March 22, 2021 – Lea Kilvádvová of Johnson passed away Sunday, March 7, 2021 from complications related to a long-term illness. Lea was instrumental in the founding of Lamoille FiberNet Communications Union District (CUD) and this tribute is a small reflection of our gratitude for her efforts and admiration for her abilities.
After earning a degree in economics from the University of Matej Bel, Lea studied in England, the Netherlands and France before coming to Vermont on a Fulbright Scholarship to study at UVM. Lea worked for the Town of Johnson as the Community and Economic Development Coordinator from 2004 – 2016, where her education and drive enabled the Mainstreet Project, Sterling Market, Legion Field bandstand and many other accomplishments that will long be appreciated.
In 2016, Lea began working as a regional planner at the Lamoille County Planning Commission (LCPC), where she realized early on that bringing high speed internet broadband would make a significant difference to Lamoille County towns. She worked tirelessly to get this effort off the ground, and her passion for the project combined with her strategic approach and her broad range of expertise in planning and fundraising become the driving forces that launched Lamoille FiberNet CUD in July 2020.
All of us at Lamoille FiberNet are grateful for her insight, steady guidance and the roadmap she left us. Lea had a delightful way about her, bringing her lighthearted humor to all our work, even when dealing with setbacks or difficulties, and she will be missed in a million ways, both personally and professionally.
The mission of Lamoille FiberNet Communications Union District (LFCUD) is to make locally controlled, affordable and reliable high-speed Internet service available to every address in our member towns – Belvidere, Cambridge, Eden, Hyde Park, Johnson, Morristown, Stowe, and Waterville. For more info, go to http://www.LamoilleFiber.net.
Submitted by Paul Warden, Lamoille FiberNet board member