Board of Directors & Officers/Nominations 2020 & Proposed Slate of Candidates
Two Directors are retiring after serving six years. Our MANY thanks to June Anderson and Jack Sharry. Your institutional knowledge, hard work and thoughtful leadership will be missed..
Board members currently serving, not up for re-election
Ana Dan, Mimi Buttenheim, Suzy Edwards, TJ Greenwood, Sean Kramer, Matt Lillard, Mary Tuthill, Roger Nishi
I. Proposed Slate of Board Members
Mimi Buttenheim – Mad River Distillers
Diane Forester – Sugarbush Resort
Ana Nasset – Stand Up Resources
Open Seat –
Open Seat –
Additional nominations from the membership must be submitted to the Executive Director ([email protected]) prior to the Annual Meeting with 5 signatures of members who support the nominee.
II Proposed Slate of Offficers
Your Board of Directors nominates the following officers:
Ana Dan: Chair
Sean Kramer: Vice Chair
Roger Nishi: Secretary
Mimi Buttenheim: Treasurer
III Board Bios
- Mimi Buttenheim – Mad River Distillers
Mimi was named President of Warren-based Mad River Distillers in 2015, a craft distillery dedicated to producing the highest quality whiskeys, rums and apple brandy distributed throughout the Northeast and California. Prior to joining Mad River Distillers, she served as general manager of Vermont Spirits Distilling Co in Woodstock, Vermont and El Molino Winery in St. Helena, California. Mimi has worked in various aspects of the hospitality industry since graduating from Brown University in 2000; she also completed a degree in Baking and Pastry from the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley. In her spare time, Mimi competes in three-day eventing with her horse Lestaire and enjoys gardening at home.
- Diane Forester – Sugarbush Resort
Diane has been a full-time resident in the Mad River Valley since 2007. She relocated with her family from Massachusetts. She is currently the Director of Sales at Sugarbush Resort overseeing group, conference, wedding and social event sales in addition to leisure/vacation sales and multiple pass products. Prior to joining Sugarbush she spent five years in the lodging industry in Stowe, VT. Diane has over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality and travel industries within the greater Boston area including The Charles Hotel, Sheraton World Headquarters and American Express.
- Anna Nasset – Stand Up Resources
Anna has been a resident of the Mad River Valley since 2016 living in Warren Village and now Waitsfield. Upon arriving to the Valley Anna worked at the Common Man and Tucker Hill Inn (where she was the bartender, event managed, and marketing/graphic design). While working in the evenings Anna used her daytimes to build her business, Stand Up Resources. SUR provides training to victim service professionals, military, colleges, communities on the subjects of stalking, sexual assault, bystander prevention, and much more. Additionally SUR provides graphic and web design for victim service agencies. Previous to moving to the Mad River Valley, Anna resided in Port Townsend, WA where she owned a successful art gallery, served on the Economic Development Committee, the Community Fund for Women and Girls, the Young Peninsula Network, and Main Street Program. She volunteered her time with many organizations and helped establish legacy events/fundraiser for The Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building. Anna is passionate about the MRV and eager to put her skills to work to build a sustainable community for all.
Current Board Bios
- Ana Dan – Hyde Away and Sage Restaurant
Ana and her husband Paul Weber purchased the Hyde Away Inn in Waitsfield in 2015. Then in 2019 started Sage Restaurant. Prior, Ana spent twenty years in corporate marketing functions in automotive, financial and healthcare companies. Before making their home in Vermont, they lived in the midwest, including Michigan and Ohio.
- Suze Edwards
Suze is a dog loving, outdoor junkie, artist, with a skiing addiction. She lives in Warren, VT with her husband and 3 dogs and 1 cat. She spends her free time as an adventure guide, bee keeper, and a dog rescuer when she is not skiing or busy with the seafood market she owns and operates in Waitsfield
- TJ Greenwood – Lawson’s Finest Liquids
A graduate of the Johnson State College Resort Management Program he is currently the Operations Director of Lawson’s Finest Liquids. He came back to the MRV after taking a 10 year hiatus to work in the in the Atlantic City resort industry.
- Sean Kramer – 1824 House
A native of Pittsburgh PA with a biology degree from Denison University. A former collegiate soccer coach, Sean fell into the hospitality industry. After 20 years in the hospitality business (as an innkeeper, chef, winemaker and vineyard manager) with stops in Jamaica, Lake Tahoe, Park City, Florida, Philadelphia and Michigan he and his wife, Farrell purchased the 1824 House Inn and Barn in Waitsfield VT, where they provide a casual luxury experience in the Mad River Valley.
- Matt Lillard – Mad River Glen
Combining his Economics Degree from Cornell with a passion for community-oriented skiing he has forged a career in the ski industry that led from Okemo, to Magic Mountain, to Eaglecrest Alaska and finally to become the General Manager at Mad River Glen.
- Mary Tuthill – Mad River Taste Place
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she cooked professionally for 10 years in various restaurants and hotels. From there she transitioned to a corporate catering and then ran specialty programs for Whole Foods store in Connecticut and Florida . Through Whole Foods Market Mary became an American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional in 2014. Looking to grow her passion in the cheese industry she moved to the MRV in 2017 to open and manage the Mad River Taste Place.
- Roger Nishi – Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom
Roger is heavily involved with the regulatory and legislative activities of the Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom, as well as in accounting. Prior to coming to Vermont, Roger was a senior manager with the telecommunications consulting group at the accounting firm of Ernst & Young. Roger holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Central Washington University.