BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Barbara Conrey, Chair of the Board, 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.


Pat Hinkley is a retired psychotherapist, long time organic gardener and author of Climate Sense/A Practical Guide to Finding Solutions and Keeping Your Cool.


Vanessa Brown is a practicing attorney in Montpelier participating in the VBA's Low Bono Project representing low-income clients and crime victims. She graduated from Vermont Law School in 2012 and was among the first group of Incubator attorneys selected by the Vermont Bar Association to establish solo practices in underserved areas of Vermont. In addition to operating a general practice in Bethel, in 2018, she briefed and testified before the international Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal historic session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change on behalf of 350VT, the Green Mountain Druids, Protect Geprags Park, the Institute for Social Ecology, and the Grand Riverkeeper and director of the LEAD (Local Environmental Action Demanded) Agency in Oklahoma. Vanessa previously served 5 years as the Vice Chair of Building a Local Economy (BALE) in South Royalton, VT. Her friends refer to her as the "Knitting Queen" and she enjoys helping in the garden.


David Carris combines over 25 years professional investment experience with long-standing work in the not-for-profit sector to help nonprofits and family foundations navigate the unique challenges of endowment management. After joining his first board at age 14, he has either worked for or served on a nonprofit board continuously ever since. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. from the University of Vermont. Prior to his work in finance, David spent thirteen years working in economic development, community planning, and historic preservation. He has received both the Endowments and Foundations Certificate and the Investment Management Analyst Certificate through the Wharton School and the Investment Management Consultant Association. He lives in Montpelier, Vermont and currently serves as Board Chair of the Fleming Museum of Art at the University of Vermont and was recently Trustee Chair of the Vermont Arts Council.