Vermont Conservation Voters

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Lauren Hierl
Executive Director

Lauren Hierl joined Vermont Conservation Voters as Political Director in 2014, after two years as Environmental Health Advocate at the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG). Prior to that, she spent the previous decade working as an environmental advocate in Washington, DC at National Audubon Society and Alaska Wilderness League. She also conducted climate change research in Kruger National Park in South Africa, and oversaw a land and endangered species conservation assessment in San Diego.

Lauren received her Master of Environmental Management and Master of Public Policy degrees at Duke University, and a Bachelors in Environmental Studies and Ecology at Dartmouth College.

Board of Directors

Kinny Perot

Kinny Perot is the President of Friends of the Mad River and a member of the Yestermorrow Design Build School Board of Directors. Kinny has represented the towns of Granville, Fayston, Warren and Waitsfield in the State Legislature from 2000 to 2004. She has served her community as a Warren Select Board member and Warren representative to the Mad River Valley Planning District as well as having been active on the Warren school board, Warren PTA, the Warren library commission and the Vermont Festival of the Arts board.

She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and did post graduate studies in botany, and forestry and environmental studies at Connecticut College and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, class of 1980. She has two grown sons. She and her husband, Richard Czaplinskski, are working “to do less with less,” fostering energy conservation and sustainability and experimenting with permaculture in Warren village.

Warner Shedd
Vice Chair

Warner is the author of “Owls Aren’t Wise & Bats Aren’t Blind: A Naturalist Debunks Our Favorite Fallacies About Wildlife” and “The Kids’ Wildlife Book” (A Williamson Kids Can! Book). He is also the former regional director of the National Wildlife Federation. Warner lives in Calais with his wife Edie.

Charlotte Hanna

Charlotte has taught management courses at the college level for over 20 years. She currently teaches at Lyndon State College, and consults with nonprofit organizations on board and management topics.

Charlotte is also a board member and former president of Audubon Vermont, a board member and former president of the Calais school board and the Washington Central Supervisory Union board.

Charlotte has a BA from Bennington College and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Thomas K. Slayton

Thomas K. Slayton is a Vermont journalist with a strong interest in Vermont, the environment, and outdoor sports. He is editor emeritus at Vermont Life Magazine, where he previously served as editor-in-chief for more than 20. In his retirement he works as a freelance writer and editor, and is a regular commentator on Vermont Public Radio.

He is the author of several books, including Sabra Field, the Art of Place; Searching for Thoreau, on the trails and shores of Wild New England, and others. Searching for Thoreau won the 2007 Gold Award for creative nonfiction, awarded by the Independent Publisher’s Association.

He edited and helped write the Green Mountain Club’s 100th anniversary book, A Century in The Mountains. That book won the 2010 Hathaway Award for outstanding contribution to Vermont history.

Slayton has been awarded honorary doctorates of letters by the University of Vermont, Sterling College, and Southern Vermont College. He is a recipient of the Franklin Fairbanks Award, given annually to a Vermonter who contributes in a significant way to the cultural life of the state.

He lives in Montpelier with his wife, Elizabeth.

Linda Gray

Linda has been a Vermonter since 1986, after moving to Norwich from the Washington, D.C. area. She has been active with town affairs, serving on the Norwich and Dresden school boards from 1998 to 2008, and since then on the town energy committee, which she chairs. She was appointed an Alternate Commissioner with the District 3 Environmental Commission in 2012. Her paid work, centered on administration and event organizing, includes as a staff person for a U.S. congressman, as conference organizer and administrator for the American Wind Energy Association, and as volunteer coordinator at the Montshire Museum. Linda and her husband Tom live in Norwich along with two dogs, a cat, and two guinea fowl. They are lucky that their two adult daughters also live in town.

Jacob B. Perkinson, Esq.

Jacob resides in Burlington, Vermont with his family.  He has served as a leader on non-profit boards and committees for many years, including president of Champlain Valley Dispensary, Inc., president of Lake Champlain International, Inc., and chair of the Vermont Democratic Party where he presided over the most decisive overall electoral victory for the party in state history.  Mr. Perkinson is a licensed attorney in Maine and Vermont as well as many federal jurisdictions, including the Supreme Court of the United States.  He manages a local real estate company, is a principal in a business consultancy and serves as a political advisor and strategist to elected officials and candidates.  Jake is an active volunteer in the community as a trail adopter for the Green Mountain Club, a youth coach for soccer and baseball, commissioner and chair of the Burlington Fire Department, director of the Greater Burlington Girls Soccer League and the plenipotentiary supervisor of Buels Gore, Vermont.

Michael Fisher

Michael Fisher is an outreach social worker for the Addison County Parent/Child Center working with Teenage Parents and their children. He received his undergraduate degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., and his Masters of Social Work from the University of Vermont. He was a Member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 2001 through 2014, including as Chair of the Committee on Health Care. He lives in Lincoln with his wife, son, and daughter.