at the Nations Institute of Mental Health in Washington, DC. She is currently a faculty member of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, has published various articles and presented internationally in Japan, Sweden, Norway, France and now Mexico.  In addition to her coaching practice she also trains motivated people using neurofeedback. For more information, visit Andrea at