Board of Directors

Introducing our SEABA Board of Director Nominees!

Each year, the membership of the South End Arts & Business Association elects individuals to our Board of Directors to help support the organization, enhance the south end community, and set the direction for the organization.  We are please to announce 4 nominees to the the SEABA Board of Directors.  Members may vote for the following candidates by following the link to the ballot.  Voting will end on Friday May 25th at 5pm.

 Jeanne Kirby is a new Burlington resident and recent Vermont returnee. A well-rounded generalist throughout her nonprofit career, Jeanne’s strong suits are nonprofit management, fundraising, project management, communications and relationship-building. After working several years for the VT-based national artist service organization, Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Jeanne served as the first executive director of Revitalizing Waterbury (RW), an accredited National Main Street Program, from 2008 to 2013. Under Jeanne’s leadership RW diversified and expanded its efforts as a key contributor and catalyst to downtown Waterbury’s economic, social and historic vitality. Her last major RW project following Tropical Storm Irene was the community branding of Waterbury. Before moving back east Jeanne served as project manager for the Creative Enterprise Zone, a nonprofit that promotes and nurtures the creative nature of a historically industrial and entrepreneurial-rich area of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Jeanne has a deep appreciation for places that thoughtfully bring art, history, business and community together.

 Jen Adrian earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design at Washington University in St. Louis. She moved from the mid-west to the Big Apple (NYC) and started working for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Jen eventually decided that life in the big city wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, so she packed her bags and moved to the hills of Vermont.  Since her arrival, Jen has worked at various Burlington-area design studios. Some of Jen’s past clients have included: the Flynn Theater, City Market, The Inn at Essex, Discover Jazz, Cabot Cheese, Shelburne Vineyard, Vermont Fresh Networks and Fletcher Allen Healthcare.

My expertise involves distilling and amplifying messages, creatively solving complex problems and managing and iterating process to produce better outcomes. Currently, I am the Creative & Communication Manager at the Emergent Media Center at Champlain College. I lead the creative vision and aesthetic direction of EMC projects and communications initiatives (to include the EMC studio and MakerLab; collectively the “EMC.”). Responsible for managing, mentoring, and maximizing the talents of a diverse creative team towards project goals and high levels of quality projects including but not limited to print, digital and social media. Part of an administrative team involved in project planning and delivery. Collaborating to develop high-level iterative processes to enhance the creative and productive environment of the EMC.  I am also currently pursuing an MFA degree in Emergent Media at Champlain College. While not sitting behind the computer, Jen enjoys exploring the Vermont countryside with husband Ed and children Elsa and Henry.

 Amanda Schwartz is a lifelong Burlington resident. After graduating from high school, Amanda attended college at Saint Michael’s, where she earned a degree in Business Administration. Amanda now works at where she utilizes her advertising and digital marketing skills on a daily basis, and resides in Burlington’s south end where she operates her pottery business, Doghouse Pottery. As an artist who also works in the digital marketing sector, she has come to know and appreciate the south end as a place that has just about everything to offer, from art, to industry, to amazing food. That balance is astounding. Amanda’s passion lies in making sure that this bustling arts and business district is enjoyable for a diverse range of businesses, as well as the customers that they attract. 

Emily Piccirillo grew up in rural Wallingford, Connecticut where she spent a lot of time in the woods and fields developing her love of nature and animals.  Emily graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Fine Arts, and after a few years in advertising, she received an M.A. in Art Therapy from New York University. She spent 18 years as an art therapist and grief counselor in the HIV/AIDS communities in New York City, Newark, NJ, and Washington, DC. She transitioned to fundraising full time, primarily in healthcare, and now works remotely in Foundation Relations for Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.  Emily has made art her whole life, and her primary body of work focuses on skies and trees.  She was a board member of the Washington Sculptors Group in Washington, DC.  Two years ago, Emily moved to the South End of Burlington with her husband, Gordon Clark, and their kitty, Meeka. They enjoy hiking, Xcountry skiing, traveling, parties, music, dancing, cooking, gardening, and relaxing.

SEABA Board of Directors

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.  

 Seth Mobley – President
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 – Vice President
Manchester Specialty Programs
Lynn is currently Co-Principal and Marketing VP of Manchester Specialty Programs, a national medical malpractice insurance underwriting firm.  Her main focus is in the area of marketing, advertising and communications, as well as overall operations for the company.  Lynn holds a Business Administration and Marketing degree from Bryant, and also obtained the CPCU professional underwriting designation.  She is actively pursuing her Online MBA in Marketing through Northeastern University. Over the years Lynn has been involved with The Flynn Theater as a board member, as well as the UVM Foundation Parents Fund and Northwestern Medical Center (NMC).  She lives with her family on their maple sugaring and beef farm in Georgia, VT, and appreciates her office/city life and the wonderful mix of business and arts in the South End.  She enjoys being a Mom, cooking, reading, doing Pilates and wellness/nutrition.

Jeremy Gates – Treasurer
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.

Magda Van Dusen – Secretary
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.

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

 John did not submit a bio, he is a pretty humble guy…so we decided to write something about him anyway.  John recently joined the Board in 2016 and has already taken SEABA through a Strategic Planning process that will dictate our activities for the next 3-5 years.  John’s role at City Market and connection to SEABA is key as they open their 2nd store on Flynn Avenue in the South End.

Jennifer Green
Burlington Electric Department
Jennifer Green staffs the City of Burlington’s Sustainability Program, including oversight of the Climate Action Plan and work to transition the City to “net zero energy”.  When she’s not thinking about electricity, transportation, waste or other sustainability related issues, Jen is thinking about art and design.  Jen majored in art history, grew up outside New York City, and spent countless Saturday’s with her dad in galleries, at antique fairs, and at art shows.  The first argument she remembers having with her father was over a Jackson Pollock painting.  Her naïve 8 year-old-self thought she could do the same or better.  Her father begged to differ.  Her father was right.


 Chris Webster
Select Design
 Chris is basically just awesome, and has been on the SEABA board of directors for 5 years!  Chris has taken us through our merchandising strategy, branding study, new logo, updated membership packets, and currently is working with us on at least one new website at  Super.Human.Being and creative genius.

Lisa Kelly
Magic Hat Brewing Company

 Lisa and Magic Hat have been a part of Art Hop for many, many years.  We worked together in 2012 to create the first ever Labels for Libations contest, and produced the first Art Hop Ale in 2013.  Lisa loves being around creativity at home with her husband and 2 kids, as well as at Magic Hat where she handles the brand and involvement with this community.

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.

 Julie A. Davis

Julie A. Davis is co-founder and former Vice President of Vermont HITEC, a nonprofit education center, grant writer and practicing artist. She has lived and worked in the South End for almost 30 years and has played an active role in the city’s transformation over the past three decades. She received both a B.A. in Political Science, and an M.P.A. in Public Administration from the University of Vermont. She has also received her Vermont Law Clerk certificate after four years of clerking for the bar. She was a founding member of the Pine Street Arts & Business organization (now SEABA), and an early organizer of the south end art hop while she was a mayoral appointee for the City of Burlington. She began her painting career on encouragement from fellow art hop founders and has since maintained a studio in the south end for almost 20 years. ( She is a passionate supporter of the mix of industry and art in the South End, and is excited to lend her voice on behalf of all those who love the South End.