Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Capstone is uniquely governed by an 12-member tripartite board of directors which comes from three diverse segments of the community:

  • At least one-third of the board's members must be from the low-income community
  • Up to one-third must be from the private sector
  • And exactly one-third must be public officials.

Capstone’s board is responsible for agency direction, financial oversight, and policy.  

If you are interested in serving on the Capstone board, please contact Sarah McMullen at (802) 479-1053 or by email at


John "Jack" Tighe

| Participant Sector Alternate

John “Jack” Tighe joined the Capstone Board of Directors in 2017 and currently represents the participant sector for the Two Rivers District (Orange County area). Originally from Bridgeport, CT, Jack has resided in Orange County since 1991 after falling in love with Vermont. He volunteers with Capstone and the Vermont Foodbank. As a committed environmentalist, he began caretaking a ¼ mile scenic area of Vermont by mowing and picking up trash on a regular basis.  Jack’s ultimate goal is to attend a Commercial Driver’s License school and get his Class A Hazmat endorsement so that he can rejoin the workforce. 

Abby White

| Public Sector Representative

Abby White is a marketing and communications professional with over twenty years of experience creating high-impact, customer-centered outcomes for mission-driven organizations. She currently serves as the Vice President for Strategic Communications at the Vermont Land Trust where she oversees brand strategy, marketing, fundraising, and external affairs. Most of her career has been in the clean energy industry, first with wind energy manufacturer NRG Systems and later with Efficiency Vermont. In these roles she wore multiple hats: leading public relations, managing integrated marketing campaigns, supervising teams of 8-10 professionals, building digital-first strategies, and serving as the public affairs lead with state and federal lawmakers. Abby holds an MBA from the University of New Hampshire and a bachelor’s from Brown University. She is also a City Year alumnus and a current member of the Montpelier Development Review Board. She lives in Montpelier, VT with her husband and two sons. When not attending their soccer games, Abby enjoys cooking, hiking, skiing, and yoga. 

Janet Jansen Murray

| Private Sector Representative

Janet is the Director of Early Education at Lamoille North Supervisory Union.  She graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University and earned her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education at Northern Vermont University.  Janet recently completed the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study program at St. Michael’s College in School Leadership.  Before joining the Capstone Board, Janet served on the Board of Directors at the Champlain Valley Senior Center and also volunteered for the United Way of Chittenden County and Vermont Special Olympics. 

Janet lives in Jeffersonville with her husband Nelson.  In her spare time she enjoys sailing, tennis, swimming, and riding her bike. 

Jon Valsangiacomo

| Private Sector Representative

Jon Valsangiacomo

Jon is a member of the Bar of the State of Vermont and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont.  Jon joined Valsangiacomo, Detora & McQuesten, P.C. in 2000, and concentrates his practice in the areas of criminal defense and civil litigation. Jon resides in Barre with his wife and two sons.  He enjoys spending time with his family, and is an avid outdoorsman, hunter and sports enthusiast.

Karen Lowry Reed

| Vice Chair

Karen Lowry Reed brings a lifetime of volunteer experience to the Capstone Board of Directors. Her work with an extensive and diverse range of not-for-profits has helped her shape her skills as a collaborator and a consensus builder. In the mid to late 1980’s she worked on the frontlines of the AIDS epidemic and has been an advocate for those who have been “othered” ever since.

Both graduates of Earlham College, she and her husband Peter finally turned a dream into reality by moving to Vermont fulltime in 2014. Together, they have embraced the opportunity to help build community here in the Green Mountain State. They have four adult children, with their own growing families, whom they cherish from afar.

Karen is a maker, who is inspired by a deep sense of place. 

Rubin Bennett

| Past Chair


Rubin Bennett is the owner of rbTechnologies, LLC, an Information Technology Consulting and Managed Services company. Based in East Montpelier, VT and established in 1997, rbTechnologies has earned an excellent reputation for quality work and customer service by building a culture of caring for their customers, employees, and community.

Parallel to his role as business owner and entrepreneur, Rubin is a strong believer in Social and Economic Justice. He builds on a family tradition of civic engagement with his involvement on the Capstone Board as well as his work on the East Montpelier Elementary School Board, and his former role on the East Montpelier Fire District from its creation to its ultimate annexation by the Town of East Montpelier.

And while all of the above are important, the center of Rubin’s universe is his wife and 3 children, who enjoy skiing, Long Trail hiking, mountain biking, and watching and playing music together.

Steven Pappas

| Chair

Steve Pappas

Steven Pappas is the executive editor of The Times Argus and Rutland Herald newspapers. He has worked in journalism for more than 30 years around New England. His editorials -- many focusing on issues affecting low-income Vermonters -- have won state and regional awards. He lives in Plainfield on his family's farm.

Donna Sherlaw

| Participant Sector Representative

Donna is a participant sector representative from Morrisville, Vermont. She works as an administrative assistant for Breton & Simon, PLC (legal firm) and has a second job as a Parent Representative for the Vermont Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. She has been appointed by the Governor to be on the Vermont Council on Homelessness, and is a member of Lamoille County's Local Interagency Networking Team.

Barbara Miller

| Participant Sector

Bari Gladstone

| Private Sector Representative

Hope Crifo

| Private Sector Representative and Treasurer

Jay Hooper

| Public Sector Representative

Jessica Paynter

| Participant Sector Alternate

Kenny Smith

| Participant Sector Representative

Monica Tonne

| Participant Sector Representative (at large)

Ronilynn Shrout

| Participant Sector Representative and Secretary

Scott McDonald

| Participant Sector Alternate

Our Locations

Washington County

20 Gable Place, Barre, VT 05641
1-800-639-1053 or (802) 479-1053

Lamoille County

250 Industrial Park, Morristown, VT 05661 1-800-639-8710 or
(802) 888-7993

Orange County East

22 Whistle Stop Way, Bradford, VT 05033
(802) 222-5419

Orange County West

PO Box 284, 12 Prince Street, Randolph, VT 05060
1-800-846-9506 or (802) 728-9506

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