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Board & Committees

Volunteers are at the heart of the work we do at the Chamber. Without the countless members who donate their time to serve on committees, at events, on focus groups and on the Board of Directors, we could not have a Chamber of Commerce as we know it today.

The LCRCC Board of Directors is a volunteer board of Chamber members that manage the organization as a whole.

Leadership Team:

Chair: Don Baker | KeyBank

Vice Chair: Kurt Gruendling | Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom


Leadership Team Members:

Don Baker | KeyBank

Kurt Gruendling | Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom

President: Tom Torti | Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce

Immediate Past Chair: Stephanie Miller Taylor | R.E.M. Development Corporation, LLC

Past Chair: Tom Clavelle | Engelberth Construction

Chair, Leadership Champlain: Lisa Kingsbury | University of Vermont

Chair, Vermont Council on World Affairs: Edward McMahon | University of Vermont

Counsel: Chris Leff | Paul, Frank & Collins


Board Members:

Alison Abry | MyWebGrocer

Donald Baker | KeyBank N.A.

Julia Birnn Fields | Birnn Chocolates of Vermont

Jesse Bridges | United Way of Northwest Vermont

Michelle Buswell | People’s United Bank

Tom Clavelle | Engelberth Construction

Bob Conlon | Leunig’s Bistro

Cairn Cross | Fresh Tracks Capital, LP

Patrick Gallivan | Saint Michael’s College

Liz Gamache 

Kurt Gruendling | Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom

Jeffrey Harkness | Hark

Lisa Kingsbury | University of Vermont

Ron LaFountain | Chase Moving & Storage

Dave Lane | Snow Farm Vineyard

Chris Leff | Paul, Frank & Collins

Susan Leonard | New England Federal Credit Union

Amit Lodha | Bio-Tek Instruments

Alexandra MacLean | Leonine Public Affairs

Edward McMahon | University of Vermont

Gregory Maguire | Liquid Measurement Systems

Stephanie Miller Taylor | R.E.M. Development Company, LLC

Sarah Morris | Basin Harbor

Michael Plageman | Red Lion Construction

Paul Plunkett | Hickok & Boardman Insurance, Inc.

Sarah Richards | Gallagher, Flynn and Company, LLP

Heather Stewart | Lake Champlain Transportation

Ashley Wainer | Vermont Gas Systems

If you are interested in learning more about the Board of Directors, please contact Nicole Belanus.


Public Policy:

The Public Policy meets monthly and researches, develops, and recommends action regarding legislation on a broad range of subjects including tax and fiscal policy, health care, and economic development issues. The committee also schedules legislative breakfasts to improve communication between businesses and legislators. For more information, please contact Catherine Davis at 863-3489 ext. 206.


Tourism Committee:

The Tourism Committee focuses on promoting the region as a vacation destination. In addition, it works to educate the community of the positive impacts of tourism on the regional and state economy. For more information on the Tourism Committee, please contact Erin Bombard.


Ambassador Committee:

The Ambassador Committee is dedicated to giving personal value to member of the Chamber through public relations, social networking, and assisting the Chamber to build and maintain membership. The Ambassadors are the social arm for the Chamber with a special mission to support events and members. For more information on the Ambassador Committee, please reach out to Erin Bombard.