VTTA Board of Directors

Rod ButlerRod Butler, Director of Software Engineering for Dealer.com, a Cox Automotive Company, the leading provider of digital marketing solutions for the automotive industry. Rod has 15 years of management experience in Engineering and Operations at Dealer.com and previously with GE Healthcare.

Patrick CoughlinPatrick Coughlin, Chief Development Officer of FirstLight Fiber, which provides fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast.  Patrick is responsible for leading all aspects of corporate development, including M&A, business development, market expansion, corporate strategy and innovation, as well as marketing and product management.

Vijay Desai, Principal Consultant and Managing Partner of Desai Management Consulting, a Vermont-based, minority-owned small business serving customers throughout the US and Canada in all industry sectors, including the tech sector. Desai provides consulting services in areas that include Project and Business Process Management, Strategy Planning & Deployment, and Organizational Change Management.

Kate Foley, Director at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, a law firm offering legal services in 13 major areas, including business, intellectual property and labor and employment. As a Director practicing in the Business Law and Intellectual Property Groups, Kate represents companies and investors in a variety of corporate, transactional and intellectual property matters.

Danielle Hazelton, Future of Work Associate with the Center on Rural Innovation, which has a mission to advance economic prosperity in rural America through the creation of inclusive digital economy ecosystems that support scalable entrepreneurship and tech job creation. Previously she served as the Director of Video + Animation at Scout Digital and has a successful background as an independent filmmaker.

Sean Larkin, CEO of Onlogic, a global industrial computer manufacturer of solution-focused systems designed to operate in the world’s harshest environments. Sean directs worldwide operations with team members across Asia, Europe and the U.S. Sean previously served as President and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for OnLogic

Michael Ly  is the CEO of Reconciled, an online bookkeeping service specializing in QuickBooks Online and other cloud-based accounting tools, and the CEO and co-founder of Saasable, a financial reporting dashboard for all recurring revenue metrics. Michael also is the co-founder and advisor of Humnly, which offers on-demand HR solutions for entrepreneurs.


Alex Meyer, VTTA Board President and Treasurer, and Practice Management Consultant, Physicians Computing Company (PCC), which develops and supports pediatric-specific practice management and medical record software and provides pediatric practice management consulting for independent pediatric practices. Previously he was Vice President for Renaissance Information Systems.

Maureen McElaney, Workforce Development Program Manager for IBM Quantum Computing.  Maureen is responsible for maintaining a unified and cohesive quantum computing workforce advocacy program across IBM Systems and IBM Research. She works to inspire students and early professionals to pursue and succeed at IBM Quantum internships, fellowships, post-doctorate research, and other career opportunities. Maureen also is a co-founder of Women in Machine Learning and Data Science.

Emily McMahon, Director of Marketing & Client Services at Scout Digital, a leading Burlington, Vermont web design and digital marketing agency with a mission to solve challenges through easy-to-use, beautiful websites. Emily leads the development of Scout Digital’s marketing strategy, brand awareness, lead generation, and customer success.  Previously she was the owner of Foundation Studio and a co-founder of LaunchVT.

Tom Williams. Vice President of eBusiness at Competitive Computing (C2), a leading technology consulting firm for eBusiness, Cloud Infrastructure, and Managed Services. Tom is responsible for general management of C2’s  eBusiness Consulting Practice, including P&L, business plan and sales strategy development. Tom’s previous positions include leadership roles at Sapient-Razorfish and Innogage.

Jon Winer, VTTA board secretary, and Software Engineering Manager at Data Innovations LLC, a global software company that provides software solutions for managing clinical labs of every size, serving more than 6000 hospitals and laboratories in more than 85 countries.  His previous roles include Chief Technology Officer for Vermont Systems.


Executive Director

Jeff Couture is the Executive Director of the Vermont Technology Alliance, and leads the organization’s mission to support, promote, and grow technology businesses and technology jobs in Vermont. Jeff believes that tech businesses and organizations represent Vermont’s greatest economic growth opportunity. Before joining the VTTA, Jeff had a long career with IBM, holding several leadership communications and public relations positions for IBM’s technology organizations, including communications leader and spokesperson for IBM in Vermont.

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