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.

Hal Cohen

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Hal Cohen is the Executive Director at Vermont Adult Learning. Hal was the former 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

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.

Sarah Hofmann

Sarah Hofmann served on the Vermont Public Utility Commission from 2015 to 2021. She served on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Board of Directors and as a member of the Executive Committee, the Telecommunications Committee and the Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues. She also served on the Executive Committee of the National Council on Electricity Policy (NCEP).
Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Hofmann was the Executive Director of the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners, Inc. (NECPUC). Before becoming Executive Director of NECPUC, Ms. Hofmann was the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Service. She also has served as the Director for the Public Advocacy and Consumer Affairs and Public Information for the Department and prior to that, Special Counsel.
Ms. Hofmann is a graduate of Rollins College and the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She resides in Montpelier, Vermont with her husband Ken.

Amy Shollenberger

Amy Shollenberger has more than 20 years of experience grassroots organizing, developing political strategy, influencing policy, and running political issue campaigns. She has worked on a variety of campaigns, ranging in scope from local community issues to state and national issues. She started Action Circles in 2010 and along with the Action Circles Team has served clients and offered training ever since. She loves to travel with her life partner David in “Vanny,” across the U.S. and dancing whenever and wherever possible. She also loves to cook and especially enjoys the challenge of making a delicious and nutritious meal starting with random ingredients found in the fridge or pantry. She takes fitness and nutrition seriously so that she can fully enjoy life and bring her best self to her work. She has a commitment to have fun every day and to act from hope in all aspects of her life.