2014/15 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, Casella 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.
David is the Director of New Ventures and 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.
Yola Carlough joined B Lab in 2011. Her work as Senior Associate in Community Development facilitates entry into the B Corp community for businesses that commit to the highest standards of transparency, accountability and performance. Her efforts bring 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, and serves on the Board of Directors of Vermont Business for Social Responsibility (VBSR).
From 2007-2011, Yola was Director of Sustainability at Burt's Bees natural personal care products in Durham, NC. where she developed, integrated and monitored innovative strategies to achieve the brand's short and long term corporate responsibility goals in a commitment to sustainable working and living practices that activate the power of business on behalf of positive environmental and societal change. As Executive Director of the Burt's Bees Greater Good Foundation, Yola worked to create meaningful partnerships with non profit organizations driving innovative, positive change through systemic, replicable models that seek to eliminate the root cause of social and environmental problems. She served on the Boards of Center for Environmental Farming Systems and the North Carolina Conservation Network.
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.
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.
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.
Dee DeLuca serves as Executive Director of Living Well Group, a Vermont based non-profit, including Ethan Allen Residence and Living Well Residential Care Home, which achieved the 2008 Governor's Award for Healthy Aging. An advising member of the Community Council at UVM's Center on Aging and a pioneer in small business applications of Dynamic Governance, she brings years of academic training, commitment and entrepreneurial success to the arena of holistic health care for elders. Dedicated to cutting edge practices in both business and integrative medicine, including arts based therapies and community focused circles of care, Dee was recognized by Vermont Health Care Association as Administrator of the Year in 2009. Living Well Group's facilities work collaboratively with educational and social service agencies in research and development efforts to identify and refine psycho-social and medical approaches that enhance the communities in which elders are served. Dee is currently engaged in projects directed toward shaping public policy to ensure elders and disabled persons of all socio-economic sectors opportunities to age creatively with dignity, integrity and joy. Recently appointed a Goodwill Ambassador of Joy for Elders, she joins 14 other international ambassadors bringing their message of joyous, healthy aging to a larger public by regularly contributing to world Elder Land publications and through public speaking engagements. Dee holds a BS from The University of Vermont and a Masters of Education from City University of New York.
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.
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 and partner. She came to them with 25 years of experience in Socially Responsible Investing. 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 sits on the board of Vermont Public Radio and is Chair of their Investment Committee, she is a Trustee of Marlboro College and, is Chair of the Board of the Lyme School in Lyme, NH.
Elizabeth received a BA from Marlboro College and is a graduate of the National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University. She also has a degree in financial planning from Boston University. Elizabeth loves most sports and competes nationally in rowing. She and her husband Peter are raising three children in Lyme, NH.
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.
Andrew Meyer is founder and president of Vermont Natural Coatings, Inc. manufacturer of PolyWhey®, patented whey based wood finishes. He is also partner in Vermont Soy, LLC., and owns the Hardwick Enterprise Group, LLC, which provides business resources to innovative value-added companies. He is a founding board member of the Center for an Agricultural Economy and serves as a trustee of Shelburne Farms. Andrew is a partner in North Hardwick Dairy, an organic family dairy farm. He worked as Agriculture Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator James Jeffords and operated a congressional legislative consulting firm in Washington, DC. He lives in Hardwick with his wife Mary and children Lila and Fenton.
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 Keurig-Green Mountain 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.
Monique Oxender leads Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. efforts to Brew a Better World. Monique joined Keurig Green Mountain in 2012 and has navigated a path for integrated sustainability management during the recent period of growth and change. Her journey, which is informed by a multitude of internal and external stakeholders, brings her to the intersection of sustainability and business, the place where she sees the most potential to deliver societal benefit and create business value. Prior to joining Keurig Green Mountain, she spent eight years with Ford Motor Company where she designed and developed a leading supply chain sustainability program spanning the company's $65B buy from 60 countries. Issues under her responsibility included human rights, indirect carbon and water footprints, and raw material transparency. In addition, she served as Chair of multiple industry workgroups for the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and represented Ford on United Nations Global Compact, US State Department, Department of Labor and OECD advisory groups. With a background in secondary education and sustainability, Monique has an MBA and an MS from the University of Michigan.
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.
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 Vice President of Human Resources 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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