Steve Peters


Steve is the Executive Director of the Downtown Rutland Partnership and is a local marketing professional, writer and community organizer. Originally from Connecticut, Steve moved to Rutland in 2011 after graduating from Southern Connecticut State University with a degree in English and education. He spent a year volunteering with AmeriCorps before managing the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link’s communications and food education program and then served as the Marketing Manager at the Rutland Area Food Co-op. Steve serves as a board member for the Rutland Young Professionals and Rutland Area Food Co-op, is a columnist for the Rutland Reader and in his free time can be found in his garden or kitchen.


Laura Pierce

Community Outreach COMMITTEE CHAIR

Laura is a Rutland native and a fourth generation Vermonter who moved back to the area in 2016. She is currently the Senior Director of Information Services at Rutland Regional Medical Center. 

After graduating from Rutland High School, Laura attended Yale University earning her Bachelors of Science in the History of Science and Medicine. She then pursued pediatric research at the Boston Children's Hospital before entering a career in healthcare management consulting which took her from Boston to Chicago. 

Laura has become an active member of the Rutland community, serving as the RYP representative to the Chamber of Commerce, Co-Chair for the 2017 Young Professionals Summit of Vermont, and Chair of the Wonderfeet Kids' Museum Events Committee. 

She feels lucky to be able to live in such a beautiful area, and spends her weekends sugaring, skiing, playing tennis, gardening or cooking up a new recipe! 


Will Gormly

immediate past PRESIDENT

Will was born and raised in Chittenden, Vermont, where he still runs his business. 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 and the Rutland County Parent Child Center. 

In his free time Will enjoys hiking, traveling, pub trivia, and camping.


Charles Romeo


Charles is life-long Rutland resident. After graduating from Rutland High School in 2001, he attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Politics with a minor in Philosophy and a Juris Doctor degree with a Certificate in Law and Public Policy. He was admitted to the Vermont bar in 2009 and began his legal career in Rutland as a Deputy State's Attorney for Rutland County prosecuting a variety of criminal cases. Charles left the State's Attorney's Office to take the position of City Attorney for the City of Rutland, serving two terms as the City's in-house corporate counsel. Currently, Charles is an Associate at Ryan Smith & Carbine, Ltd. Aside from his law practice, Charles' family has owned and operated Ted's Pizza Shop in Rutland City for over 40 years. Charles grew up around the family business and still helps occasionally behind the scenes. 

Community service has long been part of Charles' personal ethic. He was the first student representative elected to the Rutland City school board. While in college, he interned for Vermont Senator James Jeffords and during law school served as a law clerk on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for then-Chairman Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. He served two stints on Rutland City's Board of Aldermen, first as an appointee in the mid-2000s and then was elected to two terms in 2011 and 2013, but he resigned prior to his second term when he became City Attorney. Presently, Charles is the Chair of the Young Lawyers' Division of the Vermont Bar Association and sits on the VBA's Board of Managers. He is also a member of a number of local fraternal organizations. 

Charles lives in Rutland City with his wife Stephanie and their son William.


Erin Anderson

Board member

Erin was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in Jericho, Vermont. A dual citizen, Erin completed her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental & Sustainability Studies in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Erin moved back to the Green Mountain State to Ludlow to start her career in marketing at Okemo Mountain Resort. Now, through her role as Outreach Coordinator at Rutland Economic Development Corporation is happily immersing herself in Rutland’s tight-knit community. Erin is also a member of the Rutland Area Food Co-op board of directors.

Erin’s favorite way to spend her free time is snowboarding but enjoys playing in the mountains through all of Vermont’s seasons.


Travis Beauchamp

board member

Travis is a Pharmacy Technician and the Assistant Manager at Beauchamp & O’Rourke Pharmacy. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a business degree in 2013. He supports the Rutland Community “Buy Local” Campaign by spreading the word and by buying as many locally owned products/services as possible. During his free time, he enjoys playing and watching sports.


Leslie Doenges


Leslie is a nutritionist and the co-owner of Vermont Sport & Fitness, a locally established health and fitness club in Rutland.

A native of the area, she attended Rutland High School before moving on to higher education at the University of Vermont (’07). There she earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Nutrition and Food Science. In 2009, she and her husband Dan moved back to Rutland and in 2017 they made the transition to become small business owners.

Outside of work Leslie enjoys running and staying active, cooking for her family, and spending time with her husband and their children, Sawyer, Mason, and Finley.

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Kim Rupe

Board member

Kim was born and raised in Poultney, Vermont and graduated College of St. Joseph with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2016. Kim works at the Rutland Economic Development Corporation as the Assistant Director where she focuses on strategic initiatives within business growth, workforce development and community outreach. She is also pursuing her master’s degree in Business Administration at Fitchburg State University. Kim is also on the Poultney Rotary Club, Gift of Life Marathon Committee, and a mentor for Everybody Wins! Vermont. Outside of work, Kim enjoys spending time in the outdoors hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her three dogs. 


Joshua Lake

Board Member,

Joshua is a Client Relations Manager at Carpenter and Costin, in Rutland. Originally from Brattleboro, Joshua moved to Castleton in 2016, and in 2018 moved to Rutland City. He graduated from Castleton University in 2018 with Bachelors of Arts in History and Political Science. Joshua also serves on the Board of Directors for The MINT, Rutland’s Makerspace. When Joshua is not at work, or volunteering, he can be found in the woods hiking, or by a stream fishing with his dog.


Lyz Tomsuden

BOARD MEMBER, Marketing committee chair

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.

Since early 2017, Lyz has been 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.