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:
Denise Johnson, Sarah Brock, Steve Bingel, Dan Emmanuele, Mike McCroy, Zeb Mushlin, Dave Joyce, Kevin O’hara, Heidi Underbocky, Jane Holloway, Liza McSwain, Eric Tobiason.
Steven has been with West Lebanon Feed and Supply for 23 years and currently serves as Sales Manager. 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 ReCOVER Store.
White River Junction, VT
Sarah is the energy program manager at Vital Communities and co-chair of the New Hampshire Local Energy Work group. 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.
White River Junction, VT
Denise is the mother of 9 children and has volunteered at COVER in many capacities since the early days and is currently a member of the board of Twin Pines Housing.
Dan is Senior Vice President at Mascoma Bank in Hanover, NH. He serves on the Boards of the 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.
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.
Past Board Members
South 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 began her career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory working for the Nuclear Regualtory 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.
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 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 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 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.