Board of Trustees

Sara Byers H'15 Sara Byers H'15

Sara Byers (Elected October 2020) is a co-owner and president of her family's business, Leonardo's Pizza, with locations in Vermont and Maine. She serves on multiple boards, and is a past board chair of the Lund, Lake Champlain Chamber, and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.  Sara is also an appointee to Vermont's Capital Debt Affordability Advisory Committee. 

Sara is honored to have received numerous community awards including an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce Degree from Champlain College, the Catherine McAuley Award from Mercy Connections, a Health Building Block Award from the United Way of Northwestern VT, and the Rising Star Award from the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce. She currently resides in Shelburne with her husband, Kelly, and their daughter, Ella.

Stephanie Clarke, G'12 Stephanie Hainley

Stephanie Clarke (Elected October 2016) is Vice President at White + Burke Real Estate Advisors, Inc. In addition to business development and business planning, Stephanie provides strategic real-estate consulting services to clients. She has helped develop key projects around the State of Vermont, advising growing companies, institutions, and municipalities navigating real estate complexities. Stephanie serves on the Board of Directors of the Northfield Savings Bank Foundation and is a corporator for the Northfield Mutual Holding Company. Stephanie holds a BA from the University of Vermont, an MBA from Champlain College, and was the first Vermont woman to earn the designation of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM.) She lives in Burlington and enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, traveling, and being with loved ones.

Rick Davis Rick Davis

Rick Davis (Elected January 2014) is a longtime Burlington resident and real-estate developer, deeply involved in efforts to improve the lives of Vermont children. Rick is the founder and board president of Let's Grow Kids with a mission to ensure that all Vermont children have access to high-quality and affordable child care. Rick received his BS from the University of Colorado. He currently resides in Stowe with his wife, Lynn.

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, Chairperson of the Board Charles Kittredge

Charles Kittredge (Elected October 2012) is an Affiliate Partner of Lindsay Goldberg, an investment firm based in New York City. He is the former Chairman and CEO of Crane & Co., Inc., a company that specializes in the manufacture of currency papers, printed banknotes, passports, and counterfeit deterrent security features for central banks around the world including the United States Treasury. Kittredge sits on a variety of company and non-profit boards. He resides in Shelburne with his wife, Susan.

Neale Lunderville Neale Lunderville

Neale Lunderville (Elected April 2013) recently served as Director of the Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) in Burlington, Vermont and—from 2014 to 2018—as General Manager of Burlington Electric Department. Prior to that, he was Co-Founder and CEO of NG Advantage LLC, a natural gas distribution company. In 2011, he was appointed Irene Recovery Officer, leading and coordinating Vermont's recovery from the worst disaster to hit the state since the floods of 1927. He served in two top cabinet posts in Vermont state government: Secretary of Transportation (2006 to 2008) and Secretary of Administration (2008 to 2011), where he oversaw the daily operations of state government. He also served as Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs and a member of the governor's senior staff.

In addition to his work with Champlain College, Neale is chair of the board of the Preservation Trust of Vermont and serves on the boards of the Vermont Journalism Trust and Energy Action Network. He is a member of Governor Phil Scott's Government Modernization and Efficiency Team (GMET). He is also involved with Change the Story's Champions for Change and the Vermont Council on Rural Development's Climate Energy Action Team. He graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. and was given their 2012 Alumni Achievement Award.  

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 G'10 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.

Ken Minklei Ken Minklei

Ken Minklei (Elected October 2020) is the managing partner and chief investment officer at Whitney Peak Capital, LLC, in Boston. Prior to that Ken was an early partner at SCS Capital and served as the Chief Investment Officer and later the Co-Chief Investment Officer. Ken has spent over 25 years guiding institutional investors and endowments on their strategy and investment portfolio.

During his career in finance, Minklei has worked for various institutions including Cambridge Associates, where he worked closely with higher education foundations and sovereign wealth funds. He has also served as a vice president at J.P. Morgan and spent part of his career at CIBC and Citicorp. He received his bachelor's degree at SUNY University at Binghamton and has been actively involved with the institution's endowment. His son Gregory is currently a student at Champlain College, studying Early Childhood/Elementary Education. Minklei and his wife Joan have been active members of Champlain's Parent Advisory Council for the past three years. He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Judith W. O’Connell, Vice Chairperson of the Board Judith O'Connell Member of the Board of Trustees

Judith W. O’Connell (Elected October 2012) has more than 29 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.

Stacey Rainey Stacey Rainey

Stacey Rainey is a partner at Community Barn Ventures in Middlebury, Vermont. Community Barn Ventures was established in Fall 2017 to help entrepreneurs and growing businesses succeed. Committed to supporting community development and engagement, Ms. Rainey works with a variety of clients and organizations, providing consulting services and resources.

Before founding Community Barn Ventures, Rainey was Chief Operating Officer at Middlebury Interactive Languages, an online provider of World Language courses for grades K-12. Prior to her work there, she managed national investments for Microsoft Corporation education programs and worked as a consultant at The Parthenon Group, driving strategy engagements across sectors. She previously served on the board of The University of Massachusetts, chairing the Governance Committee and the UMass Boston Chancellor Search Committee. Locally, Rainey has served on The Bridge School board and currently serves on the Middlebury Underground board. She earned her BA from Union College and her MBA from Boston College. Stacey and her family live in Weybridge, Vermont.

Raj Rawal Raj Rawal

Raj Rawal (Elected October 2020) is the Managing Partner for SF Mango Investments, LLC, a real estate investment company.  Previously, he has served as CEO of Fresh Diet, as SVP and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Burger King, as SVP and CIO at Avis Budget Group, and as CIO at Trilegiant.  Raj started his career as an engineer at GE and left after 18 years when he was the CIO at GE Information Services.

Raj was an active Board member of The Education Fund (non-profit providing private sector leadership and support for innovation in public education) for over 10 years and an advisory board member of IT Women (non-profit with a mission to increase the number of women in the fields of technology and engineering) for over 9 years.

Raj received his MS Operations Research from Case Western Reserve University, and BS Engineering in Computer Science from the University of Connecticut.  He currently resides in Essex Junction with his wife, Anne, and children.

Brad Robertson Brad Robertson

Brad Robertson (Elected April 2017) is the Head of Digital Commerce at New Vitality in New York. 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 strategic fundraising consultant. She currently works with Family Reach, a national non-profit in the healthcare space, and previously served as Vice President of Development at MassChallenge, a startup accelerator based in Boston. She spent 20 years working for Babson College in the advancement division, leading the principal and major gift teams in two comprehensive capital campaigns during her extensive tenure. Prior to Babson, Julie worked as Director, New Products and Services with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in Washington, DC. 

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 Member of the Board of Trustees

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.

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), 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 University of Vermont Health Network Home Health and Hospice.

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.

Jeremy Walla, ’15 Jeremy Walla Member of the Board of Trustees

Jeremy Walla (Elected October 2016) is an IT Consultant within the Mergers and Acquisitions group at Deloitte Consulting in Boston. Previously, he managed IT operations and special projects for Lake Street Advisors, a multi-family financial office in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. After receiving his BS in Accounting from Champlain College in 2015, Jeremy went on to receive his MBA from 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, and 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.

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.