Board of Directors of VT

Board of Directors



Sylvia Oblak
Board Member

Sylvia comes to Healing Winds bringing her expertise in management and organization. Her business, A Little Luxury: home services, operates in and about the Chittenden area. After an in-depth consultation regarding their priorities, Sylvia oversees the professional organization and cleanliness of client homes and offices, helping them to live their very best lives.

A philanthropist at heart, with over twenty years’ experience volunteering for non-profits, Sylvia has developed a unique skill set of communications, volunteer management, event coordination and organizational systems.

Patrick Knowles
Board Member

Patrick is a federal employee with the Department of Homeland Security in Vermont following 26 years in the U.S. Coast Guard.  He retired (the first time!) in 2013 at the rank of Commander.  Originally from Lyndonville in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, he has lived in many locations during his career, including Minnesota, Washington DC/Virginia, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Michigan and New Jersey.  He has 35 years of sailing experience – first learning to sail on a small lake in northern Vermont; sailing across the Atlantic on two occasions aboard America’s Tall Ship, the Coast Guard Cutter EAGLE; and teaching sailing aboard 44-foot yachts to future Coast Guard officers.