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Board of Directors

Dennise Casey, President

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.

Mary M. Lee, Vice President

Stakeholder Relations Strategist, Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium

Mary M. Lee joined Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium in 2017 which serves Champlain College, Middlebury and St. Michael’s College.  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 teenage son.

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 - Cate MacLachlan

Cate MacLachlan, Secretary

Owner, Artemis Fitness

Cate moved to Vermont in 1996 after graduating from Earlham College with a degree in Peace and Global Studies. Throughout her academic and professional career, Cate has focused on issues of equity and justice for underserved and underrepresented populations, which included work at Legal Aid’s Lawline in Burlington, Vermont. In 2001, Cate obtained her Masters of Social Work from Boston College and became an integral part of Spectrum’s team responding to domestic violence issues, eventually serving as Co-Director of Spectrum’s Violence, Intervention and Prevention Programs. While at Spectrum she also served as Coordinator of the Chittenden County Domestic Violence Task Force.

For the past 10 years, Cate MacLachlan has owned and operated Artemis Fitness in South Burlington, Vermont, a gym created specifically to serve the needs of women. Cate is currently a Trustee at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, and served on the Board of Directors of ECHO for six years. She is also a certified Personal Trainer. Cate lives in Burlington with her husband and two children.

Tom Brownell, Member at Large

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 was previously the CEO of Sentinel Investments and Chief Investment Officer at National Life.

Mike Del Trecco

Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations for the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Mike has over 20 years of health care finance experience working in both academic and community hospitals.  In 2004 Mike joined the Vermont Hospital Association as the Vice President of Finance and has held the positions of Interim Executive Officers and is now the Senior Vice President of Finance. The Association experience has allowed him to leverage his hands on hospital knowledge, while navigating and gaining insight to the health care policy making process in Vermont as well as nationally.  Mike has an undergraduate degree in finance from Northeastern University and a MBA from Norwich University.

Chol Dhoor

Executive Director of the Sudanese Foundation of Vermont (SUDFUND) Inc.

Chol is the founder and executive director of the Sudanese Foundation of Vermont (SUDFUND) Inc. SUDFUND is a nonprofit organization with the mission of investing in and supporting families so they can raise their children to succeed academically and athletically in Vermont.

Chol came to America in 2007 through the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program due to civil war in Sudan. Prior to coming to Vermont, he lived in a refugee camp in Kenya for 12 years. He was accepted at the University of Vermont in 2008 and graduated in 2011 with BA in Economics. He was a McNair Scholar and a recipient of the Merage Foundation Scholarship for the American Dream in honor of Vermont’s former governor Madeleine Kunin.

He is very active in the community and works with New American community members to identify their unique needs and raise funds to support summer camp scholarships, mentoring, and soccer programs. He also organizes community events to broaden families’ networks.

Chol has served on a number of boards and committees since he graduated from college. He was appointed in January, 2018 by Mayor Miro Weinberger to serve on the Community Development and Block Grant Advisory Board of Burlington and make funding recommendations to the city council. He was also a member of the Vermont State Health Assessment team, which developed the State Health Improvement Plan 2018-2023.

During his free time, he enjoys traveling, reading (a lot), photography, outdoor adventures and spending time with family.

Jay Fayette

President/CEO, PC Construction

Jay Fayette, President and CEO at PC Construction, oversees more than $1.5 billion in active construction projects and PC’s team of employee-owners across the Eastern seaboard. He leads the company’s strategic planning efforts and is actively involved with all operational and business development strategies. Jay’s 40-year career has focused primarily on the construction of large and diverse projects along the East Coast.

Jay is a graduate of Vermont Technical College and a recipient of the Vermont State Colleges Distinguished Alumni Award. He is also co-founder of two successful IT service companies in South Burlington – The Tech Group and Tech Vault. Jay serves on multiple community boards including Spectrum Family and Youth Services, Vermont Business Roundtable, Vermont State College Alumni Council, and the O’Brien Brothers Agency. He is also an honorary board member for KidSafe Collaborative and is an active member of the national Construction Industry Round Table.

Faith Foley

Director of Program Services, Steps to End Domestic Violence

Faith has a dynamic and extensive blend of administrative and direct service experience among several organizations in Chittenden County. Faith’s diversity of experiences contributes to her unique perspective on social service provision in our community. Most relevant to Faith’s potential role on the Spectrum Youth and Family Services’ Board of Directors is Faith’s thirteen years of work experience in social services. Faith began her career at Spectrum Youth and Family Services, providing crisis management, oversight, and support to youth living at the Shelter. She later held a position providing supportive services to adults at the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS). In addition to this work, Faith provided administrative support for several years in the Medication Assisted Treatment facility at the Chittenden Clinic. These responsibilities included managing the wait list for treatment, coordinating intakes, completing assessments, and ensuring compliance with federal regulations for medication distribution.

Faith recently transitioned back into housing work with the Burlington Housing Authority (BHA) and has been with the organization for over six years. She currently holds a position within the employment incentive program, Family Self Sufficiency, which supports Section 8 participants in acquiring and maintaining education and employment goals over a five-year period. This position entails job coaching, navigation of area resources, education of financial literacy, and guidance in breeching the “benefits cliff” to achieve self-sufficiency. Prior to this position Faith worked as a Supportive Housing Service Coordinator in BHA’s transitional living program, Dettman Place, for adults returning to housing after a period of incarceration or homelessness. The position at Dettman Place was an intensive direct service position providing wrap around services for residents, coordinating referrals, offering supportive counseling, and providing guidance in maintaining housing and increasing prosocial recreational activities.

Matt Frazee

SVP – Distribution, National Life Group

Matt made the move to Vermont to join National Life Group in 2011.  In his many roles in the organization from Chief Accounting Officer to the Head of Operations, he has been focused on leading and living the values of National Life Group…..Do Good, Be Good, Make Good.   Using these values as the foundation, he began a transformation of providing a consistent, positive customer experience across the organization.

In his current role as Senior Vice President of Independent Distribution, Matt co-leads the distribution field leadership team for life and annuity sales through independent marketing organizations. He has primary responsibility for implementing overall sales and distribution strategies for marketing organizations, identifying new business opportunities and continuously building relationships with existing organizations.

Matt has been involved in the communities he’s been a part of across the Northeast and Midwest, spearheading Deloitte’s efforts with Junior Achievement in New Jersey and Connecticut, and serving on the boards of Our Piece of the Pie, a Hartford, CT based organization, and the Howard Center here in Vermont.

Traci Griffith

Associate Professor and Internship Coordinator, Simmons University

Professor Griffith is a former correspondent and national editor for the Associated Press and now a media ethicist, community-engaged scholar, certified DEI expert, and student mentor. Her scholarship and teaching focuses on media law and ethics in a digital age. She will also coordinate the Communications internship program. Professor Griffith comes to Simmons after serving nineteen years on the faculty at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. Professor Griffith holds a JD from Notre Dame, M.S. in Journalism from Florida A&M, and BA in Political Science from DePaul. Her most recent work includes a well-received 4-part series with New England News Collaborative on racism in New England. She serves on the executive committee of the national board of the ACLU.

Mike Lane

Founder, Fluency; Co-founder,

Mike is the CEO of Fluency and formerly a Co-founder of,  Burlington based technology companies.  He is an entrepreneur helping grow companies and sits on many boards. 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.

Janet McLaughlin

Executive Director, VT Association for the Education of Young Children

Janet’s passion for a more equitable society has driven her nearly two decades in nonprofit programming and philanthropy. Since 2021, she has been responsible for strategic direction and daily operations of VTAEYC, the state’s professional membership association for early childhood educators. Previously, after joining Let’s Grow Kids in 2016, Janet led a strategic realignment of its programmatic work as Chief Programs Officer, served as the acting CEO, and its Chief Operating Officer overseeing programs, communications, operations, and evaluation. She joined LGK from the Vermont Community Foundation, where she headed its Food and Farm Initiative, an effort to connect more Vermonters with healthy local foods. Previously, she spent 9 years at the DC-based Share Our Strength, where she was the national director of Cooking Matters, its food skills education program for low-income families. Under Janet’s leadership, Cooking Matters grew dramatically, attracting its first two multi-million dollar multi-year  funders, and leveraged state and federal funding to support local and state partners. She also worked closely with Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, leading the launch of the Chefs Move to School campaign.  Janet’s undergraduate degree is from Harvard University and she holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She current serves as the Board Treasurer of Pine Forest Children’s Center and as member of the Board of Directors of the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation. Janet lives in Burlington and is a recovering DC-er, enthusiastic eater, dedicated “all levels” yogi, wife of a real Vermonter, and mom of two energetic little boys.

Dr. Michelle Miller

Retired from Champlain College as Senior Associate Provost

Dr. Michelle Miller (she/her/hers) recently retired from Champlain College as Senior Associate Provost after 32 years. Hired as the founding director of the College’s medical radiography program, she taught for 13 years before moving into academic administration. There her expertise eventually focused on accreditation, assessment of learning outcomes, and data analysis where she led the College’s institutional research function. As a “pinch hitting” academic administrator, Michelle also managed at various times international education, the library, and the elearning functions. She has served as a site visitor for the New England Commission on Higher Education and in multiple leadership roles for the Vermont and American Societies of Radiologic Technology, including terms on the board of directors and the bylaws committee. Prior to joining Champlain College, she directed the radiography program at Western Wyoming Community College. Dr. Miller’s educational journey includes a Baccalaureate degree in Radiologic Science from Quinnipiac University, a Master of Education degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Vermont and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Concordia University (Montreal) in Educational Technology.

Kim Nolan

Executive Director of The Dignity Foundation and Buddhist Chaplain

Kim Nolan holds a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University and a M.Ed. from Boston University in Counseling Psychology.  Prior to joining the leadership team of City Market, she most recently served as Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Master’s program in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University. Prior to that, she was Program Officer of Mind and Life Institute, designing the Academy of Contemplative and Ethical Leadership (ACEL), and served as Department Chair and Lead Faculty of Integral Psychology at Burlington College in Vermont, where she founded The Institute of Contemplative Studies.

Kim was the Founder and Executive Director of the Dignity Foundation, through which she taught self-care and mindfulness in schools and human service agencies and provided coaching to leaders seeking contemplative practice.  She has been a champion for women’s rights and issues of gender equity since grade school student council. She is ordained as a Buddhist Chaplain and is a lifelong activist for social change and advocate for human rights.

Thato Ratsebe

Associate Director/Programs Manager, AALV, Inc.

I work seamlessly across wide range of stakeholders, different nationalities, civil society, governments, and executives. I am a knowledgeable media and communications expert with skills in program coordination and implementation, relationship building and presentation. At AALV, I supervise team of interpreter services coordinators, assist with training recruited interpreters and prepare them to facilitate communication in different settings such as courts, hospitals and state departments. Supervise program staff to ensure timely delivery and effective customer service delivery to clients.

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.

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