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Melissa Hersh

Melissa Hersh
Director, Center for Professional & Executive Development

(802) 865-5402

Melissa joined Champlain College in January 2006 after 19 years at the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and GBIC in Burlington, Vermont. She has extensive experience in education reform and workforce and economic development. As a change agent, she has focused her professional career on creating partnerships between the business and education communities.

She is a graduate of New York University and Antioch University Graduate School.

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Cathy Brotzman
Sr. Program Manager, Center for Professional & Executive Development
(802) 865-5471

Cathy Brotzman joined Champlain College in 2008 after 18 years as Director of Education and Consulting Services at SirsiDynix, a provider of strategic technology solutions. Cathy's expertise is in the area of consultative project management. She has successfully orchestrated large software implementations for organizations such as the State of Georgia and Texas Medical Center. Cathy also has many years of experience in business and financial research.

She received her MLS from the University of Maryland.


A. Wayne Roberts
Sr. Project Consultant, Center for Professional & Executive Development

Wayne joined Champlain College after 20 years as President of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce in Burlington and as an owner and operator of restaurants in Vermont. Wayne shares his expertise in entrepreneurship, financial management, sales and marketing, executive & management development, and economic development. Before returning to Vermont in 1986, Wayne served in the White House under President Ronald Reagan as Deputy Undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Education.

Wayne holds advanced degrees in Accounting and Finance.

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Denise B. Smith Project Assistant, Center for Professional & Executive Development 

(802) 865-5735

Denise joined Champlain College in 2011 as a Project Assistant for the Excellence in Executive Leadership Program.  Prior to joining Champlain, Denise operated an event planning business, a yoga studio and was Regional Vice President for Arbonne International.  She also held positions in marketing, fundraising, international trade development, and grant writing for non profit organizations and State and Municipal Governments.  She grew up in Charlotte, Vermont and is a graduate of the University of Vermont.  She served two years with the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa from 1995-1997.  Denise lives in St. Albans, VT with her husband and their 3 children.


Champlain College
Center for Professional and Executive Development
PO Box 670
Burlington, VT 05401


Center for Professional and Executive Development
175 Lakeside Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401

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