Everybody Wins! Vermont Board of Directors

Todd Allen

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, Vermont. 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.

Emily Austin

Emily grew up in South Burlington, Vermont with her parents and two younger siblings.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from UVM (2016) and an MBA in Supply Chain Management from Champlain College (2020).   Emily has worked at GLOBALFOUNDRIES since 2016, first as a Process Engineer, and currently as a Business Analyst. Emily has been an Everybody Wins! mentor at Edmunds Elementary in Burlington since 2017.  Since then, she has been paired with two fun and creative mentees.   Between books, Emily enjoys building relationships with her mentees through games and creative drawings. In her spare time, Emily enjoys cooking, running, rock climbing, hiking, sewing/quilting, reading, and learning.

Jeff Austin

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 was an Everybody Wins! reading mentor at Edmunds Elementary School in Burlington, where his daughter Emily is currently mentoring. Jeff and his family spend time together playing sports, hiking, fishing, biking, skiing, attending concerts, and at family and community events.

Eileen Lambert

Eileen was born and raised in Connecticut, one of six children.  She holds a BA from Bowdoin College in Classical Archaeology and Languages, and an MA from the University of Cincinnati, also in Classical Archaeology and Languages. Eileen has been an independent school administrator for 35 years, 20 of which she has been a Head of School.  She brings to our Board a lifetime of educational allegiance as well as deep experience working with not for profit boards. She is thrilled to have moved recently to the Upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont!

Buff Lindau

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 St. Michael’s English department for two years and taught public relations in the St. Michael’s 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. Buff is an Everybody Wins! reading mentor at Edmunds Elementary School in Burlington.

Sandy Owens

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.