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.
Holly Groschner, Secretary
Holly Groschner currently serves as President and CEO of Vermont PBS. Prior to her current role, Ms. Groschner served as General Counsel for the Vermont Telecommunications Authority. With a background in law and corporate management, Groschner’s previous work experience includes operations at publicly-traded Crown Castle International (NYSE CCI) based in Pittsburgh, projects for The Mountain Institute in West Virginia, and as a partner with the Vermont law firm, Downs, Rachlin & Martin, PLLC, specializing in telecommunications. Her work with the communications tower industry includes developing commercial terms and compliance standards for new technology. Groschner is a founder of the Women’s Wireless Leadership Forum and is a graduate of Vermont Law School in South Royalton.
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.
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.
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.
Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET)
John R. Brumsted, M.D.
President and CEO
The University of Vermont Health Network
Tenth Crow Creative
Thomas A. ‘Tom’ Dee
President and CEO
Southwestern Vermont Health Care
President and CEO
Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc.
Walter B. Frame, III
Executive Vice President
Trapp Family Lodge
Global-Z International, Inc.
Don C. George
President & CEO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
William Shouldice, IV
President and CEO
Vermont Teddy Bear Co.
Michael T. ‘Mike’ Walsh
Managing Director – New England