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. 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.
Jim Clubb (Chair)
Dorset

Marguerite Dibble (Vice Chair)
Burlington

Holly Groschner
(President & CEO)
Donna Austin-Hawley
Williston

Mark Burke, M.D.
Brattleboro

Hal Colston
Winooski
John N. Evans, PhD
South Burlington

Peter Graham
Montréal

Carrie Havelka
Montréal

Toby Knox
Shelburne
Mary E. Moran
Rutland

Elizabeth Rattigan
Woodstock

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.

Randall Balmer
Windsor (Chair)

Cindy Waters
Bennington (Vice Chair)

Ryan Torres
Addison
Jerry Aldredge
Caledonia

Emerald Drake
Franklin

Cynthia Weed
Franklin
Joyce McKeeman
Orange

Ellada Siliski
Rutland

Lars Hasselblad Torres
Washington
Nora Jacobson
Windsor
For more information, contact...
Jeff Vande Griek
Vermont PBS Liason
802-655-8062
jeffv@vermontpbs.org

Senior Staff

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.

You can email Holly at holly@vermontpbs.org. High Res Photo of Holly (jpg)


 

Chief Financial Officer
Rob Cunningham

Rob has held several positions in the business office at Vermont PBS since 1996. He is responsible for the administrative functions of the station including accounting and finance, legal, benefits, payroll, and human resources. Rob holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and in Business Management from Champlain College. rcunningham@vermontpbs.org

 


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.. jvandegriek@vermontpbs.org

 


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. cheimert@vermontpbs.org