Class of 2012 Graduates from Executive Leadership Program

Champlain College's Center for Professional and Executive Development and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce the graduation of twenty-three senior executives from Excellence in Executive Leadership (ExcEL). Established in 2009, this program provides an experiential, reflective learning environment that supports executive leadership development, an executive peer learning group and one-on-one coaching opportunities. The core components of the program are: developing and strengthening emotional intelligence, building strategic capacity and influencing systems.

In the words of one 2012 graduate, Tracey Moran, Vice President of Marketing at Marathon Health, "This program is a high impact experience that helps participants explore new possibilities, try on new skills, and develop a new way of thinking about the privilege and responsibility of being a leader.

"The Class of 2012 included:

  • Mohamed Basha, President, TLC Nursing Associates
  • David Blin, Laboratory Manager, Northwestern Medical Center
  • Greg Brand, President, Bluehouse Group
  • Marlon Branicki, Vice President of R & D Brand Solutions, Principal Architect, MyWebGrocer
  • Joe Braun, Vice President of Manufacturing, Twincraft
  • Evelyn Burns, Director, Technical Support, Dealer Dot Com
  • Alison Calderara, Community Relations & Development Director, Community Health Centers of Burlington
  • Rick Cusick, Chief Information Officer, Reading Plus
  • Mark Davitt, Chief Financial Officer, Twincraft
  • Kelly Devine, Executive Director, Burlington Business Association
  • Tom Gallagher, Peoples Trust Company
  • Liz Gamache, Manager of Corporate Services, Vermont Electric Cooperative (and Mayor of Saint Albans)
  • Geoff Glaspie, Plant Manager, Husky Injection Molding
  • Ron Ingram, Director of Preconstruction, Minto Communities, Inc. (Ottawa, Canada)
  • Brian Meyer, Senior Vice President - Region Manager Commercial Banking, People's United Bank
  • Tracey Moran, Vice President of Marketing, Marathon Health
  • Anne Petrow, Director of Audit, Risk Management and Loan review, Merchants Bank
  • Brian Pine, Assistant Director of Housing, City of Burlington, CEDO
  • Jill Torrey, Manager of Medical Cardiology Services and Patient Access, Northwestern Medical Center
  • Amy Vaughan, Director of Revenue, Finance & Reimbursement, Fletcher Allen Healthcare
  • Maureen Vinci, Director of Pediatrics, Fletcher Allen Healthcare
  • Caryn Waxman, Attorney and Co-Chair, Family Law Group, Downs Rachlin & Martin
  • Jim Westhelle, Vice President, Director of Lodging, Sugarbush Resort/Summit Ventures

The Excellence in Executive Leadership (ExcEL) program is now accepting applications online for fall 2013 at its program website, Space is limited and participants are selected through a competitive application process. The application deadline is May 1. Tuition discounts are available for early applicants.

Rudy Chase, a senior executive with Revision Military and a Class of 2010 graduate shared, "The ExcEL program is a must do experience for senior leaders in any organization. The material is presented with such intelligence, flair, and mastery that one will leave the sessions greatly enlightened. The instructors expertly craft the material into an enjoyable, fun, insightful, experience. It was truly a game-changer for me, and an experience not to be forgotten.

"For more information contact Melissa Hersh at Champlain College's Center for Professional and Executive Development, (802) 865-5402,, Cari Kelley at the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce or visit: program is supported by the Vermont Training Program. Tuition reimbursements apply for qualified employers.

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit