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.

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.

Shap Smith

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Sue Minter

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Lindsay DesLauriers

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