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New board members and chair at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

New board members and chair at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Posted on November 05, 2013

Montpelier, VT – Since 1995, the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) has been strengthening Vermont’s economy by providing financing, technical resources, and business assistance to Vermont companies committed to developing products, offering services, and creating jobs in the fields of renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and forestry.

Dave Lane of South Hero has been elected as chair of the board. Lane, the owner of Snow Farm Vineyard and Crescent Bay Farm, as well as a senior loan officer with Yankee Farm Credit, has served on the VSJF board since 2004. Lane previously held positions as deputy secretary for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and executive director of the Intervale Foundation.

Lane shares, “the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund is an agile, non-profit organization with a strong history moving innovative agriculture, forestry, and energy projects forward. I look forward to continuing the pioneering work VSJF has been known for and working with the highly qualified staff to strengthen Vermont’s working landscape economy.”

Meg Smith of Charlotte and Robin Scheu of Middlebury are newly appointed to the VSJF board.

Smith has been recently named director of the Vermont Women’s Fund, a program of the Vermont Community Foundation. Her communication career spans serving as public relations director for Gardener's Supply Company and operating her own firm, Meg Smith & Company. As a founding member of VBSR, Smith became subsequently involved in the local business community including an active board member of the Intervale Center since 2003. She co-chairs the board of The Charlotte News, serves on the Young Writers Project board, and is a member of Vermont Public Radio's marketing and development committee.

Scheu is currently executive director of the Addison County Economic Development Corporation and previously worked in commercial lending and bank management as well as managing a consulting business. Scheu ran the Addison County Solid Waste Management District, the Middlebury Area Land Trust, and was treasurer of the Middlebury Natural Foods Coop. She is currently president of the board of the United Way of Addison County and is a member of the Porter Medical Center Board and the Working Lands Enterprise Board.

“We are so pleased that Meg and Robin agreed to join our board. Meg brings years of experience in marketing and communications with socially responsible businesses--at a time when VSJF is ramping up its efforts to further promote its local production for local use development initiatives. Robin brings many connections with the wider economic development community as well as a deep background in lending and land use planning, and is a valued partner in helping to further develop the local food system from her base in Addison County,” says Ellen Kahler, executive director at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.

Dave Lane replaces Ed Kiniry of Shelburne as board chair, who now serves as vice chair. Smith and Scheu step into their board roles previously held by Nancy Wood, retired from The Charlotte News and Joan Goldstein, executive director of Green Mountain Economic Development Board Corp. in White River Jct. Wood served for six years and Goldstein for four years—both provided valuable support and insight to board during their terms.

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The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) is a non-profit organization created by the Vermont Legislature in 1995 to accelerate the development of Vermont’s green economy. VSJF provides financing, technical assistance, and networking resources to Vermont businesses committed to creating jobs, products, and services in the fields of renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and forestry. VSJF programs designed to strengthen Vermont’s working landscape include the Vermont Farm to Plate, Bioenergy, and Harvest for Use Initiatives; the Peer to Peer Collaborative; and the Vermont Agriculture Development Program. Additionally VSJF is the fund manager of the Flexible Capital Fund. More information is available at www.vsjf.org