- President: Ashley Orgain, Burlington
Global Director of Advocacy and Sustainability, Seventh Generation
Board member since 2014. At Seventh Generation, Ashley Orgain is responsible for the development, implementation and management of the Company’s issue advocacy campaigns and outreach. In 2010, she became the first Executive Director of the Seventh Generation Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to promoting social and environmental progress through education, conservation, research and advocacy. Formerly, she served as the Company’s representative in developing the curriculum offered by the Kaplan-Seventh Generation Sustainability Institute. Ashley received her Green MBA in Environmental and Organizational Sustainability from Antioch University New England. She is an active member of her community, serving on the Wellness Committee for her son’s pre-school and formerly sitting on Hinesburg’s Planning Commission. She credits her move to Vermont in 1998 to valuable time she spent working on VPIRG’s summer canvass. Ashley was elected VPIRG Board President in 2018.
- Vice President: Chris Miller, South Burlington
Social Mission Activism Manager, Ben & Jerry’s
Chris is the Social Mission Activism Manager at Ben & Jerry’s, a unique position within the corporate world. He is responsible for development and execution of the company’s issue advocacy campaigns that are rooted in its progressive values. Ben & Jerry’s has a long history of running campaigns on issues like mandatory GMO labeling, marriage equality, money in politics, and climate change. Before joining Ben & Jerry’s, Chris led the sustainability work at Seventh Generation, the leader in natural non-toxic household and personal care products. He also directed Greenpeace USA’s national climate change campaign and served on the staff of then Congressman Bernie Sanders. Chris also serves as the chair of the board of directors of Car Share Vermont and is vice-chair of the board of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.
- Secretary: Crea Lintilhac, Shelburne
Director of the Lintilhac Foundation
VPIRG board member since 1998. A graduate of Skidmore College with an MA in Geology from the University of Vermont, Crea serves on the Lake Champlain Advisory Council at UVM and is involved with Lake Champlain research studies at UVM and Middlebury College. Crea serves on the Conservation and Research Foundation at Connecticut College and is involved in historic preservation, conservation and education projects and programs in Vermont. Crea is a Director of the Lintilhac Foundation.
- Treasurer: Marianne Barton, Moretown
Co-founder, Catalyst Clean Energy Finance, LLC
Marianne has used her innate entrepreneurial skill over a 30-year career to successfully launch and lead both for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises. As a social entrepreneur, Marianne was a founding member and now serves as a trustee of the Circle School, a Sudbury-inspired democratic school in Harrisburg, PA. She founded her first company at 23, launching the first green real estate development firm in Pennsylvania. Marianne later brought her talents into the areas of electronics, communications technology, and the green energy sector. Marianne currently serves as co-founder of Catalyst Clean Energy Finance, LLC, and co-chair of Vermont’s Energy Action Network’s Capital Mobilization workgroup. Marianne matches her creativity and boundless enthusiasm for entrepreneurship with a deep commitment to identifying and pursuing opportunities to enact meaningful, lasting positive change for the greater good.
- Biff Mithoefer, Dorset
Author and Yoga Teacher
VPIRG board member since 1995. Biff Mithoefer has taught yoga at Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, and at workshops in Vermont, Hawaii, and California. He is a 500-hour Yoga Alliance registered teacher, and has studied shamanism. Previously, Biff was the President of East Mountain Environmental Services, engaged in the development of large-scale organic waste composting projects and is the former President and owner of East Mountain Transport, a solid waste handling, transportation, and recycling company.
- Drew Hudson, Columbia, SC
Executive Director at Environmental Action and Founding Partner at PowerThru Consulting
A VPIRG board member since 2008, Drew describes himself as a cat-herder, wrangler of impossible coalitions, and developer of complex communications and field campaigns. His consulting confab specializes in helping candidates and campaigns identify the messages and tools to effectively mobilize people in pursuit of peace, justice and sustainability — from simple websites to massive voter mobilization and everything in between. Recent clients have included Greenpeace, TrueMajority.org, USAction and others. Drew built his skills in political organizing and communications as a fellow at MoveOn.org, Field Director for the Symington for Governor Campaign and at VPIRG, where he served as Field and Communications Director from 2003-2008. Before settling in Vermont, Drew worked for the State PIRGs and their affiliates in Maryland, Georgia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the Green Corps Field School for Environmental Organizing and New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
- Dori Wolfe, Strafford
Owner and Principal, Wolfe Energy
Prior to launching Wolfe Energy, Dori co-founded groSolar, a national distributor and installer of renewable energy systems. She managed nearly all aspects of the company at different times since its inception in 1998. She has been an active member of the Strafford Energy Committee since 2006. Dori is currently serving on the Governor’s Council for Energy & the Environment, and has just completed her tenure on ReSource Vermont’s Green Jobs Council. As former clerk of SolarFest, the largest renewable energy fair in New England, she helped lead the organization to a stronger position in education and outreach. Prior to forming groSolar, Dori was a Senior Engineer at Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers. Dori has a BSME degree from Cornell University.
- Duane Peterson, Essex Junction
VPIRG board member since 1998. Duane is a social entrepreneur with an eclectic 35-year career in socially responsible business, campaign management, government service and community involvement. He moved his family from California in 1996 to Vermont where he worked as Chief of Stuff at Ben & Jerry’s for 12 years getting to execute Ben Cohen’s creative vision. Committed to advancing values-led business models, he’s a member of the national Social Venture Network, Vermont Venture Network and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. He also serves on the Boards of the HowardCenter and USAction. Duane co-directs SunCommon, a solar venture modeled after VPIRG’s highly successful solar communities program.
- Jane Stromberg, Burlington
Student at University of Vermont
Jane is in her senior year at the University of Vermont where she is completing a BS and BA in environmental engineering and political science. She’s President of the Renewable Energy Network, a student organization at UVM that connects students to professionals in the industry. She has worked as a field manager for VPIRG and has volunteered as an organizer with other VPIRG staff working on campus. She is also a fellow for Our Climate where she works with youth across the country to educate and inspire communities and politicians to push for a clean environment. She is deeply committed to the wide range of issues that VPIRG works on, with a particular interest in advancing our clean energy and climate work. She’s had personal and work experience with clean energy as her father runs a small solar business in New York. Jane’s goal is to represent VPIRG’s interests on campus and in her community.
- Jen Duggan, Montpelier
Vice President and Director of Conservation Law Foundation Vermont
VPIRG board member since 2018. Throughout her career, Jen has worked to protect public health and ensure all communities have equal access to a clean and healthy environment. Before joining CLF, Jen was the General Counsel for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Prior to her position with the Agency, Jen was Managing Attorney for the Environmental Integrity Project. She managed the Coal-Free Waters Campaign and represented community groups and other organizations in permit proceedings, citizen enforcement actions, and federal and state rulemakings pertaining to coal plants, oil refineries, and other large sources of pollution. Jen developed and co-counseled litigation requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to limit toxic discharges from coal plants for the first time; developed and co-counseled litigation requiring clean up of three coal ash landfills; and persuaded a state environmental agency to withdraw construction permits for two waste coal power plants. Jen earned her JD and Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.
- Jennifer “Jen” Kimmich, Stowe
Co-Founder of the Alchemist Brewery
Jennifer Kimmich co-founded The Alchemist in 2003 with her husband John. As Executive Officer of their brewery and distribution companies, Jennifer oversees financial planning, operations, marketing and distribution logistics. Jen has committed herself to growing and expanding the Alchemist Foundation which has been awarding scholarships to area students for 5 years.
Jennifer has a keen interest in all issues surrounding poverty, inequality and working families. She currently works on the public policy committee for Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR). She is also the Board Chair for Main Street Alliance and has been appointed to the State Workforce Development Operating Committee.
- Kati Gallagher, Burlington
Graduate Student, University of Vermont Community Development & Applied Economics
Kati is a second year graduate student at the University of Vermont studying Community Development & Applied Economics, with a concentration in Community Resilience and Planning. Her specific research focuses on Vermont’s “new economy,” including social entrepreneurship and alternative community well-being indicators. Before returning to school, Kati worked with VPIRG for four years as a canvass director, advocate, student organizer, and researcher. In that time, she helped to grow and strengthen the summer canvass, build new policy areas, and support wide ranging campaigns from GMO labeling to paid family leave. Kati is passionate about VPIRG’s mission to fight for the public interest, and as a student trustee is eager to continue to aid in empowering young people.
- Mark Floegel, Burlington
Senior Investigator, Greenpeace USA
Mark is a senior investigator in Greenpeace USA’s research unit. He has appeared widely in international, national and local mediaon numerous campaignc`and issues. He is also a prolific blogger on environmental and political issues. A former journalist, Mark has been working on public advocacy issues since 1987. During the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s, Mark was an organizer for CongressWatch in Washington, DC. He has worked with various Public Interest Research Groups – including VPIRG – and has worked with Greenpeace in both Washington, DC and Seattle, WA. He currently resides in Vermont, where he helped coordinate Greenpeace’s work in the effort to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. He is currently involved in the lawsuit Greenpeace is bringing against Dow Chemical, Sasol North America and two public relations firms for espionage against Greenpeace and other environmental groups.
- Mathew Rubin, Montpelier
President of Spruce Mt. Design
VPIRG board member since 1984. Mathew is the President of Spruce Mountain Design where he is engaged in run-of-river hydro project operations and energy conservation work. Mathew is also President of East Haven Windfarm, a small commercial wind energy project. He has previously developed, and continues to own and operate, three small hydroelectric power plants in Vermont, and has consulted on the development of numerous other hydro projects in New York and New England. Mr. Rubin has served on the boards of directors of a wide array of community and civic organizations including Renewable Energy Vermont, the Vermont Independent Power Producers Association, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group.
- Dr. Michael Scollins, South Burlington
Retired Doctor of Internal Medicine
Dr. Scollins is a retired primary care internist who practiced medicine in Vermont for 35 years. He spent 20 years in his own practice at Aesculapius Medical Center in South Burlington, before joining forces with Fletcher Allen Health Care (FAHC) – a partnership that lasted an additional 15 years. Mike is a former President of FAHC medical staff and spent time as one of their attending physicians. He also served as a Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at UVM College of Medicine. Mike has a special interest in cardiovascular prevention, adverse drug reactions, innovative models for health care delivery and cost control. He joined VPIRG as a trustee in 2010.