Tom Connors and Rick Jean retire from VHFA

By: Mia Watson

VHFA honored Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Tom Connors and Information Technology (IT) Director Rick Jean for their many years of service as they retire from the Agency this month.

Tom Connors served as VHFA’s CFO since 2006. Prior that, he worked at Trak Sports USA and IDX. In addition to his work at VHFA, Connors has served on the Boards of the Energy Co-op of Vermont and ReSource, and has taught courses on finance and accounting at Champlain College and Community College of Vermont. He is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College and Bentley University.

From his start as Project Planner/Application Specialist in 1999, Rick Jean has led VHFA’s IT Department through countless upgrades, conversions and new releases, effectively managing his team and IT resources to meet the ever-changing needs of the Agency. Jean previously worked as the Director of IT for the American Red Cross and is retired from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. He is a graduate of the State University of New York (Nassau) and completed continuing education courses at the University of Vermont.

“Tom and Rick’s skills, dedication, and leadership have been essential to the Agency’s success for over a decade,” remarked VHFA Executive Director Maura Collins. “We have been incredibly lucky to have them on our staff and wish them the best as they enjoy their well-deserved retirements.”

Although VHFA will greatly miss Connors and Jean, the Agency will be in good hands under the leadership of Chris Flannery, the new CFO, and Dave Chien, the new IT Director.