Community Capital Staff, Board of Directors and Loan
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!
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 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 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 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.
Junior Credit Loan Officer
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
Andy Jones, Chair
Debra Deming Walsh
Peter Hood, Co-chair
Hannan Cusseo, Co-chair
A Success Story: Noelle VanHendrick and Eric Hendrick, Zpots and Vnoelle, BrooklineNoelle 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.