Governance

Governing Board

The Deerfield Valley Communications Union District (DVCUD) governing board oversees and operates all aspects of DVFiber. Each member town sends one representative as a voting member to the Governing Board. Each town may also send alternates. Occasional special meetings occur between regularly scheduled meetings. All meetings are open to the public.

Governing Board Info

Meetings
Third Wednesday of the month
5 p.m., online

Steven John

Chair
Steven John, Marlboro

Officers, Leadership, and Board members

Officers
Steven John, chair, Marlboro
Ann Manwaring, vice chair, Wilmington
Donna Sebastian, clerk & interim treasurer, Wardsboro

All board members and alternates are volunteers.

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Governing Board and Alternates

TownRepresentativeAlternateAlternate
BrattleboroPatrick MorelandIan GoodnowSue Fillion
BrooklineMarie TattersallDon Demaine
DoverTJ SibiliaDiane McCormickShannon Wheeler
DummerstonEric LinebackDavid Evans
GuilfordJason BlackLynn PancakeMichael Becker
HalifaxDetlef RonneburgerEdee EdwardsTristan Roberts
JamaicaChris RobbinsJessica PollackAnne Connor
LondonderryEllen SeidmanJohn Hankin
MarlboroSteven JohnJean BoardmanBob Anderson
NewfaneJane DouglasLuke StaffordEd Collins
PutneyCor Trowbridge
ReadsboroOmar SmithRaymond EilersJon Hill
SearsburgJacki Jeffers MuranoMatt SomervilleTony Kilbride
StamfordRobert BriggsWilliam LevineChristopher Vadnais
StrattonDale NiederhauserBetsy Wadsworth
TownshendAndy SnellingBob Desiervo
VernonH. Munson HicksBronna ZlochiverMark Palionis
WardsboroThomas AlmeidaJames HamiltonMike Jones
Westminster
WestonRusty Davis
WhitinghamKeith ThompsonLauren Fitzpatrick
WilmingtonAnn ManwaringAlan BakerGretchen Havreluk
WindhamDavid CherryChristopher Cummings
WinhallFred Schwacke

Executive Committee

The executive team is authorized by the board to move the organization forward between full governing board meetings. The committee includes seven voting members and five non-voting ex-officio members.

Executive Committee Info

Meetings
First Wednesday of the month
5 p.m., online

Steven John

Chair
Steven John, Marlboro

Officers, voting members
Steven John, chair, Marlboro
Ann Manwaring, vice chair, Wilmington

At-large members, voting members
David Cherry, Windham
Jane Douglas, Newfane
Munson Hicks, Vernon
Bill Levine, Stamford
Andy Snelling, Townshend

Officers, ex-officio
Donna Sebastian, clerk, Wardsboro


Committee chairs, ex-officio
James Hamilton, Wardsboro, Communications Committee
Scott Lewis, Whitingham, Finance and Audit Committee
Keith Thompson, Whitingham, Operations Committee

Archived Agendas

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Archived Minutes

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Communications Committee

The Communications Committee manages DVFiber’s internal systems alignment and develops external communications tools and platforms, including this website, a quarterly newsletter, and social media platforms. The Committee also oversees DVFiber’s advocacy work. The Committee will assure that:

  • Communications and advocacy plans conform with DVFiber’s vision, mission, and principles
  • The internal communications environment is efficient and cost-effective
  • Communications encourage engagement as well as increased understanding and trust
  • Advocacy efforts represent the district’s residents and small businesses.

Communications Committee Info

Meetings
First and third Tuesday of the month
5 p.m., online

James Hamilton

Chair
James Hamilton, Wardsboro

Committee members
The Committee draws upon the knowledge and experience of several district residents. The most active members are:

Jason Black, Guilford
Jean Boardman, Marlboro
David Cherry, Windham
Jane Douglas, Newfane
Chris Robbins, Jamaica
TJ Sibilia, Dover
Bronna Zlochiver, Vernon

Ex officio members
Steven John, Marlboro, DVCUD chair
Ann Manwaring, Wilmington, DVCUD vice chair

Archived Agendas

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Archived Minutes

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Finance & Audit Committee

The Finance and Audit Committee provides financial oversight for DVFiber. The main tasks of the committee are to develop annual budgets, to create financial plans, and to create and monitor internal controls and accountability policies. The Committee will:

  • Develop and present budgets to the board and monitor adherence
  • Ensure that the budgets are responsible and sustainable
  • Develop and present reports of the CUD’s financial status
  • Develop policies and procedures that amplify DVFiber’s vision, mission, and principles
  • Set long range financial goals as well as the funding strategies to achieve them. 

Finance & Audit Committee Info

Meetings
Second and fourth Thursday of the month
2 p.m., online

Chair
Scott Lewis, Whitingham

Committee members
The Committee draws upon the knowledge and experience of several district residents. The most active members are:

Jean Boardman, Marlboro
Paul Butler, Marlboro
Gretchen Havreluk, Wilmington
Mike Jones, Wardsboro
Lynn Pancake, Guilford
Andy Snelling, Townshend

Ex officio members
Steven John, Marlboro, DVCUD chair
Ann Manwaring, Wilmington, DVCUD vice chair

Archived Agendas

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Archived Minutes

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Operations Committee

The Operations Committee guides DVFiber’s interactions with the commercial vendors we will rely upon to deliver service to our communities. The Committee will assure that:

  • Services are designed to conform with our vision, mission, and principles
  • Unserved and underserved locations are our first priority
  • The cost to obtain service is prudently low
  • The sequence of construction is financially sustainable
  • The quality of service is demonstrably high

Operations Committee Info

Meetings
Meetings will be scheduled when necessary. Meetings are online as indicated on each meeting agenda.

Chair
Keith Thompson, Whitingham

Committee members
The Committee draws upon the knowledge and experience of several District residents. The most active members are

Robert Briggs, Stamford
Lauren Fitzpatrick, Whitingham
Jon Hill, Readsboro
Justin LaSelva, Whitingham
Chris Lehner, Halifax
Mark Palionis, Vernon
Omar Smith, Readsboro

Ex officio members
Steven John, Marlboro, DVCUD chair
Ann Manwaring, Wilmington, DVCUD vice chair

Archived Agendas

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Archived Minutes

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