Officers

Michael L. Seaver, 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.

Mark K. Foley, Jr., Vice 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.

Renee Bourget-Place, Treasurer

Renee Bourget-Place is the Office Managing Partner of KPMG LLP’s Burlington, Vermont office. In addition to serving on the Vermont Business Roundtable’s Board of Directors, Renee also serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Burlington YMCA. She is an audit partner with clients in a variety of industries, including higher education, insurance and power and utilities.

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 is President and chief spokesperson of Vermont Business Roundtable, a non-partisan, non-political, public affairs organization comprised of 115 CEOs from among the state’s most successful private sector and not-for-profit employers.  Through thoughtful policy research and analysis, collaboration and advocacy, the Roundtable seeks to leverage the entrepreneurial capital of its members to benefit the welfare of all Vermonters on economic, social and environmental matters.

Prior to joining the Roundtable in 2002, Ms. Ventriss was President of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (1997-2002).

Ms. Ventriss currently serves on the boards of Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation; Greater Burlington YMCA; Maine Mutual Group; the University of Vermont; Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies; VBR Research and Education Foundation; and Vermont PBS.

In 2009 Ms. Ventriss was appointed by Governor Douglas to the Building Bright Futures Council, which is organized to create a unified system of quality health, early care and education supports for young children and their families. In 2010 Ms. Ventriss was presented with the Key Achieve Award by KeyBank, in recognition of her years of leadership and contributions to both the business and non-profit communities throughout Vermont.

Ms. Ventriss is a native of Middlebury, VT and holds a Master of Public Administration and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont. She is married and has three sons.

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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 newly developed by the Vermont Business Roundtable. She leads the statewide initiative of Talent Pipeline Management (TPM), an employer-led model to fill the skills gap – with pilots in the Construction and Healthcare industries. She was trained in Talent Pipeline Management by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in Washington  DC and has been practitioner and partner of the Roundtable for the past year.

Most recently Mary Anne 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, both in the US and overseas. She has also consulted as a Project Manager and Process Improvement Consultant in Vermont businesses including Banknorth, Burton, 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

Jill Berry Bowen

CEO
Northwestern Medical Center, Inc.

John R. Brumsted, M.D.

President and CEO
The University of  Vermont Health Network

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.

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

Leslee A. MacKenzie

Owner and President
Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty

Scott A. Giles

President and CEO
Vermont Student Assistance Corp.

Pierre LeBlanc

President
Engelberth Construction, Inc.

Judith W. ‘Judy’ O’Connell

Managing Partner
Champlain Investment Partners

Paul Millman

President
Chroma Technology Corporation

William Shouldice, IV

President and CEO
Vermont Teddy Bear Co.

E. Thomas ‘Tom’ Sullivan

President
The University of Vermont

Michael T. ‘Mike’ Walsh

Managing Director – New England
NFP

John Wilking

President
Neville Companies Inc.

Larry Williams

Owner
Redstone