Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies
Board Members  
  Bio-Tek is a leading developer and supplier of high performance bioanalytical measurement systems, and software. This instrumentation is used to accelerate the drug discovery process; to advance discoveries in genomics and proteomics, and to aid in the advancement of life science research. As part of the Lionheart Technologies, Inc. group of companies, Bio-Tek designs, develops and markets laboratory instrumentation, software and integrated solutions throughout the world.

Prior to joining Bio-Tek, Mr. Alpert worked as a Project Engineer for Pizzagalli Construction. Mr. Alpert joined the Bio-Tek team as a Manufacturing Engineer in 1986 and became President in 1999.
  Frank Cioffi served as Executive Director of the Franklin County Industrial Corporation during the first term of Governor Richard Snelling. He is past President of the Vermont Association of REALTORS and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of REALTORS. From 1995 to 1998, Cioffi served as Commissioner of the State of Vermont Department of Economic Development. He served as a member of the Cabinet of Governor Howard Dean, M.D. Cioffi was the lead recruiter and project manager for the recruitment of Husky to Vermont and he continues to be the State’s lead relationship manager with some of Vermont’s most significant employers.

In January of 1998, Cioffi accepted the position of President of GBIC & Cynosure, the Regional Economic Development Corporation serving Chittenden County, Vermont. GBIC is Vermont’s largest regional economic development corporation. Since joining GBIC, Cioffi has restructured the organization to become more effective and proactive. GBIC’s programs and services have been created to meet the dynamic needs of Northwestern Vermont’s manufacturing, technology, and value-added business sectors.
    Robert G. Clarke was named the Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges in November 1999. Before becoming Chancellor, Dr. Clarke was the President of Vermont Technical College for 15 1/2 years. Chancellor Clarke has recently been recognized with the first Luther F. Hackett Award for 2002 by the Vermont Technology Council and the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal in March 2001 by the US Army. In addition, Robert Clarke received the Richard A. Snelling Economic Development Award for 2000 by the Vermont Associated General Contractors; the Vermont Citizen of the Year Award for 1998 by the Vermont State Chamber of Commerce and was named the Randolph Executive of the Year for 1991 by the Randolph Chamber of Commerce.

Robert Clarke serves on numerous Boards including the Board of Directors, Central Vermont Public Service Corporation; Connecticut Valley Electric Company, Inc.; and BankNorth Group, Inc. Robert Clarke is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc. Robert Clarke is a founder of the Vermont Public Education Partnership and serves as the Co-Chair of the Vermont Workforce Education and Training Consortium and as a member of the Commission on Higher Education Funding, the Vermont Higher Education Council, the Vermont Business Roundtable, the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies and the Vermont Small Business Development Center.
  John N. Evans, Ph.D. is a Professor of physiology and biophysics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Evans formerly served with distinction as the 16th Dean of the College of Medicine.

Evans conceptualized and completed the construction of the $30 million Health Science Research Facility, and established a technology transfer process for the College that has resulted in increased patents and licensing agreements. Along with former Dean John Frymoyer, M.D., Evans also initiated the effort to redesign the medical curriculum that was launched in Fall 2003. External funding for research more than tripled between 1992 and 2003. As Senior Advisor to the President, Evans played a significant role in the acquisition of the Trinity College campus, led planning for the high technology incubator, and developed a strategic partnership with the State for a joint research facility.

Evans has published extensively on lung disease and served on the Editorial Board of several journals, including Pulmonary Pharmacology, American Review of Respiratory Diseases, and American Journal of Physiology. He is also a reviewer for the journals Lung, Experimental Lung Research, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and American Journal of Physiology.

A founding member of the Vermont Technology Council, Evans has served on the Board since 1992, and is also an active member of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Fletcher Allen Health Care, the College’s partner in Vermont’s only academic health center.

Gavin R. Berger has 17 years of experience as a marketer, fundraiser, executive and producer in both the profit and non-profit entertainment and software technology industry. Today, Gavin is the Vice President of Event Planning for the Meadowlands Development of the Xanadu project, a $2.4 billion multi-use
> entertainment and retail complex.He has worked with major companies such as ABC, Conde Nast, Reebok, Panasonic, in developing sponsorships and events. He has been a consultant to many international theatres and concert halls in establishing ancillary revenue streams and planning long-term capital projects. Additionally, Gavin has also been a long time technology entrepreneur, business owner and private investor.Gavin served as the Director of Concert Halls at Lincoln Center from 2002-2006. Prior to this, he worked in artist management and presenting, where he researched, planned and implemented national tours for major recording artists, as well as managing their artistic and business affairs.

His current professional affiliations include the International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM), where he had been vice- chairman of the National Performing Arts Committee from 2004-2006. He is on the national board of the Point Foundation and Pantomonium Productions.

Gavin attended Columbia University in the area of Urban Economics and Redevelopment, and received a B.S. from the University of Vermont in International Marketing and Management.

  Mr. Hackett is currently Chairman and President of Hackett, Valine & MacDonald Corp., (holding company), Hackett & Company (employee benefits), and Yankee Captive Management, Inc. (captive insurance management). He is also Vice Chairman of Yankee Insurance Group (holding company), Hackett Valine & MacDonald, Inc.

In the past, Mr. Hackett has served on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc., Vermont Electric Transmission Company, Inc., Central Vermont Public Service Company, Inc., Catamount Energy Corporation and the Vermont Technology Council. He is affiliated with the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, Vermont Department of Commerce Advisory Board, and the Vermont Insurance Department Advisory Committee.
  After earning a BA from the University of Cincinnati in 1979, Michael Marx relocated to Vermont to work for IBM. He continued his education and received a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont in 1989. He holds a license to practice architecture in the State of Vermont.

At IBM, Mike started as a junior engineer and worked in various positions in the Site Operations Organization, including planning and acquiring local and Act 250 permitting for IBM’s facilities in Williston. He also managed construction and operations departments for IBM Burlington. In June of 2001 he was named the IBM Burlington Facilities and Site Operations Manager.

Mike has been a member of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Committee as well as a member of the Vermont Business Roundtable Utility Working Group. He has served as Chair of the Leadership Champlain Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation Board of Directors.
  Dr. Richard W. Schneider proudly carries on the tradition Norwich University founder Alden Partridge began over 180 years ago of developing “citizen-soldiers.” Through his experience in the military and academia, as well as his service in the U.S. Coast Guard, Dr. Schneider epitomizes Norwich’s special and unique traditions.

A native of Queens, New York, Dr. Schneider is a 1968 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he was Regimental Commander of the Corps of Cadets and Sailing Master on the Barque Eagle. He was commissioned as an ensign in the Coast Guard and served eight years of active duty, including a tour in Vietnam. Dr. Schneider retired from the Coast Guard Reserve as a Rear Admiral.

From 1985-92, Dr. Schneider served in several top administrative positions at Drexel University, including Vice President for Research, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs and Senior Vice President for Administration. In July 1992, he became the 23rd President of Norwich University. Over the past ten years, Dr. Schneider has championed Norwich’s charge into the next century on many levels.

Dr. Schneider earned his Master’s degree in Physical Sciences from Wesleyan University and a Doctorate degree in Public Policy from the University of Delaware. He has published articles and given many talks on research, productivity, financial systems and total quality management.
  Lisa Ventriss is President of the Vermont Business Roundtable, an independent non-profit and non-partisan organization comprised of 120 CEOs that seeks to enhance the public debate on complex policy issues by providing the highest quality research analysis and recommendations for actions, which are based on the experienced judgment of its members.

A native of Vermont, Lisa received her post-secondary education at the University of Vermont, earning a B.A. in Political Science (’77) and a Master of Public Administration (G ’91).

Lisa’s current community service includes her leadership as chairman of the Lund Family Center’s Board of Directors and co-chairman of its Capital Campaign; chairman of the United Way of Chittenden County and chairman of the 2001 Campaign.

Her professional affiliations include membership on the board of directors of the Maine Mutual Group; Chittenden Bank; Institute for Government Effectiveness; Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation; honorary membership in the Vermont Captive Insurance Association; and a member of the Vermont Women’s Forum.
Board Advisors  
  Dr. Allen came to Vermont in 1967 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, where he studied with Therald Moeller. His research program has involved the study of inorganic rings and polymers. The inorganic ring chemistry presents interesting questions of electronic structure, reactivity and mechanism. Additionally, these ring systems may be transformed into hybrid inorganic-organic polymers which are new classes of materials with interesting properties having applications such as being flame retardant, polymeric electron transfer agents or as membranes.

Dr. Allen has been a Senior Visitor at Oxford and Edinburgh and a consultant to several corporations. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Phosphorus, Sulfur, Silicon and the Related Elements. He was named a UVM University Scholar for 1982-83, received the George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award in 1986, was named a Mass High TECH "Allstar" in 2000, received the Dean's Lecture Award from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2004 and the Luther F. Hackett award from the Vermont Technology Council for contributions to economic development in Vermont in 2005. He was elected to the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering in 2005. He served as the Director of the Vermont Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) from 1995-2005 and was the co PI on the first VGN award.

In addition to being an Emeritus Professor, Dr. Allen is the Interim Director of the Vermont Advanced Computing Center, outreach director for the VGN program and serves as the Senior Scientific Advisor to the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies.
  Paul D. Hale, Executive Director of the Vermont Technology Council, also serves as Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Vermont.  His office supports a variety of economic outreach activities in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Economic Development, the Vermont Small Business Development Center, and other state-wide and University resources.  

Paul joined the University of Vermont in 1999 as Special Assistant to the President for economic development initiatives, and presently serves as the University’s “industrial liaison”, promoting technology transfer and fostering collaborative research and development projects between University faculty and Vermont businesses. He is secretary/treasurer for the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, and serves as a board member for a number of economic development organizations, such as the Vermont Environmental Consortium, the Vermont Information Technology Center, and the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center. 

Dr. Hale previously held the position of laboratory director at Bio-Tek Instruments, a laboratory equipment manufacturer in Winooski, Vermont, and was a research scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he developed sensors for clinical and research applications.  He has extensive experience with federal SBIR programs, and received the national Roland Tibbetts Award in 2002 from the U.S. Small Business Administration for his work in Vermont’s SBIR outreach program.  

Dr. Hale graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in chemistry and physics, and holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University.
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