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.

Heather Hurlburt, a woman with a purple shirt and black blazer against green trees in the park

Heather Hurlbert

Loan Officer

802-479-0167, ext. 4
[email protected]

Heather brings to our lending team more than twenty years in corporate financial services, ranging from financial and operational analysis to project management, client relationship building and human resource management. Her focus is to connect capital to communities. Heather is passionate about advocating for women in business and believes that Community Capital’s work as a community development financial institution is key to making an impact with business owners who are most in need of support.

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.

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.

Community Capital Board of Directors

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

Community Capital Loan Committee Members

Committee #1

Andy Jones, Chair
Debra Deming Walsh
Hope Crifo
Mary Laulis
Beth Boutin
Christ Rottler
Ethan Swain

Committee #2

Peter Hood, Co-chair
Hannan Cusseo, Co-chair
Scott Nichols
Dave Keenan
Alex Fischer
Bob Fairbanks
Tyler Richardson

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.