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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

"Guru"
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Jack & Doreen Simko

"Visionaries"
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Charlie Menard

"Executive Chef"
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Stephanie "Queenie" Koonz

"Innkeeper Emeritus"
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Carol Charles

"Master Gardner"

AnneMarie Defreest

Our crackerjack Vermont bed and breakfast guru is always on the go.  She helps keep 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. Afternoon Innkeeper Emeritus, she has taught our current team to take you on a tour, answer all of your questions, and acquaint you with the amenities of your room. She's moved on to her next chapter, which we know will be full of adventure.  We miss her everyday while we do the afternoon rounds, bake a new batch of cookies, make dinner reservations, or just catch up with our guests like Stephanie would do.

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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.

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Andy O'Brien

"Guy Friday"
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Becky Dashnaw

"Floor Manager & Asst Event Coordinator"
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Kim & Jim Donahue

"Owners"
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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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Kim & Jim Donahue

Kim and Jim have spent the last 15 years traveling the United States and the world together,  making friends everywhere they go. When presented with the possibility of being the successors at the Inn at Round Barn Farm and to make it their very own, they jumped at the chance. Thrilled to be the stewards of this stunning property, they look forward to each day as a new adventure in this incredible place.

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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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