VMEC News Release – VMEC Board Member Elections

Monday, January 4, 2021
Contact: Robynn Albert, VMEC Marketing & Training Manager
Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC)
PO Box 12, Randolph Center, VT  05061
(802) 793-2078 / [email protected]

VMEC Board Member Elections

Randolph Center, VT – The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has announced the results of its December 8, 2020 annual election of VMEC Advisory Board members.

Newly elected to the VMEC Advisory Board for two-year terms were Dr. Christopher Koliba, University of Vermont President’s Fellow for Engagement & Professor of Community Development & Applied Economics (Burlington) and David Lynn, Senior Vice President & Top Operations Officer, Agri-Mark/ Cabot Creamery, Inc. (Waitsfield).

In addition to his roles of UVM President’s Fellow and professor, Dr. Koliba is also the inaugural Director of the UVM Office of Engagement, the Co-Director of the Social Ecological Gaming and Simulation (SEGS) Lab, the Associate Director of Vermont EPSCoR, the Co-Director of the Sustainable Development Policy, Economics and Governance Ph.D. Program, and a fellow at the Gund Institute for Environment. His research interests include the governance of critical infrastructure, uses of technology to incent behavior and decision making with applications to economic development, water quality, food systems, energy systems, emergency and disaster response, and sustainable transportation systems. Dr. Koliba is the lead author of Governance Network in Public Administration and Public Policy (second edition) and has published over 80 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and principal investigator or co-principal investigator on over $50 million in grants from federal agencies.  He serves on the Executive Council of the Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and teaches courses in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program pertaining to public policy and public affairs, public administration, organizational theory and behavior, systems analysis and strategic management, and the intersection of science and society. 

Mr. David Lynn has been with Agri-Mark/ Cabot Creamery, Inc. since 2017. In his current role, he has responsibility for Agri-Mark’s manufacturing, warehousing, logistics, supply chain, procurement, food safety, quality, plant services, and information services.  Mr. Lynn has more than 26 years of manufacturing experience, with over 18 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. He also served 7 years in the U.S. Navy. During the 12 years prior to Agri-Mark, David was employed with The Kroger Company, having most recently been VP of Operations and a member of the Executive Team of Turkey Hill Dairy.

Seven VMEC Advisory Board members with expiring terms were re-elected to additional two-year terms, and one Board member, Ed Townley, President and CEO, Agri-Mark/ Cabot Creamery, Inc. (Waitsfield), voluntarily stepped off the Board due to his recent retirement. Re-elected to additional terms were: Ben Clark, CEO, Ann Clark Ltd. (Rutland); Jeff Couture, Executive Director, Vermont Technology Alliance (Burlington); Bob Flint,  Executive Director, Springfield Regional Development Corporation (Springfield); Rob Green, Operations Director, Vermont Precision Tools (Swanton); Greg Maguire, Director of Acquisitions and Strategic Initiatives, Liquid Measurement Systems, Inc. (Georgia); Ken McAvey, Senior Director of Central Engineering, GlobalFoundries (Essex Junction) and Mike Rainville, President / Owner, Maple Landmark, Inc. (Middlebury).  Mike Rainville was also re-elected as Chairperson of the VMEC Advisory Board for an additional 1-year term. 

About VMEC: Part of the nationwide MEP National Network™ and hosted by Vermont Technical College since 1995, VMEC operates as a not-for-profit with a primary Mission “To strengthen and empower Vermont manufacturers.” A local resource and trusted adviser to enterprises of all sizes, the VMEC team brings world-class expertise in consulting, coaching, hands-on implementation support, training and education for leaders and workers.  Through the VMEC PSG business unit, on a selected basis VMEC also brings its process, strategy and innovation expertise to non-manufacturing businesses, non-profits, healthcare, higher education, and government sectors in Vermont. VMEC provides proven Systems and Solutions focused on Strategies, Processes, Products, Technologies and People.