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Board of Directors

Dianne Mat Brown, Secretary

Dianne splits her time between homes in Stowe, Vermont and the South End of Boston, MA.  Dianne has also volunteered in multiple school systems, serving as Arts Enrichment Coordinator, Community Food Pantry Coordinator, and Treasurer for various Parents’ Associations.  For the past eight years, she has served on the Board of Women Working for Oceans (W2O), an affiliate of the New England Aquarium, where she is also an Executive Committee member, Finance Chair and Events Coordinator.  In addition, she is currently a docent and volunteer at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  A graduate of Wellesley College with a BA in History and Economics, and an MBA from Babson’s Olin School of Business, Dianne’s professional career has spanned banking, investment management and marketing in both for profit and not for profit environments.  She is an avid yogi, skier, hiker, chef, and traveler.  Dianne enjoys all forms of the arts, both performing and visual.  She is thrilled to be a member of the board of Spruce Peak Arts and become more involved in the Stowe community.  Dianne is married.  She and her husband have two daughters and a dog.

Jeff Clarke

Jeff co-owns Edelweiss, a small business in Stowe, that celebrates the integral role that Vermont’s family and individual food and beverage entrepreneurs have in translating the uniqueness of this place into industry leadership and innovation. Most importantly, the business works to ensure that Stowe remains a vibrant and inclusive community of choice in which to live, work and play. A native-Vermonter, Jeff recently returned after many years in the Intermountain and Pacific Northwest. His professional experiences include institutional philanthropy, management consulting and Olympic sports. He holds an MBA from the FW Olin School of Business at Babson College and a BA from Middlebury College.

 

 

 

 

Andrew Chmura

Originally from Pittsfield, MA, Andrew moved to Stowe in 1999 and has raised his family here ever since. Andrew is the president of Grand Slam Tennis Tours, a global tourism company specializing in travel and event management at major tennis events around the world, partner of Topnotch Management, a sports agency specializing in athlete representation and events, and a partner at Stowe Mountain Rentals. Andrew has been responsible for bringing to life two major tennis events, the 2007 Fed Cup between USA and Russia, and the Stowe Mountain Lodge Classic, a marquee exhibition tennis event held at Spruce Peak in 2017 and 2018. Andrew graduated from University of Notre Dame where he played on the tennis team.

 

 

 

Thomas G. Cronin, Vice Chair

Tom Cronin is a native of New Canaan, CT and for over ten years, has owned a home in Stowe Hollow.  A graduate of St. Lawrence University, Tom has over 25 years of experience in consumer product marketing with multi-national companies including Nestle, SA, and Unilever, PLC.  He recently retired from Remy Cointreau, USA, where he served as Vice President of Marketing Services. Tom has been an active volunteer for several years.  He currently serves on the New Canaan Board of Education for New Canaan Public Schools, is Vice President of the New Canaan Community Foundation, Treasurer of the Rotary Club of New Canaan, a Board member of the New Canaan Land Trust, and past president of the New Canaan Nature Center. Joy Cronin, Tom’s wife, recently retired as Group President, Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. 

 

Kevin B. D’Arcy

Kevin D’Arcy is the Broker for Spruce Peak Realty, LLC, AIG Global Investment Group in Stowe, Vermont. He formerly served as a Trustee for the Copley Foundation and as a Director for the Stowe Land Trust. Kevin graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in American Studies in 1984. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sam Gaines

Sam is a Managing Director of AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp. and serves as President of Mt. Mansfield Company, which owns various real estate and hospitality assets throughout Stowe, including Spruce Peak (Lodge, Club, village and real estate development). Sam has nearly 20 years of experience in real estate development, private equity investment, asset management and resort operations. Originally from Connecticut, Sam reconnected with his Vermont skiing roots when he moved to Stowe in 2011 with his wife Molly. Now with three children–Theodore, Lois and Beatrice–Sam is active in both local and national organizations, serving as Vice Chair of the Stowe Land Trust, Director of the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club and Academy and as Vice Chair of the Urban Land Institute Recreational Development Council. In his free time, Sam enjoys skiing, coaching youth sports in Stowe, and playing guitar in a Grateful Dead tribute band. Sam holds a BA from Pomona College and a MS from New York University.

 

 

Dean Goodermote

Dean’s occupational career has been spent with early stage software companies working in such varied markets as clinical trials, plant maintenance, disaster recovery and music. He has also been active on boards and committees with many non-profits including the Berklee College of Music, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the New England Aquarium and the US Ski and Snowboard Association. He has an interest in music and is an active player and bandleader. He was a professor of entrepreneurship at HHL, Leipzig School of Management and closer to home, a partner in Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps and a member of the board of the Mt. Mansfield Ski and Snowboard Club. He has two grown children and lives with his wife, Diane Arnold, their dogs and horses in Stowe Hollow. 

 

 

Lisa Hagerty, Board Chair

Lisa is the founder and owner of Well Heeled, a high end specialty boutique for women in Stowe, for the past 10 years. In conjunction, she owns her own Real Estate company. Recently, Lisa started a new venture into the health and fitness world, the Yoga Barn in Stowe. Before she moved to Vermont, she was Executive Vice President of Strategy and Sales for Ellie Kai. Lisa holds an MBA in Finance from Harvard Business School and an AB in Economics from Harvard University.

 

 

Rich Miller

Rich is a lifelong entrepreneur and musician. Most recently, he was the founder and CEO of OpenTempo, a local Vermont healthcare IT startup, which was acquired by QGenda in 2019.  Currently Rich works as the Chief Strategy Officer for QGenda where he spends most of his time working with healthcare organizations to improve care, patient access and efficiency. He has also served on boards of directors for schools and non-profits. Musically, Rich is an avid vocalist, guitarist and bassist. He’s passionate about writing, recording and playing in a funk/soul/jazz band with his wife Jessica, who plays trumpet and keys.  Rich and Jessica live with their young sons off the Barrows Road in Stowe.

 

 

 

 

Barry Pius, Treasurer

Barry Pius is the Chief Operating Officer of Vermont Systems, Inc..  He is the former Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mt. Mansfield Company/Stowe Mountain Resort.  Barry also served as the Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Spruce Peak Realty, LLC and Stowe Mountain Club, LLC.  Barry is a founding Director of Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation.  He has over 30 years of leadership experience in the resort, hospitality and real estate business, and has been a board member and Treasurer of a number of corporations.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a position in General Electric’s Financial Management Program.  He worked for General Electric in a variety of tax and accounting positions.