Annie Bourdon is CarShare Vermont’s founder and executive director. She is a sustainable transportation enthusiast who has been involved in the car-sharing industry since its arrival in the U.S. over a decade ago. In early 2001, she helped her two friends and mentors launch San Francisco’s City CarShare, where she spent four years expanding mission-driven car-sharing throughout the Bay Area and beyond. She currently serves on City CarShare’s board of directors, as well as the board of the CarSharing Association.
Annie has worked for and led social change nonprofits since graduating from Bates College in 1998. While starting up CarShare Vermont, she also completed a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Vermont. Annie lives in the South End of Burlington with her husband, Matt Ferrigno, and their baby twins, Posey and Otis. In her free time (ha!), she loves to cook, spend time with family, and enjoy our great community.
Becca Van Dyke loves alternative transportation. Sometimes she gets on the bus just to take a tour around her hometown of Burlington. The challenge of getting from here to there using a variety of modes is what brought her to CarShare Vermont, and she loves helping our community learn to share cars. Since March of 2010, Becca has been CarShare Vermont’s operations manager, taking excellent care of our fleet family and making sure our 24/7 operations run smoothly, rain or shine.
Becca is a Virginia native but moved to Vermont nine years ago after graduating from the University of Virginia with an all-purpose degree in English. Her work experience includes marketing, bicycle advocacy, cooking, and video production. When she’s not holding down the fort for CarShare Vermont, Becca can often be found mountain biking, cooking, hip-hop dancing, reading, drawing, and collecting writing utensils.
Alicia Taylor is our program manager. She has been charged with overseeing our new MobilityShare program, along with several other mission-drive initiatives. She has a big job, but we know that she’s more than fit for the challenge. Some of you may know Alicia already, she’s quite popular around town. From 2006 to 2012 she was at UVM’s Office of Student and Community Relations, working on campus and off to foster good relationships between students and neighbors. From organizing neighborhood improvement projects and block parties to helping to resolve conflicts and mitigate late night noise, she’s done it all. Alicia loves community organizing. Prior to working at UVM, she spent two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Burlington’s Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO), helping to connect low-income residents with city resources through door-to-door canvassing.
Alicia is a native Vermonter and a graduate of UVM. She married her high school sweetie, Todd, and they recently renovated their Old North End home with their own four hands. Alicia gets around town biking and walking and has fun traveling, cooking, gardening and sewing.
Board of Directors
Chris Miller (Chair) currently serves as the Social Mission Activism Manager at Ben & Jerry’s, a unique position in the corporate world, where he develops consumer facing activism campaigns that support the company’s progressive mission and values. Before joining Ben & Jerry’s, Chris led the sustainability work at Seventh Generation, the leader in natural non-toxic household and personal care products. In addition to his for-profit experience, Chris directed Greenpeace USA’s national climate campaign and served on the staff of then Congressman Bernie Sanders. When he’s not working, Chris enjoys eating lots of local Vermont food. He currently serves as the Chair of the board of directors of CarShare Vermont and serves on the board at Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.
Bryan Davis (Co-Vice Chair) is a transportation planner with the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization where he advocates for bicycle, pedestrian, and public transit projects. He is thrilled to be part of making car-sharing available as another great alternative to driving alone. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Bryan moved to Colorado to pursue mountain biking and public service with the U.S. Forest Service. He gained non-profit experience in land conservation and affordable housing, and found his way to Vermont in 2003 for graduate school at UVM where he earned a degree in Natural Resource Planning. He finds peace in the outdoors, enjoys quality time with family and friends, and rocks out with his band Drive the Hour.
David Gurtman (Co-Vice Chair) is a business lawyer at Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew in Burlington. He advises individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations in commercial real estate and business transactions. He is a graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School and Middlebury College. He lives in Queen City Park, is an avid bike commuter, and can often be found late night on the ice playing hockey with his pals.
Jessica Oski (Secretary) is a lobbyist with Sirotkin & Necrason. She has lived in Burlington for most of the past 28 years. She is an active and engaged member of the community, serving on a number of boards and committees for local organizations and government. Jessica loves life and enjoys cooking, biking, yoga, mah jongg, and spending time with her family, friends, and neighbors.
Sam Hoar (Treasurer) is a shareholder and director at Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston University School of Law, and has been practicing civil litigation in Vermont for the past 25 years. Sam is a former bike racer who remains an avid cyclist; he started using CarShare Vermont to allow him to commute to work by bicycle while still having a car available for his frequent work-related trips. When not working or riding, Sam can be found hiking or backcountry skiing with his family and dogs in the Green Mountains and Adirondacks, or refereeing rugby.
Julia Andrews is a sales and marketing veteran with a career spanning 16 years and a surprising amount of depth. She began her career in events and public relations in the Boston area, working in the technology industry during the dot-com boom. After moving to Vermont in 1999, she expanded her marketing interests to include traditional media and direct-to-consumer tactics, and more recently, electronic media in all its various forms. In 2010 Julia founded J Andrews Marketing, which in its first year, has developed strategies for several Vermont businesses encompassing everything from social media to traditional tactics. When she isn’t working, Julia enjoys the beautiful rural scene of her hometown in Westford, Vermont with her husband and two daughters. It is there that she co-founded the Westford Food Shelf. She also enjoys running, cross-country skiing, hiking, and playing her guitar. Andrews is also on the Board of Directors for Vermont Public Television.
Eric Hauser is the Operations Manager at Cx Associates, a Burlington-based engineering firm that specializes in building commissioning; retro-commissioning; evaluation, measurement and verification; and energy efficiency consulting. After nearly a decade in the non-profit sector working in development and operations in Washington, DC and New York City, Eric and his wife moved from Queens to Vermont in 2009. He and his wife reside in downtown Winooski, from where he happily still uses public transit (and sometimes his bike) to commute to work. When not a work, Eric enjoys his many side projects including selling vintage eye wear at jenericVintage.com, developing content for a blog about mod and retro design and music (Vermodernist.com), as well as taking photographs and traveling.
Stu McGowan is an unrepentant car enthusiast, working off his carbon footprint by helping to make CarShare Vermont the best car-sharing organization in the U.S. He graduated from UVM Magna Cum Laude in 1986, married his pottery professor two weeks later, and hasn’t looked back since. He owned a video production and distribution company, The NoodleHead Network, for over 20 years, producing educational videos by kids, for kids. From there he began renovating and renting funky, brightly colored (like his hair) buildings in the Old North End, where he and his ever-growing family have lived for 22 years. Stu has been active in the PTO, served as Chair of the Burlington Schools Equity Task Force, and has volunteered as a Little League ump for the past 19 years. He’s a complete addict to wakeboarding, kiteboarding, and snowboarding.
Andrew Savage is on the management team and serves as director of communications and public affairs at AllEarth Renewables, a Inc. 500 solar company based in Williston. Previously, Andrew served as deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Vermont Congressman Peter Welch. Andrew received his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College where he graduated summa cum laude. He was co-chair of Burlington Mayor-elect Miro Weinberger’s transition team and a former member of the Burlington Conservation Board. Andrew lives in Burlington with his wife Morgan, is an avid cyclist and washed-up Division I cross country skier, and umpires games at Center City Little League.
Kate Strotmeyer is the Assistant Director of Marketing in the Student Life office at the University of Vermont. A graduate of UVM’s Interdisciplinary M.Ed. program, Kate loves her work connecting students to involvement and leadership opportunities, both on and off campus. Prior to moving to Vermont, Kate worked in Washington, DC doing public relations for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Kate earned her Bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College where she graduated cum laude. She lives in Burlington with her husband Jamie, son Jack and big dog Charlie. In her free time, she can be found outside running, skiing, hiking and enjoying Vermont’s tasty food.
Mary Sullivan is the Communications Coordinator at Burlington Electric Department, a position she has held for 13 years. Before that she served in the Vermont House for 10 years, chairing the House Natural Resources Committee in her final term. She spent many years in Washington, D.C., both working for Sen. Leahy and working at The Washington Post. She also worked at newspapers in Sydney, Australia. She is a graduate of Trinity College of Vermont and has a master’s degree from Boston University’s College of Communications.
I think I may be falling in love with Horatio. What a Prius – always clean and shiny and fun to drive. We seem to find interesting places and good company everywhere we go! Plus, CarShare Vermont couldn’t be a better arrangement for my small business."
– Chris Howell,
Vermont Farm Tours