COVER’s Board gathers around the table once a month to provide community oversight and guidance to COVER staff. These dedicated Board members also spend time in between our monthly meetings to work with committees of community members.
Every year some members of COVER’s wonderful Board of Directors finishes their term and new faces arrive to keep COVER going forward. There are currently 12 members on our board:
Steven Bingel Norwich, VT
Steven works for the United States Post Office. He has 30+ years of retail experience and COVER is the first organization that Steven has been on a Board of Directors. He graduated from Leadership Upper Valley, class of 2012.
He actively volunteers in the COVER Store and regularly volunteers on various roof or handicapped accessible ramp jobs as time allows. He serves as Chair and is involved with the COVER Store Committee.
Sarah Brock Warner, NH
Sarah has known about COVER since 2011 when she worked as a philanthropic associate with the High Meadows Fund and so has an understanding of non-profits both a funder and a grant writer. As Energy Program Manager at Vital Communities, Sarah first learned about COVER through our weatherization program. Sarah joined our Board of Directors in 2014. She is also co-chair of the New Hampshire Local Energy Work group.
Denise Johnson White River Junction, VT
Denise is the mother of 9 children and has volunteered at COVER in many capacities since the early days. She is currently a member of the board of Twin Pines Housing.
Dave Joyce Thetford, VT
Dave is Principal Software Engineer with The Achievement Network, an educational non-profit in Boston. He grew up in North Carolina and moved his family to Vermont just a few years ago. COVER is the first non-profit that Dave heard of in the Upper Valley, and this is his first board membership. Dave enjoys volunteering his technology expertise with COVER and the Thetford public libraries.
Dan Emanuele Hartland, VT
Dan is Senior Vice President at Mascoma Bank in Hanover, NH. Dan is a member of the Upper Valley Regional Advisory Board of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and a past Board Member of Vital Communities, Good Neighbor Health Clinic and the Hartland School Board. He recently left service on the Board of Vital Communities, where he served as Treasurer for 4 years. He is personally and professionally committed to COVER’s mission.
Mike grew up in South Pomfret and settled in Wilder with wife Judy their four children. Michael has worked as a civil engineer, regional planner, and city planner for Claremont over the last 20 years. He recently made a career change and now works in healthcare. Michael is honored to serve as a Board Member for COVER, supporting its mission to aid the region’s most vulnerable residents.
Liza McSwain Windsor VT
Liza is Branch Manager for Mascoma Bank’s Claremont NH branch and has been with the bank for 12 years. She is Past President of Claremont-Sugar River Rotary, and current Vice President/Incoming President of the Greater Claremont Area Chamber of Commerce. Liza is currently participating in Leadership Upper Valley’s class of 2020, and in addition to COVER, she sit on the board of Shining Success.
Erik Tobiason Barnard, VT
Erik Tobiason was raised in Woodstock and runs Colby and Tobiason, a construction business that builds private homes. He started his business right out of high school. He has done numerous volunteer building projects locally, nationally and internationally.
Kevin O’Hara White River Junction VT.
Kevin is a founding principal of O’Hara & Gercke Inc., an Upper Valley custom home builder. He is a past Chair of both the Strafford VT and Thetford VT planning boards, and currently serves on the Board of the Hartford Community Restorative Justice Center.
After serving at COVER for a year in AmeriCorps, Heidi joined the board to continue her work in the community. Originally hailing from the Midwest, she now lives in Wilder with her husband and their dogs and cat. Heidi recently completed her degree in architectural engineering and has an energy auditing certification through the Building Performance Institute. She works for a high performance home builder in Walpole, NH.
Past Board Members
Kendra Colburn Strafford, VT
Kendra has lived in Vermont her whole life. She is a Smith graduate, a farmer with Fresh Roots Farm, a Freelance Writer, Social Media/Marketing and Communications Expert, and a former COVER Weatherization Director. In her words, “I’m a writer and creator with a critical eye and a passion for social and environmental justice and the arts. I excel at supporting and organizing people and systems to serve communities, and amplifying messages to promote community involvement.”
April Doherty Hartland, VT
April began her career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory working for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, but soon realized her calling to teach. She has retired after working in education for thirty years. She is gratified to be able to help COVER in its valuable mission.
Helen Hong West Lebanon, NH
Helen is currently the Homeownership Coordinator at Twin Pines Housing Trust. She works mostly with first time buyers to access down payment assistance monies from the State of VT. She also stewards the 40 homes in TPHT’s portfolio, which includes helping these homeowners to refinance and to make needed repairs.
Jordana Levine Taftsville, VT
Jordana is a criminal defense attorney. She practices primarily in state court but recently became a member of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel. In 2008 she was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Sparrow Project which is grant funded by H.859 (The Justice Reinvestment Pilot Screening Project) and provides community based treatment plans and support to individuals while their criminal charges are pending in the Criminal Division of Windsor Superior Court. She is currently a member of the team that oversees the operation of the Sparrow Project.
Josiah Proietti Hanover, NH
Josiah has served as an Assistant Director of Residential Education for the East Wheelock House at Dartmouth College since 2007. A local since 1989, Josiah has deep roots in the area and is excited to serve his first year on the board in 2016..
Philip Vermeer Enfield, NH
Philip is a retired Army National Guard Colonel. He has a wide range of life experiences as a Farmer, Military Officer and Information Technology Consultant. Philip currently serves on the Enfield Energy Committee and is working on ways to lower energy usage and advocates for alternative sources of energy for the community.