Sheila Bannister is an Associate Professor in the Dental Hygiene department providing instruction in Dental Materials and Community Oral Health, and in the second and third-year clinical program and didactic courses for associate degree students. In the baccalaureate program, Sheila teaches the online course Contemporary Issues in Dental Hygiene. She is an alumnus of the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists in Boston with an associate degree in Dental Hygiene, Northeastern University in Boston with a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene and specialization in student teaching, and Johnson State College in Vermont with a master’s degree in Education. Sheila worked in private dental practices in Massachusetts and Vermont from 1999-2007. In 2004, Sheila became involved in dental hygiene education as an adjunct clinical instructor at Vermont Tech and she accepted a full-time teaching position in 2007.
Professionally, Sheila has served twice as President of the Vermont Dental Hygienists’ Association and is currently Legislative Chairperson for her professional organization. Sheila’s passion is increasing access to oral health care in Vermont and she has organized free dental care events, and worked to pass legislation in 2016 that expanded the dental workforce through the creation of a dental therapist team member. Sheila currently serves on the Vermont Technical Dental Hygiene Advisory Board.
This is my fifth year teaching at VTC and my first year as the Associate Degree Nursing Department Chair. I am involved in several college committees and nursing organizations to stay current. Before teaching full-time, I have worked at Norwich University and Gifford Medical Center where some of my roles included diabetes educator, full-time lecturer and staff nurse as well as charge nurse and supervisor. I have also worked at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center as a staff nurse and charge nurse. I have lived in Vermont since 1989, have raised my children here and am pleased to call Vermont my home.
Here at Vermont Tech, I teach Principles and Practices of Nursing IV and V (NUR 2030, NUR 2130) and the clinical portions of the fall and spring semester. I also teach the Transition and Trends (NUR 2010) and Advanced Pharmacology (NUR 2011). My hospital experiences have been critical when working with student nurses to prepare them for their careers after graduation.
When I am not teaching nursing courses, I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, and enjoying Lake Champlain.
Please contact me at any point with questions by email or office phone.
Lori is a certified riding instructor by the American Riding Instructors’ Association. She received her introduction to dressage training at the stables of Olympic medalist Michael Poulin and has since become interested in the application of dressage and human/equine biomechanics to improve the success of amateur riders of all disciplines. She has been teaching clinics and camps for both adults and children at the Green Mountain Horse Association continuously since 1990. Her video “Good Horsekeeping with Lori Berger” has been called “….the closest thing to an owner’s manual” for the new horse owner and has been endorsed by Pace University’s Equine Studies program as well as the American Riding Instructor’s Association.
Heather Blair began working in dentistry in 1999 as a Dental Practice Manager and was cross-trained into with many positions within the Practice. She now works in a private dental practice and with Head Start as their Oral Health consultant, while teaching at Vermont Tech.
“On the national level – American Dental Hygienists Association, I am currently the District 1 Constituent Advisory Committee member. I am also the Region 1 and Vermont Dental Hygiene Liaison with the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. I sit on the advisory board for the Vermont Oral Health Coalition and the School-based Dental Health Program at the Vermont Department of Health.”
Heather has been with Vermont Tech since becoming a clinical associate in 2010. In April of 2016, she began teaching.
Heather says, “I take all the continuing education that I can, I think I am a CE junkie. I read articles and continue to do my own research to strengthen my own knowledge and skills.”
Heather’s favorite course to teach is the Advance community oral Health class. The class visits middle schools and the Children’s Hospital to provide dental hygiene to community members who otherwise may not be able to access it.
“Students that are successful in my class are organized, self-starters that are driven to become the best provider that they can be.”
My undergraduate degree, in physics (minoring in history and psychology), was at Michigan State University, starting Fall, 1962, where I designed part of the cyclotron the summer of my freshman year, and continued to work on software for the cyclotron group (my advisor, Henry Blosser, was the head of it) for the rest of my time there. I wrote the second video game in the world, the other being done at MIT at about the same time in 1963. I also worked as a computer operator at nights to pay for flying lessons in the MSU flying club, where I obtained my private pilots license in 1964. After graduation (June, 1966), I started grad school in physics, but started working for IBM Components Division in Fishkill, NY, January, 1967.
At IBM, I designed their first memory chip, with two other people. It was probably the first completely computer design and manufacturing project of any kind in the world. During that time, I obtained my instrument rating, commercial pilots license, sea plane rating and glider license. I left IBM in January, 1969, to go back to grad school, and went to UMass, Amherst, in physics. I obtained my airplane, instrument and glider flight instructor ratings in 1969 while at UMass. I worked part time as an airplane flight instructor while in school, and spent the summer of 1970 as a full time glider flight instructor at Sugarbush Airport in Vermont. I switched to Zoology after a year, and did an M.S. on seagull soaring flight aerodynamics. My Ph.D., from the Zoology Department, awarded in 1979, was on bat flight aerodynamics and functional anatomy.
I started teaching at Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, VT, in August, 1977, teaching physics and zoology. I initiated and taught Spacecraft Software (for our Software Engineering MS degree, with Peter Chapin), Spacecraft Technology I & II, Intro. Zoology, Anatomy and Physiology, Ada, Advanced Ada, Operating Systems and Pascal; and taught Calculus and non-calculus based Physics, Modern Physics, Introductory Chemistry and BASIC computer programming. Starting 2004, I have applied for 21 NASA grants, and have received 30, totaling about $650,000. This has resulted in the construction of a CubeSat that was launched in an Air Force Minotaur 1 rocket in November, 2013. It was in orbit and operational for 2 years and two days, before reentering the Earth's atmosphere on November 21, 2015, and is still the only successful satellite of any kind launched by a college on the East coast of the United States. I have just applied for a grant to work on a spacecraft software system with Peter Chapin and our students and a NASA Jet Propulsion Lab partner, that will be an asteroid fly by mission. At about the time of my first grant, my son, Jack Brandon, was born, and is now 13 years old. He has traveled with me to technical conferences in Europe (York, UK; Venice, Italy; Porto Venere, Italy; Stockholm, Sweden; Berlin, Germany; Paris, France; Madrid, Spain; Pisa, Italy; Vienna, Austria; and Jerusalem, Israel). He accompanied me to the launch of our CubeSat from Wallops Island, VA in November, 2013.
With a background in electrical engineering and computer science, Peter has an interest in both the hardware and software aspects of computer systems. He is the software director of Vermont Tech's CubeSat Laboratory where he coordinates the development of the high integrity software used in Vermont Tech's CubeSat missions. Peter is also involved in certain open source projects including Open Watcom and various others mentioned on his GitHub page.
In the past, Peter has served on X3J16, the ANSI technical committee charged with creating and maintaining the C++ standard (that work is currently being managed by ISO's WG21). More recently he has conducted research on programming language based security in wireless sensor networks (SpartanRPC and Scalaness). He has co-authored a book on the high integrity programming language SPARK 2014.