Board of Trustees

Sunset over Lake Champlain

The College is guided by a group of esteemed individuals:

Daniel Boardman

Daniel M. Boardman (Elected April 2013) – joined Hickok & Boardman Retirement Solutions in 1988, after earning a B.S. from St. Lawrence University. Currently, he serves as a principal in the firm, overseeing corporate retirement plans and individual insurance operations. In 1992, he was designated a Certified Financial Planner; he earned his Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation in 2005. Boardman is heavily involved with the community and has served in an advisory capacity for the Champlain College and VNA Planned Giving Committees.

Robert Botjer

Robert Botjer (Elected January 2007) – retired in 2001 as an executive for Citigroup, after 30 years plus service. Much of his professional life was spent overseas, including time in Colombia, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, and Switzerland. His last responsibility involved oversight of Citibank’s Global Relationship Banking for Latin America working out of Miami. Bob received his MA from John’s Hopkins in 1967. He and his wife Leslie have four children, one of whom lives in Shanghai. Bob is a long time tennis player, and served as Chairman of a nonprofit tennis organization in Florida for disadvantage children. He also serves on the Board of the Johnny Mac Tennis Foundation in NYC. The Botjers live in Charlotte.

George Burrill

George C. Burrill, Ph.D. (Elected June 2009) – is a founder and former president of Associates in Rural Development (ARD), a global provider of consulting and engineering services that is now the International Division of Tetra Tech with 350 offices worldwide and over 14,000 employees. George has a strong New Zealand connection where he lives six months of the year. He is committed to building strong and sustainable connections between Vermont and New Zealand. He is the Honorary Consul from New Zealand to Vermont, and was a US delegate to the United States New Zealand Partnership Forum in 2011, held in Christchurch, New Zealand. George received his B.A. in Political Science from Drew University, his M.A. in Government from the University of Arizona, and his Ph.D. in Policy Studies from Union Graduate School. George also served in the Peace Corp. He currently resides in Shelburne with his wife Lola Van Wagenen, Ph.D.

Scott Carpenter

Scott Carpenter (Elected October 2005) – currently serves as the Regional Manager of Wealth Management and Private Banking at People’s United Bank in Burlington. Scott is the former President of KeyBank’s Vermont District. Scott is passionate about helping in the community, serving or having served on the boards and committees of Champlain College, RunVermont, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Echo Lake Science Center, Vermont Bar Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, American Cancer Society, Vermont Banker’s Association, Vermont Business Roundtable, Institute of Financial Services, Fresh Tracks Capital, and the Mt Mansfield Winter Academy. Scott has received citizen and advocacy awards from the Burlington Business Association, Alzheimer’s Association and SBA. He graduated from St. Lawrence University with a B.A. in economics and earned a M.B.A. in finance from Northeastern University. He currently resides in Shelburne with his wife Lisa.

Tom Cullins

Tom Cullins (Elected April 2009) – retired in 2006 after forty years as an architect. Twenty of those years were spent with the firm TruexCullins, Architects & Interior Design in Burlington. Tom designed four of Champlain’s campus buildings – Miller Information Commons, Ireland Center, IDX Student Life Center and Main Street Suites – with TruexCullins, Architects & Interior Design. He has also designed corporate, institutional, resort and residential projects throughout the United States and abroad. Tom currently is creating and exhibiting his paintings and sculpture, and working on selected architectural commissions (website: www.cullinsart.com). He attended a Masters in Architecture year at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and he received his Bachelor in Architecture degree from Syracuse University. He currently resides in Burlington with his wife Kelly.

Laura Dagan

Laura P. Dagan, CFA (Elected October 2006) – was recently named the CEO of F-Squared Investments located in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Laura is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Dwight Asset Management, which she joined in 1987. Laura was responsible for implementing and managing business strategies across the firm. Prior to assuming the role of President and CEO, Laura served as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer; previously she was a Stable Value Portfolio Manager. She received her B.S. from Bucknell University. Laura and her husband Barry currently reside in both Burlington, VT, and Boston, MA.

Rick Davis

Rick Davis (Elected January 2014) – is a philanthropist and longtime Burlington real estate developer. Rick is deeply involved in efforts to improve the lives of Vermont youth and is president of The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, which helps draw together community organizations throughout the state, in order to use their combined resources to help children in need. He also founded Mobius, an organization devoted to mentoring. Rick received his B.S. from the University of Colorado. He currently resides in Stowe with his wife Lynn.

Marguerite Dibble

Marguerite Dibble ’12 (Elected October 2014) – is the CEO of GameTheory in Burlington. Marguerite earned her B.A. from Champlain College, and upon graduation she formed Birnam Wood Games, a video game production company in Burlington. Birnam Wood Games eventually rebranded into GameTheory, a development and ideas studio focused on bringing fun into the world by producing games, apps, and engagement strategies. She continues to focus on generating energy towards tech and creative fields in the state, building a business and a community that can serve as a foundation for a whole new kind of economic growth with the integrity and brand that a Vermont lifestyle provides. Marguerite currently resides in Starksboro with her husband Thatcher.

Molly Dillon

Molly Dillon (Elected June 2010) – serves as President of Merchants Trust Company, a division of Merchants Bank, of South Burlington. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Dillon was formerly Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Wealth Management Group at TD Banknorth, based in Burlington. She has more than 20 years of experience in trust, investment and private banking, with additional experience in executive-level marketing and sales management at TD Banknorth and Bank of Vermont. Molly earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University, and is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor. She currently resides in South Burlington.

Mary Evslin

Mary A. Evslin (Elected June 2010) – is a serial entrepreneur and currently the Vice President of Marketing and Co-Founder of NG Advantage in Milton, Vermont. Mary is also the president of The Evslin Family Foundation, Inc. which supports disaster preparedness and recovery services; education; economic development; medical research; and a variety of high-tech interests. She has more than 38 years of experience in business management and marketing/public relations. She received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin. Mary currently resides in Stowe with her husband Tom.

Joan Gignoux

Joan Gignoux (Re-Elected October 2008) – is a freelance writer/editor and poet. She received her B.A. from Wheaton College, and her M.S. from the University of Michigan. She first served on the Champlain College Board from 1985 to 2001, and was re-elected in 2008. She has been Chairman of the American Diabetes Association, Vt. Affiliate; Chairman of The Pierson Library; Vice Chairman of The Lake Placid Institute; and has served on the board of The Fleming Museum, the Lane Series, The Baird Center, and The Howard Center for Human Services, Vermont Humanities Council, and Woodbury College, among others. She has three children and three grandchildren, and currently resides in Shelburne with her husband Reg.

Charles Kittredge

Charles Kittredge (Elected October 2012) – currently serves as Chairman and is the former Chief Executive Officer of Crane & Co., Inc. The Company specializes in the manufacture of banknote papers, printed banknotes, passports and counterfeit deterrent security features for central banks and is the sole provider of currency paper to the United States Treasury. Previous to joining Crane & Co. Kittredge served as a senior vice president of the National Life Group in Montpelier. Charles received his B.A. from Harvard University. He resides in Shelburne with his wife Susan.

Neale Lunderville

Neale Lunderville (Elected April 2013) – is currently serving as the Interim General Manager of Burlington Electric Department. He recently served as CEO of NG Advantage, an energy company, co-founded by fellow Trustee Mary Evslin. Neale has also worked in senior government positions for the State of Vermont including Secretary of Administration and Secretary of Transportation for former Governor Jim Douglas. In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, Governor Peter Shumlin appointed Neale to be the State’s Chief Recovery Officer for the clean-up. Neale graduated with a B.A. from American University. He resides in South Burlington with his wife Dennise.

Dale Metz

Dale Metz, ’76 (Elected October 2012) – is the Director Companion Animal Business Unit at Vets Plus, Inc. in Menomonie, WI. Prior to this, Dale served as CEO of Green Mountain Animal Inc. in St. Albans. Dale is also the former CEO of FoodScience Corporation and was the partner in charge of corporate recovery for KPMG. An Essex Junction native, Dale served in the Navy then earned an AS in accounting at Champlain and BS in accounting at Bentley University. When Dale began work at FoodScience in 1998 the company had 40 employees and $10 million in sales. In 2013, FoodScience Corporation had $50 million in sales and employed 170 people. Dale also once was a co-owner of a hunting ranch’s in Zambia and South Africa. He currently resides in St. Albans with his wife, Keeli, who graduated from Champlain in 1984.

Michael Metz

Michael Metz (Elected May 2006) – is the President of Michael Metz & Associates, Inc. a business development consulting firm specializing in electronic materials. Michael was chair of the College’s recent capital campaign, continues to serve on the development committee, the Committee on Trusteeship, and is Chair of President Laackman’s Transition Committee. He is a board member of the Burlington City Arts, The BCA Foundation, Vermont Community Foundation, and Generator (a maker space in Burlington). Michael also serves on the for profit boards of MRA Labs, and Johanson Technology. He received his B.A. from Middlebury College, and his MBA from Columbia University. Michael has two children and currently resides in Charlotte with his wife Denise.

Catherine Morgan

Catherine Morgan, Ph.D. (Elected October 2014) – is a retired educator with over 25 years of experience and leadership in higher education. Catherine has served as both a full-time faculty member and a university administrator in a variety of small private and medium-sized regional public institutions. From 2010 through 2013, Catherine served Champlain College – first in the Division of Business and then in the Provost’s Office. The five years prior to her work at Champlain, Catherine was the Dean of the School of Business at Bridgewater State College. From 1996 to 2004, Catherine was employed at Jacksonville University – serving first at Vice President for Enrollment, then as Assistant to the President and later, upon appointment of the Board of Trustees, as Acting President. She holds a doctoral degree in Economics from the University of South Carolina, and a B.A. from Jacksonville State University. In 2002, Catherine was recognized as Jacksonville University’s Woman of the Year. She currently resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida with her spouse Susan Conley.

Emily Morrow

Emily Morrow (Elected June 2009) – works as an Executive Consultant, primarily to law firms, lawyers, and in-house counsel. She has more than 30 years of experience with business, law, finance, and trusts and estates. Emily received her B.A. from Oberlin College, and her J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She currently splits her time between Auckland, New Zealand and Shelburne, Vermont, with her husband Paul.

Mark Neagley

Mark R. Neagley (Elected October 2009) – serves as President of Neagley & Chase Construction Company. Between 1986 and 2000, he personally managed all the infrastructure replacement and restoration of the buildings at Shelburne Farms including the Shelburne Inn, Farm Barn, Breeding Barn, new reservoir, sewer systems as well as structural repairs and renovations to a number of other buildings. Mark’s previous work history includes co-founder of Thermally Efficient Construction and partner of Moose Creek Restoration. He’s been a member of the Vermont Business Roundtable and served on the Board of Directors, and is a former member of the Vermont Technical College Construction & Practice Management Advisory Committee. Mark received his B.A. from St. Lawrence University. He currently resides in Shelburne with his wife Marilyn.

Judith O'Connell

Judith W. O’Connell (Elected October 2012) – has more than 23 years of financial services experience. She is a co-founder of Champlain Investment Partners and has primary responsibility for the firm's day-to-day operations, client service and business development. Prior to joining Champlain, she was a Senior Vice President at NL Capital Management, Inc. where she directed client service, marketing and operations for the firm's institutional business. Before this, she was the Director of Mutual Funds/Intermediary Markets at Dresdner RCM Capital Management in San Francisco, California, where she had overall responsibility for business management, operations, marketing, sales and product development functions for the mutual funds. Early in her career, she held management positions within investment operations, compliance and treasury at The Boston Company. Judy graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. She is also a Board member at Portsmouth Abbey School. She currently resides in Stowe with her husband Emmett.

Kenneth Palm

Kenneth Palm, DDS (Elected October 2013) – is currently practicing at, and serving as owner of, Colchester Dental Group & Aesthetic Center. Ken received both his B.S. and DDS at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He opened his first dental practice in 1984 in Wheaton, Maryland. In 1995, he moved with his family to Vermont and was a staff dentist and dental director with Kaiser/Community Health Plan of Vermont. He left Kaiser Health Plan and accepted a position as dental director with the State of Vermont Department of Corrections. Ken has two children and three grandchildren. He currently resides in Williston with his wife Phyllis.

Mary Powell

Mary Powell (Elected May 2002) – currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer for Green Mountain Power Corporation in Colchester. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2008, Mary was the Chief Operating Officer for the company, a position she had held since February 2001. Mary joined the company in March of 1998. Since becoming CEO, Mary launched an ambitious energy vision to provide low carbon, low cost and reliable power to Vermonters. As a result, the company has built Vermont’s largest wind farm, is in the process of building New England’s Solar Capital in Rutland, Vermont, and has installed smart grid technology across the entire utility infrastructure. Mary led the acquisition and integration of CVPS and has grown GMP from a company of 90,000 to 260,000 customers. Prior to joining GMP, Mary served as SVP of Retail and Small Business Banking for KeyBank of Vermont, while also serving as a northeast regional sales leader for KeyCorp. Mary has participated in a wide variety of non-profit, community and statewide organizations and governmental councils. She received her A.S. from Keene State College. Mary currently resides in South Hero with her husband Mark.

Julie Snow

Julie Snow ’86 (Elected October 2014) – is the Director of Leadership Giving and Planning at Babson College, having joined the College in 1997. Julie graduated from Champlain College in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. She then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts in 1990. In 2011, Julie received the Robert Skiff Alumni Leadership Award for more than 20 years of serving as an ambassador for Champlain College. She was Champlain’s alumni speaker at commencement in 2007, and in 2011 represented Champlain at an admissions outreach event in Connecticut. She is dedicated to supporting students in Champlain’s BYOBiz entrepreneurship program, and is a current member of the Audeamus Society. Julie currently resides in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts with husband, Eric and daughter, Lucy.

Peter Stern

Peter Stern, M.D. (Elected October 2004) – is a former anesthesiologist at UVM/Fletcher Allen. Peter earned his B.A. from UVM, MBA from the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth, and finally his M.D. at UVM Medical School. He is an accountant/CPA, and also has a personal foundation. Peter has served on Champlain’s Leadership Committee, Stern Center Board, Howard Center Board, Physician’s Computer Company Board, and the Gailer School Board. Peter currently resides in Shelburne with his wife Margie.

David Stiller

David Stiller G’12 (Elected October 2013) – earned his B.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also a graduate of Champlain’s inaugural MFA in Emergent Media class. David currently serves as President at Heritage Aviation, and as an Investor Relations Manager at Sunrise Management Services. He is interested in developing opportunities for students to have creative space to pursue innovative cross-disciplinary ideas and projects. David resides in Burlington with his fiancée Laura.

Mike Sullivan, Jr.

Mike Sullivan, Jr., ’90 (Elected January 2008) – currently serves as the President of Schlesinger Associates, a world leader in data collection (consumer research) specializing in pharmaceutical sales, in the US and UK, France and Germany with plans for expansion into Asia. He was formerly in the microbrewery business, and high end hotel management. Mike is a Champlain legacy, attending the college like his father Michael ’67, Uncle Ray ’68 (former trustee), Aunt Peggy ’68, and his sister Michelle ’93. He graduated from Champlain with an A.S. in business, and then received his B.S. from the University of San Francisco. He currently resides in Rumson, New Jersey with his wife Catherine and their three children.

Jane Swift

Jane Swift (Elected October 2014) – currently serves as the CEO of Middlebury Interactive Languages and as a Distinguished Lecturer in Leadership Studies at Williams College. Jane served in the Massachusetts Senate from 1990-1996 during which time she was active in education reform issues and was instrumental in the passage of the Education Reform Act of 1993. Jane was appointed by Governor Cellucci as consumer affairs secretary in 1997. She served as the 69th Lieutenant Governor from 1999 to 2003, and served as Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 2001 to 2003. She is the only woman to perform the duties of governor of Massachusetts. She graduated in 1987 with a degree in American Studies from Trinity College and has received numerous honorary degrees. She currently lives in Shelburne with her husband Chuck and their three daughters.

Rich Tarrant

Rich Tarrant (Elected June 2010) – is CEO of MyWebGrocer. Rich was an early believer in the viability of the online grocery business and developed the company’s first generation eCommerce Platform. He has an impressive record as an entrepreneur in the retail, real estate and health care industries. Rich is a graduate of the University of Vermont and holds a Business degree. Rich resides in South Burlington with his wife Tracy.

Sarah Tischler

Sarah Gentry Tischler (Elected April 2009) – is the daughter of Trustee Emeritus Mary Jane Gentry. Sarah currently works as an attorney at Langrock, Sperry & Wool, where she practices Estate Planning & Non-Profit law. She joined Langrock Sperry & Wool in 2006, having practiced in Chittenden County for the prior fifteen years. Active in the community, Sarah currently serves as a member of Lyric Theatre’s Capital Campaign Committee and also volunteers at a number of local organizations. Sarah received her B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1982. She then attended Boston University School of Law, where she received her J.D. in 1986. She currently resides in St. George with her husband Marc.

David Winslow, Jr.

David Winslow, Jr. ’00 (Elected October 2013) – earned his bachelor’s degree in Business and an associate degree in Sports Management from Champlain. He is the chief digital strategist at Dealer.com and is the founder and former president of EpikOne, a digital consultancy specializing in metrics strategies, and media measurement. He has also been an adjunct professor with the Stiller School of Business. He lives with his wife Petra in Redondo Beach, California.

President Donald J. Laackman also serves as a member of the Board. For a complete biography, please click here.