Our Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is comprised of seven employee representatives, one retired employee, and four independent directors. Employee members are John Abel, Christopher Chapman, Jack Davidson, Steve Singiser, Nanette Stevens, George von Trapp, Jane Waysville, and Rich Pearce, retired.
Our independent directors:
Liz Bankowski is President and CEO of The Windham Foundation, which in addition to various philanthropic programs, owns and operates The Grafton Inn and The Grafton Village Cheese Company. She has extensive experience in corporate social responsibility and in government. She was elected to the Board of Directors of Ben & Jerry’s in 1990 and also held a senior management position with primary responsibility for the company’s innovative corporate responsibility practices. She was one of the first executives in a public company to hold a senior position in corporate social responsibility. In 2001 she left the company and provided consulting in corporate social responsibility and communication. She remains a trustee of the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation.
After serving as a consultant to New Chapter, a natural and organic supplements company based in Brattleboro Vermont, she joined the company’s board. She became board chair overseeing the acquisition of the company by Procter & Gamble in 2012. She also serves on the Board of Green Mountain Power and The High Meadows Fund, a Vermont foundation focused on climate change.
In 1984, Ms. Bankowski ran Madeleine M. Kunin‘s successful campaign to become Vermont’s first woman Governor. She served as Chief-of-Staff until 1990. In 1992, on leave from Ben & Jerry’s, she led the Department of Commerce Team in President-elect Bill Clinton’s transition and in 2010 she led Vermont Governor-elect Peter Shumlin’s transition.
She is a graduate of Boston College and attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Joseph W. Constance, Jr.
Mr. Constance is a retired college librarian at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he remains a permanent Adjunct Faculty member of the Department of Politics and Instructor of Humanities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Michael’s College, a Master of Arts from the University of Vermont, a Masters of Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston University.
He has written numerous papers and presentations and has a manuscript, The Great American Missile Defense Debates, now under submission for publication.
Judge Belcher served as a Washington District Probate Judge from 1991 to 2012 and currently hears administrative hearings and appeals for the Office of Professional Regulation. A graduate of the Vermont Law School and the University of Kansas, Judge Belcher is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a practicing attorney with Abare, Nicholls and Belcher in Barre, Vermont. He is the Past President of both the Vermont Probate Judges’ and the Washington County Bar Associations, and the recipient of the Vermont Volunteer Lawyers’ Project Award and the Vermont Bar Association’s Award of Merit. Judge Belcher has also served on the Vermont Bar Association’s Vermont Trust Code Drafting Committee and the Vermont Supreme Court’s Probate Rules Committee, the Vermont Supreme Court’s Judicial Education Committee and the Justice for Children Task Force and Child Protection Advisory Board. He has taught business law at Vermont College and Norwich University and is the author of various publications for the Vermont Bar Journal.
Mr. Sherlock, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), was formerly the principal behind Sherlock Investment Management, Inc., a SEC-Registered Investment Advisor that had been located and operated in Brattleboro, Vt. for over 20 years. Peter recently ended that endeavor to spend more time on his other varied interests. In addition to volunteering on various investment committees for local not-for-profits, Mr. Sherlock currently serves on the board of the Brattleboro Savings and Loan and The New Hampshire Trust Company, in addition to his work with The Trust Company of Vermont. He was previously board chair of both Southern Vermont Healthcare (Brattleboro Memorial Hospital) and the Brattleboro Retreat, and has in the past served on the boards of the American Hospital’s Regional Policy Board and the Vermont Education and Health Buildings Financing Agency. He is a graduate of both the University of Vermont and the University of Massachusetts and when he’s not either planning or on new travels, he lives in Arizona and Vermont with his wife Susan.
Our retired employee director:
Rich Pearce was one of the founders of TCV, retiring at the end of 2018, after a long career in the trust world. Rich’s experience includes time at Paine Webber, Kidder Peabody, as an institutional broker, and at a small investment bank, Hambrecht & Quist. Moving to Vermont in the late 1980s, Rich continued his portfolio management career at the former Bank of Vermont, which was later acquired by Vermont National Bank. In 1999, Rich left to become one of the founders of TCV. He was instrumental in forming the team approach of our Trust Investment Committee. We are delighted to have the benefit of his experience remain with us in the role of Director.
Rich is a graduate of Colorado State College and is an active cyclist, skier and tournament tennis player. He serves as Treasurer and Board Member of the Burlington Bike Project, a nonprofit creating access to bikes and the opportunities they provide to the community.