Board of Directors
Laura Bowe recently started a new career as a Realtor for Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman. Previously she worked in sales, marketing, management, and community development for WCAX-TV, the Church Street Marketplace, and Chittenden Bank among others. She has volunteered for dozens of area nonprofits throughout her life. Laura grew up in Maine, moving to Vermont to attend St. Michael’s College and decided to make Vermont her home. She has raised two sons and has rooted herself in the local community. Her journey with cancer started when her twin sister's daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 2 &1/2 in 2001. She has been volunteering for nonprofits related to cancer causes ever since. Laura lives in Bolton in the winter months and Milton on the lake in the summer months with her partner Mike, and their chocolate Lab, Mookie.
Larry joined Sail Beyond Cancer VT in order to offer his time to volunteer in a way that aligns with his beliefs and dreams. He believes SBCVT touches people's lives in a way that is very meaningful to him.
Larry's father passed away due to pancreatic cancer. In his words:
"The amount of time and energy required of so many people, to help his father fight a battle that was not winnable, helped him to realize the battle wasn't his alone. Everyone that spent their time and energy helping him through this epic ordeal suffered in so many similar and different ways.
The one thing that I would have loved to have had available to him and our family, as well as the caregivers, would have been something exactly like what SBCVT offers. Yes we had some resources available to us. And yes, my mother has resources available to her still. But being able to sail away from the shores, where our feet were so firmly planted in our lives and our struggles, would have been a nice break from it all.
My hope is that through SBCVT I can make a difference in the lives of people going through a battle with cancer and those helping them fight that battle.
Larry wants to be there to provide a resource that was unavailable to him and my family. He hopes that people's experience with SBCVT and the resources to help connect them, is a help for them in their hour of need; a respite from the stress, worry, and tests of endurance and strength of will.
"This purpose - this labor of love - is for others...and in another way, it's for me too. May it keep me humble, loving, caring, and from becoming blind to the needs of others."
Cari Kelley has over 30 years of non-profit experience and is currently the Workplace Donor Relations Manager at the United Way of Northwest Vermont. She works with business and non-
profit partners in engaging in the Community Campaign and developing Workplace Giving strategies prior to United Way, Cari was at the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and ran all Workforce Development and Training Programs, such as Leadership Champlain.
Cari cherishes the relationships that she has built over the years and loves bringing her business experience together with her non-profit work. Sheis involved with a number of organizations and loves to be able to give back. In 2017, Governor Phil Scott appointed her to the State Rehabilitation Council, which she currently serves on and is a member of the Advocacy and Education Committee. She also serves on the Board of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and was Board President in 2020. She has been on the Destination Imagination Board since 2016, and recently joined the board of Sail Beyond Cancer.
In 2020, Cari and her daughter, Jacquie, started the Wheels for Jacquie Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to help the differently-abled obtain needed accessible transportation. Jacquie was diagnosed at the age of two with Spinal Muscular Atrophy and has been trying to figure out how to be able to afford needed
transportation. The Foundation was started from support of family and friends, and after the goal of raising funds for Jacquie’s van is accomplished, they plan to continue the work for others.
Cari also owns Cari Me Away Travels and as been in the travel
industry since 2006. She loves to help people who are looking to plan a vacation make it memorable. She specializes in travel to Europe and throughout the U.S. but can help get people wherever they would like to go. A minimum of 15% of commissions paid will be given to Wheels for Jacquie Foundation.
Cari lives in Grand Isle with her partner, Greg, and they have a blended family with five children.
April's educational background includes her Master’s Certificate in Conflict Transformation Across Cultures and Mediation from The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. As well, she has completed Basic Mediation and Divorce Mediation trainings with Susan Terry of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. In conjunction with earning her Master’s Certificate, she shadowed Vermont Mediator, Neal Rodar for one year and shadowed for several months with Vermont Lawyer and Mediator, Tad Powers. In her own words:
"It is my heart and intention to serve the needs of our community by offering present and compassionate Mediation, Facilitation and Coaching in order for individuals and multiple parties to find solutions of the highest benefit for all involved. I have extensive experience serving our elder population in relation to Hospice and navigating end of life, as well as, families who are walking with Alzheimer’s and Dementia."
April is a proud Mama of an eleven year old daughter, Bella; a Certified Coach and Mediator, an Artist and an avid Traveler. Some examples of her eclectic background include, competitive powerlifting in high school, sky diving in New Zealand, backpacking for 5 weeks in the Himalayas of India, studying marine biology in Belize, becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist and Pilates Instructor, as well as constantly studying and learning about various cultures. She loves adventure, spontaneity and co-creating with others.
Mark is a legal and business adviser who offers his services to business clients primarily in start-up to mid-stage development. He advises and guides business people and entrepreneurs on a wide array of
critical topics including: strategic business development, intellectually property, regulatory and strategic partner/joint venture relationships, business entity formation (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, LLC’s), contract drafting and negotiation. Mark has extensive hands-on experience in both legal and business issues from a wide array of
industries including technology, telecommunications, government services, health and wellness, product development and other service-oriented businesses. He has held positions as New England Regional Counsel and Senior Regulatory Attorney for Frontier Communications; General Manager of the telecom division of Interpath Communications and General Counsel for Athena Technology (an innovative technology start up) and CityNet (a unique fiber optic installation and network company).
Mark has conducted workshops for SCORE clients and for “Boots to Business” an organization that helps provide business guidance to help veterans and those about to be discharged start new business. He currently serves as a board member of the Kids Rehab Gym and Sail Beyond Cancer.
He lives in South Burlington, VT with his artist wife Suzanne Clark and their feline fur person Lily.
Whit believes that resilience is fostered by acceptance and that acceptance often arises when an experience transcends our attachment to a given situation. He has come to understand that for many people sailing provides that transcendent experience. In his own words:
"In my involvement in Sail Beyond Cancer, I have had the privilege to share and document through photography and film people whose perspective on their physical and mental state as well as their relationship with others has been transformed - and for the better - by simply being able to breathe and break bread with family members and friends on a boat powered by wind, water and sail.
This is not a connection that many of us readily make. Today, upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer, most people do not reach out for sailing as a palliative, as a means to strengthen, heal and renew one’s self. As current board chair at SBC, I am determined to create greater awareness and to help bring as many people in this region as possible to a Sail Beyond Cancer experience and to help grow an even larger community of volunteers and supporters for this organization because ultimately all of us have been or will be touched by cancer."
In Whit's professional life, he spent many years teaching at a small boarding school heading up a performing arts program and guiding students through the college counseling process. For the past 12 years, he has been fortunate to have the opportunity to film and photograph people and mission driven organizations for a living. Currently, he owns and runs a small production studio, Endeavor Films, whose mission is to show the best of who people are and what they do.
"Personally, I am proud to have raised four wonderful children ranging in ages from 40 to 22. There are five terrific grandchildren in the mix. Being able to be with my significant other - sharing the experience of her three children, whom I also love and adore - and also a dog named, Mizzen - all in all - I feel very blessed."