Board of Directors

Michael Metz

Michael Metz is a materials scientist, a business consultant in precious metals technology, a photographer, and an active board member of BCA, The BCA Foundation, Champlain College, and the Vermont Community Foundation. He has extensive non-profit development, served as the chair of two successful multimillion-dollar capital campaigns, and has a long-standing interest in art, education and technology.

Denise Shekerjian

Denise Shekerjian is an attorney and writer. She is the author of Uncommon Genius, a look at creativity based on a group of MacArthur Prize winners. She is also the author of literary essays, a blog and short stories. She is a longtime supporter of arts and education, and has longstanding friendships with BCA and Champlain College.

Steve Conant

Steve Conant is serial maker who’s built a fun business to support his habit. Since establishing Conant Metal & Light, manufacturer and retailer of custom metalwork in 1980, Steve has helped Burlington’s “South End” grow and flourish. Steve chaired the SEABA board for years and currently serves on the board of ReSOURCE. His small business incubator complex, The Soda Plant, provides affordable space for makers to hatch and grow.

Doug Webster

Doug Webster is an engineer, innovative thinker, and artist who supports a renewed culture of innovation and enterprise development. He founded the Champlain Maker Faire and host corporation, CMF Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to innovation education and advancing scientific research. He is past president of the National Association for Workforce Improvement, producer of the RETN TV Series, “A Renewed Culture of Innovation,” and works to strengthen STEAM education for the Vermont Agency of Education.

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson is an artist and maker focused on art and technology with 20 years experience in corporate technology management, and four years as the curator at the BCA Center where he organized over 30 exhibitions. Chris is also a member of Vermont Makers and is involved in the creation of maker space at Champlain College including the development of curriculum.

John Cohn

John Cohn is a fellow at IBM, Essex Junction, a founding member of the Vermont Makers, on the Board of Directors at the Echo Center, and all-around mad scientist, self-described, but only because he beat us to it.

Dan Harvey

Dan Harvey is the director of operations for UVM’s Vice President for Research, as well as the assistant dean of the graduate college. Harvey arrived at UVM in 2005 after a twenty year broadcasting career at Vermont PBS. He currently serves as the president of Generator’s board of directors, and he also serves on the boards of Burlington City Arts and BTV Ignite.

Ken Howell

Ken Howell is an Assistant Professor in Champlain College’s Division of Communication & Creative Media, where he teaches primarily in the MFA in Emergent Media Program. He is a founding member of the Vermont Makers, an organizer of the Champlain Maker Faire, and a lifelong artist and tinkerer. His longstanding interest in work that happens at the intersection of art, technology, and communication has informed all aspects of his creative and professional life.

Owen Milne

Owen Milne is the Manager of Corporate Accounts for Red Thread’s operations in Vermont. In this role, he works with a variety of organizations to develop high-performing workplaces that help them to drive innovation. Prior to Red Thread, Owen was the Development Director for VT Businesses for Social Responsibility. He is currently a member of the board of directors at Leadership Champlain and the United Way of Chittenden County, as well as a commissioner for SerVermont. In the past, he has served on the boards of the VT Green Building Network and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, co-chaired a working team for Partnership for Change and appointed to the Governor’s Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities (GCEPD).

Justin McCabe

Justin McCabe is an intellectual property law partner at the law firm of Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand PLLC. Justin’s law practice has a heavy focus on assisting start-up ventures and entrepreneurs. When he’s not patenting inventions, he can usually be found building maple sap evaporators for his family’s new start-up venture, the Vermont Evaporator Company, located in Montpelier, VT.

Dave Gurtman

Dave Gurtman is a business lawyer at Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew in Burlington. His practice focuses on representing entrepreneurs looking to growing their businesses and renewable energy projects. He can often be found late at night on the ice playing hockey with his pals or tinkering with model rockets in his basement with his two sons.

Doreen Kraft

Doreen Kraft is the long-time Executive Director of Burlington City Arts and has overseen its impressive growth over the last 20 years. Doreen’s ability to shepherd projects through City process has resulted in increases in programs, staff, budget, and in the creation of studio and gallery space including the nationally-recognized, historically-preserved BCA Center.