Bethany Greeley Knight

Bethany Greeley Knight
Bethany Greeley Knight

Time Period

1940 to Today

Notable Facts

Appointed to Human Services Board by Governor Kunin; developed Adult Family Care Program in 1985

Personal Information

Date of Birth


Primary Residence



Spiritual path includes devotion to Jesus, Buddha



Historical Significance

Bethany Greeley Knight, of Montpelier, Vermont, has been a gubernatorial speechwriter and lobbyist. In 1985, when working for the Central Vermont Council on Aging, she secured grant funding from the Vermont Agency of Human Services, and designed the Adult Family Care Program. The program matched elderly Vermonters with families who could care for them, reducing the strain on nursing homes and avoiding needless institutionalization.

In July 1985, Governor Madeleine Kunin appointed Knight to the Vermont Human Services Board. She served until 1991. 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 people in Kunin's inner staff were women, she had appointed women to 15 of 33 agency and department head positions, and to 169 of the 433 positions on commissions and boards. Many state boards, including the Public Service Board, Vermont Industrial Development Authority, Vermont Labor Relations Board, the Vermont Veteran's Home in Bennington, Transportation Board, and Judicial Nominating Board, were all male until the Kunin administration.

In 1986, Knight became the executive director of the Vermont Health Care Association, affiliated with the American Health Care Association. She is the author of several books, including one on yoga, and two celebrating nurse's aides and caregivers. She is the founder of Shantivanam, a peace forest and retreat center in Glover, Vermont. Since 2004, she has lived and worked 6 months a year in India.

Organizations or Movements

  • Kunin administration
  • Central Vermont Council on Aging
  • Vermont Human Services Board
  • Vermont Health Care Association
  • Vermont Coalition of Disability Rights


  • Executive Director of Vermont Health Care Association
  • Member of Vermont Human Services Board
  • Central Vermont Council on Aging
  • Justice of the Peace, Glover, Vermont
  • Guardian through Vermont Probate Court
  • Appointed to Public Oversight Commission by Governor James Douglas


  • Masters Degree
  • certified yoga instructor

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • "Montpelier Woman named to board," Burlington Free Press, 7/13/1985, 2B:1.

  • "Fledgling Program Offers Family Living to the Elderly," Rutland Herald, 4/7/1985, 1:1 sec 4.

  • Hartman Online Link

  • Bethany Knight Link