On June 5, 2024
Local News

Come Alive Outside’s new board members bring passion, experience

Submitted- Dean Rinaldo and Barbara Spaulding

Come Alive Outside announced the inclusion of two new members to its board: Barbara Spaulding and Dean Rinaldo, in a news release Monday, June 3.

Barbara “Barbie” Spaulding is a well-known Rutland resident who produces the popular Bellevue Avenue Haunted House. She began the haunted house 21 years ago and has also published a children’s book called “The Halloween That Would Not Be Forgotten.” 

For the holiday season, Spaulding showcases themed Christmas trees in her home and collects non-perishable food donations from those visiting for the Rutland Area Community Cupboard. She is also a lead mentor with the Rutland Mentor Connector. A former writer for the Rutland Herald, Spaulding has worked for the RRA for 29 years as a grant writer/administrator and was recently promoted to director. Spaulding remarked, “Rutland City is my community and I have dedicated my professional and personal life to making this city a better place to live, raise a family and, hopefully, one day retire.” 

Dean Rinaldo has worked at Community Health for six years and earned his BS in accounting from Castleton University; he then earned his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Currently, he is the chief financial officer for Community Health. When not working, Rinaldo enjoys playing disc golf, hanging out with his black lab, and working outside.

“We are so lucky to have these two join our board of directors,” said Executive Director Arwen Turner. “Their unique knowledge and dedication to helping communities thrive is important to the future success of Come Alive Outside.”  

Come Alive Outside is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that works with communities to create the awareness, intention and opportunity for people to live healthier lives outside. Time spent in natural outdoor spaces is vitally important to our health and wellbeing.

For more information, visit: comealiveoutside.com.

Do you want to submit feedback to the editor?

Send Us An Email!

Related Posts

Yale student wrote her thesis on Vermont’s school mergers, found they don’t save much

June 12, 2024
By Ethan Weinstein/VTDigger While studying economics and education at Yale University, Grace Miller found a surprise topic on the agenda: Vermont’s one-of-a-kind school funding formula.  The 22-year-old from Newport and her classmates learned about the Brigham decision, a 1997 Vermont Supreme Court case that found the state’s education finance system was unconstitutional.  In response to the case, the…

Killington road work extends into Saturday morning

June 12, 2024
Drilling and blasting will continue this week at the intersection of Route 4 and Killington Road in Killington. A detour remains in place via West Hill Road.  As the project approaches the scheduled end date of July 8, work to haul out rock will occur on Saturdays till about noon time going forward, Markowski Excavating,…

Hartland board to propose new vendors’ ordinance

June 12, 2024
By Curt Peterson The Hartland Select Board refined a proposed new Vendors’ Ordinance to replace the original that’s been in effect since 1996. According to Town Manager John Broker-Campbell, “There are minor changes which will hopefully help to clear up any confusion or ambiguity on the applicability of the ordinance.”   The Select Board will next…

Building a stronger Killington-Rutland community:Essential nonprofits tackle tough issues

June 12, 2024
Vermont’s vibrant spirit thrives on a network of over 7,000 nonprofits; some 1,500 of them in the Killington-Rutland region alone. Considering that number, it’s not surprising that some of these organizations prompt the question: “Why does that nonprofit exist?” Yet, the ones that tackle tough issues and enrich lives spark admiring comments, like “Imagine how…