2018 Board Election

VPIRG Square (200px x 200px)As a member-based organization, VPIRG is managed by a Board of Trustees elected by its members. All members in good standing (membership dues of $30 or more paid within the past 12-month period as of November 15, 2018) are eligible to vote in annual trustee elections. Each year roughly 1/2 of the trustee positions are open for election. Below are the names and bios of the 2018 trustee candidates. Please follow the instructions on this page and submit your ballot below.  All submissions will be checked to verify eligibility.  Members wishing to cast hard copy ballots can do so by contacting the main VPIRG office during regular hours to request a ballot.

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2018 Candidates for the Board of Trustees

Ashley Orgain, Burlington, Current Board President
Manager of Mission Advocacy and Outreach, Seventh Generation

Board member since 2014. At Seventh Generation, Ashley Orgain is responsible for the development, implementation and management of the Company’s issue advocacy campaigns and outreach. In 2010, she became the first Executive Director of the Seventh Generation Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to promoting social and environmental progress through education, conservation, research and advocacy. Formerly, she served as the Company’s representative in developing the curriculum offered by the Kaplan-Seventh Generation Sustainability Institute. Ashley received her Green MBA in Environmental and Organizational Sustainability from Antioch University New England. She is an active member of her community, serving on the Wellness Committee for her son’s pre-school and formerly sitting on Hinesburg’s Planning Commission. She credits her move to Vermont in 1998 to valuable time she spent working on VPIRG’s summer canvass.

Dori Wolfe, Strafford, Current Board Treasurer
Owner and Principal, Wolfe Energy

Prior to launching Wolfe Energy, Dori co-founded groSolar, a national distributor and installer of renewable energy systems. She managed nearly all aspects of the company at different times since its inception in 1998. She has been an active member of the Strafford Energy Committee since 2006. Dori is currently serving on the Governor’s Council for Energy & the Environment, and has just completed her tenure on ReSource Vermont’s Green Jobs Council. As former clerk of SolarFest, the largest renewable energy fair in New England, she helped lead the organization to a stronger position in education and outreach. Prior to forming groSolar, Dori was a Senior Engineer at Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers. Dori has a BSME degree from Cornell University.

Crea Lintilhac, Shelburne, Current Board Secretary
Director of the Lintilhac Foundation

VPIRG board member since 1998. A graduate of Skidmore College with an MA in Geology from the University of Vermont, Crea serves on the Lake Champlain Advisory Council at UVM and is involved with Lake Champlain research studies at UVM and Middlebury College. Crea serves on the Conservation and Research Foundation at Connecticut College and is involved in historic preservation, conservation and education projects and programs in Vermont. Crea is a Director of the Lintilhac Foundation.

VPIRG Board member since 2013. Prior to launching Wolfe Energy, Dori co-founded groSolar, a national distributor and installer of renewable energy systems. She managed nearly all aspects of the company at different times since its inception in 1998. She has been an active member of the Strafford Energy Committee since 2006. Dori is currently serving on the Governor’s Council for Energy & the Environment, and has just completed her tenure on ReSource Vermont’s Green Jobs Council. As former clerk of SolarFest, the largest renewable energy fair in New England, she helped lead the organization to a stronger position in education and outreach. Prior to forming groSolar, Dori was a Senior Engineer at Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers. Dori has a BSME degree from Cornell University.

Duane Peterson, Essex Junction, Current Trustee
Co-Director SunCommon

VPIRG board member since 1998. Duane is a social entrepreneur with an eclectic 35-year career in socially responsible business, campaign management, government service and community involvement. He moved his family from California in 1996 to Vermont where he worked as Chief of Stuff at Ben & Jerry’s for 12 years getting to execute Ben Cohen’s creative vision. Committed to advancing values-led business models, he’s a member of the national Social Venture Network, Vermont Venture Network and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. He also serves on the Boards of the Howard Center and USAction. Duane co-directs SunCommon, a solar venture modeled after VPIRG’s highly successful solar communities program.

Mark Floegel, Burlington, Current Trustee
Research Director, Greenpeace USA

VPIRG Board member since 2013. Mark is Greenpeace USA’s research director. He has appeared widely in international, national and local media on numerous campaigns and issues. He is also a prolific blogger on environmental and political issues. A former journalist, Mark has been working on public advocacy issues since 1987. During the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s, Mark was an organizer for Congress Watch in Washington, DC. He has worked with various Public Interest Research Groups including VPIRG and has worked with Greenpeace in both Washington, DC and Seattle, WA. He currently resides in Vermont, where he helped coordinate Greenpeace’s work in the effort to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. He is currently involved in the lawsuit Greenpeace is bringing against Dow Chemical, Sasol North America and two public relations firms for espionage against Greenpeace and other environmental groups.

Mathew Rubin, Montpelier, Current Trustee
President of Spruce Mt. Design

VPIRG board member since 1984. Mathew is the President of Spruce Mountain Design where he is engaged in run-of-river hydro project operations and energy conservation work. Mathew is also President of East Haven Windfarm, a small commercial wind energy project. He has previously developed, and continues to own and operate, three small hydroelectric power plants in Vermont, and has consulted on the development of numerous other hydro projects in New York and New England. Mr. Rubin has served on the boards of directors of a wide array of community and civic organizations including Renewable Energy Vermont, the Vermont Independent Power Producers Association, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group.

Jane Stromberg, Burlington Newly Added Trustee
Student, University of Vermont; President, Renewable Energy Network

Jane is in her senior year at the University of Vermont where she is completing a BS and BA in environmental engineering and political science. She’s President of the Renewable Energy Network, a student organization at UVM that connects students to professionals in the industry. She has worked as a field manager for VPIRG and has volunteered as an organizer with other VPIRG staff working on campus. She is also a fellow for Our Climate where she works with youth across the country to educate and inspire communities and politicians to push for a clean environment. She is deeply committed to the wide range of issues that VPIRG works on, with a particular interest in advancing our clean energy and climate work. She’s had personal and work experience with clean energy as her father runs a small solar business in New York. Jane’s goal is to represent VPIRG’s interests on campus and in her community.