|Shavonna Bent||Randolph, VT||Student Trustee||5/31/18|
|Janette Bombardier||Colchester, VT||2/28/21|
|M. Jerome “Jerry” Diamond||Newport, VT||Chair, Long Range Planning Committee||2/28/19|
|Rep. Eileen “Lynn” Dickinson||St Albans, VT||Vice Chair, Audit Committee||2/28/20|
|J. Churchill “Church” Hindes||Colchester, VT||Chair, Finance & Facilities Committee||2/28/21|
|Tim Jerman||Essex Junction, VT||Vice-Chair of the Board||2/28/18|
|Rep. Bill Lippert, Jr||Hinesburg, VT||2/18/20|
|Karen Luneau||St Albans, VT||Secretary of the Board
Vice Chair, Long Range Planning Committee
|Christopher J. Macfarlane||Essex Junction, VT||Vice Chair, Finance & Facilities Committee||2/28/19|
|Rep. Jim Masland||Thetford, VT||Vice Chair, Education, Personnel & Student Life Committee||2/28/18|
|Linda Milne||Montpelier, VT||Chair, Audit Committee
Treasurer of the Board
|Martha O’Connor||Brattleboro, VT||Chair of the Board||2/28/21|
|Michael S. Pieciak||Winooski, VT||2/28/21|
|Alyson “Aly” Richards||Montpelier, VT||2/28/19|
|Governor Phil Scott||Berlin, VT||Ex Officio|
Linda Milne (Chair), Lynn Dickinson (Vice-Chair), Church Hindes, Karen Luneau, Michael Pieciak
Education, Personnel & Student Life
Shavonna Bent, Janette Bombardier, Jim Masland (Vice-Chair), Lynn Dickinson, Karen Luneau, Aly Richards (Chair)
Martha O’Connor (Chair), Tim Jerman, Karen Luneau, Linda Milne
Finance & Facilities
Church Hindes (Chair), Chris Macfarlane (Vice-Chair), Jerry Diamond, Tim Jerman, Bill Lippert, Linda Milne, Michael Pieciak
Long Range Planning
Jerry Diamond (Chair), Karen Luneau (Vice-Chair), Lynn Dickinson, Church Hindes, Tim Jerman, Aly Richards
Board Member Biographies
Shavonna Bent is a senior at Johnson State College majoring in Biology. She is the president of the Vermont State Colleges Student Association and the president of the Johnson State College Student Government Association, having previously served as its vice president and secretary. She is also a teaching assistant at JSC and has been a lab technician in the microbiology lab. Shavonna has presented posters at national and international conferences, sharing her research on antibiotic production and resistance. She has received numerous scholarships and is a member of the Sigma Xi Honor Society.
Janette Bombardier is Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Financial Affairs for Green Mountain Power. She has broad responsibility for helping GMP reduce costs and accelerating innovation to benefit customers, as well as overseeing power supply planning. Ms. Bombardier was previously Vice President of Site Operations for the GLOBALFOUNDRIES Vermont and East Fishkill, N.Y., semiconductor sites, and the Senior Location Executive for the Vermont facility.
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 Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors of Merchant’s Bank. Ms. Bombardier serves on the State of Vermont Workforce Development Board and Congressman Welch’s Business Advisory Group.
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.
Ms. Bombardier lives in Colchester, with her husband, Greg, and has two adult children. She is an avid sports fan (Boston teams!) and enjoys spending time outdoors running, biking, gardening and enjoying lake and beach time.
Jerry Diamond served as the Attorney General of Vermont for three terms (1975-1981), won the Democratic nomination for Governor in 1980, and has served as the President of the National Association of Attorneys General.
Jerry founded the law firm Diamond & Robinson in 1981, successfully representing both businesses and individuals in the areas of family law, personal injury, utility law, commercial and employment law, and consumer fraud. Widely respected in the legal profession, he shifted his focus in 1997 to his strong relationships with state Attorneys General across the country, working closely with multi-national corporations and state officials to develop strategies that resolve issues and avoid litigation.
Jerry oversees the Diamond & Robinson team as a senior advisor. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Vermont State Employees Credit Union, is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Vermont Law School, and is a member of the District 5 commission of the Vermont Natural Resources Board, considering development requests in the State of Vermont. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife and grandchildren.
Mr. Diamond is the Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee and a member of the Finance and Facilities 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.
Ms. Dickinson is Vice Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Education, Personnel and Student Life Committee.
J. Churchill Hindes (“Church”) is a semi-retired health care administrator and UVM College of Medicine faculty member. His career has included CEO, CFO and COO roles for the University of Vermont Health Network and related entities including the UVM Medical Center, OneCare Vermont, the Visiting Nurse Association, and the University Health Center.
During the 1980’s he was appointed to four terms as Commissioner of Budget and Management/State Budget Director and as Deputy Secretary of Administration. He served on the cabinets of Governor Richard Snelling and Governor Madeleine May Kunin.
Dr. Hindes holds a PhD from the University of Iowa (Hospital and Health Administration/Health Policy) and is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College. He is a seventh generation Vermonter.
He serves and has served on numerous community, private foundation and state boards.
Dr. Hindes was a trustee for the Vermont State Colleges from 1987 to 2001. Currently he is the Chair of the Finance & Facilities Committee and a member of both the Audit and Long Range Planning Committees.
Tim Jerman is a six-term Representative of the Vermont General Assembly from Essex Junction, where he has lived since 1982. He was educated at Stamford High School, Stamford, Connecticut, received his BA in Political Science at the University of Connecticut and an M.Ed. at Northeastern University in Boston. Rep. Jerman retired from Vermont Student Assistance Corporation in 2008, where he held the position of Director of Human Resources. He is married with two grown daughters and a stepson. He is retiring from the legislature at the end of 2016.
Mr. Jerman has been a member of the Judicial Nominating Board; an elected Justice of the Peace and Board of Civil Authority member; co-president of his local historical society and a Board member of the Vermont Historical Society. He was a Village Trustee in Essex Junction for three terms. He has served on the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee, Government Operations Committee, and the Education Committee.
Mr. Jerman was elected to the VSCS Board of Trustees in 2010. He is currently Vice Chair of the Board and a member of the Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Finance & Facilities Committee.
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 26 years, Enrique S. Peredo, Jr., of Toto, Guam, in 2009.
Rep. Lippert is serving his second term as an elected legislative trustee, and serves as a member of the Finance and Facilities Committee.
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. She is the Secretary of the Board and Vice Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee. She is also a member of the Executive Committee, the Education, Personnel, and Student Life Committee, and the Audit Committee. She served as co-chair of the 2016 and 2017 Hall of Fame celebrations.
Chris Macfarlane was born and raised in Vermont and has spent 99% of his adult life in the state. He has lived in the Village of Essex Junction for the last 15 years. He has three daughters. Chris is employed by Hood Distribution, a privately owned distribution company specializing in building materials and finished lumber located in Milton, Vermont. He has been managing the facility since 1996.
Mr. Macfarlane is the Vice Chair of the Finance & Facilities Committee.
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 Site Supervisor of the Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity. He is a member of the Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Planning Commission, 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. He is Vice Chair of the Education, Personnel and Student Life Committee.
Linda Milne is a Certified Public Accountant who provides assistance to other CPA firms and businesses for audits and special projects. She is a member of the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants and the AICPA. A resident of Montpelier, she is an active member of the Rotary Club of Montpelier. Ms. Milne received her BA from Dickinson College (1978) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She is married to George Milne.
Ms. Milne has been a member of the VSCS Board of Trustees since 2004. She is Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Finance and Facilities Committee.
Martha O’Connor currently chairs the State Lottery Commission and is a former chair of the State Board of Education and trustee at the University of Vermont. She lives in Brattleboro with her husband, Timothy O’Connor, and has three adult children.
Ms. O’Connor has been on the VSCS Board of Trustees since 1999. She was elected Chair of the Board in 2014. She is the current Chair of the Executive Committee the former Chair of the Finance and Facilities Committee.
Michael S. Pieciak is Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation. He was appointed by Gov. Peter Shumlin in July 2016.
Commissioner Pieciak serves as the chief regulator of Vermont’s financial services sector, including the insurance, captive insurance, banking and securities industries. Commissioner Pieciak previously served as deputy commissioner of the Department’s Securities Division, where he led the Division’s investigation into the Jay Peak EB-5 projects. Prior to his service with the Department, Commissioner Pieciak practiced law in New York City at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group, gaining experience in commercial transactions, corporate governance and investment and financing transactions. Commissioner Pieciak also previously practiced at Downs Rachlin Martin in Burlington in the Business Law Group. Commissioner Pieciak is an observer member of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies, Chairman of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) Corporate Finance Section Committee and member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).
Commissioner Pieciak grew up in Brattleboro and graduated cum laude from Union College with a degree in political science. He received his law degree summa cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law where he served as editor-in-chief of the “Miami Law Review.”
A native of Newbury, Vermont, Aly Richards is currently the CEO of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, a philanthropic organization founded in 2000 to promote access to affordable, high-quality early care and learning for all Vermont children. Prior to this role, she served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Governor Shumlin. In this position, Ms. Richards had leading roles in several of the Shumlin Administration’s efforts to support early childhood—including winning competitive federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge and Preschool Expansion grants and supporting the passage of universal pre-K.
With experience in education dating back to a gubernatorial appointment to the Vermont State Board of Education when she was still in high school, Ms. Richards has also convened the coalition that helped to pass a set of education initiatives including free lunch for all low-income Vermonters and the Flexible Pathways bill, which created a statewide program for expanding dual enrollment and early college. For her leadership, Ms. Richards was selected as a 2013 Toll Fellow by the Council of State Governments and as the 2014 Vermont Champion for Education by the New England Secondary School Consortium.
Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Ms. Richards served on the 2008 Obama campaign and worked as the Mid-Atlantic Deputy Finance Director at the Democratic National Committee. She received her BA with honors in International Relations from Brown University.
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.