State Government

Mountain medic appointed to Vermont House

Rep. John Kascenska

John Kascenska, Ph.D., of Burke, has been appointed to the Vermont House of Representatives, representing House District Calendonia-4. Kascenska replaces former Representative Patrick Seymour (R-Sutton) who recently resigned.

Seymour, a new father and one of the youngest members of the Legislature, resigned in order to devote more time to his family. A Libertarian-leaning Republican and admirer of free market economist Milton Friedman, Seymour was often at respectful odds with his Progressive-leaning fellow members of the House Judiciary Committee.

Kascenska is the founder and owner of Kingdom Adventures Mountain Guides, LLC in East Burke. His primary work includes teaching urban first aid, wilderness first aid, and wilderness first responder training and certification courses through the SOLO Wilderness Medical School. During the winter months, he teaches courses in avalanche safety and rescue on Mt. Washington.

Prior to being a full-time small business owner, Kascenska worked in higher education for 32 years, including 25 years of service in the Vermont State Colleges system as a faculty member and academic dean at the Northern Vermont University (NVU) – Lyndon campus. During his career at Lyndon, he founded the adventure leadership degree program, and fostered the administrative and the academic delivery of the nursing degree program in collaboration with the Vermont State Colleges and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH). He currently serves NVRH as a corporator, trustee, and current vice chair of the Board of Trustees.

“I am very honored to be appointed to the Vermont House of Representatives by Governor Scott. I am very appreciative of former Representative Seymour’s service to the Caledonia-4 House District. I look forward to working alongside House colleagues through the remainder of the current legislative session and beyond.”

Kascenska has been or is involved in several organizations, including board-level work with Lyndon Rescue, Inc., Burke Area Chamber of Commerce, Burke Mountain Club, and the NVU-Lyndon Alumni Council.

Kascenska is a graduate of Lyndon State College and holds advanced degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, and North Carolina State University.

Keeping with tradition, because former Representative Seymour served as a Republican, Governor Scott made the appointment from a list of candidates forwarded by the local Republican committee.