Board of Directors
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.
Dave Gurtman – Vice President
Dave Gurtman is a business lawyer at Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew in Burlington. His practice focuses on representing entrepreneurs looking to grow 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.
Dawn Grenn is a CPA and has been working in Public Accounting since the Tax Reform Act of 1986 was signed. She currently practices at Davis & Hodgdon primarily in the Tax area and specializes in Individual, Estate and Trust issues. She is from Essex, Vermont by way of New Orleans. Her initial accounting knowledge was received at the University of New Orleans where she received a BS in Accounting.
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.
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.
Doug Webster is an engineer, innovative thinker, an 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.
John Cohn is an IBM Fellow in the IBM Watson Internet of Things Division. He is the Chief Scientist for the Worldwide Watson IoT Headquarters in Munich.. John is active in education issues at a local, state and national level. He is so passionate about promoting STEM careers that he spent 59 days living and inventing in an abandoned steel mill as part of Discovery Channel’s technical survival show “The Colony”. John lives with his family in a restored 19th-century schoolhouse in Jonesville Vermont and is eager to share his love of science and technology with anyone who will listen.
Juniper Lovato is the Director of Outreach for Complex Systems in the University of Vermont’s Complex Systems Center. She Previously served as the Director of Education for the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico. She is also the co-founder of MAKE Santa Fe, a not-for-profit community makerpace. Juniper makes creative spaces that welcome learners to collaborate across generations, geographical origins, and disciplinary boundaries. She works to make resources and knowledge more accessible to those with an unbounded curiosity for learning and exploration.
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.
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.
Lee Bouyea is a Managing Director at FreshTracks Capital, a seed & early stage venture capital firm focused on investing in Vermont-based businesses. Bouyea’s professional background includes marketing, product and business development expertise working for eBay, Nextel Communications and Pacific Marketing Associates. Lee was also an early employee at the venture-backed e-commerce startup Ebates, which was acquired by Tokyo-based Rakuten for $1Bn in 2014.
Michael Metz is a materials scientist, a business consultant in precious metals technology and electronic materials, a photographer, and an active board member of BCA, The BCA Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation, and Generator where he is a founding board member. Michael also serves on the advisory board of Spectrum’s social enterprise: Detail Works. He has extensive non-profit experience, served as the chair of two successful multimillion-dollar capital campaigns in Burlington, and has a long-standing interest in art, education, and technology. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and his MBA from Columbia University.
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.
Bill Gottesman is a science hobby enthusiast. He has a broad range of hobby interests in engineering, physics, and mathematics, and is active in the local maker movement. Bill currently makes and designs sundials. His work can be found at ECHO and the Burlington Earth Clock. Bill also designed a downloadable sundial specifically for the 2017 North American solar eclipse (eclipsesundial.com). More recently, Bill built and installed a prototype telescope for viewing the North Star in the daytime on the back porch of ECHO. Before changing careers, Bill practiced family medicine in Burlington.
Laurie Quinn serves as Provost & Senior Vice President for Academics at Champlain College. Prior to becoming a Vermonter, Dr. Quinn was Vice President for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer at Granite State College, in the University System of New Hampshire. She has worked as a faculty member teaching writing and literature, and as a nonprofit program director and grants officer. Her academic interests include issues of social class, both in literary studies and in higher education; higher education trends, including online education and innovative curricula that connect theory to practice; cultural and feminist theory; British literature; and poetry. She earned her B.A. and M.A. at Boston College and her Ph.D. at the University of New Hampshire. Laurie views her career in higher education leadership as an opportunity to support the flourishing of teaching and learning and to advance the transformations that college makes possible.
Erika Schramm is a coach and consultant with 20 years of human resources and leadership experience. She is passionate about helping people and teams be their best as they lead full, balanced and purposeful lives. Prior to becoming a coach and consultant, Erika was Human Resources Director and member of the Executive Leadership Team for Vermont Energy Investment Corporation and Northern Power Systems. In addition, she is an active member in her community, volunteering on a number of Boards and in her kids’ school and cub scout troop. Erika has a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations through Cornell University and is a certified professional coach. In all aspects of her life, she is committed to helping people, teams and organizations develop, grow and thrive. When she’s not working or volunteering, you can find Erika running, hiking, biking, boating, doing yoga, cooking and going on adventures with her two sons (ages 8 and 10) and husband. She is proud to call Vermont home and loves exploring and contributing to her community.
Ryan Black-Deegan is a CPA and has been working in Public Accounting since 2010. Ryan practices at Davis & Hodgdon Associates and experienced with helping businesses, individuals, and non-profits with their tax and accounting needs. Ryan’s personal and professional lives have both revolved around taking things apart to see if they can be put together in a more efficient way, and he’s always happy to apply that passion to new projects.
Karen is the Conservation Director for the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, a statewide funder of conservation, working lands, affordable housing and community development projects and capacity building throughout the state. She is the President/Founder of SeamWorks, working to enhance Vermont’s community and production sewing ecosystems, and is involved supporting other Vermont maker initiatives and facilities, including the Champlain Maker Faire and VT STEAMspace. She serves on the boards of the Montpelier Foundation and Friends of Dog Mountain, and is a cellist in the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra.
Steve Mermelstein is an award-winning photographer and cinematographer based in Burlington, Vermont. Founder and Director of Photography for Vermont Drone. A provider of Professional Aerial, Ground, Interior, and Underwater Photography/Cinematography and Data Collection Services in Vermont and beyond.
Over the past two years, Jake Blend has earned a reputation as a creative, fun, and determined maker/fixer. When he isn’t maintaining the arcade and pinball machines at the Archives, he is the rapid prototype shop lead at the Generator, transcribing dreams to tangible joy. Among his many projects that have come out of his time, there are a replica Galaga arcade machine, a virtual reality platform linked into creation tools, footprints for a traveling Smithsonian Exhibit, and the World’s Largest Spirograph.
List of Board Members Emeritus: Christy Mitchell, Christopher Thompson, Jessica Lasher, Owen Milne, Pauline Law, Peter Owens