South Burlington native Chelsea Condos is a seasoned tax accountant who returned to Vermont recently to work at Gallagher Flynn after spending 13 years working for KPMG in Atlanta and Boston. Condos has broad experience working with companies in the real estate industry including inbound international real estate investment funds, multinational construction companies, and real estate developers.She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration/accounting with a specialty in tax accounting. In addition to her role on the Board of the BBA she is a member of the AICPA and the Vermont Society of CPAs. She lives in the Mayfair neighborhood of South Burlington with her husband and two children.
Board of Directors
Christian Kuzia, Vice Chair
Christian Kuzia works for Westport Hospitality, and is the general manager of the Courtyard Burlington Harbor Hotel. Born and raised in Vermont, Christian has held multiple positions within the hospitality and restaurant industry over the past 20 years. He is a graduate of the food and beverage management program from the New England Culinary Institute, and began his career with Westport overseeing the food and beverage operation at the Courtyard Burlington Harbor. He has also managed Westport’s extended stay property, the TownePlace Suites by Marriott, in Williston. Christian has previously served on the board of directors for the Vermont Convention Bureau, The Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, and is currently a board member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont. Christian resides in Colchester with his wife Jodi and their two sons, Caleb and Camden.
Shireen Hart, Secretary
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.
Michele Asch is the VP of Leadership & Organizational Development within her family business, Twincraft Skincare. Twincraft Skincare is a custom contract manufacturer of specialty bar soap and skincare products for over 150 brands throughout North America. Michele has a diverse background which includes 14 years at the University of Vermont. The first 10 years she was responsible for leadership development and service learning programs for students. She then moved on to the UVM School of Business and, as the Director of the UVM Family Business Program, she assisted Vermont family businesses with their succession planning. Thriving on the creativity found in entrepreneurship, she founded and sold two small businesses, a sea kayak adventure travel business and a men’s salon. Michele is a certified business/coach. Michele is committed to serving our community. She currently serves on the Let’s Grow Kids Board of Directors and the ECHO Science Center Board of Directors. She recently ended a 3 year appointment as Chairperson of the Burlington Police Commission. Michele also served as Chair of Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation where she was a board member for 7 years. Michele graduated from the UVM School of Business in 1988.
A 30-year veteran of human resources positions in Vermont, Donna Austin-Hawley currently serves as Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer at Northfield Savings Bank, a position she has held for three years. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont, a graduate of Leadership Champlain and currently serves on the United Way of Northwest Vermont Board as well as the Vermont PBS Board.
Mr. Casella brings broad experience in both the private and public sectors, particularly in the field of Waste and Recycling. Mr. Casella has been a member of numerous industry-related and community service-related state and local boards and commissions, including the Green Up Vermont, Vermont Chamber of Commerce, National Waste & Recycling Association’s Future Industry leader association, and Wheels for Warmth. Mr. Casella is also a recipient of the Waste360 – 40 under 40 award for his work in the industry. The Waste360 “40 under 40” awards program recognizes inspiring and innovative professionals under the age of 40 whose work in waste, recycling, and organics has made a significant contribution to the industry. Mr. Casella holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts & Science in Communication from West Virginia University.
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.
Peter is an attorney at the Burlington-based law firm of Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer. The practice
focuses on regulatory compliance, commercial transactions, general corporate matters, and captive
insurance. Peter routinely advises banks and credit unions on contract and governance issues as well as
compliance and commercial lending matters. He also assists companies in the formation and ongoing
representation of all types of captive insurance companies and other alternative risk-financing vehicles.
Prior to joining Primmer, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Peter W. Hall of the United States
Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Peter also served as a law clerk to the Vermont Superior Court
John, a SBHS alumni, moved back to Vermont in 2011 after graduating from George Mason University with a degree in Integrative Studies, International Studies and Sustainability. Upon his return, he helped open Patagonia Burlington, one of the few locally owned partnership stores in the country. In 2017, John was accepted to the SBA Emerging Leaders Program and opened a new storefront in Waterbury Center, Vermont Trailwear. He joined the Ski Rack Inc. ownership group in 2018. John lives in Burlington with his wife Kate.
Lisa Kingsbury is the Associate Director of Planning at the University of Vermont. In this role, Lisa oversees the overall land use planning and regulatory processes and space planning management for UVM as well as serving as UVM’s liaison with community and institutional groups and municipalities specific to land use. Prior to joining the staff at UVM, Lisa was the Director/Public Relations at Paul Kaza Associates in South Burlington and Director of Marketing for Forest City Development in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is currently serving as the Past Chair of the Lake Champlain Chamber Board of Directors and was on the Leadership Champlain Board for many years, also serving as Chair for two years. She is a member of the Burlington Business Association, where she previously served on the Programs and Promotions Committee, as well as the Vermont Planners Association and the Society for College and University Planning. She volunteered for three years as the Head Coach of the Girls on the Run program at Shelburne Community School. When not working, you can find Lisa in the stands cheering on her two daughters at their soccer games, spending time being active outdoors, or attempting DYI projects at her home in Shelburne.
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.
After graduating from Boston College, Ryan has worked at J.L. Davis in an ever-expanding role that includes sales & leasing, marketing, property management, human resources, and tenant & community relations. Working with national, regional, and local clients, Ryan has a unique understanding of Vermont’s identity and sense of community. In addition, Ryan served as the project manager for the Stoney Hill Properties mixed-use development in Bristol, VT, where he led efforts to secure a $500,000 grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission.
Ryan grew up coming to Downtown Burlington and has made a commitment to living and working in the city. While serving on the BBA Board, he hopes to help grow and develop the economic vitality of Burlington. Also, as a member of the 2021-2022 Class of Leadership Champlain, Ryan looks forward to developing his leadership skills to better serve the State of Vermont.
Ryan lives in Downtown Burlington and can usually be found sailing the lake, or hiking, biking, and skiing in the mountains.
Jack Wallace has over 35 years of real estate development, construction, and management experience, which began shortly after he graduate from Middlebury College in 1982 with a BA in Geography. In his time since then, Mr. Wallace has been involved in the development and building of numerous residential, commercial, hospitality, medical, and government projects in Vermont, including the Marriott Courtyard – Burlington Harbor Hotel and Hotel Vermont. He has also assisted in the completion of group hotel projects in Wyoming, Idaho, and Portland, ME. Mr. Wallace opened the Burlington Harbor Marina in 2019 with Charles DesLauriers and currently provides asset management and oversight of the daily operations.