She is a graduate of Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with a Master of Public Administration.
Ellen has received numerous leadership awards including: The Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial & Community Leadership from the VT Community Foundation (2015), the Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership from the VT Natural Resources Council (2015) and the Jan Eastman Excellence in Leadership Award from the Snelling Center for Government (2010). Ellen was also a recipient of a three year leadership development fellowship through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (1994-1997) and was a member of the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute class of 1997. Ellen currently serves on the Boards of the Working Lands Enterprise Fund, the Statewide Workforce Development Board, Energy Action Network, and the Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Council. She served on the Board of Directors for Red Tomato (2011-2016), Sustainable Forest Futures (2008-2012), the Clean Energy Development Fund (2009-2011), Vermont Works for Women (2007-2011), the Vermont Community Foundation (2001-2009), the Advisory Board of the VT-Small Business Development Center (2008-2009), on the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s Rural Vermont Energy Council (2006-2007) and as a Commissioner on the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (1998-2002).
Janice St. Onge
Prior to joining the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund in 2007, Janice was the Director of the Vermont Business Center (VBC) at the University of Vermont and Technology Business Development Director for the Vermont Department of Economic Development. She received the 2001 National Tibbetts Award in recognition for her outreach work with the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program in Vermont. Additionally, Janice was the Director of Human Resources and Senior Manager of Customer Service for Kea Technologies, an e-commerce fulfillment business in Williston.
Janice is a graduate of the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts in marketing and is an alumni of the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute. She serves on the Vermont Small Business Development Center Advisory Board, Clean Energy Development Fund Board, and is a founding member of Slow Money Vermont. A Stowe, Vermont resident, Janice was the co-founder of the Stowe Energy and Climate Action Network and a former International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup Freestyle Skiing Judge.
Business Assistance Director
Geoff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in community development and applied economics and Master of Business Administration and from the University of Vermont. As an MBA candidate, he focused on finance and sustainable business practices and earned professional certificates in sustainable business and collaborative management (public/private partnerships). Geoff serves on the board of the Owl Research Institute and was an early member of the Stowe Climate Action Network. He lives in Stowe with his two boys and their dog and enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle.
Anthony currently serves on Downstreet’s Fiduciary Committee, as Board Treasurer for the New England Randonneurs and is also a member of the Montpelier Transportation Infrastructure Committee. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Stockton University and lives with his family in Montpelier.
Rachel owned and operated Rachel Carter PR—a public relations, social media, and grassroots marketing business—from 2006-2013. She worked with Vermont clients in agriculture, tourism, food, finance, education, consumer service, government municipality, and non-profit sectors. Clients included the State of Vermont, Green Mountain Power, Woodchuck Cider, Inn at the Round Barn Farm, National Life, several Vermont chambers of commerce and many small businesses. Prior positions include the director of public relations at Paul Kaza Associates, marketing director at New England Financial, and a program manager with the Girl Scouts.
As a board member of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR), Rachel helps strengthen sustainable economic development communication and collaboration between VSJF and VBSR. She was recognized as the 2008 Vermont Young Careerist of the Year and was a 2010 Vermont Business Magazine Rising Star in its inaugural year. As a journalist, Rachel has been published in several publications, including co-authoring Vermont: A Explorer’s Guide. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations and organizational communication from Marist College and lives with her husband on their homestead in Plainfield, Vermont where they blog about their Vermont homesteading adventures.
Forest Products Program Director
Christine previously served in strategic communication roles for the National Wildlife Refuge Association, The Nature Conservancy, and the National Wildlife Federation, where her efforts around the 2010 Gulf oil spill disaster and the 2013 Green Inaugural Ball helped elevate the issue of climate change’s effect on wildlife through the media. Before working in conservation, Christine was a regional reporter on Capitol Hill and a local reporter in Texas. She’s a graduate of the Ithaca College Roy H. Park School of Communication.
Originally from Albany, New York, Christine grew up working in her family’s business, Dorsey Millwork, Inc., a distributor for Andersen Corporation, a major manufacturer of wood window and door products. Dorsey Millwork sold to lumber yards, building supply stores and other home construction retailers throughout New England. Christine and her husband, Dan, reside in Stowe with two dogs, a cat, and an abundance of wildlife. Together they own Lamoille Valley Painters, a custom interior/exterior painting company that serves builders, architects and homeowners in the Stowe area. In her spare time, Christine enjoys gardening, hiking, biking and skiing.
Farm to Plate Director
Previously he served as an AmeriCorps member with the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) and the Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network (VECAN) as a community energy and climate action organizer. At VNRC, Jake worked closely with town energy committees across the state on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy planning issues.
Jake has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Fordham University and still enjoys, time permitting, waxing philosophical. He received a Master of Science in environmental policy from Bard College and his thesis focused on the value of ecosystem services from farmland in Vermont. Jake serves on the Hunger Mountain Coop Community Fund Committee and the Sodexo Vermont First Advisory Board. Originally from Shaftsbury, he lives in Barre with his wife Reed and two orange cats.
Farm to Plate Network Manager
Prior to moving to Vermont, Sarah lived in Boston, where she held positions at farmers’ markets and in environmental outreach. She holds a Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in community health and architectural studies from Tufts University. Sarah also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she took practical courses in design but developed a passion for ceramics and jewelry. She lives on a sheep farm in South Royalton and spends her free time gardening, hiking with her dog, and watching the sheep.
Rooted in Vermont Project Manager
Shane holds a Bachelor’s Degree in political science and communications with a concentration in journalism from the University of Dayton in Ohio. He came to Vermont from Washington, D.C. where he worked as a legislative researcher and writer for CQ Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper publication. He has also worked as a reporter for The Press newspaper in Avon Lake, Ohio and as an assistant director for Grassroots Campaigns Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio. Shane lives with his partner and Canadian tuxedo cat in the Northeast Kingdom.
Office Manager & Program Coordinator
Lydia graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology, and holds a Master of Archaeology in archaeobotany/foodways from the University of Nottingham, England. Lydia grew up on a dairy farm in Cabot, where she now lives with her husband and children. Together with family they produce maple syrup, grow much of their own food, and serve as the home base for Back Road BBQ, a food truck/catering business operated by her husband and business partners.