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.
Tim Briglin lives in Thetford Center, Vermont with his wife Laurel Mackin and two sons Tucker (15) and Mack (12). Tim is a.. Read more »
Tim Briglin lives in Thetford Center, Vermont with his wife Laurel Mackin and two sons Tucker (15) and Mack (12). Tim is a founder and partner at Tuckerman Capital, which focuses on investing in and advising small manufacturing companies. Prior to founding Tuckerman Capital, Tim worked in the corporate finance group at Morgan Stanley. Previously, he was a legislative assistant to Senator Patrick Leahy covering economic, tax, and banking issues. Tim is a director of Mascoma Savings Bank and a member of the Vital Communities Corporate Council. Tim was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2014 to represent the towns of Norwich, Sharon, Strafford, and Thetford. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and an MBA from Stanford University.
Scott Johnstone is the Executive Director of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC). With a commitment to public service and good.. Read more »
Scott Johnstone is the Executive Director of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC). With a commitment to public service and good governance, Scott has made significant contributions to improving the quality and effectiveness of the complex public and private organizations he has led. His past positions include Executive Director of the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and the Director of Public Works for the City of Burlington, VT.
Scott joined VEIC in 2008, and since that time has led the organization through a period of strategic growth with a focus on results, measured in increased energy savings. Under his leadership, VEIC launched two new energy efficiency utilities in Washington D.C. and Ohio, expanded its scope of services to include transportation and biomass, and gained statewide recognition as an employer of choice.
In addition to setting the strategic direction and leading business development at VEIC, Scott serves on several boards of directors, including the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, and the Greater Burlington YMCA. He also served on the Vermont Governor’s Commission on Energy Siting, and participated on the Commission on Climate Change. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Maine and also holds Professional Engineer certification.
Ellen McCulloch-Lovell recently served (2004-2015) as the eighth and first female president of Marlboro College. She is an outspoken advocate.. Read more »
Ellen McCulloch-Lovell recently served (2004-2015) as the eighth and first female president of Marlboro College. She is an outspoken advocate for the liberal arts, speaking and publishing opinion pieces in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post, New York Times online and other outlets. Her current assignment is Rock Point Legacy Minister, working with the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont to enhance and conserve its 130 acres on Lake Champlain.
Ellen started her career as program director, then executive director, of the Vermont Arts Council from 1970-83. She served as U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy’s chief of staff in Washington, D.C., from 1983-94.
In 1994, Ellen was appointed Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. In 1997, she joined First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s staff, first as deputy chief of staff then as director of the White House Millennium Council, where she and Mrs. Clinton created the preservation program Save America’s Treasures. After the White House, Ellen went to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to found the Veterans History Project.
She received her BA in philosophy from Bennington College and her MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. Her first book of poems, Gone, was published by Janus Press in 2010.
Ellen continues her civic engagement as chair of the Smithsonian’s Advisory Committee for the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and as a board member of Vermont Parks Forever, the Windham Foundation, the Friends of Writers, the Robert Frost Place, the Lumina Study Group of the Vermont State Colleges, and the state task force for a Universal College Savings Account.
Ellen and her husband Dr. Christopher Lovell live in Montpelier, VT.
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.