SEMBA Board of Advisors
Our Board of Advisors is made of individuals that work in corporations that have a long history of commitment to sustainability and of individuals that have a long and successful career as entrepreneurs. The members of our Board represent many of the iconic Vermont Brands (e.g., Ben and Jerry's, Burton, Cabot, Green Mountain Coffee Rosters, King Arthur Flour, Seventh Generation); others represent new and exciting firms (Allearth Renewables, Cassella Waste Management, Dealer.com, Heliae, NRG, Terry Bicycles, Tetra Tech); others come from government agencies (Department of Creative Economy) and non-profits (VBSR, VEIC); and others lead firms in the venture capital and private equity worlds (FreshTracks, Clean Yield Asset Management). All the members of the Board are committed to sustainability and to the entrepreneurial spirit that permeates SEMBA's curriculum.
This terrific group of individuals will play an important role by being in the classroom, developing cases, judging "pitch" competitions, arranging and hosting practicums, and mentoring students. We are grateful for their leadership, support, energy, and commitment to make SEMBA one of the best programs in the world.
Mr. Arms received his Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Vermont in 1983. He is founder and former President of MicroStrain, Inc., a Vermont based manufacturer of micro-displacement sensors, miniaturized inertial sensors, and wireless sensing systems for tracking and reporting structural component loads and strains. He has been awarded 58 US patents, published over 25 journal articles, and contributed to over 50 abstracts in areas of advanced instrumentation, wireless sensing, and energy harvesting. Mr. Arms resigned from MicroStrain in October of 2012 as Director of Sensing Systems for the Lord Corporation, which acquired MicroStrain in a successful asset transaction in September of 2012. He then formed Swarms Ventures, LLC in 2013 to invest in exciting, fresh business opportunities. Mr. Arms serves on the board of advisors for UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), UVM's Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA), and the Vermont Technology Council.
David oversees the expansion of VEIC's ground-breaking sustainable energy work, leading the organization's development of new business. David has 30 years of experience in growing social enterprise businesses. He has held executive and senior operating positions with Ben & Jerry's, Burton Snowboards, Autumn Harp, and Shelburne Farms. In addition to starting two of his own businesses, David has been a senior advisor to social enterprises that have created non-traditional business models. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Arts in Administration from the Graduate School of Business at Saint Michael's College.
Andrea became the Executive Director of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) in the fall of 2010. Andrea originally joined VBSR in 2006 as the Public Policy Program Manager. Previous to VBSR, she worked for 16 years at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources in a variety of management positions involving pollution prevention, resource conservation, and solid waste management. Andrea holds her M.A. in Environmental Science from Antioch University and her B.A. in Psychology and Economics from Vassar College. Andrea lives in Montpelier with her husband Matt Chapman, an Attorney at the Agency of Natural Resources and her 11 year old son Anders.
Sean is an experienced organization development practitioner and executive coach. He is currently the Director of Engagement and Leadership Development for the world's fastest growing SaaS (software as a service) company, and has worked for twenty years in coaching and leadership development, consulting with businesses in the airline, medical, educational, government, and corporate sectors.
Sean's focus with executives and emerging leaders is how they can maximize leadership impact and influence to enhance business performance, namely how to lead upward, to inspire followership, and to develop capacity from within. Sean helps leaders see the link between leadership decision-making and their impact throughout organizations. This includes navigating through organizational barriers, developing adept and iterative leadership, and understanding the effect of change on organizations and their stakeholders.
Sean is a practitioner-scholar with clients ranging from U.S. organizations to companies based in Asia, Africa, and Europe. He holds a Doctorate in Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont, as well as a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University. He has done additional professional work and certification through Korn-Ferry International, Human Capital Institute, Teleos Leadership Institute, and Gestalt International Study Center.
Cairn Cross is the co-founder and managing director of FreshTracks Capital a venture capital firm focused on Vermont companies and entrepreneurs which has invested in 24 companies during its 12 year history. Cairn has an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University (1987) and a BS from Montana State University (1980) and is a graduate of the American Bankers' Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking (1994). He has spent most of his career financing startup and growth companies in Vermont as a banker and then as a venture capitalist. Cairn presently serves as a board member of NativeEnergy a renewable energy company in Burlington and is an advisor to Sun Common a residential solar company in Waterbury Vermont. During spring semester he teaches BSAD 138 at UVM.
Nick Donowitz is the Director of Corporate Development & Strategy of Heliae Technology Holdings, an algae technology company. Mr. Donowitz delivers over a decade of experience in clean technology strategy, business development, and entrepreneurship. He began his career in economic and international development, spending two years living on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas working for the Cape Eleuthera Institute-Island School, a sustainable development, technology transfer and education group involved in renewable power and biofuel production, aquaculture and sustainable agriculture, and education. Since then, Mr. Donowitz has worked on a number of technology ventures ranging from vehicle electrification infrastructure, carbon sequestration, and low-cost water purification technology. Before joining Heliae in 2010, Mr. Donowitz worked for a division of Mars, Inc. called Symbioscience where his work focused on strategic supply chain projects in raw feedstock-sourcing regions in Sulawesi, Indonesia. He holds Master of Business Administration and Master of Environmental Management degrees from Duke University and an English degree from Davidson College.
Michael Dupee serves as Vice President for Sustainable Innovation Exploration at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR). In this role, he drives the integration of sustainability into GMCR's innovation and product design processes. Before that, he originated the role of, and served as, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility at GMCR from 2004 - 2013. In that role, he led GMCR's sustainability efforts, including providing strategic direction and reporting publicly on its programs; managing GMCR's portfolio of integrated sustainability initiatives and funded partner projects; and generating understanding of and recognition for GMCR's sustainability work, internally and externally.
Prior to GMCR, he was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York, NY, making and managing investments in portfolios of distressed financial assets.
He serves on the Boards of the Vermont Council on Rural Development and Grounds For Health. He is a 2013 Biomimicry Professional candidate, a 2011 First Mover Fellow at the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program and a 2005 Fellow in the Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program. He earned his J.D., cum laude, and M.B.A. degrees at Georgetown University and his B.A. in history, magna cum laude from Boston College.
Joe Fusco is a vice president of Casella Waste Systems, Inc. He is an advisor to the company's chairman and chief executive officer on organizational and leadership development, human performance, brand strategy, public affairs, business and market trends, and corporate communications. He's also an executive coach to over 200 mid- and upper-level managers and numerous work teams. Joe also serves as a Fellow of the Bell Leadership Institute in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Vermont Council on Rural Development, and serves on the Steering Committee for Vermont's 2014 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. Joe has served on the Vermont General Assembly Speaker's Business Advisory Council, and is a former member of the boards of directors of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and the Rutland Economic Development Corporation. Prior to 1995, Joe was an Albany, N.Y.-based political and corporate communications consultant serving political candidates, state-level political parties, lobbyists, public affairs advocacy groups and corporate clients (energy, software, retail) throughout the northeastern U.S. He has also held several staff positions in the New York State Legislature. Joe attended Washington & Lee University and received a B.A. in political science from the University at Albany (SUNY). He and his wife, Renae, have five children.
Elizabeth is Clean Yield's Managing Director. She came to them with 25 years of experience in SRI. Elizabeth started her career crafting a community-banking program for a Vermont bank that focused on ensuring access to credit for low-wealth communities. Subsequently, she worked for two SRI asset-management companies, managing portfolios for clients who wished to integrate their social values with their financial objectives. Elizabeth's last position was with the Calvert Foundation, which assists non-profits in low-wealth and impoverished communities. She was instrumental in growing the organization from six to 38 employees, with a loan portfolio of $200 million.
In 1993, Elizabeth was first elected to the board of the Social Investment Forum, her industry's trade association. She served for 14 years, several as VP. Currently, she is president of the board of the Vermont Community Loan Fund, serves as an advisor to Vermont's largest bank, the Chittenden Bank, and is VP of the board of the Upper Valley Rowing Foundation. She also has an advisory seat with the Upper Valley Region of New Hampshire Charitable Trust.
As Chief Operating Officer / Chief Financial Officer at AllEarth Renewables, Doug has over 15 years' experience in finance and operations and joined AER in 2007 prior to the commercialization of its product - the AllSun Tracer. A hands-on person, Doug's direct involvement in creating the team and processes resulted in a very rapid transition from concept to commercial success, resulting in AllEarth Renewables' listing on the Inc 500 fastest growing companies.
Doug's experience in accounting and finance was instrumental in navigating the various accounting, tax and financing aspects of implementing the successful Power Purchase Agreement that has helped install over $30 million in AllSun Trackers for individuals, businesses and non-profits throughout Vermont. He was also responsible for the financing and installation of Vermont's most productive solar farm, and helped lead the creation of a national dealer network for the AllSun Tracker.
Doug earned a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master's degree in Business from the University of Vermont. Prior to joining AllEarth Renewables, he served as President/Chief Operating Officer of the Quarry Division, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer, for Rock of Ages Corp, a then publically traded granite quarrier and manufacturer. His career included worldwide travel overseeing operations in sales in Europe and Asia and encompassed standardizing the accounting systems and operations of more than 100 retail stores in 20 states; financial reporting, SEC compliance, and budgeting; development and implementation of new marketing strategies; and management change initiatives designed to improve performance and
Anna Grady currently serves as the Director for Human Resources for Renewable NRG Systems. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Vermont and a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Chicago. She also serves as Secretary for the King Street Center Board of Trustees. Working at Renewable NRG Systems has sharpened her perspective on sustainability and energy concerns, and has fueled both personal and professional changes in response, such as investing in solar panels for her home earlier this year. Anna values the importance of "walking the talk" to net real, sustainable results. As part of her work role, she strategizes creative ways to build benefit structures that fit with the company's core values of environmental stewardship and innovation as well as invites and implements continuous improvement ideas from all employees. Creativity and innovation, engagement and involvement are all critical to spurring entrepreneurship and sustainable efforts.
Anna joined Renewable NRG Systems in 2006, bringing over 20 years of diverse work experience across higher education, manufacturing, youth services, and international development. Anna previously oversaw six departments as Director of Administration for Northlands Job Corps, a U.S. Department of Labor program where young students receive job and life skills training. Prior to that, she served as a Clinic Liaison Manager for Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. She also worked for IBM Corporation as a Tactical Marketing Manager, and as a program manager at the Academy for Educational Development in Washington D.C. She has travelled extensively in Africa, Panama and Pakistan.
Peter is based in Burlington, Vermont and works for Tetra Tech, leading their corporate social responsibility and sustainability services to public and privates sector clients worldwide. At present, most of these services focus on the extractive industries. He started work in Vermont in 1996 for ARD (Associates in Rural Development) after living and working in Eastern Africa for 20 years addressing natural resources management and land and property rights in more than 13 African countries. Tetra Tech purchased ARD in 2007. In addition to CSR and sustainability programming, Peter maintains an engagement in the Land Tenure and Property Rights sector that he started at ARD in 2004. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Marianne Kuitert. His geographic experience also includes consulting and residency in Eastern Europe (the former Soviet Union), Southeast Asia and China.
Almost 40 years of consumer product and trade marketing experience, including the last 25 for Cabot Creamery Cooperative of Vermont where she is the SVP of Marketing. MacDonald previously served as the state's first Marketing Director, a position created for her by Governor Kunin in 1984. She has been recognized with many awards for design, promotions and high-impact public relations programs including Cookies for Good and Reward Volunteers app. Prior to moving to Vermont, MacDonald provided marketing consulting and/or staff services for the San Francisco Opera, National Endowment for the Arts, American Express, Information Industry Association, NYU, CBS, and Viet Nam Veterans Memorial. A long-time champion of what Boomers have to offer as well as conversations on death and dying, MacDonald volunteers for hospice services in Burlington, Vermont.
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 mission and values. Before joining Ben & Jerry's, Chris led the sustainability work at Seventh Generation, the leader in natural non-toxic household and personal care products. 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.
He currently serves as the Chair of the board of directors of Car Share Vermont and is on the board of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.
Founder of Sultana Group, Hinda just completed 10 years of service in the Vermont State Senate where she championed the creative/ local/ sustainable economy, complementary healthcare, and social change. She currently sits on the board of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters as Chair of the Sustainability committee. Ms. Miller co-founded Jogbra, Inc., in 1977, the original maker of the "jogbra" women's sports garment. The original Jogbra is part of collections at the Smithsonian Institute and Metropolitan Museum of Art. She served as President of Jogbra, Inc., until company was purchased by Playtex Apparel and continued her leadership as President of Champion Jogbra, a division of Sara Lee Corp.
Elisabeth Robert is owner/CEO of Terry Bicycles. After acquiring Terry, she moved it to Burlington in 2009. Previously Liz was the CEO/CFO of The Vermont Teddy Bear Company, a NASDAQ company she ultimately sold in a "going private" transaction. Under her leadership of 13 years, VTB grew from $16 million to $75 million in sales, with the launch of PajamaGram and the acquisition of Calyx Flowers. After a brief stint at Bank Boston right out of college, she devoted the early stages of her career to Vermont businesses in executive management at Vermont Gas Systems, McCarren for Lt. Governor, and AirMouse Remote Controls.
Liz serves as Trustee of Middlebury College. Previously she was a Director of Central Vermont Public Service Corp., Chair of the New England Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and a Trustee of Fletcher Allen Health Care.
Liz received the 2003 Vermont Small Business Administration Person of the Year Award. She was a New England finalist in the 1999 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program. And in 2001, the Honorable Senator Patrick Leahy recorded a tribute to her in the Congressional Record.
Bruce was the longest serving economic development public official in the state of Vermont. He began working for the City of Burlington's Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) at the office's inception in 1983. He led the City of Burlington's Economic Development efforts from 1985 to 2012.
Bruce has provided direct technical assistance to more than 4,000 businesses, ranging from home-based businesses to companies with 500 employees; managed a revolving loan fund; assisted in the start-up of more than 20 nonprofit organizations in Vermont; and has served on dozens of boards and commissions at the national, regional, state and local levels including banks, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, colleges, and business trade groups. Examples of the nonprofit organizations he helped establish include the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and the South End Arts + Business Association. The success of these entities has contributed to Burlington's standing as one of the most viable cities in the nation.
Lars graduated from the School for International Training in 1994 with a Bachelor's degree in International Studies. Today he serves as the Director of Vermont's Office of the Creative Economy within the Agency of Commerce. The Office exists to connect Vermont's innovators and entrepreneurs, measure and promote a healthy creative ecosystem, and mobilize resources across Vermont's creative sectors. Prior to joining the Agency Lars served as Innovation Prize Advisor to the Office of Science and Technology at the US Agency for International Development and before that as Program Manager at the MIT Public Service Center where he led the design and development of the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge. Before focusing on innovation, entrepreneurship, and community development Lars served as Researcher Director for public policy at AmericaSpeaks, where he advanced innovations in public engagement. Lars lives with his family in Cabot, Vermont.
Maureen received an MBA in Finance from Clarkson University and a BA in Business Administration from Saint Michael's College. Maureen is currently CFO for Seventh Generation, a leading brand of green household and personal care products. As a founding B Corporation, Seventh Generation is certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Prior to joining Seventh Generation, Maureen spent over twenty years with Church and Dwight (Arm and Hammer products) responsible for Mergers and Acquisitions and Investor Relations. Maureen also serves on the Board and heads up the audit committee for BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation, a business development company with over $1B in investments in middle-market companies. Maureen has two sons affiliated with UVM. One is a recent graduate, and the other is currently a junior majoring in community entrepreneurship and macroeconomic development.
Steve Voigt has been President and CEO of King Arthur Flour since 1999. Hired in 1992 as Vice President of Finance, Steve became Chief Operating Officer in 1998. Steve is a graduate of Tuck Business School and Colgate University. He is also on the boards of Vermont Business Roundtable, Newport Harbor, Montshire Museum of Science, Vermont Mutual Insurance Company, and King Arthur Flour.
Justin Worthley is a seventh generation Vermonter, and a third generation graduate from UVM (BA Environmental Studies, 1994). He probably would have received his MBA there too if they didn't require the GRE as an entry requirement, so instead he went to St. Michael's (MSA - Organizational Behavior, 2002). He is currently Director of Employee Engagement at Burton Snowboards in Burlington, and has previous HR, OD and Operations experience at Rhino Foods, Bosch, Unilever and Ben & Jerry's. He lives in South Burlington with his wife Cara and son Asa. His daughter Hannah is enrolled in a master's program in Occupational Therapy at Ithaca College.
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