Cathy Coonan and Pauline Deen join Youth Services Board


Cathy Coonan and Pauline Deen, both of Brattleboro recently joined 15 other community members in serving on Youth Services’ board of directors. Through 10 programs ranging from Court Diversion to mentoring, the nonprofit agency helps Windham County young people and families thrive.

Coonan has served before in similar capacities in the region, on the board of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (3 years as board chair) and as a founding member of Building a Better Brattleboro. She is active in the Brattleboro Rotary Club and serves on the Board of Directors of Holton Home. Pauline Dean is presently on the board of BCTV and on numerous committee within The Brattleboro Retreat.

A commercial insurance agent for The Richards Group for the past 30 years, Coonan is a Certified Insurance Councilor specializing in health care and human service organizations. Coonan’s many contributions to the community were recognized by the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce when they named her 2004 Person of the Year.

“Cathy’s organizational skills and her deep community roots, having spent her entire life as a resident of Windham County, will be a tremendous asset to the Youth Services board,” said Tom Nunziata, Youth Services’ board president. “As the newest member of Youth Services’ golf tournament committee, Cathy also brings valued expertise from running the Brattleboro Rotary Club’s successful tournament for many years,” he said.

Pauline Deen has 16-years of experience as an educator, five of which have been working with young people at the Meadows Educational Center, a therapeutic alternative school located within the Brattleboro Retreat where she is a case manager and intensive special education elementary teacher.

“Pauline’s familiarity with working with children and families in crisis, gives her insight into the mission of this agency which adds an important dimension to our board,” said Nunziata. “We look forward to tapping her expertise and experience in working on the front lines of helping youth,” he said.

To learn how you can get involved with Youth Services or to refer a youth for assistance, visit or call 802-257-0361.