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Champlain College Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees consists of the President of the College, the Chair of the Board, Vice-Chair of the Board, immediate Past-Chair, Recent Alumni Trustee and up to 29 additional Trustee positions.

The initial term of a Trustee shall be one (1) year. During the initial term, the College and Trustee shall have an opportunity to determine if an extension of that Trustee’s term will be mutually beneficial. After the initial term, that Trustee may be elected by the Board for a maximum of three (3) consecutive three-year terms.

The Chair of the Board and Vice-Chair of the Board serve two-year terms, and the immediate Past-Chair shall remain on the Board until the current Chair’s role has finished. A Recent Alumni Trustee shall be limited to serving a single three-year term.

A mandatory one-year gap between serving as a Recent Alumni Trustee and being considered to serve as a standard Trustee will be required.


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Daniel M. Boardman 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. Daniel is heavily involved with the community and has served in an advisory capacity for the Champlain College and VNA planned giving committees.

W. Terrence "Terry" Breen Terry Breen

W. Terrence “Terry” Breen (Elected April 2015) was born in Rutland and raised in South Burlington. Terry recently returned to the local area to embrace retirement as a gentleman farmer and investor. Prior to his retirement in December 2014, Terry worked for EMC, one of the world’s largest providers of technology for data storage, information security, virtualization and cloud computing. During his five years with EMC, Terry was SVP of Global Strategic Sales. He managed all complex sales, partnerships, ventures and alliances for EMC. Before joining EMC, Terry was with Accenture for 26 years, where he served as Global Managing Partner of High Tech and Entertainment & Media Industry Business Units and was a member of the Accenture Global Leadership Council. Terry received his MBA from George Washington University and a BA from Amherst College. Terry and his wife, Kelley Shea, currently reside in Charlotte.

George C. Burrill, Ph.D. 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 connection to New Zealand, 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 U.S. delegate to the United States New Zealand Partnership Forum in 2011, held in Christchurch, New Zealand. George received his BA in Political Science from Drew University, his MA 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

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 BA in Economics and earned an MBA in Finance from Northeastern University. He currently resides in Shelburne with his wife, Lisa.

Rick Davis 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 BS from the University of Colorado. He currently resides in Stowe with his wife, Lynn.

Molly Dillon Molly Dillon

Molly Dillon (Elected June 2010) is the Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation’s Banking Division. Previously, she served as President of Merchants Trust Company, a division of Merchants Bank, of South Burlington. Prior to joining the company, Molly 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.

Lisa Groeneveld Lisa Groeneveld

Lisa Groeneveld (Elected April 2015) is the Chair of the Board and co-founder of South Burlington-based Logic Supply, Inc., which configures small, specialized computer systems uniquely designed for embedded and industrial applications. Since 2004, she has served as Chief Operating Officer, taking the company from a small startup to over $18 million in revenue in 2014. Prior to her work with Logic Supply, Lisa served as Account Manager at Fiberlink, based in the greater Boston area. From 1999–2002, she worked as a Program Manager for WorldCom in the Netherlands, where she met her husband and Logic Supply co-founder, Roland. In 2013, Logic Supply was awarded Champlain’s inaugural corporate partner award at the Vehicle to a Better Life event. Lisa has a BS from Northeastern University.

Stephanie Hainley, G’12 Stephanie Hainley

Stephanie Hainley (Elected October 2016) is the Chief Operating Officer & Senior Project Manager at White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors, Inc. In addition to business development and daily managerial responsibilities, Stephanie has been instrumental in a number of key projects, including Healthy Living Market in South Burlington, UVM Medical Center’s Radiation Oncology project, creating four TIF Districts around the State of Vermont, and land development planning for SP Land Company in Killington. Stephanie serves on the Board of Directors of the Northfield Savings Bank Foundation and is a corporator for Northfield Savings Bank. She was a founding board member of Main Street Alliance of Vermont, served on the board of Leadership Champlain, served as the President of Burlington Business & Professional Women, and was a mentor through the King Street Center. Stephanie holds a BA from the University of Vermont, an MBA from Champlain College, and was the first Vermont woman to become a CCIM. She currently lives in Burlington and enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, traveling and being with loved ones.

John Illick John Illick

John Illick (Elected October 2016) founded ReArch Company in 2003 based on his decades of experience in the commercial construction industry. His focus for the firm has always been on “creating buildings and spaces of distinction and significance,” and his commitment is not only to provide outstanding quality but to deliver a better overall process and experience to ReArch Company’s clients. In addition to his role at ReArch Company, John serves as Managing Partner for Technology Park Partners (TPP) and Sugar River Mills Redevelopment, LLC. John has served as the Chairman of the Vermont Community Development Board, Chairman of the Middlebury Planning Commission, and the Addison County Parent Child Center, the Addison County Educational Endowment Fund, and the Addison County United Way. John received his BA in Geography from the University of Vermont. John resides in Middlebury, and he and his wife, Elizabeth, have two grown children, Adrienne and John, as well as four grandchildren, who they spend much of their time doting on.

Charles Kittredge 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. Prior to joining Crane & Co., Kittredge served as a Senior Vice President of the National Life Group in Montpelier. Charles received his BA from Harvard University. He resides in Shelburne with his wife, Susan.

Neale Lunderville Neale Lunderville

Neale Lunderville (Elected April 2013) is currently serving as the Director of CEDO. Previously, he was the General Manager of Burlington Electric Department. Prior to that, he served as CEO of NG Advantage, an energy company co-founded by former 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 cleanup. Neale graduated with a BA from American University. He resides in South Burlington with his wife, Dennise.

Robert Marino, Ph.D. Robert Marino

Robert Marino, Ph.D. (Elected October 2016) is currently retired. Prior to his retirement, Robert served as Interim Dean and Professor in the Division of Information Technology & Sciences at Champlain College. Robert has held leadership roles at a number of academic institutions throughout his career, including as President of the American University of Rome, where he secured the University’s first accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Previously, Robert served as acting Dean at Hunter College, City University of New York, where he was on the faculty for 32 years. He has also served as interim Dean of the Colleges of Natural Sciences and Human and Health Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus. Robert earned his Ph.D. from Brown University and bachelor’s degree from the City College of New York, both in Physics. He resides in New Jersey with his wife, Carol.

Corinn McCarthy Bergeron Corinn McCarthy Bergeron

Corinn McCarthy Bergeron (Elected June 2017) is a Sales Operations Manager at Constellation Brands, the world leader in premium wine and spirits as well as the number 3 beer company in the US. She oversees TRU Estates and Vineyards, which is Constellation’s Fine Wine Portfolio. Prior to joining Constellation, Corinn was the Business Manager for Vermont Stage Company for six years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont and an MBA and Graduate Certificate in Managing Innovation in Information Technology from Champlain College. Most recently, Corinn passed with Distinction the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust (WSET) Level 3. Corinn lives with her husband, Raymond, and their cat in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Her hobbies include hiking, traveling, kickboxing and supporting the arts.

Dale Metz, ’76 Dale Metz

Dale Metz (Elected October 2012) serves 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 was also once a co-owner of hunting ranches in Zambia and South Africa. He currently resides in St. Albans with his wife, Keeli, who graduated from Champlain in 1984.

Mark R. Neagley 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 and 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 he is a former member of the Vermont Technical College Construction & Practice Management Advisory Committee. Mark received his BA from St. Lawrence University. He currently resides in Shelburne with his wife, Marilyn.

Judith W. O’Connell 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 Investment Partners, Judy 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, where she had overall responsibility for business management, operations, marketing, sales and product development functions for the mutual funds. Early in her career, Judy 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 currently resides in Stowe with her husband, Emmett.

Colin Owyang Colin Owyang

Colin Owyang (Elected October 2018) is Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at VELCO. Prior to joining VELCO in February 2016, Colin served as the Deputy Attorney General in Massachusetts, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at National Grid USA, Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boston, MA, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and Trial Attorney in Washington, DC, and as a law clerk to three federal judges. Colin is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Yale College and Yale University. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation.

Kenneth Palm, DDS Kenneth Palm

Kenneth Palm (Elected October 2013) is currently practicing at, and serving as owner of, Colchester Dental Group & Aesthetic Center. Ken received both his BS and DDS from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He opened his first dental practice in 1984 in Wheaton, Maryland. In 1995, Ken 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.

Brad Robertson Brad Robertson

Brad Robertson (Elected April 2017) is the Head of Digital Commerce at New Vitality in New York. Previously, Brad moved back to Vermont in 2013 when he joined MyWebGrocer as Senior Vice President, after nearly 20 years with the Gannett Corporation in a wide range of successful roles, from Publisher of the Burlington Free Press to Advertising Vice President at the Des Moines Register.

Before moving back to Vermont, Brad was the Founder of GannettLocal, a startup inside of a Fortune 300 Company, which specialized in best-in-class local digital marketing services. He oversaw all aspects of strategy, product development, pricing, marketing, sales & channel management, operations and talent acquisition/development. Over the four years of Brad’s leadership, GannettLocal grew to 250+ employees serving thousands of local businesses across the U.S.

In his current role, Brad leads digital marketing strategy, media buying and product development at the intersection of retail and CPG consumer marketing engagement to drive sales. Additionally, he oversees MyWebGrocer’s Marketing Department, Experience Design and Creative Services. Brad has served on the boards of various educational and nonprofit institutions, and he is currently on the board of Vermont Public Radio and a Trustee for Champlain College.

Brad holds a BA in Communications from Northern Illinois University and lives in Essex with his wife, Marianne, their two kids and their bearded collie.

Julie Snow, ’86 Julie Snow

Julie Snow (Elected October 2014) is a senior-level fundraiser. She recently served as a senior-level development professional, recently appointed as Vice President of Development at MassChallenge, a startup accelerator based in Boston. Previously, she served as Director of Principal and Major Gifts at Babson College and held several roles in advancement over an extensive tenure. Prior to Babson, Julie worked as Director, New Products and Services with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Julie graduated from Champlain College with a degree in Business Administration. She then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts. 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. She is dedicated to supporting students in Champlain’s BYOBiz® entrepreneurship program and Vermont First Scholarship, and is a current member of the Audeamus Society. Julie currently resides in the Boston area with her husband and daughter.

Linda Tarr-Whelan Linda Tarr-Whelan

Linda Tarr-Whelan (Elected October 2018) is an international expert on women's leadership in the economy and government. She is the author of the prize-winning business book, "Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World" (Berrett-Koehler 2009, 2011). Linda was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as Deputy Assistant for Women's Concerns in the White House and by President Bill Clinton as the US Ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

She has also served as Administrative Director of the New York State Department of Labor, Chief Lobbyist for the National Education Association and Policy Director for AFSCME, AFL-CIO, Managing Partner in Tarr-Whelan & Associates, Inc. joining her husband in this change management international consultancy, President/CEO of the Center for Policy Alternatives (a national think tank) and Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos.

Linda was a founder of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society and Demos. She has served on state commissions in NY, VA and VT (most recently the VT Commission on Financial Literacy) and the President's Commission on Trade Policy and Negotiations. A speaker, commentator, writer and blogger, she has extensive media credits, has been the keynote speaker for dozens of national and international groups as well as universities coast-to-coast, and did 130 book talks in 30 states, UK and Canada, from Goldman Sachs to the Girl Scouts.

Nursing was her original career and she holds a BSN from Johns Hopkins, an MS from the University of Maryland and Honorary PhDs from Plymouth University (NH) and Chatham University (PA) and the Woodrow Wilson Medal for Government Service from Johns Hopkins. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Currently, Linda is a Visiting Fellow on Women's Leadership at Champlain College, and a board member for the United Way of Northwest Vermont and the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties.

Linda and her husband Keith Tarr-Whelan live in Burlington, VT and serve together as Patient and Family Advisors for the University of Vermont Medical Center and Health Network. They have two adult children and four grandchildren, travel extensively, love to walk, read and are addicted to geopolitics in the US and Europe.

Sarah Gentry Tischler 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 & Nonprofit law. She joined Langrock Sperry & Wool in 2006, having practiced in Chittenden County for the prior 15 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 BA from Swarthmore College in 1982. She then attended Boston University School of Law, where she received her JD in 1986. She currently resides in St. George with her husband, Marc.

Jeremy Walla, ’15 Jeremy Walla

Jeremy Walla (Elected October 2016) is a Project Manager with Lake Street Advisors, a multifamily financial office, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. After receiving his BS in Accounting from Champlain College in 2015, Jeremy went on to complete the accelerated MBA program at the University of New Hampshire the following year. During his final year at Champlain, Jeremy served as the Director of Finance for the Student Government Association. In that role, he helped lead two major projects that ultimately reached the senior leadership team. One project, The Hearthstone, is a student-focused space in Fireside Lounge that was completed in the fall of 2015, and the other is a student-managed investment fund for the business school. Jeremy currently resides in Dover, NH.

Jon Wettstein Jon Wettstein

Jon Wettstein (Elected April 2016) recently retired from Keurig Green Mountain after serving for 21 years as SVP of Supply Chain Operations. Prior to that, Jon worked at Digital Equipment Corp in a variety of finance and operations positions. During a good portion of his coffee career, Jon was a Director of Grounds for Health, a nonprofit organization focused on reducing the incidence of cervical cancer in coffee growing regions. Jon is a participant and advisor in a number of small businesses in Vermont. He has a BS degree from Purdue University in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Harvard University. He and his wife, Nancy, live in South Burlington.

David Winslow Jr., ’00 David Winslow, Jr.

David Winslow Jr. (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. David 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.

Scott Carpenter

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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.