Community Sailing Center welcomes new board members

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Wed, 03/23/2016 - 11:38am -- tricia

The Community Sailing Center (CSC) has announced that six new members have been elected to its Board of Directors. The new members will serve three year terms, which began onJanuary 1, 2016. In addition to the new board members, the CSC has also announced the officers and full Board of Directors for 2016.

Joining the Board of Directors are Pat Burns, Tom Porter, Jessica Bridge, Lindsay DesLauriers, Grant Leibersberger and Marc Sherman.

“Our new Board members embody the spirit of the Community Sailing Center and bring diverse talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have their leadership during this pivotal year, as we expand our facilities and grow our community programs,” said Mark Naud, Executive Director of the Community Sailing Center.

Pat Burns is a Burlington resident since 1974 who retired from City Market in June of 2015 as General Manager and after 9 years working at the Co-op, starting as the Director of Operations. Prior to City Market, Pat was a Wendy’s franchisee (1983-1996), worked in the Retail Operations department of Ben & Jerry’s for 7 years (1996-2003) and ran a Franchise Consulting business from 2003-2006.

Thomas A. Porter is the Senior Loan Officer in the Commercial Lending group and a member of the Management Team at the Vermont Economic Development Authority.  Prior to joining VEDA in 1986, he worked as a small business consultant in the Metropolitan Office of the accounting firm Arthur Young in New York City from 1982 to 1986. 

He earned an MBA in Finance from Stern Business School at New York University in 1982, a certificate in International Business from Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Jouy en Josas, France 1982, and a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College in 1979. 

At VEDA, Mr. Porter oversees the Commercial Lending group, reviews, analyzes and manages many of VEDA’s commercial loan accounts in all of its commercial loan programs including the VEDA: Commercial and Small Business Energy Loan Programs, Direct Loan Program, Small Business Loan Program, SBA 504 Loan Program, Subchapter 3 Local Development Corporation Loan Program, and Non-Profit and Manufacturing Revenue Bond Loan Programs.

Jessica Bridge is the co-owner of Element Real Estate, an entity dedicated to the practice of client-centric residential and commercial real estate. Originally a transplant from New Jersey, Jessica has been a Vermont resident for 16 years. She's owned multiple local businesses, ranging in fields from hospitality to real estate.  Jessica served as the President of the Winooski Community Partnership, Winooski's Downtown Association, for three years and has served on the organizing committee for the Cattle Baron's Ball, a fundraiser in support of the American Cancer Society's Lois McClure-Bee Tabakin Hope Lodge, for five years and counting. Jessica currently serves on the board of Maple Leaf Treatment Center. Beyond all else, Jessica places emphasis on the Golden Rule as a way of life, in all matters business, civic and personal.

Lindsay DesLauriers is the State Director at Main Street Alliance of Vermont, an organization that engages business owners on public policy issues. Prior to working at Main Street Alliance, Lindsay worked in public policy as an advocate at Voices for Vermont’s Children, a non-profit children’s state policy organization.  She also served as Interim Director for the Vermont Early Childhood Alliance, a statewide coalition of early childhood professionals, parents, businesses, and strategic partners working to affect positive policy change in the area of early childhood. Personally, Lindsay grew up working and skiing at her family’s ski resort in Bolton Valley and sailing on Lake Champlain in the summers. Lindsay bought her first sailboat this past summer - a gorgeous Quickstep 24 – and has been enjoying the transition from perennial passenger to captain! Lindsay attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York, graduating in 2001 and subsequently received her Masters from the University of Vermont.  Lindsay is committed to promoting positive social, educational, and economic opportunities that will enhance quality of life for all Vermonters and sees the Champlain Sailing Center as just such a resource for our region. 

Grant Leibersberger has twenty years of leadership experience helping young people, families, and organizations build a solid foundation for success. He currently serves as the Director of Finance and Operations and is a Founding Partner at Mansfield Hall. His experience also includes serving as the assistant director of a young adult transitional living program, the director of two innovative wilderness therapy programs, and as a supportive therapist in residential and non-residential settings. Grant has additionally worked to help families fund therapeutic programs through his participation in various charitable organizations and as an advisor at a global financial services firm. Grant holds a master’s degree in counseling from Northern Arizona University and an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He serves on the Board of Directors of Saving Teens in Crisis Collaborative and is acting Treasurer at the King Street Center in Burlington. In his free time, Grant enjoys recreating outdoors in every season, seeing live music, and spending time with family and friends.

Marc Sherman moved to Vermont from NYC in 1992, working in marketing for Vermont Teddy Bear Company in its entrepreneurial infancy.  Fueled by his own interest in the outdoors and a desire to work for himself he set out to open a retail gear shop in Burlington. Starting in 800sf on Main St., Outdoor Gear Exchange (OGE) now occupies 44,000 square feet on Church Street.

Marc served from 2006-2012 on the CSC board, including a year as chair. He has served on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail board and currently is Chair of Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.  Marc discovered sailing after his stint on the board and is now the proud owner of a 1985 Catalina 27. He lives with his partner, Jane, and their three furbabies on Shelburne Bay where they enjoy SUPing, kayaking, sailing, water skiing and fat biking on Lake Champlain as often as possible.

The Community Sailing Center’s Officers for 2016 are: Board Chair Will Patten, Back to Basics VT, Inc., Vice-Chair Karen Marshall, LPA Design, Secretary Jeremy Kent, Budnitz Bicycles, Treasurer Blain Newton, HIMSS Analytics.

The Community Sailing Center’s Board of Directors for 2016 include: Ted Castle, Rhino Foods, Jill Spell, LaVilla Bistro, Sarah Sears, LCMHC, Jeanne Blackmore, Gravel & Shea PC, Robert Bloch, Champlain College, Elizabeth Langfeldt, Kelly Brush Foundation, Sandy Jacobs, Fleischer Jacobs Group (retired) and Scot t Willard, Broadreach Partners.

A community-based non-profit organization, Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center encourages and celebrates the responsible use and long-term stewardship of Lake Champlain by providing the community with educational and recreational access to Lake Champlain.  The Community Sailing Center (CSC) is a vital community resource on the Burlington Waterfront that serves over 5,000 people each year through award winning programs, which use human powered watercraft as a medium to instill a sense of ownership in one of Vermont’s most important natural resources.  A cornerstone of the Burlington community for 22 years, the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center inspires lake stewardship, provides universal access to the lake