Rosalyn Hunneman

Rosalyn Hunneman
Rosalyn Hunneman

Time Period

1940 to Today

Notable Facts

Rosalyn Hunneman served on Vermont Public Service Board for 12 years, and ran a state panel on nuclear waste in the Kunin administration.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

03/30/1925

Date of Death

09/09/1999

Primary Residence

Guilford

Historical Significance

Rosalyn Hunneman served in a variety of positions in Governor Madeleine Kunin's administration. Hunneman graduated from Radcliffe College and earned Masters degrees in education and psychology from Smith College.

After serving as a psychologist in the Peace Corps, Hunneman served on the Vermont Public Service Board from 1978 to 1990. The Public Service Board, a semi-judicial three-member panel, considers issues relating to electric, gas, cable, water, telephone, and other public utilities.

After stepping down from the board in January 1990, Hunneman was appointed by Governor Kunin to a new state committee, created to look for storage sites for low-level nuclear waste. As chair of the 3-person Low-Level Radioactive Waste Authority, Hunneman searched for potential sites throughout the state.

Vermont's first woman-led administration was a unique group, with a large number of woman appointees, many of who were the first women to hold their positions. In 1986, 5 of 8 of Kunin's inner staff were women; and she had appointed women to 15 of 33 agency and department head positions, and to 169 of the 433 positions on commissions and boards.

Hunneman has also served as chairwoman of the Governor's Commission on Food, on the Governor's Task Force on Women, as chairwoman of the State Housing Authority, and on the Vermont Professional Conduct Board.

Organizations or Movements

  • Kunin administration
  • Vermont Public Service Board
  • Vermont Low-Level Radioactive Waste Authority
  • Governor's Commission on Food
  • Governor's Task Force on Women
  • Vermont Professional Conduct Board
  • Vermont Housing Authority
  • board member of the Children's Special Services Center in Brattleboro
  • Peace Corps

Occupations

  • Vermont Public Service Board
  • Vermont Low-Level Radioactive Waste Authority
  • Governor's Commission on Food
  • Governor's Task Force on Women
  • Vermont Professional Conduct Board
  • Peace Corps psychologist

Education

  • BA, Radcliffe College
  • MA in Education and Psychology from Smith College

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • "Public Service Board Vet to Step Down," Burlington Free Press, 5/31/1989, 1B:4.

  • "Brattleboro Woman to run panel on nuclear waste," Burlington Free Press, 7/4/1990, 3B:2.

  • Rosalyn Hunneman, Jerry Kirk, Ted Pendleton; edited by Ted Pendleton. Siting a LULU: the story of the Vermont Low-Level Radioactive Waste Authority.

  • Winooski One Hydroelectric Project Link