Robert P. Stiller School of Business, Champlain College
Dr. Wes Balda is Professor of International Management and formerly served as Dean of the Stiller School. Dr. Balda previously led executive …Read More...
Dr. Wes Balda is Professor of International Management and formerly served as Dean of the Stiller School. Dr. Balda previously led executive management and doctorate programs at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management in Claremont, California, as well as the founding Dean of the George Fox University School of Management.
Wes previously worked as Assistant Dean for Portland programs at the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business and Executive Director of the Oregon Business Institute, and before that as Executive Director of the Centre for Advancing International Management [AIM Centre] and Professor of Management at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies.
Earlier, he led executive management and doctoral programs at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management in Claremont, California as well as serving as the founding Dean at the George Fox University School of Management. He held an agency head position in local government, served as a destroyer officer in the U.S. Navy and piloted law enforcement helicopters in southern California as a sworn police officer. He received his PhD in History from the University of Cambridge, focusing on organizational sustainability, and has taught and published in crisis management, general management, and leadership areas in the United States and international universities for nearly thirty years.Collapse
Merrill Lynch Global Private Client Group
Lawrence (Larz) Barber, CRPC®, CFM, ChFC® is an Assistant Vice President with Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management in Burlington and speci …Read More...
Lawrence (Larz) Barber, CRPC®, CFM, ChFC® is an Assistant Vice President with Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management in Burlington and specializes in socially responsible investing and comprehensive financial planning for individual, corporate and non-profit clients.
Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 1997 Larz helped start and grow many SR companies in Vermont including Northern Power Systems (where he was VP of Field Services), Ski Tuner/Grindrite, Vermont Ginseng Products, Mad River Rockets, and Maya Computer.Collapse
Northland Design & Construction (VBSR Board Secretary)
Russ is the owner/founder of Northland Design & Construction, since 1978. Northland has a long history of designing and building energy …Read More...
Russ is the owner/founder of Northland Design & Construction, since 1978. Northland has a long history of designing and building energy efficient high end residences, as well as working with businesses of all kinds (restaurants, food production, manufacturing, retail) to design and build them the facilities they need to grow and continue to be successful. Northland also works on the planning and design and artistic direction for the largest outdoor music festivals in the country.
Russ is a landlord and past owner of Scoop Shops. He has served on many boards and was a Director and President of the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce and the chairman of the Waitsfield Planning Commission. He played a vital role in procuring funding for public bus service in the Mad River Valley.Collapse
David is the founder of NRG Systems, his first entrepreneurial venture that grew into an internationally recognized leader in wind measureme …Read More...
David is the founder of NRG Systems, his first entrepreneurial venture that grew into an internationally recognized leader in wind measurement technology.
In 2004, David stepped down as CEO of NRG Systems to start AllEarth Renewables, a company dedicated to the development, manufacture and deployment of residential-scale, grid-tied renewable energy systems. David has been active with the VBSR Policy Committee on energy-related issues and has worked on energy- and healthcare-related legislative issues. He currently serves on the boards of the following local and national organizations: the Distributed Wind Energy Association, Renewable Energy Vermont, the Small Wind Certification Council, the Energy Co-op of Vermont, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, the Canino School of Engineering Technology at SUNY-Canton, and the U.S. division of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas.
Prior to 2010, he served for 16 years as treasurer and one year as president of the American Wind Energy Association. He currently lives in Charlotte in a home completely powered by renewable energy sources.Collapse
Business Development, B Lab
Yola joined B Lab in 2011. Her work in the area of Community Development facilitates entry into the B Corp community for businesses that com …Read More...
Yola joined B Lab in 2011. Her work in the area of Community Development facilitates entry into the B Corp community for businesses that commit to high standards of transparency, accountability and performance, and brings momentum, through membership growth, to the global B Corp movement that redefines success in business and builds a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable economy. She also manages a private consulting initiative in the field of sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
From 2007 to 2011, Yola held the position of Director of Sustainability at Burt’s Bee developing, integrating and monitoring innovative strategies to achieve the brand’s sustainability/CSR goals. As Executive Director of the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation, Yola worked to create meaningful partnerships with non-profit organizations with a mission to drive innovative, positive change through systemic and replicable models that seek to eliminate the root cause of social and environmental problems.
Prior to joining Burt’s Bees, Yola was Director of Social Mission at Ben & Jerry’s in Burlington, VT where she managed pioneering environmental and socially conscious directions for the company’s domestic and international business.Collapse
Communications Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
Rachel is the communications director at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, a non-profit organization committed to sustainable economic deve …Read More...
Rachel is the communications director at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, a non-profit organization committed to sustainable economic development in agriculture and food system, forest product, waste management, renewable energy, and environmental technology sectors. In this role, Rachel manages consumer education and marketing initiatives for the Farm to Plate Network’s collective work implementing Vermont’s food system plan. Rachel owned and operated a public relations, social media, and grassroots marketing business from 2006-2013, working with Vermont clients in agriculture, tourism, food, finance, education, small business, government municipalities, and non-profit sectors. She was recognized as the 2008 Vermont Young Careerist of the Year and was a 2010 Vermont Business Magazine Rising Star Award in its inaugural year. Prior positions include the director of public relations at a Vermont marketing agency, marketing director at an insurance agency, and a program manager with the Girl Scouts. Rachel is also a social media influencer, journalist, and community mentor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations and organizational communication from Marist College and lives with her husband on their homestead in Plainfield, Vermont.
Managing Principal, Cx Associates
Jennifer Chiodo has over 30 years of experience creating and managing new approaches to garnering energy efficiency in the business sector w …Read More...
Jennifer Chiodo has over 30 years of experience creating and managing new approaches to garnering energy efficiency in the business sector while overseeing the implementation of thousands of energy efficiency, commissioning and measurement and verification projects. She has fostered the development of Cx Associates into a widely recognized leader in the areas of energy efficiency, commissioning, and evaluation, measurement and verification of energy efficiency projects and programs as well as a socially responsible business that puts people and the planet ahead of profits.
Ms. Chiodo is actively engaged in addressing global warming through building energy efficiency and her volunteer work on her town energy committee and as Advocacy Chair on the Board of the Vermont Green Building Network. Ms. Chiodo was instrumental in the development of Efficiency Vermont, managing the Business Energy Services Division from start-up through the successful fulfillment of the first contract term.
During Ms. Chiodo’s 10 year stint as a project manager and electrical engineer in San Francisco, she developed a keen awareness of the value of energy codes, training and enforcement as well as a deep knowledge of the commercial building sector.Collapse
Black River Produce
Mark moved to Vermont in 1974 at the age of 20. In 1978 he opened a natural food store with Steve Birge called Black River Market. In 1978 t …Read More...
Mark moved to Vermont in 1974 at the age of 20. In 1978 he opened a natural food store with Steve Birge called Black River Market.
In 1978 the store morphed into a wholesale distribution co., Black River Produce which currently has about 150 employees. He is married to Margie Straub and they have raised four sons. He has served on numerous local and state boards including “Vermont Fresh Network.”Collapse
Director of Sustainability, Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Jed Davis is Director of Sustainability for Cabot Creamery Cooperative. Jed has a lifetime involvement with agriculture and cooperatives and …Read More...
Jed Davis is Director of Sustainability for Cabot Creamery Cooperative. Jed has a lifetime involvement with agriculture and cooperatives and over two decades of service in the cheese world.
Born and raised on a six-generation family dairy and fruit farm in Central Massachusetts, Jed received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and his Masters in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He moved to Vermont in 1991 to begin working at Cabot and has held a variety of marketing, sales and operations positions.
In 2008, Jed was named Cabot’s first Director of Sustainability and his efforts now center on helping Cabot achieve its own understanding of “Sustainability” – “living within our means and ensuring the means to live” – from cow-to-creamery-to-customer. Jed represents Cabot on a number of state and national sustainability efforts, including the Sustainability Council of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, the Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Council and Green Up Vermont.
In 2010, Jed was named a fellow in the Dana Meadows Leadership Program of the Sustainability Institute. Jed, his wife Elizabeth, and their small “herd” of four children live in Waterbury, VT. Cabot Creamery is owned by the dairy farm families of the Agri-Mark cooperative, and is proud to be a certified B Corporation.Collapse
AIA, LEED AP (2016) Managing Principal, TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design
David is the managing principal at TruexCullins (TXC) and a long-time VBSR member. TXC has four areas of focus: Workplace, Home, Resort, Edu …Read More...
David is the managing principal at TruexCullins (TXC) and a long-time VBSR member. TXC has four areas of focus: Workplace, Home, Resort, Education and Interiors. David co-leads the Education and Workplace Studios.
David’s passion is creating engaging 21st Century learning environments. He has designed created master plans and school facilities in over 35 countries.
Partner, Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs
Since being admitted as Partner in Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs in January 2005, Bret Hodgdon has had a key role in the firm’s growth …Read More...
Since being admitted as Partner in Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs in January 2005, Bret Hodgdon has had a key role in the firm’s growth into one of the area’s most innovative public accounting firms. His daily embrace of new technologies has resulted in efficiency improvements not only for the firm but also for many of the firm’s corporate clients. Bret is one of Vermont’s only accountants with the designations of Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), with expertise in fraud prevention, corporate investigations and forensic accounting. Originally from Hardwick, VT, Bret is a graduate of Lyndon State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Business Administration. Since 1998 he has worked with a variety of clients providing audit, tax and consulting services in a number of specialized areas such as non-profit organizations, the construction industry and wholesale/retail.Collapse
Director of Good Works and PR, Gardener's Supply Company
Claudia Marshall is a life-long communications professional, with experience in traditional and social media. She combines that experience w …Read More...
Claudia Marshall is a life-long communications professional, with experience in traditional and social media. She combines that experience with a long-time interest in community outreach and social justice. Claudia is currently the Director of Good Works and Public Relations at Gardener’s Supply Company in Burlington, VT. Her work includes distributing 8% of the company’s profits to causes that make the world a better place through gardening and sustainable agriculture.
Before moving to Vermont in 2013, Claudia was an award-winning writer, reporter and news anchor in New York City for CBS News and ABC News – on both radio and television. And she spent a dozen years hosting the public radio station, WFUV, featured frequently on NPR.
Claudia has tutored in a literacy program for underserved children in Oregon and worked in a crisis hotline in New York. She rode a bike from New York to Boston to raise money and awareness for AIDS research. In Vermont she has volunteered at a multi-denominational program to provide emergency services to Burlington-area poor and immigrant families. She serves as a deacon at her church in Charlotte.Collapse
Social Mission Activism Manager, Ben & Jerry's (VBSR Board Vice Chair)
Chris Miller currently serves as the Social Mission Activism Manager at Ben & Jerry’s, a unique position in the corporate world, where h …Read More...
Chris Miller currently serves as the Social Mission Activism Manager at Ben & Jerry’s, a unique position in the corporate world, where he develops consumer facing activism campaigns that support the company’s progressive values. Before recently joining Ben & Jerry’s, Chris led the sustainability work at Seventh Generation. In addition to his for-profit experience, Chris directed Greenpeace USA’s national climate campaign and served on the staff of then Congressman Bernie Sanders. When he’s not working, Chris enjoys the outdoors, eating lots of local food, and has recently tried his hand at running marathons. He currently serves on the board of Car Share Vermont.
Director of Sustainability, New Chapter (VBSR Board Chair)
Sara Newmark is the Senior Director of Sustainability at New Chapter, Inc. of Brattleboro, Vermont. New Chapter is a manufacturer of Non-GM …Read More...
Sara Newmark is the Senior Director of Sustainability at New Chapter, Inc. of Brattleboro, Vermont. New Chapter is a manufacturer of Non-GMO Project Verified whole-food dietary supplements, made with organic ingredients. Sara ensures that all actions by New Chapter live up to its high standards of ecological stewardship, from product sourcing and packaging to New Chapter’s philanthropic efforts. Sara sits on many boards including the Coalition for Supplement Sustainability, the American Herbal Products Association and is chairman of the largest statewide network of socially responsible businesses, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.Collapse
Focal Point Advisory Services
Leslie Nulty is Owner and Secretary-Treasurer of Mansfield Community Fiber, a start-up company building a fiber-to-the-premises telecom netw …Read More...
Leslie Nulty is Owner and Secretary-Treasurer of Mansfield Community Fiber, a start-up company building a fiber-to-the-premises telecom network for underserved areas of Chittenden County. She also operates her own business consulting service, Focal Point Advisory Services. From 2007-2014, Leslie helped create and manage the East Central Vermont Community Fiber-optic Network (www.ecfiber.net). Her previous positions included General Manager of Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier, VT, and Controller of a venture capital fund in Central Europe. Leslie earned her M.Sc. in Economics from Cambridge University and has more than 40 years’ professional experience in financial analysis and business restructuring. She is a member of the VBSR Finance and Public Policy Committees and a former VBSR Treasurer. Leslie lives with her husband in Jericho Center, Vermont, where she cultivates a substantial organic garden in the summer, and skis in the winter.
Professor, Green Mountain College
Jacob Park is Professor of Strategy, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Director, Sustainable MBA Program at Green Mountain College. He curren …Read More...
Jacob Park is Professor of Strategy, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Director, Sustainable MBA Program at Green Mountain College. He currently serves as the Chair of VBSR Program Committee and as a member of Local First Vermont Advisory Committee. He serves on Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Technologies Investment Committee of the Nairobi, Kenya-based Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund and as one of the lead authors of the United Nations Environment Program Global Environment Outlook Report. He lives in West Pawlet.Collapse
Duane has a varied background. A social entrepreneur, he’s on his 7th career with stints as a medic, police officer, non-profit manager, pol …Read More...
Duane has a varied background. A social entrepreneur, he’s on his 7th career with stints as a medic, police officer, non-profit manager, political campaigner, justice department official, legislative director and values-led business practitioner. The common thread: organizing people to take meaningful action towards positive change. He moved to Vermont in 1996 to help Ben use Ben & Jerry’s as a force for social change. After 12 years there as Ben’s Chief of Stuff, Duane left to launch his latest venture — SunCommon — to make it easy and affordable for homeowners to help repower Vermont with clean, safe, in-state energy. A Benefit Corporation and a Certified BCorp, SunCommon is Vermont’s largest solar business with almost 100 workers. Duane has been a part of the VBSR community since 1996 and his wife Laura served as VBSR’s Program Manager back in the day. He’s a member of the Social Venture Network and serves on the Boards of the Howard Center and VPIRG.Collapse
President, Career Networks
Markey has worked for the past 20 years providing leadership development, team building, and professional employee development services to e …Read More...
Markey has worked for the past 20 years providing leadership development, team building, and professional employee development services to employers and individuals throughout Vermont with the company she founded, Career Networks. She has been a member of VBSR for 12 years, and has attended and spoken at VBSR Conferences. Markey is a current member of the VBSR Program Committee and is the DEVO Committee Chair. Throughout her involvement at VBSR, she has participated on various other committees. She has served on the board for the VT Association for Psychological Type and the VT Consultants network. Markey was also the chapter coordinator for WBON in Williston, and is currently a member of the American Society of Training and Development.Collapse
Partner, Gallagher, Flynn and Company, LLP
Frank Sadowski joined Gallagher, Flynn and Company (GFC) in 1997 to establish the Human Resources Consulting Division, now Gallagher Flynn H …Read More...
Frank Sadowski joined Gallagher, Flynn and Company (GFC) in 1997 to establish the Human Resources Consulting Division, now Gallagher Flynn Human Resource Services, LLC, one of the largest human resources consulting and executive recruiting practices in Vermont. Prior to GFC, Frank was the Principal of Sadowski Consulting Services in South Burlington for seven years. Before that, he was Human Resource Manager for Boise Cascade’s paper mill in Sheldon Springs; Assistant to the President of the University of Vermont; and Chief of Economic Development Planning in the Vermont State Government. Frank received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Cornell University, attended Harvard Divinity School as a Rockefeller Fellow, and earned a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan. He has received Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification. Outside the firm, Frank helped create Burlington’s Ronald McDonald House and the Lake Champlain Waldorf School. He has served as a trustee of the Pine Ridge School and president of the Vermont Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. He recently graduated from Episcopal Divinity School with a Masters of Divinity degree, focusing on business ethics and issues related to faith and spirituality in the workplace.Collapse
Owner, Vermont Trophy and Engraving
Margi comes from a long line of socially conscious men and women who set a very high bar. One line of the Jaycee Creed written by her father …Read More...
Margi comes from a long line of socially conscious men and women who set a very high bar. One line of the Jaycee Creed written by her father says, “Service to Humanity is the Best Work of Life” and that is how she was raised. Since 1996 Margi has owned Vermont Trophy & Engraving, which employs seven people working to fulfill the mission “Recognition Is Respect Made Visible.” Prior to this Margi was a founding member of Genesee County (MI) Habitat for Humanity then its board president. She also worked in Economic Development in Flint MI. Before relocating to Flint, Margi was President of Blue Cross K.C. Credit Union (Kansas City, MO) and before that a Trust Operations Manager at Huntington Bank of Columbus, OH. In all those years Margi served on various boards and did many direct service outreach programs. VBSR is the icing on the cake, offering so many ways to serve that it is very hard to choose which ones!Collapse