David R. Boulanger was appointed by Governor Scott to the Labor Relations Board in October 2018 replacing Ed Clark. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Boulanger had considerable experience in the labor relations arena as an advocate. He attended St. Michael’s College for his Bachelor of Arts in English and the University of Vermont for his Master of Arts in Teaching English. He also attended training and workshops in Arbitration, Advanced Arbitration Preparation, and various labor relations topics through the National Education Association and the American Arbitration Association. He spent the first 17 years of his professional life as a teacher at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, Vermont. As a teacher he was very active in the local union and served as a Grievance Committee Chairman and Chief Negotiator. In addition to his work at the local level, Mr. Boulanger served two terms as President of the Chittenden County Regional Bargaining Council. In 1988 he was hired as a UniServ Director (Field Representative) with the Vermont National Education Association. In that position he served as the principal advocate for local unions representing teachers and education support staff (paraprofessionals, bus drivers, custodians, clerical workers, technicians). He bargained contracts, processed grievances, provided training, and counseled local unions on a wide range of labor issues. He retired from this position in April 2018, having provided nearly 30 years of daily counsel and union advocacy to local unions and their members.
Roger Donegan was appointed by Governor Scott, to the Labor Relations Board in April 2019 to fill the unexpired term of James Kiehle. He was reappointed by Governor Scott for a four-year term in 2022. He attended Brooklyn Preparatory completing a curriculum in the tradition of the Jesuit labor schools. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College in 1974. He enlisted in the United States Navy completing 4 years of active duty on shore and aboard ships deployed overseas. He began his civilian employment at the Burlington Electric Department (“BED”) Moran Generating Station in 1980. He was the BED Environmental Compliance Officer for 23 years until 2017. BED first affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (“IBEW” “Union”) in 1995. Mr. Donegan served as the bargaining unit Chief Steward from 1996 to 2015. He attended introductory and advanced industrial steward training. He was recording secretary for one IBEW utility unit for 10 years and acted as Vice President on the Executive Board for a brief period. He was recognized for outstanding service to the union in 2005. Drawing from his profession knowledge and work as steward he successfully submitted BED and the IBEW to the annual Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and Pollution Prevention in 1996 and 2004 respectively. He was the labor representative and participant to Public Service Board Docket #8310 (utility poles) deliberations coordinated by the Agency of Natural Resource in 2015. Roger continued in the Naval Reserves simultaneously attaining enlisted rank of Chief Petty Officer and receiving a direct commission. He retired from the Naval Reserves a Lieutenant Commander in 1998. Roger and Anne live in Hinesburg where they raised their three sons.
Robert Greemore was appointed to the Labor Relations Board in July 2014 by Governor Shumlin to fill the unexpired term of Linda McIntire and was reappointed by Governor Shumlin in 2016, then by Governor Scott in 2022 to serve his own six-year terms. His Board colleagues chose him to serve as their Chair in January of 2023. Mr. Greemore attended Northfield (VT) High School and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He was appointed by the Vermont Supreme Court as Court Administrator in 2009. As Court Administrator, he helped lead the Judiciary's historic restructuring effort. After supporting the legislative effort that led to the judicial restructuring law, he designed and implemented management and staffing changes to create the new unified state court system. He previously served as the Director of Administrative Services of the Vermont Judiciary (1979-2009). In that role, he was responsible for the Judicial branch budget, employment and labor law policies, court facilities, court security, and several other important areas. He wrote the Judiciary's first personnel policies, collaborated with VSEA in passing the Judiciary Employees Labor Relations Act, and led the Judiciary's management bargaining team for the first few contract agreements. He began his career in state government as an auditor for the Governor's Commission on Crime Control and Prevention, was named Business Manager when the Commission transitioned to the Governor's Commission on the Administration of Justice (1971-1975), served as the Executive Director of the Vermont State's Attorneys and Sheriffs (1975-1979).
Michelle Phelps was appointed to the Labor Relations Board by Governor Scott in January 2023. Ms. Phelps graduated from Champlain College with a bachelor’s in business management. She has worked in Human Resources for over ten years starting her career in New Jersey working for MechoSystems Inc. Over the years she worked at their manufacturing plant as well as their corporate office which exposed her to the functions of Human Resources. She continued with MechSystems and was transferred to its Arizona office to lead as Human Resources Manager. She is proud of the years she worked for this company, but due to a merger and facility closure, as well as her husband being transferred to Vermont for work, she found herself starting over in the Northeast again. She has enjoyed immersing herself in her new community, including serving as a Selectboard member for the Town of Georgia, Vermont. She currently works in Colchester as the Human Resources Manager for ADA Traffic Control, LTD. She lives with her husband and three children.
Karen Saudek was appointed to the Labor Relations Board by Governor Scott in October 2018 to fill the remainder of Gary Karnedy’s term. Ms. Saudek received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature from Columbia University in New York City. Upon moving to Vermont over 40 years ago, she taught English at Middlebury College, the Community College of Vermont, and the New England Culinary Institute. Most of her professional career has been spent in the field of Human Resources in various settings which have included non-profit, white collar, and manufacturing. She served as director of Human Resources at the Committee on Temporary Shelter in Burlington which provides emergency shelter and services for people who are homeless or marginally housed, and for the Institute for Sustainable Communities, headquartered in Montpelier but working internationally on climate and sustainability issues. She was Vice President of Human Resources at Cabot Cheese and subsequently Vice President of Human Resources at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont. Her government service has included appointments to the State Board of Education, the District 5 Environmental Commission, and the Vermont Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Currently, she serves as a Board member at the Northbranch Nature Center in Montpelier. Karen and her husband live in East Montpelier where they have raised their 3 children.
Alan Willard of Woodstock was appointed to the Board by Governor Shumlin in June 2011, to complete a previous Board member’s term, and was reappointed by him in July 2012 for a six-year term. He was again appointed by Governor Scott in January of 2019 for another six-year term. He received a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences in 1968, and a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance in 1981, from Castleton State College. Mr. Willard was employed by the State of Vermont Agency of Human Services for 41 years, from 1968 to 2009. He was a Social Worker in Brattleboro from 1968 to 1970 with the Aged, Blind and Disabled Program. He served as a Social Worker from 1970 to 1974 in Springfield with the Department of Social Welfare. Mr. Willard held various positions with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation from 1975 to 2009, including, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for approximately 10 years, Casework Supervisor for approximately 10 years, and Regional Manager from 1995 until his retirement in 2009. He served on the Reasonable Accommodation Committee of the State Department of Human Resources from its inception until his retirement from state service 8 years later. He has engaged in a variety of community volunteer activities since the 1970’s: Board of Directors, Treasurer and President of Windsor and Windham Counties Consumer Child Care; Windsor County Court Diversion Board of Directors; Town of Chester Planning Commission, including 4 years as Chairperson; Town of Woodstock Planning Commission; and Town of Woodstock Conservation Commission.
Richard Park: Mr. Park was first appointed by Governor Howard Dean in 1995, and was reappointed by Governors Douglas, Shumlin, and Scott. His Board colleagues chose him to serve as their Chair from 2002-2004, 2010-2014, and finally 2017 to January 2023. During his tenure, he helped shepherd the Board through legislative and administrative changes and helped clarify and establish legal principles that guide labor and management relations today. He will be retiring from the Board after serving for nearly twenty-seven years. Over the next few months, Mr. Park will continue to work on the resolution of matters over which he presided during his tenure.