Todd and his wife Peggy moved to Vermont’s Upper Valley in 2012 to start a sheep farm—a 30 year dream of Peggy’s that Todd has fully embraced. Most of Todd’s career has been focused on marketing, sales, and business development, both as a practitioner and a consultant. Today he is a portfolio manager for Mascoma Wealth Management in Norwich, VT. Todd is an Everybody Wins! reading mentor at the White River School in Hartford. When he isn’t wrestling sheep, Todd enjoys hiking, golf, tennis, skiing, and curling.
Jeffrey Austin started working in the telecom industry in 1994 after graduating from Champlain College. He has extensive technical and leadership experience in the telecommunications industry including positions as Network Planning and Engineering Manager, Senior Technical Sales Engineer, Outside Plant Engineer, Senior Technical Specialist and ensuring a high level of customer excellence in several customer service positions. Jeff’s career has been supported by his wonderful wife of 23 years and their 3 amazing children. Jeff and his family spend time together playing sports, hiking, fishing, biking, skiing, attending concerts, and at family and community events.
Barbara lives in Hartford with her husband Scott and three children. All three of Barbara’s children enjoyed an Everybody Wins! reading mentor during their years at White River Elementary School. Barbara’s background includes more than 20 years in marketing, business development, fundraising, and nonprofit leadership. Barbara enjoys volunteering with her children’s sports teams and for the Vermont Judiciary as a Guardian ad Litem; she also serves on the boards of the Hartford Community Coalition and Good Neighbor Health Clinic.
Buff Lindau retired from Saint Michael’s College in 2014 where she was Director of Marketing and Communications for 35 years, and served on the President’s Cabinet. She also taught in the SMC English department for two years and taught public relations in the SMC master’s program for two years. She served on the board of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival for six years. She earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate in English literature, and has been writing poetry daily for the last decade. She and her husband Huck Gutman have two sons who went through the public school system in Burlington.
Sandy Owens is retired from a long career in the communications industry, working most of her career at FairPoint Communications and before that Verizon and its predecessor companies for more than 38 years. Prior to that she worked in banking for 5 years. She has extensive technical and managerial experience in the telecommunications industry, including engineering, construction, installation, and regulatory matters. Throughout her career, she was awarded several achievement awards. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Lyndon State College. A native Vermonter, Sandy enjoys music, quilting, cooking, but more importantly, time spent with family. She and her husband Greg, also a native Vermonter, live in Westmore Vermont.
Paul Rosenberg is a retired health care attorney. During his legal career, he served as general counsel and in management positions at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the University of Rochester Medical Center, the Johns Hopkins Health System, Duke University Health System, Shands HealthCare (University of Florida) and ValueOptions, Inc. He earned an A.B. from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He has served on the boards of community service organizations including Integrated Mental Health (Rochester, NY), Lincoln Community Health Center (Durham, NC), Big Brothers /Big Sisters of North Central Florida, and AIDS Services of North Florida. Paul is an Everybody Wins! reading mentor at the Shelburne Community School. Paul enjoys reading, hiking, jazz and dogs. He and his wife Megs, a retired nurse and Vermont native, live in Shelburne. They have two daughters, Eliza of Richmond , KY and Nell of New York City.
Laura Schutz has lived in Vermont and worked at IBM/GlobalFoundries for the past 14 years. In 2001, she graduated from Princeton University with a major in chemical engineering. She lives in Burlington and the 2016-17 school year will be her eighth as a reading mentor at J.J. Flynn School in Burlington, and fourth as a board member for Everybody Wins! Vermont. Laura also volunteers as a ski instructor with Vermont Adaptive, teaches strength training classes at The Edge, and likes to run. An avid reader, Laura particularly likes Lovely Bones, To Kill a Mockingbird, Anne of Green Gables, Americanah, and The Time Traveler’s Wife.