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Keynote: Christa Daniels
Program Manager, Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience Center
For the past 15 years, Christa has worked with local governments to foster energy independence, reduce traffic congestion, curb local air pollution, strengthen local economies, and increase their resilience to the changing climate. Mrs. Daniels has facilitated and created innovative participatory stakeholder engagement strategies with towns and regions such as Pittsburgh PA, the Greater Portland Council of Governments, Monadnock region in New Hampshire, NY Department of Conservation, Maplewood NJ, and Bridgeport CT. Christa earned her B.A. in Political Science at Pace University and M.S. in Resource Management and Administration at Antioch Graduate School. Christa’s past experience includes working for the United Nations, NH Department of Environmental Services, Clean Air Cool Planet, and as a city planner for Keene, NH. She currently works for Climate Access as a research coordinator and Antioch University New England (AUNE) as the Program Manager for the Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience Center. Christa is a doctoral student and faculty at AUNE.
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Water Resources Coordinator
Vermont League of Cities and Towns
Milly Archer provides technical and writing assistance to Vermont municipal boards that want to strengthen their bylaws to protect and enhance the quality of their community’s waterways. She produces model ordinances and draft model language to be used at the municipal level to protect water quality including: river corridor, lake shoreland and wetland protection, stormwater standards that minimize the creation of new impervious surfaces, and small construction site erosion control standards to minimize site disturbance and erosion. Milly also reviews and helps prepare municipal flood hazard regulations that exceed FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program minimum standards. Milly has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Law and Policy from the Vermont Law School. She is a Certified Floodplain Manager with the Association of State Floodplain Managers, Inc.
John Barstow Associates
John Barstow’s 38-year career has revolved around a commitment to meaningful, results-oriented communication, from a stint as a daily newspaper reporter to more than a dozen years editing special-interest magazines to some 16 years acquiring nonfiction for Atlantic Monthly Press, W. W. Norton & Co., and Chelsea Green Publishing, and, finally, the last 8+ years directing communications and marketing at the Vermont-based national nonprofit Orton Family Foundation.
Director of Vermont Tenants and the Mobile Home Programs
Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
Jonathan Bond is the director of Vermont Tenants and the Mobile Home Programs, two statewide housing initiatives through the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. Vermont Tenants has been providing education, advocacy and referrals about Vermont’s tenant’s rights and responsibilities since 1981. The Mobile Home Program is the primary resource for mobile home residents in Vermont regarding park resident’s rights, home owner resources, and multiple projects targeting improved mobile home park resilience. The two programs serve a combined 40% of Vermont households.Jonathan has his B.S. in Environmental Management and Policy from the University of Maine and his M.S. in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont where he also worked as Research Assistant examining statewide and mobile home park community resilience.
Hazard Mitigation Planner
Town of Northfield
Michele Braun manages several Hazard Mitigation Grants for the Town of Northfield, to elevate or acquire homes damaged in Tropical Storm Irene; this is a continuation of work she performed as Zoning Administrator for the Town. She is also coordinating a large project team focused on redeveloping a flood-damaged area in Northfield to reduce flood risk and enhance downtown recreation opportunities. As the Zoning Administrator for Northfield, Ms. Braun carried out the successful acquisition of fourteen flood-damaged homes in Northfield. Between 2009 and 2011, she obtained over $300,000 in grant funding for planning, community development, and infrastructure projects in Northfield. Over nine years as administrative officer, she served multiple boards and commissions; coordinated updates to the municipal plan, hazard mitigation plan, and zoning regulations; and supported other departments. Previously, Michele worked as an environmental policy analyst, responsible for managing projects, designing and facilitating multi-stakeholder meetings, and presenting workshops for diverse clients, including city and state governments, U.S. EPA, watershed organizations, environmental health associations, and multi-partner regional, national, and international collaboratives. Michele was the founding president of the Friends of the Winooski River, and served on their board for five years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources Planning from the University of Vermont, a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Romance Languages from Bowdoin College, and is a Certified Floodplain Manager.
Vermont Institute of Natural Science
Kelly Broker-Campbell is a Highly Qualified Science teacher certified in Vermont and is excited to join the School Program at VINS! She has worked in a variety of roles teaching project-based and hands-on lessons to students ages K-Adult. She has worked as a teacher in alternative programs, organized after school activities, led day campers on excursions, and created and taught environmental education curriculum to students. Kelly earned her Master of Education from the Upper Valley Educator’s Institute, and her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Kelly grew up in Wisconsin and has since lived in Massachusetts, Vermont, and (most recently) Alaska. She feels her time there was too short, but was excited when circumstances brought her family back to Vermont and this opportunity at VINS. When she isn’t working, Kelly can be found looking up new recipes to try, hiking, playing with her two embarrassingly small dogs, or helping her friends to collect sap for sugaring. Kelly lives with her husband and newborn son in Vermont. She is thrilled to be back among the natural beauty and sense of community in New England.
Energy & Climate Program Coordinator
New England Grassroots Environment Fund
Leigh Cameron is the Energy & Climate Program Coordinator at the New England Grassroots Environment Fund where she supports grassroots sustainability initiatives across New England. Leigh coordinates a small grants program for community resilience and sustainability projects and also coordinates networks of energy organizations and professionals, including the NH Local Energy Solutions Work Group and the New England Local Energy Network. Previously Leigh has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal and a Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.
Director of Professional Development
Jen Cirillo is the director of professional development at Shelburne Farms where she works with schools and educators to integrate sustainability into curriculum, campus practices, and community collaborations.
Delia Clark’s work focuses on building sustainable communities through civic engagement, place-based education, heritage interpretation, and the facilitation of community dialogue. She is a frequent trainer and facilitator in these areas throughout the United States and Central/Eastern Europe, for organizations that include US National Park Service, US Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance, Shelburne Farms, and QLF/Atlantic Center for the Environment. Her wealth of experience includes serving as Director of the Center for Place-based Learning and Community Engagement and teaching masters level classes in Environmental Education and Interpretation for eight years at Antioch University New England. Delia is the co-author of Questing: A Guide to Creating Community Treasure Hunts published by University Press of New England; Learning to Make Choices for the Future: Connecting Public Lands, Schools and Communities Through Place-based Learning and Civic Engagement; and Community Vision to Action Forums: An Organizers Guide to Participatory Planning; which have collectively been translated into six languages.
Vermont Department of Housing & Community Development
Chris Cochran came to Vermont from Georgia where it only took him five years to graduate from the University of Georgia’s two-year Master of Historic Preservation program. Between semesters he worked a number of jobs including carpenter, graduate assistant, and as staff at the College of Environmental + Design. He currently Directs the Division for Community Planning + Revitalization for the Department of Housing and Community Development. The Division oversees a range of programs and incentives that work to build strong and resilient communities.
Anne Duncan Cooley
Upper Valley Housing Coalition
Executive Director of the Upper Valley Housing Coalition, a bi-state (NH and VT) regional organization advocating for changes to increase the supply of safe, affordable housing for working families. Chair of Upper Valley Strong the Upper Valley of NH and VT Long Term Recovery Committee, formed in response to Tropical Storm Irene. Convened and lead collaboration of diverse nonprofit, state, municipal, faith-based and community efforts to help individuals and communities recover from disasters. Member of Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup, a bi-state, multi-stakeholder working group of leaders and partner organization, focusing on building climate resilient communities in the Upper Valley Region of Vermont and New Hampshire. Chair, Orford Selectboard, representative to Conservation Commission, Police, Emergency Management and Energy Committee. Graduate of Leadership NH ’08, Mt. Holyoke College and Vermont Law School.
Mary E. Coombs is a Project Manager currently assigned to the Vermont Weather and Analytics Center Project at Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO). Mary joined VELCO in 2008. Prior to joining VELCO she had previously worked for an engineering consultant company as a surveyor and design engineer. She attended Vermont Technical College then the College of St. Joseph here in Rutland Vermont. Mary is currently enrolled at Gonzaga University in the Transmission and Distribution Engineering Master’s program.
Yestermorrow Design/Build School
For over 16 years Mike has developed new sustainability programs for institutional change, peer-learning, and cross-sector collaboration. At Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Mike is dedicated to a revolution in sustainable design and construction. He believes that good design is based on ecological principles, integrates the designing and building process, is inclusive and community-based, and creates beauty.
UVM Spatial Analysis Lab
Zoe Davis graduated from the University of Vermont in 2015 with a BS in environmental sciences. For the past 2 years she has been a GIS technician at the Spatial Analysis Lab where she manages spatial data to create high resolution land covers and uses unmanned aerial systems to collect high resolution imagery for disaster response, environmental monitoring, and educational events.
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC)
Kate Desrochers is as a Senior Analyst on the Energy Planning team at Vermont Energy Investment Corp. She provides data modeling, analysis, and visualization expertise. Currently, Kate is working on the Vermont Solar Deployment Plan. Informed by extensive stakeholder engagement, this plan supports the creation of statewide energy scenario models. The plan identifies the necessary policy, regulatory, and market conditions for Vermont to become a high solar deployment state while meeting the goals established in the Comprehensive Energy Plan. Kate also works with the Regional Planning Commissions and develops future energy scenarios and strategies for each region, using the Long-Range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) model. Prior to VEIC, Kate worked at the environmental consultancy Marstel-Day, helping Air Force installations evaluate risks and identify management action plans to minimize risk, increase resiliency, build strong community relationships, and complete their missions. Her areas of specialty involve GIS modeling, advanced qualitative analysis, and communications engagement support.
Clean Water Initiative Program Manager
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Kari Dolan directs DEC’s Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program which coordinates implementation of clean water restoration activities, manages state water quality funding programs, tracks, communicates and reports on our progress in achieving clean surface waters. The program works closely with municipalities, state and federal agencies, regional planning commissions, conservation districts, watershed groups, other partners and the public to implement priority actions to achieve water quality improvement. Prior to this job, Kari was the manager for the State river corridor and floodplain program and National Flood Insurance Program Coordinator for Vermont. Ms. Dolan holds two Masters degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and a biology degree from Princeton.
Farming and Climate Change Program Coordinator
UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Joshua is the Farming and Climate Change Program Coordinator at the UVM Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Science. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a MS and PhD from Cornell University in Biological and Environmental Engineering, with a Soil and Water Concentration. Much of his work has focused on soil and water, and how those resources can be managed on farms. In his role with Extension, he works to find successful adaptation practices for farmers and to make Vermont agriculture more resilient to climate change. He was raised on a beef farm in southern West Virginia, and currently lives in Starksboro, VT where he is experimenting with pastured pork.
STAR Program Teacher
Northfield High School
Luke Foley, the 2014 Vermont State Teacher of the Year, teaches at the STAR Program at Northfield High School. Foley has a unique educational background, having worked as a wilderness guide, field instructor, and program director for several schools and programs in Vermont, the western United States, and around the world. He also spent time in the classroom as a social studies teacher at Montpelier High School prior to his current position with Northfield’s alternative program. Foley received his Masters in the Arts of Teaching from the University of Vermont and has a B.A. in International Political Economy from Colorado College in 2004. He is a 2015 fellow for the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes and will begin pursuing his doctorate in Education For Sustainability in the fall of 2016.
Associate Professor of Sociology
University of Vermont
Alice Fothergill is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Vermont. Her areas of interest include family and childhood studies, disaster vulnerability, gender, inequality, service learning, and qualitative methods. She has worked in the disaster sociology field for 2 decades. She and her co-researcher, Professor Lori Peek of Colorado State University, have recently completed a 10-year research study on children’s experiences in Hurricane Katrina. Their study examines the post-disaster trajectories of children and youth, including the disruption to their schooling, the challenges of multiple displacements, and the need for resources and social support. Fothergill and Peek’s book on this research, Children of Katrina, was published in 2015 by the University of Texas Press. Her book, Heads Above Water: Gender, Class, and Family in the Grand Forks Flood (SUNY Press 2004) examines women’s experiences in the 1997 flood in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She has also conducted research on volunteerism in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City. Professor Fothergill is a member of the Social Science Research Council’s (SSRC) Research Network on Persons Displaced by Hurricane Katrina and an editor of Social Vulnerability to Disasters, first and second editions. In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont in 2011, she took her UVM Sociology of Disaster students into devastated Vermont communities to help with recovery efforts. A native of Washington, D.C., she joined the UVM faculty in 2003, and lives in Williston with her family.
Mighty Londonderry (CRO)
Bruce Frauman served on the Champion 5 Volunteer Fire Department and the Flood Brook Union School Board for several years each, soon after moving to Londonderry in 1987 after the death of his father-in-law. He worked in engineering and production control for 10 years at Bryant Grinder in Springfield. More recently he has been the videographer for several town select boards and area school boards for GNAT-TV. A call for volunteers for a new group called a Community Resilience Organization rekindled his interest in serving the town and he was elected Chair. While the membership has risen and fallen, the CRO has written and distributed an inventory of who locally would have needs in and emergency and who has resources to offer. They also plan to use the CRO assessment tool as the town starts the process of updating its town plan next year.
State Geologist and Director
Vermont Geological Survey
Marjorie Gale became the 14th Vermont State Geologist in 2014 and directs the activities of the Vermont Geological Survey in VT DEC. She is a co-author of the Bedrock Geologic Map of Vermont (2011) and is co-chair of the Agency of Natural Resources Science Advisory Committee. Her interests include geologic mapping, environmental issues, groundwater and hazards. She has worked on regional and local groundwater resource projects since 2005.
University of Vermont
Kelly Hamshaw is a Lecturer in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) at the University of Vermont with a research role in the Center for Rural Studies. She was actively engaged in Tropical Storm Irene response and recovery efforts through teaching a service-learning course (Rebuilding Vermont) and coordinating a community-based research project investigating the vulnerabilities of Vermont’s mobile home park communities. She also served as a volunteer with the Central Vermont Long-Term Recovery Committee. Kelly was a co-author of the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Report on the Viability and Disaster Resilience of Mobile Home Ownerships and Parks in 2013. She continues to collaborate with the CVOEO Mobile Home Program to encourage emergency planning practices in mobile home park communities. In fall 2016, Kelly will start the Natural Resources doctoral program in the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources where she plans to continue her research in the area of increasing community resilience to disasters with a focus on vulnerable populations.
Director of Engineering & Environmental Compliance
Burlington International Airport
Amanda Hanaway-Corrente is the Director of Engineering & Environmental Compliance for the Burlington International Airport. She became a licensed professional engineering in Vermont after obtaining a BS in Civil Engineering at the University of Vermont (UVM) and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island. Amanda started her career as a staff engineer at a traditional civil engineering company called Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. She then transitioned to a high-tech company called Utility Risk Management Corporation, where she moved up to a role as a project manager. In 2011, she began her role as the New England Transportation Consortium Coordinator, a position that was housed at the UVM Transportation Research Center (TRC). While working for the TRC, Amanda also acted as the liaison to the Vermont Agency of Transportation Research Advisory Council, and worked closely with the Spatial Analysis Lab for research projects associated with unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Now that Amanda works for the airport, she is a Technical Advisory Committee member for the UAS research projects, as well as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee and the Clean Water Act Committee for the CCRPC. Amanda is also a long time member of the Vermont Section of ASCE. She currently acts as the Government Relations Representative for VT ASCE, but has previously acted as several roles including Section President. Amanda is an active member of the Vermont Society of Professional Engineers Eweek Planning Committee, and was named Vermont’s Young Engineer of the Year in 2011.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
Jens Hilke works for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department as a Conservation Planning Biologist. He helps towns, regional planning commissions and non-governmental organizations with their conservation planning efforts. This includes help with GIS natural resource mapping, advice on prioritizing significant natural features and help with implementing town conservation goals. Jens did his undergraduate work at Connecticut College in Environmental Sociology and then got a Masters in Botany from the University of Vermont as a Field Naturalist. Jens has taught high school science in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New Jersey and for a study-away program in Thailand, Southeast Asia.
David J. Healy
Stone Environmental, Inc.
David Healy has been a GIS innovator in solving complex analytical and technical problems for over 25 years at the local, regional, national and international level. He has led numerous GIS solution strategies, including project design, programming, spatial analyses, modeling, layout and production for diverse projects; he has overseen large data compilation and extraction projects; and has led the development a wide variety of innovative projects solving complex problems. He believes that interweaving web maps creates compelling stories and supports deeper understanding.
Peg Elmer Hough
Community Resilience Organizations (CROs)
Peg Elmer Hough, AICP, is a veteran professional planner and environmental advocate. Prior to establishing Community-Resilience.org in 2012, she was Assistant Professor, Land Use Planning and Policy and Associate Director of the Land Use Clinic at Vermont Law School. For the decade before, she served as the state Planning Director responsible for coordinating state housing, growth centers, infrastructure and planning policy and goals to meet Vermont’s unique smart growth strategies, as well as coordinating state response to major development applications in regulatory review. Part of her Division’s responsibilities was to coordinate the first state hazard mitigation plan and to provide FEMA mitigation funds to municipalities after disasters. After Tropical Storm Irene sent the White River raging through the first floor of her historic home (NOT in the mapped flood hazard area) she focused the re-building as an educational demonstration project in flood resiliency. She serves as the Governor’s “smart growth” appointment on the VT Downtown Board, on the Executive Committee of VT Planners Association and is past-President of the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association. She gained her B.S. in Natural Resource Management and Masters of Community Planning from the University of Rhode Island.
VT Dept. of Housing & Community Development
Faith supports municipal and regional planning in Vermont through DHCD’s grant, designation and educational programs, including working with partners to provide guidance on local planning for flood resilience.
Drinking Water Protection Program State Coordinator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Kira Jacobs has worked for the U.S. EPA Region 1 Office in Boston since 1997. For the past 15 years, she has worked in the Source Water Protection program in the Drinking Water Branch. In that role, Kira helps New England water suppliers and communities protect their drinking water sources. Prior to EPA, Kira spent four years working for an engineering consulting firm based in New Hampshire. Kira has a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University and a B.A. in English from Bucknell University.
Lamoille County Planning Commission
Seth assists communities with a wide variety of planning issues. Over the last fifty years, Lamoille County has been one of the most flood prone regions of Vermont — as measured by the total number of federal disaster declarations — and is among the 200 most flood prone counties in the Country. Many Lamoille County communities are grappling with increasing their resiliency in light of these trends. Prior to joining LCPC, Seth worked as a Town Planner for Jericho and Richmond, Vermont and the Zoning Administrator for the Town of Huntington. Seth is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Vermont Planners Association. Seth grew up in Westford, Vermont, and is currently a member of the Town’s local Planning Commission. While Westford is not part of Lamoille County, it is part of the Lamoille watershed — the Browns River flows from the summit of Mount Mansfield, through the center of Westford, and eventually into the Lamoille River. In addition to his planning experience, Seth has served as a member of the Westford Volunteer Fire Department.
Burr and Burton Academy, Mountain Campus
Jillian has advocated for sustainability education in schools as a student and as a teacher. Jillian is currently a member of the four-person teaching team that runs Burr and Burton Academy’s innovative Mountain Campus in Peru, Vermont. Jillian is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a current candidate for a Master of Science in Environmental Studies at Green Mountain College. Jillian brings over 10 years of teaching experience to bear as she helps craft and implement the curriculum at the Mountain Campus. Prior to teaching humanities at the Mountain Campus Jillian was the sustainability coordinator at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA.
VT Rivers Program Manager
Mike is the State Rivers Program Manager. He has been with the State of Vermont, Department of Environmental Conservation for 27 years. He received his Masters in River Ecology at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1986. For the past 15 years Mike has been working to apply the sciences pertaining to river dynamics in the Department’s management of rivers and the mitigation of flood and fluvial erosion hazards. In that time he has designed and implemented large scale river restoration and protection projects and led a team in the development of a stream geomorphic assessment and mapping program to support river corridor and floodplain protection and restoration at the watershed scale in Vermont. Mike supervises a team of river scientists, engineers, and floodplain managers involved with assessing rivers statewide; regulating stream and flow alterations and floodplain encroachments; and implementing river corridor plans.
Community Resilience Organization of Hartford
Dylan Kreis is a Vermont (VT) native who grew up in Hartford. He earned his B.Sc. in Forestry & Environmental Management from the University of New Brunswick and an M.A. in Sustainable Development from The SIT Graduate Institute. Dylan spent fourteen years working thought the United States and Canada in the field of forest fire management for the National Park Service and the province of Alberta. He recently returned to VT and currently works for a renewable energy company that provides residential solar to homeowners throughout Vermont and the northeast.
Tara is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Norwich University. She teaches introductory and advanced courses in Environmental Engineering as well as core Civil Engineering courses and labs. Her research program is in sustainable water resource management, Green Infrastructure, and environmental modeling. She is also active in engineering education activities including service learning, K-12 STEM outreach and integrating research into undergraduate curriculum.
General Manager District 5
Vermont Agency of Transportation
I have lived in the State of Vermont (Native Vermonter) for 48 years in and around the Vergennes area. I attended Champlain College and obtained an AS degree in Law Enforcement. I worked in Construction and in the Agriculture industry for several years before I started my career in Law Enforcement. In February of 2013, I joined the Vermont Agency of Transportation as a Transportation Area Maintenance Supervisor (TAMS) in Middlebury. I was in this position for 1 1/2 years. In July of 2014, I became the General Manager for District 5 and currently still hold that position.
UVM Spatial Analysis Lab
Sarah recently graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Geospatial Technologies. She has been working at the Spatial Analysis Lab for nearly 3 years leading teams of GIS technicians to create high resolution land cover datasets. She has also worked on an array of unmanned aerial system (UAS) projects in disaster response, environmental, and educational applications.
Vermont River Conservancy
Steve has been part of the Vermont River Conservancy since 1997, serving on the Board of Trustees until 2006 and then as Executive Director. The Vermont River Conservancy works to secure public access to Vermont’s rivers (swimming holes, fishing access, paddlers trails) and to protect and restore ecological functions of floodplains and river corridors. In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 VRC has worked with state agencies, local watershed groups, and town governments to proactively address flood adaptation through conservation of critical lands along rivers and streams. Steve has also taught graduate level land conservation courses at UVM and the Vermont Law School.
Town of Waterbury
Steve Lotspeich is the Community Planner for the Town and Village of Waterbury, Vermont, a position he has held for the past 23 years. He is a registered Landscape Architect and has been in public service in the fields of Planning and Landscape Architecture for a total of 32 years at the state, regional and local level. His current job involves all aspects of municipal planning including disaster recovery, transportation planning, promotion of economic development, preservation of historic buildings for affordable housing and community use, development of parks and recreation facilities, and conservation of agricultural, natural and scenic resources.
Project Engineer, Water Resources
Milone & MacBroom
Jessica Clark Louisos is currently a Water Resource Engineer for Milone & MacBroom in Waterbury, VT where she works on a large variety of water resource projects. Typical project goals involve river and/or water management to restore rivers or floodplains, increase aquatic organism passage, reduce flood and erosion risks, improve stormwater management, and protect or replace infrastructure. To accomplish these projects, Jessica has developed technical skills and proficiencies with a variety of hydraulic modeling, hydrologic modeling, and mapping software. Jessica has performed and published research combining field work, hydraulic modeling, and geostatistical analysis to form links between the geomorphic condition of small streams and hydraulic fish habitat (Clark et al., 2008). Jessica graduated from the University of Vermont, having received a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2004 and a MS in Environmental Engineering in 2006. She currently serves as the President of the Vermont Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and also serves as a Delegate representing Vermont at the Regional level and on the Vermont Engineers Week planning committee. She is a member of the technical society the American Society of Ecological Engineering. Jessica serves her community as Chair of the South Burlington Planning Commission. She received the Vermont Young Engineer of the Year Award in 2013.
Steven Mackenzie, P.E
City of Barre
Steve is a native of and currently City Manager for the City of Barre, having served in that capacity for the past 5 1/2 years. His appointment to the position of City Manager capped a 37 year career as both a professional engineer in municipal infrastructure design and construction and as an owner of DuBois & King, Inc. Steve’s tenure as City Manager has suffered through two floods – the first in May of 2011 and most recently in July, 2015. Steve will be presenting on the lessons learned and current proactive resiliency measures being implemented in the north-end of the City as a result of those floods.
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
Deborah Markowitz is the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, the state agency with primary responsibility for protecting Vermont’s environment, natural resources and wildlife and for maintaining Vermont’s forests and state parks. Markowitz was named to that position by Governor Peter Shumlin in January 2011. Secretary Markowitz previously served as Vermont’s Secretary of State from 1999 until 2011. Markowitz has a distinguished record of achievement and is widely recognized for enhancing customer service at the Secretary of State’s office, improving access to government and strengthening Vermont’s democracy. As Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, Markowitz has shaped the environmental agenda of the state, focusing on the challenges of climate change, strategic land conservation, growing threats to forest health and integrity, and improving the water quality of Vermont’s lakes and rivers. Markowitz believes that given today’s challenges, we must find new and creative approaches to care for nature, build healthy communities, and support the working landscape for a sustainable future.
Sustainable Communities Program Director
Vermont Natural Resources Council
Kate McCarthy is the Sustainable Communities Program Director at the Vermont Natural Resources Council, an environmental nonprofit that’s been working for over 50 years to keep Vermont’s environment and communities vibrant. Her work at the Vermont Natural Resources Council focuses on building sustainable, compact communities – with the goal of providing residents with housing, transportation, and employment options, while also supporting open space, working lands, and wildlife habitat. She does this by helping towns with planning and zoning, collaborating on research projects, and getting involved in policy at the state house. Kate has a Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and lives in downtown Montpelier.
Environmental Philanthropy Associate
High Meadows Fund
Katie joined the High Meadows team after graduating from Middlebury College in February, 2015 with a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies. She has worked for both the Montana Land Reliance and the Vermont Land Trust, and spent a year documenting the vision, values, and stories underlying Middlebury College’s conservation of the Bread Loaf campus. She has also worked for the Middlebury College Organic Farm and Sunrise Orchards, an apple orchard in Cornwall, VT. She lives in Burlington.
Assoc. Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Kathleen Murphy has 25+ years of strategic brand management, marketing and communications expertise – designing, executing and evaluating messages, products and programs for public and private sector enterprises and not-for-profit trade associations.She is well versed in small business environment as well as large corporation and government structures; adept in planning, communication, team building, project management, budgeting, and financial analysis.
Vice President of Urban Programs
Institute for Sustainable Communities
Steve Nicholas is ISC’s Vice President of Urban Programs. Steve launched ISC’s US program and created the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy (SCLA), which is one of the premier vehicles for capacity-building and technical assistance focused on sustainability in the US. Using a unique model of peer-to-peer learning, the Academy has served more than 500 US communities. Prior to joining ISC, he was Director of the City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment for eight years, where he led several urban sustainability initiatives, including the development and implementation of the Seattle Climate Protection Initiative, winner of the 2007 Innovations in American Government Award. He co-authored Seattle’s first-ever climate action plan, as well as the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which sparked a national movement of more than 940 mayors taking local action on global warming and demanding stronger federal action. He also staffed the Mayor’s Green Ribbon Commission on Climate Protection, led the creation of the Seattle Climate Partnership, a voluntary pact among more than 50 public and private institutions to reduce their global warming pollution, and established the Directors’ Climate Network, a coalition of environment directors and senior climate protection staff from about 20 US cities. From 1995-1998, Steve directed ISC’s program in Macedonia. Known as the Democracy Network Project, it strengthened Macedonia’s fledgling democracy by building the capacity of nonprofit organizations through technical and financial assistance.
State Hazard Mitigation Officer
As the State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Lauren Oates is responsible for managing Vermont’s mitigation program – to include project development and coordination, local plan reviews, as well as the development and implementation of the State Hazard Mitigation Plan. Prior to her move to Vermont, she received an M.S. in Biology, studying climate change at the molecular level at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore. She also holds a B.S. in Biology from Clemson University.
UVM Spatial Analysis Lab
Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne is the Director of the University of Vermont’s (UVM) Spatial Analysis Laboratory (SAL). He is a faculty member in the Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources and a faculty associate in UVM’s Transportation Research Center (TRC). His work focuses on using remotely sensed data to help managers make more informed decisions. He leads UVM’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) team, which works with the public and private sectors to bring high-end drone technology to the state.
Associate Professor of Business Strategy and Sustainability
Green Mountain College
Jacob Park is Associate Professor of Business Strategy and Sustainability at Green Mountain College in Vermont (USA) specializing in social and environmental innovation, entrepreneurship, and management with a special expertise/interest in emerging economies in Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Caribbean regions. He currently serves as the Chair, Program Committee & Board member of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, UNEP Global Environment Outlook 6 Regional Coordinating Lead Author (North America), and the Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Technologies Investment Committee member of Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund, Nairobi, Kenya-based $150 million sustainable investment fund. For his climate change/resilience research, teaching, and engagement activities, Jacob has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 1) Environmental Merit Award (2015); Community Climate Change Fellowship Award (2014); Vermont Campus Compact’s Engaged Scholar Award (2010); Association for the Study of Food and Society’s Food Pedagogy Award (2009); AT&T Industrial Ecology Faculty Research Award (2008), and Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in Education and Outreach (2008).
Director of Science
The Nature Conservancy
Rose Paul is the Director of Critical Lands and Conservation Science for The Nature Conservancy in Vermont where she has worked for 17 years. Rose has a B.S. in Botany from UMass/Amherst and a M.S. from UVM’s Field Naturalist Program. She worked for six years as the Chief of Policy and Planning for the VT Agency of Natural Resources. Rose is responsible for management of the Conservancy’s 55 nature preserves in Vermont totaling some 20,000 acres. She has lots of hands-on experience controlling invasive plants, restoring floodplains and planting disease-tolerant American elms.
Institute for Sustainable Communities
As a Program Director on ISC’s Urban team, Deb works with local leaders, primarily in the U.S. She leads the US Department of Energy-funded Solar Market Pathways program, an initiative to identify and disseminate best practices in solar energy deployment in the United States. Deb also leads the Resilient Vermont Project, an effort to develop an integrated, long-term strategy for resilience that weaves together state, regional and local initiatives, and better equips Vermont to prepare for, respond to and bounce back from future climate impacts and the natural disasters. Deb has played a central role in developing the National Sustainable Communities Learning Network (SCLN), a network of more than 200 communities and regions that have received grants and technical assistance through the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Deb has designed and delivered numerous workshops on topics ranging from sustainable transportation, urban agriculture and sustainable food systems, sustainability in small towns and rural communities, and sustainable economic development.
Floodplain Regulatory Team Lead
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
Rebecca is the Regulatory Team Lead for the Floodplain Management section of the VT Rivers Program. She lives and works in the Northwestern part of Vermont to issue state floodplain permits, and works with communities on floodplain management permitting and planning. She has worked for the VT Rivers Program for 10 years. For the past 4 years, she has been the Co-Chair for the Natural & Beneficial Functions Committee in the Association of State Floodplain Managers.
Section Chief, Water Resources Section
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Rodney Pingree is the Section Chief for the Water Resources Section. This Section is primarily responsible for permitting all public drinking water supplies, providing outreach and education for protecting drinking water supplies from contamination, licensing Vermont well drillers, and answering groundwater questions in general from the public. He has been working with the State for 25 years and received a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of Vermont. He was born and raised in Vermont.
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Staci Pomeroy is a River Scientist with the River Management Program and has extensive experience in the science of fluvial geomorphology and river corridor assessment. Staci has co-instructed the DEC-VTrans 2-day training program with state and municipal highway crews.
Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission
Dan Potter is a Planner at the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission. He is currently working with the towns of Windsor, West Windsor, and Reading on a watershed level initiative supported by the High Meadows fund seeking to improve resiliency in the Mill Brook Watershed. Dan holds a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.
People Making Good PR
Prior to co-founding PMG, Nicole was a senior manager at the national PR firms Cone Communications and Giles Communications, serving clients including Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, Yamaha, UGG, Perrier and many other for-profit and non-profit clients. She was also Director of Sales and Marketing at Topnotch Resort for six years overseeing sales, marketing and catering departments. She has a BA in Public Relations and Communication from Trinity College, and serves on the following nonprofits as a member of their Board of Directors: Vermont Public Radio and RunVermont.
Director, Centre for Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics
Dr. Huw Read is an associate professor at Norwich University and the director for the centre of advanced computing and digital forensics (NUCAC). Starting his academic career in 2004 in the UK at the University of South Wales, he has taught a number of different specialist courses in digital forensics and cyber security. He has worked alongside industry and government on a number of cyber-related projects over the years designing solutions to complex security problems. Huw is also research active, having published a number of research articles in journals and has spoken at a number of cyber-related conferences over the years.
Town of Richmond
Clare Rock currently works as the Town Planner in Richmond VT. Since starting work in Richmond in the spring of 2014, she has helped revise its flood hazard zoning regulations and is currently in the mist of guiding a comprehensive public engagement process for the creation of a new town plan. Additionally, Clare serves annually as a guest presenter for UVM’s ecological design class and currently sits on the Union Elementary School’s Playground Design Committee. Prior to working in Richmond, Clare worked in the trenches as a local zoning administrator and at the regional level coordinating brownfield assessments and writing FEMA hazard mitigation plans. In the past she has co-chaired the VPA’s Strategic Planning Committee and also served as the co-chair of the Montpelier Tree Board. Clare holds a Master of Arts in Sustainable Landscape Design & Planning from the Conway School in Massachusetts.
Kris Rowley is new to teaching full time at Norwich University. He came onboard as a full time lecturer in the fall of 2015. He is also serving as the chair of the Digital Security Committee. Prior to teaching full time for Norwich University, he was the Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Vermont. He held this position for seven years. He has taught for several years as an adjunct professor for both Norwich University and the Community College of Vermont. Kris holds BS degrees in Computer Information Systems and Business Management, both from Norwich University. He received a Master of Science in Information Assurance from Norwich University in 2006. Previous degrees are in the field of nursing. Kris has published several security articles. He has lectured on security topics for many groups and organizations across the country. He served on the Executive Counsel of Virtual USA, a project sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. He was a member of the MS-ISAC for eight years. Kris is a member of the Upsilon Pi Epsilon computing honor society of Norwich University. He was also awarded the Computer World Honors Laureate award in 2010.
White River Partnership
Mary Russ is Executive Director of the White River Partnership, a membership-based nonprofit organization bringing people and communities together to improve the long-term health of the White River and its watershed. Mary works with the dedicated staff and Board of Directors to administer fundraising, finances, and programs, and to coordinate strategic planning, partnerships, and community outreach. Mary received a Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. When she’s not at work, she enjoys exploring the watershed with her family by foot, bike, and skis.
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Jim Ryan is currently the Coordinator of the new DEC Municipal Roads Program in the Stormwater Management Program and previously as a Watershed Coordinator. Jim has served as a Deputy Stream Engineer during the Post-Tropical Storm Irene recovery and more recent floods in Barre.
Composting Association of Vermont
Pat Sagui, has been the Director of the Composting Association of Vermont (CAV) since 2007. She’s provided program, policy, development and marketing services for 20 years to Vermont nonprofit organizations. Pat is a graduate of the Woodbury Mediation Program, author of a best selling landscaping how-to book, and from 1978-88 was part of a family horticulture business that included 35 acres of nursery stock, garden center, and landscaping services.
University of Vermont, Department of Plant and Soil Science
Rachel Schattman is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Vermont, in the Plant and Soil Science Department. Her academic background is in agroecology, with a focus on the community food security and farm-based adaptive practices to climate change. She uses a participatory action research (PAR) approach in her research and outreach. Her experience owning and managing a diversified vegetable farm informs her perspective and research focus. The goal of her work is to support farmers to be more resilient in a changing climate, and communities to achieve equitable and just food security.
Chair, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Norwich University, School of Engineering
Edwin Schmeckpeper, P.E., Ph.D., is the chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction Management at Norwich University, the first private school in the United States to offer engineering courses. Norwich University was the model used by Senator Justin Morrill for the land-grant colleges created by the 1862 Morrill Land Grant Act. Prior to joining the faculty at Norwich University, Dr. Schmeckpeper taught at a land-grant college, the University of Idaho, and worked as an engineer in design offices and at construction sites.
Dr. Richard W. Schneider proudly carries on the tradition of developing citizen-soldiers started in 1819 by Norwich University founder Alden Partridge. Through his experience in the military and academia, Schneider epitomizes Norwich’s special and unique traditions. In July 1992, he became the 23rd president of Norwich. Since then, Schneider has championed Norwich’s advancement in academic, student life and financial matters, positioning the University for continued growth and success in the new millennium.
In 1993, under Schneider’s leadership, the undergraduate students and programs of Vermont College and Norwich University were successfully integrated on the Northfield campus. In 2001, the sale of Vermont College to Union Institute and University was finalized.
In 2001, Schneider played a key role in establishing the U-Earned It scholarship program. This program has increased SAT scores of incoming freshmen classes. Norwich launched its online College of Graduate and Continuing Studies in 2001, and currently offers nine master’s programs, two certificate programs and an exclusive bachelor’s degree completion program tailored to the needs of the Special Operations Forces community. The National Security Agency also designated Norwich a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Technology that year.
Municipal Assistance Bureau Director
Vermont Agency of Transportation
Sue Scribner is the director of the Municipal Assistance Bureau within the Highway Division at the Agency of Transportation (VTrans). Having graduated from Tufts University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, she has spent the majority of her career in public service. During her almost 32 years at VTrans, Sue has held a variety of positions related to planning and project development and supports VTrans’ efforts of providing technical assistance and funding opportunities to municipalities.
Policy, Planning and Research Director
VT Agency of Transportation
Joe Segale, a Professional Engineer and certified Professional Transportation Planner, is Director of the Policy, Planning and Research Bureau for the Vermont Agency of Transportation. He is responsible for oversight of the Agency’s research, development and technology transfer program and planning and policy development to guide agency spending, decision-making and effective resource management. He has more than 25 years of public and private sector experience in transportation and development and prior to joining VTrans, worked as a consultant serving clients that included municipalities, regions, states and developers. He is a past president of the New England Institute of Transportation Engineers, is a former selectboard member and currently serves on the Town of Huntington, VT planning commission.
Friends of the Winooski River
Ann Smith is responsible for all aspects of the organization including project development and implementation, fundraising, education and community outreach. Prior to moving to Vermont, Ann was the Director of Watershed Programs for the Southeast Regional Office of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) from 1998 to 2004. In that role, she was responsible for a variety of PEC programs and projects dealing with watershed planning, protection and education. It included the facilitation of several watershed partnerships that include a range of stakeholders such as state environmental agencies, municipal officials and local grassroots organizations to focus on common goals with respect to resource protection and restoration. Ann earned a Master of Science in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan in 1997. She has an undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1981. Prior to graduate school, Ann worked in the private sector as an Account Executive for a health care related software and consulting firm.
Poultney Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District
Hilary majored in Natural Science with an emphasis in Chemistry; received a Master’s Degree in Water Resources from Duke University’ School of the Environment. She completed a fellowship at the US EPA, looking at the benefits of utilizing phytoremediation in site clean-up and other waste mitigation applications. She worked for the Ohio EPA and Ross County SWCD for three years, before moving to Vermont, where she worked as the watershed coordinator for the Poultney Mettowee Watershed Partnership from 2004-2008, and returned to the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District in 2012 as the Water Quality Specialist. In 2014, Hilary became the District Manager for PMNRCD. There she works on stormwater planning and implementation projects with local towns, water quality monitoring, agricultural water quality projects, and education and outreach on a number of topics with a variety of audiences.
Founder & President
Stevens & Associates, P.C.
Bob Stevens is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience leading teams in a variety of projects and disciplines. He is the founder and president of Stevens & Associates, P.C., an Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Civil and Structural Engineering firm in Brattleboro, Vermont. In addition to the design of projects, his experience includes planning, urban design, public bond campaigns and project finance & development. Bob is an accredited professional in both Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) and Congress for New Urbanism (CNU). He’s well versed in sustainable design, traditional design and historic preservation.
Rebecca is Principal of Community Workshop, a boutique Vermont consulting firm that specializes in bringing creative engagement, placemaking, and resilience solutions to places and organizations across North America. Rebecca works with several resilience projects, including serving as the Coordinator of the Resilient Vermont Network and Associate Director of Community Resilience Organizations. Rebecca is particularly interested in pop-up and creative placemaking projects, and is a co-founder of the experimental Bethel University. Community Workshop focuses on building skills in communities and organizations, and Rebecca frequently speaks and offers trainings in communications, community engagement, program development and visioning. She has previously worked as a freelance journalist.
Member of the Vermont 211 team for 10 years. Former executive director of Upper Valley United Way. Over 25 years experience in alumni relations and development for Dartmouth College and Colby Sawyer College.
Climate & Health Program Coordinator
Vermont Department of Health
Jared Ulmer manages the Climate & Health Program for the Vermont Department of Health. In this role, Jared collaborates with Health Department staff and other partners to identify anticipated climate change impacts on health in Vermont, raise awareness about climate-related health risks, and develop and implement adaptation strategies to help mitigate climate-related health impacts. Prior to joining the Vermont Department of Health, Jared worked as a consultant for Urban Design 4 Health, where he conducted research on the influence of community design on health, developed scenario planning tools to forecast the health impacts of land use and transportation plans, and worked with communities to implement healthy community design principles. Jared recently authored a Canadian Journal of Public Health article on the development and application of a health impact assessment tool for Toronto Public Health and co-authored a Planning Magazine article on the use of scenario planning to connect urban planning to public health. Jared has Masters Degrees in Urban Planning and Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and in Epidemiology from the University of Washington, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Li Ling Young
Senior Energy Consultant
Vermont Energy Investment Corp (VEIC)
Li Ling Young has had a front row seat to the changes in Vermont’s residential building stock for the last twenty years. In the 1990’s Li Ling did what is now called Home Performance contracting. At the time the poor quality homes built in the 1980’s were failing, and Li Ling learned firsthand how buildings fail to deliver comfort. In the 2000’s Li Ling joined Vermont Energy Investment Corp, where she supported builders and architects in energy efficient design and construction. Through Efficiency Vermont’s services Li Ling was part of an evolution that saw building leakage cut in half and a new focus on ventilation and good air quality. As the Home Performance industry grew, cold climate heat pumps improved and state regulations changed the economics of renewable energy, Li Ling’s work has focused on retrofitting existing homes for Zero Energy. And as energy efficiency has become a foundation stone of housing affordability Li Ling has spent the last three years supporting the Mobile Home Replacement effort, spearheaded by VHCB, the High Meadows Fund and Efficiency Vermont. As a culmination of the twenty year journey, these healthy, comfortable, durable, affordable homes make a great ending to a great show about the central role housing plays in our society.