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 firstname.lastname@example.org
John "Jack" Tighe
| Participant Sector Alternative
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.
| Public Sector Representative
Alisa grew up in Vermont and has been back since 1994. She graduated from Hampshire College with a concentration in ecology and anthropology. She did her undergraduate thesis at Harvard Forest on land protection patterns. Alisa has worked as a Planning and Zoning Administrator, Deli Cook, Landscaper, Basket Weaver, and ran her own interior decorating business for six years. Since 2013, she has worked for Fountains Land, a land-based real estate firm, first as Marketing Director and more recently as a broker.
Alisa is the mother of three sons, and a grandmother to a two-year old girl. She enjoys creative projects, spending time outdoors and reading historical fiction. She has volunteered in the local schools and at the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier, where her husband is the founding director. She has been volunteering weekly at the Capstone Food Shelf since January of 2019.
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.
| Private Sector Representative and Treasurer
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 shape her skills as a collaborator and a consensus builder. She has board experience with churches, schools and on the college level as well. Her activism also permeates her artwork, where her needle and thread have sewn pieces for installations such as The Names Project and The Ribbon International.
Both graduates of Earlham College, she and her husband Peter fulfilled a lifelong dream of moving to Vermont fulltime in 2014. Together, they have embraced the opportunity to help build community here in the Green Mountain State.
All four of their grown children are educators, and their first grandbaby arrived this past fall.
| Participant Sector Representative
Offie was raised in Westchester where he was very engaged and active as a youth. He served as First Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol and as a Radar Technician on F-86 Jets in Air National Guard. He currently resides in Johnson, VT.
| 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 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.
| Participant Sector Representative - Secretary
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.