Meet the Board

Michael Sacca – President,  Mr. Sacca is freelance producer and cameraman based in Tunbridge, Vermont. He has  been active in the Tunbridge community since moving to the town in 1996, including serving as chair of the Planning Commission for a 5 year period. He presently serves on the Tunbridge Emergency Services Committee, The Tunbridge Energy Committee and as Commissioner to the Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Planning Commission.

David Kimball – Vice President, Mr. Kimball is currently the President of Shelter-Kit in Warner, NH, a designer and producer of homes and other buildings sold throughout the U.S. and Canada.  He is the Chairman of the G.W. Hinckley Foundation, and is an Emeritus Director of the Good Will Home Association.

Rebecca Milaschewski – Secretary, ” My husband, Kyle, and I searched for two years to find our first home in a town we fell in love with; Sharon, VT. We lived here for four months before the foundation started buying land for it’s grand plan, and now the land around us has been sold. We believe it is fine to have grand plans, and in fact, we have them ourselves. What we do not believe in is one corporation’s right to come in and force ideologies on a population. We do not believe in tearing down mountains and forests to create cities.”

Jane Huppee – Treasurer,  Ms. Huppee is the Chief Financial Officer for The Aloha Foundation.  The Foundation operates 5 summer camps and a year round outdoor education center.  She oversees the Foundation’s accounting and human resources functions.

John Echeverria – Director, Mr. Echeverria is a Professor of Law at Vermont Law School in South Royalton Vermont, where he teaches property, land use and various environmental topics.  He also serves on the board of directors of the Natural Resources Council of Vermont, and as a member of the Strafford, Vermont Planning Commission.

Gus Speth – Director,  “My wife Cameron and I moved to Strafford a decade ago. We fell in love with the area, and after 40 years working in the environmental movement, we were looking for the actual environment. I began teaching at the Vermont Law School, and we both took up roles in Strafford–most recently, the Friends of the Morrill Homestead board and the Energy Committee. We believe that the NewVistas proposal, even if implemented to a fourth of David Hall’s proposal, would ruin the life we love here. There are so many better ways to bring new vitality to our region.”

Ingrid Van Steamburg – Director, Ms. Van Steamburg was born and raised in the Champlain Valley and moved to Orange County when she attended college in Randolph Center to earn her degree in Business Management.  While in college she met her husband at the Tunbridge World’s Fair and they have lived on the family farm in Tunbridge for nearly 20 years.  Their son is the 5th generation on the farm.

Warren Johnston – Director, “My wife, Sandy, and I moved to the Upper Valley 15 years ago and settled in South Royalton because of the quality of life that exists here. We have tried to be part of the community and to work to preserve the culture of the area. I find the monumental development that David Hall is proposing for Vermont to be antithetical to everything Vermont is and wants to be. His vision for the future is repugnant and bodes darkly for coming generations. I am committed to helping him find a better way to use for his millions, one that will put Vermont on a solid, steady path toward economic growth without jeopardizing the character and the heritage of the state.”

John Dumville – Director, I’m a lifetime Vermonter and after graduate college I decided there was no better place to live than Vermont. Its rural and historic compact villages, surrounded by open fields and pastures which make up our working landscape, should serve as models for sustainable living. We know our community, support each other and enjoy the diversity we find in the people who come into our circle of life.

Therese Linehan – Director, Ms. Linehan was born and raised in Strafford. She is an educator and small business owner. She has served on the Strafford School Board, the Thetford Academy Board of Trustees, and Town House Advisory Group and various other town organizations. After living abroad and on the west coast, she returned to Strafford to raise her children in a place that she found to be as healthy and nurturing as one could find anywhere.

Brenda Petrella – Director, has been a resident of the Upper Valley for over 15 years pursuing careers as a cancer researcher and as a biosafety officer and lab sustainability manager for Dartmouth College. She is an advocate for sustainability as it pertains to conserving our natural resources while supporting our local economies, diversifying our communities, and preserving our heritage. Brenda believes that the proposed NewVistas Project, while claiming to be “sustainable”, would in fact destroy our local economies, communities, and natural landscapes; those intricacies that define Vermont and what it is to be a Vermonter would be lost.

Suzanne Long – Director, Suzanne Long is an organic farmer. She and her husband, Tim Sanford have owned and managed Luna Bleu Farm for 29 years, the last 24 in South Royalton. She has been active on the board of directers for NOFA-VT, the South Royalton Market (food coop) and the Norwich Farmers Market. She has been locally active in farm-to-school initiatives and food security.

Alex Buskey– Director, Born in the Upper Valley and South Royalton resident for 3 years. “I love this area for its strong community, natural beauty and close proximity to some incredible outdoor recreation spots.” Alex has been active in outdoor activities of all sorts throughout his life and sees outdoor recreation as one of many potential sources of economic vitality in this area. I am committed to the Alliance’s effort to create real economic growth that will align with the culture and heritage of this special place.