Board of Directors

 

Mark R. Perkell, ESq.

President

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Mark is an attorney and an adviser who offers his services to business clients primarily in start-up to mid-stage development.  He advises and guides business people and entrepreneurs on a wide array of critical topics including:  strategic business development, intellectual property, regulatory and strategic partner/joint venture relationships, business entity formation (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, LLC’s), contract negotiation and drafting and nonprofit formations.

Mark is also the former New England Regional Counsel and Senior Regulatory Attorney for Frontier Communications.   Additional business experience includes being General Manager of Interpath, a telecom division of Carolina Light & Power Co.

Mark currently serves as a board member of Healing Winds Vermont, The Laura Mann Center, Kids Rehab Gym, and most recently became a founding board member and President of R.O.C. Inc.


Veronica Bernicke

Board member

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Veronica was born and raised in French-speaking Switzerland where her parents both taught at International Schools. Veronica has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Education from the University of Michigan. After receiving her Masters Veronica and her husband settled in Ann Arbor Michigan where she opened a French-speaking Pre-school, taught French in after school programs, and tutored kids of all ages.

In 2008 Veronica and her family moved to Vermont. Veronica taught French at The Warren School for seven years, and is currently at Lake Champlain Waldorf School teaching French. 

Veronica has a VT teacher's certification in ESL from St. Michael's. She has worked with children in early education programs at a hospital in Northeast Kenya, at several schools in Zambia and has led a service learning trip the past two summers to secure housing for Aids orphan in Zambia


Amy poland, LCMhC.

board member

Amy is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in Burlington, VT. She specializes in children and adolescents with trauma, adoption & attachment concerns. Her graduate studies at SNHU included a focus on the political impacts on refugee mental health, international communication between displaced families and forensic interviews with survivors of genocide.


Dr. Steven Shepard

Board Member

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Steve is the founder of Shepard Communications Group in Williston, VT, co-founder of the Executive Crash Course Company, and founder of Shepard Images. A professional author, photographer and educator with more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry, he has written books and articles on a wide variety of topics.

In addition to his work with a wide range of businesses, Steve works extensively in the education sector. He is a Senior Fellow of the Da Vinci Institute of South Africa; Adjunct Professor in the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business; a Founding Director of the African Telecoms Institute; and an Emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of Champlain College. He is also the Resident Director of the University of Southern California’s Executive Leadership and Advanced Management Programs, and adjunct professor at Emory University, Thunderbird University, the University of Vermont, Wharton University, and the Ivey School, among others.  

Dr. Shepard specializes in international issues in technology strategy, with an emphasis on social, geopolitical, economic, and competitive implications of technological change.


Louisa Schibli

Board Member

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Louisa is an entrepreneur who thrives on the ability to find creative solutions to any problem. After developing several websites tailored to local living, Louisa drew on that experience and her passion for technology and all things local to co-found Milk Money VT, Vermont’s first “invest local” equity crowdfunding platform.

She brings her energy and enthusiasm to her many passions whether it's volunteering, technology, photography, Vermont or a variety of sports. Louisa has a special place in her heart for Africa and has volunteered in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and South Africa.


Adelit Rukomangana

Board Member

Over the past 21 years Adelit has been working directly in human services specifically with orphans, widows, AIDS-patients and mentally-challenged people. He has worked in Rwanda, Kenya and Vermont.

Currently, Adelit is living in Montpelier and working as Team Leader at the Collaborative Solutions Corporation. 

Upon completion of his undergraduate studies of philosophy and theology in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Kenya, Adelit pursued a graduate program of theology in Massachusetts. Now in Vermont Adelit is studying Biology at Johnson State College.

Since arriving in Vermont, Adelit has enjoyed socializing with Vermonters of all walks of life. Churches, schools and other non-profit organizations have invited him to talk about his native country, Rwanda, his experiences of genocide and his journey of resilience. Adelit is also able to speak to other African and international topics.


Julie Spaniel, DDS.

Board Member

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Julie graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1991. After her residency at the VA Medical Center and group private practice in Portland, Oregon she moved with her family to the Burlington area. 

Since 1987 Julie has been an active member of the American Dental Association and since 1994 she has been a member of Vermont State Dental Society.  She is also a member of the American Association for Dental Practice Administration and American Association of Oral Systemic Health,  which contributed to the evolution the practice of of holistic approach to dental health for whole body health and wellness.

Julie  continues to be actively involved in Global Dental Relief and aid organizations.  As a former member of the Burlington Rotary and Paul Harris Award recipient and Hands to Honduras in 2006. Julie also works for the student-led group of Global Brigade, Inc in Ghana and Nicaragua.  Most recently Julie joined the board of R.O.C. Inc., after setting up a local dental clinic in Ghana for a week in February of 2017 with Natalie Meyer. She also provided free dental services for Refugees at her office in March of 2017.  Aid work continues to be Julie’s passion locally and in many corners of the world and will be one of the leads on R.O.C. Inc.'s new health initiative.


Teresa Anderson

Board Member

Teresa Anderson is a Marketing Communications executive with B2B and B2C brand-building expertise. She is a dynamic leader, a consensus builder, team builder, and relationship builder. She has a strong track record of success with proven results in driving execution.

Teresa spent nine years as Vice President, Marketing and Communications at the University of Vermont Medical Center. While there, she provided leadership and counsel for re-branding the health network, communications, marketing, social media, and Web strategies. She led a team of 20 professionals.

Prior to joining the UVM Medical Center, Teresa spent eleven years at Adventist Health Care in Rockville, Maryland where she was Director of Marketing at the corporate level. She had responsibility for corporate branding and developing marketing strategies for the system's hospitals, home health care agencies and long term care facilities.

Teresa will join the leadership team at BCBS of Vermont in December, 2017 where she will be Director of Communications and Brand Strategy.

In addition to being on the board for R.O.C. Inc., Teresa is on the Board of Trustees for H.O.P.E. Works and a member of the marketing committee for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.

Teresa grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree. She is an accomplished equestrian, enjoys sailing, skiing, and traveling. Mostly, she loves spending time with her husband, two children and three step-children.