BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tino O’Brien - Chairman of the Sustainable Montpelier Coalition Board, is a forty-year veteran of human resources for Outward Bound, Ben & Jerry’s and Brimstone Consulting. He is currently a consultant in organizational development. Tino is also Chairman of the Board of the Vermont River Conservancy.

Tino’s passion is water and wood. He is pictured here in his studio with some of his carvings. In the summer he can most often be found in his canoe. Tino is very familiar with the North Branch of the Winooski as he has worked to develop an accessible trail at its headwaters in Elmore and now his focus is on the last 1,000 feet as it reaches the Winooski River.


Barbara Conrey is an award-winning architect and professor at Vermont Technical College, she taught sustainable design for 18 years and was a founder of the Sustainable Design & Technology program at VTC. Her senior level Sustainable Design Studio completed several design projects for the city of Montpelier, including the redevelopment of downtown parking lots into Net Zero buildings which were presented to city officials and featured on the city’s website.

She is past president of the New England and Vermont chapters of the American Institute of Architects, and served on the Architectural Licensing Board for the State of Vermont. She presently serves on the Montpelier Planning Commission, Energy Advisory Committee, Unitarian Church Net Zero Committee, and the Sustainable Montpelier Coalition.


Ken Jones is the Economic Research Analyst at the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) for the State of Vermont. Fancy words, but what does it mean – what does Ken do?

Ken works with both governmental, non-profits and businesses to create policy and projects that leads to the economic wellbeing of Vermonters. Ken’s past experience in environmental and social issues contribute to his ability to find community oriented solutions.

In addition to his work for the State, Ken is a past Chair of the Montpelier Planning Commission and past member of the Montpelier School Board and is a founding member of the Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee which is working towards guiding Montpelier to a Net Zero future.


Catherine Lowther is a faculty member at Goddard since 1997, Catherine Lowther works with students in the Sustainability, Health Arts & Sciences, and Individualized Studies programs. She developed the BA in Sustainability program, created and leads the Climate Literacy Group Study, chairs the Goddard Sustainability Committee, and manages the Goddard Sustainability Listserv. She is a member of former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps, a global network of activists working to raise awareness about climate change, build resilience, and implement solutions.


Tim Terway is a planner, designer, social scientist, and educator with 11 years of professional experience. Specific expertise is in enabling social-ecological change in communities facing climate change. Overall work is devoted to strengthening relations between people and place in ways that integrate different knowledge, skill, values, and experience with public policy and private actions towards healthy environments and dignity for all. Work spans diverse communities in rural, town, and urban settings