Sarah Cowan Joins UWAC Board

United Way of Addison County (UWAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Cowan to our Board of Directors.

Sarah recently retired from her position as Executive Vice President of National Bank of Middlebury after 31 years overseeing loan strategies and activities. She grew up in the coastal town of Bucksport, Maine, and graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She was also an AFS foreign exchange student in Ghent, Belgium.

Prior and current board experiences include past president and board member of Addison County Economic Development Corporation; past chairperson of the Vermont Bankers Association; member of the Risk Management Association’s board of directors and its national Community Bank Council; the boards of Porter Hospital and Porter Medical Center, Better Middlebury Partnership and Vergennes Area Chamber of Commerce.

Sarah is currently President of the Trustees of the Diocese of Vermont, a non-profit organization that is charged with overseeing the stewardship of the financial and
physical assets of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont.

Sarah has been a resident of Vergennes, Vermont, for over 36 years, living with her husband, Tim, and raising their children, Seth and Helen, in their home overlooking the beautiful Otter Creek Falls. Sarah and her family also hosted an AFS exchange student from Austria, who has become a much-loved member of her family. Sarah and her family also enjoy their lakeside camp in the far reaches of VT’s Northeast Kingdom, where she observes loon nesting activities and enjoys kayaking and hiking.

Helena Van Voorst, executive director of UWAC, said, "Sarah has been a friend to UWAC for a long time; we love that we get to bring her 'in-house' as the newest member of our Board. Her financial background combined with her knowledge of Addison County will be invaluable to UWAC."

Sarah begins a three-year term position, with an opportunity to serve a second term beginning in January 2027.