The VLITE Board

Richard Marron, President

richardRichard C. Marron 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. 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-rubinRichard is 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


Annie Noonan is the labor relations manager at the Vermont State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs Department.  Annie was the former  Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor for the State of Vermont.

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 Cohen is the Executive Director at Vermont Adult Learning.  Hal was the former serves as the Secretary of Human Services for the State of Vermont.

Hal has served as  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.

Peter Walke, Commissioner of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

Peter Walke was appointed to serve as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in February 2020. Before that, in January 2017, Walke served as the deputy secretary for the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) and after serving as chief of staff for the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. As Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Peter was selected to co-chair the Vermont Climate Action Commission and to represent Vermont on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the first mandatory market-based program in the US to cap greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. Walke coordinates efforts to provide clean drinking water for Vermont residents effected by PFOA contamination, an industrial, chemical legacy, and he sits on ANR’s Leadership and Management Committee which provides a rigorous, high-quality avenue for Agency staff to advance their leadership skills.

Raised in Vermont, Walke pursued higher education first in Massachusetts, receiving a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from Williams College, and later a Master of Arts in Applied Geography from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Following receipt of his undergraduate degree, Walke joined the Navy, serving for nine years as an intelligence officer. During his time in the armed services he was stationed in Pensacola, FL, Virginia Beach, VA, England, and Colorado Springs, CO. He deployed twice in support of counterterrorism operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

After resigning his commission, Walke was selected to join a leadership development fellowship serving the Governor of the State of New York. He quickly became one of the Governor’s primary environmental advisors and was named to the post of Chief of Staff of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. After more than two decades living in other states and abroad, Walke was excited to return to his hometown of Montpelier, Vermont to continue his pursuit of excellence in environmental leadership at the Agency of Natural Resources.

Peter Walke lives in Montpelier with his two children. In his spare time, he enjoys running, coaching softball, skiing, and reading.

Tony Klein

Tony Klein of East Montpelier was born in the Bronx, NY on March 22, 1947. He and his wife Jennifer Boyer moved to Vermont in 1972. He is retired from a marketing and business government relations career, He was educated at Columbia Grammar Prep School, NYC and earned a BA in Government and Public Administration from the American University, Washington D.C.,in 1969. He and Jennifer have two grown children and four grandsons. He served on the East Montpelier Elementary School and U-32 High School boards for a total of 17 years. He served on many boards including Vermont Humanities Council, VPIRG, Peoples Health and Wellness Clinic and was the founding director of the Vermont Diversion Program. He was a State Representative from East Montpelier from 2002-2016 and Chaired the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee from 2008-2016.