Board of Directors & Advisory Committee

Steph Baer

Steph Baer

Burlington

For the majority of her career, Steph has focused on mission driven work. Currently, she is the Administrative Officer for the Federal Public Defender for the District of Vermont where she manages the finances and operations and advises on strategy and planning. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) and a mentor with Little Bella’s, a youth mentoring program for girls on mountain bikes. Steph is a frequent outdoor recreator and an advocate for creating inclusive communities in outdoor spaces. She has a keen awareness of the dynamics needed to allow these communities to thrive. Steph earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Spanish from the University of Vermont and a M.S. in Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies from Champlain College. She has served as an AmeriCorps State Member at HomeShare Vermont, worked in health center operations at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and worked in the Energy Services division at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) prior to her current position. She also previously served on the Board of Directors for Fellowship of the Wheel, a mountain biking chapter based in Chittenden County.

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Megan Camp

Megan Camp

Shelburne

Megan Camp has served for over three decades as the Executive Vice President and Program Director of Shelburne Farms, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and cultivate learning for a sustainable future. Shelburne Farms' home campus is based on the traditional homelands of the Winooskik band of the Abenaki and is a 1,400-acre working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark. Among other affiliations, Megan is a member of the IUCN (The World Conservation Union) Commission on Education and Communication, Vermont Farm to Plate Steering Committee, and serves on the advisory boards of the University of Vermont's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Continuing and Distance Education. Megan also currently serves on the board of The Vermont Council of Rural Development and Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Board. Megan lives in Shelburne with her husband and cat and loves to spend time in her garden, cook meals for friends and family, and enjoy the beautiful trails in her community.

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Jameson C. Davis

Jameson C. Davis

South Royalton

Jameson Christopher Davis (he/him/his) is a Juris Doctor (JD) candidate at Vermont Law School and a former Selectboard Member for the Town of Hartford, Vermont with a passion for combating environmental harm through innovative solutions. During his time as a student at Vermont Law School thus far, Davis has earned a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) Degree. He also helped found the Environmental Justice Law Society (EJLS), of which he is now in his second term as co-chair. Davis also completed a full academic year as an Advanced Clinician in the Environmental Justice Clinic at Vermont Law School, which is directed by Marianne Engelman-Lado. The Environmental Justice Clinic fights against environmental harm in minority communities through enforcement of civil rights laws nationally. Additionally, Jameson authored a paper on the History of How Low-Income and Predominantly Black Unincorporated Communities Evolved to Become EJ Communities Through State Annexation Laws/Procedures in Fall 2019.

Outside of his roles and responsibilities as a student and Selectboard Member, Davis served as a Volunteer Member for the Vermont Attorney General's Advisory Panel on Racial Disparities in the Juvenile and Criminal Justice System. While serving on the advisory panel Davis was appointed Chairman of the Data Collection Practices for Vermont Law Enforcement Subcommittee. Davis previously interned with the Office of the Vermont Attorney General, in addition to the Chesapeake Legal Alliance (CLA), which protects local community members, groups and advocates by assisting staff attorneys in their fight to enforce compliance and existing laws designed to protect the most vulnerable communities and habitats found in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Davis currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for JAG Productions, the Friends of The Morrill Homestead and now the Vermont Natural Resource Council (VNRC). Lastly, Davis continues to provide municipal consulting while co-authoring anti-racism policies and procedures used by municipalities, school districts and organizations at the local, regional, and national level.

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Lindsay DesLauriers

Lindsay DesLauriers

Bolton Valley

Lindsay DesLauriers is one of the co-owners and the President of Bolton Valley Resort as well as a co-owner and Managing Partner of Bolton Valley Community Water and Sewer, LLC. Prior to working at Bolton Valley, Lindsay was the founding Director of Main Street Alliance of Vermont, a non-profit organization that works with small business owners on public policy issues. In her current role at Bolton Valley, Lindsay is spearheading a multi-year strategy to refresh, modernize, and improve the Resort’s existing amenities and infrastructure as well revive and develop summer operations. Lindsay lives, skis, and mountain bikes on the mountain at Bolton Valley with her daughter, Juniper.

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Judy Dow

Judy Dow

Essex

(She/Her/Hers) Judy is a Vermont Native and has lived here her entire life; she currently resides in Essex, Vermont with her husband Steven. Judy has an education career spanning more than three decades. She works primarily as an independent educator, with degrees in Education and Teaching for Social Justice, but is also an environmentalist, consultant, cultural specialist, author and basketmaker conducting classes and workshops for students of all ages. She was the 2004 recipient of the Governor’s Heritage Award for Outstanding Educator. Currently, Judy is the Interim Director of Gedakina. Gedakina is a non-profit organization which focuses on the challenges and hardships that Native America youth, women, and communities face on a daily basis that are rooted in multi-generational exposure to systemic poverty, oppression and violence. Gedakina works within Native rural, urban and reservation communities from across our region and beyond. We seek to reconnect native people from family bands to tribal nations, strengthening community and historical alliances. Recently Judy has been working with Windham Southeast Supervisory Union part time to assist in creating an Ethnic Studies frame work for the district. Judy is also serving on the Nellie Mae Educational Foundation Advisory Board to create a culturally appropriate format for distributing funds.

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Chad Farrell

Chad Farrell

Burlington

Chad Farrell is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Encore Renewable Energy, a leader in community scale renewable energy project development services. He has over 25 years of professional experience in the fields of brownfields redevelopment and renewable energy project finance, development and construction. At Encore, Chad has led innovative and collaborative efforts to design, permit, finance and construct over 75 different commercial scale solar PV projects throughout the State of Vermont and beyond, representing more than $100M in total investment value. Many of these projects involve reclaiming undervalued real estate for clean energy generation and storage, helping to revitalize communities and create a cleaner, brighter future for all.

Chad holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University and earned a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont. He serves on the Board of Directors for Renewable Energy Vermont, in addition to VNRC. Following appointment by the Vermont Senate to represent the clean energy sector, he is currently serving on the Vermont Climate Council.

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Elizabeth Gibson

Elizabeth Gibson

Pawlet

Elizabeth Gibson is a Director of the Dreamshadow Group, an educational nonprofit based in Vermont that focuses on personal development, community building, and the creative potential of exceptional experience. She has worked as an environmental consultant, teacher, and editor. Elizabeth and her husband Lenny raised their family in Pawlet, Vermont, where she has been involved in various community projects, including the Pawlet Energy Group, Emergency Management Team, and the Pawlet website and newsletter. She is especially interested in helping people build stronger connections to the natural world.

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Charlie Hancock

Charlie Hancock

Montgomery Center

Charlie Hancock is a consulting forester and conservationist at North Woods Forestry, working with private landowners and non-profits across northern Vermont. Charlie received undergraduate degrees in Forestry and Recreation Management from the School of Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Prior to taking over North Woods Forestry in 2007, Charlie worked as an operations forester with Upland Forestry and the Lyme Timber Co. in the Adirondack region of New York. In addition to his work at North Woods Forestry, Charlie serves as President of Cold Hollow to Canada, a community-based regional conservation partnership located in the Northern Greens. Charlie also serves as chairman of the Montgomery Selectboard, and sits on both the Vermont Land Trust Board of Trustees and the State of Vermont’s Working Lands Enterprise Board.

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Nolan Holmes (Student/Youth)

Nolan Holmes (Student/Youth)

Brattleboro

Nolan Holmes is currently an undergraduate at Dartmouth College. A resident of Brattleboro, his passions for the environment and the outdoors began early in life and have been growing ever since. Nolan was nominated to the Board through his work in an environmental science and policy class at Brattleboro Union High School. He loves exploring the hills of Vermont by ski, bike, and foot.

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Don Hooper

Don Hooper

Brookfield

After teaching three years in Botswana as a Peace Corps volunteer, Don hired instructors for the Community College of Vermont. He became VNRC’s Membership Director in 1979 and was Acting Executive Director in ’83 and ’84, just prior to representing Randolph, Brookfield, and Braintree in the Vermont Legislature for 8 years. Don served as Secretary of State for Vermont before working as New England Regional Representative for the National Wildlife Federation. In his NWF conservation job he served as an ex officio member of the VNRC board. The Hoopers live on a hill farm in Brookfield where their three sons Miles, Sam and Jay learned to hay, chainsaw, and play horseshoes. Recently “retired,” Don subscribes to Chief Seattle’s admonition that “we haven’t inherited this land from our parents so much as borrowed it from our children.”

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Scott Johnstone

Scott Johnstone

Grand Isle

Scott Johnstone’s career has been centered on leading and growing organizations that reside at the turbulent intersection of nature, people, and infrastructure. Scott is the Energy Market Leader for New England for VHB. In this role he has the opportunity to combine his engineering roots with the policy, software, and services focus he has gained in his career into fully integrated solutions for clients across the region. Prior to that Scott led both Packetized Energy and Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, focusing in on addressing climate change in economic ways. He also had the honor of being Secretary of Natural Resources in Vermont and has served as Public Works Director in Conway, NH and Burlington VT. Scott also enjoys volunteering for non-profit organizations having served on many Boards in Vermont and across New England. Scott lives in Grand Isle Vermont with his wonderful partner Marcy.

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Will Lintilhac

Will Lintilhac

Shelburne

As a trustee of the Lintilhac Foundation, a family foundation based in Shelburne, Will is able to support research, education, and conservation of Vermont's natural resources, renewable energy economy, and changing communities. After graduating from UVM in 2010 with a degree in Natural Resources, he has worked on diversified organic farms in Vermont and Massachusetts. Will and his wife, Rosy, can be found in our green hills, mountain biking from spring to fall, and skiing from fall to spring. The best days are when he can do both.

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Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson

Ripton

Mark is a retired financial services executive who retired early to commit his time and energy to conservation, environmental, and social work. Mark’s passion for conservation and environmental protection is based on his desire to “be the voice for those that have no say in human decisions that have an impact on them”. Since retiring, Mark has dedicated the majority of his time to the Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club and served as Chair of the Executive Committee from 2014 - 2018. Mark also leads National Outings for the Sierra Club and is a Training Officer for national outings leaders. Mark also served on the Board for Habitat for Humanity of Addison County as Chair for the Credit Committee. Mark is Chair for the Ripton Conservation Commission, a member of the Ripton Energy Committee, the Ripton Energy Assistance Program (REAP), and is an EMT, Wilderness EMT and firefighter with Ripton Fire & Rescue, and Middlebury Regional EMS.

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Bindu Panikkar

Bindu Panikkar

Burlington

Bindu Panikkar is an Assistant Professor at the Environmental Program, Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources at University of Vermont. She works at the intersections of Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, and Science, Technology & Society Studies. She has been working on environmental justice issues since 2005 starting with her doctoral research exploring the occupational health disparities among immigrant populations in Somerville, MA. Bindu is committed to doing community-based research and her previous work coordinated multiple translational research activities for the Children’s Environmental Health Center (Brown), Superfund Research Program (Brown), Contested Illness Research Group (Brown), Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (Northeastern), Arctic Institute of North America (U Calgary), Tufts Community Research Center. She runs the Just Futures lab at UVM and her work examines environmental justice issues, and environmental controversies surrounding newly proposed mines, emerging contaminants, post carbon futures, exposures at work and in vulnerable communities exploring the links between environment, health, policy, legal and ethical implications. Bindu is on the board of Community Action Works, is one of the founding members of an international Transboundary Water in Network (TWIN) with organizations working across 7 countries on transboundary water conflicts. She is also a fellow at the Gund Institute of the Environment, and the Associate Director of Institute of Environmental Diplomacy and Security. Bindu lives in Burlington, Vermont.

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Darren Springer

Darren Springer

Burlington

Darren Springer was appointed and confirmed as General Manager of Burlington Electric Department in October 2018. Formerly, he served as Burlington Electric’s Chief Operating Officer and led the Center for Innovation team. Prior to joining BED, Darren served as Chief of Staff for the Office of Governor Peter Shumlin and served as Deputy Commissioner at the Vermont Public Service Department, leading the advancement of the 2014 net metering law and 2015 renewable energy standard.

Darren also worked for 4 years in the Washington, D.C. Office of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders as Senior Policy Advisor for Energy & Environment, and later as Chief Counsel. He has also worked for the National Governors Association as Program Director for Energy and Transportation.

Darren holds a B.A. from Florida Atlantic University and a J.D. and Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. While at Vermont Law School, he was selected as Managing Editor of the Vermont Law Review, and clerked for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is a member of the Vermont Bar, Virginia Bar, and Florida Bar. Darren has also served as a Policy Fellow on Climate Change and Renewable Energy at the University of Vermont Center for Research on Vermont, and in that capacity published a law journal article on the future of utility regulation in the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review.

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Peter Sterling

Peter Sterling

Montpelier

Peter Sterling currently serves as the Interim Executive Director of Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), following four years as Chief of Staff under Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe. Over his long career, he has been an effective advocate for the protection of our natural resources, affordable healthcare, and economic justice. From 2006 to 2016, Peter was Executive Director of the Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security, where he led efforts to expand access to publicly funded healthcare in Vermont. Prior to that, he worked on environmental issues at the New York League of Conservation Voters, Vermont Public Interest Research Group, the Northern Forest Alliance and as the organizer for the Vermont Wilderness Alliance, which successfully advocated for the creation of over 45,000 acres of wilderness in the Green Mountain National Forest. In addition to a previous stint on the VNRC Board of Directors, Peter also served on the Executive Committee of the Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club and as a founding board member of Vermont Conservation Voters. Peter did his graduate studies on forestry and forest policy at UVM and lives in Montpelier with his wife and two children.

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Advisory Committee

Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and Senior Advisor on Water to the President of the United Nations General Assembly. She also chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch and is a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. Maude is the recipient of eight honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, and the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award. She is also the best selling author or co-author of 16 books, including the recently released Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.

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Carolyn Finney

Carolyn Finney

Carolyn Finney, PhD is a storyteller, author and a cultural geographer who is deeply interested in issues related to identity, difference, creativity, and resilience. The aim of her work is to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations and institutions, challenge media outlets on their representation of difference, and increase awareness of how privilege shapes who gets to speak to environmental issues and determine policy and action.

Finney has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Canon National Parks Science Scholar and received a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Studies. Her first book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors was released in 2014 (UNC Press). She is also an artist-in-residence and the Environmental Studies Professor of Practice in the Franklin Environmental Center at Middlebury College.

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Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, where he spends as much time as possible outdoors.

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Will Raap

Will Raap

Will Raap founded the Gardener’s Supply family of companies in 1983, and he is chairman of the board. Will is also the founder and past Chairman of the Intervale Center, whose mission is to develop farm-and land-based enterprises that generate economic and social opportunity while protecting natural resources. Will’s commitment to build linked enterprises guided by social missions has extended to Costa Rica, where is founder of Greening Paraiso, a watershed restoration initiative; founding partner in El Centro Verde, a sustainable agriculture and agroforestry education and demonstration center; founding partner of Finca Lagunita, the first organic CSA membership farm in Central America; and partner in two conservation developments. Currently, Will is focused on two new environmental restoration enterprises: Earth Partners works with degraded and vulnerable ecosystems to develop and implement science-based, investment-optimizing restoration projects; and Carbon Harvest Energy builds landfill gas-to-energy projects that create renewable distributed energy, run greenhouses and aquaculture from the waste heat, and filter and capture all remaining gas and waste to produce algae for feed and biodiesel. Will lives in Shelburne, Vermont.

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James Gustave Speth

James Gustave Speth

James Gustave Speth is Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor in the Practice of Environmental Policy at Yale where he served as Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies from 1999 to 2009. From 1993 to 1999, Dean Speth was Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the UN Development Group. Prior to his service at the UN, he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute; professor of law at Georgetown University; chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality; and senior attorney and cofounder, Natural Resources Defense Council. Throughout his career, Dean Speth has provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees whose roles have been to combat environmental degradation, including the President’s Task Force on Global Resources and Environment; the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development; and the National Commission on the Environment. Among his awards are the National Wildlife Federation’s Resources Defense Award, the Natural Resources Council of America’s Barbara Swain Award of Honor, a 1997 Special Recognition Award from the Society for International Development, Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Environmental Law Institute and the League of Conservation Voters, and the Blue Planet Prize. He holds honorary degrees from Clark University, the College of the Atlantic, the Vermont Law School, Middlebury College, and the University of South Carolina. Publications include The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability, Global Environmental Governance, Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment, Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment and articles in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Nation, The Harvard Business Review, and other journals and books. Professor Speth currently serves on the boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council, World Resources Institute, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Population Action International, The Center for Humans and Nature, 1Sky, and Climate Central. In July 2010, Professor Speth joined the faculty of the Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont.

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