Staff


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 • Twitter: @brianvnrc

Areas of Expertise: All things Vermont Natural Resources Council; Act 250; land use; community planning and design; sustainable development; smart growth and zoning.

Amber Collett for webAmber Collett, Communications Director.  A communicator, coalition builder, organizer, and engagement specialist originally hailing from the Midwest, Amber has more than a decade of experience working with nonprofits and foundations across the country on a range of issues including transportation, land and water use, healthy communities, and wilderness/wildlife initiatives. She holds a Master of Environmental Science from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Russian Area Studies from St. Olaf College. An avid cyclist, Amber lives in Montpelier with her fiancé, Tim, and enjoys bicycling, running, gardening, hiking, camping, and perfecting baking recipes. She also serves on the board of the Association of  Vermont Conservation Commissions, as secretary of the Montpelier Transportation Infrastructure Committee, and on the Montpelier Complete Streets Committee. Office: 802-223-2328 x121 • Cell: 802-552-0875 • acollett@vnrc.org • Twitter: @ambercollett
Nancy Davila-Groveman for webNancy Davila-Groveman, Finance and Operations Director. 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 for webJamey 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

Areas of Expertise: Forest policy; wildlife policy; forest fragmentation; land use planning; land conservation; forestland taxation policy; wood energy policy; environmental law; legislative lobbying; and the Forest Roundtable.

BT FitzgeraldBrian (B.T.) Fitzgerald, Dam Project & Vermont Dam Task Force Coordinator.  B.T. grew up in Pittsford, where his home range spanned the Castleton River and Otter Creek watersheds. After serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, he earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology and ecology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. He worked in streamflow protection and river restoration at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources for seventeen years, focusing on regulation of hydroelectric projects and water withdrawals, mitigating the impacts of dams on Vermont’s rivers, and dam removal. Since retiring at the end of 2013, he has been working with VNRC and the Vermont Dam Task Force to remove dams and restore Vermont’s rivers. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring mountains and wild places on foot and by boat, birding, and reading about rivers and history. 802-223-2328 x123 • bfitzgerald@vnrc.org

Areas of Expertise: Dam removal and safety efforts; and FreeVTRivers initiatives.

_MG_1253Jon Groveman, Policy and Water Program Director. Jon previously held the positions of Water Program Director and General Counsel at VNRC before being asked in 2011 to serve as General Counsel for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources under the Shumlin Administration. Last year, Governor Shumlin appointed him to Chair the Natural Resources Board (NRB), which administers the Act 250 program, Vermont’s statewide land use program. In addition to his past work at VNRC and in the Shumlin Administration, Jon served as Director of the Vermont Water Resources Board, Director of the Law Center for the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, and Act 250 Land Use Attorney for the State of Vermont.  802-223-2328 x111 • jgroveman@vnrc.org  

Areas of Expertise: Water quality; dam removal and safety efforts; Clean Water Act; Vermont water pollution control laws; wetlands; public records; Act 250; land use; toxic chemical reform; hazardous waste; and the Water Caucus.

HannahHuberHannah Huber, Energy and Climate Community Organizer. Originally from southwest Michigan, Hannah spent the last decade living in New York’s Adirondack Mountains, moving to Vermont in the spring of 2015. She biked the state as a canvasser with the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), talking with Vermonters about pricing carbon pollution.  She has also held positions educating citizens about solar energy and invasive species management, worked in the herbarium at the New York Botanical Garden, and was active in the fossil fuel divestment movement and other climate action efforts at college. Hannah holds a B.S. in Integrative Studies in Biology and Environmental Science with a Minor in Chemistry from Paul Smith’s College. Hannah lives in Montpelier with her leash-walking cat, Miś, and enjoys dancing, playing piano and accordion, and hunting for mushrooms. 802-223-2328 x116 • hhuber@vnrc.org

 

HannahHuberColin Keegan, Office Administrator. Colin has more than a decade of experience in stakeholder engagement as an environmental educator, project manager, and community organizer. He holds a M.S. in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from the New School and a B.A. in Social Science from Ramapo College of New Jersey. As an undergraduate, he conducted research into the impact of lead contamination on the health of a nearby community, as well as the environmental and social effects of urban sprawl. While earning his masters, Colin worked for an energy consulting firm, managing a feasibility study to design and build a microgrid for a group of New York City hospitals with the purpose of incorporating renewables, improving energy efficiency, and ensuring resilience in the event of a grid outage. Colin lives in South Burlington, and enjoys hiking, gardening, stand-up paddle-boarding, and reading about all things science and nature. 802-223-2328 x119 • ckeegan@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, since 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 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 and son, Will, and enjoys hiking, knitting, and cycling. 802-223-2328 x114 • kmccarthy@vnrc.org • Twitter: @katevnrc

Areas of Expertise: Act 250; big box development; interchange development; land use planning; smart growth; sprawl and preventing sprawl; transportation policy; Transportation for Vermonters coalition; and zoning.

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 • Twitter: @johannaVNRC

Areas of Expertise: Energy and climate policy, including efficiency, renewables, and carbon pricing; community engagement and organizing around energy and climate action; comprehensive energy planning; transportation policy; clean energy project implementation; Energy Independent Vermont coalition; Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network (VECAN); and clean energy financing and funding.

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

 

 

AmeriCorps

Ian Hitchcock. AmeriCorps Member, Community Energy and Climate Action Coordinator. Ian holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Marlboro College. His senior thesis examined climate change from an interdisciplinary perspective, combining historical, literary, and ecological perspectives. He grew up in Dubois WY, where his appreciation for the natural world was strengthened by taking long walks in the woods behind his house. Ian previously worked in Senator Bernie Sanders’ office, with Renewable Energy Vermont, and as a canvasser with the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. Ian lives in Richmond and enjoys hiking, writing, and playing the saxophone in his free time. 802-223-2328 x118 • ihitchcock@vnrc.org • Twitter: @VermontECAN • Facebook: @VTEnergyNetwork

This position is made possible through a partnership with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board AmeriCorps Program.