Field of Teams

Captain: Irene Farrar
Cancer has hit this family too many times. We are fighting back and have gathered friends and relatives to paddle for the first time in the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. The 23tons team is made up of family members and good friends, from all over New England, New York and as far away as Chicago. We’ll paddle together showing our unity and love for our friends and family members who have or are experiencing cancer, the fear it brings, and the optimism of conquering this terrible disease.

Allscripts & Friends (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 UVM Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center.

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 fifth 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. See you at the Festival!

Cancer Annihilators
Captain: Kim Dittus
We are a team of UVM Medical Center employees, family and friends all paddling with a purpose and in support of Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center and Dragonheart Vermont. We see each day how Integrative Therapies can support those with cancer.  We are grateful to support such a worthy cause.

Champlain College Making Waves  
Captain: Mandy Fox
We are a dynamic team of educationally focused, spirited paddlers. This will be the 10th 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.

Come From Away
Captain: Rosemary Zamore
We are a group from a book club and hiking friends and friends of friends and we have all known people with cancer and want to support Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center and Dragonheart Vermont.  We are excited to be paddling and competing for a cause very close to our hearts. See you on the water.

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.

Dragon Tech (UVM Medical Center)
Co-Captains: Cathy Buck and Lynn Bryan
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Vermont Medical Center. We work hard every day to diagnose and treat cancer patients successfully. We’re bringing that same precision and enthusiasm for healing to a dragon boat race and fundraising. Paddles Up!

Dragonheart Sisters
Captain: Cathy Buck
Our Sisters team is made up of Breast Cancer Survivors who have found that paddling a dragon boat has helped them recover, get back into tip-top condition and find support with a great group of women and men in the Dragonheart Vermont organization. We are a strong team, competing around the country and the world. We have a fun time, but we are tough to beat in a boat!! 

Dragonheart VT Soul Sisters:
Captain: Beth Deforge
Soul Sisters are breast cancer survivors who enjoy paddling in the Dragonheart Vermont organization. We are women who have been with the organization for many years and are still active, strong, and love to exercise. We paddle with energy and enthusiasm and love to be with the women and men of Dragonheart Vermont. 

Eat My Bubbles – Twincraft   (Twincraft Skincare)
Co-Captains: Melody Shaw & Lisa Ashley
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 Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center at the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival.  Come see us race!!

The Fanny Pack   (In-patient Rehab Center at UVM Medical Center)
Captain: Kristin Laskowski
This is our 4th year and we are ready for another day of fun and friendly competition! We have some returning paddlers and some new faces! We represent the Inpatient Rehab Center at UVM Medical Center where we are dedicated to helping people return to everyday life. We proudly support Dragonheart Vermont and Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center.

Fire on the Water (UVM Integrative Massage Therapy)
Captain: Kirsten Wiley
We are a team made up of Feisty, Friendly, Fun-Minded, First Timers… coming together to paddle for a great cause.  Collectively, we are cancer survivors and we treat cancer patients. We truly are committed to making the patients’ time with us as good an experience as possible. We are caring, busy, maybe over-committed but couldn’t resist our excitement to build a team to do GOOD, while having fun and trying a new experience.

Freedom and Unity
Captain: Jessica Alexander
“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 Captain Jessica Alexander, who’s 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 Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center, and so much more!

From C2 Shining Sea
Captain: Jim Heintz
The C2 Dragon Boat team From C2 Shining Sea is thrilled to be participating in the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival for our fourth year! In 2014 we lost our friend, mentor and C2 co-founder Carolyn Edwards after her brave and graceful journey with cancer.  We dedicate this to her, and the many other people in our lives who have been affected by this disease. Our team has worked hard to be in the top five fundraising teams each year we’ve competed, and we were #1 in 2014.  We’ve raised over $20,000 for Dragonheart Vermont and their programs – we are passionate about this cause! Thank you for your support!

Graceful Passage- VNA Hospice Team   (Vermont Respite)
Captain: Michele Denault
The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties (VNA) opened the doors to the new McClure Miller VNA Respite House in September, 2016. The ribbon cutting celebrated completion of the 21-room Respite House, which will replaced the 13-room Vermont Respite House located in Williston. We are very honored to be supporting Dragonheart Vermont and its pledge partner Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center.

Groovy UV   (UVM) UPDATE
Captain: Pam Blum
UVM staff and faculty paddling to support Dragonheart Vermont and Integrative Therapy at the UVM Cancer Center. We are ready to compete with the other teams.  Watch Out for Groovy UV!!

Hazelett Whitecaps
Captain: Sharon Downs
Hazelett Corporation designs, manufactures, installs, and services continuous casting equipment for customers in the metals industry in more than 27 countries.  We are located on the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain in Colchester, Vermont, and we have been a dedicated supporter of our local communities for more than 60 years.  Our team is made up of employees, family, and friends who have come together for a day of fun to proudly support a great cause.  Go Whitecaps!

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. Our team comprises of members from Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group, Financial Planning & HR Intelligence, Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty.

Captain: Kate Seaver
We are a team made up of employees and family members of KeyBank. Being part of a community means working to make it better. KeyBank has a deep commitment to the communities where we work and live. We focus our philanthropy, sponsorships and outreach to build up communities throughout the country. We look forward to supporting Dragonheart Vermont and Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center and giving back to the community.  Come and watch us race at the Festival.

Livin’ on The Edge
Captain: Lynn Griswold
We’re a group of fitness enthusiasts who are paddling at the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival and  supporting Dragonheart Vermont and Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center.

McSoley McCoy & Co.
Captain: Jennifer Sullivan
Founded in 1990, our firm has grown into one of the region’s most respected professional service firms. Community service and outreach is something that we encourage all of our employees to take part in, individually or as a group. Team MMC aka The Mighty CPA’s are looking forward to raising funds and awareness for our Vermont community members affected by cancer.

Merrill Lynch Raging Bulls 
Captain: Patrick Phillips

Merrill Lynch, Burlington office is served by approximately 19 financial advisors who proudly support Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center and Dragonheart Vermont through financial support and employee volunteerism.

National Life Group Life Savers
Captain: Jessica Ball
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!

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 Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center and Dragonheart Vermont. This is the first year paddling for the NEFCU and we are excited to share in the important work involved for this great cause.

NorthCountry Norseman   (North Country Savings Bank)
Captain: Erin Thompson
One of our core values is ‘Caring’, and we are excited to demonstrate this to the community by raising funds to support Dragonheart Vermont! Our success is built on mutually beneficial relationships with our members and our reputation as a reliable, trusted provider of quality service, respect, and community support. We like to stay very active in our communities by sponsoring, attending, and hosting different family-friendly events. This will be our third year in a row participating in the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival, and we look forward to many more!

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 it’s for your business, chances are we can lease it.  We are thrilled to be supporting Dragonheart Vermont and Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center 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.

Northfield Savings Bank
Co-Captains: Gary Delphia and Jessie Defreest
The team from Northfield Savings Bank is ready to paddle! Team NSB Banchors Aweigh is proud to be rowing in support of breast cancer survivors and supporters and excited to be a part of this fun community event.

The largest independent bank headquartered in Vermont, Northfield Savings Bank is a full-service bank offering a full range of community banking, commercial banking, mortgage banking, and investment services to more than 30,000 consumer and commercial customers. Also known for its role as a corporate citizen, NSB proudly donates 10 percent of profits to Vermont community organizations. Northfield Savings Bank operates 13 branches throughout central Vermont and Chittenden County stretching from Bethel to Greater Burlington. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.

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.

Orangetheory Fitness
Captain: Lea Stretch
Orangetheory Fitness is a community of individuals who strive to improve themselves and help others achieve their goals. New to the Burlington area, we are so excited to be participating in the Dragonheart Vermont dragon boat festival. We will be participating with our employees, members, friends, and family to help raise awareness in the community.  We always strive for more life here at Orangetheory and we can’t wait to help empower others through this event!

Paradise City Dragons
Captain: Elizabeth Powell
Paradise City Dragon Boat is a team of cancer survivors and supporters paddling on the beautiful Connecticut River in Northampton, Massachusetts. Our focus is on dragon boat racing, building and sustaining fitness, contributing to our community, and stewardship of the Connecticut River. We are actively recruiting new team members, if you live in Western Massachusetts come check us out!

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 Integrative Therapies of UVM Cancer Center. 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 Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center. See you on the water!!

Renal Renegades (UVM Medical Ctr. Nephrology & Kidney Transplant Department)
Co-Captains: Heather Olivett & Anna Raymond
Our team comprises of dedicated staff focused on the best support and end result for our patients in the nephrology and kidney transplant department, but as Renal Renegades we are not focused on the “END” but having “FUN” while supporting Dragonheart Vermont and Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center.

Rhythm and Blues (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.

Rhythm and Blues Two (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont)
Captain: Mallory Curtis
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.

Saint Michael’s College Dragon Slayers (Saint Michael’s College)
Captain: Allison Close
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 Destroyoars   (Snap Fitness – Berlin)
Captain: Kellyne Witte
The dragon boat team Snap Destroyoars 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!

Snap Hulks
Captain: Rebecca McGregor
Hello everyone we are a fitness team of all walks of fitness. We are a community gym in a small town with very active members! This will be our third year racing and some paddlers have been part of the team since the first year and pride themselves in what we thrive to do! We love coming together this time of year to help raise awareness and money for a very important cause! Thank you to all who take a minute of their time to donate to this Energetic team!!

Soaring On – Ruck & Rower
Captain: Gabrielle Blow
Our team has been created by two former teams, Soaring On and Burlington Rugby Ruck ‘N Rowers.  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.  A few community members from Burlington Rugby and Hockey took up the challenge of raising funds while dragon boating on Lake Champlain.

Springfield Dragon Rays
Captain: Ben Quick
We are a group of dragon boat paddlers that has been a vital part of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club (PVRC) since 2013. The first established dragon boat team in Western Massachusetts, the Dragon Rays paddle two or more times a week on the Connecticut River and we spend the winter season working out together to build strength and endurance as a team. PVRC also is committed to raising awareness about breast cancer research.  We are proud to participate in the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival supporting Dragonheart Vermont and Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center.

Stream Team UVM Medical Center Urology Department
Captain: Scott Perrapato
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 Integrative Therapy at the UVM Cancer Center.

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, Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center 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. 

Team Gefilte Fish
Captain: Linda Retchin
We are a conglomerate of paddlers from Temple Sinai and Ohavi Zedek as well as friends of TS and OZ who just want to try paddling and support the community. My, how we have grown! Now we are 19 strong! Local, local, local grown.

Thanks for The Mammaries   (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 fifth year of paddling in this fun community charity event. Watch out! We are excited and ready to return to the water again this year!

Union Mutual
Captain: Stephanie Krukar
Live Life Well, the newly adopted slogan of the Union Mutual Wellness Team, is more than words on paper – it’s a philosophy brought to life with numerous community and internal events our employees participate in throughout the year. In 2017, highlights included the Dragon Boat Festival, Strike Three Foundation Wiffle Ball Tournament, the American Cancer Society’s Pulling for Hope, and the fourth straight year as the lead sponsor of the Special Olympics Vermont Summer Games – which has grown to include over two dozen employees and family members taking part in the Penguin Plunge in early February. For 2018, we’re excited to continue our community and civic engagement, and we’re proud to work alongside the individuals that share our passion and dedication. See you on the water!  

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.

UVMMC High on Wellness
Captain: Evelyn Sikorski
Our crew is comprised of 21 UVM MC 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. The aspect that Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center will be supported by the proceeds from the event is a big motivator for many of us to participate.  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! I want to thank Greg LaMoy, Employee Wellness Health Coach for his inspiration and motivation to fill up our dragon boat with employees who put the patient at the center of the work we do every day.

UVMMC Residents
Captain: Greg Lamoy
We are a group of UVM Medical Center residents who represent many different departments at the Medical Center and we are paddling at the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival to show our support of Dragonheart Vermont and Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center.

Villainous Vixens
Captain: Sara Springer & Ellane Corey Austin
A group of randomly connected women. Spirited and High Energy, whom 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 Boat
Captain: Tom O’Keefe
Vermont Information Processing, VIP is the leading technology supplier for brewers, distributors, wineries, soda bottlers, and other companies in the beverage industry. We are a mere representation of the 400+ employee-owners of a great company and insatiably competitive athletes.  We are hockey players, basketball players, bikers, runners, skiers… and now Dragonboat paddlers. Our first entrance into this event this year, we are looking forward to staying “afloat in our boat”. Long live the Dragonboat Fest! We are very proud to be supporting Dragonheart Vermont and Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center by racing at the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival.

Wellness Warriors
Captain: Erica Bernstein
Wellness Warriors is Massachusetts’ first dragon boat team for cancer survivors. We provide a paddling support group for men and women of all ages diagnosed with many different types of cancer. No matter where we are on the cancer journey, it is our rise to the physical challenges of dragon boat paddling, our love of this exciting sport and our deep care for each other that create magic in the boat. Our mission is to provide new opportunities for cancer survivors to heal – both physically and emotionally – by being active participants in their own recovery and part of a mutually empowering dragon boat team.

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 find 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!!

Work ‘ARD, Play ‘ARD   (Tetra Tech Ard)
Captain: Gail Kramer Thomas
Team Work ‘ARD, Play ‘ARD has been paddling in the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival for many years now!  We are a group of colleagues, friends, and family from Tetra Tech ARD and are proud to be part of Dragonheart Vermont’s efforts and contributions to the community.  We love participating in the festival and thank everyone for their donations!