Vermont Global Exchange Members

Megan Camp Vice President and Program Director Shelburne Farms   www.shelburnefarms.org   Megan works in promoting Education for Sustainability. Heads up international network of Sustainability Centers for IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). Current collaborative projects in China, Japan, Hungary, Italy, South Korea, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

Megan Camp
Vice President and Program Director
Shelburne Farms

www.shelburnefarms.org

Megan works in promoting Education for Sustainability. Heads up international network of Sustainability Centers for IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). Current collaborative projects in China, Japan, Hungary, Italy, South Korea, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

Marta Ceroni   Director of Programs Academy for Systems Change   www.academyforchange.org   Marta develops programs and research initiatives to foster the Academy’s mission of advancing the field of awareness-based systemic change in order to accelerate ecological, social, and economic well-being. The Academy’s lead initiative is “the next generation leaders” fellows group, a group of accomplished system change leaders in their thirties and early forties whose work includes indigenous reconciliation in Canada, conservation economy in Costa Rica, fishery and community building in Baja California, MX, digital, and women digital literacy in 150 countries.

Marta Ceroni
Director of Programs
Academy for Systems Change

www.academyforchange.org

Marta develops programs and research initiatives to foster the Academy’s mission of advancing the field of awareness-based systemic change in order to accelerate ecological, social, and economic well-being. The Academy’s lead initiative is “the next generation leaders” fellows group, a group of accomplished system change leaders in their thirties and early forties whose work includes indigenous reconciliation in Canada, conservation economy in Costa Rica, fishery and community building in Baja California, MX, digital, and women digital literacy in 150 countries.

Roger Clapp Major Gifts Officer Cure Blindness   www.cureblindness.org   Cure Blindness (formerly The Himalayan Cataract Project) is based in Waterbury, VT, with offices in Norwich, VT and Silver Spring, MD. The group was established by ophthalmologists Drs. Geoff Tabin and Sanduk Ruit in 1995 with the mission to eradicate preventable and curable blindness through high-quality ophthalmic care, education and the establishment of a world class infrastructure. Dr. Ruit pioneered the refinement of the Small Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS), a procedure that now takes less than 10 minutes. Over the past 10 years, Cure Blindness has been working to replicate that same successful eye care service delivery model in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Roger Clapp
Major Gifts Officer
Cure Blindness

www.cureblindness.org

Cure Blindness (formerly The Himalayan Cataract Project) is based in Waterbury, VT, with offices in Norwich, VT and Silver Spring, MD. The group was established by ophthalmologists Drs. Geoff Tabin and Sanduk Ruit in 1995 with the mission to eradicate preventable and curable blindness through high-quality ophthalmic care, education and the establishment of a world class infrastructure. Dr. Ruit pioneered the refinement of the Small Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS), a procedure that now takes less than 10 minutes. Over the past 10 years, Cure Blindness has been working to replicate that same successful eye care service delivery model in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Peter Clavelle   Consultant Tetra Tech   www.tetratech.com   Peter has more than 40 years of experience in local government and decentralization in both the U.S. and international arenas. He served seven terms as Mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Upon leaving the Mayor’s office in 2006, Peter went on to join Tetra Tech ARD. For three-and-a-half years, he served as Manager of the firm’s Democracy and Governance Sector. He also served as Chief of Party of the USAID Planning and Local Governance Project in Albania. Prior assignments have included work on local governance projects in Macedonia, Jordan, Uganda, and Afghanistan.

Peter Clavelle
Consultant
Tetra Tech

www.tetratech.com

Peter has more than 40 years of experience in local government and decentralization in both the U.S. and international arenas. He served seven terms as Mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Upon leaving the Mayor’s office in 2006, Peter went on to join Tetra Tech ARD. For three-and-a-half years, he served as Manager of the firm’s Democracy and Governance Sector. He also served as Chief of Party of the USAID Planning and Local Governance Project in Albania. Prior assignments have included work on local governance projects in Macedonia, Jordan, Uganda, and Afghanistan.


James Cross President, Education Vermont USA; President, Vermont International Academy; Associate Provost and Senior International Officer, Champlain College   www.vermont.org/education   www.vermontia.org   www.champlain.edu   James works with Education Vermont USA, a consortium of Vermont colleges, secondary schools, State and Federal agencies that promote Vermont as an educational destination for overseas students. Vermont International Academy in Shanghai partners with Burlington High School and Champlain Valley Union School to provide an in-China educational experience for Vermont students. Champlain College offers four study abroad opportunities in Ireland, Canada, China and Morocco.

James Cross
President, Education Vermont USA; President, Vermont International Academy; Associate Provost and Senior International Officer, Champlain College

www.vermont.org/education www.vermontia.org www.champlain.edu

James works with Education Vermont USA, a consortium of Vermont colleges, secondary schools, State and Federal agencies that promote Vermont as an educational destination for overseas students. Vermont International Academy in Shanghai partners with Burlington High School and Champlain Valley Union School to provide an in-China educational experience for Vermont students. Champlain College offers four study abroad opportunities in Ireland, Canada, China and Morocco.

Kristen DeStigter, MD, FACR Co-Founder and President Imaging the World   www.imagingtheworld.org   Kristen is Professor and Chair of Radiology at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. With a career focused on medical education, leadership, and international advances in maternal/child health, she focuses on the provision of integrated medical imaging services in under-served communities. Operating since 2010, Imaging the World trains medical providers at rural health clinics in sub-Saharan Africa to perform ultrasound scans, primarily directed at early identification of complications of pregnancy. By integrating affordable and sustainable ultrasound solutions into routine care, close to home for many patients, countless lives have been impacted.

Kristen DeStigter, MD, FACR
Co-Founder and President
Imaging the World

www.imagingtheworld.org

Kristen is Professor and Chair of Radiology at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. With a career focused on medical education, leadership, and international advances in maternal/child health, she focuses on the provision of integrated medical imaging services in under-served communities. Operating since 2010, Imaging the World trains medical providers at rural health clinics in sub-Saharan Africa to perform ultrasound scans, primarily directed at early identification of complications of pregnancy. By integrating affordable and sustainable ultrasound solutions into routine care, close to home for many patients, countless lives have been impacted.

George Hamilton President Institute for Sustainable Communities   www.isct.org   George has headed the Institute for Sustainable Communities since its creation in 1991. With offices in the United States, Bangladesh, India, Thailand and Vietnam, ISC focuses on climate solutions, sustainable development, citizen participation, community development and environmental protection. George has a varied background working as a wilderness backpacking outfitter and guide in Alaska, an energy efficiency auditor, community organizer, and policy analyst for the State of Vermont.  Sustainable community projects in 80 countries.

George Hamilton
President
Institute for Sustainable Communities

www.isct.org

George has headed the Institute for Sustainable Communities since its creation in 1991. With offices in the United States, Bangladesh, India, Thailand and Vietnam, ISC focuses on climate solutions, sustainable development, citizen participation, community development and environmental protection. George has a varied background working as a wilderness backpacking outfitter and guide in Alaska, an energy efficiency auditor, community organizer, and policy analyst for the State of Vermont.

Sustainable community projects in 80 countries.

Megan Epler Wood Principal Epler Wood International   www.eplerwood.com   Megan is the author of the book,   Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet  . She is the Director of the  International Sustainable Tourism Initiative  at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University where she leads an international research program on tools to mitigate tourism’s growing global impacts. She is Managing Director of the new Sustainable Tourism Asset Management Program (STAMP) at the  Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise  in the SC Johnson College of Businesst at Cornell University launched in April 2017, and she is Principal of  EplerWood International .

Megan Epler Wood
Principal
Epler Wood International

www.eplerwood.com

Megan is the author of the book, Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet. She is the Director of the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University where she leads an international research program on tools to mitigate tourism’s growing global impacts. She is Managing Director of the new Sustainable Tourism Asset Management Program (STAMP) at the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise in the SC Johnson College of Businesst at Cornell University launched in April 2017, and she is Principal of EplerWood International.


Ann Martin Executive Director PH International   www.ph-int.org/us   Offers leadership development and exchanges to promote ethics in governance, restorative justice, domestic peace in Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Georgia. PH International specializes in digital organizing.

Ann Martin
Executive Director
PH International

www.ph-int.org/us

Offers leadership development and exchanges to promote ethics in governance, restorative justice, domestic peace in Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Georgia. PH International specializes in digital organizing.

Edward McMahon Adjunct Associate Professor University of Vermont   www.uvm.edu/~emcmahon   International development professor at UVM, with a particular focus on governance institution-building, democracy and human rights. Considerable consulting experience, especially in Africa, with USAID, UNDP, World Bank, Carter Center and other organizations. Research interests include the UN Human Rights Council and other multilateral human rights initiatives.

Edward McMahon
Adjunct Associate Professor
University of Vermont

www.uvm.edu/~emcmahon

International development professor at UVM, with a particular focus on governance institution-building, democracy and human rights. Considerable consulting experience, especially in Africa, with USAID, UNDP, World Bank, Carter Center and other organizations. Research interests include the UN Human Rights Council and other multilateral human rights initiatives.

Carolyn Meub Executive Director Pure Water for the World.    www.purewaterfortheworld.org   Creates pure water projects in remote areas. Now have 21 in Haiti and 6 in Honduras. Projects include education on benefits of clean water cooperative work with local governments and community partners, and follow up to make sure technologies are used correctly.

Carolyn Meub
Executive Director
Pure Water for the World.

www.purewaterfortheworld.org

Creates pure water projects in remote areas. Now have 21 in Haiti and 6 in Honduras. Projects include education on benefits of clean water cooperative work with local governments and community partners, and follow up to make sure technologies are used correctly.

Nina Meyerhof President Children of the Earth   www.coeworld.org   Offers leadership skill development, educational workshops and attendance at distinguished conferences to young people to instill concepts of global cooperation, multicultural understanding, spiritual values and ethical living. Has worked in fifty countries in Africa, Asia, North America, Europe. Nina is also Co-Founder, One Humanity Institute.

Nina Meyerhof
President
Children of the Earth

www.coeworld.org

Offers leadership skill development, educational workshops and attendance at distinguished conferences to young people to instill concepts of global cooperation, multicultural understanding, spiritual values and ethical living. Has worked in fifty countries in Africa, Asia, North America, Europe. Nina is also Co-Founder, One Humanity Institute.


Rick Peyser   Senior Relationship Manager   Coffee & Cocoa Lutheran World Relief   Helps Lutheran World Relief make connections in the coffee and cocoa industries at the farm level and roasting/processing ends of the supply chain. Author,  Brewing Change: Behind the Bean at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters” (2012).  Founder and Board Member: Food4Farmers, a nonprofit working in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Colombia. Former Director of Social Advocacy and Coffee Community Outreach, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.

Rick Peyser
Senior Relationship Manager
Coffee & Cocoa
Lutheran World Relief

Helps Lutheran World Relief make connections in the coffee and cocoa industries at the farm level and roasting/processing ends of the supply chain. Author, Brewing Change: Behind the Bean at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters” (2012). Founder and Board Member: Food4Farmers, a nonprofit working in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Colombia. Former Director of Social Advocacy and Coffee Community Outreach, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.

Brian Pine Consultant Vermont Energy Investment Corporation   www.veic.org .  Works with VEIC, whose mission is to act with urgency to enhance the economic, environmental and societal benefits of clean and efficient energy use for all people. Brian studied at the School for International Training in Nepal for a semester and completed a research project on the use of biogas to alleviate deforestation and poverty in the Hill Districts of Nepal. He was a 1985 participant in the “President’s USIA Environmental Initiative” in India.

Brian Pine
Consultant
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
www.veic.org.

Works with VEIC, whose mission is to act with urgency to enhance the economic, environmental and societal benefits of clean and efficient energy use for all people. Brian studied at the School for International Training in Nepal for a semester and completed a research project on the use of biogas to alleviate deforestation and poverty in the Hill Districts of Nepal. He was a 1985 participant in the “President’s USIA Environmental Initiative” in India.

Premila Peters   President Data Innovations   www.datainnovations.com   Data Innovations (DI) is a software company that is passionate about excellence in patient care everywhere in the world. Through innovative solutions and world-class service, DI is the market leader in enterprise management of hospital and independent laboratories. Founded in 1989, DI serves more than 6,000 hospitals and laboratories in 85+ countries. The company is headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont with satellite offices in Belgium, Brazil and Hong Kong. DI is proud of its employees who share a cultural commitment to lifelong learning, diversity of thought, and continuous improvement.

Premila Peters
President
Data Innovations
www.datainnovations.com

Data Innovations (DI) is a software company that is passionate about excellence in patient care everywhere in the world. Through innovative solutions and world-class service, DI is the market leader in enterprise management of hospital and independent laboratories. Founded in 1989, DI serves more than 6,000 hospitals and laboratories in 85+ countries. The company is headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont with satellite offices in Belgium, Brazil and Hong Kong. DI is proud of its employees who share a cultural commitment to lifelong learning, diversity of thought, and continuous improvement.

Patricia Preston Executive Director Vermont Council on World Affairs   www.vcwa.org   Promotes international understanding through interchange of ideas and visits between Vermonters and overseas professionals. Operates an international youth leadership exchange, international visitors program, the Ambassador Series (public talks), the Fulbright program, and international travel opportunities.

Patricia Preston
Executive Director
Vermont Council on World Affairs

www.vcwa.org

Promotes international understanding through interchange of ideas and visits between Vermonters and overseas professionals. Operates an international youth leadership exchange, international visitors program, the Ambassador Series (public talks), the Fulbright program, and international travel opportunities.


Will Raap Founder  Restoring Our Watershed   www.ourwatershed.org   Founder Intervale Center ( www.intervale.org ) and Gardener’s Supply ( www.gardeners.com  ). Led the conversion of Burlington’s Intervale from dump to a fertile, productive and profitable resource for local food, community gardening, and sustainable farm businesses. Now involved with Restoring Our Watershed, a US 501c3 that teaches sustainability, soil restoration, and farm management and helps to restore Costa Rica’s 25,000 acre Nandomojo River watershed, creating a model of watershed restoration and sustainable enterprise. Developed Pueblo Verde and Tierra Pacifica, green development and sustainable living communities in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Will Raap
Founder
Restoring Our Watershed
www.ourwatershed.org

Founder Intervale Center (www.intervale.org) and Gardener’s Supply (www.gardeners.com ). Led the conversion of Burlington’s Intervale from dump to a fertile, productive and profitable resource for local food, community gardening, and sustainable farm businesses. Now involved with Restoring Our Watershed, a US 501c3 that teaches sustainability, soil restoration, and farm management and helps to restore Costa Rica’s 25,000 acre Nandomojo River watershed, creating a model of watershed restoration and sustainable enterprise. Developed Pueblo Verde and Tierra Pacifica, green development and sustainable living communities in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Bill Ryerson   President   Population Media Center   www.populationmedia.org   Creates behavior change related to family and reproductive health issues through creating and broadcasting soap operas designed to inspire healthy behavior. Now working on a Whole Society Strategy to reweave a country’s mythology concerning sexuality, the role of women and family size.

Bill Ryerson
President
Population Media Center
www.populationmedia.org

Creates behavior change related to family and reproductive health issues through creating and broadcasting soap operas designed to inspire healthy behavior. Now working on a Whole Society Strategy to reweave a country’s mythology concerning sexuality, the role of women and family size.

Steve Schmida Managing Director and Co-Founder SSG Advisors LLC   www.ssg-advisors.com   SSG Advisors is best known for its work in fostering innovative and sustainable public-private partnerships. Current examples include an anti-poaching partnership in East Africa and sustainable fisheries partnerships in the Philippines. SSG Advisors currently works in more than two dozen countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eurasia on climate adaptation, violent extremism, women¹s empowerment and food security.

Steve Schmida
Managing Director and Co-Founder
SSG Advisors LLC

www.ssg-advisors.com

SSG Advisors is best known for its work in fostering innovative and sustainable public-private partnerships. Current examples include an anti-poaching partnership in East Africa and sustainable fisheries partnerships in the Philippines. SSG Advisors currently works in more than two dozen countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eurasia on climate adaptation, violent extremism, women¹s empowerment and food security.

Steve Shepard   President   Shepard Communications Group   www.shepardcomm.com   Provides consultative education in global telecommunications. Specializes in international telecommunication issues with an emphasis on strategic technical sales, services convergence, social implications of technological change, development of multilingual educational materials, effective use of multiple delivery media.

Steve Shepard
President
Shepard Communications Group
www.shepardcomm.com

Provides consultative education in global telecommunications. Specializes in international telecommunication issues with an emphasis on strategic technical sales, services convergence, social implications of technological change, development of multilingual educational materials, effective use of multiple delivery media.


Gail Stevenson Director of Open Burning Program International Cryosphere Climate Initiative   www.icci.org   The focus of ICCI is to collaborate with other organizations to create new and integrated solutions to rapid climate change in the cryosphere, those regions covered by ice and now. ICCI is working in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the United States, Ukraine, Chile, Peru, India, and Nepal. Gail works on special projects for ICCI and is Former Executive Director of Vermont Council on World Affairs.

Gail Stevenson
Director of Open Burning Program
International Cryosphere Climate Initiative

www.icci.org

The focus of ICCI is to collaborate with other organizations to create new and integrated solutions to rapid climate change in the cryosphere, those regions covered by ice and now. ICCI is working in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the United States, Ukraine, Chile, Peru, India, and Nepal. Gail works on special projects for ICCI and is Former Executive Director of Vermont Council on World Affairs.

Brenda Torpy CEO Champlain Housing Trust   www.getahome.org   The major focus is to create affordable housing units in the Champlain Valley. Brenda is on the board of the National Community Land Trust Network and is currently focused on making international work a part of its charge. They make tools and documents accessible on the website and connect by phone and Skype. They hope to develop their model for applications in different cultural, policy and economic environments. Brenda now networks with affordable housing projects in eight countries.

Brenda Torpy
CEO
Champlain Housing Trust

www.getahome.org

The major focus is to create affordable housing units in the Champlain Valley. Brenda is on the board of the National Community Land Trust Network and is currently focused on making international work a part of its charge. They make tools and documents accessible on the website and connect by phone and Skype. They hope to develop their model for applications in different cultural, policy and economic environments. Brenda now networks with affordable housing projects in eight countries.

 

VGE Support Team

Fran Stoddard VGE Coordinator  Media Producer   www.orton.org   Fran is a journalist, media producer, facilitator and communications consultant. In her work for the Orton Family Foundation and others she is assisting small U.S. towns to create viable futures. She also is producing a VPR series called Global Vermonters that profiles Vermonters effecting change on a global level.

Fran Stoddard
VGE Coordinator
Media Producer

www.orton.org

Fran is a journalist, media producer, facilitator and communications consultant. In her work for the Orton Family Foundation and others she is assisting small U.S. towns to create viable futures. She also is producing a VPR series called Global Vermonters that profiles Vermonters effecting change on a global level.

Jackie McMakin VGE Coordinator Organization Development Consultant    www.globalrenaissance.wordpress.com   Jackie is a trained FutureSearch facilitator and author of  Our Defining   Moment: A Pocket Guide to Creating the Future We Truly Want.  She is also active in the Vermont Clean Water Network.

Jackie McMakin
VGE Coordinator
Organization Development Consultant

www.globalrenaissance.wordpress.com

Jackie is a trained FutureSearch facilitator and author of Our Defining Moment: A Pocket Guide to Creating the Future We Truly Want. She is also active in the Vermont Clean Water
Network.

Craig Smith   VGE Coordinator  Rock Point Operations Minister    www.rockpointvt.org   Rock Point is a center of spirituality, education and environmental sustainability in partnership with organizations that share its commitment to healing the planet.

Craig Smith
VGE Coordinator
Rock Point Operations Minister

www.rockpointvt.org

Rock Point is a center of spirituality, education and environmental sustainability in partnership with organizations that share its commitment to healing the planet.

Bob Lawson  VGE Tech Advisor Founder, Sustainable Digital   www.sustainabledigital.com   Bob is founder of Sustainable Digital, a consulting firm offering technology and digital communication services to Vermont nonprofits and international NGOs. Bob assists VGE with its website and other technical projects.

Bob Lawson
VGE Tech Advisor
Founder, Sustainable Digital

www.sustainabledigital.com

Bob is founder of Sustainable Digital, a consulting firm offering technology and digital communication services to Vermont nonprofits and international NGOs. Bob assists VGE with its website and other technical projects.


Barbara McAndrew   Nonprofit Executive & Independent Consultant   Barbara works with mission-driven organizations on relationship stewardship, organizational development, fund raising. Non-profit leader focused on advancing sustainability and democratic governance, protecting our environment, and tackling climate disruption. After a decade in international development in New York, spent close to 20 years with the Institute for Sustainable Communities in Vermont.

Barbara McAndrew
Nonprofit Executive & Independent Consultant

Barbara works with mission-driven organizations on relationship stewardship, organizational development, fund raising. Non-profit leader focused on advancing sustainability and democratic governance, protecting our environment, and tackling climate disruption. After a decade in international development in New York, spent close to 20 years with the Institute for Sustainable Communities in Vermont.