Meet the Chamber Team

Feel free to reach out to any Chamber staff member.


Tom Torti
President and CEO | 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 | 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. Learn more about Cathy here


Patrick O’Neil
Vice President of Financial & Operations | 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. Learn more about Patrick here


Nicole Belanus
Operations Manager | 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. Read more about Nicole here.


Matt Borden
Welcome Center Manager | 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. Read more about Matt here.


Billy Connelly
Member Engagement Manager 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. He is a Veteran of the Air National Guard. Read more about Billy here.




Erin Bombard
Events & Tourism Marketing Manager                                                    Director of Burlington Young Professionals 802.863.3489 ext. 221

Erin supports the Chamber's regional tourism and event functions. She works to market the Lake Champlain region as a tourism destination and manages the Chamber's networking and annual events. Erin also directs the Burlington Young Professional group. 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. Learn more about Erin here


Tori Colarusso
Communications Manager
Leadership Champlain Program Manager | 802.863.3489 ext. 201

Tori manages all Chamber communications and marketing. She also heads up Leadership Champlain, the Chamber's professional development and community engagement program. She is a native New Yorker and moved to Vermont after completing her B.A. in Political Science from the University at Albany to pursue a life nestled between Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs, cycling, and traveling.


John Antonucci
Director of Entrepreneurship | 802.863.3489 ext. 212

John is the director of LaunchVT, a statewide business mentoring and pitch competition and HackVT, a 24hr hack-a-thon competition. 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. Learn more about John here


Barbara Swinton
Tourist Assistant

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 cooking, reading, antiquing, and train travel. 



Gail Stevenson
VQEI Coordinator

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. Read more about Gail here.


Meet the Vermont Convention Bureau Staff: 

The Vermont Convention Bureau is a division of the Chamber that offers complimentary statewide event planning services to anyone looking at Vermont for a meeting, wedding, or special event. We’ll help you match your vision and expectations to the perfect venue, location, and services anywhere in the state.
Click here to learn more about the Vermont Convention Bureau

Susan Smith
Vice President, Visitor Services
802.860.0606 x230 |

Tom Carton
Sales Manager
802.860.0606 x204 |
Chris Saracco
Marketing Assistant
802.860.0606 x229 |

Maureen Morgan
Senior Sales Manager
508.747.2190 |

Photos by David A. Seaver 


Meet the Vermont Council on World Affairs Staff: 

The Vermont Council on World Affairs is an affiliate of the Chamber that helps bring the world to Vermont and Vermont to the world.
Click here to learn more about the Vermont Council on World Affairs
Patricia Preston Headshot
Patricia Preston, Executive Director
802.861.2343 X4
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Vinson Pierce, Manager of Global Engagement
802.861.2343 X3


James Gunger, Program Associate
802.861.2343 X222

Aafereen Khan, Intern