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Board of Trustees

 

Susan Abbott

Pieter Bohen, Woodstock

Pieter Bohen is an organizational consultant whose primary role is serving as the Executive Director of The Cotyledon Fund, a philanthropic fund focused on climate change resilience. Prior to that, he served as President of the Farm & Wilderness Foundation; Vice President of Stewardship at Forterra, a regional land trust based in Seattle; co-founder of the Green Seattle Partnership and Green Cities programs; and founding Program Director of EarthCorps, an international Conservation Corps. He lives in Woodstock with his three children.

Heidi Chamberlain

Heidi G. Chamberlain, Manchester, VT and New York City

Heidi Chamberlain is a Managing Director at Stifel Financial in New York. She received her BS at the University of Vermont, majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Political Science and Economics. Heidi divides her time between New York City and Manchester, where she lives with her husband, step-son Duncan, their daughter Delilah and her dogs. Heidi has been active in nonprofit and community development work and serves on the board of unpluggedvt.com. Heidi enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, and cooking.

Mike Donohue, Richmond

Mike Donohue is an all-around outdoorsperson and employee owner at Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington. When not helping others get geared up or mentoring coworkers, he can be found outside hiking, biking, climbing, skiing and paddling. He is on the Board of Vermont Huts Association, Richmond Mountain Trails and is on the Richmond Trails Committee.

Susan Goodfellow, Chester

Susan Goodfellow has served in a variety of municipal roles in the Town of Tuxedo and Village of Tuxedo Park, NY, including: Planning Board member, Village Trustee, Mayor, Chair of the Lakes/Environmental Committee. The responsibility for oversight of Tuxedo Park’s drinking water quality was Susan’s introduction to the world of environmental conservation, watershed protection, and preservation as it relates to land use and “smart growth.” Seven years ago, she and her husband, Jim, purchased farmland and a home in Chester, Vermont.

Jean Hamilton, Plainfield

Jean Hamilton serves as the Business Manager at Farmers To You, an innovative online farmers’ market that brings fresh food from Vermont producers to Boston families. Since moving to Vermont to attend Middlebury College, Jean has been involved in strengthening Vermont’s agricultural economy and culture as an advocate, educator, community developer, farmer, and chef. Jean delights in Vermont’s open spaces, fresh water, and community traditions.

Charlie Hancock

Charlie Hancock,  Montgomery

Charlie Hancock is a consulting forester and conservationist at North Woods Forestry. He works with private landowners and non-profits in northern Vermont. Charlie received undergraduate degrees in Forestry and Recreation Management from the School of Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Charlie serves as the Board Chair of Cold Hollow to Canada, a community conservation partnership in the Northern Greens. Charlie is also the chair of the Montgomery Conservation Commission and the Selectboard.

Charlie Hancock

Meriwether Hardie, Denver CO

Meriwether Hardie is the Chief Operating Officer at Bio-Logical Capital. She grew up on a farm in Vermont, and believes deeply in the importance of keeping Vermont’s working landscape working. In her free time, she can be found somewhere in the mountains, at her pottery wheel, or leading outdoor education courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School. She currently sits on the Innovation Board of Colorado College, the board of National Public Radio, and acts as an advisor to the Perennial Fund at MadAg.

Bill Keeton

Bill Keeton,  Burlington

Bill Keeton is a Professor of Forest Ecology and Forestry at UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. He directs the UVM Carbon Dynamics Lab, is a Fellow in the Gund Institute for Environment, and chairs the International Union of Forest Research Organization’s Working Group on Old-Growth Forests and Reserves. Bill’s research is focused on forest carbon dynamics and management, climate change impacts, ecologically-based forestry, forest-stream interactions, and forest biodiversity.

John Laggis

John Laggis, Hardwick

John Laggis, his son, Dan, and his brother, Chris, own and operate Laggis Brothers Farm with their families. In addition to milking 500 Jerseys and growing crops, they make maple syrup and harvest timber on about 1,000 acres in East Hardwick. They sell sweet corn and retail as well as wholesale beef. They enjoy farming even after almost 40 years of hard work and ups and downs in the market. Part of their farmland is conserved, and John credits VLT’s partnership with them as a startup dairy in the early ’90s with allowing them to go from a small dairy to a much larger operation.

John Laggis

Ramsey Luhr, Montpelier

Ramsey Luhr is the President & Co-Founder of Maple Capital Management, an investment advisory firm based in Montpelier. Before “seeing the light” almost 20 years ago and relocating to Vermont, Ramsey lived in New York City where he worked for Concord International Investments, among others. An avid outdoorsman who enjoys biking, running, canoeing, and skiing, he is passionate about conserving the environment he calls home. He lives in Montpelier with his wife and two teenage daughters. He previously served on the boards of the Institute for Sustainable Communities and the Vermont River Conservancy.

Mary McBryde

David Middleton, Danby

David Middleton is a professional photographer and writer who has produced a dozen books and been featured in magazines, books, and calendars during his long career. He has traveled widely, pursuing stories and images as well as helping both small and large nonprofit organizations more effectively meet their mission through imagery and story. David lives on an old dairy farm in Danby.

 

Marc Mihaly

Marc Mihaly, Calais (Chair)

Marc Mihaly is Professor Emeritus at Vermont Law School and served as its president and dean from 2012 to 2017. He is an expert in land use, urban planning, and energy law. Marc received his BA from Harvard College and, after service in the Peace Corps, received his JD from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley. He co-founded Shute, Mihaly and Weinberger in San Francisco. He provided advice and counsel to governments and environmental agencies on environmental law.

Robin Morris

Robin Morris, Waitsfield

Robin Morris is the founder and President of the Mad River Food Hub, a food business incubator and the Mad River Taste Place, a showcase for Vermont foods and beverages. In addition to being part of the Vermont Farm to Plate network, he sits on the advisory board of the Vermont Farm Fund and is a co-creator of the national Food Hub Management program at UVM. Since moving to Vermont in 1994, he has worked as a Chief Financial Officer at for‐profit companies in the food and high tech sectors. He lives with his wife in Waitsfield where they have a vegetable small holding and bees.

Cheryl Morse, Underhill

Cherie Morse is Associate Professor of Geography in UVM’s College of Arts and Sciences, director of the Earth and Environment Scholars program, and a member of the Food Systems Graduate Program. She is a social geographer whose research focuses on Vermont, rural communities, working landscapes, and everyday engagements with nature and migration. Her degrees are from the University of Vermont (BA Honors, MA) and the University of British Columbia (Ph.D). She has served in town government and as a youth lacrosse coach for two decades.

Jess Phelps, Norwich

Jess Phelps is Associate General Counsel at the Lyme Timber Company in Hanover, New Hampshire. Prior to joining Lyme, he worked as an Attorney-Advisor with the USDA’s Office of General Counsel, Natural Resources and Environment Division in Washington, D.C., where he advised the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Forest Service on various issues (including conservation easement transactions). Jess frequently writes/lectures on agricultural, land use, historic preservation, and conservation law-related topics and also is an adjunct professor at the Vermont Law School.

Hannah Sessions, Leicester

Hannah Sessions was born and raised in Addison County, Vermont. She graduated from Bates College and returned to Vermont in 2000 to establish Blue Ledge Farm in Leicester with her husband, Greg. They conserved their farm with VLT and invested in an on-farm cheese enterprise in 2002. Today, Blue Ledge Farm is home to 150 dairy goats and produces artisanal goat and cow’s milk cheeses sold nationwide. Hannah is also a painter and her muse is, of course, goats, cows, and the landscape of Vermont! She lives on the farm with her husband, teenage children Livia and Hayden, and their dog Boomer.

Lynn Ellen Schimoler, Essex

Lynn Ellen Schimoler works in the Agriculture Development Division at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. She works with the Working Lands Enterprise Board, managing the Working Lands Enterprise Fund in support of food, farm & forest businesses throughout Vermont. Prior to public sector work, she managed independent natural foods enterprises on both coasts, and collaborated with National Cooperatives Grocers on store expansions for Co-ops in New England. She graduated from Bennington College, and enjoys a part-time Dance Lecturer role at the University of Vermont.

Katherine Sims

Katherine Sims, Craftsbury

Katherine Sims is the Director of the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative, bringing together partners to advance economic development in communities.  She was also the founder and Executive Director of Green Mountain Farm-to-School, and worked as a consultant to nonprofits on fundraising plans, leadership development, and succession planning. Katherine graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s in history and serves on the board of a several nonprofits. She lives in Craftsbury with her husband and sons.

Heidi Chamberlain

Maria Young, West Glover

Maria Young grew up on a farm in West Glover, where she returned to build her home. She is the Executive Director at NorthWoods Stewardship Center, a conservation and education non-profit organization that connects people and place through forest stewardship, outdoor recreation, and more. Maria serves as the president for the Northeast Kingdom Backcountry Coalition and is completing her first term on the Vermont Land Trust board. She deeply appreciates VLT’s role in providing access to a high quality of life for Vermonters — a healthy working landscape, natural places, and accessible outdoor activities.

 

 

 

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VLT
Facts
593,000+
Total acres
protected
720+
Farms using
conserved land
420,000
Acres of
forestland
170
Recreation
spots
60
Miles
Catamount Trail
460
Miles
VAST Trail
2,500+
Properties
protected