How to become a member
Join the Vernon Community Network today!
Please download, fill-out and save to your computer.
Then, please send the saved VCN application to info@1Vernon.org
mail the membership fee to the VCN,
print off the saved form and mail the form along with the membership check to:
P. O. Box 1426
Vernon, CT 06066
VCN Executive Committee
Teri Lynn Rogers – President
Amy Blank – Vice President
Thomas DiDio – Treasurer
Robin Kohler – Secretary
Laurie Bajorek – At-large/ Communications
Katie Barnes – At-large
Melanie Merkel – At-large
Dr. Laura Domer-Shank – Consultant
President of the Vernon Community Network
Justice of the Peace
Notary for the State of Connecticut
Small Business Owner and volunteer in the Rockville/Vernon area
Vernon Human Services Commission
Community Voice Channel Board
Vice President of the Vernon Community Network
Amy D. Blank is the Owner of Tutor Doctor Hartford who had previously been a Retail Training Manager for 10 plus years. In this capacity, she trained potential Store Manager, Assistant Store Managers, Receivers, and Crew members while managing a 1.25-million- dollar store with over 50 employees. Amy has over 20 years of training and managerial experience overseeing a cohort of up to 50 employees.
In addition, Amy has served on her local Board of Education for the past 12 years The last Four of which she was elected as Vice-Chairman. She has also served as a member of the EASTCONN Board of Directors since 2018 and was elected to the Executive Board of Directors in November 2019 where she still serves.
Amy currently serves as the Vice President of the Vernon Community Network (VCN) where she oversees the Backpack Program to provide food for the weekends for families of children who attend the Vernon Public Schools District. She is also a member of the Tri-town Hunger Action Team (HAT) where she worked closely with the FOODSHARE representative to receive a grant award to provide training to unemployed/under-employed members of the Vernon/Rockville community.
Treasurer of the Vernon Community Network
University of Connecticut, BS, Cum Laude
University of Hartford, MBA
Vernon Town Council, Member
July in the Sky Downtown, Chair
National Night Out, Chair
Hockanum BrewFest, Food & Exhibitor Chair
Rockville Community Alliance, Participation Chair
Secretary of the Vernon Community Network
Robin Kohler is the Site Director at KIDSAFE CT,
an affiliate of The Village for Families & Children and has been with the agency for over 30 years. She oversees the day to day operation of the building and manages the Supervised Visitation Program. She plays a key role in fundraising events, and is an active member of the Staff Engagement and Health & Safety Committees. Robin is the current Secretary of the Vernon Community Network, a member of the Rockville Rotary and the Vernon ROCKS Coalition, is enlisted to help with projects in the community, belongs to the Exchange Club of Rockville and was appointed for a second year to the Child Abuse Prevention Relations Committee of the National Exchange Club. Robin earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Hofstra University.
Communications Contact of the Vernon Community Network
Laurie Bajorek has been an active Vernon-Rockville community volunteer since 2008. In addition to serving on the VCN Board, she is currently President of the Vernon Education Foundation; a Charter Member of the Vernon-Rockville Lions Club; and a member of multiple parent volunteer groups at Rockville High School, including Project Graduation.
She has been the primary Administrator of the Parents and Community Together (PACT) group on Facebook, a Vernon-Rockville community message board and discussion group, 2013-2015 and 2017-present.
Previously, Laurie served on the Vernon Board of Education 2015-2017, where she was a member of the Communications, Curriculum and Technology Committees. She was also a member of Vernon Public Schools’ Family, School & Community Partnership Steering and Planning Committees 2014-2019; and Center Road School’s PTO 2008-2015, where she served one term as President and five years as Book Fair Chair.
In her “spare time” Laurie is self-employed, providing business support services to local groups and small businesses. She has formerly been employed by Samadhi Yoga Studio; Travelers Insurance (Audit Risk & Review); UnitedHealth Group (Self-Funded Banking); and Oxford Health Plans (Customer Service, Claim Services, and Broker Commissions).
Laurie and her husband Tony are proud parents of two children currently attending Rockville High School.
Consultant to the VCN
Laura Domer-Shank Ed.D., is a School Psychologist, Educational Consultant, Adjunct Psychology Professor at Tunxis Community College, and Educational Surrogate for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Additionally, she volunteers her time by serving on Boards that provide services and protects the welfare of survivors of human trafficking and homeless pregnant mothers. Laura was the Vice President of the Vernon Community Network for three years and is currently the acting Consultant for the Vernon Community Network.
Laura received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Education at Elms College, her Master’s and Sixth Year degrees in School Psychology at the University of Hartford, and her Doctorate Degree at American International College. She is currently enrolled in a Women in Leadership Certification Program at Yale University. Laura is also a Certified Life Coach and has advanced certification in Mindfulness, Child and Adolescent Trauma, and Trauma Informed Resilient Schools.
Laura and her husband, Neil, an Athletic Director and Coach spend much of their time actively involved with their three children, ages 9, 11, and 19.
Past & Present VCN Member Agencies
American Eagle Financial Credit Union
(The) Bridge Family Center
Center for Latino Progress
Christian Academy Of Arts Science & Technology (CAAST)
Church of the Risen Savior
Community Child Guidance Clinic, Inc.
(The) Cornerstone Foundation, Inc.
Crossroads Community Church
EASTCONN – Head Start
East Hartford – Women, Infants, and Children (W. I. C.)
Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN)
ECHN – Vernon Family Resource Center (at Maple Street School)
First Choice Health Centers (East Hartford Community Health Care)
Forensic Health Services/MHM Services
Hockanum Valley Community Council
Maple Street Community School
North Central District Health Department
RiverEast (Natchaug Hospital)
Rockville Church of the Nazarene
Rockville Community Alliance
Rockville Public Library
Rockville United Methodist Church
St. Bernard Church
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Strong Family Farm
Vernon Parks and Recreation
Vernon Police Dept.
Vernon Pupil Personnel Services (Vernon Public Schools)
Vernon Regional Adult Based Education
Vernon Senior Center
Vernon Youth Services Bureau
YMCA – Indian Valley
End Hunger CT!
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
United Way of Central and Northeastern CT
The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund