Judging Panel

*UNH Alumni 

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 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.



2017 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.





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Paul Bradley*, President, ROC USA, LLC

Paul Bradley is the founding president of ROC USA, LLC, a nonprofit social venture that makes resident ownership of manufactured (“mobile”) home communities viable and successful nationwide. 

ROC USA® operates through a Network of nine nonprofit technical assistance providers and a subsidiary CDFI, ROC USA Capital.  ROC USA Network has preserved 13,400 affordable homes and 210 communities in 14 states.  In 2017, ROC USA Capital will deliver nearly $50M of acquisition and improvement financing in low- and moderate-income communities. 

In 2011, Paul was selected as an Ashoka Fellow and, in 2013, was named Social Innovator of the Year by the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, his alma mater.  In 2014, Paul was honored with the Jerry Voorhis Memorial Award by the National Association of Housing Cooperatives.

Paul lives in Concord, N.H. with Martha, his wife (UNH ’87) and two daughters.  In addition to family and work, his passion runs deep for basketball and backcountry skiing.




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.



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Mary Johanna Brown, Founder and President of 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 Radio, Street, 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. Currently she chairs 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. In addition, she currently serves on the board of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Mary Jo was named to New Hampshire Magazine’s “Remarkable Women” list in 2009 and to Business New Hampshire Magazine’s “Influencer Index” in 2014. She enjoys traveling, singing, and gardening with her twelve-year-old daughter Haley.      




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Ned Dane*, Senior Vice President and head of OppenheimerFund’s Private Client Group

Ned Dane is senior vice president and head of OppenheimerFund’s Private Client Group. He joined the firm in 2014 and is leading the effort to expand and strengthen the channel’s industry presence in the private bank, single family office, and bank trust channels. Previously, he was head of Ultra High Net Worth ClientSolutions at Merrill Lynch, and also held senior leadership positions within the firm’s Global Wealth and Retirement Solutions businesses. Ned was also president of AXA Advisors LLC, and served in leadership roles in both retail and institutional distribution at Putnam Investments.

He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) charterholder, a Chartered Retirement Plan Counselor™ (CPRC®) and holds Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 licenses. Ned has a B.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire and is involved in several cultural, philanthropic and educational institutions, including The Frick Pittsburgh, where he serves as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees; and the Helen C. Frick Foundation and the University of New Hampshire Foundations, where he is a board member. 



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 LeavittBob Leavitt*, Deputy Assistant Administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance

Bob Leavitt serves as Deputy Assistant Administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance.  Mr. Leavitt has over twenty years’ experience managing humanitarian and development assistance programs and national security policies.  From 2012 until joining the Bureau in September 2014, Mr. Leavitt served as the USAID Executive Secretary and Senior Advisor for National Security Affairs.

While on detail from USAID, Mr. Leavitt served at the National Security Council as Director of African Affairs from 2009 to 2012.  At the National Security Council, Mr. Leavitt led interagency policy processes on west and central Africa and staffed the President’s meetings with African heads of state. 

Mr. Leavitt joined USAID in 2001 as a Conflict Resolution specialist in the Bureau for Africa.  He provided technical and operational support in shaping and implementing U.S. Government policies, strategies, and programs in conflict-affected countries in sub-Saharan Africa.  Mr. Leavitt also served for a year and a half as the Agency’s lead representative to the Department of Defense for the planning and establishment of U.S. Africa Command.

Based in sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Leavitt worked with Catholic Relief Services from 1994 through 2000 where he managed humanitarian and development programs, often during complex emergencies, in Angola, southern Sudan, northern Uganda, Ethiopia, and Liberia.

Mr. Leavitt attended the U.S. War College at the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and earned a Master of Advanced Military Arts and Sciences degree.  He holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and English from the University of New Hampshire.



Image of MuellerFortunat Mueller, Co-Founder and Director of ReVision Energy

Fortunat Mueller is co founder and Director of ReVision Energy, northern New England’s leading full service renewable energy installation contractor. ReVision Energy is a Certified B Corp and a 100% employee owned company dedicated to the professional development, design, finance, installation and service of renewable energy systems. With offices in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, ReVision Energy works with residential, commercial and institutional customers to save money and reduce their environmental footprint using a holistic approach to the region’s renewable energy transition. ReVision Energy’s projects include a variety of technology solutions including solar energy systems, cold climate heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, battery energy storage systems, LED upgrades and Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure.

Fortunat received a Masters Degree in Mechanical engineering from Brown University with a concentration in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics and is a licensed Professional Engineer in ME and NH. Fortunat also serves on the board of directors of NESEA (North East Sustainable Energy Association), SEAM (Solar Energy Association of Maine) and is a Captain on the North Yarmouth Volunteer Fire Department.

Before joining ReVision Energy to start the Portland office in 2006, Fortunat was a project manager and senior systems engineer at United Technologies Fuel Cells in Hartford, CT. 





Image of RungeSharon Reynolds Runge*, Executive Director, Kenya Connect

Sharon Reynolds Runge ’83 is Executive Director of Kenya Connect, a non-profit working to break down barriers and to strengthen education in the rural village of Wamunyu in Kenya. Kenya Connect partners with 44 primary and 11 secondary schools representing 17,000 children and 500 teachers and has initiated a number of programs to keep students healthy and in-school and to provide enrichment programs.  Under Sharon’s leadership, a Learning Resource Center was built with 30 computers and a small library and this past year a bus was purchased to bring students from distant schools to the Learning Resource Center.  Prior to her work with Kenya Connect, Sharon held a variety of development positions in non-profits and administrative positions at Ithaca College, Spalding University and Johns Hopkins University.  Sharon holds a Ph.D. and MA in Higher Education Administration and a B.S. in Child/Family Studies from UNH.  An avid reader, Sharon is delighted that the LRC houses a small library and that Kenya Connect is working to build a culture of reading. Sharon and her husband Mike have two children in University.  The family became “46ers” by climbing the high peaks of the Adirondaks.  She and her family love to travel with the most recent trip to the Arctic to kayak in East Greenland.



Image of SchwarzEric Schwarz, Co-Founder & CEO, College for Social Innovation

Eric Schwarz is the Co-Founder and CEO of the College for Social Innovation, which brings together colleges and social sector organizations to create fully-credited, semester-long experiential learning opportunities that are meaningful, accessible, and life-changing. College for Social Innovation was incorporated in July, 2015 and began enrolling students in the 2016-17 academic year.  The mission of the organization is to educate and inspire the next generation of social problem solvers.

Eric is also the Co-Founder and former CEO of Citizen Schools, a successful social enterprise that scaled to a $30 million annual budget and has had a positive impact on the after-school and extended learning time fields across the U.S.  Schwarz is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, The Opportunity Equation, published by Beacon Press in 2014, the co-editor of The Case For 21st Century Learning, and the author of numerous articles and book chapters, including “Calling All Citizens” in The New York Times best-selling Waiting For Superman.

Prior to starting Citizen Schools in 1995, Schwarz served as vice president of City Year, the national service program, and as a journalist at The Oakland Tribune and The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA) where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  He is a member of the board of Beyond12, an organization focused on college completion for first-generation college students, and of Citizen Schools, and chair of the board of US2020, a national STEM mentoring initiative launched at the White House.  Schwarz is a frequent speaker on education, opportunity, and the social sector at national and local conferences and convenings. He graduated from the University of Vermont (B.A.) in 1983 and from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (M. Ed) in 1997.  Schwarz lives in Brookline, MA with his wife and two children. 




Image of IanIan Vickers, Co-founder and CEO, Global Partners in Hope

Ian Vickers is known for his international work and ability to provide positive solutions for community development.

He has worked in the both the for-profit sector and non-profit sector; and has helped to establish several non-profit organizations in the United States and Europe.  After his undergraduate studies, his official international experience started in Paris, France in 1991, where he led an American and French staff in an executive role, and developed new non-profit work throughout France and eventually Europe. 

Mr. Vickers has also helped to develop leadership programs in China; and medical work, water projects, and renewable energy solutions in West Africa. He has conducted leadership training in West Africa, South America, Asia and Europe.  

Mr. Vickers has consulted with International Franchise companies with business development. Currently, he serves on the Advisory board for a national Franchise company in the United States.

Mr. Vickers co-founded the non-profit organization Global Partners in Hope and is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer.  Global Partners was founded in 2008, and its primary focus is community development in Africa and Asia.

Mr. Vickers was awarded a scholarship to the Harvard School of Business, Executive Education Program in 2014. He holds a B.S. in International Studies, and M.A. in Leadership.  

Ian is married to his wife Joanna, and they have three children. Most recently the Vickers family welcomed their first grandchild. Ian enjoys being on a stream with a fly-fishing pole in his hand and thoroughly savors time in the outdoors with his big chocolate Lab, named Beau. 




Image of ColleenColleen Vien, Sustainability Director, Timberland

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 

*UNH Alumni 

  • Michael Behrmann, Director, New Hampshire Clean Tech Council & Revolution Energy*
  • Debbie Berechman, Executive Director, Global Initiatives and Community Engagement, Brandeis University 
  • Lisa Berghaus, Manager of Marketing Communications, Monadnock Paper* 
  • Bryan Bessette, Founder, Freedom Café 
  • Lisa Butler, Consulting Executive Director, EnCube Labs LLC 
  • Nichole Cirillo, Mission Director and Head of PR, Stonyfield
  • Maria Emilia Correa, Co-Founder, Sistema B, Director, Academia B 
  • Kimberly Curry, Director, Community Relations, Goodwill Northern New England 
  • Rebecca Darr Litchfield, Co-Founder/COO, Atayne 
  • Ashley Davis, Senior Manager, Global Corporate Responsibility, Cole Haan 
  • Lisa Drake, Director of Sustainability Innovation, Stonyfield 
  • Ray Dube, Sustainability Manager, Coca Cola Bottling of Northern New England 
  • Katherine Eads Galdieri, Network Systems Manager, ROC USA Network 
  • Kate Epsen, Executive Director, New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association 
  • Emily Erickson, Director, Responsible Business Initiative, College of Business and Economics, Boise State University 
  • Jessica Forrest, Consultant, Environment, Climate Change, and Spatial Planning 
  • Holly Fowler, Co-founder & CEO, Northbound Ventures, LLC 
  • Dr. Carter Garber, Executive Director, Institute for Development, Evaluation, Assistance and Solutions (IDEAS) 
  • Rosanna Garcia, Associate Professor of Marketing & Innovation, North Carolina State University 
  • Alyson Genovese, Head of Regional Hub: North America, Global Reporting Initiative* 
  • David Guenther, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, International Transactions Clinic, University of Michigan Law School 
  • Gray Harris, Senior Program Director, Food Systems & Natural Resources, Coastal Enterprises, Inc. 
  • Joe Harrison, Director of Project Development, SunRaise Investments 
  • David Herring, Executive Director, Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment 
  • Andy Hunter, Senior Economic Development Consultant, World Vision Australia 
  • Heather Iworsky, Branch Manager, ReVision Energy 
  • Jenny Levy, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Hypertherm 
  • Sarah Littlefield Connor, Director of Finance, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund*

  • Anh-Dai Lu, Educator and Management Consultant 
  • Heather-Jean MacNeil, Global Director, Women Innovating Now Lab 
  • Raili Marks, ICSF Manager, International Center for Social Franchising 
  • Atlanta McIlwraith, Senior Manager, Community Engagement and Communications, Timberland 
  • Beth Meadows, Founder and CEO, Supply Hope 
  • Jan P. Maes, International Development Consultant

  • Shaun Newell, Director of Operations, More Than Words 

  • Jessie Newman, Vice President, Corporate Services, Mile High United Way
  • Mark Newton, Director, Regulatory and Environmental and Affairs, Samsung Electronics America 
  • Betsy Peters, Chief Revenue Officer, BetterLesson
  • Brad Peirce, Principal & Sustainability Consultant, SEED Strategies LLC

  • Brett Pierce, Founder & Executive Director, Meridian Stories 
  • Tara Reardon, Director ROC-NH, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund* 
  • Brett Richardson, Director, Sustainable Food and Agriculture Programs, Coastal Enterprises Inc. 
  • Dave Rowell, Executive VP for Sales, Foss Performance Materials* 
  • Amy Seif Hattan, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, Thornton Tomasetti* 
  • Bill Seretta, President, The Sustainability Lab 
  • Kelly Short, Communications Director, Northern Forest Center 
  • Charles Spies, Chief Executive Officer, CEI Capital Management LLC 
  • Greg Starbird, Starbird Consulting
  • VJ Strehl, Member, Impact Investment Committee - NH Charitable Foundation 
  • Ann Tartre, Founder, SustainabilityNext 
  • Jeff Thielman, President and CEO, International Institute of New England 
  • Jessica Thomas, Director, Business Sustainability Collaborative, Poole College of Management, North Carolina State University 
  • Laura M. Thompson, PhD, Director, Sustainable Development and Policy Initiatives, Sappi North America* 
  • Lynda Toussaint, CEO, Unjani Clinics
  • Rick Trenchard, Sales and Marketing Manager, Freight  Farms
  • Alyssa Trometter, Senior Partnerships Manager, Clinton Global Initiative University 
  • Wood Turner, Vice President, Agriculture Capital 
  • Michelle Veasey, Executive Director, New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility* 
  • Joe Walsh, Founder and President, Green Clean Maine 
  • Galen Welsch, CEO and Co-Founder, Jibu 
  • Kim Wilson, Faculty, Fletcher School, Tufts University 
  • Lora Winslow, Program Manager, Sustainable Economies, Manomet 
  • Mary Zwolinski, Executive Director, Wayside Food Programs