Board of Directors

Chris Moran, Board President is Operations Support Executive and serves as an internal ESOP Trustee at 100% employee owned PC Construction Company.  PC’s 1,000+ employee-owners are known for providing client-focused construction solutions in a diverse range of markets, which include commercial, education and campus, health care and life sciences, hospitality and resort, manufacturing and industrial, and water treatment.

John Durgin, Board Vice President, is an Employee Owner at King Arthur Flour and serves as a member of the Ownership Culture Team. He is a previous owner of two small businesses and has a background in Sales, Management, and Employee Development and Training, specializing in applying customized productivity measures. He also has over 20 years as an automotive retail management professional with proven skills of marketing, sales and new business development. He has worked with large distributers and manufacturers to implement long and short term objectives, policy implementation, and strategic direction. John has also worked for a non-profit with the mission of providing reliable transportation for low income households, and volunteers in his local community on a regular basis.

Cindy Turcot, Board Treasurer is the Chief Operating Officer at Gardener's Supply Company, a direct mail and web company located in Burlington, Vermont. Gardener's Supply has had an ESOP since 1987 which currently owns 100% of the company. Cindy was a founder of, and served for many years on, the internal ESOP Committee. She has a strong commitment to open book management and promoting ESOP education and is a driving force for a strong ownership culture within the company. Cindy is a past President of the New England Chapter of The ESOP Association, and is currently the national Chair of that organization.

Michael A. Gurdon, PhD, Board Secretary is Emeritus Professor & Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at the University of Vermont's School of Business Administration. His teaching specialties lie in the areas of international management and organizational behavior. He has been a consultant on strategic and human resource planning for a variety of private and public organizations. His research interests encompass employee ownership, industrial democracy, academic entrepreneurship and the commercialization of scientific invention.

Tabitha Croscut is an attorney with Devine Millimet. Tabitha has counseled clients for more than a decade regarding ESOP transactional, compliance and fiduciary issues, and has represented companies, sellers and internal and external trustees in ESOP transactions from less than a million to over four hundred million dollars. She presents regularly on how ESOPs can be an effective exit/transition planning tool for owners of closely held businesses. She also serves as both a director and as the President of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center (VEOC) and is a member of the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and The ESOP Association.

Mary Steiger is the Director of PT360, the first and only Physical Therapy Cooperative in New England.  She earned her graduate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and her undergraduate degree from St. Michael’s College. She has been a member of the APTA for 30 years and has served on the Advisory board of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UVM for 5 years.  Mary has held many managerial positions in healthcare businesses both private and public.  Mary is very active in the community in addition to serving on the VEOC Board, she serves on the Vermont Elder Resouce Group (VERG), CVAA, and is very active in Vermont DragonHeart Survivorship NOW initiative.

Jon Crystal served as Executive Director of the VEOC for six years before retiring in 2012. Prior to that he worked in higher education administration at UVM and Castleton State as well as teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level. His interest in employee ownership derives from four years spent working for the Industrial Cooperative Association Loan Fund, traveling around the nation in support of worker cooperatives, and as a special advisor to the Marianist Sharing Fund on employee owned businesses. In the community he has served on many non-profit boards, including as President of Spectrum, CVOEO and Burlington College..

Elias Gardner is a founding employee owner at The New School of Montpelier, Vermont’s largest worker cooperative. The New School is a special education day school for Vermont’s struggling learners. In his ten years at the New School, Elias has held many positions. Currently he is a licensed Special Educator, working as the school’s Behavior Specialist, and serves on the co-op's board of directors as secretary. Since 2015, Elias has been a member of Middlesex Vermont’s budget committee. He has a psychology degree from McGill University.

Deanna Carroll is a small business lender at VSECU, and has 27 years of banking experience in both the business and personal lending fields. In addition to serving on the VEOC board, Deanna's community board support has included the Greater Falls Warming Shelter Board, Bellows Falls Development Corporation Board, Greater Falls Youths Services Board, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters Advisory Board. She lives with her husband of 28 years in Rockingham, Vermont.

Heather M. Wright is a founding partner of WrightJones, PLC, a modern law firm devoted exclusively to representing employers in labor and employment matters.  Heather combines over a decade of experience as an HR professional in consumer cooperatives with her experience as an employment attorney to counsel co-op HR and management personnel in solving workplaces challenges that employers face every day.  Heather teaches Strategic HR Management in the MBA in Sustainability program at Marlboro College, and has been a featured speaker at many HR events and conferences across the country.