Staff

Meet the Chamber Team

 

Tom Torti
President and CEO
tom@vermont.org | 802.863.3489 ext. 202

Tom Torti has been the President of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2006. Prior to his appointment, he spent 16 years serving in senior cabinet positions in the state government. Tom has been active in his community and the region serving as a member of the Essex Select Board and Planning Commission; the Chittenden County Transportation Authority; the Maple Leaf Farms Board of Directors and coaching youth sports. He currently serves on the Boards of The Committee on Temporary Shelter, RunVermont, Hunger Free Vermont and is a Trustee of Burlington College. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Michael’s College and his Master’s Degree from the University of Vermont.

   

Catherine Z. Davis
Executive Vice President
cathy@vermont.org | 802.863.3489 ext. 206

Cathy heads the Chamber’s legislative advocacy, visitor services and economic development teams. A member of the Chamber's executive team, she works to ensure that the Chamber remains a strong voice for our business community that delivers results for its members. Prior to joining the Chamber, Cathy worked for former US Senator James M. Jeffords, running his Burlington district office and representing him on immigration and international affairs issues. Cathy serves on the boards of Green Up Vermont and Hunger Free Vermont. She is married with two children and resides in Jericho. 

   
   

Patrick O’Neil
Vice President of Financial & Operations
patrick@vermont.org | 802.863.3489 ext. 207

Pat serves as the Chamber's Financial Operations Manager. Prior to joining the Chamber, he spent six years managing the accounting and finance for the North American branch of Garmont.  Patrick received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Vermont and is a lifelong resident of Essex, Vermont. Patrick enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, skiing and hockey.

   

Nicole Belanus
Operations Manager
nicole@vermont.org | 802.863.3489 ext. 209

Nicole serves as the Operations Manager. She is responsible for A/R, improving the operational systems and best practices that ensure the Chamber's efficiency, serves as the Board liaison and more! Nicole enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family.

   

Matt Borden
Welcome Center Manager
matt@vermont.org | 802.363.4684

Matt has worked at the Chamber for 10 years and is currently the Supervisor of the Williston Welcome Centers, Georgia Southbound Rest Area, the Chamber's Burlington International Airport Information Desk and Burlington Waterfront Visitors Center.

   

Ashten Stringer
Government Affairs Specialist
ashten@vermont.org | 802.863.3489 ext.228

Ashten serves as part of the Chamber's Government Affairs team monitoring legislative developments in the Vermont State House in Montpelier.  In addition, Ashten will support the Burlington Young Professionals organization. Prior to taking on this position, Ashten used his background in community development to serve as the Chamber's AmeriCorps VISTA member where he coordinated and taught the TIPS program.  In his free time, he enjoys skiing, hiking, and playing soccer.

   

Mary Anne Sheahan
Director of Education & Leadership Programs
maryanne@vermont.org | 802.863.3489 ext. 227

Mary Anne is the Executive Director of Leadership Champlain, Vermont’s professional development leadership program; and also directs Workforce Education and Development, promoting and retaining workforce talent in Vermont. Mary Anne is a Project Management Professional and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration. A UVM legacy, graduate, parent, and fan, she lives in Shelburne with her husband and three teen-age children.

   

Billy Connelly
Member Engagement Manager
membership@vermont.org 802.863.3489 ext. 220

As our Member Engagement Manager, Billy is responsible for developing plans and managing activities that build and strengthen relationships with our community. He helps new members understand how to get the most from Chamber membership, and he works with members and partners to ensure the Chamber supports their work, understand their challenges, and helps them move forward. He is responsible for CRM, recruiting new members, and for advertising sales. Billy enjoys spending time with his busy family and their dog, reading, writing, hiking, and gardening.

 

 

   

Erin Bombard
Marketing and Events Manager
erin@vermont.org 802.863.3489 ext. 221

Erin supports the Chamber's regional tourism and event functions. She develops and implements digital marketing efforts for vermont.org and manages the Chamber's networking and annual events. Prior to joining the Chamber, Erin worked at Dealer.com where she wrote website content and ran social media campaigns. A native Western New Yorker moving to Vermont after completing her B.A. from Plattsburgh State, Erin spends her free time with friends and family, outside, cooking or reading a good book.

   

Victoria Colarusso
Communications and Administrative Coordinator
victoria@vermont.org | 802.863.3489 ext. 201

Victoria coordinates member communications, supports tourism and Chamber marketing, and manages office administration. She is a native New Yorker and moved to Vermont to pursue a life nestled between Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains. Prior to joining the Chamber, Victoria worked with the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation, a nonprofit organization focused on community and business development in her hometown, where she worked on business engagement and tourism marketing. Victoria came to Vermont shortly after completing her B.A. from the University at Albany in Upstate New York. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs, cycling, and traveling.

   

John Antonucci
Director of Entrepreneurship
john@vermont.org | 802.863.3489 ext. 212

John is the director of LaunchVT, a statewide business mentoring and pitch competition, HackVT, a 24hr hack-a-thon competition, and Burlington Young Professionals. Prior to joining LCRCC John consulted for businesses and nonprofits and he was a co-founder of the Entrepreneurship Institute for the Governor's Institutes of Vermont. He has degrees in Economics, Sociology, and Education from the University of Vermont. 

   

Barbara Swinton
Tourist Assistant
802.863.3489

Barb welcomes visitors, answers questions about the area and assists Chamber staff with various projects. She belongs to Burlington Business and Professional Women, volunteers at Hope Lodge and is a Flynn Center Spirit. She enjoys cookng, reading, antiquing, and train travel. 

 

   

Sherri Potvin
Islands Branch Coordinator
sherri@vermont.org | 802.372.8400

Sherri is a native Vermonter who bas been a Champlain Islands resident for 40 years. She manages our Islands Office. Sherri attended Chittenden County schools and graduated from Champlain College with a degree in Paralegal Studies. She enjoys friends and family gatherings, boating, gardening, and relaxing at home.

   

Gail Stevenson
VQEI Coordinator
stevenson@vermont.org

Gail is in charge of VQEI relations. Gail currently consults for the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative, was Director of International Programs at Champlain College; served on the Faculty at Middlebury College for many years and has numerous significant academic achievements to her name. Gail holds a Ph.D. in Economics from American University. Gail is fluent in Norwegian, has a command of the Russian language, communicates both in writing and speaking in French and some Spanish.

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