Lucia joined the firm as a paralegal in 2014 and in 2016, she also became Practice Manager/Paralegal. Originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania, she earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and a Master’s from the University of Memphis, both in Psychology. In 2010, she completed her paralegal certificate and became a Certified Paralegal through the National Association of Legal Assistants.
Lucia relocated to Burlington from Austin, Texas, where she worked extensively in child welfare, first as a child advocate and later as a paralegal.
“I’m thrilled to be a member of a team whose focus is making a difference. Working for Dunkiel Saunders allows me to work toward social justice in the community in broad and substantial ways.”
Gillian joined Dunkiel Saunders as a paralegal in June, 2014. Originally from Los Angeles, her family moved to Vermont for its cleaner environment, great sense of community, and, of course, four seasons!
After graduating from the University of Vermont with degrees in English and Studio Art, Gillian worked for five years as a paralegal at her mother’s law firm in Shelburne, VT. She came to Dunkiel Saunders with a passion for its mission, excited to join its growing team.
Gillian lives with her wife and two cats in Essex Junction.
“Dunkiel Saunders is a delightful place to work. It’s so nice to feel welcomed into such a friendly atmosphere, while still being challenged on a day-to-day basis. I love that we strive to have a positive impact on the community. It makes me feel truly proud of what I do.”
Emma joined the firm as a Paralegal in January 2016. Originally from Vermont, she graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in English and a minor in Environmental Studies. After graduation, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Sustainable Food Center in Austin, Texas. Upon completing her AmeriCorps service, Emma spent two years teaching English in Granada, Spain for the Spanish Ministry of Education. Before joining Dunkiel Saunders, Emma worked at an immigration law firm.
“Working at Dunkiel Saunders is the best of both worlds. I have the opportunity to collaborate with wonderful people, and I know the work we do truly has a positive impact in our community.”
Grace joined Dunkiel Saunders as the Office Coordinator in 2015, after moving back to her home state of Vermont and in 2017 transitioned to the position of Paralegal. Previously, she worked as a photographer’s assistant in Napa, California. She was last in Vermont as a student at the University of Vermont, studying English and Studio Art.
“I feel lucky to be working at a law firm specializing in areas at the forefront of Vermont politics—renewable energy, new technology, municipal development and public health.”
Suzanne joined the firm in 2016 as Bookkeeper. She returned to Vermont in 2015, after five years in northern California, to be “Oma” to her grandchildren, and feels so fortunate to have done so. Although she graduated from Combs College of Music with a degree in Music Therapy, the profession that has become her life is accounting and bookkeeping. She has worked mostly in non-profits and renewable energy companies and thrives on being part of a team that specializes in green and civic activities.
Suzanne lives in Essex Junction with her family and an assortment of animals.
“I am very delighted to be part of this wonderful group of people, so focused on helping the community and the environment.”
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Jon joined Dunkiel Saunders as the Office Coordinator in August 2017, after a long stint working with the University of Vermont’s Robert D. Larner Medical School as their Office Coordinator. Jon graduated with a degree in Theatre from St. Michael’s College and spent 10 years in Chicago as an improvisor and comedian, moving back to Vermont in 2012 to marry his college sweetheart.
Growing up at his mother’s knee in the multiple law firms in which he worked he knew he would be back in the profession one day. He is incredibly happy to be in a position where he can work side by side with professionals bettering Vermont and the world around them.
“It is a pleasure to be the first person you see or hear as you step into an environment of collaboration and quality. This firm makes you feel like you matter, no matter what step of the process you are.”
Melinda joined Dunkiel Saunders as a paralegal in November 2017. Originally from Connecticut, she recently moved to Vermont to begin a new and exciting chapter in her life. She graduated from Bay Path University in Massachusetts with a B.S. in Legal Studies in 2011. After graduation, she worked for seven years as an Administrative Clerk for the Connecticut Superior Courts. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to start a new chapter of my life with Dunkiel Saunders’ growing community and to be doing work that makes a difference in the world”
Bryan joined the firm in 2012 as its Information Technology Specialist. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Castleton University and a Master’s certificate in Web Development from Champlain College. Bryan has a great deal of expertise in many technical areas, from software and systems support and maintenance, to web development, systems analysis & design, and database administration.
Bryan was born and raised on a large dairy farm in Bridport, Vermont, where the cows were happy to teach him patience and empathy. In this town that still has more cows than people, he gained a deep appreciation for the environment and hard work. "I am very fortunate to be able to work at a job I love, with good people who share a commitment to making a difference in their community and the broader world."