VALA established the Michael P. Cyprian, Lister of the Year Award in 1991 to honor Listers and Assessors who demonstrate fairness to all, dedication, helpfulness, worked to improve the listing process and pursued better education for the assessment community.

     The award is named for Michael P. Cyprian who was the ‘Ultimate Lister’.  He was active in his town, volunteering his expertise on many committees.  He was well trained as a Lister and chose to become a professional appraiser.  His integrity, his unquestioned fairness, and his ability to communicate with the townspeople, his sense of humor, and his high level of professionalism marked Michael’s eleven years as a Lister.  He was an active VALA member and offered much Lister training.

     GUSSIE GRAVES co-workers can not speak highly enough about her committment to honesty and fairness in the assessment profession.  She is competant and spends endless hours “getting it right”.  She has participated in many education classes and inspires continued growth and excellence in the Lister profession.

     GUSSIE GRAVES has completed several in-house reappraisals and did the lion’s share of the work with the assistance of the other two Listers and a consultant.  She continually works to stay up-to-date in the changing environment of Lister responsibilities in computer software, and Vermont statutes.  She willingly shares  her knowledge with her co-workers.

     GUSSIE GRAVES is an active community member organizing a girls’ softball league, softball coach, school board member, as well as serving on the planning and cemetary commissions.

It is with great pleasure to present the 2012 Michael p. Cyprian Award to Fayston Lister Augusta (Gussie) Graves! CONGRATULATIONS GUSSIE!! 

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