Gov. Phil Scott recently appointed 103 Vermonters to state boards and commissions. Among those appointed are Parker Riehle and Gillian Stearns-Parr of South Burlington.
Riehle’s appointment is to the District No. 4 Environmental Commission, which holds hearings on contested and certain large development projects to assure that they comply with Act 250’s environmental impact criteria.
Riehle also serves on the boards of the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum and Green Up Vermont, with which he has a longstanding connection. His father, Ted Riehle, was the architect of Vermont’s billboard law in 1968 while representing South Burlington in the Vermont Legislature, and was appointed by Governor Deane Davis to organize the first Green Up Day in 1970.
“I’m very proud to be re-appointed by Governor Scott to the District 4 Environmental Commission after first being appointed by Governor Douglas in 2009 and then re-appointed by Governor Shumlin,” said Riehle. “We have a terrific and dedicated group of commissioners and staff led by Chairman Tom Little, where I am honored to serve as vice chair. The District 4 Commission covers all of Chittenden County, so we are certainly the busiest of all of the nine district commissions around the state, and we take very seriously our charge of balancing growth with the criteria of Act 250.”
Stearns-Parr has been appointed to the Board of Medical Practice. This board licenses physicians, physician assistants, and podiatrists, and certifies anesthesiologist assistants and radiologist assistants. In addition, the board investigates complaints and charges of unprofessional conduct.
“I’m honored to be chosen to be on the Vermont Medical Board,” said Stearns-Parr. “I had interacted with the medical board only through the licensing process when moving to Vermont after fellowship, but after becoming involved through the ad hoc committees, found this aspect of medicine fascinating and something I look forward to being a part of moving forward.”
Boards and commissions serve an important role in state government, giving Vermonters numerous opportunities to serve their state and communities. The Governor’s office is currently soliciting applications to fill vacancies and upcoming term expirations. To apply, visit the Governor’s website at governor.vermont.gov/boards-commissions.