Front, left to right: Thomas Gallagher, Alyson Eastman, Tony Collier, Joan Goldstein, Beth Pearce, Rhonda Shippee. Back, left to right: Ed Delhagen, Leon Graves, Dana Kittell, Steve Voigt, Mike Tuttle, Ted Foster and Missing: Karyn Hale, Daniel Kurzman and Michael Snyder
VEDA - Board of Directors
VEDA is fortunate to have a Board of Directors comprised of thoughtful and dedicated Vermonters who bring a wealth of experience to the work of the Authority:
of Norwich is VEDA's Chair. Voigt was President and CEO of King Arthur® Flour from 1999 to 2014. Hired in 1992 as Vice President of Finance, Steve became Chief Operating Officer in 1998. Prior to King Arthur Flour, Steve worked for Benedetto, Gartland & Greene in New York, where he raised private equity for venture, LBO and alternative asset funds. During his tenure there, Steve also supported his wife in founding, and later selling, Robin's Homemade Breads of Greenwich, CT. He also consulted out of Zurich, Switzerland and Cleveland for McKinsey & Company. Steve is a graduate of the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, and Colgate University. Steve serves on the boards of Newport Harbor Corporation, Vermont Mutual Insurance Company and Dansko. He has also been an active member of The ESOP Association serving on the Board of Governors from 2003-2009 and as its Chair.
of Vergennes is VEDA's Vice-Chair. He was named to VEDA’s Board in April 2019. He is a retired dairy farmer and co-founder of Vermont Natural Ag Products, serving as Treasurer at his family’s 1,700 acre, 500 cow farm for over 40 years. Throughout his career, Foster worked with a number of Vermont agricultural boards and organizations, including the Dairy Herd Improvement Association, Council of Dairy Cattle Breeding, Eastern Artificial Insemination Cooperative, Genex Cooperative, Champlain Valley Farmer’s Coalition, the Northeast Council of Cooperatives Board and the Board of Yankee Farm Credit. He was also Vice President of the Vermont Farm Bureau and chaired the Dean of the College of Agriculture advisory board at the University of Vermont, where he graduated with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Foster also served as an officer in the United States Army and currently sits on the Vermont Dairy Producers Association Board of Directors and volunteers with the Vergennes Lions Club and the Vergennes Food Shelf.
of Derby Line is VEDA's Treasurer. He was the past Northeast Regional Manager of Operations for Ethan Allen overseeing the manufacturing and sawmill facilities in two states. Now retired, Kurzman also held senior positions in Human Resources at both the regional and corporate level during his tenure at Ethan Allen. Prior to his employment at Ethan Allen, Kurzman was a public school educator and administrator.
of Colchester is a Champlain Valley native with a passion for entrepreneurship and over six years of sales and marketing experience with Silicon Valley technology startups. He is currently an executive with a software startup based in San Francisco. Tony graduated from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and was awarded the Diversity Leadership Scholarship. He was an NCAA DIII student athlete until concussions ended his athletic career. Tony helped lead the first ever coaches concussion clinic as a player advocate with SLI, now the Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center.
of Randolph is the Clean Energy Finance and Program Manager for the Vermont Department of Public Service, serving on the VEDA Board as Designee for Commissioner June Tierney. Ed works on clean energy finance, energy planning, grant programs, and collaborative projects. He coordinates the Vermont Clean Energy Industry Report, the Heat Saver Loan program and other initiatives. Before joining State government, Ed served as Deputy Director for the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and consulted on sustainable economic development. He received his Bachelor's degree from Brown University and Graduate degree from the University of Michigan.
of Orwell is the Deputy Secretary for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, serving on the VEDA Board as Designee for Anson Tebbetts, Agency Secretary. A lifelong Vermonter, Alyson was raised on her 270-acre family farm in Orwell and resides there today with her husband, Michael, and their twin boys Brandon and Bentley. Alyson attended Champlain College and earned her A.S. in 1997 and her B.S. in 2003. In 2010, she founded Lake Home Business Services, Inc. -- a firm that provides H-2 Visas, and bookkeeping and payroll services. In 2015 and 2016, Alyson served the Addison-Rutland I District in the Vermont House of Representatives.
of St. Albans has been President and CEO of the Peoples Trust Company since 2011. Prior to his appointment, he served as the bank’s Senior Vice President and Senior Commercial Loan Officer and has held various positions within the institution during his 20-year career. Gallagher also continues to participate on his family’s farm, which specializes in dairy and replacement cattle. An Accounting graduate of Champlain College, he serves on various community-oriented boards. He also currently serves on the Vermont Banking Association Government Relations Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.
Leon C. Graves
of Fairfield began his service on the VEDA Board in 1995 while serving as Governor Howard Dean's Commissioner of Agriculture. From 2003 to 2018, Graves worked in a number of management positions for Dairy Marketing Services, Dairy Farmers of America and most recently, as St. Albans Cooperative Creamery's Chief Operating Officer. Graves was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1987 to 1994 and the Senate in 1995. He is currently working in retail sales and with his family on their diversified farm in Fairfield.
of Lyndonville is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Union Bank. Prior to her employment at Union Bank, Karyn was an accountant with A.M. Peisch & Company. A lifelong resident of Vermont, Karyn received an undergraduate degree from St. Michael’s College and currently holds a CPA license in the State of Vermont. Karyn currently serves on the Boards of Evernorth (aka Housing Vermont) and the St. Johnsbury Development Fund.
of Royalton is the Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Economic Development, serving on the VEDA Board as Designee for Lindsay Kurrle, Agency Secretary. Joan served as Executive Director of the Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation (GMDC). Under her tenure the regional development corporation for Northern Windsor and Orange counties was able to diversify services with real estate investments, brownfields and flood recovery grants, and innovative workforce development projects and programs. Prior to GMEDC, Goldstein worked as a small business advisor for the Vermont Small Businesses Development Corporation. Before moving to Vermont from New York City, Joan spent 20 plus years in the financial services industry at JP Morgan and Credit Suisse in a variety of international sales, marketing, client relationship, and project management roles in the correspondent banking, equity capital markets, and private banking areas.
of Barre was appointed Vermont State Treasurer in January, 2011 by Governor Peter Shumlin. Treasurer Pearce has more than 30 years of experience in government finance at both the state and local levels. Prior to her appointment, she served as Deputy Treasurer for more than seven years under former Treasurer Jeb Spaulding. During that time, financial reports prepared by Pearce received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association.
of Morgan was the past Community and Business Program Director of USDA Rural Development for Vermont and New Hampshire where she managed infrastructure loan and grant programs for rural communities and non-profit organizations and business development loan guarantees and grants. She retired in 2015 after 37 years and relocated from Calais to Morgan, VT where she enjoys biking, kayaking and hiking in the Northeast Kingdom. She is a graduate of Champlain College and the Snelling Center Leadership Program. In Morgan, Rhonda is an officer and active member of the Seymour Lake Association. In the winter she volunteers with the AARP Tax Aide Program assisting elders and low-income persons with their income taxes. She is married to Matthew and has three grown children and five grandchildren.
of Stowe was appointed Commissioner of Vermont Forests, Parks, and Recreation by Gov. Peter Shumlin in December 2010. Prior to that he served for 14 years as Chittenden County Forester, providing land stewardship assistance to private landowners and municipalities. For 12 years, he taught two courses in Forestry at the University of Vermont, and he continues to write the Woods Whys column for Northern Woodlands Magazine. Previously, he worked in forest ecosystem science at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and in land surveying and forest management in New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Sweden. He owns and manages a 91-acre forest in the northern Connecticut River valley of Vermont. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master of Science degrees in forestry from the University of Vermont.
of Middlebury has been President and CEO of National Bank of Middlebury since 2015. Prior to her appointment, she served the banking community in Addison County since 1991 as a mortgage originator at Vermont Federal Bank for six years before joining National Bank of Middlebury in 1997. In addition to managerial experience, Caroline is well versed in technology and the ever-important security needs related to technology. As president, she diligently maintains the bank’s almost 200 years of outstanding customer service and community support while embracing the technological advances that support convenience banking. Caroline is magna cum laude graduate of the University of Vermont, majoring in mathematics, and a 2000 graduate of New England School of Banking at Williams College earning distinction as a Jordan Scholar.