Tom Connors

Tom Connors

Treasurer

In 2019 Tom retired as Chief Financial Officer at the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) where he was responsible for the overall direction of the financial, accounting and investment areas of this not-for-profit affordable housing agency. Prior to joining VHFA, Tom held senior financial positions at Trak Sports USA, IDX Systems (now GE Healthcare) and Information Resources. Tom has also worked as an adjunct accounting professor at both Champlain College (2010-2016) and the Community College of Vermont (2005-present). He currently serves on the Board of VTARR (Vermont Alliance for Recovery Residences). He previously served on the Board of ReSOURCE, a Burlington-based, non-profit Community Enterprise for 15 years and served as Board President, Vice President and Treasurer during that tenure. Tom holds an MBA (Finance) degree from Bentley University in Waltham, MA and a BA in Business Administration from St. Michaels College. Besides teaching Tom spends his retirement time volunteering for several local non-profits and playing bad golf.

Kelly Lucci

Kelly Lucci

Chair

Kelly has a depth of experience in energy efficiency policy, legislative strategy and corporate communications. She is currently the Director of Strategy and Partnerships for Efficiency Vermont at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) where she formerly served as Director of External and Government Affairs. Prior to joining VEIC, Kelly was an outreach representative in the office of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. She holds a degree in Political Science from Middlebury College, and resides in Fletcher, Vermont.

Owiso Makuku

Owiso Makuku

Owiso is a newly elected candidate for the Energy Co-op board. She has 20+ years of experience in planning and community development in cities as diverse as NYC, Cambridge (MA), Detroit (MI), Burlington (VT) and for the State of Michigan. She is interested in how people interact with and within the built environment and the dynamics and elements that make cities and communities successful. She is currently the Interim Community Development Director for the Town of Essex (VT). Owiso attended Middlebury College as an undergraduate and received graduate degrees in both Architecture and Urban Planning from MIT. She brings to the board her passion for serving and improving communities.

Gillian Nanton

Gillian Nanton

Gillian Nanton is currently the Assistant Director for Community Engagement, Neighborhoods & Workforce Development in the Community and Economic Development (CEDO), in the City of Burlington, Vermont.

Prior to joining CEDO in 2015, she worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as Chief of the Caribbean Division in New York and was the Resident Representative/Resident Coordinator in Jamaica, for five and a half years. Ms. Nanton also served as Assistant to the Executive Director who represented Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean, at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Nanton has over 25 years of economic development experience and is a senior professional with expertise in policy and program analysis, program management and partnership building, in areas such as poverty reduction, affordable housing, and sustainable development. She holds an MBA from Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA, and is twice a graduate of the University of the West Indies, where she earned a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Economics and Master's in Social Sciences (MSc).

Gillian currently chairs the board of the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center and serves on the board of directors of Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) and South End Arts + Business Association in Burlington, Vermont.

Sarah Wolfe

Sarah Wolfe

Secretary

Sarah has worked in communications and public affairs in the energy space for ten years. Her work has strengthened climate and clean energy policies and programs in Vermont and nationally. She was the Senior Manager of National Campaigns for Sunrun, a residential solar company, advocating for net metering policies across the country. She brought her national experience to Vermont to lead legislative and regulatory clean energy work for VPIRG as the Clean Energy Advocate. She turned to a broader statewide energy focus as the Network Director for the Energy Action Network, leading the development of the Annual Progress Report and facilitating network strategy sessions. For the last several years, she has worked as the Communications Manager at VEIC, leading internal and external communication efforts for Efficiency Vermont. In her personal capacity, she helps organizations and individuals develop and deliver key messages. She also chairs the Northfield Energy Committee. She lives in Northfield, VT with her husband, new son, and faithful hound.

Leslie Parker

Leslie Parker

Leslie joined Wake Robin as the Director of Environmental Services in 2016 where she is responsible for new construction, including a $42 million dollar expansion project, maintenance, grounds, security, housekeeping, laundry and utilities. She also works with residents and staff on sustainability, environmental stewardship and reducing Wake Robin's carbon footprint.

Her work history has focused on operations management, including Long Term Care Director of Operations at the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, Operations Director at an internationally recognized graphic design firm, and independent consulting work. She's been a Vermont resident since receiving a BS from Penn State University.

Graham Turk

Graham Turk

Graham is graduate student and research assistant in MIT's Technology and Policy Program where his research is focused on heat pump adoption. He previously worked at Green Mountain Power (GMP) on the innovation team and as head of customer care. His work at GMP involved designing and executing innovative programs in areas such as electric vehicle charging, energy storage, and demand flexibility. Graham holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Princeton University.

On the weekends you can find him on the slopes, in the woods, or riding on a dirt road. He can sub in to play goalie at your weekly hockey skate with at least 4 hours' notice.

Chris Flannery

Chris Flannery

Chris is the Chief Financial Officer for the Vermont Housing Finance Agency. He is an experienced investment banking, capital markets, and data analytics professional with math Ph.D. He has strong people and project management skills and proven ability to execute complex transactions to achieve transformative business results.

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