Staff

Meet the Chamber Team

 

Tom Torti
President and CEO
tom@vermont.org | 802.863.3489 ext. 202

Tom Torti has been the President of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2006. Prior to his appointment, he spent 16 years serving in senior cabinet positions in the state government. Tom has been active in his community and the region serving as a member of the Essex Select Board and Planning Commission; the Chittenden County Transportation Authority; the Maple Leaf Farms Board of Directors and coaching youth sports. He currently serves on the Boards of The Committee on Temporary Shelter, RunVermont, Hunger Free Vermont and is a Trustee of Burlington College. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Michael’s College and his Master’s Degree from the University of Vermont.

   

Catherine Z. Davis
Executive Vice President
cathy@vermont.org | 802.863.3489 ext. 206

Cathy heads the Chamber’s legislative advocacy, communications and member services teams. During the legislative session, she represents the interests of the Chamber and GBIC members at the Statehouse in Montpelier, tracking the issues for members and ensuring members’ views are heard by legislators. Outside of work, Cathy lives with her husband and two small children in a farmhouse that keeps them busy with lots of DIY.

   
   

Patrick O’Neil
Vice President of Financial & Operations
patrick@vermont.org | 802.863.3489 ext. 207

Pat serves as the Chamber's Financial Operations Manager. Prior to joining the Chamber, he spent six years managing the accounting and finance for the North American branch of Garmont.  Patrick received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Vermont and is a lifelong resident of Essex, Vermont. Patrick enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, skiing and hockey.

   
  

Katie Taylor
Director of Workforce Development & Entrepreneurship
katie@vermont.org | 802.863.3489 ext.208

Katie is a member of the Chamber's Government Affairs team working to represent member businesses in Montpelier. Prior to joining the Chamber, Katie worked as an environmental attorney, most recently with the Compliance & Enforcement Division of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. Katie also worked at Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C. Katie received her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School, a Masters of Fine Arts in theatre from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wesleyan College in Macon, GA.

   

Nicole Belanus
Communications Director
nicole@vermont.org | 802.863.3489 ext. 209

Nicole is responsible for all Chamber communications, the Chamber's social media outlets, maintenance of Vermont.org, serves as the Board Liaison, and she is in charge of Member Special Events. Nicole is also responsible for design work and supervising the administrative staff.  Nicole enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family.

   

Matt Borden
Welcome Center Manager
matt@vermont.org | 802.363.4684

Matt has worked at the Chamber for 10 years and is currently the Supervisor of the Williston Welcome Centers, Georgia Southbound Rest Area, the Chamber's Burlington International Airport Information Desk and Burlington Waterfront Visitors Center.

   
 

Marla Woulf
Sales and Branding Manager
marla@vermont.org | 802.863.3489 ext. 234

Marla works with all Chamber members and businesses to ensure they are utilizing the Chamber's incredible network and exposure opportunities. A creative marketing mind, Marla finds innovative ways to connect businesses, streamline messaging and engage our members.  As the Chamber branding manager, she works tirelessly to show our community that the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce is the best business organization out there, and we're proud of what we do!

   

Ashten Stringer
Government Affairs Specialist
ashten@vermont.org | 802.863.3489 ext.228

Ashten serves as part of the Chamber's Government Affairs team monitoring legislative developments in the Vermont State House in Montpelier.  In addition, Ashten will support the Burlington Young Professionals organization. Prior to taking on this position, Ashten used his background in community development to serve as the Chamber's AmeriCorps VISTA member where he coordinated and taught the TIPS program.  In his free time, he enjoys skiing, hiking, and playing soccer.

   

Mary Anne Sheahan
Director of Education & Leadership Programs
maryanne@vermont.org | 802.863.3489 ext. 227

Mary Anne is the Executive Director of Leadership Champlain, Vermont’s professional development leadership program; and also directs Workforce Education and Development, promoting and retaining workforce talent in Vermont. Mary Anne is a Project Management Professional and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration. A UVM legacy, graduate, parent, and fan, she lives in Shelburne with her husband and three teen-age children.

   
 

Billy Connelly
Membership Development Associate
membership@vermont.org 802.863.3489 ext. 220

Billy is in charge of new member sales.

 

 

   

Erin Bombard
Marketing and Events Coordinator
erin@vermont.org 802.863.3489 ext. 221

Erin supports the Chamber's regional tourism and event functions. She develops and implements digital marketing efforts for vermont.org and manages the Chamber's networking and annual events. Prior to joining the Chamber, Erin worked at Dealer.com where she wrote website content and ran social media campaigns. A native Western New Yorker moving to Vermont after completing her B.A. from Plattsburgh State, Erin spends her free time with friends and family, outside, cooking or reading a good book.

   

Victoria Colarusso
Office Coordinator
victoria@vermont.org | 802.863.3489 ext. 223

Victoria is a native New Yorker who moved to Vermont shortly after receiving her B.A. from the University at Albany in Upstate New York. She is responsible for general office and administrative duties within the Chamber. She assists tourists and guests of the Chamber with general inquiries and requests. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her friends and family, travel, and go on hikes with her dog.

   

Barbara Swinton
Tourist Assistant
802.863.3489

Barb welcomes visitors, answers questions about the area and assists Chamber staff with various projects. She belongs to Burlington Business and Professional Women, volunteers at Hope Lodge and is a Flynn Center Spirit. She enjoys cookng, reading, antiquing, and train travel. 

 

   

Sherri Potvin
Administrative Assistant
sherri@vermont.org | 802.372.8400

Sherri is a native Vermonter who bas been a Champlain Islands resident for 40 years. She manages our Islands Office. Sherri attended Chittenden County schools and graduated from Champlain College with a degree in Paralegal Studies. She enjoys friends and family gatherings, boating, gardening, and relaxing at home.

   

Liz Amler
Project Coordinator
liz@vermont.org | 802.863.3489 ext. 229

Liz works with the Chamber's Government Affairs Team and Conventions Bureau. Prior to joining the Chamber, Liz worked on gubernatorial campaigns in Vermont and the Bernie 2016 campaign. Liz is originally from New York, and attended the University of Vermont where she received her bachelors degree in Global Studies. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

   

Gail Stevenson
VQEI Coordinator
stevenson@vermont.org

Gail is in charge of VQEI relations. Gail currently consults for the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative, was Director of International Programs at Champlain College; served on the Faculty at Middlebury College for many years and has numerous significant academic achievements to her name. Gail holds a Ph.D. in Economics from American University. Gail is fluent in Norwegian, has a command of the Russian language, communicates both in writing and speaking in French and some Spanish.

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