Community Capital Staff, Board of Directors and Loan
Committee Members

Meet the Community Capital Team

At Community Capital, our staff always wants to hear from you. Whether you are in the early stages of your business idea, just starting to plan an expansion, or curious about whether our products are right for you, we welcome you to get in touch. Give us a call or drop us a line – let’s talk!

The Executive Director Rich Grogan of Community Capital of Vermont , with glasses, a blue shirt and a brown sweater against green trees in the park

Richard Grogan

Executive Director

802-479-0167, ext.2
[email protected]

Continuing a lifelong career in working with small businesses, Rich’s focus is continuing to grow Community Capital while contributing to a healthy and diverse economy. With a background of working in and with small businesses as an employee, academic, business advisor, Rich most recently comes to Community Capital from the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center.

Leah Wilhjelm, Community Capital loan administrator, wearing a blue tank top and smiling with green mountains in the back

Leah Wilhjelm

Loan Administrator

802-479-0167, ext. 3
[email protected]

Leah has worked in non-profit management and public administration for most of her career in organizations ranging from health systems and social services to the arts. In addition to her part-time position with Community Capital, Leah serves as the executive director for the Green Mountain Youth Symphony.

A woman named Abbey Salomon with glasses and striped shirt against green trees in the park

Abbey Salomon

Junior Credit Loan Officer

802-479-0167, ext. 5
[email protected]

Abbey comes to Community Capital with almost a decade of consumer credit counseling expertise, and additional skill in working with customers, accounting, defining processes and systems, and training and supervising employees. An advocate for women, Abbey’s experience with small business defines her passion for entrepreneurship and community opportunity.

David Parker, Community Capital business advisor, wearing a blue button-down shirt and pictured against a green leafy background

David Parker

Business Advisor

802-479-0167, ext. 6
[email protected]

David has over 30 years’ experience owning and operating Subway sandwich franchises in Central Vermont and New Hampshire. His career has given him extensive knowledge in accounting, financial analysis, commercial credit, and human resource management. David is a certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor and currently teaches QuickBooks training courses statewide.

Community Capital Board of Directors

Ela Chapin, President; Vermont Housing Conservation Board, Montpelier 
Kate Whelley-McCabe, Vice President; Vermont Evaporator Company, LLC, Montpelier 
Patricia Sears, Secretary; NEKTI Consulting, Lowell
Peter Hood, Treasurer; Town of Middlesex
Chris Bailey, Victory Hemp Foods and Vermont Smoke & Cure, Huntington 
David Chevalier, Northfield Savings Bank, Williston 
Mary Chevalier 
Peggy Henry, VSECU, Montpelier 
Tyler Richardson, Rutland Economic Development Corporation, Rutland 
Karen Winchell, Business Advisor, Waitsfield

Community Capital Loan Committee Members

Committee #1

Hope Crifo, Chair 
Beth Boutin 
Lane Fury 
Mary Laulis 
Christ Rottler 
Ethan Swain 
Debra Deming Walsh

Committee #2

Hannan Cusseo, Co-chair 
Peter Hood, Co-chair 
Eun-Young Denny 
Bob Fairbanks 
Alex Fischer 
Dave Keenan 
Scott Nichols 
Tyler Richardson 
Robin Ware

Community Capital Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Agendas and minutes from the regular meetings of the Community Capital of Vermont Board of Directors.

June 20, 2018

A close up of a handmade ceramic mug by Z-pots, featuring a red heart on an abstract orange and yellow background

A Success Story: Noelle VanHendrick and Eric Hendrick, Zpots and Vnoelle, Brookline

Noelle and Eric make artisan pottery that is kiln-fired on site at their studio. Eric shapes most of the pottery, while Noelle adorns the pieces with paintings, drawings and poetry. The couple also creates jewelry such as the “She Poem” leather bracelet, and printed textiles made with sustainable materials that become pillows and scarves. The mission of Zpots and Vnoelle is one of craft and inspired vision. With the help of Community Capital of Vermont, Noelle and Eric have increased the resiliency of their business and extended their marketing reach by exhibiting at regional craft shows.

How Will You Use Your Loan?

Are you ready to pursue a new business idea, or expand your current business? Give Community Capital a call, stop by our office in Barre, or fill out an online Loan Inquiry. Let’s connect and see if Community Capital business financing and business advising support is right for you.