Board of Directors

SEABA Board of Directors

 Magda Van Dusen – President
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.
Jen Green – Vice President
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.


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.

Seth Mobley
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.
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.

Jen Adrian

Emergent Media Center at Champlain College
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. Jen lives in Burlington and has worked at various Burlington-area design studios over the last 20 years. Her expertise involves distilling and amplifying messages, creatively solving complex problems and managing and iterating process to produce better outcomes. Currently, Jen is the Creative & Communication Manager at the Emergent Media Center at Champlain College. Jen leads the creative vision and aesthetic direction of EMC projects and communications initiatives. Her responsibilities include managing, mentoring, and maximizing the talents of diverse creative teams towards project goals, and collaborating with EMC staff and project teams to develop high-level iterative processes to enhance the creative and productive environment of the EMC. Jen is currently pursuing an MFA degree in Emergent Media at Champlain College. 
Amanda Schwartz
Doghouse Pottery
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. 
Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson is the executive director and co-founder of Burlington’s Generator.  Prior to that he directed and founded the Champlain College Art Gallery as well served as Senior Curator and Exhibitions Director for the BCA Contemporary Art Center in Burlington Vermont— staging over eighty contemporary art exhibitions. Before becoming an artist and curator Chris spent over twenty years in corporate technology management, including six years as Chief Technology Officer for Gardner’s Supply Corporation, overseeing its $35 million/year e-commerce business, and seven years as Director of Advanced Technology for Jager Di Paola Kemp Design, creators of the Burton and Xbox brands.  Chris is a 2014 graduate of the Champlain College MFA in Emergent Media program.
 Chris Thompson
Emily Piccirillo
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.