Board of Trustees
Susan Abbott, Marshfield
Susan is a professional artist and international art instructor who has exhibited widely in galleries and museums around the country. She was an active committee member in Marshfield when VLT worked with the community to protect the Virginia Stranahan Town Forest. She also helped organize the 2015 “Eyes on the Land” exhibit at the Shelburne Museum. Susan is an active partner with VLT and other non-profits in projects that connect art and conservation.
Pieter Bohen, Woodstock
Pieter Bohen is an organizational consultant who recently finished a ten-year term as Executive Director/President of the Farm & Wilderness Foundation. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Stewardship at Forterra, a regional land trust based in Seattle; as co-founder of the Green Seattle Partnership and Green Cities programs; and as founding Program Director of EarthCorps, an international Conservation Corps. He lives in Woodstock with his three children.
Heidi G. Chamberlain, Manchester, VT and New York
Heidi Chamberlain is a Managing Director at Stifel Financial in New York. She received her BS at the University of Vermont, majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Political Science and Economics. Heidi divides her time between New York City and Manchester, where she lives with her husband, step-son Duncan, their daughter Delilah and her dogs. Heidi has been active in nonprofit and community development work and serves on the board of unpluggedvt.com. Heidi enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, and cooking.
Charlie Hancock, Montgomery
Charlie Hancock is a consulting forester and conservationist at North Woods Forestry. He works with private landowners and non-profits in northern Vermont. Charlie received undergraduate degrees in Forestry and Recreation Management from the School of Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Charlie serves as the Board Chair of Cold Hollow to Canada, a community conservation partnership in the Northern Greens. Charlie is also the chair of the Montgomery Conservation Commission and the Selectboard.
Bill Keeton, Burlington
Bill Keeton is a Professor of Forest Ecology and Forestry at UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. He directs the UVM Carbon Dynamics Lab, is a Fellow in the Gund Institute for Environment, and chairs the International Union of Forest Research Organization’s Working Group on Old-Growth Forests and Reserves. Bill’s research is focused on forest carbon dynamics and management, climate change impacts, ecologically-based forestry, forest-stream interactions, and forest biodiversity.
John Laggis, Hardwick
John and his brother Chris own and operate Laggis Brothers Farm with their families on about 1,000 acres in East Hardwick. In addition to milking 500 Jerseys and growing crops, they make maple syrup and harvest timber. They enjoy farming even after almost 40 years of hard work and ups and downs in the market. Part of their farmland is conserved, and John credits VLT’s partnership with them as a startup dairy in the early ’90s with allowing them to go from a small dairy to a much larger operation.
Molly Langan, Burlington
Molly is a Director of the law firm Dinse, Knapp, & McAndrew in Burlington. She focuses on commercial law and real estate issues. She counsels land conservation organizations and landowners on acquisitions and sales of properties with conservation easements. Molly and her former husband started Vermont’s first grape vineyard and winery, Snow Farm Vineyard. She also serves on the Board of King Street Center. Molly received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Mary McBryde, Norwich
Mary McBryde founded Long Haul Conservation Advisors in 2014, after 14 years co-managing the advisory arm of The Lyme Timber Company. She advises foundations, families and nonprofits on strategy and innovation, focusing on conservation issues and impact investing. She helps clients design strategy, launch new initiatives and programs, and deploy capital in creative ways to maximize impact. Mary is the Board Chair of the Northern Forest Center and on the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust Grant Advisory Committee.
David Middleton, Danby
David Middleton is a professional photographer and writer who has produced a dozen books and been featured in magazines, books and calendars. He has traveled across North America, Central and South America, East Africa and Australia, and helps nonprofits more effectively tell their story with imagery, including Save the Children, The Nature Conservancy, New Course, Nomad Travel, the Sitka Conservation Society, I-KODI, Kenya. David lives on an old dairy farm in Danby.
Marc Mihaly, Calais
Marc Mihaly is a professor at Vermont Law School and served as its president and dean from 2012 – 2017. He is an expert in land use, urban planning, and energy law. Marc received his BA from Harvard College and, after service in the Peace Corps, received his JD from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley. He co-founded Shute, Mihaly and Weinberger in San Francisco. He provided advice and counsel to governments and environmental agencies on environmental law.
Robin Morris, Waitsfield
Robin Morris is the founder and President of the Mad River Food Hub, a food business incubator. In addition to being part of the Vermont Farm to Plate network, he also works with the National Good Food Network and is the co-creator of the national Food Hub Management program at UVM. Since moving to Vermont in 1994, he has worked as a Chief Financial Officer at for‐profit companies in the food, high tech, and healthcare industries. He lives with his wife in Waitsfield where they have a vegetable small holding and bees.
Katherine Sims, Craftsbury
Katherine Sims is the Director of the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative, bringing together partners to advance economic development in communities. She was also the founder and Executive Director of Green Mountain Farm-to-School, and worked as a consultant to nonprofits on fundraising plans, leadership development, and succession planning. Katherine graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s in history and serves on the board of a several nonprofits. She lives in Craftsbury with her husband and son.
Maria Young, West Glover
Maria Young graduated from Middlebury College with a major in environmental studies, captivated by the connection between people and their landscape. Her explorations have taken her to Costa Rica for community service, the Himalayas to help build a library, and Guatemala to study conservation. She later returned to her family farm in West Glover. She is the Education and Outreach Director at NorthWoods Stewardship Center, a board member of the Memphremagog Watershed Association and a visiting teacher at Sterling College.