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, Producer for Toolhouse , which helps healthcare brands use technology to build meaningful connections with their customers.  She also is the founder of Hazelton Creative, which provides photography and filmmaking services throughout the U.S.  Previous roles include Future of Work Research Associate for the Center on Rural Innovation

Barry Hulce, Executive Director of the Vermont Manufacturing Collaborative at Vermont Technical College. VT-MC was founded to help accelerate business adoption of Advanced Manufacturing technologies and to develop a highly capable manufacturing workforce within Vermont, the NE region, and the US. Barry also is the founder of Blue Vista Creations, which helps developers of accessibility devices that enrich people’s lives.

 

Kylie King, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Analytics at Champlain College.  Kylie teaches undergraduate courses in the areas of analytics and entrepreneurship and graduate courses in the areas of management and innovation. She also directs the College’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship where she promotes the entrepreneurial and innovator mindset at Champlain College and more broadly.

 

Justin McCabe, General Counsel for OnLogic, a privately held Vermont based company focused on providing high quality industrial and rugged PCs and servers. OnLogic’s products are sold worldwide from its divisions in the United States and Europe. His previous roles include partner at Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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, Senior Manager, Open Source Developer Advocacy for IBM. Maureen leads a team of developer advocates focused on supporting open source projects around the world, with a special focus around operators and runtimes. Maureen also is a co-founder of Women in Machine Learning and Data Science, and the founder of Girl Develop It in Burlington.

 

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.

 

Ric Schaaf, Senior Director of IT and Chief Information Security Officer for E Block/E Dealer, with responsibility for all of IT and Cyber Security across the US and Canada.E INC has created an automotive digital auction and retailing platform that connects the automotive wholesale and retail experiences that make it easy for a vehicle to move between buyers and sellers throughout its entire ownership lifecycle.

 

Nancy Shuttleworth, Business Advisor for the Vermont Small Business Development Center in Southwestern Vermont.  Nancy works with clients to help them find solutions to business issues and provides guidance on starting a new business.  Nancy also manages her own digital marketing business. Nancy was a Vermont SCORE Volunteer Business Mentor for over 10 years.

 

Kerry Swift , Technology Licensing Officer with UVM Innovations, which supports the commercialization of new technologies. At UVM Innovations, Kerry identifies new technologies from UVM researchers and facilitates their transfer to both established and new start-up companies for commercialization. Kerry also supports UVM’s industry-related research activities, including funding and research support agreements with both large and small companies.

 

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 CoutureJeff 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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