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 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. 

Alisa Darmstadt

| 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.

Bill Kimball

| Private Sector Representative - Treasurer

William (Bill) Kimball became the Superintendent of Washington Central Supervisory Union in July of 2012.

His prior employment experience points to his passion for education. Before coming to WCSU, he served as the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union (Hardwick area) Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for four years. Prior to that, he was employed for ten years in the Lamoille South Supervisory Union (Stowe/Morristown area) as the Director of Technology and Assessment. He has also been a key member of the Vermont Data Consortium since its creation in 2003. Bill taught physics, calculus, technology and other sciences during his seven-year teaching career that included four years at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire.

Bill received his B.S. from the University of New Hampshire and his M.Ed. in School Leadership from the University of Vermont.

For fun - Bill, his wife Amy, and two daughters Meghan and Emily love to play with their dogs, fish, travel and hike. His guilty pleasures are being outside and woodworking.

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 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.

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 - 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.

Janet Murray

| Private Sector Representative

Jay Hooper

| Public Sector Representative

Kenny Smith

| Participant Sector Representative

Ronilynn Shrout

| Participant Sector Representative

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

P.O. Box 500, 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

Translate this site