Officers

Mark K. Foley, Jr., Chair

Mark K. Foley, Jr. is the fourth generation owner of Foley Services, the leading linen, uniform and mat rental company in Vermont. Mark is also the owner of MKF Properties, a real estate management company, which owns and manages commercial rental properties, primarily in Rutland’s Historic Downtown. Mark lives in Rutland Town with his wife Kelly, and three children.

Judith W. ‘Judy’ O’Connell, Vice Chair

Judith O’Connell has more than 25 years of financial services experience. She is a co-founder of Champlain Investment Partners and has primary responsibility for the firm’s day-to-day operations, client service and business development. Prior to joining Champlain, she was a Senior V.P. at NL Capital Management, Inc. Before this, she was the Director of Mutual Funds/Intermediary Markets at Dresdner RCM Capital Management in San Francisco, California. Early in her career, she held management positions within investment operations, compliance and treasury at The Boston Company. Judy graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

Michael L. Seaver, Immediate Past Chair

Michael L. Seaver currently serves as the Vermont President of People’s United Bank, a $31 Billion diversified financial services company based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Michael’s 35-year banking career began in 1981 when he joined Chittenden Bank after graduating from Saint Michael’s College with a Bachelor of Sciences in Business Administration. Michael resides in Burlington with his wife Linda. They have three adult sons.

Scott A. Giles, Treasurer

Scott Giles is a nationally recognized expert on higher education policy. From 2008-2009, Scott served as Chair of the Federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance. Prior to joining VSAC, Mr. Giles served on Capitol Hill as Deputy Chief of Staff of the House Committee on Science and on the professional staff of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Previously, he had worked for ten years as a Senior Associate at Cassidy & Assoc. 

Stephanie J. Mapes, Secretary

Stephanie Mapes is Paul Frank + Collins’ Captive Insurance Team leader, and was elected in June, 2014 as President of the firm. Mapes has worked at PF+C for 26 years and has helped lead the firm for the past two years as one of three members of the board’s executive committee. Mapes is the first female president in PF+C’s 46-year history. Mapes began her legal career in 1983 working at a law firm in Florida before relocating to Vermont to attend Vermont Law School. Mapes is a member and past chair of the Legislative Committee of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA) and a member of the Gov. Affairs Committee of the National Risk Retention Association (NRRA), Counsel to Champlain College Board of Trustees, Counsel to Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and  Faculty and Curriculum Committee Member International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE).

Staff

Lisa M. Ventriss

Lisa M. Ventriss joined the Roundtable in 2002 as President and chief spokesperson.

Since then, Ms. Ventriss has led the organization to become effective and respected business champions for public investments in the early years of a child’s life; for improvement of Vermont’s PreK-12 education system to bring equity, access, and quality of experience to all children; and, for better alignment of the state’s education and training programs with the needs of the State’s employers. The Roundtable’s efforts have resulted in meaningful policy changes at the state level and have earned a national reputation and recognition for successful community building on these issues.

Prior to joining the Roundtable, Ms. Ventriss held a leadership position in the Vermont captive insurance industry, in which she represented the industry and its strategic partners as it grew into the largest domestic and third largest captive domicile in the world.  The hallmark of her contributions was in laying the foundation for what has become the industry’s leading educational organization, the International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE).

Ms. Ventriss holds leadership positions in a number of Vermont and New England-based organizations. She earned a Master of Public Administration and B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont and is the recipient of a number of awards including the 2017 Catherine McAuley Award from Mercy Connections. Ms. Ventriss is married and has three sons and one darling grandson.

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Sherra D. Bourget

Sherra D. Bourget is the Operations and Communication Director for the Vermont Business Roundtable. In her role at VBR, Sherra manages day-to-day operations, member services, event planning and communications. Born in Indiana and raised in Northern Virginia, Sherra began her career in the Metropolitan D.C. area, first as a service manager for a premier spa and patio furniture company, and then in sales for the largest distributor of prefabricated fireplaces and surrounds on the East Coast. She relocated to Vermont in 1999, and received her post-secondary education at Champlain College (summa cum laude), earning a B.S. in Multimedia / Graphic Design. She is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Champlain, and is a certified Color Alliance and Signia color and image consultant. She is married and has one daughter.

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Mary Anne Sheahan

Mary Anne Sheahan, MSA, PMP is the Executive Director of the Vermont Talent Pipeline, a role developed by the Vermont Business Roundtable in January 2018. She leads the statewide initiative of Talent Pipeline Management (TPM). VTPM is an employer-led, data-driven implementation model to fill the skills gaps in industry’s most critical jobs.

Now operating in three industries of Construction, Healthcare and Advanced Manufacturing, VTPM is building a pipeline of skilled talent. Training resources from secondary, post-secondary and higher education are developing industry recognized skill for new entrants – and for the advancement of incumbent workers. 

Mary Anne was trained in Talent Pipeline Management by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in Washington, DC. Most recently she served as Executive Director for Leadership Champlain and the Director of Workforce Development for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. She was previously VP of Academic Operations at Middlebury Interactive Languages, running five summer language academies in the US and overseas. She has also consulted as a Project Manager and Process Improvement Consultant for major initiatives in Vermont businesses including Banknorth Group, Burton Snowboards, and the University of Vermont. Mary Anne has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and is certified as a Project Management Professional and an Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner.

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Directors

David Bradbury

President
Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET)

John R. Brumsted, M.D.

President and CEO
The University of  Vermont Health Network

Sara Byers

President
Leonardo’s Pizza

Mark Crow

President
Tenth Crow Creative

Thomas A. ‘Tom’ Dee

President and CEO
Southwestern Vermont Health Care

Tom Dunn

President and CEO
Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc.

Meg Fleming

President
SymQuest Group

Walter B. Frame, III

Executive Vice President
Trapp Family Lodge

Dimitri Garder

CEO
Global-Z International, Inc.

Don C. George

President & CEO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont

Holly Groschner

President and CEO
Vermont PBS

William Shouldice, IV

President and CEO
Vermont Teddy Bear Co.

Michael T. ‘Mike’ Walsh

Managing Director – New England
NFP

Larry Williams

Owner
Redstone