Board of Directors
Vermont Parks Forever brings together the skill and passion of a distinguished group of citizens from across our state. Their hard work and commitment helps create better parks for all of us.
During what she considers to be her first career, Emily Boedecker worked in the high tech sector in Europe and.. Read more »
During what she considers to be her first career, Emily Boedecker worked in the high tech sector in Europe and California developing and launching products for the high school, business and healthcare sectors. She held positions in product development, brand marketing, public relations and business development for market leaders Hewlett-Packard and Verifone, and a number of start-up organizations, managing multi-million dollar markets and partnerships.
In 2004, Boedecker moved to Vermont to pursue a career in non-profit conservation. She recently concluded nearly a decade with The Nature Conservancy’s Vermont Chapter, where she held positions in marketing, fundraising, and management. Ranking high among her favorite achievements are partnership projects with the VT Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and the Vermont Land Trust to create new natural areas and expand existing parks, engaging new audiences in land conservation and outdoor recreation, and leading the Chapter through the recession and on a path to long-term financial sustainability.
Emily grew up in the heart of England, and has since had the great good fortune to live in the French Alps, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the Green Mountains of Vermont. With her husband and her dog Tache she enjoys hiking, canoeing, cross-country and alpine skiing, horse riding, gardening, dancing, painting, and all things French.
Keith Kasper grew up in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Maine before coming to Vermont in 1976. Keith’s love of the.. Read more »
Keith Kasper grew up in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Maine before coming to Vermont in 1976. Keith’s love of the outdoors was instilled in him and his two brothers at a young age thanks to their father. Keith spent his summers at Pine Island Camp in Maine, backpacking and canoeing all over Maine and New Hampshire. Keith and his wife, Fran Pomerantz, have three children, Alex, Shaina, and Hannah, who share their love for the outdoors and support Keith in his almost 50-year quest to hike the Appalachian Trail, joining him for backpacking weekends on the trail. Fran and Keith continue to enjoy Vermont State Parks, as they did when their children were young. Their current favorite is Green River Reservoir where the canoe and camp every summer.
Keith is a practicing attorney specializing in Workers’ Compensation litigation. He is the managing partner at McCormick, Fitzpatrick, Kasper, and Burchard, P.C., a firm he has been with for over 30 years.
Amanda McKay grew up in Central New York and graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in biology. She.. Read more »
Amanda McKay grew up in Central New York and graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in biology. She envisioned a science career, but in 2004 was pulled into politics. She moved to Vermont for the first time that spring, where she found herself knocking on doors asking people to support the Democratic National Committee and its candidates.
Since then, Amanda has helped elect members of Congress and pass legislation to help fund environmental conservation and protect natural resources. She has worked for the founders of Ben and Jerry’s and their non-profits, TrueMajority and Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities. For the last several years she has been the Chief of Staff to former Governor of Vermont Howard Dean.
Amanda lives in Waterbury, VT with her boyfriend, Alex, and dog, Jake. When she is not working you can probably find her outside – skiing, hiking, biking, running or swimming – or enjoying a Vermont beer and some local cheese.
Alex MacLean lives in Peacham, Vermont with her husband Tim Scott, their daughter, Charlotte (3) and a number of chickens... Read more »
Alex MacLean lives in Peacham, Vermont with her husband Tim Scott, their daughter, Charlotte (3) and a number of chickens. Alex is a Partner and President of Public Relations at Leonine Public Affairs in Montpelier. At Leonine, Alex designs and implements successful public relations efforts and campaigns for businesses, interest groups, and non-profits. Prior to working at Leonine, Alexandra owned and operated a public affairs firm, ASM Strategies. From 2008 through 2012 Alexandra worked for Governor Shumlin as his Chief of Staff in his capacity as Senate Pro Tem and then Deputy Chief of Staff and Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs once he was elected Governor. She also served as the Governor’s Campaign Manager for both his 2010 and 2012 campaigns. She received her undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Deborah Markowitz has served since 2011 as the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), the state agency.. Read more »
Deborah Markowitz has served since 2011 as the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), the state agency in charge of protecting Vermont’s environment, natural resources and wildlife and of maintaining Vermont’s forests and state parks. She previously served as Vermont’s Secretary of State from 1999 until 2011.
As ANR Secretary, Markowitz has shaped Vermont’s environmental agenda, focusing on the challenges of climate change, habitat fragmentation, and flood impact. She believes that Vermont must find new and creative approaches to care for its natural resources, to build strong communities, and to support its working landscape for a sustainable future.
A graduate of the University of Vermont (B.A., 1983), Markowitz received her Juris Doctorate degree from the Georgetown University Law Center (magna cum laude,1987). Markowitz served as a law clerk with Justice Louis Peck of the Vermont Supreme Court (1987 – 1988) and practiced law privately from 1988 – 1990. She served as the founding director of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns Municipal Law Center (1990 – 1997.) She is the author of the Vermont Municipal Guide to Land Use Regulation (1997) and Vermont Municipal Environmental Handbook (1995).
Markowitz has served on numerous state and national organizations, and is the founder of the Vermont Women’s Leadership Initiative and Vermont Votes for Kids. She has been awarded an Aspen Institute Rodel fellowship and the Kennedy School of Government Cahn Fellowship for her executive and political leadership.
Secretary Markowitz and her husband Paul have three grown children. When they are not missing the kids, they spend their free time hiking, paddling, gardening, and cross-country skiing.
Rebecca D. Ramos is Senior Managing Associate for Necrason Group, a public affairs management firm in Montpelier. She has worked.. Read more »
Rebecca D. Ramos is Senior Managing Associate for Necrason Group, a public affairs management firm in Montpelier. She has worked with some of Vermont’s most influential political leaders since stepping into the Vermont political landscape in 1998. She was legal counsel and political liaison for Governor Howard Dean and then worked with now Congressman Peter Welch when he was Pro Tem in the Vermont Senate. Prior to joining Necrason Group, Rebecca completed a two-year stint as Chief of Staff for Vermont Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell.
Rebecca also spent a number of years working with individuals, non-profits, and businesses on leadership development, strategic thinking, and mentoring. A proven expert at navigating Vermont’s complicated political landscape, she is known for her swift strategic thinking and ability to rapidly comprehend complex problems to find winning solutions. She is enthusiastic, determined, and known for her warm, engaging manner. Rebecca strives to not only win the issue but to also grow leaders by helping people to understand Vermont’s democratic process and become better advocates.
An avid hiker, artist, and writer, Rebecca lives in Burlington, Vermont, with her two children.
Beth Montuori Rowles
Beth Montuori Rowles has been employed by the rock band Phish since 1995. She is the General Manager of their VT operations which includes directing their.. Read more »
Beth Montuori Rowles has been employed by the rock band Phish since 1995. She is the General Manager of their VT operations which includes directing their non-profit, The WaterWheel Foundation. Since its creation in 1997, the foundation has donated over $3 million to non-profits in Vermont, over $1 million throughout the rest of the country as well as an additional $1.2 million in response to the devastation left by Tropical Storm Irene.
Beth is also a member of the Vermont Advisory Board of the Conservation Law Foundation, the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Lake Champlain Land Trust, and the President of Board of Burlington City Arts. She lives in South Burlington, VT.
After graduating from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry in 1980, Bill followed his passion.. Read more »
After graduating from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry in 1980, Bill followed his passion for the mountains and technical climbing into the outdoor industry. His first stop was International Mountain Equipment, a specialty retailer, where he worked as the store manager and part-time guide for the climbing school.
In 1985, Bill took a position with Wild Country, a UK specialty manufacturer of technical climbing equipment, managing their US business through several development phases including the formation of a joint venture with Charlet Moser, a premium French manufacturer of technical ice climbing equipment and the launch of the German rock shoe brand, Red Chili. In late 1999, Bill moved to Vermont to work for Climb High. After the Swiss outdoor brand Mammut acquired Climb High in 2001, he served as President and CEO of their new North American platform – Mammut Sports Group, Inc.
From 1992 to 1998 Bill also served on the Board of Directors of the Access Fund, a non-profit climber’s advocacy organization based in Boulder, Colorado, that will celebrate its 25th anniversary later this year. He worked on the Finance Committee, as Development Committee Chair, as Vice President and then as President his last three years. He considers it one of the most satisfying experiences in his professional career and remains an Honorary Board Member.
Bill lives in Richmond with his wife Jennifer, an adjunct professor at Johnson State College. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Bill spends his leisure time trail running, hiking, skiing and trying to get out rock and ice climbing now and then.
Sarah Alberghini Winters became Vermont Parks Forever’s first executive director in the fall of 2014 after a career path that.. Read more »
Sarah Alberghini Winters became Vermont Parks Forever’s first executive director in the fall of 2014 after a career path that has encompassed the State of Vermont, Seventh Generation and consulting in marketing and project management. Sarah grew up in Waterbury with frequent visits to state parks and a love of the outdoors. Engaging in work to enhance and protect state parks is a natural fit for her.
In addition to her work leading Vermont Parks Forever, Sarah enjoys volunteering as Co-President of her sons’ elementary school PTA, especially on projects that get the kids learning outside in the school garden and on the nature trail. Sarah lives just outside Montpelier in Berlin on the Dog River with her husband, children and goofy dog.