Curt Alpeter, Board Chair – Charlotte, VT
Curt Alpeter is a Partner at Vermont Farm Table, a premium, handcrafted Vermont furniture company. Curt and his wife moved to Vermont after college and without a job after falling in love with the state on their honeymoon. He has resided in Vermont for 26 years and currently lives with his wife and two children in Charlotte, where he owns a small hobby farm, Staige Hill Farm. Curt is an avid birder and his farm is currently part of Champlain Valley Bird Initiative project run by Audubon Vermont. His farm is also part of a multi-year study on the impacts of habitat on migratory songbirds. In addition to professional interests in technology and digital marketing, his passions lie in land, wildlife and habitat conservation and all things Vermont; from farming to food/cooking to the environment. He is a past Vice President of the Charlotte Land Trust Board of Directors as well as a past board member of the North Country Federal Credit Union. Curt holds a BS in Marketing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Debby Bergh - Shelburne, VT
Debby Bergh is a leadership coach and principal of Debby Bergh Consulting, an organizational development consultancy specializing in strategic planning, board development, group facilitation and coaching. Her mission is to increase the capacity of organizations and individuals to define and create their futures. She moved to Vermont in 1966 and got interested in birds when her brother-in-law built her a bird feeder for Christmas her second winter here. She is currently Board Chair of Audubon Vermont and has served on the Board of numerous organizations including Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, United Way of Chittenden County, the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, Champlain College and Wake Robin Continuing Care Retirement Community.
James J. Brady – Montpelier, VT
James is a biologist with the Vermont Agency of Transportation. He works with transportation officials and regulators to ensure transportation projects avoid or minimize impacts to Vermont’s natural resources. James takes this one step further and is on the forefront of cutting edge research regarding wildlife interaction with transportation infrastructure. He has presented his work on wildlife and transportation at conferences held in various locations along eastern North America and as an invited guest lecturer at Norwich University and Vermont Technical College.
Formerly, James was a wildlife technician with The Trustees of Reservations in Massachusetts and the US Fish & Wildlife Service in New Jersey. He managed beach-nesting waterbird habitat from Massachusetts (Ipswich, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard) to southern New Jersey.
In his free time, you can find James enjoying Vermont with his wife Leslie. They enjoy birding, snowboarding, camping and listening to records together.
Robin Coleburn - Charlotte, VT
Background: Practicing artist and former orchard owner in Charlotte.
Amy Golodetz – Secretary - Essex Junction, VT
Amy Golodetz grew up in Burlington and now lives in Underhill with her husband and two daughters. Growing up, her family made many visits to Green Mountain Audubon Center for Sunday walks, riverside picnics, maple sugaring and skiing. She was a forest biology major at UVM and worked in research, private consulting forestry, a national forest, non-game fish and wildlife and outdoor education before returning to school for a master’s in education at Saint Michael’s College. Amy has been teaching and volunteering with kids of all ages for 21 years. Currently, she teaches at Browns River Middle School in Jericho. Her board work prior to Audubon Vermont includes Sterling College Board of Trustees and Bellwether School Board of Directors. Recent interests include water quality monitoring with Chittenden County Stream Team and teaching backcountry skiing at Catamount Trail Association events. If she could migrate annually, it would be between Vermont and northwestern New Mexico.
Debra Howard - Hinesburg, VT
Background: Executive Coach and Organizational Development Consultant
Provides executive coaching, organizational assessment and redesign, management and leadership training, executive team coaching to business, foundation, and nonprofit clients.
Scott Jaunich - Shelburne, VT
Background: Lawyer specializing in Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Law, Downs Rachlin and Martin
Kevin Mack– East Burke, VT
Background: Northern Forest Canoe Trail etc.
Zachary Minot – Huntington, VT
Zach Minot grew up along the east coast, living in Florida, Maine, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York before finally arriving in Vermont for good in 2010. Currently, he is a culinary consultant and a partner at the culinary website CookingDistrict.com. Zach graduated from The New England Culinary Institute with an Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts and from The University of Vermont with a Bachelor's Degree in Film and Television, a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, and a minor in Japanese. Zach has cooked for numerous high-end restaurants including New York City’s Gramercy Tavern, and locally at The Kitchen Table Bistro and the Inn at Shelburne Farms. He has worked on the set of acclaimed Food Network’s Good Eats with Alton Brown and has been hands-on with culinary media since 2005.
When not living and working in his culinary world, Zach has a passion for many things that connect him to Vermont and nature. He's always had a strong passion for the outdoors and commitment to conservation. With a rich birding history in his family, he became interested in Audubon Vermont after moving next door to GMAC and becoming aware of the great variety of birds right in his backyard. Zach enjoys photography, fixing old cars, working on his land and cutting firewood. And of course, there's lots of cooking for friends and family.
William Post – Shelburne, VT
William G. Post, Jr. was until January of this year, a member of the Burlington law firm of Gravel and Shea. He received his B.A. degree from Colby College and his J.D. degree from New York University School of Law. Bill is the author of How You Can Benefit From the New Tax Laws published by Little, Brown & Company in November 1981. Bill has practiced exclusively in the areas of estate planning and administration for 42 years, 40 of which have been in Vermont. He has lectured extensively on all aspects of estate planning and estate administration throughout Vermont and New England. Bill is a member of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel, and is former Vermont State Chair of that Counsel. Bill has served on numerous boards over the years, most notably the Vermont Counsel on the Arts, the Vermont Mozart Festival (President, 1986) Champlain College (Chair, 2003-2005), and Burlington City Arts. Bill was also a Burlington Airport Commissioner for a number of years in the 1990s, and was a member of the Planning Committee for the Vermont Tax Seminar for many years. Bill retired from the active practice of law at the end of 2013. He is an avid bird watcher, and looks forward to spending more time in that pursuit.
Mariah Riggs - Huntington VT
Mariah Moulton Riggs was born and raised in Huntington, Vermont. She attended Emerson College in Boston and received a B.A. double major in Film and Audio Production. Mariah worked in Boston, Massachusetts and Austin, Texas before moving back to Vermont in 2011 and becoming the Director of The Main Street Performing Arts Center on Burlington's waterfront.
Mariah is a founding member of the Vermont Event Professionals organization and actively serves on its steering committee. She also is a guest host on Channel 17 for the Live at 5:25 Series, where she interviews local non-profits and gives them a platform to get their message out to the public.
Mariah has been curating and running a free weekly classic film series at the Main Street Landing Film House on Tuesdays nights for five years. She works with Arts Alive and SEABA to curate the galleries attached to the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. In her job she also gets to work with most of the creative theatrical groups in the area which call the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center home. She hosts, sponsors and works with the Burlington Film Society, the Green Mountain Gore Society, and The Vermont International Film Festival to further the advancement of American Independent and World Cinema, as well as the theatrical arts in the Burlington area.
Mariah enjoys being outside with her husband and two children to go hiking, skiing at Mad River Glen where she grew up, and swimming in all of the wonderful spots around Huntington.
Rebecca Sameroff – Montpelier, VT
Background: Fiscal Analyst for the State of Vermont. Provides policy guidance and statistical analysis for major policy initiatives involving tax reform and acts as point-person on health care reform finance plan.
Cindy Senning – Duxbury, VT
Background: Co-Director for the Emily Post Institute, Inc., a family business in Burlington, Vermont. Formerly, she was the Program Director for the Foundation for Excellent Schools in Cornwall, VT.
Timothy Stotz - Underhill, VT
Background: Morgan Stanley, Executive Director, Senior Portfolio Manager, Financial Advisor. Former board member of the Poker Hill School.