Outdoor first-aid educator appointed to Vermont Legislature

March 7, 2022 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Burke man who runs a business that provides outdoor education has been appointed to the Vermont Legislature, Gov. Phil Scott announced Monday.

John Kascenska, a Republican, is replacing Rep. Patrick Seymour, who resigned.

“John has demonstrated a commitment to public service and has a wide range of experience that will be valuable in the House of Representatives – from his time as an educator to being a small business owner,” Scott said in a statement.

Kascenska is the founder and owner of Kingdom Adventures Mountain Guides in East Burke. His primary work includes wilderness first aid and wilderness first responder training.

He has also worked in higher education for 32 years, including as a faculty member and dean on the Lyndon campus of Northern Vermont University. During the winter, he teaches courses in avalanche safety and rescue on Mount Washington in New Hampshire.

“I look forward to working alongside House colleagues through the remainder of the current legislative session and beyond,” Kascenska said.