Jo H. Schneiderman

Profile Updated: December 25, 2020
I Reside: Guilford, VT USA
Spouse/Partner: Robin Chaia Mide
My Homepage:
My Children: No Kids
Occupation(s): Yoga Teacher
My Nick Name:

In high school many people called me Josi

Where I was born:

Washington, DC

An Opening Statement:

I live in rural Vermont, where I was the executive director of Twin States Network, a non profit that provides support, education and prevention to people in Vermont and NH who are impac

Elementary School:


Jr. High School:

Thomas Pyle

Marital Status:


My Email address:

My Playlist:

Nina Simone
Lilly Allen
Amy Winestock
Ray Charles
Ella Fitzgerald
Django Reinhart
Herbie Hancock
Buena Vista Social Club
Kanye West
Cardi B
Dua Lipa

My Parents:

My father, Marvin Schneiderman, died in 1997 on April 1 of a massive heart attack while slicing a melon..

My amazing mother, Irene, died in 2011 at the age of 93. She was on her way to the theatre at the time.


University of Vermont - B.A. Self Designed Honors Major, Summa Cum Laude
University of Vermont - M.Ed. in Educational Administration
Harvard School of Public Health - Post graduate study in Public Health

Professional Achievement(s):

I have pulled a number of organizations from the brink of disaster - the most recent one is Twin States Network - a non-profit that provides support, education and prevention services to people impacted by HIV and Hepatitis C who live in Vermont and New Hampshire.

I started the first successful after hours child care program in Vermont. It's still going strong.

My Biggest Disappointment(s):

That the US elected the big orange dictator.

Three words to describe myself in 1969?


My Favorite Teacher(s):

Mr. Abel; Miss Heckert;

What was my BEST moment at Whitman:

After lunch one winter day, a snowman we had made in the quad collapsed. We were in Miss Elfant's physic's class. "Oh my god!" shouted Jimmy Meyersburg, on observing the collapse of the snowman, "my hash pipe was in his mouth!" He ran out of the class. Miss Elfant said nothing.

What I loved most about Whitman:

Until I left, I didn't realize how intellectually challenging Whitman was, nor the caliber of the students.

What was my WORST moment at Whitman:

Walking on the causeways in the snow in loafers and freezing my feet, because the dress code didn't allow girls to wear boots.

What I hated most about Whitman:

The dress code. The student government taking the nuts out of the brownies my first year, then replacing them my senior year.

Family members who attended Whitman:

Sarah Schneiderman
Susan Schneiderman (now Sue Sykes)

My Interests:

Creative writing

My Weakness:

Potato Chips

My Favorite Music:


My Favorite Food:


My Favorite Restaurants:

Takeshima in Brookline, MA

My Favorite Hero(s):

When I was in first grade, I wrote an essay on Harriet Tubman, and won a set of the Book of Knowledge. I'm still pretty fond of her.

My Favorite Book(s):

Anything by Nevada Barr, Amy Tam
Be Here Now by Baba Ram Dass
Anything by Gail Godwin
Mrs. Caliban

My Favorite Movie(s):

Singin In The Rain
Woman in the Dunes
All That Jazz

My Favorite Musicals:


My Favorite Sports Teams:

The Patriots, The Red Sox, U Conn Women's Basketball - go Huskies

My Favorite Smell:


My Health:

I am a breast cancer survivor.

My Giving:

I support numbers of local charities.

My Bucket List:

Visit the following countries:

Go to Alaska
Finally write the book I'm always threatening to write.

Famous or interesting people you've met?

I've met lots of folks through various jobs and I know many people who are famous in the yoga world.

I got coffee for Andre Watts at one job, prepared notes for a speech for Ben Affleck at another.

I literally bumped into Mike Wallace on Newbury Street. It was the first time I had ever seen a $2000 suit.

I traveled on a plane with Spiro Agnew.

How do I relax?

I read. I do yoga. I hike. I snow shoe or cross country ski. I swim. I watch TV.

Language(s) I speak:


My Pets:

Georgia - rescue cat
Lila - totally privileged cat

I am a Veteran:


I was a Hippie:


Favorite Quotation/s:

Hansons Razor: Do not attribute to malice what can more easily be explained by stupidity.

Philosophy of life/Credo:

Be Here Now

Last book read/Book now reading:

Where the Crawdad Sings

My Tombstone reads:

I hope this is it

About My Wife:

Chaia Robin Mide and I have been together for 30 years. We met during a feminist action against a porn store. We were in the same "getaway car", which wouldn't start.

She is a videographer and has worked for many years in Community Television.

We are pretty happy and I love her very much. We are both retired

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Happy, HAPPY Birthday!!!!!! Miss you, my dear friend!!!!!!

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Tom lived across the street from me my whole childhood. He played Douglas in our 5th grade play about Abraham Lincoln, and since most of us knew nothing about Douglas, Tom simply made up his platform. If that had been Douglas' platform he would have been one of the most progressive candidates in US history. It is very sad that mental illness pulled Tom away. He was a great guy.

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It was fun to look at Richard's photos. Sorry I missed the reunion. How did we get so old?

Jo H. Schneiderman has left an In Memory comment for Ellen Vartanoff.
Mar 21, 2019 at 4:33 PM

Ellen was one of my closest friends, especially in Junior High and High School.  I will always remember her fabulous super hero doodles, her proud Russian heritage and her warmth and friendliness.  I am so sad, Ellen has left us.

Jo H. Schneiderman has left an In Memory comment for Ivy Ash Belles.
Oct 11, 2018 at 4:33 PM

Ivy and grew up next door to one another and stayed friends throughout high school and beyond.  I remember a silly trip in 1972 to St. Jean, Quebec when I was going to UVM and we hoped to get to Montreal.  Ivy brought joy and honesty to every experience we had, except of course when we were yelling back and forth across our yards "I am never talking to you again, so there."  I loved Ivy.  I am so sad her bright light has been extinguished.

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Happy Birthday, Janet. Have a great one!

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