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Board of Directors

Board - Katie Langrock

Katie Langrock, President

Chief Operating Officer, Commando

Born in Vermont, Katie is dedicated to supporting Vermont organizations, our people and our environment. She has slept outside overnight in all of our Sleep Out events and has served on our Board since 2013. She is the Chief Operating Officer at Commando and when not at work, Katie spends her time running, biking and watching her children play sports. Katie lives in South Burlington with her two children, Emily and Peter, and her energetic dog, Charlie.

Board - Carlton Dunn

Carlton Dunn, Vice President

General Manager, Select Design, Ltd.

Carlton joined the Board in 2013 and believes in our mission to help give youth in our community a better chance in life. He says that it is humbling to be able to contribute to such a highly effective and compassion-filled organization. He has been a part of the team at Select Design for 11 years, working to deliver marketing solutions to innovative brands. He is a proud graduate from the University of Colorado (CU) and has an MBA from the University of Vermont. He is also active in his kids’ lives as a sports coach and on the CU Alumni Assocation.

Dennise Casey

Dennise Casey, Secretary

Owner & President, Casey, Inc.

Dennise joined the Spectrum board in January 2014, and is a familiar face here at Spectrum as a mentor. She owns Casey, Inc., a public affairs and communications consulting business.  She previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Gov. Jim Douglas and headed up his reelection campaign.

Jeff Small

Jeff Small, Treasurer

Principal, Jeff Small, C.P.A.

Jeff joined the Spectrum board in January 2014. He currently serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee and also serves on the Executive Committee. He joined to help in any way he can to promote families and help our youth conquer the challenges they face. He has his own accounting firm in Burlington and previously served on the board for Lund.

Board - Owen Milne

Owen Milne, Member-at-Large

Director of Market Development, Red Thread

Owen Milne is one of Vermont’s leading facilitators of business development, stewards of corporate social responsibility, and innovators in workplace function and design. He specializes in working with value-driven organizations. As Director of Market Development at Red Thread, Owen blends his deep expertise in workplace dynamics with development skills to help area organizations manage and enhance connections in the workplace. Prior to Red Thread, he was director of development for Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR). Prior to his work for VBSR, Owen spent five years at Business Interiors, Vermont’s Steelcase dealer, as business development manager. Owen has served on the Governor’s Council for the Employment of People with Disabilities and boards of the Vermont Green Building Network, the Northeast Disabled Athletics Association, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, and SerVermont. In 2010, he was the recipient of Vermont Business magazine’s Rising Stars Award. He currently serves on the board of directors for Leadership Champlain, United Way of Chittenden County and Generator.

Tom Brownell

Tom Brownell

President & CEO, Sentinel Asset Management, Inc.

Tom joined the Spectrum board in January 2014.  He is a long time supporter of our youth and families, has attended our Empty Bowl Dinner, and was a participant in our first Sleep Out. He is the CEO of Sentinel Investments and Chief Investment Officer at National Life.

Board - Hillary Boone Orsini

Hillary Boone Orsini

Program Manager, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Since 2014, Hillary has worked to build the capacity of Vermont nonprofits to effectively use Results-Based Accountability (RBA) to strengthen their performance. She has trained and coached hundreds of organizations in the use of RBA, and teaches “Outcomes and Evaluations for Learning Organizations” at Marlboro Graduate College. She has presented her work nationally and internationally, and is a member of the Vermont Accountability Group steering committee and the Vermont Data Collaborative.

Hillary joined the Spectrum board in 2016 to learn and to be of service to her community. She currently serves on the board of the Vermont Foodbank, and previously served as co-chair of the board of the Pride Center of Vermont. Hillary has been a community-based mentor since 2011. She lives in Colchester with her wife and dog, and when not working can be found on stage performing stand up comedy, tromping around in the woods, or attempting DIY house projects.

Board - Sarah Childs

Sarah Childs

Assistant Director, Mosaic Center for Students of Color at the University of Vermont

Sarah joined the Spectrum Board in January 2015 and has lived in the community for two years. Her interest in Spectrum developed out of a desire to empower youth with the tools, resources, and networks necessary to live happy, healthy, and fulfilled lives. She serves as the Assistant Director of the Mosaic Center for Students of Color at The University of Vermont. In this position, she supports students of color via programs, direct services and collaboration with colleges and departments across campus. Sarah is from Tucson, AZ and, upon completing studies at Northern Arizona University in Elementary Education and at UVM in the Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration Program, she worked in Texas and Indiana in multicultural affairs. Since returning to Vermont, Sarah has begun doctoral studies in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Her research interests focus on Latino/a college students and more specifically on the undocumented student community.  She seeks to explore the psychological impact that immigration status has on individuals, the influence of family on college student completion, and factors that help or hinder undocumented student success in college. Sarah enjoys family, friends, building community, exploring Vermont, travel, music (especially Cumbia), and quests to find real Mexican food in New England along with her puppy Benito Juarez.

Board - Jay Fayette

Jay Fayette

Chief Operating Officer, PC Construction

Jay Fayette has committed his career to the construction of leading buildings and facilities along the Eastern Seaboard. During his time with the Pyramid Companies, Suffolk Construction, and, over the past 14 years, PC Construction, Jay has helped change the shape of the landscape in hundreds of communities. As senior vice president at PC Construction, Jay oversees the company’s $500 million Buildings and Facilities business segment and associated 250 construction professionals who manage over $1 billion in active contracts in the northeast. Jay has been instrumental in the construction of extremely complex, large-scare and logistically challenging projects, including the Waterbury State Office Complex, Winooski Downtown Redevelopment, University of Vermont STEM Complex, Spruce Peak Adventure Center for Stowe Mountain Resort, and the Ship Assembly Building for General Dynamics at Bath Iron Works. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for projects totaling over $4 billion cumulatively and more than $2 billion at PC Construction.

An entrepreneur at heart, Jay is also a founding partner and vice president for Tech Group Inc. and Tech Vault Inc., both successful IT service businesses in South Burlington employing eighteen fulltime IT professionals.

Jay’s community service focuses largely on the success of families and children in Vermont. He is an honorary board member for KidSafe Collaborative after serving a 10-year position, and has been active on boards for Spectrum Youth & Family Services, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Vermont State Colleges Alumni Council.

Board - Jeetan Khadka

Jeetan Khadka

Owner, Nepali Kitchen

Jeetan Khadka currently owns and operates Nepali Kitchen, Nepali and Indian Cuisine Restaurant in Essex Junction. Before starting this family business venture, Jeetan worked as Young Adult Navigator at Spectrum, serving transition-age young adults, including immigrants, refugees, and young adults living in rural communities of Chittenden County. He is a 2010 graduate of Burlington High School. After graduating, he served two years as an AmeriCorps State volunteer with Burlington School District and for Community & Economic Development Office with City of Burlington. He also served as co-chair for Student Leadership and engagement implementation team with Partnership for Change, where he worked in collaboration with the Winooski and Burlington School Districts on high school transformation projects. Jeetan was also later selected as Youth Ambassador to represent Nepal in The Change Is Me International (CHIME-IN) youth organization. As the Youth Ambassador, his main focus was on building “Sustainable Education for a Sustainable World.” Through his projects he has traveled to Nepal and Guatemala to build schools and houses for the people living in rural villages. As a former refugee himself, Jeetan is very connected to refugees and immigrant communities in the area. Jeetan also serves as young adult adviser with Diversity Rocks Youth Group, a group of youth and young adults who came to Vermont as refugees and immigrants. He has also served one year as the Commissioner of Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront division. His love and compassion towards youth inspires him to become youth advocate and social worker someday.

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Mike Lane

Co-Founder, Dealer.com

Mike was a Co-Founder of Dealer.com, the Burlington based technology company, and served as the Chief Operating Officer, helping grow the company to more than 800 people before successfully exiting the company in 2014. Joining the Spectrum board in 2015, Mike is inspired by the mission of Spectrum to empower teenagers to make and sustain positive changes. When not working on one of his many projects, Mike enjoys time with his family on the road, on the lake, in the mountains or just out in the woods.

Board - Mary Lee

Mary M. Lee

Vice President of People & Technology, Champlain College

Mary M. Lee joined Champlain College in 2012 and currently holds the position of Vice President of People and Technology and has institutional leadership responsibilities for the People Center and Information Technology Services. With over 30 years’ experience in human resources and organizational development, she has held senior leadership positions in diverse industries including financial services, technology, consumer products, education and healthcare. She has experience in global organizations, not-for-profit and for-profit and growth-oriented organizations.

Mary received a master’s of science in administration from St. Michael’s College and holds an undergraduate degree from Trinity College. In addition, she holds multiple designations and certifications. Mary is actively engaged in a number of community organizations and resides in Burlington with her husband and son.

Board - Michelle Little

Michelle Little

Director/Owner, Studio 3 Dance

Michelle loves being a part of Spectrum – and can’t imagine it any other way! She currently serves on the Finance Committee and the Audit Committee. As a native Vermonter, she has seen the increasing need for services Spectrum offers and is happy to give back by serving on the Board, as she has had family members utilize various services. She is the former Director of Finance at the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and the former Staff Accountant for the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. Michelle is the director and owner of Studio 3 Dance in Colchester, specializing in tap, one of her true passions. She has choreographed for Miss Vermont for several years, has a competition dance team that does local events such as the Special Olympics, Light the Night, The Pumpkin Regatta and several other fund raisers. She enjoys travel to tropical locations, recently adopted three kittens and is happily married living in Milton.

Board - Kim Rabideau

Kim Rabideau

Kim is a self proclaimed mover and shaker. She was born in the north, but raised in the south. With a liberal studies degree and exuberant gusto, she worked as the Webmaster at Localvore Today. When she’s not hard at work on her Mac she’s playing records, writing music or creating art. She is also the mama of three rabbits, one puppy husky, and one awesome kitty.

Board - Shap Smith

Shap Smith

Shareholder and Director, Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew

For more than ten years, Shap Smith, a shareholder and director of Dinse, Knapp, McAndrew, has concentrated in intellectual property, insurance coverage, and civil litigation. He is a member of the Torts and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. Mr. Smith is listed in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He holds a BA from the University of Vermont and a JD from the Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington. Mr. Smith is actively involved with his fraternity Phi Delta Theta, where he is a member of the Board of Trustees. In addition to practicing law, Smith served as the Speaker of Vermont’s House of Representatives. Prior to being elected Speaker, he served on the Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources, Ways and Means and Joint Fiscal Committees. He is an avid cross country skier and lives in Morristown with his wife Melissa, son Eli and daughter Mia.

Board - Destenie Vital

Destenie Vital

Community Program Coordinator, Burlington Electric Department

Destenie Vital was born and raised in Louisiana, and moved to Vermont in 2013. As the Community Program Coordinator at Burlington Electric Department, Destenie is responsible for ensuring BED’s programs, products, and services are meeting customers’ needs and expectations, with a focus on traditionally underserved and underrepresented groups in Burlington. Prior to joining BED in 2015, Destenie worked as a Communications Manager for the Community Health Centers of Burlington managing strategic marketing, advertising, and communication plans that focused on inclusion and diversity. Additionally, Destenie served as a Community Executive for Health Initiatives for the American Cancer Society of Norwalk, CT, implementing strategic volunteer recruitment and direct marketing plans throughout Fairfield County for programs such as Road to Recovery and Look Good Feel Better. While living in Louisiana, she has served as an Outreach Coordinator for LaCHIP (Louisiana Children’s Health Insurance Program), managing regional rebranding efforts in seven parishes. Destenie is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. She a certification in Strategic Communications from Purdue University, and is currently pursuing an MS in Communications.

Board - Ian Wyatt (2)

Ian Wyatt

President, Wyatt Investment Research

Ian is an active investor and an Internet entrepreneur. He is the founder and President of Wyatt Investment Research, a firm committed to helping individuals achieve their investment goals. The company publishes independent investment research and ideas for an audience of more than 400,000 people. Ian loves analyzing investments and sharing his ideas with subscribers from around the world. Ian is a native Vermonter who was born in Brattleboro. After growing up in Massachusetts and Wisconsin, and living in Washington D.C. for nearly a decade, Ian returned home to Vermont. He lives in Huntington with his wife Carrie and two children.

Board - Viki Zulkoski (3)

Viki Zulkoski

Viki brings her long history of volunteering in support of children and young adults to Spectrum’s Board of Directors. After repatriating to her beloved Vermont after nearly 20 years in Asia, her desire to “pay it forward” brought her first to the Drop-In Center where she continues to make dinners for Burlington’s at risk teens. She and her husband Robert are the proud parents of three children and a newly certified therapy dog named Blue. An avid traveller, Viki is pursuing a degree in Film Studies from Arizona State University, filing assignments when fortunate enough from far-flung destinations worldwide.

Advisory Board

  • Brian Boardman
  • Barbara Lande Bronfman
  • John Crabbe
  • Sister Irene Duchesneau
  • Robert Hallowell
  • Katy Lesser
  • Melinda Moulton
  • Ernie Pomerleau
  • Pat Robins