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: Development, Nominating, Regional Groups, Mentoring, and Environmental Masters (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, Nominating Committee & Mentoring Committee
Samara Anderson JD'03
Vermont Representative, Regional Groups Committee
Janet Arnold JD/MSEL'91
At-Large Member, Nominating Committee & Environmental Masters Committee
Jackie Brilling JD'79
Albany Regional Representative, Regional Groups Committee, Chair: Development Committee
Lisa Campion JD'10/MSEl'08
Presidential Appointee, Regional Groups Committee & Development Committee
David Carpenter JD/MSEL'97
Carolina Curbelo JD'05
New Jersey Representative, Regional Groups Committee & Mentoring Committee
Doug Ebeling JD'97
New York City Representative, Regional Groups Committee & Development Committee
Caroline Fisher JD'04
At-Large Member, Co-Chair: Regional Groups Committee & Mentoring Committee
Kristin Hines Gladd JD'10
Secretary/Executive Committee, Mentoring Committee
Jason Hutt JD'98
Richard Johnson JD'97
Presidential Appointee, Development Committee & Mentoring Committee
Heather Spurlock Kennealy JD/MSEL'02
At-Large Member, Co-Chair: Regional Groups & Events Committee and Mentoring Committee
Franziskus "Franz" Lepionka JD'02
Boston Representative, Regional Groups Committee & Mentoring Committee
Joey Barnett JD'10
Chicago-Midwest Representative, Regional Groups Committee, Mentoring Committee
Alex Manning JD'06
At-large Member, Nominating Committee & Development Committee
Brian Martin JD/MSEL'10
Presidential Appointee, Vice President/Executive Committee; Chair: Nominating & Development Committee
Natalie Mims MSEL'04
At-Large Member, Co-Chair: Environmental Masters Committee & Mentoring Committee
Karis North JD'95
At-Large Member, President/Executive Committee
Lisa Phipps MSEL'99
Co-Chair: Environmental Masters Committee & Regional Groups Committee
Mark Sciarrotta JD'96
Alumni Trustee, Executive Committee
Mark Seltzer JD'08/MSEL'05
DC Representative, Regional Groups Committee & Environmental Masters Committee
Jonathan Voegele JD'12
At-Large Member, Chair: Mentoring Committee & Nominating Committee
Shawn Marie Smith JD/MSEL'98
Presidential Appointee, Development Committee & Environmental Masters Committee
Rick Vanderslice JD/MSEL'01
Philadelphia Representative, Regional Groups Committee, Development Committee
Development Committee: Supports the Office for Institutional Advancement by increasing participation in the unrestricted annual giving program and development of VLS resources.
Nominating Committee: Develops nomination procedures for individuals running for open positions on the Board, solicits and reviews nominations.
Regional Groups Committee: Assists in the formation of alumni "clubs" in geographic regions; supports Admissions and Career Services efforts in geographic areas.
Ad Hoc Committee: Mentoring: Works with and supports career services in establishing a formal national mentoring program and process that pairs current students with alumni.
Ad Hoc Committee: Environmental Masters: Works towards bringing unity among all alumni and provides increasing support to Masters, LLM, and Distance Learner students and alums. Works closely with the Mentoring committee and Regional Groups committee, creating a greater sense of community among alumni and Vermont Law School.
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.
Office for Institutional AdvancementPO Box 26, Chelsea Street South Royalton, VT firstname.lastname@example.org@vermontlaw.edu802-831-1312800-227-1395, ext. 1312802-831-1143 (fax)