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One of 40 Councils nationwide, the VCRD is an independent non-profit with a 23 member Board of Directors representing federal, state, local, private, and non-profit partners working together to promote the progress of rural Vermont.

VCRD Board and Staff, 2015. BACK: Steve Patterson, Tom Hark, Bob Ackland, George Twigg; MIDDLE: Tim Smith, John Tracy, Megan Camp, Ruth Wallman, Marie Houghton, Jenny Nelson. FRONT: Paul Costello, Katherine Sims, Jenna Whitson, Lucy Leriche, Greg Brown, Arthur 'Buzz' Schmidt. PHOTO: Margaret Gibson McCoy


  • Ted Brady, USDA Rural Development (Chair)
  • Robert Paquin, Farm Services Agency
  • John Sinclair, Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forest


  • Paul Bruhn, Preservation Trust of Vermont (Vice Chair)
  • Megan Camp, Shelburne Farms (Treasurer)
  • Thomas Hark, President Emeritus, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps
  • Katherine Sims, Green Mountain Farm to School


  • Hal Cohen, Agency of Human Services
  • Lucy Leriche, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Chris Recchia, Department of Public Service
  • Chuck Ross, Agency of Agriculture, Food and¬†Markets


  • Greg Brown, Dummerston (Chair)
  • Arthur "Buzz" Schmidt, Retreat Farm
  • Tim Smith, Franklin County Industrial Development Corp.
  • Ed Vilandrie, Altman Vilandrie & Company


  • Marie Houghton, IBM
  • Alex MacLean, Consultant (Secretary)
  • Wright Preston, Northfield Savings Bank
  • Rob Miller, VSECU
  • Andrew Savage, AllEarth Renewables

Non-Voting Liaisons

  • Jenny Nelson, Senator Sander's Office
  • John Tracy, Senator Leahy's Office
  • George Twigg, Congressman Welch's Office