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About Our Staff

We are proud of our exemplary staff. Here are the people you might meet while here at the Inn:

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AnneMarie Defreest

"Owner"
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Jack & Doreen Simko

"Visionaries"
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Charlie Menard

"Executive Chef"
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Stephanie "Queenie" Koonz

"Innkeeper"
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Carol Charles

"Master Gardner"

AnneMarie Defreest

Our crackerjack Vermont bed and breakfast owner is always on the go. She keeps her fingers in all the pies, from painting new rooms to planting bulbs, and organizing the staff to maintaining our image. She keeps the Inn a thriving, interesting environment that everyone enjoys. Having opened the Inn in 1987 with her parents Jack and Doreen, AnnMarie has learned the secrets of Innkeeping from the inside out. With a degree in journalism from Emerson College in Boston, AnneMarie still loves to write and has published a history book commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the town of Waitsfield entitled “Snapshots”. She also self-published a four-color hardback cookbook, “Recipes and Reflections”, a storybook-style cookbook about the food experience one has while staying at the Inn.

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Jack & Doreen Simko

Jack and Doreen are the original visionaries of the Inn at the Round Barn Farm. Who could have known that the Barn would delight and awe so many folks from around the world? They retired from the day-to-day operations in 1995, but we maintain that they are always welcome to join us for a turn at the sink! Before buying the broken down farm and pouring their hearts and souls into its restoration, Jack and Doreen owned and operated a family floral business in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Jack is the youngest graduate of the New York City School of floral design to this day, having graduated at age 13. He would take the bus into the city for weekend classes. Jack opened his first flower shop with his father at the age of 14. He and Doreen have been together since high school and have raised 5 children together.

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Charlie Menard

Our Executive Chef Charlie started with us in 2000. He is a rarity amongst chefs with an easy smile and a no problem manner. He makes the food world go around, from 2 people to 2,000, all with style and panache. A native Vermonter and graduate from the New England Culinary Institute, Charlie has traveled the world cooking up a storm; but he always knew that he was going to return to Vermont someday. Utilizing our certified organic gardens or working with local farms, his passion for local foods make our weddings extravagant. We are glad he found a home here because he is more than just our chef, as he cares about all aspects of our company. Be sure to check him out in the Cooking from the Heart kitchen in the Round Barn.

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Stephanie "Queenie" Koonz

She blew in one summer day in 1993 and has become a fond fixture here ever since. As afternoon Innkeeper, she will take you on a tour, answer all of your questions, and acquaint you with the amenities of your room. Catch her in the afternoons baking a new batch of cookies, or working as our in-house Justice of the Peace performing an elopement ceremony!

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Carol Charles

Carol returned to the inn in 2008 after taking a 6 year break in Oregon.  She is an accomplished interior painter and gardener.   She has a passion for the landscape that Jack created here; her love is visible in every flower bed.  She often works with her dog Buck.

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Andy O'Brien

"Guy Friday"
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Becky Dashnaw

"Floor Manager & Asst Event Coordinator"
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Janice Hurley Hollis

"Operations Manager"
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Cooper

"Farm Dog"

Andy O'Brien

Andy is our "Guy Friday":a pinch of innkeeping here, a dash of housekeeping there, and a sprinkle of maintenance around the Inn keeps him busy! Ask Andy about his time in England - this world traveler is a gifted conversationalist certain to make your stay a pleasant one.

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Becky Dashnaw

Becky joined the team in 2012 and brought a new sense of energy to the barn!  She was born and raised in NY and moved to VT with her husband and daughter in 2011.  She's a beer enthusiast, foodie, and overall queen of awesome!

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Janice Hurley Hollis

Janice spent the last 10 years at BedandBreakfast.com working with thousands of B&B's and inns throughout North America & Europe.  She LOVES the industry and always wanted to be on the "other side" of the business.  It took a special property for her to make the change and when she visited the Round Barn she knew she'd found it.

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Cooper

From time to time Cooper, a handsome black lab, comes to the farm for the day. He can be found in the Inn office, or in the Barn. Of course whenever he gets a chance to slip outside he heads straight to the ponds. He is also the designated snow shoe guide dog and will show you the trails while wagging his tail all the way. After all, a lab’s got to do what a lab’s got to do!

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