Field of Teams

Board Stiff  – Dragonheart Vermont
Captain: Barb Dewitt
Dragonheart Vermont has a 12-member working board made up of breast cancer survivors and supporters. The Executive Director holds the 13th spot on the board. Together we strive to engage our members in fitness, teamwork and community giving.

Cancer Patient Support Foundation
Captain: Jennifer Sullivan
The Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF) is an independent, nonprofit organization. We serve Vermont cancer patients and their families in a time of extraordinary need by providing financial assistance and support during diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. The Foundation’s vision is that all who face cancer can do so with dignity, confidence and serenity.

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

Community Bank, N.A. Hakuna Ma Ta Ta
Captain: Erinn Perry
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.

Dragonheart Vermont Green Mountain Girls
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Dragonheart Vermont Funracers
Captain: Jess Rodrigues

Fire on the Water – Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center
Captain: Kirsten Wiley
We are a group of passionate, fire breathing Dragon Boat newcomers from near and far.  Some of us are from born and raised Vermonters, some are from as far away as Phoenix and Australia (Thank you Erin, Leanne and Verity!) We are honored to be part of this large group of dynamic crusaders fighting for a noble cause.

Freedom and Unity
Co-Captains: Jessica Alexander and Diane Vachon
“Freedom and Unity” is a group of Town and City Clerks, our families, and friends from all over Vermont. Clerks take an oath to support the Constitution of the State of Vermont and of the United States. We are the record keepers at the heart of our communities, serving everyone equally, justly and respectfully. We come together under the leadership of Co-Captain Jessica Alexander, whose vision of “Freedom and Unity” came to her in a dream. Some of us on Freedom and Unity are cancer survivors,  and all of us are supporters. In the spirit of teamwork and community giving, we are honored to Ride the Dragon in support of breast cancer survivors, this year’s partner the Integrative Therapies programs at UVM Cancer Center, and so much more!

Groovy UV – UVM
Captain: Cara Feldman-Hunt
UVM staff and faculty paddling to support Dragonheart Vermont and the Integrative Therapies programs at the UVM Cancer Center. We are ready to compete with the other teams.  Watch Out for Groovy UV!!

Kale Krew
Captain: Lisa Rose Bernardin
Led by our fearless leader and breast cancer survivor, Lisa Rose; the “Kale Krew” is on a mission to share love and kale with the Dragonheart Vermont community while raising money to support cancer survivors and the Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center.

Living Our Best Lives
Captain: Cristy Monty
We are a group of health conscious friends who love to live life to the fullest and are paddling with these friends in support of Dragonheart Vermont and the McClure Miller Respite House.

Make Waves for Wellness UVMMC
Captain: Greg Lamoy
Our crew is comprised of 21 UVMMC employees and family members from a wide range of professional and clinical care areas across the hospital and from our satellite sites across the state.  Together our team members are energized and interested in participating in the Dragonheart event this year to support our patients and families living with a cancer diagnosis. Many on the team have been touched themselves by a cancer diagnosis and have used integrative therapies to heal and live healthy lives. Everyone on the team is excited to participate and support the McClure Miller Respite House.

Miller Family Doggie Paddlers 
Captain: Michelle Miller
We are family and “like family” of Dragonheart Vermont member Michelle Miller. We are a bunch of dog lovers (Michelle’s Sampson is our mascot) and therefore we are the Doggie Paddlers! Like all of you this summer, we are missing our usual connections with family and friends and the great outdoors, but we feel lucky that we are healthy and able to participate. We intend to get a few laughs and a little bit of exercise out of our participation–as well as support the fundraising efforts of a cause that we believe in.

National Life Group Life Savers
Captain: Lindsey Davis
At National Life Group we are committed to our “Do Good, Be Good, Make Good” way of life. It really is a way of life that we live at the office, as well as in our personal lives. One of the many ways that we spread the GOOD is by giving back to our communities. What better way to Do Good than to give back through this wonderful yearly event hosted by Dragonheart Vermont. We are proud to sponsor and participate in this event and hope you can help us DO GOOD!

Rhythm and Blues – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont
Captain: Janet Richardson
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s Rhythm and Blues team 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.

Soaring Ruckers
Captain: Neal Hayes
Back again for 2020, this compilation of friends, family, hockey and rugby connections, and the Soaring on team from 2017 will try again to take home a trophy!  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. Our team is completely funded by the fundraising done by each of the individual paddlers on our team. We look forward to seeing you on the water!

Stream Team  – UVM Medical Center Urology Department
Captain: Allison Moulton
This team is made up of the urology division at UVM fully supports integrative care.  We continue to do so, especially after one of our main urology nurses, Kathy, developed breast cancer and is currently undergoing therapy while  continuing to work and continuing to be part of our stream team! The support of integrative therapy has taken on a new meaning for us. We look forward to coming together to race for this cause. Thank you Dragonheart Vermont and the McClure Miller Respite House.

Team Banchors Aweigh – Northfield Savings Bank
Captain: Mark Mast
Many banks have a long history. Northfield Savings Bank has something even more powerful. From the day of our founding in 1867 and continuing to today, a constant and resilient thread of meeting and supporting Vermonters in the moment has defined us. This powerful legacy fuels our actions, shapes our character, and separates us from other banks and credit unions. 

We are proud to be the largest bank headquartered in Vermont with 13 branches serving over 20,000 consumer and commercial customers. We are also one of Vermont’s few remaining mutual savings banks, owned by our depositors, not shareholders, and offering investment services through Northfield Investment Services.

We are proud to participate in the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival supporting Dragonheart Vermont and the McClure Miller Respite House.

Traveling Whitecaps – Vermont Bike Tours/Country Walkers and Hazelett Corporation
Co-captains: Joe Flynn & Sharon Downs
The Vermont Bike Tours (Country Walkers) and Hazelett Corporation teams have joined forces this year to create this collaborative team. Hazelett’s team (the “Whitecaps” part of our name) is made up of employees, family, and friends who have come together for fun to proudly support a great cause. This dedicated support of the local community for more than 60 years designs, manufactures, installs, and services continuous casting equipment for customers in the metals industry in more than 27 countries. 

The “Travelers” portion of the team is comprised of the award-winning tour company of Vermont Bike Tours/Country Walkers. Voted by Travel & Leisure as one of the world’s best tour operators and offering biking tours, walking tours and bike & barge tours, VBT/CW looks forward to supporting Dragonheart Vermont and Integrative Therapies.

Veterans Dragon Boat USA
Captain: Alan Symington

Villainous Vixens
Captain: Ellane Corey Austin
A group of randomly connected women. Spirited and High Energy, who have boundless imagination! We work hard to raise as much money as we can, each Dragonboat Season! Supporting our local Cancer Charity pledge partners in creative ways each year. Keep an eye out for upcoming fundraising events and to see what surprises we will to festival this year!

VIP Dragon Bytes – Vermont Information Processing
Captain: Maura Grogan 
As past champions of this auspicious event (2018), we are putting the pressure on ourselves to take this one again.  As a company we adhere to a work hard, play hard attitude and are hopeful that this initiative brings us across the finish line again.  VIP is a solution provider to the US beverage industry and dedicated to helping the community through athletic charity events like the Dragon Boat Festival.  Paddle On!