Leadership

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Staff

Executive Director Dan Groberg joined Montpelier Alive in 2018.

 Dan is passionate about building community, and excited to help make Montpelier even more wonderful. Dan is eager to build on Montpelier's strengths - an incredibly vibrant downtown coupled with small-town charms. He welcomes you to visit Montpelier and enjoy its many great restaurants, diverse independent shops, and copious entertainment options. His door is always open to your ideas and feedback. 

 Dan is a Vermont transplant who moved to Montpelier with his wife in 2013. They own a home on Liberty Street, in walking distance to historic downtown. They have an adorable border terrier and a daughter born in March 2018. Dan is a news-junkie who still reads newspapers from every town in which he's ever lived, and enjoys reading, cooking and baking, spending time with his family, and enjoying downtown Montpelier, especially the Farmer's Market.

Board of Directors



  • David Markow, President  
  • Sarah Jarvis, Past President
  • Nate Hausman, Vice President
  • Linn Perkins Syz, Secretary
  • Justin Tease
  • Steve Cook
  • Jesse Jacobs
  • Dawn McCall
  • Katie Budreski 
  • Amy Willis
Board of Directors Group Photo with Cake
Sarah Robson Jarvis, Past President
  • Vermont League of Cities and Towns
Sarah is Staff Attorney in the Municipal Assistance Center at the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. She is a former 3-term member of the Montpelier City Council and a vocal advocate for small-town communities. Sarah lives in Montpelier with her 2 sons (ages 9 and 11), both of whom take great pride in the downtown plantings that they have helped water and weed in the last few years.

David Markow, President
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts
David is Vice President for Enrollment Management at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has over 17 years of higher education experience, including executive level positions in the Maine Community College System and University of Maine System. In 2013, after 20 years in other parts of the country, David returned to Montpelier with his wife Jana, who grew up here, and 2 children, Jackson and Lila. David and his family are active in skiing, canoeing, and sailing on Lake Champlain.

Linn Perkins Syz, Secretary
  • Community Member
After teaching high school social studies for 23 years, Linn started work in the nonprofit world in 1998 at the New England Grassroots Environment Fund where she was a grant reviewer and program administrator for 8 years, followed by 3 years as the Office Manager for the Vermont River Conservancy. Now officially "retired" from the working world, Linn volunteers for a number of community organizations and fills her spare time playing tennis and broomball, working in her gardens, hiking, biking, kayaking and skiing. She and her husband, Stephan, have 2 grown sons in California and Colorado and 2 grandchildren, the reason for her frequent travels to the West Coast.

Jon Anderson 
  • Burak, Anderson & Melloni
A Board member of Montpelier Alive since it was founded, Jon practices law in several areas in which he can use his engineering background and problem-solving and project management approaches to serve clients. These areas include complex real estate projects and transactions including, especially, permitting and siting, litigation (especially over technical issues such as contaminated sites liability and clean up, valuation of complex property), administrative law, including defense of environmental enforcement actions, utility regulation, environmental law, solid waste disposal, including permitting and siting, land use including Vermont's Act 250, and zoning. Jon has been designated as one of the best lawyers in America in the field of environmental law. Jon served as a member of the Montpelier City Council for 8 years and represented Montpelier in the Vermont House of Representatives. With his wife Betsy, Jon owns Betsy's Bed & Breakfast. They have 2 children, Tyler and Katie.

Justin Tease
  • National Life
Justin Tease is a Program Manager at National Life on the Life and Annuity Product Development Team. Justin and his wife Amy, an Asst. English Professor at Norwich University, moved to Montpelier in the summer of 2011. Justin has worked for Deloitte Consulting and the State of Vermont in the Department of VT Health Access for VT Health Connect. Justin believes in serving the community and aspires to his Boston College Jesuit motto "Men and women for others". Justin and Amy have a son, Owen, and daughter, Hannah.

Dawn McCall
  • VSECU
Dawn is a "born and raised flatlander" who fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming a Vermonter when she and her husband, Ryan, relocated to the Green Mountain State in 2003, when they became Montpelier residents. Her professional history is that of project implementation, client relations, sales, and customer service. During the 1st decade she lived in Montpelier, Dawn worked from her home for an out-of-state employer. Feeling this arrangement curtailed her ability to be well-immersed in the community, Dawn sought employment with VSECU, headquartered downtown. She was awarded the position of VP Member Experience in 2013, and she is proud to not only be offering her professional expertise to a non-profit organization founded on the concept of "people helping people", but to also be associated with a credit union dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Vermonters. Dawn is passionate in her belief that thriving local communities afford their residents a quality of life that is unmatched. This belief led her to the opportunity to serve on the board of directors for Montpelier Alive beginning in 2015. Dawn and her husband have 2 daughters, Kathryn (9) and Molly (6). They are her most important work and she feels blessed that her daughters' bios will 1 day begin with, "I was born and raised in Montpelier, Vermont".