August 23rd, 2019

Governor Appoints New Members to Fish & Wildlife Board


Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed two new members to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board.


Cheryl E. Frank Sullivan, of Underhill, has been appointed to represent Chittenden County, replacing Edward Gallo, whose term has expired. Cheryl is passionate about archery and muzzleloader hunting for deer and icefishing for northern pike. She also fishes for salmon, bowfin and bass on Lake Champlain and hunts turkey, waterfowl and upland birds. When not pursuing outdoor activities, she enjoys riding and showing her horse.


A graduate and full-time employee at the University of Vermont, Cheryl has an M.S. in plant and soil science specializing in the biological control of insect pests and a B.S. in environmental science with a focus on conservation biology.


Johanna Laggis, of East Hardwick, has been appointed to represent Caledonia County, replacing Craig Lantagne of Lyndonville, whose term has expired. Johanna farms with her husband and brother-in-law in East Hardwick where they milk 500 Jersey cows. She and her family grow and raise most of their food, hunt, trap, fish, and are avid outdoor enthusiasts.


Johanna is a University of Vermont graduate with a B.S. in forestry. She worked for the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation from 1983 to 1990 in forest resource protection.


The 14-member Fish and Wildlife Board is an advisory group of Vermont citizens that votes on fish and wildlife regulations. Members serve for six-year terms. They are eligible for reappointment only when they are filling a seat left vacant by a member who was unable to serve his or her full term.


“The Board plays an invaluable role in the conservation of our fish and wildlife resources in Vermont,” said Commissioner Patrick Berry. “The thoughtful, well-informed citizens that make up the board help shape regulations from the perspective of Vermont’s hunters, anglers, wildlife watchers, and conservationists who have a strong interest in the sound management of these resources. Cheryl and Johanna bring new insights and expertise to the board, and I look forward to working with them on the conservation challenges we face.”

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