Search Committee & Partner

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The Presidential Search Committee is the primary conduit between the campus and the candidates. Its charge is to create a Search Profile that reflects what the campus is looking for in a new leader, narrow the pool of applicants, and recommend a short list of highly qualified candidates from which the Board makes the final decision.

We developed the Committee membership to be broadly representative of the campus's diverse community. The Search Committee includes six on-campus representatives (faculty, staff, and students), six trustees, and one community member. The complete list with short bios and photos can be found below.

While the members represent various campus constituencies, groups, schools, and governing bodies, the Search Committee's first duty is to the College: to find a great leader who will drive Champlain forward in the years ahead.

The Search Committee will be supported by a search partner: Koya Leadership Partners. We've hired Koya because we are impressed with its demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and its experience recruiting high-quality candidates that can balance the need for collaboration, consensus, and respect in governance with being responsive to market realities and the evolving interests of both traditional and non-traditional students. Koya is well-versed in the unique and pressing challenges that face higher education today, and will help position Champlain to attract top-tier candidates who can lead us forward in the decade to come.

Presidential Search Committee, August 2019

Molly Kathleen Aldrich

Molly Kathleen Aldrich, '20

President, Student Government Association 
Molly Kathleen is a member of Champlain College's senior class studying Business Administration with a minor in Legal Studies. She serves as the President of the Champlain College Student Government Association for the 2019-2020 academic year. Molly is a math tutor through Champlain's Smart Space and a member of the Stiller Women in Business. Her internship experience includes community outreach for SunCommon and public affairs support for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

Tiffany Bluemle

Tiffany Bluemle

Community Member 
Tiffany is the Founder and Director of Change the Story (CTS), a collaborative initiative aimed at fast-tracking gender equity in Vermont. Through its research and reports, advocacy efforts, and engagement of new allies – particularly men and employers – CTS has catalyzed new discussions and changes in public and private policy and practice. Prior to founding CTS, Tiffany served as Executive Director of Vermont Works for Women (VWW), an organization dedicated to assisting women and girls develop skills and capacities that are critical to long-term economic independence. While at VWW, Tiffany helped spearhead a statewide coalition on workforce development and served as a member of the state’s Next Generation Commission, which developed a road map for new investments in workforce development.

Tiffany previously worked as a middle and high school history teacher and at NYC Outward Bound. She has served as a Trustee of Princeton University, from which she earned a Bachelor of Arts. She also received a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Stephanie Hainley

Stephanie Hainley, G'12

Trustee 
Stephanie was elected to the Champlain College Board of Trustees in 2016 and is the Chief Operating Officer & Senior Project Manager at White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors, Inc. 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 six 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 Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont, a Master of Business Administration from Champlain College, and was the first Vermont woman to earn the designation of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).

Johnna Herrick-Phelps

Johnna Herrick-Phelps, Ph.D.

Professor and Assistant Provost, Champlain College Online 
Johnna’s leadership of Champlain College Online includes oversight of the academic team, e-Learning, and quality assurance, advising, and the Teachers Apprenticeship Program (TAP). Since joining Champlain in July 2018, Herrick-Phelps has worked closely with the truED team to deepen existing partnerships and secure new business.

She has served in the field of higher education for nineteen years in both faculty and administrative positions and was also the principal of JH Phelps & Associates Consulting for almost twenty years. During that time, Johnna worked with public and private organizations in the areas of leadership development, workforce development, change management, and strategic planning. Her book, Seen But Not Heard: The Implemented Strategies and Situational Factors Executive Women Use in the Workplace, was published in 2007.

Johnna earned her doctorate in human and organizational development systems and a master’s degree in human development from Fielding Graduate University. She also has a master’s degree in organizational management and leadership, and a bachelor’s degree in human services from Springfield College.

Neale Lunderville

Neale Lunderville

Trustee; Chair, Presidential Search Committee 
Neale was elected to the Champlain College Board of Trustees in 2013 and is Chair of the Audit, Risk, and Compliance Committee. Neale 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 Administration from 2008 to 2011 where he oversaw the daily operations of state government; and Secretary of Transportation from 2006 to 2008. 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.

Maria Morales

Maria Morales, '20

Vice President, Student Government Association 
Maria is a first-generation Mexican-American student at Champlain College. She holds active positions as a Resident Assistant, a work study student on the Residential Life team, and is the Vice President of Champlain’s Student Government Association. Maria is a 2019 Newman Civic Fellow, a Campus Compact program recognizing community-committed students and providing training and resources to support their commitment to public and social change. Currently, she is working toward a double licensure in Secondary and Middle Education and will be student teaching in the Burlington community during the upcoming academic year.

Colin Owyang

Colin Owyang

Trustee 
Colin was elected to the Champlain College Board of Trustees in 2018. He serves as Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Vermont Electric Power Company (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, D.C., 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.

Brad Robertson

Brad Robertson, P'22

Trustee 
Brad was elected to the Champlain College Board of Trustees in 2017. He currently is the Head of Digital Commerce at New Vitality in New York. He previously served as Senior Vice President of MyWebGrocer, following nearly 20 years with the Gannett Corporation in a wide range of 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/President 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.

Brad also serves on the board of Vermont Public Radio. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Northern Illinois University.

Shaylea Scribner

Shaylea Scribner, '10, G'17

Advancement Project Manager 
Shaylea joined Champlain College in October 2013, working first in the President’s Office and recently moving to the Office of Institutional Advancement. Her job responsibilities include managing the principal and major gifts system and supporting donor relations. Shaylea earned both her bachelor's degree in Business and Master of Business Administration from Champlain College. She currently serves as the President of Champlain’s Staff Council. In addition, Shaylea assumed the role of Chair of the Vermont Women in Higher Education Executive Board in June 2019, after serving as a board member since 2016.

Dr. Kathy Seiler

Dr. Kathy Seiler, P'21

Associate Professor, Division of Information Science and Technology 
Dr. Seiler teaches Science courses, is Science Coordinator, and currently serves as the President of the Faculty Senate. She has taught Human Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Forensic Science, Bioinformatics, and Evolutionary Biology courses here. She has a B.S. in Biology, with a concentration in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry from Towson University, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology from the University of Utah, where she trained in molecular biology, genetics, and the immunology of arthritis in Lyme Disease.

Since living in Vermont, she has worked as a content developer and manager for a clinical software company in Vermont, as a content developer and editor for model organisms genome databases, and as an instructor in genetics and advanced genetics courses and in bioinformatics outreach at UVM. Just before joining Champlain College, Dr. Seiler spent over five years as Head of Biological Data Management and Bioinformatics Scientist at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA. She has served in faculty governance positions for more than half of her time at Champlain College.

Julie Snow

Julie Snow, '86

Trustee 
Julie was elected to the Champlain College Board of Trustees in 2014 and works as a strategic fundraising consultant. She currently works with Family Reach, a national non-profit in the healthcare sector, 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. Prior to Babson, Julie worked as Director, New Products and Services with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in Washington, D.C.

Julie graduated from Champlain College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science 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.

Linda Tarr-Whelan

Linda Tarr-Whelan

Trustee 
Linda was elected to the Champlain College Board of Trustees in 2018. She is an international expert on women's leadership in the economy and government. She currently serves as a Visiting Fellow on Women's Leadership at Champlain College. 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 U.S. Ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. She has held leadership roles at the New York State Department of Labor, the National Education Association, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, and several national think tanks.

Linda is Managing Partner in Tarr-Whelan & Associates, Inc., an international change management consultancy, and is the author of Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World.

Nursing was her original career and she holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins, and an Master of Science from the University of Maryland. Currently, Linda is a board member for the United Way of Northwest Vermont and the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties.

Joseph Williams

Joseph Williams

Adjunct Faculty and Project Manager, Leahy Center for Digital Investigation 
Joe is an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Information Technology & Sciences and Project Manager in the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation at Champlain College. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, he attended Jesuit High School in New Orleans and went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in bioenvironmental science from Texas A&M University. At TAMU he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. After graduation, he entered the United States Navy enlisting in March of 2004 as an Information System Technician and started his journey to learn about computers and networking.

Joe had the opportunity to travel the world in the Navy and after eight years of active duty service, he decided to join the civilian world and enter the field of higher education. Joe earned a master’s in education from Old Dominion University and a master’s in Digital Forensics Management at Champlain College.

Katherine Birrow

Katherine Birrow

Chief of Staff, Office of the President 
Principal Staff (non-voting)
In her role as Chief of Staff, Katherine serves as an adviser to the President, manages the operations of the President’s Office, and is the liaison to the Board of Trustees. Prior to joining Champlain in 2016, she served as Assistant to the President for Development and Planning and Assistant Secretary of the University at Georgetown. In this capacity, Katherine supported a number of national searches for academic leadership roles, including the Executive Vice President and Provost. She graduated from Georgetown University.