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Staff

Executive Director Dan Groberg joined Montpelier Alive in 2018.

Dan is passionate about building community, and excited to help make Montpelier even more wonderful. Dan is eager to build on Montpelier’s strengths - an incredibly vibrant downtown coupled with small-town charms. He welcomes you to visit Montpelier and enjoy its many great restaurants, diverse independent shops, and copious entertainment options. His door is always open to your ideas and feedback. 

After studying sociology at Kenyon College, he received a Master in Public Administration Degree with a focus in public and non-profit management at the University of Pittsburgh. He completed the Vermont Leadership Institute at the Snelling Center for Government in June 2018 and was named one of Vermont’s Rising Stars (40 Under 40) by Vermont Business Magazine in October 2018. 

Prior to his work at Montpelier Alive, Dan served as the Director of Communications and Development for the City of Montpelier Community Services Department. While in high school, he helped found Friends of Boulder Knoll, a community farm and environmental education non-profit in Cheshire, CT. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier and is the co-chair of the Finance Committee of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. 

Dan is a Vermont transplant who moved to Montpelier with his wife in 2013. They own a home on Liberty Street, in walking distance to historic downtown. They have an adorable border terrier and a daughter born in March 2018. Dan is a news-junkie who still reads newspapers from every town in which he’s ever lived, and enjoys reading, cooking and baking, spending time with his family, and enjoying downtown Montpelier, especially the Farmer’s Market.

Events and Communications Coordinator Katie Trautz joined Montpelier Alive in 2021.

Katie is a native Vermont fiddler who has toured nationally and internationally sharing traditional music and original folk songs. Katie is the co-founder of the non-profit folk music school Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture based in Montpelier, VT.  Following her 8-year directorship at the Summit School, she became the Executive Director of Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, VT.  She is also the Festival Director of Montpelier's annual Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival. 


Katie Trautz
Board at 2019 Retreat

Board of Directors


Officers:

  • David Markow, President; Vice President for Student Services, Vermont College of Fine Arts
  • Nate Hausman, Vice President; Project Director, Clean Energy Group
  • Justin Tease, Secretary; Associate Vice President – Life and Annuity Solutions, National Life Group
  • Joslyn Wilschek, Treasurer; Partner, Wilschek Iarrapino Law Office
Directors-at-Large
  • Kanika Gandhi; Agrichemical Program Director, State of Vermont Agency of Agriculture 
  • The Honorable Denise Johnson; Community Member 
  • Bonnie Johnson-Aten; Principal, Edmunds Elementary School 
  • Ray Mikus; Owner, Green Light Real Estate 
  • Carol Paquette; Owner, Sarducci's Restaurant 
  • Jessica Turner; Owner, Capital Kitchen 
  • Scott Van Beck; Co-Founder, The Education Game 
  • Peter Walke; Commissioner, State of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation 
  • Amy Willis; Community Member 
  • Jay Ericson; City Council Representative (non-voting)

Committees:

  • Design Committee: The Design Committee focuses on improving the physical aspects of Montpelier's Downtown (streetscape, lighting, facades, circulation, etc.) and developing strategies to ensure an attractive appearance, highlighting the city's unique assets and heritage.
  • Montpelier Business Association: The Montpelier Business Association (MBA) is a committee of Montpelier Alive that acts as a support network and united voice for small downtown businesses. The group meets regularly to coordinate promotions, networking, and events, and discuss important topics that collectively impact downtown small businesses. Through the MBA and our work with the Montpelier Development Corporation, we strive to ensure a thriving downtown business environment.
  • Communications Committee: The Communications Committee focuses on developing and implementing a marketing strategy to help promote Montpelier Alive and our work and to market Montpelier as a destination for visitors.
  • Membership and Development Committee: Montpelier Alive’s Development and Membership Committee works to ensure the financial sustainability of the organization, focusing on corporate, individual, and foundation giving, including growing the business membership. The committee also solicits feedback from the business membership and works with staff to enhance the benefits and programs that serve members. 
  • Events Committee: The Events Committee provides strategic support for MA's annual events calendar. This includes brainstorming new events and improvements/changes to existing events, reviewing the calendar of events across the community, and supporting the Downtown Events Grants program. 
    • Event Coordinating Committees: Specific committees exist to help us carry out our downtown events and programming, including a July 3rd Committee and an Art Walk Committee.

Montpelier Alive accomplishes its mission through a Board of Directors, Executive Director, Committees, and the help of many volunteers! If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer or committee member, please contact our offices at 802-223-9604.

Designated Downtown

Shortly after Montpelier Alive was formed in 1999, we received State of Vermont recognition as a Designated Downtown. Through this program, downtown property owners and renters are eligible for tax credits. The downtown can also create its own signage, apply for special transportation funds, and take advantage of special state programs designed for downtowns.