Rubenstein School Board of Advisors
The Rubenstein School Board of Advisors was established in 1993. 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 some of our most dedicated donors.
Susan Swenson Barbuto, UVM '76 and MS Columbia University '82,, of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, represents the School on UVM's National Campaign Council. Susan is an environmental commissioner, community educator, and advocate for sustainability. She is a Rutgers University Environmental Steward, master gardener, and educator who volunteers in the parks. She teaches an environmental film class at her local community college and chairs a three town environmental film festival every spring. She has 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 New York City hospital social worker and adjunct faculty in field work at Columbia University. She is parent to Kristina (UVM '09) and Jarrett (UVM '12). Read more...
Sarah Bergman, of Boston, Massachusetts, is an environmental and social justice consultant specializing in administration, staff management, finance and development. She recently served as the Assistant Executive Director of the Center for Biological Diversity, the nation's most prominent endangered species protection group. Previously she was a paralegal for the National Environmental Law Center in Boston, and 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 Advisors. 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. Mark serves as President of the New Jersey State Board of Educators. 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 Advisors for the Union of Concerned Scientists. For more information, see the Fall/Winter 2009-2010 Rubenstein School Alumni Newsletter.
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.
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. Read more....
Gina Fiorile (RSENR '18), of Saranac Lake, New York, is an Environmental Studies major and member of the Aiken Scholars Program in the Rubenstein School. Gina was awarded an Environmental Merit Award by the EPA on Earth Day of 2015 and was recently honored at The White House as a Champion of Change for Climate Education and Literacy. Gina was instrumental in planning the annual Adirondack Youth Climate Summit, which has spread internationally and has been adopted as a model for environmental education within the President's Climate Action Plan. She helped create the first annual Vermont Youth Climate Summit held at the University of Vermont. Gina was a featured student in a recent PBS documentary, The Resilient Ones: A Generation Takes on Climate Change, that followed the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit and its efforts to reduce the effects of climate change in the Adirondack Park of Upstate New York. Gina is also a member of UVM's Catholic Student Association in addition to representing the UVM Figure Skating Club at national intercollegiate competitions. Read more...
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.
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. Crea received an honorary degree from the University of Vermont in 2014. For more information, see the Fall/Winter 2002 Rubenstein School Alumni Newsletter and a 2014 Rubenstein School news story.
Deborah Markowitz, UVM '83, of Montpelier, Vermont, is the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. She is the former Vermont Secretary of State and was the founding director of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns Municipal Law Center. Deb has served on numerous state and national boards and commissions and is the founder of the Vermont Women's Leadership Initiative, and Vermont Parks Forever – the Foundation for Vermont State Parks. She has been recognized nationally for her leadership by being awarded an Aspen Institute Rodel fellowship. Deb is a graduate of the University of Vermont (1983) and earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the Georgetown University Law Center (magna cum laude, 1987). Read more...
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.
Phoebe Spencer, RSENR '13, of Essex Junction, Vermont, is a RSENR Ph.D. student at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, where she studies issues of gender equity in economic systems. Her research is a part of the multidisciplinary Economics for the Anthropocene project, which partners UVM with McGill University and York University. Phoebe also serves as a volunteer with the UVM Traffic Board of Appeals, the Essex Junction Bike Walk Advisory Committee, and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission's Active Transportation Plan Advisory Committee. She previously completed her MS at UVM in 2013 in Community Development and Applied Economics and her BA at McGill University in 2011.
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 and was awarded Admiral of the Chesapeake by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley in January 2015. Ann is a UVM parent and a member of the Board's Executive Committee. See the Spring/Summer 2012 Rubenstein School Alumni Newsletter and a more recent RSENR news story.
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....
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.
April Berteau, Rubenstein School Liaison to the Board of Advisors.
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