|Betsy Ide Bloomer||Rutland, VT||2/28/27|
|Janette Bombardier||Colchester, VT||Chair, Nominating Committee||2/28/25|
|Megan Cluver||Hinesburg, VT||Vice Chair of Board / Chair Education, Personnel & Student Life Committee||2/28/27|
|Rep. Eileen “Lynn” Dickinson||St Albans, VT||Chair of the Board||2/28/24|
|David Durfee||Shaftsbury, VT||Vice Chair, Audit & Risk Management Committee||2/28/26|
|Bob Flint||Springfield, VT||2/28/27|
|Shirley Jefferson||South Royalton, VT||Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee||2/28/25|
|Rep. Bill Lippert, Jr||Hinesburg, VT||Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee||2/28/24|
|Karen Luneau||St Albans, VT||Secretary of Board / Vice Chair, Education, Personnel & Student Life Committee||2/28/25|
|Rep. Jim Masland||Thetford, VT||2/28/26|
|Perry Ragouzis||Castleton, VT||Student Trustee||5/30/24|
|David Silverman||Morrisville, VT||Treasurer of Board / Chair, Finance & Facilities Committee, Chair, Investment Sub-Committee||2/28/26|
|Shawn Tester||Lyndonville, VT||Vice Chair, Finance & Facilities Committee||2/28/25|
|Sue Zeller||Montpelier, VT||Chair, Audit Committee||2/28/25|
|Governor Phil Scott||Berlin, VT||Ex Officio|
Sue Zeller (Chair), David Durfee (Vice-Chair), Bob Flint, David Silverman, Shawn Tester
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Shirley Jefferson (Chair), Bill Lippert (Vice Chair), Betsy Bloomer, Megan Cluver, Bob Flint, Jim Masland, Perry Ragouzis
Education, Personnel & Student Life
Megan Cluver (Chair), Karen Luneau (Vice-Chair), Betsy Bloomer, Janette Bombardier, Shirley Jefferson, Jim Masland, Perry Ragouzis
Lynn Dickinson (Chair), Megan Cluver (Vice-Chair), Karen Luneau, David Silverman
Finance & Facilities
David Silverman (Chair), Shawn Tester (Vice Chair), Lynn Dickinson, David Durfee, Bob Flint, Bill Lippert, Sue Zeller
Janette Bombardier (Chair), Lynn Dickinson, Bill Lippert
Board Member Biographies
Betsy is the Manager of Communications and Strategy at VELCO, Vermont’s statewide transmission-only utility. VELCO is owned by Vermont’s 17 local electric utilities and a public benefits corporation, the Vermont Low Income Trust for Electricity. It is a for-profit company with a cooperative revenue structure that benefits every grid-connected customer in the state. In her current role, Betsy helps to create and promote the corporate identity guided by VELCO’s Mission, Vision, and Values to employees, strategic stakeholders, and the public. She is also leading the evolution of VELCO’s innovation process and advancement of company initiatives.
Betsy grew up in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Skidmore College. Her career began in Washington, DC where she worked for over a decade. In Washington, Betsy served as a Congressional staffer and as a Vice President at Cassidy & Associates, one of the nation’s premier lobbying firms. Betsy’s clients included institutions of higher education, major medical systems, and a host of non-profit organizations. When she returned to Vermont in 2011 she was immediately recruited by Governor Peter Shumlin and then-Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott to serve in the Irene Recovery Office. Betsy then was the first executive director of the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund, raising over $7 million for Vermonters in need of additional financial support to rebuild their homes and lives after the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene.
In addition to the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees, Betsy is currently Chair of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors. She has previously served on the boards of the Rutland Free Library, the Rutland Redevelopment Authority, and Housing Vermont. She was named as a Vermont Business Magazine Rising Star in 2016.
Betsy and her husband Matt live in Rutland City with their three young children, Will, Zach, and Beatrice. She enjoys chasing her kids at little league practices, Rutland Youth Theatre rehearsals, and all the community playgrounds they can find.
Janette Bombardier, P.E. is Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer at employee-owned Chroma Technology and 89 North, a rapidly growing optical filter and associated products company based in Rockingham, and Williston, Vermont. In this position, she is responsible for operations and the advancement of manufacturing, product design and development, as well as the strategy for emerging technologies and markets. She oversees the technical direction of the organization, including project and priority management, leading Chroma Technology to optimize its growing manufacturing base and accelerating innovation to benefit customers. Bombardier had an extensive career with IBM and subsequently GLOBALFOUNDRIES Vermont and East Fishkill, N.Y., semiconductor sites, and was the Senior Location Executive for the Vermont facility. In addition, she was Senior Vice president for Green Mountain Power supporting commercial and industrial customers and driving cost performance.
Ms. Bombardier is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Vermont. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Vermont and has a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering. She started her career with IBM and has held a variety of positions, including construction management, bridge engineer, manufacturing engineering, product development, product quality, as well as positions in cost reduction and continuous improvement.
In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET), the Vermont Futures Project and VMEC. She also serves on the State of Vermont Workforce Development Board and is a Corporator for Mascoma Bank.
Ms. Bombardier has been recognized for her commitment to Vermont as the recipient of the 2013 C. Harry Behney Lifetime Economic Development Achievement Award and was named the 2015 Vermont Citizen of the Year for her extensive community involvement and continued commitment to the betterment of Vermont. In 2019 she was named Vermont Engineer of the Year.
Ms. Bombardier lives in Colchester, with her husband, Greg, and has two adult children. She enjoys spending time outdoors running, biking, gardening and enjoying lake and beach time.
Megan is a part of the leadership team of Deloitte Consulting’s Higher Education practice. Megan has more than fifteen years of experience in assisting universities and academic medical centers with institutional strategy, organization design, and operations. Her work has included transformational projects to increase service effectiveness and reduce administrative overhead across all facets of the university, as well as targeted service delivery redesign projects. Megan’s current clients include university systems, community colleges, as well as public and private research institutions.
Megan has presented on the topics of transformational change and service delivery at National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and American Council on Education (ACE) events, and published on higher ed topics thought Deloitte’s Center for Higher Education Excellence.
Megan lives in Hinesburg with her husband Greg and four children, Teddy (10), Sylvie (8), Wynn (5), and Vivi (2). In their free time you will often find the Cluvers in the Vermont mountains, skiing and hiking.
Megan joined the VSCS Board of Trustees in 2019, and serves as the Vice Chair of the Board, as well as the Chair of the Education, Personnel, and Student Life Committee.
Lynn Dickinson is a Representative of the Vermont General Assembly and became a resident of St. Albans in 1973. She was educated at John F. Kennedy High School in Katonah, New York and received her BA in Chemistry at Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York. Ms. Dickinson is the Business Manager at Dickinson & Branon Dental Care. She is married to Richard A. Dickinson, DDS, and they have two girls and one son. She and her husband own a farm in St. Albans Town.
Ms. Dickinson has been a member of numerous organizations over the past 38 years, including: the CCV Advisory Board in Franklin County; Franklin-Grand Isle Mental Health Agency; St. Mary’s Parish Council, Chair – Education Committee; Incorporator of Northwestern Medical Center; Board of Trustees, Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans, Chair for 4 years; School Director, Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans UHS District 48; Public Oversight Committee that made recommendations to the Commissioner of BISHCA.
David Durfee of is a member of the Vermont General Assembly. First elected in 2018, he currently is the Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture, Food Resiliency & Forestry.
A consultant to community-based organizations, he has held management roles in publishing, hospitality, and cooperatively owned retail grocery. He has taught at the secondary-school and community-college level, and as an instructor in English as a Foreign Language in Japan. He graduated from New Lebanon (N.Y.) Central School and holds a BA in Mathematics from Williams College and an MBA from Cornell University.
Rep. Durfee is the Treasurer of the Mount Anthony Union School District and the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union. He serves on the board of directors for BROC Community Action and is a past board member of Southshire Community School, Neighboring Food Cooperative Association, Shaftsbury Elementary School, and Mount Anthony Union High School, where he chaired the Education Committee. He is a recipient of the Cleveland and Phyllis Dodge Community Service Award from United Counseling Services and has volunteered as a youth soccer coach, race director, and member of the Shaftsbury Budget and Ancient Roads Committees.
Rep. Durfee lives in Shaftsbury, Vermont, with his wife Melanie. They have three grown sons.
Bob has served as the Executive Director of SRDC since 2005. During that time, he has facilitated several projects including the remediation and redevelopment of the One Hundred River Street property, the successful sale and redevelopment of the North Springfield Fellows Gear Shaper facility and the construction of Blake Hill Preserves and Vermont Farmstead Cheese in Windsor. He is currently overseeing the redevelopment of the former Park Street School in Springfield, that houses the Black River Innovation Campus (which Bob helped to create and continues to serve as Vice-Chair) as well as the cleanup and redevelopment of the former J & L Plant 1.
He is the Past-President and current Treasurer of the Regional Development Corporations of Vermont, the Chair of the River Valley Technical Center School District Board, the Chair of the North Star Health FQHC Board as well being a gubernatorial appointee to the Vermont Aviation Advisory Council, Vermont State College Board of Trustees and the state Clean Water Board.
Prior to SRDC, Bob was the Executive Vice-President of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce for 7 ½ years. During his time at the Chamber, Bob was elected to 3 terms as the President of the Vermont Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and served 2 terms on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. He also worked in broadcasting for 20 years, including 14 years as the Operations Manager/Program Director of WCFR Radio in Springfield. Flint has a B.S. (Telecommunications Management) from Syracuse University and is member of the WJPZ Radio Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the 2001 Class of the Vermont Leadership Institute through the Snelling Center for Government.
Shirley Jefferson joined Vermont Law School in 1999. She served initially as a special assistant to admissions and the Director of Alumni Affairs before becoming the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity. Dean Jefferson is now vice president for community engagement and government affairs and an associate professor currently teaching Race and the Law and has taught Non-Profit Organizations and Civil Rights Seminar “Eyes on the Prize”. As the Dean for Student Affairs, Dean Jefferson serves as the law school’s senior student affairs officer. She reports to the dean/president on fostering and advancing a strategic and integrated approach to student affairs. She also is responsible for advising and mentoring the Student Bar Association and 30 other student organizations as they develop leadership abilities and practice life skills, self-governance and organizational management, and student activities. As the Dean for Diversity, Dean Jefferson serves as a member of the president’s/dean’s administrative cabinet creating a unique environment for manifesting a commitment to cultural diversity, promoting law school-wide diversity goals and initiatives and highlighting the value of diversity throughout the school as it relates to the school’s diversity plan.
Prior to joining Vermont Law School, Dean Jefferson served as General Counsel for the United Black Fund, Inc.; as Associate Counsel in the Law Office of Wilhelmina J. Rolark; and as a legislative assistant, Committee on Judiciary, to Council Member Wilhelmina J. Rolark.
While attending Vermont Law School, Dean Jefferson received both the Alumni Association Award and was a Debevoise Family Scholarship recipient. Dean Jefferson also founded the Minority Student Group at Vermont Law School. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southeastern University and was named to the Dean’s List.
On a more personal note, as a young girl, Dean Jefferson met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama. At the age of 17, Dean Jefferson integrated her high school in Selma, Alabama.
Bill Lippert is a member of the Vermont General Assembly, representing the Town of Hinesburg. He is currently the Chair of the House Health Care Committee. He was educated at Williamsport High School, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, received a BA in History at Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, an MA in Counseling Psychology at Antioch University New England, Keene, New Hampshire, and attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University – Senior Executives in State & Local Government. Rep. Lippert was employed for over twenty years by the Counseling Service of Addison County, serving as executive director from 1984-1996. In 1992 he founded the Samara Foundation of Vermont, Vermont’s LGBTQ community foundation, where he was employed from 1997- 2007. The successor organization is The Samara Fund for LGBT Issues, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation.
Rep. Lippert has been a social justice activist for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights since coming to Vermont in 1972. He has been active in many LGBT organizations and community boards, including the 1989 founding board of Outright Vermont, Vermont’s queer youth serving organization. He has continued his commitment to LGBTQ youth by serving for several years as a full time volunteer at Camp Outright, a Vermont summer residential camp for queer youth.
Rep. Lippert was appointed to the Vermont House in 1994 by Governor Howard Dean. In 2000, as Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and the only openly openly gay member of the Vermont General Assembly, Lippert helped craft and pass Vermont’s historic Civil Unions law, the first law in the United States to give legal recognition to same-sex couples. He chaired the House Judiciary Committee from 2005 – 2014. In 2009, as chair, Rep. Lippert led the House hearings and floor debate to create, pass and ultimately override the governor’s veto, establishing full Marriage Equality in Vermont.
Rep. Lippert married his partner of 33 years, Enrique S. Peredo, Jr., of Toto, Guam, in 2009.
Karen Handy Luneau is co-owner of Handy Toyota and Handy Chevrolet in St. Albans, Vermont. She is a former high school teacher. She currently serves Samaritan House, Franklin/Grand Isle counties homeless shelter, as member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Fundraising Committee. She has extensive service on community boards as past chair of the Bellows Free Academy Board of Trustees, Franklin County Supervisory Union Board, St. Albans City School Board, St. Albans City Zoning Board, and St. Albans City Community Development Board. In addition, she is a past member of the Franklin County Workforce Investment Board, St. Albans City Board of Civil Authority, and has been a religious education instructor at St Mary’s in St. Albans.
Mrs. Luneau is a Franklin County native who graduated from St. Anne Academy in Swanton. She graduated from Albertus Magnus College in 1972 with a BA in History. She has done post-graduate work at St. Michael’s College and UVM. She lives in St. Albans with her husband, Daniel. She is the mother of three grown sons, Joseph, Peter, and Adam, and grandmother of five.
Mrs. Luneau has been a member of the VSCS Board of Trustees since 2005.
Jim Masland is a Representative of the Vermont General Assembly and became a resident of Thetford Center in 1979. He was educated at Hanover Elementary, Hanover, New Hampshire and the Williston Academy, Easthampton, Massachusetts and received his BS and MS at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. Mr. Masland is currently a work-based learning consultant and builder. He is married to the former Suzanne M. Sheldon, and they have five daughters and two sons.
Mr. Masland is a former Site Supervisor of the Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity. He is a member of the ECFiber Executive Committee, the Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation, and the Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste District. He is the past president of the George D. Aiken Resource Conservation and Development Council, the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, and past chair of the Thetford Select Board. He is a graduate of the Vermont Institute at the Snelling Center for Government.
Mr. Masland was elected to the VSCS Board of Trustees in 2010.
Perry is currently an undergraduate student at Castleton University studying Political Science. He has been heavily involved in service-oriented volunteer opportunities, and serves on Castleton’s Student Government Association in order to better connect with and understand the goals and interests of his fellow students. Since his appointment to the Trustee position, Perry has committed himself to playing an active role in the lives of every VSC student, with hopes that he can cultivate a positive environment in which all students feel safe, respected, and well represented.
Perry has taken part in many student initiatives and projects, including the “Spartan Family Food Drive” which provided over 100 families and students with over 3,500 pounds of food, and a Representative Forum which allowed students and community members in the Castleton area to hear and meet with those running to represent Vermont in the US House of Representatives.
Currently, Perry lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his family, but actively lives and serves within the Vermont community each academic year, with plans to move into the Castleton area soon.
Perry joined the VSCS Board of Trustees in 2022, and serves as the Student Trustee while he aims to represent the many different values and passions shared by the students within the Vermont State College system.
Gov. Phil Scott is a native Vermonter who grew up in Barre, and is a graduate of Spaulding High School and the University of Vermont. In 2000, he was elected to the Vermont Senate, where he represented Washington County for five terms. During his 10-year service in the Senate, he was Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee and Chair of the Institutions Committee. Phil was elected Vermont’s 79th Lieutenant Governor in 2010, serving until January, 2017.
Throughout his years of public service, Phil has listened to, and learned from Vermonters, and is always willing to roll up his sleeves to help make a difference in people’s lives. As Lt. Governor, he launched the Everyday Jobs Initiative, and Vermont Economy Pitch sessions, for the opportunity to learn from Vermont’s employers and workers. And in 2011, in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, he organized the removal and disposal of mobile homes around the state, which were destroyed by the flood, all at no cost to homeowners and without spending any taxpayer dollars.
Through the Everyday Jobs Initiative, Phil has worked in 35 different professions around the state – working alongside a host of professionals and business owners, from manufacturing floor technicians and beekeepers to emergency room workers and second grade teachers. The Vermont Economy Pitch sessions, started in January 2015, provided businesspeople the platform to pitch ideas directly to legislators on how to improve Vermont’s business climate. Many ideas from those sessions were introduced into the 2015 legislative session, several of them passed into law.
Phil is also active in community service projects. In 2005, he founded the Wheels for Warmth program, through which Vermonters donate tires they no longer need. The tires that meet state inspection standards are offered for resale at affordable prices, with all proceeds benefiting heating fuel assistance programs. More than $367,000 has been raised in total, and tires that are not reusable are recycled.
For more than thirty years, Phil was a co-owner of his family construction business, and raced the #14 car at Barre’s Thunder Road for more than two decades. He has the most career wins as a Late Model driver at the track. He’s also an avid cyclist, logging more than 4,000 miles in the last year alone.
Phil lives in Berlin with his wife Diana McTeague Scott and their two dogs, a spoiled golden retriever and a loving black lab. He has two grown daughters, Erica and Rachael.
David Silverman is a 1985 alumnus of Johnson State College and has retained long and strong connections with the college. He has supported internship and career opportunities for students, served on the President’s Roundtable, and participated in panels supporting Johnson as it works with Lyndon State College to become Northern Vermont University. He has been instrumental in making Union Bank one of the most profitable banks in New England. He was founding Chairman of the Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley, President of the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation, and Chairman of the Vermont Bankers Association. He and his wife live in Morrisville.
Shawn Tester is the Chief Executive Officer at Northeast Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH). Before joining NVRH in November 2018, Tester served as CEO of Northern Counties Health Care (NCHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center with five medical and three dental practices and a Home Health & Hospice division. Prior to his time at NCHC, he spent nine years at Ammonoosuc Community Health Services (ACHS) in Littleton, NH, most of that time in the position of Chief of Operations & Information Services.. While working at ACHS, Tester earned his Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University. He also holds a degree in Business Administration from Bentley College. Tester grew up in North Kirby and graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1989. In his spare time, he enjoys biking, hunting, skiing, agricultural pursuits, and spending time outdoors with his family. He lives in East Lyndon with his wife, Loralee, and two sons, Timothy and Patrick.
Susan Zeller was born and raised in New Jersey, moving to New England in 1978. She lived and worked in MA, NH, and ME, arriving in VT in 1997. Her career spanned a diversity of organizations and industries over 25 years in positions such as Accounting Manager, Controller and Vice President of Finance for both Fortune 500 companies and private corporations. For the last 15 years, Zeller served as Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Finance and Management, a position she held under two administrations and as the State’s first Chief Performance Officer until her retirement in May 2021.
Sue resides in Montpelier, first moving there in 1998. She serves as Vice President of Kellogg-Hubbard Library (formerly the Treasurer) and as a long-time volunteer for Lost Nation Theater in the Box Office, housing visiting artists and as a former Treasurer and Board Chair.
Sue is excited to join the Vermont State College Board of Trustees.