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BDCC Staff Profile: Bobbi Kilburn

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Neuschwanstein Castle; Fussen, Germany

BDCC Staff Member Name: Bobbi Kilburn

Position Title: Director of Finance and Grant Management

Program(s): All of them

Where were you born? Brattleboro Memorial Hospital; Brattleboro, VT I actually came home in a stocking because my birthday is right around Christmas. I still use that stocking every year for Christmas.

Where do you currently live? Westminster, VT

What did you do before you came to the BDCC? I was at VT Yankee Nuclear Power Corporation until 2013. Then I took about two months off and then did some consulting for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Austria. Then I was also consulting for Green Mountain Power and other local entities. During that time was when I got involved with Monadnock SCORE and helped them set their systems up. I stayed working with them as needed. Right before I came to the BDCC, I worked on the bankruptcy project for the Vermont School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I came on board with BDCC to wrap up the CDBG work and from there, my role has evolved and expanded.

What inspires you about your current work?  The most enjoyable for me is that I touch on all aspects of the work of BDCC. It is different everyday. I get to be “nosy” and see how everything fits together. Organizationally, it is the team. Their focus on doing the work and doing a great job. I really appreciate the strong sense of camaraderie both inside and outside of the organization.

Tell us about the hobby/activity from your photo, what do you love about it?  We are avid travelers in my family. We love to travel with both friends and family. We lead the way, as in, we are the planners and do all the research on the places and what we want to do. We always look for new and different things to do even in the places we have been to multiple times. Sometimes we do things we did before, but we always try something new. We like to use local resources like the chambers of commerce. I feel like the planning is sometimes even more fun than the trip itself. It gives you something to look forward to.
What is a unique fact about you that people might not know? On my mother’s side, I’m the only grandchild.  On my father’s side, I’m the only granddaughter. Also, I have only lived in Vermont and New Hampshire. And right now, I live in the town I was born and raised in. In a day and age where it has been much more typical to move away from home for work and raise a family, it does feel a bit unique to be living and working where I was born and raised.