Pete worked as a consulting engineer and Senior Vice President for Dufresne-Henry for 45 years and is currently involved with Medicare Insurance sales. He lived and worked in Alexandria, Egypt from 1981-1982. He is founding member of the Leadership Southeast Vermont program; chairman and member of Springfield Housing Authority for 25+ years; Moderator of Leadership Council for First Congregational Church; a past Springfield, VT Citizen of the Year; and past President for Springfield Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the State Engineering Association and the Springfield Lions Club for over 30 years.
He has a BS degree in Civil Engineering from New England College and a MS in Sanitary Engineering from Northeastern University. Pete lives in Springfield (in the same house since 1971) with his wife Bonny.
Patrick has advised organizations, both large and small, on securing and enforcing their intellectual property for 15 years. He is currently responsible for the management and commercial development of technology created at Dartmouth College. Patrick received a JD from Harvard Law School and a BS from Duke University, where he majored in biology with a concentration in genetics. He and his wife Emily live in Vermont with their four children.
Caitlin is a Vermonter, born and raised. She spent her early years crashing around her family’s wooded homestead - swimming, climbing trees and inventing games to entertain herself and her younger brothers. After doing some traveling during college, she returned to her home state to settle and dig in. Currently
serving as the Executive Director of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce, her creative background as a musician, artist, and Sculpture Major at Pratt Institute of Art supports her well in tackling the unique challenges that Springfield faces as a rural community. In addition to serving as the Vice President of the Black River Innovation Campus Board, she also serves on the Springfield Main Street Steering Committee, the River Valley Workforce Investment Board, the Springfield Food Co-op
Board, the 3CVT Board - Windsor county’s branch of the Vermont Creative Network, and she sits ex-officio on the Springfield Regional Development Corporation Board and the Springfield On the MoveBoard. She is also the administrator for the Leadership Southeast Vermont program. Caitlin lives by the mantra “work hard, play hard” and focuses on nurturing relationships and encouraging partner collaborations to build community morale and promote sustainable growth. When she is not working, she
enjoys creating fine jewelry in her home goldsmith studio, and camping in remote wilderness, gazing into bonfires and soaking up starlight.
Sam has been an engineer with Vermont Telephone Company, Inc. for 18 years. During those years, Sam was a part of the team that applied for and implemented one of the largest ARRA broadband grants in the US, with $132 Million to improving broadband in Vermont. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management in 2000 from Johnson State College. Sam served on the Springfield School Board for 6 years. He lives in Springfield, Vermont, with his wife Joanna, and their 11 year old twins.
Mark moved to Vermont in 1974 amongst thousands of other boomers looking to make a change. In 1978 he co-founded Black River Produce, a food distribution company with a focus on local and sustainable products. He was named Vermont Business Person of the Year in 2005 and in 2014 was recognized with the Terry Ehrich Award for lifetime achievement in values led business. He has and continues to serve on various boards including Vermont Agriculture and Forest Products Development Board, Working Lands Enterprise Board and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. He currently is developing a model for local farms to humanely raise meat for the Northeast market. Mark and his wife, Margie, raised their four sons in Chester, where they continue to enjoy all that Vermont has to offer.
Matt is the founder and CEO of the Center on Rural Innovation in Hartland, Vermont. Matt served 11 years in the Vermont House and Senate, enacting the state’s first broadband grants, brownfields revitalization funding, and downtown redevelopment program. He helped grow a VT-based software company to over 100 people and was Associate Director of the Rockefeller Center on Public Policy at Dartmouth College.
In 1999 Matt was appointed director of AmeriCorps*VISTA under President Clinton, where he led PowerUp, one of the first national efforts to bridge the digital divide, and launched an Entrepreneur Corps to focus on micro-finance in high-need communities.
In 2007, he started Google’s Community Affairs division out of a former bread factory in White River Jct, VT, where he led all local US philanthropy and engagement, including the Google Fiber rollout and orchestrating educational and development initiatives in Google’s data center communities across rural America.
Bob is the executive director of the Springfield Regional Development Corporation. SRDC serves ten communities in Southern Windsor County of Vermont, providing support services to assist existing businesses with their continued growth as well as those looking to start or relocate a new business venture. SRDC is also actively involved with commercial property development and site redevelopment, including brownfield remediation.
Lorie Loeb is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Dartmouth College, Director of the Digital Arts Programs (undergraduate and graduate), and the Co-Founder/Executive Director of the Digital Arts Leadership and Innovation (DALI) Lab. The DALI Lab is an incubator and experiential learning lab where students design and develop technology tools to help our partners communicate effectively and maximize impact. We approach our work with a spirit of creativity, whimsy and innovation that is inspired by Salvador Dali’s ability to transform the ordinary in to the extraordinary. DALI’s partners are looking for mindful design and cutting edge technology tools and our DALI students want to learn new skills, work in teams, take risks, and apply their liberal arts education to projects with real-world impact. Our partners include NASA, Deloitte Innovation Garage in Germany, faculty from across campus, The Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, non-profits, and student/faculty start-ups. Lorie is also the President/Co-Founder of TellEmotion, Inc, a social entrepreneurship start-up aimed at motivating people to change behavior and conserve resources. Before coming to Dartmouth, Lorie was Senior Research Scientist in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. She has been awarded two patents, is the recipient of the Fulbright and the Whiting Foundation Fellowships. Lorie is an artist as well as a technologist. Films she worked on won many awards, including two Emmy Awards and a Cine Golden Eagle Award. Films she animated have had screenings at the Museum of Modern Art, the Sundance Film Festival, the NY Film Festival, the London Film Festival and the Whitney Biennial. Lorie was awarded the National Undergraduate Mentor of the Year.
Matt uses the contacts and insights he gained from a decade of building companies in Silicon Valley to lead Borealis investments in a range of software companies. He currently directs the firm’s investments in Honest Buildings and Builtr Labs. He previously led Borealis’ involvement with DYN (acquired by Oracle), Flurry (acquired by Yahoo), Fieldlens (acquired by WeWork), OmniEarth (acquired by EagleView Technologies), Wingu (acquired by Perkin Elmer), and Handmark (acquired by Sprint). Matt joined Borealis full-time in 2005 after serving as an advisor to the firm from its inception.
Prior to joining Borealis, Matt was the COO of Efficient Frontier, a venture-funded marketing services company that applies portfolio optimization techniques from financial markets to the marketplace of online advertising. The company was acquired by Adobe in 2012. Matt began his Internet career as an early member of the team at Yahoo!, which he joined in 1995 when the company was pre-revenue.
Matt is a past member of the Board of Directors for Grassroot Soccer, a non-profit leading the effort to educate youth in Africa about HIV/AIDS. He serves on the Board of the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CliF), which aims to inspire reading and writing among at-risk youth in New Hampshire and Vermont. Matt is also active with the Entrepreneur’s Foundation of New Hampshire and with AlphaLoft, an accelerator for emerging entrepreneurs in New Hampshire. Matt earned his M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and also received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.
bill niquette — DEVELOPMENT PARTNER
Bill is a real estate and community development professional with 20 years experience in Vermont, with a focus on community revitalization and infill projects. His focus is on adaptive reuse of historic buildings.
Bill also conceived and led the design, permitting, and public financing of the Winooski Falls Riverfront Downtown Project, a master-planned 1.5 million square foot mixed use community revitalization project, winner of the 2006 EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement.