Sarah Silbert

Phone: (802) 728-1222
Department: English

Brendan Simpson

Department: Electrical/Electromechanical Engineering Technology

Jack Skoda

Phone: (802) 728-1709
Department: Computer & Information Systems

Jack Skoda joined the full time faculty in 2016 after serving as a continuous CIS adjunct at Vermont Tech since 2002.  He has spent 30 years in the computer industry working for the United States Air Force and Navy, Fortune 500 companies, and start-ups.  During his time in industry he has worked in system and network administration, software development, testing, project management, and computer and network security.

Before becoming full time at Vermont Tech, Jack worked with the Air Force Institute of Technology Center for Cyberspace Research to build and run an award winning cyberspace operation training program for men and women of all branches of the military and several federal agencies.  Jack continues to work in national defense as a member of the Vermont Air National Guard where he spends his weekends teaching cyberspace operations.

Interests include game theory, computer forensics, cyberspace operations, cybertechnology policy, industrial control systems security.

Doug Smith

Phone: (802) 863-5988
Department: Professional Pilot Technology

Aviation was a part of my life from age 8. My father taught me the basics of flying before I could even reach the rudder pedals of an airplane! High school found me working at a local airport with a flight school in Texas, whereby for every day I worked washing and fueling airplanes, I earned a one hour flight lesson as payment. I graduated from high school with a Commercial Pilot Certificate before I left for college. My aviation passion never faded, with flying in college and afterwards in Australia for two years.

In 1974 I obtained my flight instructor credentials and after building time and experience, worked my way up the aviation ladder to flying freight and passengers in larger aircraft for Basler Airlines in Wisconsin, including the famous DC-3 from WW II, even flying smokejumpers one summer for the Forest Service in Missoula, MT in the wonderful “gooney bird”. I also flew Jimmy Carter around Illinois in a DC-3 when he was a candidate for President!

Aviation led me to the Chief Flight Instructor position at Auburn University’s School of Aviation in 1976. Within a year, I was hired by Delta Air Lines, and spent 35 years flying as an airline pilot for Basler, Delta, Eos, and Air India, retiring off the Boeing 777 international routes. My total flight time exceeds 35,000 hours.

I remained active as a flight instructor throughout my career, specializing in instructing Private Pilots just starting in aviation, and offering seaplane training as well, on my days off. I served as a Line Check Pilot with Delta, qualifying new pilots on most of the Boeings that Delta flew. When the opportunity to start an aviation program with Vermont Tech arose, I first co-founded the Vermont Flight Academy, applied for FAA approved (Part 141) flight school certifications, and then working with VTC, established the first BS degree in aviation for the state of Vermont. The  broad aviation curriculum included ground and flight courses in all the short-comings that I had observed over my career, to include more pilot training with certificates and ratings, specialty training in conventional landing gear aircraft (tail draggers), spin-training and upset recoveries, seaplane training, and high altitude training with hypoxia, simulator training as often as possible, and high performance training, among the regular curriculum courses.

The adjunct professors of Vermont Tech’s Professional Pilot Technology, come to the classroom as former airline pilots, flight instructors, weather experts, and learning and curriculum specialists. We focus and enjoy the process of training the next generation of professional pilots, and the students seem to appreciate the real-world examples in their courses that the faculty often include. Aviation insists on hands-on participation in every subject of the curriculum.

In addition to duties as Assistant Professor, my participation in additional arenas include:

FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (for VT, NH, ME)
Vermont Aviation Council (Governor appointed)
Flight School Association of North America
University Aviation Association
Aircraft Owner’s & Pilot’s Association
Experimental Aircraft Association – Young Eagles flying
Seaplane Pilots Association, Field Director for Vermont
FAASTeam, Lead Representative for aviation safety workshops
Vermont Aeronautics & Aviation Association
Vermont Chamber of Commerce
Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE)
Assistance Chief Flight Instructor, Vermont Flight Academy
Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) member

Pamelia Smith

Phone: (802) 728-1285
Department: Landscape Contracting

Pamelia Smith’s design perspective is informed by her background in landscape architecture, fine art, and design. Prior to becoming a landscape architect, she worked as a potter, creating functional pottery for everyday use. This aesthetic has shaped and influenced her perspective as a landscape architect, where the creation and integration of beauty into our everyday lives is of prime importance.

Pamelia received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute, where she majored in Ceramics, with a minor in Fiber Arts. She earned a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, where she was awarded the Benjamin C. Howland Competition Prize and the ASLA Student Design Award of Honor.

For the past 23 years, Pamelia has taught Landscape Graphics, Landscape Design, Landscape Construction, and Woody Ornamentals in the Landscape Contracting program at Vermont Tech, where she was program chair from 2006 -2012. She retired in 2012, and has taught part-time ever since. In addition to teaching, Pamelia has worked as a landscape architect for the firm of Shepard Butler Landscape Architects (1998 to present). Prior to this, she worked for the Office of H. Keith Wagner (formerly known as Site Concern), for Landworks in Middlebury, and as an illustrator for the Journal of Light Construction.

Jack Smith

Department: Electrical/Electromechanical Engineering Technology

Christopher Smith

Phone: (802) 728-1371
Department: English

Chris Smith is an associate professor of English, Humanities, and Social Science. Chris recently returned from a yearlong sabbatical following the completion of his doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies. Chris spent much of his sabbatical studying community theaters and public art spaces. While his travels took him all over the United States, Chris focused on a Vaudeville-era theater in Trinidad, Colorado. Working with the City of Trinidad, public planners, and other stakeholders, Chris worked to create a use plan to support the theater's revived use, as well as procured grants to secure the facility. Read more about his project here.
In support of his continued research on the social capital of community theaters and public art spaces, Chris applied for and received the DuBuque Research Fellowship, an annual award presented by the Theatre Historical Society of America. This research, which will be completed before he arrives back in the classroom this fall, will provide the basis for original scholarship related to historic theaters, and their revived use.
Chris has said he is excited to return to Vermont Tech, and that he missed the changing seasons of the Green Mountains. He is excited to bring his experiences and new knowledge back to Vermont Tech. Chris enjoys teaching social science electives and composition courses, but he is most passionate about how the humanities-- in all their forms-- can help foster community.

Inge Smith-Luce, MSNEd, RN, NRP

Phone: (802) 447-8326
Department: Nursing, Paramedicine

Inge Luce is a Paramedic, Registered Nurse, and Assistant Medical Examiner. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont in Anthropology with a minor in Psychology, a certificate of Paramedicine from the Advanced Life Support Institute, and is a graduate of Vermont Tech’s Practical Nursing and Associate Degree of Nursing programs. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College while working full-time in the Emergency Department, and then returned to Vermont Tech in 2012 to become an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the Bennington campus.  She completed her Masters of Science in Nursing/Health Care Education through the University of Phoenix in 2014.  She currently is a full-time nursing faculty member and the Program Director for Paramedicine.

Inge works as a Paramedic, as an RN in the Emergency Department and at a mountain-side medical/ortho clinic in the winter, as an Assistant Medical Examiner for the State of Vermont, and as the EMS Coordinator for VT EMS District #12.  Her love of education and supporting the learner keeps her deeply committed to advancing her own knowledge and skills.  In addition to Vermont Tech courses, she teaches EMS classes, ACLS, BLS, PALS, and PEPP. 

She lives in Arlington, VT with her husband who is also a Paramedic, their three boys, and a large assortment of animals.

Joan Spasyk

Department: Computer & Information Systems

Andre St. Denis

Phone: (802) 728-1370
Department: Electrical/Electromechanical Engineering Technology

Craig Stalnaker, CVT

Phone: (802) 728-1309
Department: Veterinary Technology

Carolyn Stannard-Carlo, MSN, RN

Phone: (518) 265-4674
Department: Nursing

Professor Stannard-Carlo is a Registered Nurse who received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 1990 and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration at the State University of New York, Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome in 1997.  She spent her first nine and half years of nursing in critical care with a focus in trauma nursing at Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, New York.  Carolyn loves bedside nursing and continues to provide direct patient care each week at South Western Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vermont on their medical-surgical units. She thinks it is essential that nursing educators “still practice what they teach!” 

Carolyn has been working for Vermont Technical College since 1998.  She has had the privilege of teaching across all three nursing programs in all capacities. Over the years she has also been involved in leadership, mentoring, curriculum development and accreditation across all nursing programs.  Recently Carolyn has become a full time faculty member for our Online BSN Nursing Program.  She also is a recipient of the 2014 Harold G. Wirtz Master Teacher Award and the 2008 Robert Wonkka Advising Award.

Carolyn lives in Schaghticoke, New York with her husband Steven and their three Children Samantha, Alex and Isaac.  She enjoys exercising and playing sports with her family.  In her spare time she loves to garden, landscape and fish.

James Suozzi, DO, NRP, FACEP

Department: Paramedicine

Sarah Suscinski

Department: Equine Studies

Deborah Swartz, MSN, RN

Phone: (802) 728-1706
Department: Nursing

I have 26 years of experience in nursing education, and have been a faculty member at Vermont Tech since 1994. I received a BSN from the University of Vermont in 1983, and a MSN from the University of Phoenix in 2001. I previously worked in the nursing education department at Central Vermont Medical Center, and prior to that worked as a staff nurse and charge nurse on a medical surgical unit at that same facility. I am a member of the Vermont State Nurses Association, as well as the American Nurses Association. In 2007, I was appointed by the Governor to the Vermont Board of Nursing where I currently serve as Board Secretary and Co-chair of the education committee. I also serve on the NCLEX committee for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. A native Vermonter, I am the mother of 3 grown sons and live with my husband and dog and cat.

Sara Tator, MSN, RN

Phone: (802) 442-8811
Department: Nursing

Nursing is one of the most rewarding, eye opening and life changing careers you could choose to enter into. I love helping students make their dreams of becoming a nurse a reality. Working in the PN program I am able to see the drastic transition from nervous new student to graduate nurse. This is my 4th year teaching at the  practical nursing level and started with VTC in the winter of 2018. My background includes Medical Surgical nursing, short term rehabilitation, geriatrics and a strong passion for maternity nursing. I have a previous BA in psychology and minor in biology. I received my Masters in Nursing Education in 2016. My family and I relocated to Vermont from Massachusetts 5 years ago and I currently spend any free time with my two daughters, my husband and our two labs.

Jonathan Thereault, NRP

Department: Paramedicine

Faye Tolar

Department: Respiratory Therapy

Growing up in Indianapolis, Faye attended Indiana University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, continued on to complete a Certificate in Respiratory Therapy at Northwestern Medical School and then a Masters of Education at Trinity College.  She has worked for the University of Virginia Hospital as a Respiratory Therapist and Piedmont Virginia Community College as a Clinical Coordinator.  She spent time with the Medical College of Virginia Hospital as an Education Coordinator, Fletcher Allen Health Care as a Respiratory Therapist and Champlain College as the Program Director for the Respiratory Therapy program before coming to Vermont Tech in 2004.

Faye is affiliated with the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) and the Vermont/New Hampshire Society for Respiratory Care (VT/NHSRC).  Faye has served as Secretary and Delegate for the VT/NHSRC and currently is the Vermont representative for the AARC’s Political Advocacy Contact Team.  Since 1986, Faye has been a Registered Respiratory Therapist and is currently licensed in the state of Vermont as a Respiratory Care Practitioner.

Faye finds the dynamic field of respiratory care with its combination of high technology and direct patient care to be very rewarding.  As an educator, Faye enjoys most being able to help students understand the concepts behind the delivery of respiratory care.

Tracy Towers

Department: Dental Hygiene