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Vermont Agricultural and Forest Products Development Board Announces New Chair and Board Member Appointments

The Vermont Agricultural & Forest Products Development Board (VAFPDB) is pleased to announce the election of Lynn Coale to serve as Chair of the Board, and welcomes John Mandeville who will occupy the gubernatorial appointed seat of a person with expertise in rural economic development issues.  The VAFPDB primarily operates as an advisory and policy board performing in-depth analyses of the gaps, barriers, and opportunities in the agricultural and forestry & forest products sectors that are either preventing or enhancing economic growth and sustainability within these sectors. The Vermont Agricultural Development Board (VADB) was established in the 2010 legislative session (Act 158) and added four forestry sector seats to the Board in August 2012 (Act 142) for the creation of the VAFPDB.

Lynn Coale has served as a VAFPDB member since the Board’s inception in 2010 and was reappointed to the Board to serve his second term in 2013. Lynn occupies the Senate Committee on Committees appointed seat of a person with experience in providing youth with educational opportunities for enhancing understanding of agriculture or forestry. Lynn is the Superintendent of the Patricia A. Hannaford Regional Technical School District in Middlebury, Vermont. The school district offers career and technical education to 1,500 high school students and 30,000 adults in Addison County, Vermont. In addition, he was a high school administrator in Wyoming, as principal of Wyoming Indian High School. Lynn has also been an adjunct professor for Central Wyoming College, the University of Wyoming, and Regis University. In addition to serving on the VAFPDB, Lynn serves on the following Boards:  Vermont Farm to Plate Education, Workforce Development and Strategic Planning Committees, as well as the Vermont Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Core Standards Review Committee.  Lynn is also a member of the Vermont Farm Bureau, the Vermont Environmental Consortium, and serves a co- chair of the Addison County Workforce Development Board.

Newly appointed John Mandeville has been Executive Director of the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation since March 2010.  Prior to this he was Director of the Incubator Without Walls (iWOW) program at Lyndon State College and was briefly President of Northern Community Management Corp., a property management firm specializing in affordable housing for low income families, senior citizens and the disabled. For two years, John served as the Area Business Advisor in VT’s Northeast Kingdom and in Lamoille County for the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC). He also served as an executive at the New England Culinary Institute for five years after he and his family moved to VT in 2000.  Prior to Vermont, he served as Managing Director/COO for the European subsidiary of an American company in England.  He has owned two businesses: a business consulting firm in Manhattan and in the central California region for international franchisor, Decorating Den, Inc.

Mark Curran has served as a VAFPDB member since the Board’s inception in 2010 and was reappointed to the Board to serve a second term in 2013. Mark occupies the Speaker of the House appointed seat of a person with expertise in sales and marketing. Curran opened a natural food store with Steve Birge called Black River Market in 1978, which morphed into the wholesale distribution co. - Black River Produce, and Black River Meats, a division of Black River Produce. Curran has served on numerous local and state boards including “The Vermont Fresh Network."

The Board works closely with their ex-officio members: Secretary of Agriculture, Chuck Ross, Secretary of Commerce, Lawrence Miller, and the Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation, Mike Snyder.

For a full list of current Board members please visit VAFPDB Board Members on the website.


About The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets: VAAFM facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment.