Annual Meeting

VBR is Proud to Kick Off its 35th Year with Our Annual Membership Meeting

Thurs, Jan 13th | 1:00 – 3:30pm  Virtually via Zoom

Register Here by 1/12 to Receive Your Meeting Dial-In

No Cost to Attend
Members are welcome to bring a CEO or Senior Level Guest

but may not send designees in their place

DRAFT AGENDA (Rolling Updates)


Tinotenda “Tino” Rutanhira, Co-Founder and Chair
Vermont Professionals of Color Network (VT PoC)

Tino Rutanhira was born in Harare Zimbabwe. He completed university studies in South Africa before immigrating to the United States.

Tino is currently employed at He also sits on the Board of The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce as well as the Board of The Janet S Munt Family Room. An Entrepreneur by heart, over the last 5 years Tino has; produced and hosted his own podcast called “On The Shoulders of Giants”, co-founded, owns and operates Best In VT Tours & Charters, acted in a play at the Flynn called “The Call”, and performed Standup Comedy at the VT Comedy Club. In 2019, he co-founded the Vermont Professionals of Color Network.

When not working or creating, Tino enjoys listening to music or podcasts, and watching or playing in competitive sports. He loves to play and watch football (soccer), and most Saturdays he can be seen in his beloved Liverpool FC jersey yelling at the TV!

Most importantly, Tino is a single parent of the most beautiful, intelligent, amazing, (insert glowing adjective here …) 15 year old daughter. Parenting is by far his biggest source of pride and joy.

“The Employee Experience: Building Intentional Cultures that Drive Organizational Performance”

Maribeth Spellman, Managing Director
Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence

Maribeth joined Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence in 2016, and serves as our Managing Director, responsible for ongoing business operations across the organization and the alignment of organizational policies with strategic objectives. Maribeth directly serves clients in meeting their workforce engagement needs; working with employers at every stage of the employee life cycle to attract, motivate, develop and retain engaged employees who will be productive in working to assist an organization in reaching its strategic objectives and operational goals.

Maribeth is a leader with over 20 years of experience in the employment and personnel fields, serving most recently as the Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources for the State of Vermont. As Commissioner, Maribeth was responsible for providing the full range of HR services to a workforce of over 8,000 employees, to include benefits and wellness, payroll, compliance, labor relations, investigations, classification, compensation, and talent management. Maribeth has a Master of Laws degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America.

Karin Tierney, Director of Strategic HR Services
Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence

Karin Tierney joined Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence in September of 2017 as the Director Strategic HR Services.  Karin brings 20 years of experience in Human Resources as a specialist, generalist and strategic business partner, having worked in higher education, state government, and manufacturing.  Most recently, in her role as head of HR at Vermont Smoke & Cure, she served as a member of the executive leadership team with a focus on providing strategic solutions to achieve business objectives through its employees. Through organizational design and workforce planning, Karin helped to implement initiatives to recruit, develop, engage and retain a dynamic team at a time of rapid growth.

Karin regularly conducts trainings at organizations on leadership development topics, including Managing Difficult Conversations, Emotional Intelligence, and Coaching to Improve Employee Performance. Karin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (BA), a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA), and a Master’s degree in Education, Counseling (MEd) from the University of New Hampshire.  She is also certified as a Professional of Human Resources (PHR).


Event Contact: Sherra Bourget [email protected] or (802) 310-0747