The Intervale Center has a dedicated, all volunteer Board of Directors. They work closely with our Executive Director on policy and governance issues. They are also our organization’s most important advocates and champions.
Will Raap, Gardener’s Supply Company, WillRaap.org Honorary Founding Member
Thomas G. Walsh, Judge Chair
Thomas G. Walsh of Charlotte was appointed by Governor Shumlin to be a Vermont Superior Court trial judge in November 2011. He is presently assigned to the Environmental Division having statewide jurisdiction to hear appeals from state land use permit decisions (Act 250), state environmental permits and other decisions of the Agency of Natural Resources, municipal land use zoning and planning decisions, and municipal and state enforcement actions. The IC’s attention to local foods, community and sustainability is a refreshing focus for Judge Walsh. When asked how the IC excites him, he notes: “I have always had a connection to our physical environment which started as a kid growing up in rural upstate New York. We lived on what I call a “pleasure farm.” We didn’t earn money farming, however, we were a long way toward self-sufficiency. We had horses, beef cows, sheep, a pig or two, chickens, dogs and cats. We hayed the fields and always had large vegetable and berry gardens. Growing up this way kept me outside playing and working. I was constantly observing how humans and animals interacted and affected our environment. The IC’s strong interest in land, its uses and the impacts with a focus on sustainable use and stewardship of agricultural lands is a passion that I share.”
Rob Downey, Third Place, Inc. Vice Chair
Rob Downey is a lawyer and food entrepreneur based in Burlington, VT. In 2003, he co-founded Third Place, Inc. to craft and fund strategic partnerships in farm-to-table restaurants and other local food and beverage concepts. Currently, Third Place owns and operates American Flatbread Burlington Hearth and Zero Gravity Craft Brewery, and are co-founders and partners in The Farmhouse Group of restaurants including Farmhouse Tap & Grill, El Cortijo Taqueria Y Cantina, Guild Tavern, and Pascolo Ristorante. Rob is Vice-Chair of the Board of the Intervale Center, and a Fellow at Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems. He also serves on the advisory boards of several local companies, including Aqua Vitea and Skinny Pancake.
Allison Weinhagen, City Market Treasurer
Allison has worked at City Market for over 10 years and has been the Director of Community Engagement for about 5 of those, with a background in both finance and human resources. Allison’s work with City Market and as the Co-Chair of the Chittenden County Hunger Council aligns well with the Intervale Center’s mission and vision. Allison is inspired by the staff and programs of the Intervale Center – from Gleaning, to the Nursery, the Food Hub and Success on Farms and beyond. The Intervale Center offers opportunities for all Vermonters to participate in their local food system and provides leadership in these areas across the country, much in the way City Market does with its Members, community and other food co-ops.
Molly Stevens, Chef/Cookbook Author Secretary
Molly Stevens is a food writer, cooking teacher and cookbook author. Her recipes and articles appear in a number of national publications, and her two cookbooks have both won James Beard awards. While she travels often to teach and research, she is happiest at home in Vermont where she lives with her husband and their dog. Molly served on the board at the Vermont Fresh Network from 2003 to 2008. She loves being involved with the Intervale Center because of its focus on connecting our community to our land, our farms and the people who produce our food.
L. Randolph Amis, Esq
L. Randolph Amis (Randy) has been an attorney in Burlington, Vermont since 1981, currently of counsel with Montroll Backus & Oettinger PC, which has a wide variety of clients in residential and commercial real estate matters, business matters, estate planning and probate actions. Randy has served on numerous non-profit, community and government boards and committees including City of Burlington City Council as Councilor from Ward 5, Champlain Housing Trust, Inc. as President of the Board, and Chittenden County Bar Association as President of the Board. Randy was recently appointed as Chair of the Board of Commissioners of Vermont Housing Finance Agency by Governor Peter Shumlin. Randy has lived and gardened in Burlington’s South End since 1984. He first came to Vermont in 1977. Randy is married to Jane W. Amis. They have three grown children starting families of their own. Randy attended and has degrees from Hamilton College and Vermont Law School. Randy’s interest in sustainable land use, fondness for farmers and farming and love of food compelled him to join the Intervale Center Board.
Peter Asch, Owner, Twincraft Skincare
Pete is originally from Montreal and after moving up from New York City, has been in Vermont for close to 30 years. He owns and runs Twincraft Skincare, a Private Label manufacturing company with 180 employees producing Skincare products to natural, organic and Prestige Brands. Pete is married, has six children, and lives in Burlington. He is a long term supporter of the local/slow food movement and a strong believer in sustainable farming practices. Pete was a previous Board member and is truly inspired to be back on the Intervale Center Board!
Cynthia Belliveau, Dean of UVM Distance and Continuing Education
Dr. Belliveau is Dean of University of Vermont Continuing and Distance Education and a faculty member in UVM’s Department of Nutrition and Food Science. Dr. Belliveau’s research is in food systems, primarily focused on cooking and eating as pedagogical methods in multiple disciplines. As Dean, Dr. Belliveau directs programming for pre-college students, college students, and professional adults both onsite, offsite, and internationally. She currently serves on the Governor’s Agricultural and Forest Products Development Board, New England Culinary Institute Board and the Intervale Center Board. Dr. Belliveau has consulted for Winrock International, USAID in small specialty food business planning. She continues to teach undergraduates each semester about food and cooking in the University Foods Lab and in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Kathy Beyer, Housing Vermont
Over the past 20 years, Ms. Beyer has been directly involved in community development. Currently Ms. Beyer leads the real estate development arm at Housing Vermont with a focus on permanent affordable housing in partnership with communities and the private sector. Ms. Beyer has also served in the Vermont Legislature and as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Housing & Community Development. Ms. Beyer holds an M.P.A. degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a B.S. Degree in Accounting & Economics from the University of Minnesota. What excites her about the Intervale Center?: “It is all about maintaining our connection to the land; it is so important for all Vermonters, especially those living in our more urban areas.”
Gary Coffey, Lake Champlain Chocolates
Gary has worked at Lake Champlain Chocolates for most of his adult life. As General Manager of Retail and the South End Kitchen, nothing makes him happier than a customer with a smile on his/her face. Gary is also the resident beekeeper for Lake Champlain Chocolates and is proud to state that he keeps his very happy bees at the Intervale! Gary says, “What excites me most about the Intervale and its mission is its ability to inspire and motivate people of all ages. The Intervale Center is a Living Ecosystem that touches so many people, in so many ways! I’m proud to be a part of such a dedicated and passionate group of individuals that are so committed to to making our world a better place.”
Leslie Halperin, Partner, Resilient Philanthropy
Leslie Halperin has been immersed in the field of social enterprise and has been building partnerships between the business and nonprofit sectors for more than 15 years. Today her work focuses on helping businesses create authentic philanthropic and community engagement programs. Having spent half her career in the nonprofit sector and the other half in the for profit world, Leslie is an effective liaison between the sectors and has helped to forge many enduring shared value partnerships. Leslie has served as the communications manager at Vermont’s Women’s Commission, is founder of the social enterprise, The Clothes Exchange and she spent nine years leading social mission programs at Ben & Jerry’s. In 2014, Leslie joined the consulting firm Resilient Philanthropy. Leslie has degrees from George Washington University and Bank Street College. She also earned an Executive Education Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from Harvard Business School.
Minner Hobbs Conboy
Minner grew up in Vermont, and though she has traveled all over the world, Vermont has always pulled her back home. She is happy to have settled in Burlington, where she lives with her family. Minner brings a deep commitment to Vermont’s working landscape to her role on the Intervale Center Board, having served as the Executive Director of the South Hero Land Trust for 16 years. Minner also owned Flowers in Season, a floral design business in which she grew and arranged flowers for special events. She recently embarked on a new career as a Philanthropic Consultant. Minner is honored and excited to be a part of the Intervale Center as the organization works to build and strengthen the community’s connection to its food and farms.
Noelle MacKay, Director of Community & Economic Development Office, City of Burlington
Katharine Montstream, Montstream Studios
Katharine Montstream is a landscape painter from Burlington. She paints on location whenever possible and then displays her work at Montstream Studio on St. Paul Street. Katharine is excited to be part of the movement for sustainable farming, local food, and keeping growers in our city limits. As well as promoting healthy food systems, Montstream also loves to bike, ski and paint along the Winooski River in the Intervale.
Maura O’Sullivan, Penny Cluse Café
Michael L. Thompson, Copper Leaf Financial, LLC
Michael is a partner at Copper Leaf Financial, LLC in Williston, VT. As a wealth advisor with over 15 years of experience, he works extensively in financial planning, wealth management and philanthropic planning for local retirees, academics, physicians, executives, and entrepreneurs. Michael is also an entrepreneur, experiencing success when he founded an organic food distribution company while attending the University of Florida. For the next 18 years Michael was deeply involved in the development and growth of the natural and organic food industry and was instrumental in the growth of several well-known organic products brands. Michael remains passionate about small business and sustainable food systems and deeply enjoys his service on the board of directors of Burlington’s Intervale Center. He also enjoys gardening, photography, snowshoeing, writing poetry and college sports (Go Gators!). Michael and his wife live on a farm in Jericho, Vermont.