Dr. Breena Welch Holmes Joins Board of Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children

Middlebury, VT- The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children announced the addition of Middlebury resident Dr. Breena Welch Holmes to its board at its January meeting.  Holmes is the director of the Maternal and Child Health Division at the Vermont Department of Health, which is part of Integrated Family Services and several other public health programs that focus on children and families.

Dr. Breena Welch Holmes

Dr. Breena Welch Holmes

“We are thrilled to welcome Breena to our board,” said Rick Davis, president/co-founder of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children. “She brings an incredible amount of pediatric experience and knowledge and will be a tremendous help in our quest to strengthen Vermont’s early care and education system for all Vermont children.”

As chair-elect of the Council on School Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics, a faculty member of the pediatric division of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and a school physician for several Middlebury area schools, Holmes is a familiar face within the pediatric community. From 1997 to 2008, Holmes had her own private practice in rural Middlebury that focused on adolescent health. After leaving that practice in 2008, she went on to teach Health Literacy and Decision Making at Middlebury Union High School. Holmes is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Dartmouth College.

Holmes joins the other Permanent Fund board members: Tom Johnson, president of the Johnson Foundation; Tom Macleay, board chair and former CEO of the National Life Group; Cornelius “Con” Hogan, former secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services; Cheryl Mitchell, UVM research professor and former deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services; Stuart Comstock-Gay, president and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation; Buzz Schmidt, founder of GuideStar USA, UK and International; Jennifer Archibald Williams, executive director of the Children’s Fund of the Upper Valley; David Rahr, founding president of the Vermont Community Foundation and emeritus member of the Permanent Fund board; and, Carl Ferenbach, co-founder and emeritus member of the Permanent Fund board and managing director/co-founder of Berkshire Partners LLC.