Our Board

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Our Board 2018-03-13T17:22:32+00:00

Pat Bannerman, Vice President

Pat’s professional career was in the health, fitness and wellness industry. The last 22 years of her career she was a physical education teacher in the Williston school district. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in health and physical education.

Pat served as co-chairman of the Vermont Lyme action committee from 2011 to 2014. This committee was instrumental in the passing of the Vermont H.123 bill related to Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. As part of her Lyme disease advocacy work, she designed an educational PowerPoint presentation on Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses, highlighting prevention and awareness. Pat presents to the public at libraries, hospitals, schools, and other public venues. She is co-coordinator of the northern Vermont Lyme Disease support group that meets monthly in Burlington.

Pat lives in Essex Junction with her husband and two adult children. Now retired from teaching, her drive to educate, support, and spread awareness comes from her own struggle with Lyme, having gone misdiagnosed and untreated for several years.

Kristin Kassis, President

Kristin is the principal and owner of Pinnacle Ridge Consulting (PRC), a professional services firm that specializes in business process analysis and change management services in the Customer Relationship software sector. PRC is a firm founded on the principle that organizations do not change – people do – one-by-one. The firm’s passion is to help companies and individuals adapt and thrive through all dimensions of transformational change by aligning people, processes and technology.

Kristin has over 25 years of Program Management experience in the Financial Services, Software and Retail industries. She is an energetic, results-driven leader able to execute and deliver against strategic business plans by utilizing best-practice program management disciplines to increase operational efficiencies and improve ROI.

For Kristin, Tick-Borne Disease is very personal as she and her family battle this disease together.  She is dedicated to raising awareness, educating the community and being a driving force towards change so no other family has to deal with the impacts this disease imposes.


Sallie Mack, Secretary

Sallie practiced as home birth midwife in Alaska, California and Vermont for over 25 years, prior to becoming a constitutional homeopath. Sallie teaches homeopathic medicine at Northern Vermont University, and has been a professional musician for over 40+ years.

Currently, Sallie teaches guitar, ukulele, bass, singing and songwriting both privately and at CVU thru the ACESS program. She also co-leads the Burlington and Addison area Lyme Support Groups, informed by her own long journey with Lyme disease.

Sallie is owner and operator of Vermont Homeopathy and Spinnaker Sallie’s Sail & Canvas Repair.  Sallie’s favorite hobby is to sail on Lake Champlain with her husband and little dog, Chickadee.

Jim Miller, Treasurer

Jim is an owner of Pathway Financial Advisors, LLC, a financial planning firm in South Burlington, Vermont. Prior to joining Pathway, he was Senior Trust Officer at Merchants Trust Company. Jim received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Lawrence University and is a Certified Financial Planner ™ (CFP®) practitioner.

Jim has volunteered for several community organizations. His roles included serving as board member and treasurer for the VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle County and for Essex Meals on Wheels.

Jim lives with his wife in Essex Junction and has two adult children. He has witnessed the life altering impact of Lyme Disease on his wife, who has struggled with Lyme over the past several years.

Rebecca Zelis

Rebecca’s experience parenting a child with neuroborreliosis (neurological Lyme disease) led to her work advocating for families affected by pediatric illness and tick-borne diseases.

Rebecca educates health providers and education professionals about the psychiatric and cognitive manifestations of tick-borne diseases in children. She facilitates workshops and developed free online resources to support parents of children with complex Lyme disease.

Rebecca works professionally as an artist, writer, and creativity  consultant. Her work ranges from personal projects to designing systems that support the well being of families, employees, and communities. She works, hikes, swims, canoes, and skis in Vermont with her husband and two children.