2016 Judging Panel


Chairperson, SVIC Judging Panel:

Image of JulieJulie Fox Gorte, Ph.D, Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing, Pax World Management LLC

Julie Fox Gorte, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Pax World Management LLC. 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 serves on the boards of Ceres, the Sustainable Investments Institute, the Endangered Species Coalition 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.




2016 Final Round Judges:


Image of BakerJamie Baker, Partner, Pierce Atwood LLC

Jamie Baker is a partner in Pierce Atwood’s business practice group and is resident in the firm’s Portsmouth office. He serves as general corporate counsel for emerging, later-stage, and publicly-traded companies throughout their life cycle. Jamie represents buyers, sellers, issuers, investors, and underwriters in private placements, mergers, acquisitions, and public offerings. He also advises publicly traded clients with respect to compliance and reporting obligations under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.




Image of BoutonKatie Bouton*, Founder and CEO, Koya Leadership Partners

Guided by the belief that “the right person in the right place can change the world,” Katie founded Koya Leadership Partners in 2004 to recruit exceptionally talented leaders to nonprofit clients. Today, Koya has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms and by Hunt Scanlon Media as one of the top 50 fastest growing executive search firms.

With over 20 years of experience in executive search and organizational development, Katie has built senior leadership teams at leading national and international nonprofit organizations and partnered closely with founders, boards and donors to deepen the impact of today’s most pioneering mission-driven organizations.

In addition to executive search, Katie’s particular areas of focus include leadership, retention, and diversity initiatives. She has developed and executed professional development trainings on a variety of topics from leadership development to recruitment and retention best practices. 

Katie’s thought leadership has been widely quoted and published in leading publications such as Harvard Business Review. She was featured by the Boston Business Journal as an Emerging Leader for her success as founder and CEO of Koya. She is also a Fellow at Pipeline Angels, a network of new and seasoned women investors, that is changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs.

Katie began her career in the public sector as a human resources generalist at the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women and the Women’s Law Center of Maryland. She then moved to the private sector, working as a human resources manager at Edelman Public Relations and ChildrenFirst.

With a strong commitment to civic leadership, Katie serves on numerous boards including the national board of IGNITE, a bipartisan initiative that builds political ambition in young women. She was invited to the White House to attend the United States of Women Summit focused on key gender equality issues.

Katie holds a Master of Science in Organizational Development from Towson University and a Bachelor of Science in English, Journalism & Women’s Studies from the University of New Hampshire.



Image of BrodskyHoward Brodsky, 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.



Image of CarlsonEric Carlson, Chief Financial Officer, Timberland

Eric Carlson is the Chief Financial Officer of Timberland, a Division of VF Outdoor, a global leader in footwear and apparel based in Stratham, NH.  Eric began his career with VF in 2004, holding progressive accounting and finance roles for several of the company’s top brands including The North Face, JanSport, Reef and Eagle Creek.  Eric joined the Timberland brand in 2012 as Controller and was promoted to CFO in 2015.
Prior to VF, Eric served as Finance Manager for Covenant World Missions, a non-profit based out of Chicago, IL, where he supported over 100 missionaries and aid workers in 20 countries.  He currently serves as the treasurer for Christian Chapels International, a non-profit supporting church planting and development work in Kenya.  

Eric graduated from Dordt College in 2001 and is a Certified Management Accountant.  He and his wife Nikki live in Stratham, NH with their 5 children.  Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his kids at the beach or hiking up in the White Mountains. 




Image of TaylorTaylor Caswell, Executive Director, New Hampshire Community Development and Finance Authority

Mr. Taylor Caswell is the executive director of the Community Development FinanceAuthority located in Concord, New Hampshire.

CDFA is the sole state authority tasked with providing financial and technicalexpertise to New Hampshire’s communities. Its mission is to maximize the value andimpact of public and private investments in New Hampshire’s communities, includingeconomic development, downtown revitalization, and clean energy developmentprojects. CDFA’s current assets under management average $25 million annuallyhighlighted by a state community development specific tax equity program, federalcommunity development block grants, and clean energy finance products. The totalleveraged project portfolio is in excess of $300m.

Taylor’s career spans over 20 years in both the public and private sectors. On theprivate sector side, Taylor has structured and funded startups in utility-scale solarpower development, affordable housing development, and sustainable finance;directed external affairs for a Fortune 500 natural gas utility company and its affiliateddevelopment ventures, and represented the financial services industry in WashingtonD.C.

In addition to his current role at CDFA, Taylor’s experience in public service includeshis federal appointment as Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s New England Region and over a decade in Washington including time as senior Congressional staff. He also recently chaired theN.H. Energy & Climate Collaborative and in 2013 founded the N.H. CleanTechCouncil, an organization to promote the cleantech economy sector in the state.

A life spent among New Hampshire’s rugged White Mountains teaches many valuablelessons -- which serve to inform his role every day. These lessons are learned year-round as a mountain biker, trail runner, craggy summit alpinist, backcountry skier, orjust about anything else that involves snow, dirt, mud, trees, roots and rocks (granite,preferably).



Image of DodierErik Dodier*, Co-Founder and CEO, PixelMEDIA

Erik Dodier co-founded PixelMEDIA in 1994. Over the past 22 years, PixelMEDIA has evolved from a two-person multimedia company started in Dodier's apartment, to employing 50 people located at Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth, NH.  Today, PixelMEDIA is focused on helping lifestyle brands including Stonewall Kitchen, Ecco Shoes, BCBG, The Company Store, Vibram and others, launch, manage, and grow their eCommerce channels.  As Co-founder and CEO, Dodier is responsible for creating a culture that always delivers “more than expected” to clients, employees and partners. PixelMEDIA was voted one of the Top 20 Most Promising eCommerce Companies for 2016 by CIO Magazine.  Prior to founding PixelMEDIA, Dodier worked at Cabletron Systems in the area of Business Development and Sales Training. Dodier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. Dodier currently serves on several boards, including Optima Bank, 3S Artspace, and UNH’s Paul College Advisory Board.  Dodier is a big supporter of UNH Athletics and lives in the NH seacoast with wife, Rachel, 2 children and his dog, Little J.   



Image of FriedAlex Freid*, Founder & Director, Post-Landfill Action Network

Alex Freid is the Founder and Director of the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), a national nonprofit network of student leaders working towards zero waste. Currently, PLAN works directly with 80+ campuses across the country on student-led zero waste initiatives. Alex graduated with Honors from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 with a degree in Political Science and Philosophy. There, he founded the UNH Trash 2 Treasure program, which has diverted over 150 tons of waste on campus and became the first student-led, self-sustaining program of its kind in the country. In 2013, PLAN won the NH Social Business Innovation Challenge and in 2014 PLAN won the Entrepreneurs Foundation of NH AMP Grant Challenge. Alex has won the Brower Youth Award, the Udall Environmental Leadership Scholarship, the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, and was named NH’s 2015 Young Entrepreneur of the Year.



Image of GrayLiz Gray*, Director of Entrepreneurship, NH Business Finance Authority

Liz Gray currently serves as the state’s Director of Entrepreneurship and leads the Live Free and Start initiative.  Liz draws on her experience in public policy and project management to drive Live Free and Start’s agenda and work to make New Hampshire an even better place for innovation based businesses to start, connect and succeed.  Originally from New York, Liz came to the University of New Hampshire for college, fell in love with the Granite State and decided to stay. Liz is drawn to public service and state government. She started her career working for Governor Jeanne Shaheen, followed by time with the New Hampshire State Senate and the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development.  During Governor John Lynch’s administration Liz served as his policy advisor for workforce and economic development. 

Liz is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where she received a B.S. in Environmental Conservation and International Affairs and a Master in Public Administration.  She also serves on the UNH Manchester Advisory Board, New Hampshire Economic Development Association Board of Directors, and Symphony NH Concord Advisory Committee




Image of HarrisHeather Harris, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Kennebunk Savings

As Vice President and Corporate Communications Manager, Heather Harris oversees Kennebunk Savings’ charitable giving program, community outreach, employee volunteer program and public relations efforts.

A graduate of the University of Maine, Orono with a degree in journalism, Harris was the Marketing and Communications Manager at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth before joining Kennebunk Savings in 2005. She is currently a member of Kennebunk’s Economic Development Committee and serves on the York County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation. She lives in Kennebunk and has two children, a daughter who graduated from UNH last year and a son who is a senior at the Paul College



Image of JacksonLisa Jackson, Co-Founder & Managing Director, College for Social Innovation

Lisa is currently the co-founder and Managing Director of College for Social Innovation. Lisa began her career as an educator.  Following graduate school at Stanford University, she came to Boston College as an assistant professor at the Lynch School of Education.  In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate students, Lisa conducted research with high school students in the Boston Public Schools.  Finding her passion working with students and staff at the high school, she took a leap of faith and left Boston College to become the Project Director for GEAR UP Boston (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs).  In this role she managed partnerships between colleges and universities and Boston public middle schools to increase access for middle school students to after-school programs focused on college preparation. In addition to providing technical assistance to the individual partnerships, Lisa also developed systems that fostered collaborations across partnerships in a variety of areas including curriculum development, staff training, and evaluation. 

In the intervening years Lisa took on several roles in the social sector leveraging her skills in evaluation and management, and developing new skills including fundraising, and grant making strategy.  Lisa was the Vice President for Performance and Outcomes at The Home for Little Wanderers – the largest human service agency in Massachusetts.  There, she had the unique opportunity to build a department dedicated to measurement and risk management from the ground up, integrating the value of data for the purpose of program improvement. Continuing on this path, Lisa joined the Center for Effective Philanthropy as the Vice President for Research. She worked closely with a variety of foundation leadership teams to use comparative data for the purpose of assessing their effectiveness. 

Lisa joined New Profit, Inc. in 2011 to lead the Pathways Fund – an effort supported by the Social Innovation Fund at the Corporation for Community and National Service.  The Pathways Fund is a community of social entrepreneurs and funders who come together to learn and partner on the issues of college access, success, and living-wage employment. Lisa built a high-performing team that delivered outstanding results and received continued Social Innovation Fund support year to year. In 2013 Lisa was promoted to Managing Partner for Portfolio Investments at New Profit.  Lisa was responsible for the portfolio of 32 investments, investment management (including investment selection and support), and investment monitoring and performance.

Lisa is on the national boards of several organizations including Year Up, College Advising Corp, and The Reset Foundation.  She is also a School Committee member for the Public Schools of Brookline, MA where she and her family live.




Image of Saj-nicole JoniSaj-nicole Joni, Ph.D., CEO, Cambridge International Group

Saj-nicole Joni is a renowned business strategist andconfidential advisor to CEOs.  She works with top business,philanthropic, and academic leaders to solve their hardeststrategic challenges – delivering results needed now whilecreating far-reaching impact.

Saj-nicole is CEO of Cambridge International Group, whereshe brings her combined perspective and expertise as aseasoned senior executive in large global companies, boardmember, Ph.D. in mathematics, professor, and performingartist to her work. A best-selling business author and globalspeaker, Saj-nicole lives in Cambridge, MA and is adedicated classical pianist and avid gardener. Please visit www.sajnicole.com to learn more.



Image of MerrowKatie Merrow, Vice President of Community Impact, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Katie Merrow oversees the Charitable Foundation’s Community Impact department, which distributes more than $32 million in grants and scholarships each year. She also spearheads strategic initiatives, including key components of the Foundation’s “New Hampshire Tomorrow” strategy for increasing youth opportunity. She has overseen Foundation partnerships that resulted in $62 million in national foundation and federal funds for nonprofit work in New Hampshire.

Before she joined the Foundation in 2008, Katie served as the first executive director of the New Hampshire Women’s Policy Institute and as a senior research associate with the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies. She has held senior staff positions in the State of Rhode Island’s Division of Mental Health and the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

Katie speaks regularly on philanthropic issues and has published in national journals.

She is a Leadership New Hampshire graduate, class of 2006, and was named one of New Hampshire Business Review’s “Outstanding Women in Business” in 2012.
Katie has an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. She lives in Hopkinton.




Image of WebbC.A. Webb, Co-Founder and Community Partner, _Underscore.VC

C.A. Webb is the Co-Founder and Community Partner of _underscore.vc.  She runs the Community Foundation incorporating the Startup Secrets program and works on their broader community outreach from which their _Core groups of experienced entrepreneurs are formed.

As a proven community builder and marketer, C.A. comes from her previous post as Executive Director of the New England Venture Capital Association, where she reinvented and reinvigorated the 40-year old association. Recently, C.A. was recognized as an Innovation All Star by Boston Business Journal and is passionate about creating powerful communities that can have a meaningful and lasting impact on business. She’s also helped build ground-up products, programs and brands such as Fast Company, Whole Foods and Preserve.



Preliminary Round Judges (online)

  • Ted Barber, Co-Founder, Prosperity Candle
  • Michael Behrmann*, Director, New Hampshire Clean Tech Council
  • Lisa Berghaus*, Manager of Marketing Communications, Monadnock Paper
  • Ariel Brooks, Chief Program Officer, College for Social Innovation
  • Bruce Clendenning, Energy Policy Manager, The Nature Conservancy
  • Rebecca Darr Litchfield, Co-Owner/Senior Fellow, Atayne/Aspen Institute Business & Society Program
  • Ashley Davis, Global Manager, Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility, Cole Haan
  • Sharon D'Onofrio, Executive Director, SEEP Network
  • Ray Dube, Sustainability Manager, Coca Cola Bottling of Northern New England
  • Thomas Elliott*, Co-Founder & Principal, Left Hook Digital
  • Mike Elmer, Director of Capabilities, Coca Cola Bottling of Northern New England
  • Kate Epsen, Executive Director, New England Sustainable Energy Association
  • Jessica Forrest, Consultant, Biodiversity, Climate Adaptation, REDD+, Spatial Planning & Analysis
  • Holly Fowler, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Northbound Ventures
  • Joe Harrison, New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority Director, Clean Energy Finance
  • Amy Hattan*, Corporate Sustainability Officer, Thornton Tomasetti
  • Margaret Heffernan, CEO and Author    
  • Nathaniel Henshaw, Managing Director, CEI Ventures, Inc. 
  • David Herring, Executive Director, Wolfe's Neck Farm Foundation
  • Jill Kickul, Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurial Studies, USC Marshall School of Business
  • Jenny Levy, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Hypertherm
  • Sarah Littlefield Connor*, Director of Finance, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
  • Heatherjean MacNeil, Global Director, Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab
  • Jan P. Maes, International Development Consultant   
  • Julie McBride, Senior Consultant, MSA Worldwide
  • Andrea McGrath, Consultant, Researcher, Connector, amplified impact
  • Atlanta McIlwraithe, Senior Manager, Community Engagement & Communications, Timberland 
  • Moriah Meyskens, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Management, University of San Diego
  • Shaun Newell, Director of Operations, More Than Words
  • Mark Newton, Head of Corporate Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, Samsung America
  • Aaron Niederhelman*, Principal & Founder, TreeView Consulting
  • Casey Otis-Cote*, Director, Custom Programs, Harvard Business School
  • Betsy Peters, President, 230Trees
  • Brad Peirce, Principal, SEED Strategies, LLC
  • Brett Pierce, Founder & Executive Director, Meridian Stories
  • Brett Richardson, Associate Director, Sustainable Food and Agricultural Programs, Coastal Enterprises Inc
  • Scott Richardson, Co-Founder & Partner, Northbound Ventures, LLC
  • Dave Rowell*, Executive VP for Sales, Foss Manufacturing Company LLC
  • Bryan Sheehan, Senior Advisor, Pure Strategies, Inc
  • Bill Seretta, President, The Sustainability Lab
  • Megan Shore, Senior Program Officer, Elmina B. Sewall Foundation
  • Charlie Spies, Chief Executive Officer, CEI Capital Management LLC
  • Beth Tener, Principal, New Directions Collaborative
  • Jeff Thielman, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Institute of New England
  • Laura Thompson, Director of Technical Marketing and Sustainable Development, Sappi Fine Paper North America
  • Anna Trieschmann, Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Social Innovation Forum
  • Wood Turner, Vice President, Agriculture Capital Management
  • Michelle Veasey*, Executive Director, New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility
  • Colleen Vien, Director of Sustainability, Timberland 
  • Jennifer Walske, Social Impact Fellow/Visiting Fellow, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
  • Kevin Wilhelm, CEO, Sustainable Business Consulting
  • Andrew Whitman, Director, Sustainable Economies Program, Manomet
  • Lora Winslow, Sustainable Economies Program, Manomet
  • Alyssa Wright, Co-Director, Raising Change


* UNH Alumni