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.

Interested in serving on our board? Find out more!

Emily Boedecker, Board Vice Chair
Worcester

Emily Boedecker is an innovative and results-focused leader with twenty-five years of experience supporting and growing for profit, nonprofit, and.. Read more »

Emily Boedecker is an innovative and results-focused leader with twenty-five years of experience supporting and growing for profit, nonprofit, and government organizations in the US and Europe. After holding international marketing and public relations positions with Hewlett Packard and VeriFone, she shifted her focus to the nonprofit sector and worked in environmental leadership roles with The Nature Conservancy and Local Motion.  From 2017 to 2020 Emily served as Vermont’s Commissioner of Environmental Conservation and is now a partner at Momentum Communications, a marketing, communications and organizational development firm serving mission-driven organizations.

Emily cut her teeth as an advocate with the Sierra Club in what was then California’s fastest growing county. Since moving to Vermont she has organized and advocated for conservation, clean air, clean water, and sustainable transportation. Whether chairing her town’s parks commission, meeting with communities to address environmental issues, or chairing a multi-state alliance, Emily works to ensure that all stakeholders have a seat at the table and that all voices are heard.

Emily holds a BA Hons in Marketing and Engineering from the University of Huddersfield, UK and a professional Certificate in Marketing Management. She is a graduate of the Vermont Leadership Program’s 2008 cohort and in the same year completed the Vermont Master Gardener program. A lifelong learner she is currently a member of the Vermont Master Naturalist 2021 cohort. In addition to serving on the board of Vermont Parks Forever she is the Treasurer of Cradle to Grave Arts, and in her spare time is the producing partner for The Quarry Project.

Emily, her husband Bill and dog Aiya live in an energy efficient home they have nearly finished building near Worcester, VT. She is most often found outside, enjoying the different activities and delights that each season brings.

Jon Leibowitz
Middlesex

Jon Leibowitz has worked in the private land conservation field since graduating from Vermont Law School in 2011 with a.. Read more »

Jon Leibowitz has worked in the private land conservation field since graduating from Vermont Law School in 2011 with a Juris Doctor and Masters in Environmental Law and Policy.  He currently serves as the Executive Director of Northeast Wilderness Trust. Jon was previously the Executive Director of Montezuma Land Conservancy, where he worked to conserve farms, ranches, and landscapes on the edge of the Colorado Plateau, in Cortez, Colorado.  Jon serves on the Rewilding Leadership Council, the Steering Committee of Wildlands & Woodlands, and is a co-owner of WildEdge Brewing Collective.  He lives on the outskirts of Montpelier, Vermont, where he enjoys gardening, wandering the woods behind his house, and caring for a weird amount of house plants.

Amanda McKay
Waterbury

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.

Nancy Mathews
South Burlington

Dr. Nancy Mathews leads the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, serving as its.. Read more »

Dr. Nancy Mathews leads the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, serving as its Dean since 2014. Previous to this position, Dean Mathews spent nearly 20 years as Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served as Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service from 2010-2014, chair of the Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development program from 2009-2010, and director of the 10-year Reaccreditation for the University from 2007-2009.

Prior to her move to UW-Madison in 1995, she served as the Assistant Unit Leader for the USGS Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Texas Tech University. Dr. Mathews received her B.S. in biology from Penn State in 1980 and her M.S. in 1981 and Ph.D. in 1989 from SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry, with post-doctoral training at the University of Georgia, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. Dr. Mathews has published widely in the field of wildlife ecology and specializes in conservation biology and animal behavior, with a particular expertise in white-tailed deer behavior and chronic wasting disease.

In addition to her administrative leadership, she served on the board of directors of the International Crane Foundation for nine years, as an elected Trustee to the Higher Learning Commission, and as a Fellow in the CIC Academic Leadership Program. Dean Mathews’ leadership of the Rubenstein School has focused on building academic excellence, with an enduring commitment to environmental justice, to prepare students to lead in a rapidly changing world.

Beth Montuori Rowles
South Burlington

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.

Bill Supple, Board Chair
Richmond

After graduating from the University of Maine with a BS in Forestry, Bill Supple followed his passion for the mountains.. Read more »

After graduating from the University of Maine with a BS in Forestry, Bill Supple 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 served as a store manager and part-time guide for the climbing school.  In 1985 he had an opportunity to move to the supplier side with Wild Country, a UK specialty manufacturer of technical climbing equipment.  He managed 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 he moved to Vermont to work for Climb High. When Mammut, a Swiss outdoor brand, acquired Climb High in 2001, Bill was asked to serve as President and CEO of their new North American platform – Mammut Sports Group, Inc. Bill led the Mammut Sports Group for seventeen years.

He currently serves (in a part-time role) as Director of Brand & Business Development in the US for Outdoor & Sports Company, Inc., primarily focused on the Mountain Equipment brand from the UK and as a Senior Partner with the Brimstone Consulting Group based in Camden, Maine.

Outside his professional roles, Bill is involved in a number of volunteer efforts related to the outdoors. In the early 90’s he served on the board of The Access Fund, working on organizational development and served as Vice President and then board President. He currently serves on the steering committee of the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC), helped found and served on the board (as Treasurer) of the Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance (VOBA) and finally, on the Vermont Travel and Recreation Council – both this and VOREC are by direct appointment of the Governor.

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.  He lives in Richmond, Vermont with his wife Jennifer, a part-time faculty member at Champlain College.

Craig Whipple, Board Treasurer

Craig has spent well over four decades of his professional life helping to make sure people have access to a.. Read more »

Craig has spent well over four decades of his professional life helping to make sure people have access to a wide variety of high quality park lands and facilities so we can all realize the huge benefits of playing and recreating in the outdoors. After graduating from Michigan State University “a long time ago”, Craig immediately began his career as a Director of a small county park system in central rural Michigan. He and his young family moved to Vermont in 1978 where he has been serving the people of our state ever since. Most of that time has been spent with the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation in a variety of capacities. During the last fourteen years of his work, he served as the Director of Vermont State Parks having retired in September of 2020. As Director, he was a key player building the positive reputation and brand of Vermont State Parks, adding three new parks to the system, seeing visitation increase by 40% and, oh yes, helping to create Vermont Parks Forever, one of the most successful state parks/private partnerships in the country. Continuing his support for his passion for the cause of outdoor recreation by serving on the board of VPF was a natural fit upon his “retirement”.

Staff

Sarah Alberghini Winters
Executive Director
Tel: 802.917.1719

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.

Jessie Krust
Administrative and Development Assistant

Jessie relocated to Southeastern Vermont in early March 2020 and joined Vermont Parks Forever in July 2021. She grew up.. Read more »

Jessie relocated to Southeastern Vermont in early March 2020 and joined Vermont Parks Forever in July 2021. She grew up in Columbia, South Carolina and fell in love with the great outdoors on weekend trips to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Shortly after graduating from the College of Charleston with a degree in Arts Management, she moved to Chicago to pursue a career in theatre administration. After nearly eight years of working in nonprofit theatre and theatre education, she decided to leave the city behind and put down roots in VT. When she’s not working, Jessie loves to hike with her husband and dog, fuss endlessly over her vegetable garden, and take aerial fabric classes.

Nina Rizzi
2021 Intern for Park Access

Hi there! My name is Nina, I use she/they pronouns, and I am a recent graduate of.. Read more »

Hi there!

My name is Nina, I use she/they pronouns, and I am a recent graduate of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources with a major in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism! I transferred to UVM after spending two years off between sophomore and junior year, when I worked in Breckenridge, Colorado, and fell in love with working in the outdoor tourism industry and with the general concept of getting people outside. When I arrived at UVM, my focus was primarily on furthering my career in the ski industry; but as I delved into my coursework, I found myself more and more interested in broader concepts related to access and equity in public lands. When it came time for my senior capstone project and Sarah presented the VPF proposal, I lit up – after she spoke, I was texting my friends in the class saying “that’s it!! That’s my dream job!!” The work we did that semester is definitely one of the highlights of my academic experience, and I am beyond thrilled to continue that work at VPF post-graduation. I see this survey project as a seed; one that will grow into a tree with many branches that reach into every Vermont community, ensuring that everyone feels at home in our State Parks. I’m so excited for this opportunity!