GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR
RISING STAR 2014
Sara is a founding member of Rutland Young Professionals and has spoken about RYP at Rutland Regional Medical Center, at College of St. Joseph, with the Vermont Futures Caucus, and at the Young Professionals Economic Pitch Session in Montpelier.
Sara is currently an assistant director at Rutland Economic Development Corporation (REDC). She recently joined the board of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and has served on a community visit team with the Vermont Council on Rural Development.
Sara is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds a Master’s degree in Political Geography from the University of Washington, where she was a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow. She is also a proud Rutland City resident, a member of Project VISION, and a supporter of the I Love Rutland campaign.
BOARD VICE PRESIDENT
EMPLOYER RELATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIR
RISING STAR 2015
Will was born and raised in Chittenden, Vermont , where he still resides. After graduating from Rutland High School in 2005 he moved down to Massachusetts where he continued his formal education at Bentley University. Will Currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and an MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies.
Currently, Will is the Owner and Operator of the Mountain Cider Company, which produces Hot Spiced Apple Cider Concentrate as a beverage base for food service establishments. He also participates actively in the Rutland City Rotary Club, the Rutland County Parent Child Center, and as an adjunct marketing professor at the College of St. Joseph.
In his free time Will enjoys hiking, traveling, pub trivia, and camping.
finance committee chair
rising star 2015
Gwen is a CPA and Partner at O’Brien Shortle Reynolds & Sabotka, PC. She is a 2003 graduate of Castleton University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She has been with O’Brien Shortle Reynolds & Sabotka, PC since 2005, providing both tax and auditing services. During her free time, she enjoys running, baking, and spending time with her husband Joel and young daughter Brooke.
Tyler grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and lived there until June 2015 when a sense of adventure and a career opportunity for his wife compelled him to move to Rutland. Immediately, he became swept up in the momentum of the region and wanted to be a part of it. The Rutland Young Professionals was his entry point for getting involved in the community and he hasn’t looked back.
Tyler’s professional background has given him the opportunity to work with diverse teams in diverse industries. Before moving to Rutland he spent seven years working as Director of Administrative Services for one of the largest trade associations in Nebraska. He is currently an Assistant Director for the Rutland Economic Development Corporation, where he has the privilege of working to ensure our region is prosperous and welcoming.
Tyler spends his spare time discovering the splendor of Vermont with his wife, friends, and two corgis.
Matt grew up in the Rutland area and attended college at UVM. After receiving his BA in Economics, he worked for a Boston marketing firm as a web developer. After three years there, he went back to school and received his law degree from Boston University. He practiced corporate law at Goodwin Procter in Boston for more than three years before returning to the Rutland area to start a business.
Currently, Matt runs his business, Bloomfo Websites, and teaches computer- and web-related courses at both Castleton University and CCV.
Outside of work, Matt enjoys coaching baseball and soccer at Rutland High School and serving as an Alderman for the City of Rutland.
Marketing committee chair
Steve relocated to Rutland, Vermont in 2011 after graduating from Southern Connecticut State University with a BS in English and concentration in Secondary Education. Since then, Steve has eagerly sought out opportunities to get involved in the community. He utilized his passion for food when he started working for the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) in 2012 where he managed the organization's communications and cooking education program. Shortly thereafter, he began writing the weekly “Rutland Bites” food column in the Rutland Reader. Currently, Steve is the Marketing Manager at the Rutland Area Food Co-op.
In his free time you'll find Steve experimenting in his kitchen, likely with something he grew in his vegetable garden.
EVENTS COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR
RISING STAR 2015
Colie grew up in the Rutland area and attended Castleton University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Sports Administration. Colie then went on to earn her master's degree in Elementary Education from the College of Saint Joseph. While earning her master's degree, Colie worked in Special Education at Proctor Elementary School and completed her student teaching at Rutland Intermediate School.
Currently, Colie works for the Rutland City Recreation Department as the Program Director for Youth Sports. In this position she gets to incorporate both of her passions, sports and working with children.
Outside of work Colie enjoys teaching dance with the Vermont Dance Troupe, community service projects as a member of the Rutland City Rotary Club, being active, and watching sporting events at all levels.
rising star 2015
Lyz is a Rutland native who earned her BFA in Visual Communications with a Concentration in Graphic Design and Minor in Psychology from Endicott College in Massachusetts. She returned after school to begin her career as a graphic designer at the Rutland Herald, and simultaneously built her own freelance design business. She most recently worked for the Downtown Rutland Partnership as their Marketing Coordinator for over 2 years.
As of early 2017, Lyz is pursuing her own graphic design business in Rutland. She is happy to be working with a variety of clients and helping her community grow.
In her spare time, Lyz enjoys the beautiful landscapes, fresh food, and outdoor activities that Vermont has to offer, but won’t pass up the opportunity to travel and explore new things.
In addition to his work with Edward Jones, Reed also serves as a board member of The Rutland City Rotary Club, The Rutland County Women's Network and Shelter, and volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club.
Reed grew up just outside of St. Louis and is a graduate of Missouri State University, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Finance. After college, he went on to work for Edward Jones asa Financial Advisor at the company's headquarters in his hometown, before choosing to relocate to The Green Mountain State. Since 2013, he has built his business in the Rutland community helping serious, long-term investors reach their financial goals.
In addition to his work with Edward Jones, Reed also serves as a board member of The Rutland City Rotary Club, The Rutland County Women's Network and Shelter, and volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club. If it has snowed the night before, your best bet of finding him is on the chairlift at Killington.
Leslie is a native of Rutland and attended Rutland High School before moving on to higher education at the University of Vermont. In 2007 she earned a BS with a concentration in Nutrition and Food Science. Leslie’s interest in health science led her to the field of dentistry and in 2008 she earned DANB accreditation while living and working in Rhode Island. She moved back to the Rutland area with her husband in 2009 and currently works as a team member for Implant and General Dentistry of Vermont.
Leslie utilizes her passion for nutrition and wellness by volunteering as a Campaign Member for KidsEatRight.org with an action plan specializing in community outreach. Outside of work Leslie enjoys running and staying active, cooking for her family, and spending time with her husband Dan and their two boys, Sawyer and Mason.
2016 Summit Chair
Heather moved to the Rutland area from Los Angeles in 2014. She is originally from Massachusetts and holds a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College.
Heather began her career in editorial with positions at both the Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post. She pivoted to digital to work on the development of Hulu in 2007. Since then, she has been helping brands like Sony Home Entertainment, Nickelodeon, and Taco Bell present themselves on social media in impactful ways.
She's currently a content strategist at Beutler Ink, an entirely distributed specialty marketing agency. She also runs @Rutland_VT on Instagram.