VLSAA Board of Directors

The VLSAA is led by a Board of Directors that meets three times a year in person and occasionally via conference call. Currently, there are 24 members on this board. The Board of Directors is selected through an election process, with an additional six appointments made by the VLSAA president. Recognized regional alumni groups are also granted a representative. Board member terms are for three years, with the possibility of being re-elected for a second term. Each election cycle, three spots on the Board will be vacant. The nomination process concludes in May, and elections are held in July. (Interested in running for the Board? Scroll down to view the job description.)

The Board has five active committees: Career Services, Communications, Development, Nominating, and Regional Groups (see below for descriptions). Alumni who are not on the Board are invited to join a VLSAA committee and get involved through this channel. Please contact the specific committee chair if you are interested in volunteering.


Chris Adamo JD'04

Presidential Appointee

Janet Arnold JD/MSEL'91

Vice President
Chair, Nominating Committee 

Marilyn Bartlett JD'91 


Jackie Brilling JD'79

Albany Regional Representative

Lisa Campion JD'10/MSEl'08

Presidential Appointee

David Carpenter JD/MSEL'97 

At-large Member
Chair, Communications Committee

Carolina Curbelo JD'05 

NJ Regional Representative
Chair, Development Committee 

Doug Ebeling JD'97 

NYC Regional Representative
Chair, Career Services Committee 

Caroline Fisher JD'04

At-Large Member

Maria E. Gomez JD/MSEL'05 

At-large Member 

Jason Hutt JD'98 

Alumni Trustee 

Richard Johnson JD'97

Presidential Appointee

Heather Spurlock Kennealy JD/MSEL'02     

At-large Member
Chair, Regional Groups Committee 

Franziskus "Franz" Lepionka JD'02

Boston Regional Representative

Kyle Lewis JD'09

MidWest Regional Representative

Alex Manning JD'06 

At-large Member 

Brian Martin JD/MSEL'10 

Presidential Appointee 

Natalie Mims MSEL'04

3M At-Large Member

Karis North JD'95 


Mark Sciarrotta JD'96 

Alumni Trustee 

Mark Seltzer JD'08/MSEL'05

DC Regional Representative 

Shawn Marie Smith JD/MSEL'98

Presidential Appointee

Jonathan Voegele JD'12

At-large Member

Lindi von Mutius JD'08 

DelVal Regional Representative 

VLSAA Committees

Career Services Committee: Provides support to the Career Services Office by reaching out to alumni speakers, expanding mentor networks, and advising students.

Communications Committee: Works with the Alumni Office in planning, implementing and promoting events, publications and communications with alumni.

Development Committee: Supports the Development Office by increasing participation in the unrestricted annual giving program and development of VLS resources.

Nominating Committee: Develops procedures for nominating individuals to open positions on the Board, solicits nominations, and determines if nomineeds meet the required qualifications.

Regional Groups Committee: Assists the formation of alumni "clubs" in geographic regions and supports Admissions and Career Services efforts in geographic areas.

Click here to view committee assignments and members.


VLSAA Board of Directors Job Description

Vermont Law School Alumni Association Board members are presumed to have a faithful commitment to the value of Vermont Law School as an exceptional institution. It is incumbent upon them to keep informed about the school, including trends and issues in higher education that affect the future of the school. Board members are expected to:

  • Attend and participate in as many board meetings as possible.

  • Actively serve on VLSAA committees, approaching all issues with an open mind, prepared to make the best decisions for the Alumni Association.

  • Commit to share their talents, time and treasure in support of the mission of VLS.

  • Serve as a positive and enthusiastic spokesperson for VLS and the Alumni Association.

  • Assist in the identification, cultivation and involvement of alumni in areas such as student recruitment, job placement, development of regional and affinity alumni groups and financial support.

  • Be familiar with the programs and activities sponsored, organized, and coordinated by VLS or the Alumni Association.

  • Accept leadership and participatory roles in alumni-sponsored programs and activities throughout the year.

  • Work with the Office for Institutional Advancement on behalf of VLS and the Alumni Association to help increase the overall percentage of unrestricted alumni giving.

  • Respect the confidentiality of information to which they are privy as Board members and avoid any perception of a conflict of interest.

  • Members of the VLSAA Board of Directors are responsible for supporting the work and decisions of the Board and for showing solidarity as a group.

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