Northland Design & Construction
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 an entrepreneur and engineer with three decades of experience in the renewable energy industry, seeking to help prepare humanity fo …Read More...
David is an entrepreneur and engineer with three decades of experience in the renewable energy industry, seeking to help prepare humanity for future energy constraints.
His first company, NRG Systems, became a global leader in wind measurement technology. Since 2004, he has been President/CEO of AllEarth Renewables, a company he founded to develop and manufacture grid-tied renewable energy systems, which now delivers solar trackers to a network of more than 80 dealer-installer partners across the U.S. Within the past five years, David has built two utility-scale solar farms as well as a 10 MW wind farm supplying power to Burlington, VT.
David is a member of VBSR’s Public Policy Committee. In addition to running AllEarth and serving on VBSR’s board, David volunteers his time as a board member for the Post Carbon Institute, Renewable Energy Vermont, and the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center; he also chairs the board of advisors for UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and is a member of the advisory board for the Union of Concerned Scientists. He lives in Charlotte in a home completely powered by renewable energy sources, with a community solar array in his backyard.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 Bees, 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
Rachel is the former communications director at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, a non-profit organization committed to sustainable econom …Read More...
Rachel is the former 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. 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 (VBSR Vice Chair)
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 (VBSR Board Treasurer)
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 Co-operative, a long-time VBSR member. Born and raised on a six-generation family …Read More...
Jed Davis is Director of Sustainability for Cabot Creamery Co-operative, a long-time VBSR member. Born and raised on a six-generation family dairy and fruit farm, Jed came to Vermont and joined Cabot Creamery in 1991 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. Cabot Creamery is owned by the dairy farm families of the Agri-Mark cooperative, and is proud to be a certified B Corporation and a recipient of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award.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
Communications and Development
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 previously served as the Director of Good Works and Public Relations at Gardener’s Supply Company in Burlington, VT. Her work there included 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, Foodstate and MegaFood
Sara Newmark is VP of Social Impact for Foodstate and MegaFood products. Leading the development of FoodState’s social responsibility and en …Read More...
Sara Newmark is VP of Social Impact for Foodstate and MegaFood products. Leading the development of FoodState’s social responsibility and environmental sustainability efforts, Sara ensures that the company’s day to day business practices and decision-making support these principles. She also ensures that all actions by FoodState live up to the company’s high standards of ecological stewardship, from ingredient supply chain transparency and packaging to the company’s efforts to improve lives and inspire others. Sara sits on many boards other than VBSR’s, including the Coalition for Supplement Sustainability.Collapse
Professor, Green Mountain College
Jacob Park is Professor of Strategy, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Director, Sustainable MBA Program at Green Mountain College. He serves …Read More...
Jacob Park is Professor of Strategy, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Director, Sustainable MBA Program at Green Mountain College. 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 provider of residential, community and commercial solar business with over 100 employees. 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 Board of Trustees at VPIRG. He was recognized by VBSR in 2015 with the Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement in values-led business.Collapse
President, Career Networks (VBSR Board Chair)
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
Carrie is the principal and creative brand strategist at New Ground Creative. NGC gives mission-driven organizations and businesses their co …Read More...
Carrie is the principal and creative brand strategist at New Ground Creative. NGC gives mission-driven organizations and businesses their competitive edge through brand awareness and authentic messaging. Your brand is your identity, and helping you develop, unify and increase awareness of it is what NGC does, beautifully. Carrie’s approach is to strike a balance between creating a savvy and professional feel while maintaining a sense of welcoming and “human-ness” that is authentic to her clients.
Carrie recognizes the importance of providing meaningful work and great compensation to her employees—not only because it’s good for her business in that it reduces turnover and improves employee morale, but because it’s also good for our economy. For Carrie it’s about how they foster the most innovative and creative ideas while supporting a great lifestyle.
With over 10 years of experimentation, success, failure, and so much guidance, Carrie’s work is grounded in design. Outside of the office, Carrie finds inspiration in travel, singing, reading, and time spent outdoors.Collapse
Co-Founder and Director of Strategy of Stonecutter Spirits
Sas Stewart is the Co-Founder and Director of Strategy of Stonecutter Spirits, an award-winning craft spirits producer that proudly combines …Read More...
Sas Stewart is the Co-Founder and Director of Strategy of Stonecutter Spirits, an award-winning craft spirits producer that proudly combines heritage barrel aging techniques to age gin and whiskey in Middlebury, Vermont. After a decade in the world of fine dining, she cut her business teeth in urban agriculture and food systems before moving to the bucolic Vermont countryside. Passionate about design, good food, and bringing back the cocktail hour, Sas creates spirits and cocktails to be enjoyed by people who care about the quality of their tipples and sustainability of their origin. Sas’ cocktails and projects have been written up in Martha Stewart Living, Food and Wine, Outside Magazine, Sift, Bloomberg, Seven Days and other publications. In her free time she is currently writing a book that brings seasonal drinks to the home cocktail bar.Collapse
Owner, Vermont Awards and Engraving, Inc.
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 Awards and Engraving, Inc., 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
Managing Partner WrightJones PLC
Heather is the managing partner at WrightJones, a labor & employment law firm that works with employers to align HR practices and legal …Read More...
Heather is the managing partner at WrightJones, a labor & employment law firm that works with employers to align HR practices and legal compliance with sustainable and values-based business strategy. Prior to practicing law, Heather worked for over a decade as an HR professional, including roles as an HR Director and as an HR consultant for small businesses, start-up organizations, and food co-ops of all sizes. When not in the office, Heather teaches strategic human resource management in the MBA in Sustainability graduate program at Marlboro College and lectures on various HR and legal topics at conferences across the country. Originally from California, Heather now lives in Bennington with her fiancé and their dogs Molly & Luna. When left to her own devices, Heather enjoys knitting, clog dancing, and getting above tree line on hikes throughout the Vermont mountains.Collapse