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Theo Kennedy, Esq., M.P.H.

397 Shady Rill Road
Middlesex, VT 05602
(802) 522‑4829

EDUCATION

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Master of Public Health, 1994, Concentration in Environmental Health

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1991
President, Environmental Law Society, 1989‑91

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE
Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, 1983
Departmental Honors in Art History

BAR ADMISSIONS
Member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ‑ 1994
Member of the Bar of the State of Vermont – 2000
Member of the Bar of the United States District Court of Vermont – 2010

WORK EXPERIENCE

2010‑2020 Partner, Otis & Kennedy, L.L.C., Montpelier, Vermont

  • General practitioner with focus on civil practice
  • Public policy attorney with focus on governmental & legislative affairs

2013-2020 Adjunct Professor, Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Colchester, Vermont

  • Health Insurance Law and Policy course (Part-time fall semester)

2003‑2010 Attorney and Director of Planning, Policy, and Regulation, Vermont Department for Children and Families, Agency of Human Services

  • Assisted in development and implementation of Departmental priorities
  • Management of statutory and regulatory policy
  • Ensured federal compliance monitoring and reporting
  • Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of Departmental initiatives
  • Member of leadership team
  • Participation in strategic planning and program development

2001‑2003 Attorney and Director of Health Rates and Forms, Vermont Health Care Administration, Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration

  • Provided legal advice and supervision for the Division of Health Care Administration’s health insurance regulatory programs with an emphasis on insurance rates and forms, market conduct, enforcement, general health insurance market oversight and rulemaking
  • National Association of Insurance Commissioners – VT member of the Medicare Supplement Working Group, the ERISA Working Group, and the Senior Issues Task Force and Regulatory Issues Task Force

1999‑2001 Consumer Affairs and Information Specialist, Vermont Department of Public Service, Montpelier, VT

  • Protected Vermont consumers by resolving citizen complaints against regulated utilities
  • Advocated for policies which protect consumer interests
  • Educated consumers about utility issues so they could more effectively advocate for themselves
  • Legal clerkship performed at the Department

1996‑1998 Senior Counselor, Homeowner Options for Massachusetts Elders, Inc., Boston, MA

  • Provided comprehensive housing and financial counseling for low income elder homeowners throughout Eastern Massachusetts ‑ Managed the statewide foreclosure prevention project in conjunction with U.S. Department of HUD, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae
  • Delivered reverse mortgage counseling and loan processing
  • Oversaw the statewide counselor network’s capacity, training, skill and support needs
  • Organized, administered and participated in the annual lawyers training seminar
  • Provided ongoing client advocacy services

1984‑1988 Program Coordinator, The Brookline Adult and Community Education Program, Brookline Public Schools, Brookline, MA

  • Participated in the development and administration of education programs
  • Assisted in the recruitment, hiring and supervision of faculty and volunteers
  • Developed and supervised the English as a Second Language Program
  • Designed and implemented a catalog delivery system to fifty‑five communities
  • Moved the program from a manual system of registration and reporting to a highly efficient computerized process

LAW SCHOOL WORK EXPERIENCE

1989‑1991 Research Assistant, Lawrence Gostin, J.D., Executive Director, American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics

  • Assisted in a project on the Americans with Disabilities Act which resulted in journal articles, a book and a national conference
  • Worked on U.S. AIDS Litigation Project which tracks all AIDS litigation across America and studies trends in AIDS litigation

1989 Research Assistant, Professor Michael Baram, Director, Center for Law and Technology

  • Reviewed extensive materials on all aspects of environmental law
  • Prepared memoranda and put together a comprehensive set of cases and materials for a Boston University seminar on environmental law

OTHER EXPERIENCE

1982‑1998

  • Counsel, The Beverly Farms Improvement Society, Inc., Beverly, MA
  • Steering Committee Member and Co‑Secretary, Beverly Community Oriented Policing, Beverly, MA (Awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the City of Beverly Police Department on December 12, 1998 for Community Oriented Policing work)
  • Candidate, State Representative for the Sixth Essex District of MA
  • Founding Director, Center for Italian Culture, Inc., Newton, MA
  • Founding Director, Brookline Community Theater, Brookline, MA
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor, The Devotion and Lincoln Elementary Schools, Brookline Public Schools, Brookline MA
  • Award Winning Director and Producer, “Senior Stretch” and “Operadventures”, Brookline Community Cable, Brookline, MA
  • Art History Instructor, The Brookline Adult and Community Education Program, Brookline, MA
  • Theater Arts Instructor and Actor, The Loon and Heron Theater for Children, Brookline, MA

BOARDS, ASSOCIATIONS, & CERTIFICATIONS

  • Vermont Bar Association Member
  • Vermont Trial Lawyers Association Member
  • Washington County Bar Association Member
  • Central Vermont Collaborative Law Practice Group Member
  • Vermont Public Health Association (VtPHA) current Board Member
  • VT Statewide Independent Living Council current Member
  • Restorative Justice Circles of Support and Accountability former Volunteer
  • Middlesex, VT – Board of Civil Authority (Justice of the Peace) Member
  • Middlesex, VT – Middlesex Planning Commission current Commissioner
  • Montpelier, VT – Board of Civil Authority (Justice of the Peace) Former Member
  • T.W. Wood Arts Center & Gallery Board of Trustees, former President and Board Member
  • Center for Arts and Learning VT, Montpelier, former founding Board Member
  • People’s Health and Wellness Clinic Former Board Member
  • U.S. Homeland Security Evaluator Certification Recipient
  • Foreclosure Prevention Mediator Certification Recipient

LANGUAGES: Fluent French and Italian, Competent Spanish and German

Married with four children ages thirty-four, twenty-nine, twenty-one and seventeen.

You have three votes for senator in Washington County. Theo is asking you for one of them. Give a new voice a chance.

We need a fresh perspective!

Paid for by Theo Kennedy for Vermont State Senate, 397 Shady Rill Road Middlesex, VT 05602