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Our People

From our staff to our board of directors and Community Council, meet the talented people who make it all possible at Vermont PBS. We'd love to hear from you, contact us!

Board of Directors

The Vermont PBS Board of Directors holds the license for the non-profit corporation Vermont PBS. The board members meet regularly to guide overall operations. Board and committee meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in attending the next meeting or would like more information, please call 802-655-4800. View our meeting schedule.

Photo of 2017 Board

Front (L to R): Carrie Havelka, Donna Austin-Hawley, Marguerite Dibble, Rob Hofmann (former), Toby Knox (former). Back (L to R): Peter Graham, Hal Colston, Elizabeth Rattigan, Mary Moran, Jeremy Schrauf (former), Jim Clubb, Mark Burke, John Evans, Holly Groschner. Missing: Lisa Ventriss, Lisa Mierins, Bill Stetson, Dennise Casey, Jim Madej.

Marguerite Dibble (Chair)

Donna Austin-Hawley (Vice Chair)

Jim Clubb (Chair Emeritus)

Holly Groschner
(President & CEO)

Mark Burke, M.D.

Dennise Casey
South Burlington

Hal Colston

John N. Evans, PhD
South Burlington

Peter Graham

Carrie Havelka

Jim Madej

Lisa Mierins
Westmount, QC

Mary E. Moran

Elizabeth Rattigan

Bill Stetson

Lisa M. Ventriss
South Burlington

Community Council

The Vermont PBS Community Council is an advisory board of Vermonters who help Vermont's statewide public television network respond to the needs of Vermonters. The members offer advice and make recommendations to staff and board of directors on programming and services, based on their assessment of their community's interests, values, challenges and priorities. They are active in their local communities, often hosting Vermont PBS events. View meeting schedule.

Photo of community council members

Vermont PBS Community Council (left to right): Emerald Drake, Mary Jane Dickerson, Julie Theoret, Cynthia Weed, Michael Talbott, Cindy Waters. (Not pictured: Van Dora Williams, Tim Egan, Ryan Torres.)

Emerald Drake
Franklin County (Chair)

Tim Egan (Vice Chair)
Caledonia County

Cindy Waters
Bennington County

Cynthia Weed
Franklin County

Ryan Torres
Addison County

Van Dora Williams
Chittenden County

Mary Jane Dickerson
Chittenden County

Julie Theoret
Caledonia County

Michael Talbott
Rutland County

For more information, contact...
Jeff Vande Griek
Vermont PBS Liaison

Senior Staff

To contact any of our Senior Staff listed below, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page. Thank you for your interest in Vermont PBS!

President & CEO
Holly Groschner

In addition to a background in law and corporate management, Holly draws upon a wealth of experience in the communications industry, including General Counsel for the Vermont Telecommunications Authority, working to improve public access to broadband and cell phone services across the state. Other work experience includes operations at Crown Castle International, where she worked with the communications tower industry to develop commercial terms and compliance standards for new technology. She has also worked as a partner with the Vermont law firm, Downs, Rachlin & Martin, P.C., specializing in telecommunications.

Holly is a founder of the Women's Wireless Leadership Forum and a graduate of Vermont Law School. A resident of Corinth, she is also a trustee of the Vermont Arts Council, chaired Corinth’s Planning Commission, and has served on the Vermont Historic Preservation Advisory Council.

Chief Finance and Administration Officer

Steve Ferreira

Steve Ferreira joined Vermont PBS as Chief Financial & Administration Officer in July 2018. In this position, Ferreira is responsible for the overall financial strategy and direction at Vermont PBS, as well as human resources. Within finance, he guides the controller, treasury, accounting, tax, and internal audit functions to pursue the organization’s aggressive growth strategy and meet its Board of Director’s and member’s expectations. Prior to joining Vermont PBS, Ferreira help leadership roles with Keurig Green Mountain and Ben & Jerry’s, and also worked in the CPA firms of Yoshida, Croyle & Sokolski and Fothergill, Segale & Valley. Throughout his 20 year career in Finance , Business Analytics, Demand Planning and Revenue Growth Management, Steve has established a reputation for building world-class teams and for aligning financial and business metrics to support business strategy and high-growth. Steve holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Professional Accounting from University of Vermont. A Vermont native, Steve resides with his wife, Teresa, and their two children in Essex.

Chief Technology Officer

Jack Efromson

Viewer Advocate

Jeff Vande Griek

Jeff serves as an advocate for traditional television viewers and donors in the face of an ever-changing media landscape. Serving as the station’s ombudsman, Jeff works to communicate changes and developments that affect our viewers and to ensure the organization’s communications are aligned with member’s needs. Jeff has been with Vermont PBS since 1996.

Vice President of Marketing

Chrystie Heimert

Chrystie’s communications career has spanned 30 years and taken her from Manhattan to Montana, the Arizona desert to the Maryland seaside and the green mountains of Vermont. She’s honed her passion for authentic brands and their strong commitment to meaningful change as Director of Public E-Lations and company spokeswoman for ice cream icon Ben & Jerry’s, Director of Communications for environmental innovator Seventh Generation and Communications Chief for global yoga and mindfulness brand lululemon athletica. She’s managed the Creative, PR and Consumer teams and partnered with internal and external stakeholders to develop and execute meaningful brand initiatives and groundbreaking marketing campaigns. Through her work with these brands, she’s contributed to some of the defining change movements of the past quarter century, from curbing global climate change to protecting people from harmful toxins and creating conditions for mindfulness to flourish. Her best-day-ever professional moments include ice cream-fueled protests in our nation’s capital that landed at least two founders in jail, a “green carpet” photo op with the Lorax, and 15 minutes of fame in The Onion—but her finest hours are those spent hanging with her husband and four kids on the shores of Lake Champlain.

Senior Director of Production

Belinda Lott

Director of Programming

Eric Ford

Eric graduated with a BA in Communication from the University of Southern Maine, and worked in television production in Portland, Maine and in Vermont at WCAX-TV. Ford spent 10 years as the Communication Director for arts-based non-profit Burlington City Arts until 2016. Ford was also the co-founder of the Burlington Film Society which began in 2012, and spends his free time (and working hours) watching amazing films and tv shows. He lives in Westford, VT with his wife and daughter.

Vice President of Development

Roree M. Warnke

Roree brings over twenty years of development experience, including positions with the National Audubon Society (Connecticut), Pesticide Action Network (California), The Redress Trust (London), and Amnesty International USA (New York). Prior to her work in the non-profit sector, Roree spent over ten years in the corporate sector, based in New York, holding positions with MTV Networks, PolyGram, and Ron Delsener Enterprises (now Live Nation NYC). Roree holds a BA in Political Science from New York University.

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