Chairperson, SVIC Judging Panel
Julie Fox Gorte, Ph.D
Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing
Impax Asset Management | Pax World Funds
Julie Fox Gorte, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Impax Asset Management | Pax World Funds. She oversees Environmental, Social and Governance-related research on prospective and current investments as well as Pax’s shareholder advocacy and work on public policy advocacy.
Dr. Gorte has served on the boards of Ceres, the Sustainable Investments Institute, the Endangered Species Coalition, E4TheFuture, Clean Production Action and the American Sustainable Business Council. She has served as the co-chair of the Asset Management Working Group of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiatives.
Prior to joining Pax, Dr. Gorte served as Vice President and Chief Social Investment Strategist at Calvert. Her experience before she joined the investment world in 1999 includes nearly 14 years as Senior Associate and Project Director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, Vice President for Economic and Environmental Research at The Wilderness Society, Program Manager for Technology Programs in the Environmental Protection Agency’s policy office and Senior Associate at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. Dr. Gorte received her Bachelor of Science in Forest Management at Northern Arizona University and a Master of Science and Ph.D from Michigan State in resource economics.
2019 SVIC Final Round Judges
Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer
CCA Global Partners
Howard Brodsky is one of the leading entrepreneurs and cooperative leaders in America. He is the Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of CCA Global Partners, one of the largest cooperatives in the United States with sales of over 10 billion dollars.
A pioneer of the cooperative business model, Brodsky dedicated his career to helping entrepreneurs build successful businesses by providing the scale and resources they needed to compete. The newest divisions added to the group are CCA for Social Good which services over 6000 child care centers and 1000 nonprofits, and BizUnite providing back room business services for over one million independent businesses.
Brodsky’s most significant accomplishment was his induction into the Cooperative Hall of Fame, established to recognize individuals who make unparalleled contributions in advancement of the principles of cooperation in the US. One of Brodsky’s more notable accomplishments was being inducted into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame along with such people as Michael Dell and Starbucks Howard Schultz. He has been chairman of the National Judging Committee for the North American Entrepreneur of the Year Program and a National Judge for the Winning Women Program.
Brodsky was named New Hampshire Business Leader of the Year. He is a published author and his theory on business can be seen on the highly rated TEDx talks. One of Brodsky’s most recent endeavors is being chairman of the Board of Cooperatives for a Better World, a world-wide initiative to expand the global cooperative movement. He is also Chairman of the Floor Covering Industry Foundation, a non-profit helping those dealing with a critical illness in our industry, as well as being Inducted into the World Floor Covering Industry Hall of Fame.
In his “spare” time, Brodsky serves his community as a justice of the peace, performing wedding ceremonies. To date, he has a perfect record in this arena; the more than two-dozen marriages he has performed all remain intact.
Mary Johanna Brown
Founder and President
Brown & Company Design
Mary Johanna Brown is Founder and President of Brown & Company Design, a strategic design firm established in 1992, and Big Brown Books, a publishing company established in 1997. Clients are varied in size and industry, including the Telluride Film Festival, Planet Fitness, Backyard Garlic, New Hampshire Public Television, RiverWoods and more. As an active volunteer, Mary Jo has served on several New Hampshire nonprofit boards and is engaged in many community activities throughout the Granite State. She currently serves on the board of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and is the Founding Chair Emeritus of the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation, a merger born in October 2014 from the New Hampshire Women’s Initiative and the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire. Mary Jo was named to New Hampshire Magazine’s “Remarkable Women” list in 2009, Business New Hampshire’s “Influence Index” in 2014, New Hampshire Magazine’s 2018 “It List” and recently named as an “Outstanding Woman in Business” in 2018 by New Hampshire Business Review. She enjoys traveling, singing, and gardening with her fourteen-year-old daughter Haley.
Jack worked at NIKE, Inc. from 1987- 2016. During his 30 year career he worked in multiple departments and in various roles. He started his career as a footwear sales rep covering NH & ME. He moved to Denver as a regional sales manager, then transferred to Nike’s world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, where he was the US Footwear Divisional Sales Manager, Global EKIN manager, nike.com Merchandising Manager, Internet Sales Manager, US Divisional Sales Manager Equipment/Accessories, GMM Accessories Strategic Accounts, etc, etc. In his final position before retiring, he was Nike's North American Senior Director Sales GTM and Sales Ops.
Jack served as a board member for Nike’s N7 Fund for 8 years. The NIKE N7 Fund provides dollars and equipment to bring sport and all its benefits to Native American and Aboriginal youth programs throughout the United States and Canada. To date, the profits from the sale of Nike N7 footwear and apparel have allowed the Fund to give $5.6m to 243 communities.
Jack is currently volunteering with several organizations at UNH including the Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs, the UNH Student-Athlete Mentor Program, and the Social Venture Innovation Challenge at UNH.
He recently joined the Board of Directors for the United Sports Foundation in Epping, NH, a non-profit organization which promotes physical well-being, leadership skills, and social awareness for all youth, regardless of their economic standing or physical capability, through participation in competitive athletic activities.
Jack received his BA in Communications from UNH in 1982. He was a 4 year member of the UNH Men’s Basketball Team. He and his wife, Lindsey (’83) live in Exeter, NH, and have 3 adult children: Taryn (Oregon State ’12), Delaney (University of Oregon ’14) and Keon (UNH BS ’17, MBA ’18) who was a 4 year member of the UNH Men’s Basketball Team.
Katherine Easterly Martey
NH Community Development Finance Authority
Katherine Easterly Martey is Executive Director of the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA). Martey provides leadership and strategic direction across CDFA’s programs, guiding program management, policy direction and partnership development. These impacts also include taking on a significant leadership role statewide.
Under her leadership, CDFA has developed a new strategic plan and expanded its statewide collaboration to further community development initiatives. In addition, Martey led the expansion of CDFA’s economic development efforts, including the development and implementation of new programs that meet emerging needs throughout the state.
Previous to her role as Executive Director, Martey served as the organization’s Chief Program Officer while continuing as Director of Economic Development, a position she held since 2013. She has been contributing to the success of the organization since 2011. Prior to joining CDFA, Martey had more than 10 years of experience in community development, including affordable housing development, as well as neighborhood planning and revitalization.
Martey is a native of New Hampshire and currently resides in Manchester with her family. She was most recently appointed to New Hampshire’s Commission on Demographic Trends. In addition, Martey currently serves on the Community Development Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Endowment for Health Race and Equity Advisory workgroup, Governing Council of Housing Action NH and Chair of the Allard Center Advisory Board for The Granite YMCA.
Martey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Policy Studies and Geography from Syracuse University.
About the Community Development Finance Authority
The Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) is a statewide nonprofit public authority focused on maximizing the value and impact of community development, economic development and clean energy initiatives throughout New Hampshire. The organization leverages a variety of financial and technical resources, including the competitive deployment of grant, loan and equity programs.
Those resources include New Hampshire state tax credits, federal Community Development Block Grant resources and the CDFA Clean Energy Fund. For more information about CDFA and its programs visit www.nhcdfa.org or call 603-226-2170.
Co-Founder and Director
Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN)
Alex is an activist and organizer who has been working to end waste since high school. Alex was a co-founder of UNH Trash 2 Treasure and has received the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, the Udall Scholarship, and the Brower Youth Award for his work against waste.
Paul D. Gurney
Founder, Expression Computing LLC
Director, Kennebunk Savings Bank
Paul has had two lifelong passions: architecture and experience design (now called UX). So as a software architect, he fused the two interests together to create engaging web applications for important New England customers, since 1996. Clients included creative marketing agencies, beneficial organizations like KieveWavus and MaineHealth, and large enterprises like Unum and Fairchild Semiconductor. In 2013 he founded Expression Computing, an enterprise software company, to commercialize its new Trove software through an ongoing relationship with IDEXX. He is also the newest member of the Board of Directors of Kennebunk Savings Bank, and, lastly, is part of the founding team of an “innovator incubator” with global innovation goals. Participating in startup culture for many years has been an exciting opportunity for him to share meaningful experiences with others striving to achieve their business goals, dream careers, and best lives.
NH Business Finance Authority
James Key-Wallace is the Executive Director of the NH Business Finance Authority. With a deep background in finance, investment, and economic development, he served as the senior investor at NH Community Loan Fund where he was responsible for all aspects of lending to and investing in NH-based businesses. He has also served as vice president of the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation in Keene, and in various private sector roles early in his career. The NH BFA has lent to almost 5,000 NH based businesses, financing a wide variety of companies including thousands of sole proprietors. They have also created several partnerships with Venture Capital Funds and local angel investors driving critical startup capital to New Hampshire’s newest businesses. Additionally James has led major economic development efforts resulting in the New Hampshire expansions of Albany/Safran, Lonza Biologics, and BAE Systems. Those transactions involve several hundred million dollars in total financing and led to thousands of new jobs for local communities.
Director, Vision Activation
Ashley Larochelle is the Director of Vision Activation for MegaFood, a whole food supplement manufacturer located in Londonderry NH. In her role, Ashley drives strategic corporate communication, culture & engagement & a variety of projects aimed at aligning and supporting the company's business objectives, priorities, and vision.
Since arriving at MegaFood in 2012 from the financial services industry, Ashley spearheaded a number of signature initiatives. These include the company’s employee-run Culture Club that offer a variety of ways to make MegaFood a best place to work, community-building initiatives such as quarterly Town Hall meetings for all staff, 24 hours of paid volunteer time, and an annual MVP program, among others.
Ashley was instrumental in helping to coordinate MegaFood’s three-year effort to become a Certified B-Corporation, a milestone the company achieved in 2018. As a B-Corp, MegaFood joins a global movement of people using business as a force for good by meeting the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Ashley continues to play a major role in the company’s growing portfolio of social impact programs devoted to improving food security and access to better nutrition.
Ashley is originally from Haverhill Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations & Political Science from Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire. She currently resides in Hudson New Hampshire with her husband Roger & daughter Finley. She is an avid volleyball player, oil painter, and Patriots fan.
Vice President of People, Community and Environment
Jenny Levy is Vice President, People, Community & Environment at Hypertherm, Inc. in Hanover, NH, where she has worked for 15 years in various roles. Jenny focuses on Hypertherm’s human resources, talent, and corporate social responsibility strategies. Her most notable work in these areas has included setting their 2010 to 2020 environmental stewardship goals and related transformation approaches, expanding their paid global community service time benefit to 32 hours annually, defining their SHAPE for STEM middle school program, sponsoring their Recovery-friendly workplace practices, establishing financial instability workplace resource support, and sponsoring their Inclusion and Diversity strategies. Hypertherm designs and manufactures industrial cutting products. Its product line includes cutting systems, in addition to CNC motion and height controls, CAM nesting software, robotic software and consumables. The 100 percent Associate owned company, consistently named a best place to work, has more than 1,800 Associates along with operations and partner representation worldwide.
C. Sara L. Minard, PhD.
Chief Program Officer
College for Social Innovation
Sara Minard earned her PhD in Economics with highest honors from Sciences Po, Paris, and worked as a socio-economist, educator, researcher, and development practitioner for the past twenty years on several continents at the intersection of private sector development, economic policy, social innovation and social enterprise, design thinking and impact investing/social finance. Dr. Minard currently serves as Chief Program Officer for the College for Social Innovation, a not-for-profit organization in Boston, MA, that provides an innovative and unique experiential education opportunity for college students and their home colleges while building a bigger, better, and more diverse talent pipeline for the social sector. In this role Dr. Minard leads the design and delivery of a nationally recognized multi-disciplinary design thinking curriculum to educate and inspire the next generation of problem solvers. She also teaches impact investing and social innovation at Babson College. Prior to CfSI, Dr. Minard was Executive Professor at Northeastern University’s D'Amore-McKim School of Business where she developed and taught award-winning courses on impact investing and social finance, social innovation and global social entrepreneurship, and led experiential field-based programs in India and Appalachia (US) with a focus on gender, food systems and social business. Prior to Northeastern, she taught for five years at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs as a full-time Lecturer-in-Discipline designing and delivering courses on methods for development practice and social entrepreneurship. In addition to her academic career, Dr. Minard serves as an international consultant and policy analyst for international development institutions, large companies, startups, and NGOs. Her industry experience includes five years as a socio-economist at the OECD in Paris where she managed development investment projects in 18 West African countries, and as a consultant for the World Bank/IFC and several UN agencies. She started her career as a Legislative Aide in the U.S. Senate and served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Senegal. She speaks fluent French, Wolof, and conversational Spanish, and serves on several boards and impact investment funds. Dr. Minard is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher and is currently pursuing a teacher certification in mindfulness meditation. (July 2018)
Dr. Sharon Runge*
Kenya Connect (USA)
Dr. Sharon Runge is Executive Director of Kenya Connect (USA) a non-profit working in rural Kenya with the mission of enriching and engaging students and teachers with 21st century skills through a robust array of programs at 55 partner schools. In this position Sharon works with the Kenyan led staff to develop partnerships, raise funds, expand programs and lead volunteer trips.
Sharon holds a Ph.D. from NYU and a MA from Boston College in Higher Education Administration and a BS from the University of New Hampshire in Child/Family studies. Early in her career Sharon worked in a variety of positions in Higher Education Administration at Johns Hopkins University, Spalding University and Ithaca College. She also served as Director of Development at St. John’s Parish Day School. Sharon was recognized as a TIAA Difference Maker in 2018 for her work with Kenya Connect. She serves on the Boards of St. John’s Parish Day School and The Episcopal Service Corp, Maryland. She and her husband Mike have two children in University and are avid hikers including becoming ADK 46ers.
Andrew Share is the managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s Manchester, New Hampshire, office, as well as co-leader of the firm's Technology Transactions Team. Andrew has extensive technology transactions experience, counseling companies with respect to a wide range of intellectual property and technology related matters including, software, content and data licensing, SaaS, software development and implementation, reseller arrangements, business process outsourcing, data privacy and IT security concerns. Additionally, he regularly counsels clients in the commercialization and leveraging of their intellectual property assets and is experienced in drafting and negotiating related agreements involving the creation, acquisition, or sale of rights to intellectual property. Andrew’s practice also covers other aspects of corporate and commercial law, including M&A, corporate formations, strategic alliances and joint ventures, distribution and commercialization arrangements, contract manufacturing, supply chain and procurement, and general business counseling.
Prior to Nixon Peabody, he was in-house counsel to Tyco International, counseling Tyco’s corporate, Plastics & Adhesives and Flow Control business units as well as serving as Tyco’s lead counsel for its global IT and Strategic Procurement groups.
Minerals, Materials and Society, University of Delaware
Patricia Syvrud is the Program Manager for the Minerals, Materials and Society program, an education, research and training initiative at the University of Delaware (UD). She is the immediate past Executive Director of the World Diamond Council, an international organization charged with representing the diamond pipeline at the UN-mandated Kimberley Process forum, (the organization charged with global tracking of rough diamonds from mine to manufacture), and current member of the Board of Directors of the United States Kimberley Process Authority. Patricia graduated from UNH with a degree in Business Administration and holds an MBA from the University of Southern California. A Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America, she is passionate about responsible sourcing and supply chain transparency. She is currently overseeing the creation of the Jewelry Development Impact index (JDI), which is now a technical evaluative research project of the Minerals, Materials and Society program at UD.
Patricia’s career highlights include cataloging the entire National Gem Collection at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, developing a world-class museum collection for the Gemological Institute of America, and working as a pro bono consultant to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright for assistance with Albright's pin exhibition and book, “Read My Pins, Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box”.
A frequent public and industry speaker, Patricia has been featured at the following events: OECD 2019 Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, Paris, France; Metropolitan Museum of Art MetFridays, New York; World Bank Global Conference on Oil, Gas and Mining; AGTA GemFair; American Gem Society Guild Meetings; Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference; GIA Alumni Association; Inhorgenta Show, Munich; International Diamond Week, Israel; JA NY Show; Jewelry Industry Summit; MJSA Expo; and the NAJA ACE It Conference.
As sustainability director for Timberland, Colleen Vien is responsible for setting the brand’s strategic direction related to all aspects of sustainability, with a focus on making products responsibly, protecting and enhancing the outdoors, and community and employee engagement. This includes internal and external stakeholder engagement, NGO relationship management and CSR reporting and communications.
Colleen has been with Timberland since 2005. Prior to being promoted to sustainability director in 2014, she led the company’s Code of Conduct / Supplier Sustainability program, which today continues to provide enrichment opportunities, beyond compliance, for partner factory workers. Colleen reports to the vice president of strategy for Timberland, with a dotted line to VF Corporation’s VP Sustainability and Responsibility.
Over the years, Colleen has held a variety of leadership seats in several collaborative multi-stakeholder industry groups, such as Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), Social Accountability International (SAI), Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA’s) Social Responsibility Working Group (SRWG) and Sustainability Working Group (SWG), the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the Social/Labor Convergence Project, and Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS). She is currently a member of the SAAS Board of Directors, on the Advisory Board for SAI, a member of the Advisory Council for the OIA SWG, and on the Steering Committee for the Social/Labor Convergence Project.
Prior to Timberland, Colleen held various ethics and compliance roles with TYCO Engineered Products and Services, and Apogent Technologies Inc.
Colleen has a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Preliminary Round Judges
- Jeff Ashe | Adjunct Associate Professor, Author and Research Fellow, Columbia University
- Lora Babb | Program Manager, Sustainable Economies Program, Manomet
- Ted Barber | Co-founder, Prosperity Candle
- Bryan Bessette | Founder, Freedom Café
- Courtney Bidwell | Director, Kelley Institute for Social Impact, Indiana University
- Lisa Butler | Strategy Advisor
- Karin Chamberlain | Director, Impact Investments, Clean Yield Asset Management
- Tim Coffin | Senior Vice President, Breckinridge Capital Investors
- Mathew Conlin | Senior Business Development Specialist, BerryDunn
- Maria Emilia Correa | Co-founder, Sistema B and Director, Academia B
- Kimberly Curry | Director, Community Relations, Goodwill Northern New England
- Wendy Curtis* | Chief Innovation Officer, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
- Rebecca Darr Litchfield | Co-Founder, Atayne & Principal, transcend
- Daniel Deane | Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
- Susan Dewhirst | Deputy Director, NH Progress Alliance
- Kevin Dixon* | President, Alterra Pure
- Ray Dube | Sustainability Manager, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England
- Helen Duckett | Senior Site HR Buisness Partner, Portsmouth Human Resources, Lonza
- Kate Dumas | CFA, Prime Buchholz LLC
- Katherine Eads Galdieri | Senior Operations Director, ROC USA, LLC
- Holly Fowler | Co-founder and CEO, Northbound Ventures, LLC
- Sarah Glatt | Founder & Principal Consultant, Paper Crane Associates
- Megan Grocki* | Principal, Research and Strategy, Fork in the Road Partners
- David Guenther | Director, International Transactions Clinic, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
- Gray Harris | Senior Vice President, Food Systems Strategies, Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
- Joe Harrison | Director of Project Development, SunRaise Investments llc
- Margaret Heffernan | Author and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Bath, UK
- David Herring | Executive Director, Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment
- Heather Iworsky | Branch Manager, Marketing and Culture, ReVision Energy
- Chandler Jones | Principal, CEI Ventures
- Susan Kaplan | Founder, Sustainable Futures Consulting
- Keith Lemnios | CEO/Founder, SUN COFFEE ROASTERS
- David Loehwing | VP, Sustainable Investing, Impax Asset Management | Pax World Funds
- Anh-Dai Lu | Educator/Independent Management Consultant
- Scott Maslansky | Director of Clean Energy Finance, Community Development Finance Authority
- Sean Matthews* | Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Left Hook
- Mark McPeak | Dispute-Resolution Consultant, Mark McPeak Consulting LLC
- Beth Meadows | Founder & CEO, Supply Hope
- Moriah Meyskens, PhD | Department of Management, Law & Ethics, University of San Diego School of Business
- Christine Morin | Chief Risk & Loan Operations Officer, Mascoma Bank
- Brigid Murray* |Investor, Vested for Growth, NH Community Loan Fund
- Casey Otis* | Director, Custom Programs, Harvard Business School Executive Education
- George Parmenter | Sustainable Retailing Manager, Hannaford Supermarkets
- Samantha Pause | Chief Marketing Officer, Mascoma Bank
- Brad Peirce | Principal & Sustainability Consultant, SEED Strategies LLC
- Betsy Peters | Chief Revenue Officer, Better Lesson
- Kevin Peterson | Director of Economic Development, NH Community Development Finance Authority
- Brett Pierce | Executive Director, Meridian Stories
- Kevin Porter | Loan Officer, ROC USA Capital
- Tara Reardon* | Director, ROC-NH
- Scott Richardson* | Co-founder and Partner, Northbound Ventures, LLC
- Hilary Robbins* | Nonprofit Revenue Strategy Consultant
- John Rodat* | President, Public Signals, LLC
- Maggie Schmidt* ’15JD, ’16G MPH | Staff Attorney, Victim Rights Law Center
- Amy Seif Hattan* | LEED Green Associate, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Thornton Tomasetti
- Bill Seretta | President, The Sustainability Lab and Fork Food Lab, a shared kitchen and food business incubator
- Megan Shore | Senior Program Officer, Elmina B Sewall Foundation
- Keegan Smith* | Finance Specialist, Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages
- Greg Starbird | Principal, Starbird Consulting
- Paul Susca | Supervisor of Drinking Water and Groundwater Planning, NH Department of Environmental Services
- Ann Tartre | Founder and President, SustainabilityNext
- Beth Tener | Principal, New Directions Collaborative
- Lynda Toussaint | CEO, Unjani Clinics NPC
- Rick Trenchard | Director of Business Development, Freight Farms
- Alyssa Trometter | Deputy Director, External Affairs, Clinton Foundation
- Dan Weeks | Director of Marketing Development, ReVision Energy
- Matt Wilhelm* | Manchester NH State Rep.
- Alyssa Wright | Speaker, Author, CEO/Consultant of Wright Consulting Group, Forbes Contributor
- Mary Zwolinski | Executive Director, Wayside Food Programs