James C. Gallagher, ’63 is the current President of the Board of Trustees of Lyndon Institute. He is a graduate of Tufts University and Cornell Law School, where he served as an editor of the Cornell Law Review. He has been employed by Downs Rachlin Martin law firm in St. Johnsbury since 1971, and after 40 years of active and broad civil trial practice, he has become Of Counsel to the firm. He received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force and the Vermont National Guard in 1975. Mr. Gallagher is a member of the Vermont Bar Associations, which he served as President from 2005-2006. He has also served on a number of boards for a variety of local and state organizations, which currently include services as a corporator of NVRH, as a trustee of the Vermont Historical Society, and as President of the Board of the Upright Steeple Society. His long career as a board member for Lyndon Institute includes a four-year term as Treasurer, and a nine-year term as President, from 1994-2003. He was re-elected to the role of President in 2017. Mr. Gallagher currently resides in Lyndon, Vermont with his wife Susan Crosby Gallagher. His father, brother and two sons also graduated from Lyndon Institute. Elected as LI Corporator 1988 Elected to the Board of Trustees 1990 Current Committee Membership: President (Ex-officio member of all committees)
Lawrence V. Cipollone is a retired Commander of the U.S. Navy. A native of Salem, MA, he earned his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Tampa and his M.S. in Systems Technology in the U.S. Naval Academy Postgraduate School.
Since 1985 he has been employed with Edward Jones in St. Johnsbury, where he is a Financial Advisor and Limited Partner. Mr. Cipollone is an active member of the Northeast Kingdom community, including service as past President of Lyndon State College Foundation, past President of Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce, and currently as a Corporator of Northeast Vermont Regional Hospital.
He and his wife Carrie reside in East Burke, Vermont. They have two sons, Christopher and Kyle, and a daughter, Lauren.
Nathan Sicard, ‘00 is a Licensed Professional Engineer and operates Ruggles Engineering Services of St. Johnsbury, Vermont with Tim Ruggles. He received his B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont in 2004. Through this work, and in other roles as a project, civil, and environmental engineer, Nathan has been involved with projects on LI’s campus, including the Campbell House Dormitory, Brookside Dormitory, the McDonald Family Field, and Binney Woods. Mr. Sicard resides with his wife Kinsley and their young son at their home in Barton, Vermont. He serves as a member of the Barton Planning and Zoning Boards, and as a Village of Barton Trustee. You may also find him working on his apartment house on Center Street or skating at the Fenton Chester Arena. Mr. Sicard has provided support for LI through the years, even as LI supported his family’s efforts to attend the school as a student for outside of the sending-town community. Regarding using his professional experience in support of the school, he states, “In a time when running a business requires engaging so many consultants and experts, it’s nice to help provide another set of eyes.” Elected as LI Corporator 2012 Elected to the Board of Trustees 2014 Current Committee Memberships: Executive Committee (Secretary) Buildings & Grounds Committee (Chair)
Elaine A. Smith ’63, is a retired banker and business owner who resides in Lyndonville, Vermont. Mrs. Smith got her start as a bookkeeper for a number of small businesses. In July 1989 she began work at Lyndonville Savings Bank where she served as Auditor, Compliance Officer, and finally as Chief Financial Officer. Mrs. Smith is a long-serving member of the Board of Trustees at Lyndon Institute, having served as both the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for a number of years. Regarding her experience as a student at Lyndon Institute, Mrs. Smith states, “I received a great education at LI, enabling me to do many things. I would like to see that the generations to come have the same opportunity to receive a solid education enabling them, upon graduation, to either further their education, or to utilize the skills they have learned as they go forward in life.” She currently lives in Lyndon Center, Vermont with her husband Marvin. Elected as LI Corporator 1988 Elected to the Board of Trustees 1994 Current Committee Memberships: Executive Committee (Treasurer) Finance Committee (Chair)
David R. Stahler, Sr. ’65, is a retired business owner and an active member of the Lyndonville, Vermont community. Upon his graduation from LI, he attended the engineering program at the University of Vermont. He left in 1967 to start his business career, and owned and operated retail businesses in Lyndonville for more than forty years, until his retirement in 2012 with the sale of Stahler Furniture. Currently, he and his wife Rena own several commercial real estate properties in Lyndonville, and he holds a Vermont Real Estate License.
Throughout his time in the community, he has been engaged in a number of civic, business, and nonprofit volunteer roles. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Lyndon Bank for 14 years, a selectman for the Town of Lyndon for three years, a trustee and chairman of the Lyndon Sanborn School Trust for 25 years. Mr. Stahler is also Lyndon Institute’s longest-serving trustee, with 28 years of service to date. He has held a number of leadership roles on the board during this time, including terms as Vice President, and as Chair of the Committee on Trustees. He is currently a Trustee-at-Large on the Executive Committee, and the Chair of the Development Committee. Outside of his role as a trustee, Mr. Stahler also coaches the Lyndon Institute Shooting Club, which he co-founded. About his support for Lyndon Institute, Mr. Stahler states, “As an LI alum, I value the comprehensive education I received that allowed me to be successful in all aspects of my life. To that end I have spent the last 35 years giving back to LI some of my work, wisdom, and wealth. I hope in some small way that I have been a success at this too, and that it has helped other LI graduates become successful. One should never forget one’s roots, for without them, one cannot grow. Thank You LI!” Mr. Stahler currently resides in Lyndon Center, Vermont with his wife Rena. Elected as LI Corporator 1982 Elected to the Board of Trustees 1989 Current Committee Memberships: Executive Committee (Trustee-at-Large) Development Committee (Chair)
David Beattie, ’61, grew up in Lyndonville and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1965 with a major in Engineering Science. In 1966, he graduated from Thayer School of Engineering, an associated school of Dartmouth College, and was commissioned as an Ensign through the Navy ROTC program. After completing nuclear power and submarine training, Mr. Beattie served in two ballistic missile submarines, two attack submarines—including five years as commanding officer of USS JACK (SSN 605) —and on two submarine-related staffs.
Following completion of Navy service in 1986, he was engaged in several engineering-related occupations, including 17 years as Quality Manager at Lawrence Pumps Inc., where he managed initial and continuing certification of the company’s quality system to international standard ISO 9001. He retired from Lawrence Pumps in 2008. He is a retired licensed professional engineer in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. He is married to Susan, LI class of 1963. They currently reside in Eliot, Maine, and have two children and four grandchildren.
Reflecting on the role that Lyndon Institute has played in his life, Mr. Beattie states, “LI provided a knowledge and skills basis that enabled some success in life. As a trustee, I would like to thank LI for this and hope that we can make a difference for today’s students.”
Laura Ashton grew up in Longmeadow, MA and graduated with honors from Tufts University with a B.S. in Education and did graduate work at Springfield College. She was a full-time physical education teacher at schools in update NY and later served as a substitute teacher for many years. She worked for more than 20 years at MassMutual Life Insurance Co., holding various positions. Prior to her retirement, she worked in the company’s annuity division as Director of Marketing Communication.
Ms. Ashton moved to St. Johnsbury, Vermont with her husband Richard in 2000. Together, they are stewards of the Vermont Nature Conservancy’s property at Newark Pond. She is a Vermont Master Gardener. She is an avid gardener and quilter and has a passion for anything related to the natural world. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Eagle Camp, a family camp on Lake Champlain.
Ms. Ashton enjoys attending many Lyndon Institute athletic events and school functions. She strongly supports the many and varied opportunities that LI offers its students in its objective of meeting the needs of all students.
Richard D. Ashton, ’61, is a retired insurance actuary with over thirty years of experience working in the field. Mr. Ashton received his B.S. from the University of Vermont and an M.S. in Actuarial Science from Northeastern University. In his early career, he served as a math teacher and coach at Lyndon Institute. Later, he worked at National Life Insurance Company in Vermont for fifteen years. This was followed by an additional 17 years at Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company, from which he retired as Second Vice President & Actuary in 1999.
Currently, Mr. Ashton lives in St. Johnsbury, Vermont and serves as a volunteer in several capacities. Along with his wife Laura, he is a volunteer steward of the Newark Pond property of The Nature Conservancy and was a volunteer certified long-term care ombudsman for five years, advocating for rights of residents of several area nursing homes and residential care homes.
He is also a longtime trustee and supporter of Lyndon Institute, most notably as LI’s Board Chair and President from 2008-2015. Mr. Ashton states, “I am a supporter of Lyndon Institute because of the wonderful experiences I had with the school growing up in Lyndon Center and attending LI as a student. My four years at LI were key to building a solid foundation for my success in college, career, and life. Everyone had an equal opportunity to succeed, and I want to see that tradition continue.”
Charles W. Bucknam, Jr. grew up in Melrose, MA, and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Economics in 1965. He was a captain in the United States Air Force from 1966-1970. His education continued at the University of Vermont where he received his M.B.A. in Finance in 1978. In 1989, he graduated from Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
Mr. Bucknam’s career in banking began in Cambridge, MA in 1970 and culminating with 15 years as the CFO and President of LyndonBank, which merged with Community National Bank in 2008. He was appointed Assistant Head for Business at Lyndon Institute in 2011, retiring in 2015. Currently, he serves as Director of Community National Bank and as a Trustee at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. He also serves as a financial consultant for the St. Johnsbury firm Bucknam & Black.
Mr. Bucknam has served on the Board of Trustees of Lyndon Institute since 2015, including a role as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee from 2015 until 2017. He lives in Walden, Vermont with his wife Deborah. They enjoy spending time with the families of their two daughters and many grandchildren.
Marlin (Chip) Devenger, ’67 is a lifelong resident of Sutton, Vermont and a retired educator. He received his B.A in Secondary English and Journalism from Lockhaven State University, his Masters in Elementary Education from Lyndon State College, and an advanced degree in Management from University of Vermont. He served as a Teaching Principal for five years at Burke Town School, and then moved to the East Haven school where he served in the same role for an additional 26 years. He retired in 2003 after receiving honors including Vermont Teacher of the Year in 1980. He also served as a member of the Vermont National Guard for 23 years, from which he retired in 2003. After his retirement he stayed very busy, serving as the Director of Arts & Humanities at the Silver Bay Association YMCA in New York in the summer, and during the rest of the year as the Coordinator of Brookside Trinity Pastoral Respite Program. In 2015 he retired from those positions as well, but still remains very active in the local community. Mr. Devenger’s current roles include: serving as guardian ad litem for the Superior Court in St. Johnsbury, volunteering with the Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging, serving as Town Meeting Moderator and member of the Zoning Committee for the Town of Sutton, and Lyndonville Rotarian. In reflecting on his role as a trustee, of which he is one of the longest-serving members, Mr. Devenger states, “I’ve always valued education. I felt that I received a really good education here at LI, and that it has helped me in everything I’ve accomplished in my life. Today, the programs and offerings are fantastic.” Elected as LI Corporator 1986 Elected to the Board of Trustees 1998 Current Committee Memberships: Development Committee Education Committee
Patricia B. Emery,’70, grew up in Lyndonville and graduated from Lyndon State College. She has been a licensed Vermont real estate agent since 1976 and is currently a Realtor/Owner of Parkway Realty. Ms. Emery is one of the top-producing realtors in northern Caledonia County and is the recipient of several awards for her professional achievements including NEK Board of Realtors, 1990 and 1994 Realtor of the Year; 2006 Governor's Award for Outstanding Service; 2009 Lyndon State College Distinguished Alumni Award, and Northeast Kingdom Business Celebration – 2006 Business Person of the Year.
She is an active member of the Northeast Kingdom community, serving as a trustee of The Riverside School, Advisory Board member of Community National Bank, Lyndonville Rotary member (President 2009-2010), and as a corporator of Northern Vermont Regional Hospital.
Ms. Emery is a resident of Lyndonville, Vermont and she enjoys spending time with her husband, grown daughter and son, and their families. She also enjoys hiking, skiing and snowshoeing in the scenic beauty of our local hills and mountains. She recognizes that Lyndon Institute is a vital part of the greater Lyndon community and believes supporting the institution is critical. Strong partnerships between the school and the community are beneficial to both.
Meredith Feltus,’87, grew up in Lyndonville and is the daughter of Steve and Marty Feltus. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Chicago and has spent the majority of her career in fundraising and administration for higher education.
Ms. Feltus currently serves as the Director of Development & External Relations for Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The flagship campus recently completed the largest fundraising campaign for public higher education in the state.
Ms. Feltus has been an active and engaged member of the LI Corporation since her election in 2001. She has served on and chaired the Development Committee and the Committee on Trustees, served on the Headmaster Search Committee, chaired the ad hoc Mission Review Committee, and was a member of the Executive Committee from 2010 to 2017, most recently serving as President of the Board from 2015-2017. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve Lyndon Institute. LI is a vibrant independent school with deep roots in the community.” Ms. Feltus lives in Hadley, MA with her husband and children.
Joe Flynn was appointed Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation in December 2016 by Governor Phil Scott. Prior to that he served as Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Safety since July 2015, where he helped manage policy and daily operations of the Vermont State Police, Criminal Justice Services, Division of Fire Safety, and Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Previously, he was Vermont’s Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, worked in the Irene Recovery Office in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene under Governor Peter Shumlin, and served as the Rail Director with the Agency of Transportation under Governor Jim Douglas. Mr. Flynn has a long history working in government service, public safety, and emergency services. He was formerly Fire Chief of the South Hero Volunteer Fire Department, Deputy Sheriff with the Grand Isle County Sheriff’s Department, Vermont State Firefighter’s Association representative to the Vermont Fire Service Training Council, Chair of the Grand Isle County Mutual Aid Association, served 20 years as the Chair of North Country International Fire Training Service, and a member of the South Hero Select Board. Mr. Flynn, originally from Burlington, Vermont, graduated from Saint Michael’s College. He has three children and has lived in South Hero, Vermont for 30 years. Mr. Flynn has been affiliated with Lyndon Institute since 2004, when the first of his two sons attended LI under the newly re-invigorated 5-day boarding program. Mr. Flynn states, “We attended a high school fair and came away with a keen interest in LI. The humble blend of local high school and international boarding school were a perfect atmosphere for our sons to flourish. Our boys received a solid, well-rounded education that prepared them for University (UVM and Bishops), and they made friends in class and among staff with whom they remain connected with to this day”. Elected as LI Corporator 2005 Elected to the Board of Trustees 2009 Current Committee Memberships: Development Committee
Larissa “Cisi” Flynn graduated from Twinfield High School in 1967. After a year at Old Dominion College in Virginia, she returned to Vermont and enrolled at Lyndon State where she met her husband (and fellow trustee) Mike. They married in 1972 following her graduation with a B.A. in History and the Humanities.
Mrs. Flynn started her career as an educator at Lyndon Institute in 1974. She taught History and involved herself in many activities on campus, such as coaching girl’s skiing, the Scholars’ Bowl team (including a Vermont State Championship in 1998), advising the Close Up Club and Student Council, and serving as President of the LI Faculty Association for several years. Mrs. Flynn served on three NEASC school evaluation teams and was Co-Chair of LI’s three NEASC evaluations.
After retiring from the classroom in 2005, she represented LI’s Admissions Office traveling both in the U.S. and internationally to recruit students and also processing applications in the campus office. She was a Trustee of the Riverside school from 2007 to 2015 and became an LI corporator in 2013. Mrs. Flynn greatly enjoys travel, gardening, artistic painting, and cooking. She catered extensively on Martha’s Vineyard during summers there as well as events in the NEK.
Elected as LI Corporator 2010 Elected to the Board of Trustees 2017 Current Committee Memberships: Education Committee
T. Michael Flynn was born and raised in Springfield, Vermont. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1964 and afterwards received his B.A. in History for Lyndon State College. After graduation, Mr. Flynn worked at Burke Mountain as a ski coach and ran the NASTAR ski racing program. He attained his certification from the Professional Ski Instructors of America. While at LSC Mr. Flynn met his future wife Larissa, and they both went on to become long-time members of the faculty at Lyndon Institute. In 1973 he was hired as a social studies teacher and head ski coach for LI, where he coached the Vikings to three state titles and two New England titles. He ran the LI boarding program from 1977 to 1980 and then returned to the classroom as a member of the faculty. He was the President of the LI Faculty Association for ten years and assisted with Student Council. Mr. Flynn also served as President of the LSC Alumni Council from 1990 to 1992 and is currently a member for the LSC Foundation. Mr. Flynn was named LI Teacher of the Year in 1999 and retired with his wife in 2005. They currently reside in Lyndon Center, Vermont. Reflecting on what makes his experience as a trustee enjoyable, Mr. Flynn states, “I especially enjoy the interaction with our dormitory students who come to LI from around the U.S. and around the world. I believe our local students gain a meaningful appreciation of the cultures they experience and the friendships they enjoy through our boarding program.” Elected as LI Corporator 2006 Elected to the Board of Trustees 2013 Current Committee Memberships: Buildings & Grounds Committee
Stephen Gray ‘65 was born in Calais, Vermont and earned an associate’s degree in engineering from Vermont Technical College. He became an engineering assistant for the city of Montpelier and was then appointed the city’s Director of Public Works, a post he held for 31 years.
He has received a number of accolades for his administrative skill and leadership. In 1987, the Vermont League of Cities and Towns named him the organization’s municipal person of the year, and the city of Montpelier presented him with a special proclamation in recognition of his leadership during and after the March 11, 1992 flood. He has served as president of the Vermont Municipal Highways Association, and the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers has named his family as its “family of the year”. He has received recognition from the New England Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for his leadership in using snowmobile ride-ins as fundraisers for the foundation, and U-32 High School has honored him for his significant role in establishing the school’s first football field.
After 36 years as a city of Montpelier public servant, Mr. Gray retired in 2005. He and his wife Marion currently reside in East Calais, Vermont. Regarding his service to Lyndon Institute, Mr. Gray states, "LI provided me with the things I needed to be successful in my life, and I have been honored to give back in some small way to the Institute."
Dave R. Hartwell ’70 grew up in the hamlet of Hartwellville in the town of East Haven, Vermont. After graduating from Lyndon Institute, he attended Lyndon Sate College. Mr. Hartwell held an assortment of jobs including Outing Club Director for the OCCSA, bartender, and used car salesman, among others, before entering the commercial roofing field as a salesman in 1978. Mr. Hartwell began working with A. C. Hathorne, the largest roofing contractor in the state of Vermont, in 1982 as the General Manager. With more than three decades at A.C. Hathorne, he is now the Senior Executive Vice President.
Mr. Hartwell was a Rotary member for 30 years and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is a founding member, former Legislative Chair, and former President of the Vermont Subcontractors Association. Mr. Hartwell lives in South Burlington, Vermont. He has one daughter, Abigail, who is 22.
Elected as LI Corporator 2010 Elected to the Board of Trustees 2017 Current Committee Memberships: Buildings & Grounds Committee
Daniel D. Heath ‘68 is the President and CEO of Maxwell Stamp Inc., an international economics firm, and Distinguished Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute of International Economic Law. He is also a Director of the Center for Transformation and Strategic Initiatives, an international nonprofit devoted to enlightened public economic administration, and Advisor to Five Stone Green Capital, a New York firm developing environmentally innovative real estate, and to Oxford Analytica, a global risk consultancy. Before rejoining the private sector, Mr. Heath represented the United States at the International Monetary Fund. Confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2007, he served on the Executive Board during a most critical time as the IMF guided macroeconomic policies, assisted countries in financial trouble, and created opportunities for private enterprise and growth around the world. Prior to his IMF position Mr. Heath was a director in the White House National Economic Council for two presidents, and senior economist for natural resources and international trade at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Earlier in his career he managed economic studies at Oxford Analytica in Europe, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and the White House Council on International Economic Policy. Mr. Heath was educated at Oxford University and George Washington University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, has published in political economics, lectured in American and overseas universities, and often speaks publicly on economics topics. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. and serves on several non-profit boards. Regarding his support for Lyndon Institute, Mr. Heath reflects on the school’s logo, which features a lamp illuminating an open book. He sees LI as a light to the paths of individuals and communities.
Peter C. Hopkins ’74, is a successful business owner. Upon graduation from Lyndon Institute he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. While stationed in Michigan as a Heavy Equipment Operator he graduated from the Commercial Trades Institute with a degree in building construction. In 1977 he received an honorable discharge and attended New Fuel Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1988, after a few years working at Hopkins and Sons, he started H & S Supplies. He became President of Hopkins and Sons when George Hopkins retired, and integrated the two companies in 1992. Currently, he runs H & S Supplies doing architectural precast concrete, septic systems, manholes, and masonry supplies throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. Mr. Hopkins is an active member of his community. He loves the Lyndon area and wants to see it thrive, while retaining its character. He is a past Master of Crescent Lodge 66, a member of the Mount Sinai Shriners, Northeast Kingdom Fire Brigade, and Lyndon Area Development. He also served on the Planning and Zoning Commissions for the Town of Lyndon for several years, and served on the board of Lyndon Area Sports Association. Mr. Hopkin’s father and grandfather were also members of the Lyndon Institute Board of Trustees, and following in their footsteps, he is proud to devote his time to supporting this region’s youth and schools. Currently, Mr. Hopkins lives in Lyndonville, Vermont with his wife Janice. He loves to restore old cars, and has five grandchildren with whom he enjoys spending his time. Elected as LI Corporator 1990 Elected to the Board of Trustees 1991 Current Committee Memberships: Buildings and Grounds Committee
Lorraine Matteis, ’65, is a retired school nurse and resides in Lyndonville, Vermont with her husband Vincent. Her time now is spent with family, in civic roles, and enjoying her hobbies. She is a lector at St. Elizabeth Church, a corporator at NVRH, Vice President of the Lyndon Area Meal Site, and a weekly volunteer at the hospital. Recently, she has held leadership positions as Town Health Officer and as coordinator of Lyndon ARC blood drives. Her hobbies include golf, skiing, gardening, quilting, cross stitch and reading, especially sci-fi fantasy and historical-based fiction. Her three grown children are also LI alums. Six grandchildren add vitality and joy to her days. Ms. Matteis has been an active member of the Lyndon Institute board, serving in various roles of the Executive Committee from 1994 through 2008, including five years as President from 2003-2008. After a short hiatus, she has returned to the board and is serving on the Finance Committee. Elected as LI Corporator 1992 Elected to the Board of Trustees 1993 Current Committee Memberships: Finance Committee
Dr. Gregory J. McCormick, ’91 grew up on Burke Mountain, attending Wildridge Academy for junior high school. After graduating from LI he attended Harvard College, where he was a member of the ski team and earned a degree in chemistry. He stayed on at Harvard after graduation as the Head Teaching Fellow for the organic chemistry laboratory. He returned to the Northeast Kingdom in 1996 as the chemistry and physics teacher at Burke Mountain Academy. He went on to attend the University of Vermont College of Medicine, followed by residency and fellowship training at the University of Rochester Eye Institute. Dr. McCormick currently practices ophthalmology at Ophthalmic Consultants of Vermont in South Burlington. He is a specialist in corneal and refractive surgery, including cataract surgery, corneal transplantation and LASIK surgery. Dr. McCormick fondly remembers the inspiration he received on the campus of Lyndon Institute and looks forward to continuing to be a part of the LI community. He and his wife, Monica, live in Hinesburg, Vermont and are the proud parents of three young daughters. Elected as LI Corporator 2009 Elected to the Board of Trustees 2010 Current Committee Memberships: Development Committee
James A. McDonald ’66, is a successful business owner and entrepreneur. After attending Lyndon Institute, Mr. McDonald graduated from University of Vermont with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, with EIT certification. In 1975 he founded J.A. McDonald, Inc., a contracting company for large-scale highway and infrastructure construction projects in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York. He sold the business in 2012. Currently, Mr. McDonald owns and manages the Vermont National Country Club, which includes a private 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, as well as swim, tennis, and event facilities in South Burlington, Vermont. In addition to serving on the board of Lyndon Institute, Mr. McDonald is a member of the board at Union Mutual Insurance Company, and also serves as Chair of their Compensation/Benefits and Nominating Committees, and is a member of their Executive Committee. Mr. McDonald’s family represents three generations of Lyndon Institute alumni. Regarding his support for the school, he states, “I did not realize, when I was a student, what a unique town academy institution I had the privilege of attending. I am supportive of LI so that future generations can experience the town academy style of secondary education that has served so many over the past 150 years.” Mr. McDonald and his wife Linda spend their time between East Burke, Vermont, and Polk City, Florida. Elected as LI Corporator 2000 Elected to the Board of Trustees 2006 Current Committee Memberships: Finance Committee
Amy Morrissette McGarry ‘86 is an attorney at McGarry Law Offices P.A., with a concentration in the areas of criminal defense, family law, and small business formation. In addition to her private practice, Ms. McGarry is a proud participant in the Maine Court Appointed Attorney program, dedicated to providing the highest level of criminal defense to that area of the population who need it most. She graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 1990 and she received her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri in 1993. After working for firms in New York and Boston, Ms. McGarry and her husband, Daniel, moved to Kennebunk, Maine in 2000. They have a teenage son who plays hockey and football, and subsequently Ms. McGarry is on the local youth hockey board of trustees and is very active in the football boosters. Ms. McGarry considers her time at LI as the springboard for all that followed. The excellent education received resulted in her ability to have great collegiate and law school education and experiences. Elected as LI Corporator 2012 Elected to the Board of Trustees 2013 Current Committee Memberships: Education Committee
Emery J. Noyes ’62, is a retired manufacturing executive. He began his career as an apprentice at Fairbanks Morse Engine and worked there as an engineer for five years. In 1969 he began a new role at Newport Plastics as a Quality Control Manager. He stayed at that company for 26 years and served in a number of positions, culminating in the role of President/General Manager. In 1995 he went to work at NSA Industries as General Manager, from which he retired in 2007. Mr. Noyes has also been active in the civic life of his community. He served as a selectman for the Town of Burke for 31 years and received the Vermont Public Service award in 2016.When his children were young he coached for local little league and babe ruth teams, as well as playing in the men’s softball league. He was also in the Army and the Army National Guard for 34 years, during which time he was stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Fort Lee, Virginia. Mr. Noyes resides with his wife Cheryl in West Burke, Vermont. All three of their children, including fellow trustee Ryan Noyes, are graduates of Lyndon Institute. He is proud that one of his granddaughters will soon be an LI alumna as well. Elected as LI Corporator 1992 Elected to the Board of Trustees 2005 Current Committee Memberships: Buildings & Grounds Committee Committee on Trustees
Ryan Noyes ’93 graduated from Vermont Technical College in 1995 with an A.S. in Civil Engineering Technology. In 1997 he began work at VHB, a civil engineering firm with offices in 13 states. He recently celebrated his 20th anniversary with the firm and is currently the Manager Design & Visualization Technology Team.
Mr. Noyes has been an active part of school governance since his election to the role of corporator in 2008. He previously served as a trustee of Lyndon Institute from 2010-2013, including roles as the Trustee-at-Large on the Executive Committee, and as Chair of the Buildings & Grounds Committee. Although he stepped down as a trustee in 2013, as a corporator, he remained an active member of the Development Committee and is instrumental in the execution of LI’s annual Independence Fund Golf Tournament.
He is also active in town government, having served on the Lyndonville Planning Commission and currently serving as Kirby’s Zoning Administrator. He currently has a daughter enrolled as a freshman at LI and a son attending the Thaddeus Stevens School, which is located on LI’s campus. Mr. Noyes is a resident of Kirby, Vermont.
Elected as LI Corporator 2008 Re-Elected to the Board of Trustees 2017 Current Committee Memberships: Buildings & Grounds Committee Development Committee
Harwant Sethi, Sr. has been working in Healthcare IT since 1991. He started his career in healthcare in South Burlington, VT at IDX Systems Corporation. In 2005, Mr. Sethi moved over to Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, and then in 2017 to GE Healthcare with a focus on Patient Monitoring solutions, Cardiac Telemetry, and Mobility Solutions with a focus on nursing and physician workflows. In 2007, he moved with his family moved from Connecticut to Vermont. When not traveling for work, he splits his time between Portsmouth, NH and Danville, VT. Prior to starting his career in healthcare, Mr. Sethi graduated with a B. S. Computer Science degree from Colorado State University. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, biking, snow sports, gardening, and engaging almost any kind of yard work. He and his wife Nora's two children are recent LI alumni. Elected as LI Corporator 2013 Elected to the Board of Trustees 2015 Current Committee Memberships: Development Committee
Sara J. Simpson is a retired nurse and health educator. From 1976-1984 she was the school nurse at Lyndon Institute, as well as a faculty member. For 19 years she worked at the Vermont State Department of Education and the Department of Health as a school health specialist. In this capacity Ms. Simpson worked with schools and educators all around the state. Before retiring in 2003 she was the District Director at the Health Department in St. Johnsbury, Vermont Ms. Simpson currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Cobleigh Library and on the Northeastern Vermont Area on Aging Board of Directors. She is an NVRH corporator and a member of the hospital Ethics Committee. She also volunteers at the Resource Center at Norris Cotton Cancer Center North in St. Johnsbury. She is an elected Lyndon Town Justice of the Peace. Before his death in 2003 her husband Tim taught at LI for 31 years and their three children all graduated from LI. Ms. Simpson knows Lyndon Institute as a strong, quality school and has always been proud of its commitment to the community. She is pleased to serve the school as a trustee. Ms. Simpson currently resides in Lyndonville. Elected as LI Corporator 1992 Elected to the Board of Trustees 2009 Current Committee Memberships: Education Committee (Chair)