Support Staff

  • Kari Hetrick - Administrative Assistant

    Kari is a native Californian who came to Vermont for a visit a few years ago, fell in love with it, and never left. She has worn many hats over the years including bookkeeper, medical assistant, massage therapist, homebirth midwife and educator, to name a few. She even owned a bakery. She now finds herself here at Spruce as the Administrative Assistant, and really loves her job!

  • Linda Rake - Operations Assistant

    Linda joined Spruce Mountain in 2008 as our housekeeper and now works as our fabulous Operations Assistant, managing all the day-to-day needs of our facilities & vehicles and coordinating logistics for residents and staff. We make good use of Linda’s gifts in woodworking, furniture restoration, and home improvement, and she is famed for her ability to transform a space or item into something beautiful. One of Linda’s passions is making sure that Spruce is in tip-top shape, pleasant and supportive for clients and staff.

  • Tina Bisson - Business Manager

    Tina has been with Spruce since 2000, working first as payroll and benefit manager and becoming our Business Manager in 2001. She is a native Vermonter, enjoys Vermont’s beautiful summers (especially when she can be on a motorcycle), spending time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren, traveling, walking any beach, crafting, vintage and MCM collecting and decorating.

  • Ryan Zacher - Chef

    Our in-house chef, Ryan, hails from rural Minnesota and came to Spruce after more than a decade as a chef in some of Vermont’s finest food scene hot spots including Salt in Montpelier and the famed Positive Pie. Ryan is passionate about creating simple, healthy, beautiful comfort food for our community, and enjoys sharing his love of cooking with the residents in our weekly Cooking Group. In his non-Spruce life, Ryan can be found romping the local area with his wife, daughter and their dogs.

  • Lise Couture, Payroll/Benefits Manager and Accounts Payable

    Lise joined Spruce in 2018, coming from the Business Office of Goddard College where she was a senior staff accountant and software liason.  She holds an Associate Degree in Computer Programming and Accounting from Champlain College and a Bachelors in Math and Secondary Education from Johnson State College.  Lise owned a dairy equipment company for many years, worked as a Field Director for the Girl Scouts and has also been a high school teacher. She enjoys doing programming and tweaking software.  In her spare time, Lise keeps busy volunteering, tutoring and training and camping with her husband where they can ride their ATV.