Thanks to the Energy Co-op members who joined us via ZOOM for the 2020 Energy Co-op Annual Meeting.
Congressman Peter Welch joined us as our guest presenter and gave us his update on the Climate Action Initiative and other important issues that are pending in Congress as we prepare for the up-coming election.
Also presenting was Laura Capps, Emerging Technologies and Services Manager at Efficiency Vermont who spoke about the increasing importance of indoor air quality.
Elected for three year terms to our Board of Directors:
Kelly is currently serving as our Board Chair and has been on the Co-op board since 2019. Kelly has a depth of experience in energy efficiency policy, legislative strategy and corporate communications. She is currently the Director of External and Government Affairs at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) where she formerly served as Public Affairs and Communications Manager. 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.
Tom has been on the Energy Co-op board since 2018. He is the Chief Financial Officer at the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) where he is 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 ISA, GE Healthcare and Information Resources. Tom also worked as an adjunct accounting professor at both Champlain College (since 2010) and the Community College of Vermont (since 2005). He 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.
Owiso is a new candidate for the Energy Co-op board. She's a positive-minded, people-person who enjoys reading, skiing, skating, wine-tasting, sudoku puzzles and a good joke, among other things. She has 20+ years of experience in planning and community development in cites 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.