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LCC announces graduates of new leadership development program, Advance Champlain

Burlington, Vt. – (May 29, 2024) The Lake Champlain Chamber is delighted to announce the first graduating class of Advance Champlain, a new skills-focused leadership development offering. Please join us in congratulating these talented individuals:

  • Jackie Esperti, City of Burlington, Department of Public Works

  • Amber Hecht, Automotive

  • Marie Romanelli, Delaney Event Management

  • Kelsey VonDerLinn, ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

  • Carolyn Crowley, ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

  • Andrew Way, Leonardo’s Pizza

  • Lisa Campion, LMC Law, PLLC

  • Michael Kegler, M&T Bank

  • Tim Vartanian, Northeast Delta Dental

  • Erin Metivier, Opportunities Credit Union

  • Anne Minor, PC Construction

  • Dominic Kennett, Redstone

  • Cody Vernet, Ridgeline Real Estate Company

  • Matt Greer, Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C.

  • Kate Webster, University of Vermont Cancer Center

  • Sharon MacFarlane, VBT & Country Walkers

  • Michael Gaughan, Vermont Bond Bank

“We look forward to seeing how these advanced leaders utilize this in-depth training to better their organizations and communities,” said Alex Bunten, director of workforce and education. “We took a leap designing and launching a new program but the response has been excellent and we look forward to running it again next year.”

The Chamber is grateful to the excellent faculty, distinguished guests and organizations that helped make this pilot program such a success (in order of appearance):

Applications for next year’s cohort will open in Summer 2024. For more info or to express interest in applying, please visit


The Lake Champlain Chamber believes that together, we make Vermont work. Its mission and programs are best summed up by five distinct points: seeking economic opportunity for all; celebrating business ownership and entrepreneurship; promoting a robust, diversified visitor economy; cultivating community leadership; and nurturing emerging talent. For more information about the Lake Champlain Chamber, visit

Media Contact:

Amelia Cayer, Director of Communications & Engagement

Lake Champlain Chamber

60 Main St., Ste. 100, Burlington, Vermont 05401

802-863-3489, ext. 220 | [email protected]