Chair, Richard Deane has been a Principal at TruexCullins since 2002 and leads the Higher Education and Workplace Studios of the Architecture and Interior Design firm of 25 people. His clients include the University of Vermont, St. Michaels, Dartmouth, Champlain and Burlington Colleges as well as Heritage Aviation and King Arthur Flour. Richard attended Syracuse University School of Architecture, studied in Italy, interned and practiced as an architect in Washington, DC and lived and worked in Frankfurt, Germany prior to returning to his hometown of Burlington in 1997. Richard grew up sailing on the lake, skiing at Stowe, bought his first ten-speed bicycle from the Ski Rack on Center Street, and now lives with his wife Ina and their two boys in his renovated boyhood home in Burlington.
Russ owns The Spot restaurant on Shelburne Road in Burlington, which he purchased, renovated, and renamed in 2008. He also owns Scully Interactive, an e-commerce site for coffee roasters. Prior to that he was the director of information and technology at Propeller Media Works. He graduated from Champlain College in 1999 with a degree in computer science, and now lives in Burlington.
Secretary, Tom is the owner and president of Paw Print & Mail and its marketing division Catamount Marketing. He was elected to a two-year term as BBA’s vice chair position in April, 2011, and served as Board Chair from 2013 to 2015. Tom is a native of Burlington, and has a B.S. in Business Administration from UVM. He founded Paw Print & Mail in 1990 and Catamount Marketing in 2010 to diversify into website development, email marketing, and targeted direct mail marketing. Prior to starting the printing business he worked for six years in the restaurant industry and three years in outside sales. Tom also serves on BBA’s Marketing Committee and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging.
Treasurer, Zandy Wheeler helped his fraternity brothers establish The Ski Rack while still a junior at UVM. After 13 years running a private psychotherapy practice with his wife, Karen George, his family returned to South Burlington in 1989 to take over operations at The Ski Rack. Since then, the business has grown into both a successful physical and on-line store, employing more than 50 people. Zandy has served as both Chair and as a Board Member of the King Street Center since 1999 and recently served as a member of the Bike Path Task Force.
Afi is a director at the Burlington law firm of Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C., which he joined in November of 1999. Afi concentrates his practice on handling contracts, financings and sophisticated commercial transactions for Vermont businesses. He came to Vermont in 1989 as an undergraduate at the University of Vermont, where he served as a student member of the Board of Trustees, and is currently a member of the UVM Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and Victory Club Advisory Board. Afi lives in Essex Junction with his wife, Amanda, and two children.
A native of Vermont, Kara attended UVM before leaving the state to obtain her Master’s Degree and pursue a career in international finance working for over 15 years in both New York and Frankfurt, Germany. Upon returning to Vermont in 2009 she taught economics and political science at Burlington College and was a board member and Treasurer at the non-profit Charlotte Children’s Center. Kara is currently the owner of Liebling, a boutique in downtown Burlington.
Joey Bergstein joined Seventh Generation in 2011 and has been working with his team to drive double digit revenue growth, to dramatically increase its consumer base and to deliver the company’s mission of inciting a revolution that nurtures the health of the next seven generations. A graduate of University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business, Bergstein began his career at Procter & Gamble where he held marketing leadership roles over the course of ten years across North America and in Europe. Since then, his career turned to beverages where Joey served as VP Global Business Development and VP Marketing at Molson and finally at Diageo where as Senior Vice President of Global Rum, Joey led a global team that doubled the rum business to over $1 billion, transforming Captain Morgan into the fastest growing spirit brand in the world at the time. Joey, his wife Andrea, and their two daughters Tori and Rachel live in Charlotte, VT.
John Caulo is Associate Vice President of Campus Planning & Auxiliary Services at Champlain College, a position he has held since 2011. He is directly involved in the planning and execution of new capital projects undertaken by Champlain as well as providing executive oversight to several departments, including the Physical Plant, Events Center, Public Safety and Sustainability. Prior to joining Champlain College, he was the owner of LandPlan Advisors, LLC, providing a comprehensive set of real estate development services, including land use and strategic planning. He also served as Associate Director of the Real Estate Office at Dartmouth College for 11 years. John and his wife Deb live in Burlington’s South End.
David is President and CEO of Farrell Distributing Corp. with operations in South Burlington and Rutland, VT. David is a native Vermonter and grew up in Burlington’s North End. David is a third generation owner who works with both of his sisters and a great team that sells and services beer, wine, and non-alcoholic products in over 2000 Vermont retail accounts. He is a former director on the Vermont Retail Grocers and National Beer Wholesalers Association boards and is the current President of the Vermont Wholesale Beverage Association. David is married with two children and lives in South Burlington with his wife and daughter.
Tim is the owner of Halvorson’s Upstreet Café since 1979. He also runs beverage operations and a standing cafe at the Champlain Valley Expo. He serves on the Lund Family Center’s Board of Trustees, and is a board member for the Committee for Temporary Shelter. He is on the board of the Vermont Downtown Program and previously served as Chair of the Church Street Marketplace. The BBA has created an honorary award in Tim’s Name which recognized an individual for outstanding contribution to the economic vitality of Burlington. Tim and his wife Kristin live in Charlotte, Vermont.
Shireen T. Hart, an attorney with Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC, serves as counsel to hospitals, long-term care facilities, community mental health agencies, pharmacies and other individual and organizational health care interests. Shireen came to Vermont in 1987 to attend Middlebury College where she met her husband, Chip Hart Jr., a native of Burlington’s New North End. Together, Shireen and Chip are raising their two sons (and Australian Shepherd, Ozzy) in the same neighborhood where Chip was raised and where their sons attend Burlington High School and Lyman C. Hunt Middle School. Shireen has been on the Board of the KidSafe Collaborative of Chittenden County since 2006 and currently serves as its President. In her spare time, Shireen enjoys attending and supporting her boys’ various activities and playing ice hockey in the cold months and tennis in the warm months at Burlington Tennis Club.
As President and Owner of Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty, Leslee MacKenzie has brought her vision and analytic skills to one of Vermont’s leading real estate firms. A Burlington native and graduate of UVM, Leslee joined the company in 1993 and directed an expansion that placed the Agency within Coldwell Banker Company’s top 60 offices nationwide. Committed to the industry and the community, Leslee served as the 2010 president of the Vermont Association of Realtors and currently serves as a Vermont director to the National Association of Realtors.
Maria McClellan is the Senior Community Relations Strategist at Fletcher Allen Health Care. She joined Vermont’s academic medical center in January of 1998, and during the last 15 years has held a variety of communications-related positions including Director of Public Affairs and Director of Marketing and Communications.
Kevin Owens is co-founder and CEO of Select, Ltd., a brand marketing agency with offices in Burlington, Boston and Taiwan. He is also a partner in a commercial real estate venture focused on buying and renovating historic buildings in downtown Burlington, and serves on the board of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation. Originally from Boston, Kevin has lived in Vermont since attending the University of Vermont, graduating in 1987 with degrees in Economics and Political Science. He resides in Shelburne with his wife Kris and three daughters. While not working, he can be found enjoying the lake and mountains with his family, riding his bike, traveling, and playing golf or hockey.
Michael Schirling is the Executive Director of BTV Ignite, the alliance intended to leverage the city’s high-speed internet infrastructure to boost the local economy. Schirling is a Vermont native and he previously served as Burlington’s Chief of Police.
Jeff Schulman has worked in the Athletic Department at the University of Vermont since 1993. He currently serves as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics where he has the primary responsibility for the department’s financial operations including budget development, management, and control as well as coordination of all capital facility projects. He also assists in the department’s fundraising efforts and in the supervision of the university’s varsity sport programs. In addition to his UVM responsibilities, Jeff worked at both the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games and has also served as the overall team manager of the United States delegation for the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel. Jeff has both a B.A. and M. Ed. from UVM. As an undergraduate, he was a four-year letter-winning defenseman on the men’s hockey team and was a 1989 draft pick of the NHL’s Boston Bruins. Jeff is active in the greater Burlington community serving as a member of the Burlington Airport Commission, as well as a variety of roles with youth sports organizations in the area. Jeff lives in the South End of Burlington with his wife, Deb Lichtenfeld, and their three children, Theodore, Gaby, and Mara.
Stephanie Miller Taylor is Vice President / Director of Marketing with R.E.M. Development and a partner in The Miller Realty Group. Prior to joining the family business, Stephanie worked in agency side marketing and marketing research most recently in London where she lived for 11 years. Since returning to Vermont in 2009, Stephanie has been involved on the board of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce; the Champlain College’s Single Parent’s Program Committee and is a member of the Chittenden Country Commercial Real Estate Association
Stephanie has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry including 17 years with People’s United Bank, where she currently serves as the Region Manager for the Commercial Real Estate Finance Division. Stephanie previously held positions in commercial real estate finance at Key Bank, Bank of Boston and Fleet Bank.
Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with a double major in Economics from Minnesota State University – Moorhead.
Stephanie is an active member in her community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation and on the Public Policy Committee of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is the past Chairman of the Board of the Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF) and currently serves on of the VCLF Board.