Tabitha Croscut, Board President is the managing shareholder of Steiker, Greenapple & Croscut, P.C., a boutique law firm with a focus on ESOPs and other employee-centered succession and compensation strategies. 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.
Chris Moran, Board Vice 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.
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 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.
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.
Sarah Bauer is a commercial lender with Merchants Bank, Vermont’s largest and sole remaining statewide bank. She manages lending and account relationships with businesses that cover a wide variety of industries, sizes and ownership structures across the state. Sarah joined Merchants Bank in 2010, returning to the corporate banking career she started in New York City. While an account officer for two large institutions in New York for ten years, she worked with companies in South American and then in the Midwest and subsequently worked for a local Vermont accounting practice. Sarah has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from New York University.
Brandon Bohr is the Director of Finance at RSG, a 100% ESOP owned Consulting Company headquartered in White River Junction. Vt. Brandon serves as an internal trustee for RSG’s ESOP. RSG applies state-of-the-art modeling and analytics to inform our clients’ strategy and planning, helping organizations make critical decisions with confidence. Prior to joining RSG, Brandon worked at Prairie Capital Advisors, where he provided financial and strategic advisory services to privately held businesses as well as valuation and advisory services to ESOP companies. Brandon’s resume also includes Hilco Trading where he assisted in the identification and evaluation of equity investments, debt underwriting and debt transaction structuring.
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..
John Durgin 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.
Elias Gardener 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.
Pam Greene is the Program Coordinator for the Vermont Women's Mentoring Program, a program of Mercy Connections, and is owner of a certified organic agri-business, Ox Pasture Maples. Prior to that she was Director of the Women's Small Business Program. She also served as director of the Vermont Economic Opportunity Office during the Kunin Administration.
Robin Scheu is Executive Director of the Addison County Economic Development Corporation.