Meet EastView’s Staff – Jonathan Philbrick, Lead Server

Jon1Jonathan “Jon” Philbrick has been employed at EastView longer than any other current employee.  Jon was hired in May of 2012 as a dishwasher and has worked in the Food Services department ever since.

Jon, an only child, was born in Wareham, Massachussets, and moved to Vergennes when he was about four years old.   Jon says that, when he graduated from Vergennes Union High School, “I took a year off just trying to…I said I was trying to figure out what I was doing, really I had no idea what I was doing, so…I was kind of hoping someone would give me the push…”  One day, as Jon and his dad were driving down the street, they saw a Job Fair for EastView:

Dad: “We’re going to this”
Jon: “What’s EastView”
Dad: “I don’t know but you need a job. We’re going to it!”

Jon applied for and landed the dishwasher job in 2012.  He says that he was a “very shy person…in my shell,” and he wanted to become more people-oriented.  So, he asked to work as a server, and, for a while, he split his time between dishwashing and serving until a full-time server position became available.

Jon is now a Lead Server, and part of that position’s responsibilities is to provide training to new servers.  Jon enjoys training and seeing the different ways in which people learn and understand things.  “You never get the same personality or learning style twice,” he marvels.

Jon loves the people at EastView; he enjoys the “life history” of our residents and interacting with them.  He also values his relationships with his co-workers, saying, “Yeah, I really enjoy working here.”

Jon was taking classes majoring in Human Services but paused when, about six months ago, his daughter Attlyn was born. While he wants to continue his education, he decided that he needed to work, care for the family, and “get some sleep,” as well. He loves being a daddy and finds it very rewarding, “I never really thought that just seeing my baby smile would be so, like, make-your-world, kind of.  It’s like…you can’t beat that feeling!” Jon feels that, since becoming a father, he has learned to “not sweat the small stuff” as much and finds that he “doesn’t get as grossed out anymore…it’s amazing how that happens.”  Jon plans to continue his education in the near future, but, while he wants to continue doing something with people, he still isn’t sure exactly what that careerJon will be.

As a note, Jon is a huge Star Wars fan: “Until my girlfriend made me stop, I had every Star Wars book and toy.”  Jon met his girlfriend Sarah here at EastView in 2014 when he was working as a dishwasher and she was on a School-to-Work program.  Jon, Sarah, and Attlyn currently live in Addison.

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Meet our Board of Directors – Augustus “Gus” Jordan, Chairman

Gus Jordan PhotoAugustus “Gus” and Laurie Jordan moved with their three children to Middlebury in 1996. Gus serves as executive director of health and counseling services at Middlebury College and Laurie is the Chaplain of the College. Laurie offered a prayer for EastView at our ground breaking in 2012, so the Jordans have had ties to the EV community since early in its history.

Gus received his PhD in counseling psychology from Notre Dame in 1992, and had a full time private practice in South Bend for about 5 years. Once coming to Middlebury, he taught in the Psychology department for about 8 years, then moved into administrative roles, serving as the director of the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, associate dean of the College, acting dean of the College, and dean of students, before taking over at health and counseling in 2011. In his current role he spends about 75% of his time with administrative tasks, overseeing three departments with about 26 staff, and he spends about 25% of his time working directly with students.

Laurie and Gus have three grown children. Their son Andrew lives with his wife in LA (they work in the entertainment industry and recently released an independent thriller on Amazon and iTunes – on the scary side!); their daughter Katherine is just completing her masters’ degree in counseling and lives in Vermont; and their youngest daughter Lindsay lives with her husband in New Haven, Ct., where she is completing a masters degree in environmental management. Lindsay spent this past summer in Miami, Fl., studying the effects of rising tides on the city’s infrastructure as Miami plans for the future, which, as we have seen with the tragedy in Houston, is going to be an ongoing and increasing concern for coastal communities.

Gus enjoys jogging and playing squash, reading novels in his spare time, and working around the house. Recently, their three children were all visiting at the same time, and Gus had the privilege of going for a three mile run with all three of them. It was a great treat for Gus to have the family together!

He joined the EastView Board this year and became Chair of the Board in July, 2017.   He is showing his enthusiasm and interest in listening to others and moving things forward.  EastView is a better place with Augustus Jordan, PhD at the helm.