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Brian Shupe for webBrian Shupe
 Executive Director.  Most recently Brian served as Sustainable Communities Director and Deputy Director at VNRC.  Brian has over twenty years of professional planning experience.  He began his career in Florida, where he received an M.S, in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University.  Since moving to Vermont in 1988, he has served as Executive Director of the Mad River Valley Planning District and Director of Planning and Zoning for the Town of Stowe.  For nearly ten years he was a partner with Burnt Rock Inc., Associates in Community Planning.  Burnt Rock provided an extensive range of services to local governments, state and regional agencies, non-profit organizations and citizen groups. Brian came to VNRC from Smart Growth Vermont, where he served as Director of Programs.  Throughout his career, Brian’s professional focus has been natural resource protection, growth management and sustainable development. Brian lives in Waitsfield with his wife, Valerie, where he is involved with several community organizations. 802-223-2328 X120 • bshupe@vnrc.org

jake brown for webJake Brown
Government Affairs & Communications Director. Jake manages VNRC’s media relations, is the editor of VNRC’s member magazine the Vermont Environmental Report and VNRC’s monthly E-newsletter. With VNRC since 2006, Jake also helps coordinate VNRC’s work in the Vermont Legislature. Jake began his professional career in journalism. After graduating from Middlebury College and earning a Masters of Environmental Law from Vermont Law School, Jake moved to Washington DC and covered EPA, Congress, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the State Department and other federal agencies as a reporter for BNA’s Daily Environment Report. After moving back to Vermont in the early 1990s, Jake became an independent journalist covering Vermont state government, politics, business and other beats for several news outlets both inside and outside Vermont. Jake was an early participant in the creation of The Montpelier Bridge, a community newspaper serving Montpelier and over time held various positions, reporting news, managing a staff, and selling ads. In 2008, he was first elected to the Montpelier Cemetery Commission and was elected chair of the commission in September 2013. He is a member of the Montpelier Rotary Club, is chair of the Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions and serves on the Environmental Policy Program Advisory Board at Champlain College. Jake is an accomplished sailor, fishes for pretty much anything with fins, and is an enthusiastic if modestly-skilled gardener. He enjoy cross country skiing, playing pond hockey, and cycling. He lives in Montpelier with his wife Milly Archer and their teenage son. 802-223-2328 X111 • jbrown@vnrc.org
keil corey pic webKeil Corey Membership & Outreach Coordinator. Keil has a B.A. in Government and Minor in Environmental Studies from Skidmore College. He recently completed two terms as the Community Energy and Climate Action Organizer with the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network – Vermont’s network of over 100 town energy committees. Previously, Keil has worked on wildlife migration projects in Grand Teton National Park with the National Parks Conservation Association and on environmental policy issues including electronic waste, hydrofracking, and health issues related to climate change with the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter. He also has spent time working in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Nicaragua, and the Brazilian Amazon. In his role at VNRC, he will continue to cultivate strong relationships with VNRC members and work to build a broader membership base to enhance VNRC’s impact in the state. Keil is also a member of the Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee, which is working to make Montpelier the first net zero state capital in the country. In his free time Keil enjoys hiking, playing soccer, gardening and sampling Vermont’s growing diversity of local food and drink. Keil grew up in Bristol, Vermont. 802-223-2328 X121 • kcorey@vnrc.org
Nancy Davila-Groveman for webNancy Davila-Groveman  Finance and Operations Manager. Nancy enjoys having a diverse background to draw from for her role as the Finance and Operations Manager at VNRC. Nancy is responsible for the day-to-day operations of VNRC as well as managing the organization’s finances.  Nancy holds a B.S. in Psychology from Marian College in Wisconsin. Nancy held jobs at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection where she worked for several years on air policy issues including lead abatement, hazardous materials, and transportation projects and she did community outreach on capital construction projects, such as the City Water Tunnel No. 3.  She was also a Legislative Assistant at the New York City Council. Nancy landed her first job in Vermont at the Vermont Department of Public Service where she advocated on behalf of ratepayers. While completing her Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College, Nancy was a Technical Writer and Editor for The Johnson Company, an environmental engineering firm in Montpelier.  After earning her degree, Nancy worked as a Senior Production Editor on high-end academic and science journals for many years. Then, in 2007, she was instrumental in the start-up and success of a technology company subsidiary in Vermont. In her spare time, Nancy likes to hike in Groton State Forest, canoe on Vermont’s rivers, lakes and ponds, and cross-country ski. She lives in Marshfield with her husband, son and dog. 802-223-2328 x110 • ndavila@vnrc.org
Jamey Fidel General Counsel & Forest and Wildlife Program Director.  Jamey has a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a Minor in Wildlife Biology from University of Vermont’s School of Natural Resources, and a J.D. and M.S. in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.  In his capacity at VNRC, he leads the legal program, and forest and wildlife programs, including the Forest Roundtable which is a quarterly meeting of diverse stakeholders focused on forest policy and forest management and conservation issues in Vermont. Jamey also works with communities across Vermont promoting planning, zoning, and non-regulatory strategies for forestland and wildlife habitat conservation. Jamey worked previously as Conservation Director of the Aspen Wilderness Workshop, Project Director of Public Counsel of the Rockies, and Biological Inventory Coordinator of Pitkin County, Colorado. He and his wife Rachel live in Waitsfield with their daughter Ayla and son Jude. 802-223-2328 X117 • jfidel@vnrc.org

Kim Greenwod web sizeKim Greenwood
 Water Program Director and Staff Scientist. In her role, Kim leads VNRC on issues related to water, bringing science into conversations in living rooms, boardrooms, legislative committee rooms and the VNRC office itself. Kim has worked for Scitest Laboratories, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Husky Injection Molding Systems, and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.  She is former Principal of Solid Ground Environmental.  She has a degree in Aquatic Resources from the University of Vermont and in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Vermont Technical College. Kim is serves on the Duxbury Cemetery and Planning Commissions and as the president and grant administrator of the Vermont Beekeepers Association.  She operates Camel’s Hump Honey with her husband Ian at their home in Duxbury. 802-223-2328 X119 • kgreenwood@vnrc.org

Kate McCarthy
Sustainable Communities Program Director.Kate holds a Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University, and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Rice University, and sees the two fields as closely linked: when done well, both involve understanding culture and place. She brings this perspective to her work with Vermont’s communities as they work to manage growth and change. Most recently, Kate worked as a regional planner for the Windham Regional Commission in Brattleboro, where she focused on town technical assistance, supported the Brownfields program, and oversaw the Commission’s energy program. She has also worked with GrowSmart Maine on the Maine Model Town project in Standish, Maine, which ultimately led to the town’s adoption of an alternative type of land use regulation (form-based code) in 2011. Before beginning her career in planning, Kate worked in the field of international education in Washington state. Kate lives in Montpelier with her husband, Tom Leahey, and enjoys hiking, home canning, knitting, and cycling. 802-223-2328 X114 • kmccarthy@vnrc.org

Johanna Miller
Energy Program Director. Johanna is an organizer, writer, editor and coalition builder at VNRC. Johanna works with organizations, local officials, and citizens across Vermont to empower them to get involved in the energy, climate change, land use and community development issues VNRC engages. Johanna works closely with partners in the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network to start and support town energy committees and to help build support for a more efficient and renewable energy future in Vermont. Before joining VNRC in January 2005, Johanna spent five years as an organizer, editor, and policy specialist for the Michigan Land Use Institute — a planning and smart growth policy organization. Johanna has served on numerous boards of directors and currently serves on the boards of Local First Vermont, the national nonprofit SEEDS and on the Montpelier Energy Team. Johanna was educated at the University of Vermont, where she received a B.A. in English and Environmental Studies. She lives in Montpelier and enjoys skiing, kayaking, running, and hiking. 802-223-2328 X112 • jmiller@vnrc.org
Stephanie Mueller Director of Development. As a VNRC staff member for over ten years, Stephanie brings a broad, diverse knowledge of VNRC’s history, foundation contacts and donors to the table. Her previous positions include fundraising work for the Jackson Hole Land Trust, the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative. Stephanie completed a double major in environmental studies and creative writing from St. Lawrence University. She lives in Burlington with her husband, son Owen and daughter Sadie. 802-223-2328 X113 • smueller@vnrc.org