The VLITE Board

Richard Marron, President

richardRichard C. Marron owns the Town & Country Resort in Stowe, and has served the Stowe community as a member of the Stowe Select board (1992-2009) and as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives (1997-2006). During his time in the State Legislature, Mr. Marron was Chair of the Ways and Means Committee (2001-2004), and Vice-chair of the House Appropriations committee (2005-2006). In addition to his political activities, Mr. Marron has been actively involved on the boards of several organizations including the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and The Manor in Morrisville, where he acts as Chair of the Board. A former director of Union Bank, Mr. Marron recently concluded terms as a Vermont State College Trustee (2002-2010), and member of the Commission on Judicial Operations (2009-2010). He is currently chair of the Town of Stowe Electric Commission.

Richard Rubin, Vice President

richard-rubinI am a practicing trial attorney and senior partner in the firm of Rubin, Kidney, Myer & DeWolfe in Barre. I have practiced law in Vermont for 40 years. I live in Plainfield and have been interested and involved in energy and utility issues since the 1970’s. For 10 years I have been a Board member of the Washington Electric Cooperative and am proud that our coop was an early opponent of nuclear power and now obtains all its energy from renewable generation produced in Vermont, including landfill methane, wind and hydro. I was also involved with my brother Mathew Rubin in the early redevelopment of several old hydro dams in Central Vermont. I am pleased to be a member of VLITE and hope to encourage the increased use of renewable energy and conservation. I am married with three children (two still in Plainfield) and two grandchildren.

Annie Noonan, Treasurer

Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor, Jan. 2011 – present
Manage and direct the Dept of Labor’s 315 employees and the department’s 12 regional offices, including the Divisions of: Workers’ Comp and Workplace Safety; Unemployment Insurance; Labor Market Information; Workforce Development and Training; Legal and Adjudications.

University of Connecticut PEA, Storrs, CT, Assistant Director May 2008-Dec. 2010
Managed the Arbitration and Contract Negotiations Division and assisted in negotiations for the coordinated agreement for the state’s 31 public sector unions.

Vermont State Employees Association, Montpelier, VT, Executive Director 1996-2008
Headed up the 2nd largest union in the state, representing over 7,500 unionized workers in Vermont, including state employees, judiciary workers, employees of the defender general’s office, the Vt. Housing authority, and state colleges.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, Center for Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education
Graduate Researcher

University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, Center for Career Development & Placement
Placement Associate & Researcher

M.S. Degree, Labor Relations and Research, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
B.A. Degree, Political Science and Statistics, University of Vermont, Burlington

Hal Cohen

hal-cohenHal Cohen serves as the Secretary of Human Services.  He began service in December of 2014.  Prior to his appointment, Hal had been the Executive Director of Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC).  Headquartered in Barre, Vermont, CVCAC serves over 20,000 people a year and is dedicated to helping low-income people become economically self-sufficient. Hal’s professional and civic involvement includes sitting on a number of local and state boards such as the Vermont Council on Rural Development, the Central Vermont Workforce Investment Board, the Vermont Workforce Development Council, and the Central Vermont Hunger Taskforce. Hal has an M.A. in counseling psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School and an M.S. in nonprofit management from the New School for Social Research. He resides with his wife in Middlesex, Vermont.

Chuck Ross

Chuck Ross serves as Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets for the State of Vermont. He began his service in January of 2011. For the previous 16 years he served as State Director for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy. Prior to being employed by Senator Leahy, Chuck worked on his family’s farms and served as the State Representative from Hinesburg. As State Representative he served on the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee and concluded his service as Chairman in 1994. Chuck has served on various boards in Vermont including The University of Vermont (UVM); Shelburne Farms; Fletcher Allen Health Care; The Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources at UVM; and Leadership Champlain. In his role as Secretary he serves on numerous board including Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund board, the Vermont Economic Development Authority as well as Chair of the Working Landscape Enterprise Board. Chuck continues to help manage his family farms in Hinesburg and Iowa. He graduated from UVM with a BA in Geography and received a MA in Geography from the University of Washington, Seattle WA. where he studied regional economics, agricultural land use and quantitative methods. He lives in Hinesburg with his family.

Pat Moulton

photoPat Moulton serves as the Secretary of Commerce & Community Development.  Prior to this appointment Pat was the Director of workforce development for the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, a non-profit, economic development corporation serving Windham County. Pat has extensive economic development and state government experience having served four different governors in a variety of appointed positions.

Scott Johnstone

Scott Johnstone, P.E., is the Executive Director of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. VEIC strives to reduce the economic and environmental costs of energy use in our society both in Vermont and across the globe. Scott previously served the State of Vermont as the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization in Chittenden County, Senior Project Director at Stone Environmental Inc., , and was Director of Public Works for the City of Burlington, Vermont and Conway, New Hampshire. Johnstone has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Maine in Orono, Maine and lives in Burlington with his wonderful family.