The Board of Directors
Eric Skovsted, Chair
Eric with his wife, Mary, owns and operates Joe’s Brook Farm in Barnet, which they founded in 2009 and is certified organic, and he is manager of the Littleton Farmers’ Market. Prior to farming, Eric worked at jobs ranging from carpenter to middle-school teacher to photographer. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Eric fell in love with Vermont (and Mary) while attending Middlebury College, where he received a degree in geography.
David Hale, Vice Chair
David has been cooking professionally for over 30 years. He earned his culinary degree from New England Culinary Institute and moved to the Napa Valley where he was the executive chef of the luxury restaurant Auberge du Soleil. Returning to Vermont in 1995, he worked at NECI for 14 years, primarily as campus executive chef and director of career services. Since 2009, David has taught culinary arts at St. Johnsbury Academy, running the teaching kitchen at the Hilltopper Restaurant. He lives in St. Johnsbury with his wife Libby and their two sons. David was a founding board member of the Vermont Fresh Network, which builds relationships between farmers and food services.
Jamie, a native of St. Johnsbury, is a Major League Baseball certified agent with TWC Sports Management, which represents some of the top players in the game, including Troy Tulowitzki, Evan Longoria, and Nick Markakis. In St. Johnsbury, Jamie is a co-developer of two commercial buildings and a co-owner of Kingdom Taproom, Kingdom Table, and Flex Office Space. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from McGill University in Montreal, where he played football and was named an Academic All-Canadian in 1992. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. Jamie, his wife, Melissa, and their sons, Howie and Harry, live in St. Johnsbury.
Celia was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, grew up mostly in London, attended Brown University, and completed her education at the Art Institute of Boston, where she majored in Graphic Design. She joined the in-house Creative Department at Lotus Development Corporation, then one of the big three high-tech companies along with Microsoft and Apple, where she become Art Director, working on marketing plans and producing packaging, point of purchase displays, collateral materials, trade shows, and advertising. After 12 years, she left to raise her two sons, who graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy. Celia currently works at the Academy as a paraeducator, a job she loves. She is also part of the nonprofit Aruna Designs, which works with underprivileged widows in South India, importing and selling their handmade home goods in the US. She and her husband, Greg, live in Barnet.
Scott Davis moved to St. Johnsbury in 2015 to become the development officer for the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. He previously worked in educational fundraising for 21 years in Connecticut, at Quinnipiac University and the University of New Haven. Scott discovered a love of food while teaching English in Seoul, South Korea in the early 1990s.
Richard F. Witt
Rick was born in Lima, Peru, and grew up in Coral Gables, Florida. He attended Colgate University, served in the US Army and then graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Russian. An international business career followed, with a specialty in managing start-up and re-positioning ventures while living in Australasia, the Middle East, Africa and, following the breakup of the USSR in 1991, Russia and the former Soviet Republics.
He was a Founder of a US non-profit concentrating in Russia, and serves as its Board President, and has been a Board Member of several other non-profits with US activities. While living overseas, Rick and his family purchased a home in Peacham, where they now reside.
Margaret Healey is a retired Foreign Service Officer. She worked for 25+ years for the U.S. Agency for International Development at U.S. Embassies in Asia and Africa as the chief administrative officer. She received a BA in sociology and an MBA in finance, both from Rutgers University, and is a certified management accountant. She supports the community with her work as a volunteer in a number of organizations in the Northeast Kingdom. She and her husband live in Saint Johnsbury.
Minty, a CPA and MBA, has experience nationally and internationally with managing manufacturing operations, specializing in primary team development during growth, plant consolidations, and turn-arounds. In the Northeast Kingdom, she has been Operations Manager of Lydall Thermal Acoustical and Chief Financial Officer of Engineered Thermal Systems, Inc. She is currently Chief Financial Officer of Caledonia Spirits and head of Aminta K. Conant, Consulting, and serves on the boards of Community National Bank, and the St. Johnsbury Development Fund. She lives in Barnet.
Jody Fried has led Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury since 2009. Under his leadership, Catamount has become a vibrant community arts center with partners reaching through Vermont and into New Hampshire. Fried is also the chair of the Vermont Creative Network and has served on the boards of the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative, Northeast Kingdom Community Action, the Northeast Kingdom Travel & Tourism Association, and the Burke Area Chamber of Commerce.
Executive Director, Fairbanks Museum
Tom was named Headmaster of St. Johnsbury Academy in 2001. Prior to that, he served variously as Academic Dean, Assistant Academic Dean, English Department Chair, Director of theAdvanced Placement Institute, Tri-Chair of the capital campaign for the Center for the Arts, Advisor Team Leader, English Teacher, ESL Teacher, Football Coach, Baseball Coach, Public Speaking/Debate Coach, and Head Dorm Proctor.
Jeff is owner and president of Quest Transportation, a freight logistics company; the owner of Pellets Now, a wholesale distributor of bio-energy fuels; and the general manager and owner of Wells River Chevrolet. A native of St. Johnsbury, Jeff graduated from the Academy and attended Lyndon State College. He has a strong sense of public service and currently serves on the St. Johnsbury Select Board, the NVRH Board of Trustees, the Community National Bank Board of Directors, the St. Johnsbury-Lyndonville Industrial Park Board, and the Catamount Arts Advisory Council.
Shawn is Chief Executive Officer of Northeast Vermont Regional Hospital. Before joining NVRH in November 2018, he served as CEO of Northern Counties Health Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center with five medical and three dental practices and a Home Health & Hospice division. He previously spent nine years at Ammonoosuc Community Health Services in Littleton, New Hampshire, most of that time in the position of Chief of Operations & Information Services. Shawn holds a degree in Business Administration from Bentley College and a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership. He grew up in North Kirby, graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1989, and is excited to be NVRH’s newest CEO in three decades. In his spare time, he enjoys biking, skiing, and spending time outdoors with his family. He lives in East Lyndon with his wife, Loralee, and their two sons.
Amanda has a degree in biology and a master’s in environmental education. More than 30 years ago, she and her husband, Alan, moved to the NEK, where she started her business, Under the Moon. She has been creating functional felt art ever since. All her fleeces come from Vermont farms. She is a founding member of the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild and remains an active member of the board. She has served on the boards of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, the Good living Senior Center, and the Universalist Unitarian Congregation of St. Johnsbury. Amanda keeps bees, using a treatment-free approach and foundationless hives, and she is a practitioner of Kyudo (Zen archery). Her two daughters were homeschooled from start to finish: “They are my greatest joy.”
Tracy has worked for the Vermont Land Trust since 1997, serving as statewide Conservation Director since 2014. The Vermont Land Trust is a member-supported land conservation organization that has worked with families, communities, farmers and forestland owners since 1977 to conserve nearly 2,000 parcels of land important to Vermonters. A resident of the Northeast Kingdom for almost 25 years, Tracy has also served on the boards of Vermont Coverts, the Danville Conservation Commission, the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, the Friends of Dog Mountain, and Passumpsic Savings Bank. Tracy and her family live in St. Johnsbury.