Staff + Governance

Staff + Governance

At The Woodlands at Stowe, we are family. Our staff members are committed to your comfort, security, and well-being while respecting your privacy and independence. We are here to ensure you are as active and are engaged as much as you wish.

With the goal to remain active members of the community, the staff at The Woodlands is here to help you make that happen.

The residents and staff make this a special community by caring for and supporting each other, which we believe sets us apart from other independent living communities.

Our Team

The team at The Woodlands includes:

Ruthie Adams

Site Manager

Ruthie Adams is a native Vermonter that has been part of the hospitality industry for the majority of her career. A lover of food and an accomplished baker, she enjoys cooking and sharing the fruits of her labor with family and friends.

As the newest member of The Woodlands, she is excited to be part of the community and looks forward to welcoming you to this beautiful gem in Stowe.

A single mom with a beautiful college-aged daughter, Ruthie lives in Barre with her cat Maizie and loves popcorn, reading, traveling, and being with her family.

Ruthie Adams
Melody Richardson

Resident Advocate & Activities Coordinator

Melody is a native to Vermont and lives in Middlesex with her husband Joe. She has two adult children and three beautiful grandchildren.

In Melody’s free time, you may find her enjoying the outside or working on her passion for creating with wood, whether it be earrings, keychains, ornaments and so much more. 

Ruthie Adams
LeeAnna Chaves

Utility Worker

LeeAnna has been part of Copley since 2008, both at the hospital and here at The Woodlands, and is a jack of all trades. She is an invaluable member of the team that you’ll find at the front desk, in the kitchen, and helping out wherever necessary.

In her free time, you can find her walking and hiking with her beloved dogs, Lacie Lee and Wolfgang and collecting Magna. LeeAnna lives a quiet life and prefers to be with her four-legged friends in her home in North Hyde Park.

LeeAnna Chaves
Gale Martin

Office Assistant & Head Housekeeping

Gale has worked as Office Assistant and Head Housekeeping Services at The Woodlands since we opened 25 years ago. Her goal each day is to help each resident in any way she can.

She has lived in Lamoille County her entire life and in her spare time enjoys gardening, outdoor activities, reading and spending time with her three grandchildren.

Gale Martin
Tyler Demars


Tyler is a native of Morrisville and has been part of the maintenance team at Copley Hospital for the last four years. Tyler spent 12 years in the Air Force before returning to Vermont. He and his wife Alexis are the proud parents of two daughters, Hannah, 7, and 4-year-old Isabelle. They love to travel and the family takes trips somewhere warm each spring.

Tyler Demars
William Small

Executive Chef

Bill joined the team at The Woodlands in Stowe in September of 2105. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the table and often will research the favorite dishes of the residents. His past experience in the culinary field has taken him to South Carolina, Massachusetts, and back home to Vermont.

In his spare time, you can find Bill in the woods foraging for fiddleheads and ramps in the spring, chanterelles in August, and taking walks with his dog.

William Small
Tom Vincelette

Sous Chef

A graduate of the Atlantic Culinary Academy, Tom has been part of the team here for over 10 years. His culinary background has led him to a number of establishments in the area, including The Manor, 10 Acres Lodge, and The Stone Grill. He creates incredible breads each night, and you will find him laboring over yummy desserts.

An avid runner, you will often find Tom out running during his breaks or logging miles on the rowing machine.

Tom Vincelette


The Woodlands at Stowe is a non-profit entity that is owned by Copley Health Systems, Incorporated. The Woodlands Board of Directors consists of two elected residents and four members from Copley.

Copley Health Systems, Inc. was established in 1932 to provide care to the residents of Lamoille County and the surrounding towns and is currently made up of The Woodlands at Stowe and the Morrisville-based Copley Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital and Copley Terrace, a 38- unit HUD subsidized retirement community.


Happy Residents

“Our retirement expectations have been realized at The Woodlands Independent Living in Stowe. Spacious units with two full baths, comfortable and inviting common areas, a game room, exercise programs, convenient to local stores and area Activities – a perfect facility for retirement living. The very competent staff is totally dedicated to the well-being of all residents. We frequently invite friends to join us for a wonderful dinner or Sunday brunch always served in a delightful presentation. We invite you to explore all of the many amenities and activities offered at The Woodlands.”

David & Joy Richards, Residents

“I moved into my roomy, sunny apartment almost three years ago and enjoy peace and quiet. The staff is caring; they understand the different needs of a diverse group of residents and are always helpful. I have made new, interesting friends, I have learned from free lectures and demonstrations, I have joined a poetry and a book club, enjoy getting together with people to discuss “current events” and I play indoor and outdoor games.”

Adi Barnett

“We have made many new friends and we are involved in many new activities here. Some days we barely leave our unit and other days we spend time running errands and visiting with friends and family. The scenic tours offered by The Woodlands have been enjoyable and have introduced us to this stunningly beautiful area of Vermont!”

Peter & Tana Lilienthal

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