Meet The truED Team


Toni Finnegan, truED Senior Outreach Coordinator

Toni joined the truED team in 2013. As a project manager for professional photographer Susan Teare, Toni helped build that business on a national level, with work appearing in Better Homes and Gardens and This Old House, as well as publishing two books with Taunton Press. Toni considers herself a Southern girl at heart, but has learned to love Vermont (winters and all). She lives in Essex with her three teenage kids and dog.


Melissa Hersh, Assistant Vice President - Business Engagement

Melissa's passion is helping youth and adults reach their full potential. She has supported middle and high school students as well as managers and senior executives in their career succession for almost 30 years. As leader of Champlain's truED Alliances, she and her team extend the College's reach in the business community locally, nationally and globally. In her spare time, Melissa can be found volunteering in the community, in her vegetable garden or walking through the woods.


Tim Kavanagh, truED Relationship & Outreach Manager

Tim is a native Vermonter and a graduate of Champlain College (as are his wife and two oldest sons). Tim works with executives and senior leaders to match the learning and development goals of their organization with Champlain's online and continuing education academic degrees and certificates in healthcare, technology and business management.  Tim serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Vermont and leads an interactive team-building game show company.