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! 

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Kim Rupe

Events Committee Co-Chair

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 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


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.


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.


Alex Adams

Board member

Alex was raised in Rutland City and returned to the area in 2014 to earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Castleton University. He chose to remain here to be part of, and give back to, the community that has done so much for him. Alex works in Information Technology, participates in the Rutland City Rotary Club, and spends his free time golfing and enjoying local events.


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.


Elicia Mailhiot

board member
Marketing committee chair

Elicia works as the Communications Coordinator at Castleton University.

A lifelong Vermonter, Elicia is a graduate of Rutland High School and Castleton University, graduating in 2012 with a degree in communication. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Castleton. 

Elicia previously worked in development for Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community and has held marketing positions for the Town of Killington and the Killington Pico Area Association.  

She is a former board member for Vermont Women in Higher Education and mentor for Everybody Wins! Vermont. Outside of work, she can be found kayaking on Vermont’s pristine lakes, reading, or spending time with her Goldendoodle, Boeing. 


Dan Warnecke

board member
events committee co-chair

Raised in Poultney, Vermont, Dan has a love for small town living. He is currently the Associate Director at United Way of Rutland County, and once served as the Executive Director for Rutland Community Cupboard, the second largest food shelf in the state of Vermont.

After graduating from Poultney High School, Dan attended Castleton University earning a Bachelors of Science in Marketing and Management in 2017. While at Castleton, Dan grew in his love for community service, acting as the President of the university’s Rotary Club for three years, heading mission trips to places like Danli, Honduras and Beverly, Kentucky.

Understanding the importance of giving back, Dan has acted as a council member within Dismas House of Rutland, and he is a current member of Fair Haven Rotary. He also co-chairs the Events Committee within RYP, setting up community events monthly.

In his free time, Dan enjoys hiking, skiing, gardening, cooking, and spending time with his wife, Alyssa, and he feels lucky to call Rutland home!


Drew Smith

board member

Drew grew up in Ohio and graduated from University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s in Operations Management and International Business. He also earned a master’s degree in Supply Chain Management from Penn State University. After college, working for GE Aviation, he moved to multiple locations around the country and spent four years living in Europe. In 2018, Drew relocated to GE in Rutland and fell in love with the area and the community. Outside of work, Drew likes traveling, running, hiking, golfing, skiing, and exploring Vermont with his wife, Kelsey.