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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. 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 six active committees: Development, Nominating, Regional Groups, Mentoring, Career Development 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.


Lori Anthony 

Lori Anthony JD'97

Presidential Appointee


 Jackie Brilling

Jackie Brilling JD'79

Albany Representative


 Carolina Curbelo

Carolina Curbelo JD'05

New Jersey Representative


 Caroline Fisher

Caroline Fisher-O'Neill JD'04

At-Large Member



Johanna de Graffenried MELP'15

Vermont Representative

Sarah Jackson

Sarah Jackson MSEL'03

At-Large, Masters-Only


Rick Johnson 

Richard Johnson JD'97

At-Large Member



Joanne Jordan JD'90

Alumni Trustee


 Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy JD'93

Presidential Appointee


Cole Konopka

Cole Konopka JD'16

At-Large Representative


Franziskus Lepionka 

Franz Lepionka JD'02

Boston Representative


 Puspa Luitel

Puspa Luitel JD'16

At-Large Member


 Meagan Munsey

Meagan Munsey JD'05

At-Large Member



Kelly Nokes JD/MELP'15

Colorado Representative

 Karis North

Karis North JD'95

Alumni Trustee



Gretchen Oldham JD'09

Paris Representative


Vikram Patel JD'13

Chicago Representative

Richard Sala

Richard Sala JD/MELP'13

Presidential Appointee


 Mark Seltzer

Mark Seltzer JD'08/MSEL'05

DC Representative


 Emily Slagle

Emily Slagle JD/MELP'12

Minnesota Representative


 Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith JD'14

At-Large Member


 Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith MELP'14

New York City Representative


Adam Sowatzkas 

Adam Sowatzka JD/MSEL'97

Atlanta Representative


 Ashlee Stetser

Ashlee Stetser JD'15

At-Large Member


 Richard Vanderslice

Rick Vanderslice JD/MSEL'01

Philadelphia Representative


Margaux Valenti 

Margaux Valenti JD'13

Presidential Appointee


 Bob Weisberg

Bob Weisberg JD/MSEL'01

Presidential Appointee



VLSAA Committees

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.

Mentoring Committee: Works with and supports career services in establishing a formal national mentoring program and process that pairs current students with alumni.

Environmental Masters Committee: 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. To learn more about this group click here.


Interested in serving on a committee? Membership on each committee is open to the membership at large. Email us at alumni@vermontlaw.edu to find out  more.

VLSAA Board Member 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 External Relations on behalf of VLS and the Alumni Association to help increase the overall percentage of alumni giving to the Annual Fund. 

  • 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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