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. more than a decade ago. In early 2001 she helped her 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. During the past ten years, she has served on the boards of several car-sharing organizations across the U.S.
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 and their young twins. In her free time (ha!), she loves to cook, spend time with family, and enjoy our great community.
John Shumaker is our Operations Manager, who came to us all the way from Chicago. He spent time working for Greenpeace, where he managed their vehicles, equipment, and warehouses. He actually lived in Burlington in the past when he was working as a computer programmer and moonlighted in the summers as a camp counselor and in the winters as a (very beginner) snowboard instructor. John is excited to have found another way back to the Green Mountain State, with his wife Kate and son Eli in tow!
John loves the walkability of Burlington and counts anything within a couple miles – or he used to before he started carrying his toddler around in a backpack – as walkable. He uses a shoe horn to put on his shoes, loves a good frozen burrito, and has a renowned recipe for toast floating around on the internet.
Alicia Taylor is our Director of Community Engagement. She has been charged with overseeing all of our mission-driven initiatives including the Park It Pledge, Be Car Conscious, #LetsShareVT, and our MobilityShare program. 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 live in the Old North End with their daughter Violet. Alicia gets around town biking and walking and has fun traveling, baking, gardening and embarking on DIY home improvement projects.
Board of Directors
Jessica Oski (Chair) has been a resident of Burlington since 1982. She works at Necrason Group, a government relations and lobbying firm in Montpelier. Prior to joining Necrason Group, she served as Of-Counsel at Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand, a Burlington law firm. Her practice there focused on health law and general corporate counsel. Jessica has also served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Vermont Department of Mental Health, Vice President for Public Policy and Government Relations at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Burlington. Jessica graduated from UVM and Vermont Law School.
In addition to serving on the board of CarShare Vermont, Jessica currently serves on the board of the LZ Francis Foundation. She has previously served on numerous other non-profit boards including: ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain; Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom; Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity; Madison-Deane Initiative; Burlington Public Works Commission; Vermont Women’s Health Center; the Nature Conservancy of Vermont; and the Burlington Farmers’ Market. In her free time Jessica likes to cook, paint, play Mah Jong, travel and enjoy all Vermont has to offer.
Chris Miller (Vice 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.
Bob Wannop (Treasurer) is the Supply Chain Finance Manager at Seventh Generation as part of the Financial Planning & Analysis group. He works with both the Operations and Logistics teams to analyze their performance and plays a major role in pulling together the company’s 3-5 year strategic plan. Bob is a graduate of Middlebury College and Babson College’s Olin Graduate School of Business. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, children, and chocolate lab. In his free time, Bob enjoys taking advantage of all the great things that Vermont offers; including hiking, skiing, and playing hockey and lacrosse when he can.
Andrea Todd (Secretary)
John Kassel is an environmental lawyer and non-profit leader. He has over 30 years of experience in private practice, as a government prosecutor, state agency counsel and Secretary, and as President of Conservation Law Foundation. He is currently Of Counsel to the Burlington firm of Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand. He has served on or lead many non-profit boards, including those that govern the Community Health Centers of Burlington, EVermont, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, High Meadows Fund, and CarShare Vermont, to which he is proud to return. He and his wife split their time between Burlington and northeastern VT, and enjoy gardening, hiking, kayaking, skiing and other fun things to do. They have 3 grown children, one of whom helped keep the first CarShare VT fleet clean!
Chad Nichols has a decade of sustainable operations management and commercial construction experience in Vermont and across the Midwest. He now serves as Project Development Manager at Encore Renewable Energy. Prior to joining Encore, Chad was the Sustainability and Asset Manager for Vermont Energy Investment Corp. where he managed all physical assets, carbon impact measurement, as well as a solar subsidiary, Sun Shares, LLC. Before moving to Vermont in 2008, Chad was a project and site manager for large commercial construction projects in Minneapolis, Chicago and across Ohio. Chad is a Climate Leader with The Climate Reality Project, a LEED AP and has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Bowling Green State University.
Kate Paine is the Digital Marketing Manager at Ben & Jerry’s, where she develops creative, integrated campaigns to support the company’s product, economic and social mission. As a passionate believer in the role of values-led business as a positive force in society, she is particularly driven by the company’s activism for social and economic justice. And as a digital marketer, she spends her time obsessing over owned, earned and shared media to get this done. Prior to Ben & Jerry’s, Kate worked in a variety of large enterprises, small start-ups and big government–as well as a freelance consultant and designer. She lives in Charlotte with her partner, Rod, their two young kids and their dog, Arlo. They enjoy all manner of outdoor activities together, but at this stage of life it’s more about 3 mile hikes and wading in streams than high peaks and marathons!
Andrew Savage is the Chief Strategy Officer 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. He is also on the Board of the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), the United Way of Chittenden County, and the Vermont Council on Rural Development. Andrew, who grew up in Calais, VT, lives in Burlington with his wife Morgan and daughter Isabelle, is an avid cyclist, a washed-up Division I cross country skier, and umpires games at Center City Little League.
Mary Sullivan serves in the Vermont House where she sits on the House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Previously, Mary was the Director of Communications at Burlington Electric Department, a position she held for nearly 15 years. She spent many years in Washington, D.C., both working for Sen. Leahy and at The Washington Post. Mary 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.