Rubenstein School Board of Advisors
The Rubenstein School Board of Advisors was established in 1994. The Board includes invited alumni, parents, donors, students, partners, and friends of the School and UVM who help advise the Dean on strategic opportunities and cultivate external relations for the School. Board members support the School in a variety of ways, and they are our most dedicated donors.
Lola Aiken, of Montpelier, Vermont, is an honorary member and founding member of the Board of Advisers. She is a long-term supporter of the University and Rubenstein School. She is a member of the George D. Aiken Lectures Series board and a sponsor of the Lola Aiken Award in Natural Resources. Lola received an honorary degree from the University of Vermont in 1975.
Susan Swenson Barbuto, UVM '76, of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, is a community educator and advocate for sustainability. Susan earned a MS degree from Columbia University in 1982. She has been a local Shade Tree and Environmental Commissioner, Rutgers University Environmental Steward, Master Gardener, and educator with the local "Volunteer in the Parks" program. She has taught an environmental film class at a local community college, participated in the Ramapo College Masters in Sustainability program, and received an Award of Excellence from the New Jersey Learns Education for Sustainability/Cloud Institute. Formerly, Susan was a hospital social worker in New York City and adjunct faculty member at Columbia University. Susan is a former UVM parent.
Sarah Bergman, of Boston, Massachusetts, is the Assistant Executive Director of the Center for Biological Diversity, the nation's most prominent endangered species protection group, overseeing the administration, finance and development programs. Before joining the Center, she was a paralegal for the National Environmental Law Center in Boston, and has worked as a political organizer and fundraiser across the East Coast. Sarah grew up in Southern Vermont.
Mark Biedron, UVM '74, of Oldwick, New Jersey is Chair of the Board of Advisers. He is the co-founder of the Willow School, a green school for grades K-8. He is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified professional. For more information, see the Fall/Winter 2003 Rubenstein School Alumni Newsletter.
David Blittersdorf, UVM '81, of Charlotte, Vermont, is President and CEO of AllEarth Renewables, a Vermont-based company that designs and manufactures residential-scale, grid-connected wind and solar renewable energy systems. He also is the founder and past CEO of NRG Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of wind measurement equipment and software for the worldwide wind energy industry. David is treasurer of the Small Wind Certification Council and the Distributed Wind Energy Association, and he is a member of the Board of Advisers for the Union of Concerned Scientists. For more information, see the Fall/Winter 2009-2010 Rubenstein School Alumni Newsletter.
Joshua Blouin, of Berlin, Vermont, is a junior in the Rubenstein School majoring in Wildlife Biology. He is a member of the RSENR Student Advisory Board and involved with the Wildlife and Fisheries Society. In the past, Josh has volunteered as a head coach for Vermont Special Olympic basketball team. Josh's 2013 summer internship was in Swan Valley, Montana studying conservation methods on wildlife and their habitats, specifically bull trout, canada lynx, wolves, and grizzly bears.
Sally Bogdanovitch, UVM-SNR '77, of Paul Smiths, New York, is Professor at Paul Smith’s College and a certified forester through the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Sally was named a SAF Fellow, the highest honor bestowed upon SAF members to recognize sustained leadership and exemplary advancement of the forestry profession. She is a board member and recent past Vice President for the Empire State Forest Product Association, and a board member for Northern Woodlands magazine. She is a member of the Adirondack Community Trust and a natural resources consultant. For more information, see the Spring/Summer 2012 Rubenstein School Alumni Newsletter.
Monika Derrien, RSENR-MS '12,of Burlington, VT, is a doctoral student in the Rubenstein School and a graduate fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. She has worked on several Vermont-centered research projects in recreation planning, forest interpretation, rural community change, and sense of place in refugee communities. She is co-chair of the Graduate Seminar Series for the RSENR Graduate Student Association. Monika received her BS in History from Cornell University, and her MS (2012) in Natural Resources from the Rubenstein School.
John Douglas, of Stowe, Vermont, is a consultant. He is a 30-year veteran of the ski industry and has served as president of Atomic Ski Company, marketing director of Rossignol Ski Company, and as a board member of Ski Industries of America. For more information, see the Fall/Winter 2006 Rubenstein School Alumni Newsletter.
Mickey Fearn, of Raleigh, North Carolina is a Professor of Practice in North Carolina State University's School of Natural Resources. He has been a parks, recreation, and conservation professional for over 45 years. He served as the National Park Service's Deputy Director for Communications and Community Assistance 2008-2013. Before joining the National Park Service, Mickey directed the City of Seattle's Innovation Project and Neighborhood Leadership Program, managed Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative, and created programs to address youth violence and to reconnect young people with nature. For 12 years, he served as commissioner of Parks and Recreation for the state of Washington. Mickey has worked for the Governor of California, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Mayor of Oakland, California. He earned a BA in Recreation and Park Administration from California State University and a MS in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Oregon. For more information, see the Rubenstein School news story about Mickey.
Kay Henry, of Waitsfield, Vermont, is co-founder of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 740-mile series of waterways stretching from Maine to New York. She is the former owner of the Mad River Canoe Company. For more information, see the Fall/Winter 2004 Rubenstein School Alumni Newsletter.
Eugene Kalkin, UVM '50, of Bernardsville, New Jersey, is an honorary member and founding member of the Board of Advisers. He is president of the Kalkin Company, a retail store specializing in home furnishings. Eugene is a former UVM trustee and current chair of the UVM Foundaion. He received an honorary degree from the University of Vermont in 1998.
Crea Lintilhac, UVM-MS '78, of Shelburne, Vermont, is a trustee of the Lintilhac Foundation. She earned a Master’s degree from UVM in 1978 and is a member of the RSENR Lake Studies Advisory Committee and the Water Center Advisory Committee. Crea also serves as an officer and trustee of several environmental advocacy boards in Vermont. Crea is a UVM parent and a member of the board's Executive Committee. For more information, see the Fall/Winter 2002 Rubenstein School Alumni Newsletter.
Will Raap, of Shelburne, Vermont, is founder and chairman of Gardener's Supply Company and the Intervale Foundation, and a board member of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Vermont Natural Resources Council, and Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Council. Will is co-founder and chairman of the Board of Restoring Our Watershed, a nonprofit organization working in the Nandamojo River Valley of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, and Chair of Earth Partners, is a consortium of ecologists and soil scientists working to restore degraded ecosystems around the world. For more information, see the Winter 2008-09 Rubenstein School Alumni Newsletter.
Peter Rose, UVM '54, of Tucson, Arizona, is a retired art and antiquities appraiser with a Master's degree (MSES) in Environmental Studies from Bard College. Since 1990 he has devoted full time to environmental affairs, especially to the conservation of sea turtles. Peter is a member of the board's Executive Committee. For more information, see the Spring/Summer 2004 Rubenstein School Alumni Newsletter.
Beverly Rubenstein, of West Orange, New Jersey, is a benefactor of The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. She is a trustee of the Rubenstein Family Foundation and former member of the UVM National Campaign Steering Committee. For more information, see the Winter 2008-09 Rubenstein School Alumni Newsletter.
Ann Swanson, UVM-SNR '79, of Annapolis, Maryland, is executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a group of state-elected officials from Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Ann was recipient of The Conservationist of the Year Award from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in 2001 and of the 2007 Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Vermont. Ann received an honorary degree from the University of Vermont in 2012. Ann is a UVM parent and a member of the board's Executive Committee. See the Spring/Summer 2012 Rubenstein School Alumni Newsletter.
Alicia Taylor, RSENR '05, of Burlington, Vermont, is the Program Manager at CarShare Vermont. Launched in 2008, this Burlington based non-profit is on a mission to provide an affordable, reliable, and convenient alternative to private car ownership. Before heading into the world of sustainable transportation, Alicia served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the City of Burlington, and most recently as the Coordinator of Off-Campus Services in UVM’s Office of Student & Community Relations. In both of these roles, she worked to improve student-neighbor relations and quality-of-life in neighborhoods through creative community development initiatives. Alicia is a native Vermonter and grew up in Jeffersonville. Read more in the December 2012 Rubenstein School news story.
Ross Whaley, of Tupper Lake, New York, is a professor and former president of the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Ross is the former chair of the Adirondack Park Agency and past president of the Society of American Foresters. Currently, Ross serves as Senior Advisor to the Adirondack Landowners Association. For more information, see the Spring/Summer 2007 Rubenstein School Alumni Newsletter.
John Wilson, Forestry '75, of Chebeague Island, Maine, is an economist with expertise and corporate experience in economic modeling and forecasting and timber investment analysis. He was an adjunct professor at Boston University and the University of Southern Maine, and is active in Chebeague Island's governance and non-profits following the island's secession from its mainland parent town.
Kate Baldwin, Constituent Relations Senior Professional, University of Vermont.
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