Neil is a school board member from Norwich VT serving on both the Norwich School Board and the Dresden School Board representing the communities of Norwich, VT and Hanover, NH. A board member since 2009, he served as chair of the Norwich School Board from 2012 to 2016 and is currently chair of the Dresden School board. During his tenure on the boards he has been involved with contract negotiations, budgeting, long range planning and work related to Act 46.
Neil lives in Norwich, VT with his wife Christine and twin sons Tyler and Eamon. He’s been a software developer and technology planner for over 25 years, starting his career with AT&T in New Jersey and currently working at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
In his spare time, Neil enjoys cooking, biking, playing music and enjoying time with family and friends.
Addison Central SD Board
Hannaford Career Center Board
(Term ends 2023)
Suzanne Buck of Bridport has served on the ACSD Board since its creation in 2016, and also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Hannaford Career Center. Suzanne is serving her second term on the ACSD Board, and is a member of the Policy & Governance Committee. Suzanne grew up in a small farming community in rural New Hampshire, and applies that community spirit and farming work ethic to all of her public service. She holds degrees in Dairy Management and Occupational Education from the University of New Hampshire, as well as a Masters degree in Special Education. Suzanne and her husband raised their two children in Vermont. During that time she worked as a special educator and education leader. She has served on local school boards for over 10 years and continues to contribute to the community through her service work for the Hannaford Career Center, 4-H, and the FFA.
Addison Northwests SD
(Term ends 2024)
Mark has been a member of the Addison Northwest School District since its consolidation in 2016. During that time, he has been part of the negotiations, superintendent evaluation, and finance committees. In addition, Mark is one of the employer commissioners on the statewide School Employee Healthcare Commission. Aside from his work with school districts, Mark has also been a member of the Vergennes City Council, as well as a part of the Citizen Review Board Exploratory Committee which drafted a report regarding community policing in Vergennes. Mark has worked as a teacher, property manager, lawyer, analyst, and medical researcher. Mark and his wife, Erin, were Peace Corps volunteers who worked as college instructors in the Kingdom of Tonga (in the South Pacific). They have one son, Chance, who attends Vergennes Union High School, as well as a dog (Cruze), cat (Hanuman), and snake (Pia). Mark spends any spare time he might stumble across renovating his 1870s home.
David has been a Vermont school board member since 2005, serving first on the Dorset School Board and the BRSU Board. Now he is a member of the Taconic & Green School Board and is still on the BRSU Board. He was Chair of the Dorset School Board for 10 years and is now the Clerk of the Taconic and Green Board as well as the Vice Chair of the BRSU Board. He has been involved in hiring a Principal and continues to be involved in Teacher and Staff Contract Negotiations. He was appointed to the VSBA board in March, 2019 to fill a vacated seat and was elected to serve as the Bennington-Rutland Regional Representative in October, 2019.
David has lived in Dorset with his wife Janet for 20 years, where they raised 2 children. Previous to Vermont, they lived in Southeast Asia for 10 years, where David chaired the school board of the International School of Yangon. He is part owner (along with his brother) and Chief Operating Officer of Chandler 4 Corners – a Vermont-based company that designs and produces accent rugs and decorative pillows.
He is a firm believer in public education and in creating learning opportunities for all children. Vermont has long had a wonderful public education tradition that seems to be evolving. This is a key time to be a part of the evolution.
Taconic & Green School Board
(Term ends 2024)
Jim Salsgiver has been a school board member in Vermont since 2008. He served on the Dorset School Board until that board was replaced in 2017 by the new Taconic and Green Regional School District Board (Act 46 Merger). Jim now serves on the Taconic and Green Board. Jim has also been a member of the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union Board since 2008, and currently serves as Chairman. Jim was appointed to the VSBA Board on August 8, 2018 to fill a vacant Bennington County position.
Jim’s background is in Finance, and he has also been a Board Member and Treasurer of several Vermont-based not-for-profit organizations.
Flor Diaz Smith
Flor grew up in Guatemala City. She is a licensed architect in Guatemala, and has been designing in Vermont since 1997. She obtained a degree from Francisco Marroquin Architecture School in Guatemala and also studied at Texas A&M, and won a scholarship to the Prince of Wales Urban Task Force in 1996. She came to Vermont for an internship at a local architectural firm and fell in love with Vermont and her future husband.
She started her own design studio, diazsmithSTUDIO, 9 years ago to have more time for family and her community volunteering. Her Design Studio consults with other architects and works on interior design, residential, school design and retail. Residential and interior design are her passions but she also enjoys small commercial and retail design.
Flor’s other big passion is education. She believes that education is a human right and devotes a lot of time learning and understanding how to support all kids and how to have a stronger public education and childcare system. A strong public education is the basis of our democracy and the key to successful communities. Flor has served on several boards that support public education. She has been a local school board member for her community for the past 10 years. She is currently the Vice Chair of WCUUSD, also a member of the task force on Diversifying the Educator Workforce in New England and Vermont. She is also an appointed member to the State Advisory Council for Building Bright Futures in VT.
She understands that it is not easy to represent all voices, but she is a patient listener and a good communicator. She is thankful for the opportunity to serve in the VSBA again.
Flor and her husband Dan Smith live in their farm house in East Montpelier with their children Mia Isabella and Lincoln.
Lamoille North School Board
(Term ends 2023)
Bart Bezio resides in Waterville, Vermont and is a School Board member serving on the Board of the Lamoille North Modified Unified Union School District and Lamoille North Supervisory Union, where he has served since 2019. Bart lives in Waterville with his wife, Kylee, and their 3 children, Caleb (18), Meghan (18) and Hayley (14). Caleb and Meghan (twins) are both college students and Hayley is in High School. Bart grew up in South Burlington and attended the University of Vermont, graduating in 2003. He is a Certified Public Accountant and works as a Finance Director at Cox Automotive, Inc. in Technology Finance.
Bart is a strong advocate for public education and creating access to equitable learning opportunities for children in Vermont. He wants to see Vermont's public schools maintain their high quality of education while continuing to find ways to evolve to best meet the needs of its students. He wants future students to be confident they can compete on equal grounds with students from out-of-state that went to either public or private schools.
Champlain Valley School Board
(Term ends 2023)
Colleen MacKinnon has served as a board member representing Hinesburg since 1995. Prior to the CVSD merger, Colleen also served in various leadership roles for the Hinesburg School District and the Chittenden South Supervisory Union School Boards.
Having earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Colleen’s scholarship has focused on P-12 and post-secondary education, public policy, leadership, and accreditation.
She currently provides consulting services for higher education accreditation, specializing in educator preparation and other professional preparation programs. In her consulting role and board service, Colleen continues to draw on experiences as a higher education researcher, instructor, and administrator. She also volunteers with the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation, (CAEP) serving as a team lead for site visitors conducting accreditation reviews.
Diane joined the Mount Mansfield Union School board pre merger and has been on the board for 16 years. She has held many leadership positions including clerk, policy chair, community engagement chair and was a member of the merger committee. She has continued on post merger as the board became the Mount Mansfield Modified Unified School district. Diane is passionate about offering students choice in style of education, keeping students motivated and engaged and the emotional and physical health of our students. She has been a strong advocate for student voice not only on the board but on all committees. She states her philosophy is to never rest on our laurels as there is always something else to question, a process to improve, new research or techniques to learn from and integrate into greater educational success for our students. Diane believes the school nurse perspective has given her insight into the struggles of students and families as they navigate the Pre-K- 12 school experience and enhances her work on the school board.
Diane is a native of Washington DC and moved to Vermont in 1990. She has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Maryland and a BS Nursing from The Catholic University of America. She specialized in Neonatal Intensive Care nursing with an early interest in transcultural nursing and medical ethics. After moving to Vermont, she went on to be a nursing educator in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UVMMC. She then found a new interest in school nursing and has been a school nurse for Essex High School for many years including the District Nursing Leader for 3 of those years.
Diane and her husband have two daughters who have graduated from Mount Mansfield Union
High School and college and are now starting their adult careers. Biking, hiking, skiing, dragon boating and travel are passions for the whole family.
Champlain Islands UUSD
(Term ends 2024)
Tara Sweet joined the Fletcher Elementary School Board in September of 2015. At that time she also became a member of the Franklin West Supervisory Union Board. She became chair of the Fletcher School Board in March of 2018, and became chair of the Franklin West Board in March of 2019 for a one year term. In March of 2022, she became chair again for a one year term. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Champlain College and has worked in the accounting field for 20 years; she is currently employed at Smugglers’ Notch Resort, as a staff accountant. In addition, she previously was the treasurer, vice president and president of FOFE- Friends of Fletcher Elementary; the PTA of Fletcher Elementary. She was the vice-president of BFA Project Graduation for the Class of 2020, treasurer for BFA Project Graduation for the Class of 2022. She can also be found working many community suppers in her town of Fletcher, VT. Tara and her husband and their three daughters work on the family owned dairy farm.
Troy School Board
(Term ends 2023)
Gaston retired after a 30+ year Army career as an Army Colonel in 2012 and returned to the Northeast Kingdom where he and his wife Rose grew up in bilingual families. He is a member of the Troy School and North Country Supervisory (NCSU) Boards and NCSU Policy, Finance, and Negotiations Committees. Gaston was the first in his family to attend and graduate from college, having earned his BS from the University of Vermont and PhD from Tufts University. He also serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a member of the Snelling Center for Government, Vermont Leadership Institute, class of 2022. Serving on the VSBA Board provides him the unique opportunity to broaden his perspective and understanding of the many issues Vermont and local schools face that inform his discussions with educators, administrators, and community. In his spare time, Gaston enjoys biking, skiing, woodworking, and spending time with family and friends (especially on the slopes of Jay Peak).
Peacham School Board
(Term ends 2024)
Mark and his wife Lorraine live on the family farm in East Peacham. Mark has been in commercial lending in northern NH and VT for more than 30 years, including the Northeast Kingdom and the Upper Valleys. He is currently serving as chair of the Peacham School Board. Mark also serves the community as a Peacham Community Housing board member, Corporator and former Treasurer of Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, Treasurer of the NEK Astronomy Foundation, and also devotes time to Opera North in Lebanon. A graduate of UVM and Northeastern University, Mark enjoys giving back to the community where he lives and works.
Twinfield School Board
(Term ends 2023)
Mark is a member of the Caledonia Central Supervisory Union Board and the Twinfield Union School Board. He has served as a school board member in three other states.
He has also served as U.S. Marine, teacher, administrator, psychologist, and director of a variety of national programs in education.
He currently provides consulting services to educational organizations and nonprofit agencies on education, community integration, and student assessments. He resides in central Vermont and loves retirement, martial arts, music, and working with his local and regional school boards.
Lisa Miser is a Proctor representative to the Quarry Valley UUSD board. QVUUSD is made up of Poultney, Proctor and West Rutland communities, that provides educational services to students from Pre-K-12. Lisa is also a QVUUSD representative to the GRCSU board.Lisa has been a schoolboard member for 10 years and involved in education for 25+ years.
Lisa is an active volunteer in her community. She is a member of Our Yard an organization that provides community events ranging from concerts in the park, holiday party for Proctor children and the annual Fall Festival.
Lisa is the director at the Proctor Free Library.
Lisa is married to Ted Perkins,their daughter is a sophomore at Siena College.
During her free time she enjoys attending Proctor Phantom events, hiking with her dog Reese and watching Jayhawk
Mill River UU School Board
(Term ends 2022)
Adrienne is on the Mill River Unified Union School Board (MRUUSD), a merged district serving the towns of Clarendon, Shrewsbury, Tinmouth, and Wallingford after serving on their Act 46 Committee. She has served as the Negotiations Committee Chair since the new district was created. Adrienne has served continuously on a variety of local school boards starting with the Shrewsbury Mountain School (SMS) Board in 2002.
Adrienne lives in Shrewsbury with her husband Ed and labs, Bruin and Audi. Their 3 sons all went through both SMS and Mill River High School. She works for her family's rental home business, serves as a Guardian ad Litem in the Rutland Family Court, is Shrewsbury's Zoning Administrator, and serves on the Commission negotiating the educators’ statewide health insurance benefit.
Martine Larocque Gulick
Martine has served on the Burlington School Board since 2018. During her time on the board she has served as Co-Chair of the Community Engagement Committee, the Superintendent Search Task Force and represents the board on the Burlington Education Coalition. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Finance and Facilities Committee.
Martine is a retired public educator who has taught French, English and has served as Library Director in Vermont and overseas. She attended public schools in Chittenden County and has a BA and MA from the University of Vermont.
Martine’s two children attended Burlington public schools and she is ever thankful for the wonderful education and opportunities the district provided. Martine is eager to work with the VSBA in their continued support of a thriving public school system.
Marlboro School Board
(Term ends 2023)
Dan Mac Arthur
Dan MacArthur grew up on the hillside that he and his wife still live on in Marlboro. They raised two children who also live and are raising their families on the same road.
He is a member of the Marlboro School Board, and has been on the board for much of the last 40 years. Dan and his wife Gail run a small diversified farm making maple syrup, growing raspberries, blueberries and many types of vegetables for their farm stand.
Dan believes strongly in public education, and that we all need to work hard to give our students a chance to become our future leaders, thinkers and doers. He believes that it is crucial to integrate the school with the community, and to give the community a voice in the education of their children.
River Valley SD
(Term ends 2022)
Marc moved to Vermont from New York City in 2015 seeking a healthier and more relaxed lifestyle. Shortly thereafter, Marc became interested in the local school board and the Act 46 process. Marc joined the newly merged River Valleys Unified School District in 2019 and also serves on the Windham Central SU Board.
Marc has a diverse background that has helped shape his views and taught him the importance of keeping an open mind and listening to all perspectives before drawing conclusions. In 1995 Marc was a student at the University of Michigan and was hired by the athletic departments sports information department to develop the first collegiate sports website to feature live statistics. Prior and during his time in Ann Arbor, Marc was a volunteer firefighter and EMT, which led him to a career as a NYC Paramedic. After being injured on the job, Marc moved full time into the IT world as a network engineer specializing in email system design and security for the financial industry.
Looking for a more fulfilling lifetime job/career, in 2013 Marc founded and is now the president of the 501(c)3 non-profit, The Emergency Medical Services Fund, Inc. Its mission is to help support volunteer ambulance services provide all of their communities with the same level of service that's expected from paid services in large metropolitan areas. Prior to moving to Vermont, Marc closed his IT business in order to pursue other interests including devoting more time to The EMS Fund. Marc also enjoys working with some small startup businesses by providing mentorship and financial investment.
Nancy Russell, a native Texan, moved to Vermont in 1997. She currently owns and is the Director of a licensed childcare center in White River Junction. Her background encompasses a wide variety of professions and interests. Nancy joined the White River Rotary club in 2007, served as president in 2009-2010 and spent three years as Assistant Governor. She has served as a member of the Polio Plus team, the Disaster Relief and Crisis Management team, the Strategic Planning Team, the Finance Committee, The Public Awareness team, the District Assembly, YEO and chaired the District Membership Committee. She has also served numerous years on her club’s Board of Directors and on their Charitable Fund Board. Nancy is a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute. She is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Paul Harris Society, and a sustaining member and a Major Donor.
Nancy serves her community as a Director of the Hartford School Board, a Director of the Hartford Community Coalition, and as a Director of the “Take Bite Out of Hunger for Hartford.” She is also deeply involved in Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, where she is currently the Board of Directors secretary, a trainer, and serves on several other community groups. Nancy is a graduate of the Vermont Leadership Training Institute, the Vermont Victim Assistance Academy, and the Stand for Children Organizing Institute.
Nancy and her husband, Wayne reside in White River Junction. They have three granddaughters and one grandson. Her passions include spending time with grandchildren, camping, reading, traveling, and target shooting.
Amy and her husband, Norm, moved to Vermont in 1992 when she accepted a transfer with her job as a Human Resources Specialist at the VA Medical Center. In 1995 she took a career change and received her teaching certification from Colby Sawyer College. Rather than going into the classroom, she has taken a different route to help advance education by working as a Children’s Librarian at the Hartland Public Library. Amy has received training in early literacy through the Vermont Department of Libraries and has served as President of the Youth Section of the Vermont Library Association. She and Norm live in Windsor with their two teenagers and three cats.
Her experience with school boards goes back to serving two years as secretary on the Hartland Cooperative Nursery School Board when her children were preschoolers. She then spent many hours volunteering in her children’s classrooms as well as for 4Winds and FarmtoSchool before running for a seat on the school board.
Amy has been on the Windsor School Board and the Windsor Southeast Supervisory Board since 2008 and Chair of both boards for the past three years. She has worked tirelessly on governance issues, first in changing the WSESU from four superintendents to one. The work continues with Act 153, Act 156, and now Act 46. She believes that we are responsible for providing a quality education for all children in Vermont, not just the children in our neighborhoods and towns. All Vermont schools face challenges relating to equity of opportunity and sustainability. She is most excited by the possibilities opened by Act 77, Flexible Pathways and believes that by working together we can better meet the needs of all children.