Janice Valgoi joined VCIA in January 2012 as VCIA’s Director of Membership and Development. Prior to this position, Janice was a Project Manager with Delaney Meeting & Event Management in Vermont. Janice was in the hotel business for over 20 years in Florida, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Virginia, before being transferred to Vermont to work at the Radisson Hotel Burlington in 1990. Janice was the Director of Sales for 16 years responsible for conventions and marketing and assisted the hotel with the transition from a Radisson Hotel to the Wyndham Hotel in 2003.
She was an adjunct professor at Champlain College for Destination Management. Janice served on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Convention Bureau and the YMCA Camp Committee. She is a past President of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International and the past Chair of the Vermont Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Marketing Committee. She graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Elizabeth Halpern joined VCIA in 1999 and is our Director of Communications. She is responsible for the coordination and design of all the Association's marketing and educational materials. In addition, she manages the VCIA website, electronic promotions and social networking sites. Elizabeth directs the association's media planning and press activities, does lots of writing and editing, and is the staff liaison to the Communications Committee.
Elizabeth has worked in marketing and design for 20 years, working previously in advertising firms, as a self-employed graphic designer, and in marketing management positions.
Elizabeth holds a B.S. degree from the University of Vermont and completed a year of coursework at the University of Nice, France.
Peggy Companion joined the VCIA in February 2006 and is our Director of Finance. In this capacity, she is responsible for all the financial proceedings of the association. She is also the staff liaison for the Finance Committee.
Peggy is a graduate of Champlain College where she graduated summa cum laude and has received several awards recognizing her outstanding achievements as a non-traditional student. She was an accounting tutor at Champlain College as well, a role reserved for top students.
While earning her accounting degree at Champlain, Peggy worked as a paralegal for attorney Sarah Gentry Tischler, P.C.
Peggy lived for many years in Florida where she worked for Merrill Lynch. She moved to Vermont in 1998, and became the co-owner of Jerihill Hardware Store in Jericho.
Megan Precourt joined the VCIA staff in December 2017 as our Administrative Assistant. Megan is a Vermont native and is a graduate of Washington College in Maryland, where she earned a BA in International Studies and Business Management.
She has a variety of work experience including working for the University of Vermont in the Dean's Office of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and as a waitress at the historic and elegant Inn at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont. Megan has traveled internationally on service missions and on educational endeavors, including spending a semester in Queensland, Australia.
At VCIA, she is responsible for database management, event set up and registration, general office administration, and is the point person for people calling the Association.
Dave Rapuano joined VCIA in May 2016 as VCIA’s Communications Assistant. Dave transplanted from his hometown in East Granby, Connecticut to Burlington to attend Champlain College. He graduated in 2014 with a BFA in Graphic Design and Digital Media.
Prior to working at VCIA, Dave was a temporary Communications Specialist at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. He worked on publication layout design as well as print and web advertising collateral. In addition he helped create a new program called Blue Crew Days, a community service day that allows departments to volunteer for a local community service project.
In more recent years, Dave worked as a freelance designer for Stone Corral Brewery. He designed multiple cans and bottles as well as a variety of sales materials for the brewery.
At VCIA, Dave designs both print and web collateral for the Association’s communications, marketing, and educational materials. In addition he assists in organizing and conducting VCIA’s webinars throughout the year.