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. 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.
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 and 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.
"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. 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 nonprofit 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. 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.
I am proud to be on the board of SBC as of March 2022. Like many, I have been touched by cancer, having lost my father in 2002 and too many good friends. I am a father of two adult children, two step-children, and five grand-children. Luckily, I am married to Kay with whom I have sailed over 50,000 miles visiting over 30 countries from 2013-2019. All roads seem to lead back to Vermont where we once again have settled. We have lived and worked here for 45 years and share a passion for sailing and the sea. My work life was that of an educator: a teacher, special education administrator, elementary school principal and college professor. After 34 years of professional practice, Kay and I retired but continue to commit our lives to community service, travel and family. Being a captain with SBC is a way for us to offer those touched by cancer the healing qualities of the water and while this is a benefit to those we take out, it gives us a great deal of joy as well.
Peter joined Merrill in 2014, after 28 years working on Wall Street. His focus is on developing tailored strategies to help pursue short- and long-term goals for a select group of high-net-worth individuals, their families, and their businesses. Peter has been personally touched by cancer, has been a passenger on several of our mission sailing excursions, and absolutely loves our mission!
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, intellectual property, regulatory and strategic partner/joint venture relationships, business entity formation, contract drafting and negotiation. Mark has extensive hands-on experience in both legal and business issues from various industries including technology, telecommunications, government services, health and wellness, product development and other service-oriented businesses.
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 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. As current board chair, 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."
At present, Jeff is the managing partner and president of the Turnbaugh Insurance Agency. He has nonprofit affiliations as a previous board of director with Special Olympics of Vermont and as board chair for The Connor B. Turnbaugh Foundation. Jeff also served on advisory councils for Safeco Insurance, Aetna, The Concord Group, Patrons Mutual Insurance, and as chair of the Union Mutual of Vermont advisory council. "I live in Shelburne, Vermont with my wife Mary, we are the proud parents of 5 children. Our youngest son Connor is a cancer survivor. I have experienced the effects, both emotional and physical, that cancer and cancer treatments have on patient and family. As a member of the Sail Beyond Cancer board, I truly want to be a part of helping those in treatment, and their supporting families, experience a moment of calm and normalcy on their challenging journey. I truly believe Sail Beyond Cancer fulfills this mission."
Dr. Peter Gunther
Dr. Peter Gunther, MD is an internal medicine specialist in South Burlington, VT. He currently practices at Good Health PC and is affiliated with University Of Vermont Medical Center. He served on the board of directors of the Community Health Center of Burlington and was the board chair of HealthFirst, Vermont’s Independent Practice Association. His clinical interests include comprehensive health care, prevention and health promotion.