Board of Directors

SEABA Board of Directors – Call for new members!

The SEABA Board of Directors is involved in driving the direction of the organization (and hence the south end), supporting the Executive Director and staff, budgets, strategize about outreach and opportunities, and engage our community.

We currently have one 3 year term available, starting in June of 2017. We also have one opening for a 1 year term with the possibility of a 3 year term after that period. Meetings are held once a month with some additional committee work included in between meetings.

Please email SEABA Executive Director, Adam Brooks, at with your interest, or connect with a board member below to have them nominate you. Deadline for submitting your name and short bio is Wednesday, April 12.


 Jeremy Gates – President
The Wellness Collective
Jeremy Gates is the Co-owner and Business Manager of The Wellness Collective, a growing holistic wellness practice offering Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Yoga, and other healing modalities in The Maltex Building in the heart of the South End. Here he supports his practitioner colleagues by overseeing marketing, social media, graphic design, event planning, and collaboration, as well as personnel, scheduling, and financial management for the business. Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Science in Design from Arizona State University, and a Master of Architecture from MIT. He has 15 years of experience as an Architectural Designer, and also currently operates a design and consulting practice, Gates Design Office, with a wide range of architectural and graphic design projects. Jeremy chose the South End to do business for its ever evolving and expanding mix of artists, businesses, and culture, and proudly joined the SEABA Board in 2014 to help this diversity continue to thrive. Jeremy and his wife are the proud parents of two young daughters.
 jeremy gates

Chris Webster – Vice President
Select Design


Seth Mobley – Treasurer
Seth Mobley is the Executive Director of Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM) a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 that is dedicated to promoting free speech, civic engagement, government transparency and public dialogue by enabling easy access to the expanding world of media. For the past eight years Seth has worked at VCAM helping other nonprofit organizations, artists, educators and citizen media-makers using digital media, to raise the profile of important work being done in our region as well as to highlight vibrant and diverse communities throughout Chittenden County. Seth also currently serves as Treasurer of the Vermont Access Network, a professional membership organization established to promote an interest in, and the effective operation and advancement of, Vermont’s 26-member Public, Educational and Government (PEG) Access Management Organizations. Most importantly, Seth is a proud husband, and father of two wonderful children.

Lynn Vallee – Secretary
Manchester Specialty Programs
Lynn is currently Principal and Vice President of Manchester Specialty Programs, a national medical malpractice and related business insurance underwriting firm.  Her main focus is in marketing, advertising and communications, as well as overall operations for the company.  While the majority of her career is insurance related, she also ran her own local marketing and media planning business. Lynn holds a Business Administration and Marketing degree from Bryant, and also obtained the CPCU professional underwriting designation.  She’s an active Flynn Theater board member and UVM Foundation Parent volunteer, and is regularly enrolled in marketing and business courses.  She lives with her family on their farm in Georgia, VT, and appreciates her office/city life and the wonderful mix of business and arts in the South End.  Lynn enjoys being a Mom, cooking, reading, Pilates, walking her puppy and wellness/nutrition.

Lynn Vallee

Sam Ankerson
University of Vermont
Sam Ankerson is Director of Major Gifts for the College of Arts and Sciences at UVM. From 2000 to 2013 he held positions in marketing and development at Shelburne Museum. An avid enthusiast of art and music, he also worked for several years in the music business and hosted bluegrass and jazz programs on WWPV-FM and The Radiator. He has lived in in the South End for 10 years with his wife and daughters.


John Tashiro
City Market Co-op


Bren Alvarez
Bren is a partner and design architect at Smith Alvarez Sienkiewycz, Architects in Burlington. Occasional sabbaticals and other distractions have led to adventures in art, a few development projects and a current place on the board of  SEABA ~ the South End Arts and Business Association.   In 1999, Bren co-founded FLYNNDOG, an alternative community art space in the South End Arts District of Burlington. Organizing and sometimes curating exhibitions at FLYNNDOG has been a continuous source of inspiration.   She has been blessed with a son, Cristian, and all the joys of motherhood.
 Magda Van Dusen
Brio Coffeeworks
Magda Van Dusen is President and Co-Owner of Brio Coffeeworks, operating in the South End since 2014. At Brio, she focuses on cultivating a sense of community among cafes, baristas and coffee enthusiasts, promoting coffee education, sharing amazing coffees with others and collaborating with other businesses on fun and innovative projects.  Magda worked in the fields of international development, grants management, accounting and business consulting in Washington, D.C. Most recently, she was the Director of Operations at Integra Government Services International (Integra LLC).  Magda holds a B.A. in International Affairs and an M.A. in Accountancy, both from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Magda is a resident of the South End, with her husband Nate, and is excited to support SEABA in its mission to promote the Pine Street corridor and the unique character of the South End.
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Lisa Kelly
Magic Hat Brewing Company


Lisa Kelly

Chris Thompson
Champlain College
Chris Thompson is curator, artist and educator focused on the intersection of art and technology.  As Curator in Residence for Champlain College he oversees art and exhibitions campus wide. Prior to Champlain College, Chris was the Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Burlington’s BCA contemporary art center where he organized over 30 exhibitions.  Chris is also a founding board member of the Generator art and technology space in Burlington, has taught in both Champlain College’s Division of Communications & Creative Media and the University of Vermont’s Department of Art and Art History and has over 20 years experience in corporate technology management.

 Chris Thompson
Alex Halpern
Freeman French Freeman
Alex Halpern is an architect and Vice President of Freeman French Freeman in Burlington, where he has been practicing the art of architecture since 1995. A graduate of both UVM and SUNY Buffalo, Alex is committed to the local community and thrives on collaboration and creative processes. In addition to SEABA initiatives, he enjoys working with people and sharing ideas to bring integrated, high-performance, sustainable spaces to life throughout Vermont.