July 19, 2024

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Cathedral Square announces appointment of Dr. Mark Levine, Aaron Ferenc, and Sarah Muyskens to board of directors

SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT — Dr. Mark Levine, Aaron Ferenc, and Sarah Muyskens have been named to the Board of Directors for Cathedral Square, a leading nonprofit provider of affordable housing for older Vermonters and people with diverse needs.

Dr. Mark Levine has served as Vermont’s commissioner of health since March 2017. He is perhaps best known for guiding Vermont’s public-health policies through the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to his appointment as commissioner, he was a professor of medicine at the University of Vermont, and most recently the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and the Designated Institutional Official at the College of Medicine and the UVM Medical Center. He also served as the Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Levine has gained a reputation as an outstanding teacher and educational program innovator, receiving teaching awards from the medical school and the Department of Medicine. He maintains his faculty appointment and continues to actively teach. At the nexus of Dr. Levine’s clinical, education, public health and advocacy efforts is his interest in improving health at the population level — an interest that ties directly to the statewide, award-winning SASH® (Support and Services at Home) model of care developed by Cathedral Square.

Aaron Ferenc currently serves as the Director of Examinations and Enforcement for the banking division of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (DFR), where he oversees a team of 11 examiners. The banking division regulates state-chartered banks, credit unions, trust companies, and other non-bank financial services providers like mortgage lenders, sales finance companies and money transmitters. Prior to becoming the Director of Examinations seven years ago, Aaron was a field examiner for 13 years. In this work, Aaron is regularly involved in evolving financial services policy decisions, including cannabis banking policy and cryptocurrency regulation. Prior to working for DFR, Aaron worked with Merrill Lynch in Denver, Colorado.

Sarah Muyskens is retired from staff positions in fundraising, finance, governance and strategic planning for national environmental organizations and is now a longtime community volunteer. Current board memberships include the Intervale Center and the Advisory Committee of the University of Vermont Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. She also serves on the Vermont Children’s Hospital Advisory Committee. Past board affiliations include serving as chair of Champlain Housing Trust and chair during the building of ECHO, Leahy Center.

“We are thrilled to welcome these three highly accomplished Vermonters to our board,” says Cathedral Square CEO Kim Fitzgerald. “They each bring a unique perspective and area of expertise to our organization as we continue to address the critical need for equal access to quality, service-enriched, affordable homes for older adults and people with diverse needs in Vermont.”

Founded in 1977, Cathedral Square is a national leader in the development of affordable, service-enriched housing communities for low- and modest-income older adults and for individuals with diverse needs. Guided by its mission to advance “healthy homes, caring communities and positive aging,” the nonprofit has helped create more than 1,200 affordable homes in Vermont and supports healthy “aging in place” through SASH.

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