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Meet the Board

Sherry Corbin

Sherry CorbinBoard President
South Hero, VT

Sherry Corbin graduated from University of Vermont in 1984 with a degree in Geography and went into the family business insulating wire. She now serves as Chief Operating Officer at Phoenix Wire Inc and sole proprietor of Across the Grain Pottery Studio.

Sherry was one of the early members of Vermont Therapy Dogs, served as chair of the South Hero Planning Commission, Zoning Administrator, and a member of the Lake Champlain Housing advisory board for Franklin and Grand Isle Counties during the 1990’s. Sherry was a founding member in the creation of Champlain Islander’s Developing Essential Resources (CIDER), an independent living organization, presiding as a board chair for over 10 years.

In 1999, Sherry joined the VT Freedom to Marry Task Force as a Regional Coordinator, serving as Board Chair or Treasurer from 2001- 2011 through the passage of Marriage Equality and continues to Chair the VT Freedom to Marry Action Committee. Sherry worked with RU12 and V-TRANS to add Transgender language to Vermont’s anti-discrimination law which lead to being awarded the RU12 volunteer of the year award. Currently, Sherry volunteers at UVM teaching in the Pottery Co-op.


Roland Palmer

Roland PalmerBoard Secretary
Brookfield, VT

Roland (pictured right with his husband Mark) joined the board in March 2013. He is a native Vermonter and a graduate of Champlain College where he now works as their Director of Advancement Services.

Roland has extensive experience in Vermont’s LGBT non-profit community, including service to Mountain Pride Media, the publisher of Out in the Mountains, where he served various board roles including President and the Samara Foundation of Vermont (now known as the Samara Fund) where he served on the their Scholarship Committee for many years.


Bennett Law

Bennett LawBoard Treasurer
Bethel, Vermont

Bennett Law earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, cum laude, from the University of Vermont (1980), where he was inducted into the national honor society Phi Beta Kappa, and a Master of Science degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Nebraska (1982). He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (1988) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (1989), and is employed by National Life Insurance Company, headquartered in Montpelier, Vermont.

Bennett has been a member of the Chandler Pride Advisory Committee since 2011. He served on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Freedom To Marry Task Force from 2005 to 2011, and on the Board of Trustees of the Gifford Medical Center in Randolph in 2002 and 2003. In 2001 Bennett was named a member of the Advisory Committee to the Vermont Unity Project, a collaboration between the Vermont Community Foundation and the Samara Foundation of Vermont. Bennett served as chair of the Board of Directors of Vermont CARES, a Burlington-based AIDS service organization, from 1995 through 1997, served as President of the Board of Directors of Mountain Pride Media, publisher of Out in the Mountains, from 1998 through 2001, and served as board member of the Granite Hills Credit Union from 1998 to 2001.

Tom Bivins

Tom Bivins
Bethel, Vermont

Tom Bivins graduated from Louisiana State University in 1988 with a BA in Communications, and in 1991 was awarded an AOS (Associate of Occupational Studies) from the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont. After an impressive career as Executive Chef at three of Vermont’s premier dining establishments – Shelburne Farms, the Pitcher Inn (a Relais & Chateaux property), and the Old Tavern at Grafton – and two invitations to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City, Tom joined the teaching staff at the New England Culinary Institute in 2003, where he now serves as Executive Chef.

Tom’s primary interest is in environmental education, and he has been a frequent organizer of NECI student involvement in local non-profit activities. Tom served as Chair of the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food (2000 – 2001) and is currently Chair of the Chef & Child Foundation Committee of the Vermont Chapter of the American Culinary Federation.


Joe NusbaumJoe Nusbaum
Charlotte, Vermont

Since moving to Vermont in 2004, Joe has been active in various non-profit organizations that advocate for stigmatized and disenfranchised Vermonters, including his work as a board member of the Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force and as President of Vermont First, lobbying for the civil rights of LGBTQ Vermonters. He has worked as a job developer for Vermonters with disabilities through grants with the State of Vermont. In this capacity, Joe managed a Department of Labor grant that assists Vermonters and veterans recovering from brain injury to help find, keep, and progress in employment. He is currently the Supported Employment Coordinator with Vermont VocRehab, working with Designated Agencies across the state to ensure employment-service goals are met for consumers with disabilities and barriers to employment.

Former Board Members:
Jan Blanchard
Daniel Blankenship
Denis Boucher
Philip Bushey
Barbara Dozetos
Tina Giangrande
David Hooks
Susan Murray
Carrie Rampp
Kip Roberson
Heidi Schuerger
Nancy Peck

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