The Board of Directors

Annmarie Plant, RN, CCM, CDP, Aging Life Care Professional™

 Board of Directors Executive Chair, Board of Directors

Although I hail originally from Brooklyn, New York, and you may detect a bit of a New York accent, having lived in Vermont for over 35 years and raising a son here, I consider Vermont my home.

I am an executive registered nurse trained in Brooklyn with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Trinity College and one of four Aging Life Care Experts™ in the state. I have had a diverse and challenging career, including: staff nurse, nurse manager, Hospital Administrator, a CEO, an Executive Director, and a Care Manager.

I became interested in working with elders and their families when I worked at the VNA. I helped to develop their Family caregiver and Geriatric Care Management Programs and at the same time renewed my nursing license which I had not had for many years. Those experiences as well as the personal journey of helping aging parents led me to Armistead. I am passionate about helping seniors, their families and people with disabilities to live in the setting they choose and helping them to achieve the quality of life they desire. I am honored to work with our compassionate and dedicated caregivers and know the work they do is not work to most of them but a true calling to help make the life of others better.

In my spare time I play tennis, bike, run, and ski when it is warm and sunny in Vermont.

As the former President of Armistead Senior Care, it is my privilege and pleasure to introduce you to the Armistead Board of Directors:

Jim Crook, Chairman of the Board

Jim Crook

Jim Crook has spent 35 years in the healthcare business. After a brief career as an IBM salesman, he joined IDX Systems Corporation in 1981. In the ensuing 25 years, Jim held various executive operating roles including President and CEO from 1999-2006.

Since selling the company to GE in 2006, Jim has been a very active early stage venture capitalist. Most of his interests are in healthcare software and services. Jim is an investor in Aspenti Health (formerly Burlington Labs). He plays lead governance roles in RcxRules, Armistead Senior Care, Open Tempo, North Star Leasing, Dealer Policy, Medirevv, Arcadia Healthcare Solutions, and Parent.Co among others. Jim is a member of the Colby College Board of Trustees and a former long term member of the Champlain College Board of Trustees.

Jim lives in Delray Beach, Fl in the winter and summers in Shelburne, Vt. He and his wife Andrea have three daughters and two grandchildren.


Rachel Lee Cummings, Founder and Board Member

Rachel Lee Cummings

Rachel Lee Cummings, NCG, CMC, Chief Operating Officer of Age Well (formerly Champlain Valley Agency on Aging), a nonprofit organization that serves over 10,000 seniors annually in Northwestern Vermont through a variety of programs including case management, Meals on Wheels, and Home Meds. Prior to joining, Age Well she founded and owned Armistead Senior Care, a non-medical, home-care agency serving Vermont and the Upper Valley of New Hampshire. Rachel is a nationally certified Professional Guardian with almost 20 years of experience in geriatrics.

She has been recognized as the U.S. Small Business Association’s Vermont Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2004) and Vermont Business Magazine’s Rising Star (2010). She also the recipient of the Eileen Fisher Company Woman Owned Business grant and the Vermont Healthy Aging award by Governor Douglas. Rachel serves on the boards of PT 360, Vermont’s only cooperatively-owned physical therapy practice and Armistead Senior Care.

A graduate of the University of Vermont, Rachel lives in Charlotte with her husband, Scott and two children, Alexander and Lucy.


Dan Feeney, Board Member


Dan is an owner and the President of North Star Leasing Company “NSL”. NSL is a 37 year old locally owned company that provides equipment financing to companies across the United States. Dan and his wife Amy moved to Burlington in 1990. Amy and Dan have three daughters – two in college and one in high school. Dan is committed to helping seniors remain in the home as long as possible and believes the services Armistead caregivers provide is very critical to meeting the need in the community. Dan was the recipient of the 2016 Community Leadership and Activist award from the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter.

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