Photo -  Front row, left to right: Beth Pearce, CEO Jo Bradley, John Snow, Tammy Richards, Will Patten.  Second row, left to right: Alyson Eastman, Michael Schirling, Tom Gallagher. Third row, left to right: Michael Snyder, Dan Kurzman, Ed Delhagen and Michael Tuttle.  Missing: Leon Graves, Jane O’Meara Sanders, Dana Kittell and Steve Voigt.


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:

 

Thomas Gallagher

of St. Albans is VEDA’s Chair. Gallagher 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.

Mike Tuttle

of South Burlington is VEDA’s Vice-Chair. Prior to his retirement in 2016, Tuttle served in various positions over a 25-year career with Merchants Bank and Merchants Bancshares, including the last ten as President, CEO and director. He currently serves as director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston and director of Opportunities Credit Union. Tuttle has also served on various community boards including the United Way of Chittenden County, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and Vermont Business Roundtable.

Steve Voigt

of Norwich is VEDA's Treasurer. 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, Dansko, Montshire Museum of Science, and Tuck's Center for Business, Government & Society. He has also been an active member of The ESOP Association serving on the Board of Governors from 2003-2009 and as its Chair.
 


Tony Collier

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.

Ed Delhagen

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.

Alyson Eastman

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.

Ted Foster

of Vergennes 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.

Andrea Gagner

of St. Albans is the CEO of 14th Star Brewing Company, a craft brewery that has seen phenomenal growth in recent years. During her time at 14th Star the company has grown from three employees to 24, distribution in seven states and has gained a reputation for being a community conscious organization that regularly gives back to the veteran, brewing and local communities. A lifelong resident of Vermont, she holds an MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management and sits on the boards of three charities. In addition to her work with 14th Star, she is a certified spin instructor and teaches numerous fitness classes, hosting Sweat & Sip bootcamps to benefit different charities regularly. Her two children and grandchildren are also in Vermont.
 

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.

Dana Kittell

of East Fairfield is the founding partner of the CPA firm Kittell, Branagan and Sargent. Dana has been a public accountant for more than 45 years, focusing on non-profit and commercial enterprises including municipalities, health care, nursing homes, wholesale businesses, construction and contractors. Dana is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants. Dana resides in East Fairfield with his wife Judith. They have two children Kregg and Kamie and five grandchildren. Dana attended Champlain College where he received his A.S. in Accounting.

Daniel Kurzman

of Derby Line 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.

Beth Pearce

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.

Michael Schirling

of Burlington was appointed Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development by Governor Phil Scott in December. Immediately prior to serving as Secretary, Schirling served as Executive Director of BTV Ignite, an economic development and technology accelerator initative, where he oversaw the organization's efforts to expedite growth of the local tech sector to strengthen the economy by driving innovation. Schirling led projects and initiatives focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities, career coaching and workforce training programs, and development of innovation hubs. He has also worked as a contractor conducting trainings for the U.S. State Department's Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program Cyber Division. Schirling served in the Burlington Police Department for 25 years, including seven years as Chief of Police.

Rhonda Shippee

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.
 

Michael Snyder

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.