Catherine Villafranco Parker, Chair
Robert Charlebois, Vice Chair
Deborah W. Granquist, Vice Chair
Robert H. Young, Treasurer
Board of Trustees
First year elected: 2009
End of term: 2018
Bob has held a variety of executive positions in the energy sector over the last 35 years. Currently he is managing director for Duke Energy Renewables and responsible for developing utility scale wind and solar projects across the U.S. Over the years he has served on a number of non-profit boards and is currently serving his second term on the Green Mountain College board. Bob holds a BA from the University of Denver and studied executive management at Rice University. He and his wife Megan reside in Pittsfield, Vermont and enjoy skiing, tennis and golf. Their son Wynn and his family live in Charlotte, North Carolina.
First year elected: 2014
End of term: 2017
Dan is the Founder and President of De Clercq Office Group, a sustainable office furniture dealer in Connecticut. While doing research for his Green Mountain College MBA Capstone project (MBA ’13), Dan discovered a remarkable finding: an estimated three million tons of office furniture is discarded in U.S. landfills every year. Extrapolating from a U.K. study showing that 50% of discarded office furniture is reusable, he estimated half that tonnage was unnecessary waste.
Sustainability is now a central pillar of the De Clercq Office Group, his Connecticut-based enterprise that generates about $20 million of annual revenue. Dan’s business works with corporate and non-profit customers worldwide to incorporate sustainable furnishings in their offices. He supports furniture manufacturers that adhere to environmental best practices such as Greenguard and the Forest Stewardship Council, and he’s established an Office Furniture Rescue program to help keep useful furniture out of the waste stream. “The first question I used to get from clients when I told them about sustainable furnishing was: ‘how much is it going to cost me,’” he said. “Increasingly they see it as a good investment.” Part of the attraction is a growing interest in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building projects. The De Clercq Office Group provides clients with furnishing solutions consistent with green building practices.
First year elected: 2013
End of term: 2019
Environmentalist and human rights activist Dianne Dillon-Ridgley of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future, has for over thirty years worked on issues of the environment and sustainability, gender and CSR, both domestically and internationally. She was a director at Interface, Inc., a global manufacturer of modular carpet and a leader in sustainable design. She was also a director at Green Mountain Energy for the first six years and chaired the Environmental Integrity Committee for the company until GMEC was acquired by NRG.
Dianne was appointed by the White House to the U.S. delegation for the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session in New York in 1997, and to the World Summit for Sustainable Development in South Africa in 2002, making her the only person to serve on all three U.S. delegations.
She is founding chair-emerita of Plains Justice, an environmental law center for the Great Plains states in the U.S., and is a trustee and board chair for CIEL (the Center for International Environmental Law); Population Connection (former National Chair); Executive Director WNSF (the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future);the former national chair of River Network and former president of ZPG. She was also CEO of WEDO (the Women’s Environment and Development Organization) in the 1990’s and head of the Iowa Association of Human Rights Agencies, among others.
From 1999 through its tenure she was a member of the Oxford University Commission on Sustainable Consumption and Production (Mansfield College) and the first U.S. member appointed to the Global Water Partnership in Stockholm. Former President Clinton appointed her to the PCSD, his council on Sustainable Development (1994-1999). In the past two Presidential elections she was part of P-CAP, (Presidential Climate Action Project).
In 2000 by the appointment of the Secretary General, she chaired the Millennium DPI conference at the UN, which first introduced the idea for the Millennium Development Goals. In 2011 she was selected among the “green leaders” for the Women in commercial Real Estate, New York City (CREW), keynoting their annual event, February 2011.
Along with her service as a trustee of Green Mountain College, Dianne serves on the Auburn University School of Human Sciences-Dean’s Advisory Board and the Tippie College of Business Management Committee and is a frequent commencement speaker including Lund in Sweden; the Presidio School of Business; Central College, Iowa; and in 2013 at Green Mountain College which awarded her an Honorary Doctor of Laws.
She lives in Iowa City, Iowa and has two adult children, Dasal who graduated from Morehouse in Atlanta, and Karima, who graduated from Harvard.
First year elected: 2012
End of term:
Deborah’s diverse business career includes experience in banking (Connecticut Bank and Trust Company), law (Cummings & Lockwood), tax law and securities. Currently she and her husband own a consulting firm for non-profits specializing in governance, strategic planning and board development. Deborah has served on many boards in Vermont including chairperson at the Vermont Community Foundation, Vermont Public Radio, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Currently she serves on the Vermont State Library Board as a gubernatorial appointee. She was elected to the Green Mountain College board of trustees in 2012. Deborah received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law with honors. She also is a graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute at the Snelling School of Government in Williston, Vt., and received an honorary doctor of humane letters from GMC in 2008. She is married to Wayne Granquist and resides in Weston, Vt.
First year elected: 2016
End of term: 2019
Sheppard A. Guryan is the managing member of the law firm Lasser Hochman, L.L.C., in Roseland, N.J. He also chairs the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and specializes in the areas of complex business, partnership, corporate and real estate litigation. He has tried cases in New Jersey, New York and other jurisdictions across the country.
Sheppard earned his B.A. degree from Rutgers where he was a Henry Rutgers Scholar. He received his law degree from Cornell Law School and served as clerk to the Hon. Harold A. Ackerman in the New Jersey Superior Court.
He and his wife, Joan, have two children, five grandchildren, and divide their time between New Jersey and Pawlet, Vt.
Sheppard is a member of the board of trustees of the Nature Conservancy of Vermont, and is a member of the Cornell Law School Advisory Council. He is a former member and counsel to the board of trustees of FarBrook School, an independent school in Short Hills, N.J., a former officer of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, and a former trustee of Vermont Law School.
First year elected: 2005
End of term: 2018
Shortly after graduating cum laude from Green Mountain College in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in business management, Cathi joined Chase Manhattan Bank in New York where she worked in the finance area and then for Chase Home Mortgage Corporation in Massachusetts. Cathi worked for Wainwright Bank & Trust Company in Boston for 23 years and served as vice president. Her primary responsibility was managing operational effectiveness in the Commercial and Consumer Lending Operations Department. Cathi also managed client services and operations of all support teams, including regulatory compliance and quality control, and served as the bank’s business resumption coordinator. At various times she served on the company’s Technology Steering Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, CERES (Corporate Environmental Policy) Committee and the Human Resource Committee. Along with serving as president on the College’s Alumni Board for nine years and currently serving on the GMC Board of Trustees Cathi was active in numerous volunteer activities including bank coordination of the AIDS Walk and The Ride for Rosie’s (a shelter for homeless and abused women). She has also designed and produced quilts for the ABCD Foundation (serving children with chronic and life-threatening illness). Cathi is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and was inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in Co1leges and Universities while attending GMC. In 2012 Cathi was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
First year elected: 2011
End of term: 2017
Bob Young recently retired from Central Vermont Public Service Corporation (CVPS), a company he served as president and chief executive officer for 15 years. During that period he launched a cultural and environmental transformation of CVPS that led to national recognition for efficiency, transparency and creativity. He began his career in the energy industry with stints at Bechtel, the Arlington Exploration Company, and the Bay State Gas Company. He also served as a senior management consultant for Arthur D. Little Inc. in Cambridge, Mass., the world’s oldest management consulting firm. Two innovative CVPS programs have made a large impact on Green Mountain College. GMC faculty and students helped the company research the potential for hybrid and electric plug-in vehicles through the CVPS Plug ‘n Go program. From methane extracted from cow manure, CVPS created a renewable energy source and provided another way for Vermont family farms to stay in business, and in 2006 Green Mountain became the largest CVPS Cow Power Customer. In 2009 the US Department of Energy recognized Cow Power as its Green Power Program of the year, and in April 2010, Forbes magazine named CVPS one of the 100 most trustworthy companies in the U.S. Bob completed his undergraduate education at Beloit College and received his MBA from Stanford. In 2011he received an honorary doctorate from Green Mountain College.
Barbara W. Wellnitz ’61
Fellow, PRSA; Senior Counsel, Ryan Wellnitz & Associates Fellow, PRSA; Senior Counsel, Ryan Wellnitz & Associates
First year elected: 2010 • End of term: 2016 (’94-’96 & ’97-’09) (Emerita ’09-’10) First year elected: 2010 • End of term: 2016 (’94-’96 & ’97-’09) (Emerita ’09-’10)
Retired from Board 2014, elected as Trustee Emerita