Alumni Leadership Board

Mission and Vision

Mission Statement:

The Alumni Leadership Board, in collaboration with the Office of Advancement and the greater Champlain College community, will facilitate mutually beneficial relationships between current and future alumni and work to ensure the College's success and contribute to the Institution's philanthropic growth by promoting an active, passionate, and engaged alumni body.


To lead an expansive network of alumni supporting the success of fellow graduates and current students and to form a significant and constant alumni presence within the Champlain College community.

Alumni Board Purpose and Functions:

  • Preserve and enhance the reputation of Champlain College as an innovative, career-focused, pragmatic institution of higher education
  • Instill a sense of pride in our alumni and educate them about the value, network, and power of the Champlain community
  • Educate our faculty, staff and students about our alumni community and the importance of their professional networks
  • Encourage lifelong career growth for alumni through mentorship and networking opportunities
  • Lead, support, and engage all alumni with the College's advancement and philanthropic initiatives

Alumni Leadership Board Members

Holly Aery

Holly Aery '14 (Early Childhood/Elementary Education)

Holly has always enjoyed working with children in schools, summer camps, and after-school programs—with her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Champlain College, she has been able to broaden her available opportunities to work with children. Since graduating in May 2014, Holly has enjoyed a variety of elementary school teaching positions in her hometown of Guilford, Connecticut, and, most recently, in Denver, Colorado. Holly's teaching goal is always to make school a place students want to be, and she was recognized with a STAR teacher award in 2015. During her free time, she is traveling America, reading, cooking, and exploring different outdoor activities like biking and hiking. Holly is passionate about improving the world of education and has big plans to do so.


Adrianna Alpaugh '13 (Applied Psychology)

Adrianna is from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Champlain in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Applied Psychology and a focus on Older Adults and Mental Health. She currently lives in Boston and is pursuing her master's degree in Clinical Social Work. Adrianna is very passionate about working with geriatric patients—and their families—who suffer from Alzheimer's Disease. She aspires to be a Geriatric Social Worker specializing in Neurocognitive Disorder. During her time at Champlain, Adrianna was a Peer Advisor, served on the senior class gift committee, and was always trying to find new ways to be more involved on campus. Despite her busy schedule, Adrianna tries to get back up to Vermont as much as she can, especially in the winter to hit the slopes! She often says that Burlington is her favorite place in the world and will forever be her home. 

Kevin Ameden

Kevin Ameden '16 (Finance & Accounting)

Kevin is from Jamaica, Vermont, and graduated from Champlain in 2016. He is now a Staff Accountant at C & S Wholesale Grocers in Brattleboro, VT. During his senior year, Kevin served as the Director of Finance for the Student Government Association where he helped to lead two projects. These projects included the creation of a digital archive system for the retention of records as well as an inventory management system for more than 40 recognized clubs. He also co-led the creation of the student-managed investment fund, which aims to allow Stiller School of Business students the opportunity to engage in a radically pragmatic professional trading and realistic portfolio management experience. Prior to this position on the SGA, Kevin spent the summer leading into senior year at Fortress Investment Group assuming a role in their Accounting and Operations departments. In his free time, Kevin enjoys spending time outdoors and advising on all matters related to his parents' businesses.

Ali Barnes

Alison Barnes '14 (Public Relations)

Alison Barnes is a native Vermonter who loves being a local. Ali graduated from Champlain College with a Public Relations Degree in 2014 and uses her communication skills everywhere she goes. Her involvement in the food and beverage industry for the past 10 years has given her endless experience and opportunity for future growth. Ali thrives on the farm-to-table grub and traditional family-style cooking Burlington has to offer. Her favorite activities are eating copious amounts of food with family and friends, staying active, and participating in community events to raise awareness for numerous causes.

Sam Brehm

Samantha Brehm '14 (Early Childhood/Elementary Education)

Samantha is a kindergarten teacher in her hometown of Jericho, Vermont. She graduated from Champlain in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education with a certification for birth–age 3. Samantha strives to create a loving, safe and fun classroom environment in which each student knows they are able to be themselves. She is a firm believer that to be a great teacher (and human being) you must always have the personal drive to learn. Samantha constantly challenges herself to push the envelope and her own comfort zone so she can learn from new ideas. She views a teacher's job as one to facilitate autonomous learning, not just to get through a lesson. When Sam is not with her students, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, walking her dog, sewing, and hiking. Sam is passionate about education and has future goals of exploring educational policy or spreading her passion to future teachers. 

Chris Brown

Christopher Brown '07 (Business)

Christopher Brown is a passionate innovation practitioner and Executive Committee Member of the Alumni Leadership Board at Champlain College. He works as Director of Marketing at Heartland Food Products in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Previously, Chris held roles as Marketing Manager, Innovation at Reily Foods in New Orleans and as Product Manager, Global Innovation at Keurig Green Mountain. Prior to joining Keurig in 2009, Chris acquired a small salon and spa business and transformed it into a purpose-driven brand experience that earned local and national admiration for its advanced, plant-derived hair coloring system and haircare products. In addition to his degree from Champlain, Chris holds an MBA with a concentration in Innovation and New Venture Management from Clarkson University. 

Maureen Golden

Maureen Golden '04 G'15 (Professional Studies, Master of Science in Law)

Maureen Golden completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Management at Champlain College and went on to complete her Master of Science in Law at Champlain in 2015. Maureen is Vice President and Business Relationship Manager at KeyBank, and she was previously a Commercial and Residential Loan Officer at Peoples Trust Company. When she is not working or volunteering at Champlain, Maureen teaches at Community College of Vermont and enjoys mountain biking, alpine skiing, writing, and spending as much time as possible with her husband Mike, her family, and her friends. Maureen is also a committed volunteer with the United Way and Dragonheart Vermont, where she competes in dragon boat racing with her team on a national level.

Chris Gookin

Maj. Christopher Gookin '99 (Liberal Studies)

Major Christopher Gookin is the JFHQ Public Affairs Officer at Joint Force Headquarters Vermont and a Major in the Medical Service Corps of the US Army. He has a long and distinguished military career and has served as a Platoon Leader, Company Commander and S4-Squadron Logistics Officer. Chris also has extensive experience in higher education, having worked in Admissions at Cambridge College in Massachusetts and at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. 

Audrey Holm Hansen

Audrey Holm-Hansen '94 '11 (Electrical Technology, Legal Studies)

Audrey Holm-Hansen received an Associate of Science in Electrical Technology from Champlain College in 1994 as a part-time student and full-time IBM employee, after having already received a bachelor's degree in Physics from RPI and a master's degree in Computer Science from UVM. Before retiring from Vermont's Air National Guard in 2012, Audrey used Champlain’s tuition discount benefit to complete the Legal Studies Program—she earned her Paralegal Certificate in 2011. She’s currently using her education by serving pro bono as a condo board president and Planned Residential Development board treasurer. Audrey is the 2013 recipient of the Robert A. Skiff Alumni Leadership Award.

Laura Huffman

Laura Huffman '05 (Business)

Laura received her Business degree from Champlain College in 2005. After leading a successful software implementation for her fashion-industry employer, Laura decided to combine her business background and curiosity for technology to refocus her career path, while staying in the fashion business. In the summer of 2016, she transitioned to a new career in Indianapolis, joining fashion line Lyssé as the Business Application Manager. Her skills have her positioned to lead IT initiatives with a complete business perspective, rather than a solely IT perspective. Having grown up and lived most of her life in New England, Laura is excited to be living in the Crossroads of America and is ready to start exploring the region. From watching races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to tasting all that the Midwest has to offer along the KY Bourbon Trail, she is always ready for the next adventure!

Stephen Jablonski

Stephen Jablonski '12 (Computer & Digital Forensics)

Born in New Jersey, Stephen came to Vermont for college in 2008. After graduating with a degree in Computer & Digital Forensics in 2012, Stephen worked as a Data Analyst at In August 2016, Stephen joined the team at American Meadows to be their sole Data Analyst. In his free time, he trains for obstacle races (such as the Tough Mudder and Spartan), enjoys playing soccer around Burlington, writes for a blog, practices bass, plays video game,s and indulges in movies and TV shows. Stephen supports conservation efforts worldwide and is passionate about science and art in any form.

Dan Jacobs

Daniel Jacobs G'17 (Master of Business Administration)

As an MBA student at Champlain College, Daniel was exposed to strengths-based organizational development management and Integrated Reflective Practice (IRP), two methods that have influenced his career as an HR practitioner. Daniel is also an active member of the local HR community, volunteering for the Vermont Human Resource Association (VTHRA) since 2014. He was awarded the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Vermont State Conference Scholarship in 2015. Daniel, a resident of Burlington, Vermont, earned his Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies from the University of Vermont. When left to his own devices, he enjoys playing squash, skiing in the Green Mountains, and boating on Lake Champlain.

Erin Laffin

Erin Laffin '15 (Communications, Marketing)

Erin Laffin is from Norwell, Massachusetts. She graduated from Champlain in 2015 with a degree in Communications and a specialization in Marketing. During her time at Champlain, Erin worked in Alumni Relations where she learned the importance of staying connected to the College after graduating. Erin lives in Boston and continues to pursue her love of the arts by working for Boston Ballet, a company where she was a student for over 13 years. During her free time, Erin enjoys hiking with her dog, yoga, dance, and spending time with her family.

Lindsey Leichthammer

Lindsey Leichthammer '10 (Business, Event Management)

Lindsey (Campbell) Leichthammer, originally from just south of Boston in Marshfield, Massachusetts, is a 2010 graduate of the Business and Event Management programs at Champlain College. She possesses fourteen years of experience in food, beverage  and catering fields, including eight of those years managing weddings and events in Vermont. She is currently the Director of Catering & Events with The Farmhouse Group as well as the President of the Vermont Association of Wedding Professionals. Lindsey has an eye for detail and design and a great passion for fulfilling the vision of her clients on some of the most important and memorable days of their lives. She currently lives in Winooski, Vermont, with her husband, Andrew Leichthammer ('07), owner and head brewer of Good Measure Brewing Company, along with their two rescue pups, Banjo and Salty.

Roland Palmer

Roland Palmer '90 (Computers in Management)

Roland (on the right, with his husband Mark) is a native Vermonter who grew up in Hinesburg. He started working at Champlain College in July 2006 as Director of Advancement Services. Roland is also an active member of the Champlain College Rainbow Alliance Group (an LGBTQ Affinity Group for Champlain faculty & staff) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Gay & Lesbian Fund of Vermont.

Alana Perry

Alana Perry '15 (Communications)

Alana was born and raised in the Green Mountain State and graduated from Champlain in 2015 with a degree in Communications. She currently works as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Champlain where she has had the opportunity to meet people from all over the country. During her time as a student at Champlain, Alana served as a member of the Student Ambassador Team and Intern Team within the Admissions office. It is fair to say that both of these opportunities are what opened her eyes to the world of higher education. In May of 2017, Alana received her master's degree in Executive Leadership from Champlain. This accomplishment has empowered her to take on new leadership roles within every community she is a part of. In her free time, Alana enjoys being with friends and family, trying new food at one of the many delicious restaurants in Burlington, and being outdoors. She spends a majority of her weekends hiking, skiing, camping and traveling.

Owen Phipps '12

Owen Phipps '12 (Computer Information Systems)

Owen Phipps graduated from Champlain College in 2012 with a degree in Computer Information Systems. While attending Champlain, he balanced both working and attending school full-time. He now manages a team of integration engineers in multiple offices throughout the US at CJ Affiliate by Conversant. In his spare time, Owen enjoys playing golf, traveling, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Nick Pugliese

Nick Pugliese '13 (Graphic Design & Digital Media*)

Nick Pugliese is a Creative Designer at Criteo in Boston, Massachusetts. Before moving to Boston, Nick was a Media Designer in the Advertising department at He graduated from Champlain College in 2013 with a degree in Graphic Design & Digital Media. When he is not working, Nick is taking full advantage of what Vermont has to offer through the seasons. From snowboarding in the winter to soccer during the summer, he lives and loves the active lifestyle. Nick also has a passion for cooking and spends most of his free time in the kitchen.

*In 2019, the Graphic Design & Digital Media major was renamed to the Visual Communication Design major

Adam Rowe

Adam Rowe '14 (Marketing Management)

Adam Rowe is the Marketing Manager for the Vermont Ski Areas Association. Previously, Adam lived in Connecticut where he worked in marketing for the off-road industry. There, he specialized in sales and marketing, content management, trade show coordination and community building. He also worked closely with industry partners to help cross-promote and strengthen brands on multiple levels. As a Champlain student, Adam held leadership roles in the Student Government Association (President 2012-2013, Vice President 2011-2012) and served on the 2014 Senior Class Gift committee.

Jeremy Walla

Jeremy Walla '15 (Accounting)

Jeremy graduated from Champlain in May of 2015 with a degree in Accounting, and more recently completed his MBA at the University of New Hampshire. As a native of New Hampshire, Jeremy decided to stay in the area and is now a Business Analyst at Lake Street Advisors, a boutique wealth management firm in Portsmouth. While at Champlain, he served as the Director of Finance for the Student Government Association; he continues to keep in touch with current SGA leaders. While in that position, Jeremy helped lead two major projects for the SGA. These projects included a new office/student space called The Hearthstone (located in IDX), and the creation of a student-managed investment fund. Needless to say, he's a strong supporter of the college and is excited to be a member of the leadership board. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys golfing and racing BMWs with his father. Jeremy also serves on the Champlain College Board of Trustees.

Staff Liaison:

Mary Still '15, Assistant Director of Engagements & Annual Giving: or 802.865.5427