Our Friendly Staff
These days, when he’s not overseeing SVCM’s finances, Randall enjoys being with friends and family, reading, day trips with his wife Loralie, and motorcycles.
Deborah Mackey, Board President, has been a member of the Poultney Community for over 30 years. She is a graduate of Green Mountain College and has been working there in the Environmental Liberal Arts Department and as an Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the Faculty for several years. Deb’s other work experience includes: retail, medical, dental, and home-based childcare. She enjoys growing produce, perennials and herbs with her husband Dan and their two sons – Justin and Nathan on the budding family farm, “Mackey Mountain Medley” in So. Poultney.
Pamela Burlingame, Board Vice President, has been a resident of Poultney since 2009 and an enthusiastic member of the Co-op since its inception. She works as the Regional Stewardship Manager for the Vermont Land Trust, where she enjoys networking with farm and forestland owners and other members of the conservation community to make sure Vermont’s working landscapes are here for future generations. Pamela’s previous background is in the natural sciences and environmental education. She can often be found fiddling, foraging for wild edibles, or gardening with her husband and flock of chickens.
Monica Ihrke, Board Secretary, Monica says , “I’m interested in community, servicelearning, and good food. SVCM is where all three of these ideas collide. Serving on SVCM’s Board has been a way in continuing to connect with my local community in a meaningful way. I believe SVCM is bringing great food and great food education to our community, and I love being a part of continuing that process by contributing my time and efforts to this organization.
Jaime Lee, Board Treasurer, has been a resident of the Poultney area for 9 years since graduating from Green Mountain College in 2006. She’s worked with various nonprofits in the area and is passionate about healthy food access and community vitality and has fallen in love with Vermont’s do-it-yourself, can-do spirit.
Eleanor Tison, Board Member, has been a Poultney resident with her family of seven for almost eight years. She is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sustainable Agriculture at Green Mountain College. At GMC, Eleanor has honed her skills organizing events, courses, academic programs, and advising student projects, clubs, and independent studies. For five years, Eleanor has served on the board of directors of the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL), a regional non-profit organization with the mission of expanding community-wide participation in the region’s agricultural economy, which has increased her networking with area farmers, agricultural and food policymaker, and involvement with local food issues. Eleanor is an active community volunteer whose ventures include co-leading a Girl Scout troop, coordinating the “Farmin’ Fun” kids’ summer recreation program, and serving on the board of the Poultney Historical Society.
came to Vermont after a summer-long road trip starting in Southern California, crossing the southern states, up the Blue Ridge Parkway and on into Maine. She recently moved to Poultney after living in Castleton for three years. She has worked in graphic design and marketing since 1988. When not working, she plays guitar and sings with the local musicians known as the Poultney Bluegrass Society. She says, “I am so grateful to have found Poultney and the terrific people who live here. Serving on the board is a way I can give back to this great community.”