Hi there, I'm Pam McCarthy.
I am a committed community member, parent of four, and grandparent of five. Daughter of an Air Force Lt. Colonel, I was born in Hawaii, and lived in Texas, Virginia, Germany, Denmark, Greece, and Spain. My family moved to coastal Delaware the year I graduated high school, and we opened the original Cosmic Bakery and Café in Rehoboth Beach. I continued to be part of the family business throughout my college years and met and married my husband of 40 years, Jack McCarthy, while making desserts and studying Biology, Psychology and Political Science at the University of Delaware, where I earned my B.A.
A great job as Principal at Missisquoi Valley Union HS brought Jack and me and our young boys, Mike and Chris, to Franklin County in 1995, and we have put down strong roots in St. Albans. Our younger children are graduates of Vermont’s public schools and attended Vermont colleges; both are settled here after time away from Vermont. Mike is an incumbent Representative for St. Albans City, and works in the field of renewable energy. Chris lives with us and works in a local business. Our daughter and her family live in Delaware now, where Laura continues to teach, having been a teacher in Swanton early in her career. Our son Brian and his family lived in Franklin County for a number of years before a job took them to New Hampshire. After being Superintendent of Franklin NW Supervisory Union for many years, Jack is retired and is a School Board member in Maple Run, and a Justice of the Peace.
My first full-time job in Vermont was in Alburgh at the Champlain Islands Parent-Child Center, where I helped establish the Parents as Teachers program. I then worked for Franklin County Early Childhood Programs, and was tapped in 1999 to become the Executive Director of the Family Center of Northwestern Vermont. I earned my Master’s in Educational Leadership from UVM in 2003. In 2004, I became the VT Agency of Human Services Field Director for Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, where I led efforts to make services and supports more accessible and integrated to better serve individuals and families. While I was working for the state, my sons and I opened Cosmic Bakery and Café in St. Albans, and ran that family business for over five years. In 2011, I became the President/CEO of Vermont Family Network, leading statewide efforts to support families, especially those whose children have disabilities or special health needs. After eleven years, I retired from this amazing organization in March, and am seeking new ways to serve the people of Vermont.
Throughout my work life, I have been involved in a number of boards and advisories’ leadership, including the F/GI Early Childhood Advisory Council, F/GI Community Partnership, CVOEO Board, the VT Coalition for Disability Rights, and the VT Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance. I have been Vice Chair of the Franklin County Democratic Committee for over five years, as well as a Democratic State Committee member. I am a 2014 Emerge VT graduate. I am a Braver Angels member, and am hoping to join the Franklin County Animal Rescue Board soon. I have considerable experience in leading change efforts, including organizational mergers. I love working with people from all walks and perspectives, collaborating to find solutions, and making positive change.
I am excited to offer my experience, energy, and enthusiasm to the Vermont Statehouse as a Senator for the Franklin District. I love my community and my state, and know that I could make a real difference as Vermont navigates continuing challenge and change. Together, we can make certain that Vermont is a place where everyone thrives, and that Franklin County and Alburgh lead the way!