Field of Teams

2017 LCDBF Field of Teams

A Land Called SSG (SSG Advisors)

Captain: Lesley Graham
We founded SSG Advisors in 2005. Tired of what we perceived as a top-down, supply-side approach to development, we created SSG Advisors to foster a new approach to development that would engage both communities and the private sector as partners rather than beneficiaries. At the time, the idea of a small company challenging the international development status quo was considered ambitious to say the least.
SSG Advisors quickly earned a reputation for innovative approaches to development challenges. One of our first projects in Sri Lanka created a micro-franchise company to deliver broadband to rural communities. Described by the State Department as a ‘game-changer,’ the EasySeva micro-franchise sustainably connected more than 100,000 in underserved rural communities to inexpensive broadband. We are proud to be supporting Dragonheart Vermont and Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta and we look forward to seeing you on Lake Champlain.

Allscripts Paddlers (Allscripts)
Captain: Laura Sturgeon
We offer an open, integrated portfolio of healthcare information technology solutions for hospitals, physician practices, and extended care organizations. We connect people, places and information across all care settings through our Open, Connected Community of Health. Our full suite of population health solutions build on the power of our comprehensive suite of Clinical and Revenue Cycle core products.
The Vermont office of Allscripts, employees, family and friends make up our team for this Festival and we look forward to paddling for a cause; Dragonheart Vermont and Camp Ta Kum Ta.

Baystate Support Oars (Futuradesign – Baystate Financial)
Captain: Phyllis Bartling
We are an amazing team of cancer survivors, professionals, family, and friends paddling for our tenth year together. We are so proud to paddle with Baystate Financial, a generous organization that understands when fighting cancer, it’s all about support!

Burlington Hyundai Subaru
Captain: Crystal Careau
This is our fourth year as a Dragon boat team and we are still EXCITED. Our team is made up of employees and friends of Burlington Hyundai – Subaru. Our enthusiasm is STRONG and our experience is GROWING. *** LOOK OUT BURLINGTON *** See you at the Festival.

Burlington Rugby Ruck’N Rowers
Captain: Martha Lyons
We are a group of local community members who love Rugby and took up the challenge of raising funds dragon boating on Lake Champlain. We have turned in our game ball in exchange for paddles and we challenge our competition to the best racing of the day. We are proud to support Dragonheart Vermont and Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta.

Cardiac Cruisers (UVM Medical Center – McLure 1)
Captain: Thomas Clohessy
We are the Cardiac Cruisers! We are a Dragon boat team representing Non-Invasive Cardiology at UVM Medical Center. We are made up of employees, friends and family of the Non-Invasive Cardiology Department. We perform a wide range of Cardiac studies from Stress Tests, Echo-Cardiograms, EKGS and Holter Monitors. We are proud to paddle in support of Dragonheart Vermont and Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta.

Champlain College Making Waves
Captain: Susyn Dees
We are a dynamic team of educationally focused, spirited paddlers. This will be the 9th year Champlain College has participated in this event. It is an honor to be a part of this fun and very meaningful fundraiser to join in the effort to support those who previously or currently live life fully with cancer.

Citizenship (Citizens Bank)
Captain: Shelby Peltier & Shelly Kingsley
Citizenship will sail through the waves and the wind with the strength exemplified by the survivors. As each paddle hits the water with the force of our community, we are reminded of the everyday.

Community Bank, N.A. Hakuna Ma Ta Ta
Captain: Jonathan Roddy & Carol Boivin
Our employees come from our 32 branches across Vermont and bring 100% enthusiasm as they paddle together at this year’s Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. HaKuna MaTaTa means ‘worry free for the rest of your days’ and that’s our cancer free philosophy! Community Bank, N.A. is happy to help support cancer survivors in our community.

Dynamite Dragons
Captain: Lisa Bernardin
The Dynamite Dragons are a powerful contingent of family and friends, made up of breast-cancer survivors and supporters from Vermont and Massachusetts, who are eager to share in the enthusiasm around dragon boating! See you on the water!

Eat My Bubbles – Twincraft (Twincraft Skincare)
Captain: Melody Shaw
Twincraft Skincare is located in Winooski, Vermont. We are a custom contract manufacturer that makes high end bar soap and skincare products for brands across North America.
We are proud to support Dragonheart Vermont and Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta at the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. Come see us race!!

Graceful Passage (Vermont Respite)
Captain: Madeline Sullivan-Drake
The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties (VNA) open the doors to the new McClure Miller VNA Respite House September 12, 2016. The ribbon cutting celebrates completion of the 21-room Respite House, which will replace the current 13-room Vermont Respite House located in Williston. We are very honored to be supporting Dragonheart Vermont and its pledge partner Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta.

Groovy UV (UVM)
Captain: Pam Blum
UVM staff and faculty paddling to support Dragonheart VT and Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. We are ready to compete with the other teams. Watch Out for Groovy UV!!

HammerFit HIIT -ers (Athletic Club)
Captain: Alicia McCurley
HammerFit Athletic Club is a unique and locally owned fitness concept—based on the idea that the best equipment and classes usually appeal to different people and that no one should pay for what they aren’t using! In addition to state-of-the-art Hammer Strength equipment, we are proud to offer a great personal training program and an exceptional group fitness program in our Motion Studio. All classes are led by the area’s most in-demand, experienced instructors. You do not have to have a membership to attend our classes.
We are excited to participating in our first Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival and we look forward to ruling the lake with teamwork and power. We’re proud to supporting Dragonheart Vermont and Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta.

Hickok & Boardman Rock ‘N Rowers
Co-Captains: Alison Rogers and Connie Reed
The origins of Hickok and Boardman date back to 1821 beginning with Hickok & Boardman Insurance-one of the oldest and largest retail insurance agencies in Vermont. In the mid to late 1900’s, the company experienced significant growth to include Real Estate, Financial Planning, Retirement and Group Benefit services for their clients. Comprises Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group, Financial Planning & HR Intelligence, Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty.

Hilton Garden Inn & Friends
Captain: Bernadette Whitcomb
We are the newest downtown Burlington hotel, and the Dragon Buddies sponsor of this year’s Dragon boat Festival. With a little help from our local friends…we look forward to PADDLES UP in support of local cancer Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta programs. Thank you Dragonheart Vermont for making this all possible!

Merrill Lynch Raging Bulls
Captain: Patrick Phillips
Merrill Lynch, Burlington office is served by approximately 19 financial advisors who proudly support Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta and Dragonheart Vermont through financial support and employee volunteerism.

Milton Snap, Purple Hulks
Captain: Rebecca McGregor
Snap Hulks are an excited and gym enthusiastic bunch of members ranging from Students, to Personal Trainers, to Marathoners, all the way to Body Builders! This is our first time competing in the Dragon Boat race! Our gym is just shy of hitting its 2nd year anniversary and we are going to ring in that celebration by paddling our hearts out to support those affected by cancer; families and friends, survivors, and supporters. We are eager to showcase our hard work and join our sister gyms; Snap Fitness Burlington and Snap Fitness Berlin, in the Ride the Dragon for Charity event! Let’s RACE!

National Life Group Life Savers
Captain: Jessica Ball
A new year a new chance to do more!
Looking forward to this year being another fun one hopefully with some new faces and just as much enthusiasm as we’ve had in the past! Here’s to another year of National Life – Life Savers DOING GOOD.

NEFCU Navigators (New England Federal Credit Union)
Captain: Krystina Gotsch
New England Federal Credit Union has been in the community since 1961 supporting our members. Today our team, NEFCU Navigators, have the opportunity to support the women, men and children of Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta and Dragonheart Vermont. This is the first year paddling for the NEFCU and we are excited to share in the hard work involved for this great cause.

Notch Dragonflies (Healthcare Center)
Captain: Ann Sawyer
We are a group of employees from the Northern Tier Center for Health in Franklin County, a Federally Qualified Health Center. We offer medical, dental, behavioral health, financial services and daycare to support the area. We paddle in support of Dragonheart Vermont, Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta and cancer support for the community.

North Country Norseman (North Country)
Captain: Erin Thompson
North Country Federal Credit Union has taken on the challenge of dragon boating on Lake Champlain again this year. North Country Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit organization that exists to serve their members rather than maximize corporate profits. We look forward to taking on the challenge at the Festival and we are very proud to be supporting Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta and Dragonheart Vermont.

North Star Leasing
Captain: Susie McNamara
North Star Leasing Company finances a wide variety of equipment from vendors of your choice including trucks, trailers, kitchen and restaurant equipment, computers, point of sale systems, medical and scientific equipment, plumbing and heating equipment along with construction and landscaping equipment. When its for your business, chances are we can lease it.
We are thrilled to be supporting Dragonheart Vermont and Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta at this Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival and look forward to getting on the water for a worthy cause. Come down and see us race.

Norwich Cadets (Norwich University)
Captain: Crystal Drown
We are a team of university faculty, staff, and friends excited to be a part of this important fundraiser and to show our support for cancer survivors, their impacted families, and communities. We are paddling in the spirit of one of Norwich’s Guiding Values to nation and others before self.’

PC Paddlers (PC Construction)
Captain: Luis Delgado
We are a team of 1,200 employees who share over half a century of industry-leading excellence with every craft and expertise in the field that allows us to offer general contracting, construction management, and design build services to private and public companies for projects of all sizes from a single office fit-up to water supply programs valued at over $300 million. With our headquarters in Vermont and a network of locations in Florida, Georgia, Maine, New York and North Carolina we are a 100% employee owned company.
We are very proud to be supporting Dragonheart Vermont again this year along with its pledge partner Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta. We look forward to FUN on and off the water.

People’s United Paddlers (People’s United Bank)
Captain: Chris Venner
Let’s Make Our Presence Felt In Market Share And Fundraising!!
Our story reflects not only our banking history, but also our fundamental principles. At People’s United Bank, we believe that, by offering empathy and expertise to our customers, giving back as partners in our communities, and valuing the know-how of our employees, we all succeed together. We are excited to be back again supporting Dragonheart Vermont and Camp Ta Kum Ta. See you on the water!!

Ta-Kum-Ta Dragons (Camp Ta-Kum-Ta)
Captain: Dan McLean
This group has one thing common, a link to childhood cancer. We consist of volunteers, former campers who are survivors of childhood cancer, parents of childhood cancer survivors and friends of Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. We are dedicated, highly motivated, have a positive outlook on life and intend to win this year!

PullTogether (First Congregational Church of Burlington)
Captain: Thea Knight
We are first time paddlers from First Congregational Church BTV! We include, and have a heart for, all who have been and are now confronted with cancer. We are pulling together to represent our “open and affirming” congregation at the heart of Vermont’s Queen City where our faith is 2,000 years old but our thinking is not. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome. All are invited to “pull together” with us!

Rhythm and Blues (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont)
Captain: Alan Cunningham & Megan Peek
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s Rhythm and Blues teams will rock (but hopefully not roll!) through the waves to victory, paddling toward a healthier Vermont! Our goal is to make the competition sing the “blues” and help find a cure for breast cancer. Come race day, we’ll be paddlin’ with rhythm.

Rhythm and Blues Two (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont)
Captain: Megan Peek
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s Rhythm and Blues teams will rock (but hopefully not roll!) through the waves to victory, paddling toward a healthier Vermont! Our goal is to make the competition sing the “blues” and help find a cure for breast cancer. Come race day, we’ll be paddlin’ with rhythm.

SMC’s Dragon Slayers (Saint Michael’s College)
Captain: Katherine Hackett
We are staff, faculty, students, alumni, and friends of Saint Michael’s College. We are here to slay the dragon and rescue our dear princess, paddling hard and fast, but most importantly, together! We are the Knights, and we have the right, to paddle!

Snap Dragonz (Snap Fitness – Burlington)
Captain: Justine Zolotas
Snap Fitness is a community gym dedicated to improving the lives of its members and the community. Our team is a collection of people at various fitness levels looking to engage in something new, fun, and challenging.
The Snap Dragonz is a group of fitness enthusiasts that range from goal setters, goal getters to trend setters. This is year two for us in the Dragon Boat Festival. Last year we made a splash with our wild tent site and offered chances to get swole in between heats. This year is a treat as we will race our fellow Snap Fitness gyms in the goal of raising the most money for cancer survivors. Instead of just training hard to win easy we are looking to fundraise like never before for a goal and cause that is close to so many of our hearts. We want to race to help end cancer and help all of our survivors. Look for red on race day and you’ll find us. Come by our Burlington location to get your fitness fix before, during, or after the race. We’ll see you at the finish line.

Snap Slayerz (Snap Fitness – Berlin)
Captain: Kellyne Witte
The Dragon Boat Team Snap Slayerz is made up of members from the community who attend our local gym, Snap Fitness Berlin. We are all dedicated, self-motivated, driven people who are so excited to be a part of this great cause! Many of us have never paddled before, but we are up for the challenge! See you all on the water!

Soaring On
Captain: Gabrielle Blow
Soaring On was created by the team captain after surviving ovarian cancer. From diagnosis to survivor Gabrielle appreciated the support of community and the resources needed for cancer survivors. Team Soaring On is made up of family, friends and colleagues of Gabrielle. Our team is completely funded by the fundraising done by each of the individual paddlers on our team. Our team name and design represents the journey Gabrielle made from being a cancer patient to a survivor. The color teal represents ovarian cancer. We look forward to seeing you on the water!

TD Bank Titans
Captain: Chuck Cherhoniak
As one of the ten largest banks in the US, TD Bank’s Corporate Responsibility is more than a tradition. Every day we affirm our commitment to our community. We are proudly supporting the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival, Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta and Dragonheart Vermont in what they give back to the community. Come down to the Waterfront and watch the TD Bank Titans take on the other teams.

Thanks for The Mammories (UVM Medical Ctr. Critical Care)
Captain: Anna Raymond
We are a team made up of Employees, Friends and Family of University of Vermont Medical Center’s Medical Intensive Care Unit. This is our fourth year of paddling in their fun community charity event. Watch out! We are excited and ready to return to the water again this year!

The Fanny Pack (In-patient Rehab Center at UVM Medical Center)
Captain: Kristin Laskowski
ORANGE may be the new BLACK, but FANNY IS THE NEW PACK! This is our 3rd year & we are ready for another day of fun & friendly competition! We have some returning paddlers & some new faces! We represent the Inpatient Rehab Center at UVM Medical Center where we are dedicated to helping people return to everyday life.
Traveling Dragons (VBT- Vermont Bike Tours)
Captain: Nicole Voth
VBT delivers Award-Winning Tours Worldwide. Biking Tours, Walking Tours, Bike & Barge Tours. We have also been voted one of the World’s Best Tour Operators in Travel & Leisure. Our team is made up of employees, family and friends of VBT. We look forward to supporting Dragonheart Vermont and Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta for the great work they do for the community.

Union Mutual
Captain: Stephanie Krukar
Our team consists of employees and friends of Union Mutual, which is an insurance company in Montpelier.
Named one of the Best Places to Work In Vermont for three years running, Union Mutual has been providing quality property and casualty insurance products for over 140 years. Our focus is on providing superior customer service “second to none,” and our employees are an integral part of the company’s success. We are proud of our employees and the charitable spirit of our company.
Our Dragon Boat team has representatives from all departments within our company, including an employee with 41 years of service and our summer interns. This event offers us an opportunity to take on a new challenge as a team, and we are looking forward to participating in the Dragon Boat Race and supporting Dragonheart Vermont and Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta!

UTAS Boats of Glory (United Technologies)
Captain: Daisy Sosa
We are a team of Aerospace gurus. If we can make aircrafts fly, you can only imagine what we can do in the water! Come watch us fly at the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival.

UVM Mighty Unicorns
Captain: Cindy Robare
UVM Mighty Unicorns. We are very excited to be paddling again this year for a wonderful cause. This year’s team name was chosen to “honor” our mentor, treasured friend and new momma, Amanda! We will paddle hard – always thinking of Amanda and her family, especially her two new baby girls. Our team is made up of teachers, parents and friends from the Campus Children’s School at UVM.

Villainous Vixens
Captain: Sara Springer & Ellane Corey Austin
A Little Evil Goes A Long Way!! The Villainous Vixens are a group of women from many walks of life, with some pretty epic original stories, who have decided to put aside their wicked ways for the summer and join forces for good – to raise as much money as they possibly can for Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta! This is our second year at the festival and we hope to become a force to be reckoned with, whether by land or by water, and we may snag up as many spirit awards and division wins as possibly!

WND & WVS (Wind & Waves, The Spot & The Spot on The Dock)
Captain: Russ Scully
WND&WVS is all about the passion of getting out on the water. Surfing, stand up paddling, windsurfing, and kiteboarding are the athletic pursuits of virtually all men and women who love to glide across the water under the power of wind and waves.
We operate out of a funky little surf shop in the south end of town dedicated to getting our customers smiling and paddling on our greatest local water. We are the exclusive Vermont dealer for Starboard and Nash paddle boards and accessories. We can help what works best for you. We are the sister company to The Spot restaurant which resides a block from the shop. The Spot is a surf-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week in an Hawaiian-style atmosphere.
We also now own The Spot on the Dock – the old Breakwaters. Be sure to check it out on your next visit to the shop. Our team is made up of employees, family and friends ready to COMPETE FOR THE COVETED TROPHY!!

Woodchuck Pink Paddlers
Captain: Caitlin Stroupe
We are a group of Woodchuck Cider employees, friends and family who love working with the community to bring out the best in us. We are located in Middlebury and are among the few hard top cider manufacturers in the United States. All hard ciders are gluten free and only made from apples without grains. We strive to give back to our community and support Dragonheart Vermont and Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta for all the create work they do in supporting cancer wellness.

Work ‘ARD, Play ‘ARD (Tetra Tech Ard)
Captain: Gail Kramer Thomas
We represent Tetra Tech ARD, which is an international consulting firm that creates environmentally responsible solutions that foster sustainable development. We paddle to support cancer survivors so they can Work ‘ARD, Play ‘ARD for many years to come!