David R. Boulanger was appointed to the Labor Relations Board in October 2018 replacing Ed Clark. Mr. Boulanger has 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 via 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, he 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 in April 2018, having provided nearly 30 years of daily counsel and union advocacy to local unions and their members.
Robert Greemore was appointed to the Labor Relations Board in July 2014 to fill the unexpired term of Linda McIntire and was reappointed by Governor Shumlin in 2016 to a six year term. Mr. Greemore attended Northfield (VT) High School and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1971 with a B.S. 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 a number of 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) and served as the Executive Director of the Vermont State's Attorneys and Sheriffs (1975-1979). Born June 19, 1949, in Colchester, Vermont. Married to Lenora, two children.
James Kiehle was appointed to the Labor Relations Board in September 2007 to fill out the rest of Joan Wilson’s term. He was reappointed to a full six-year term by Governor Douglas in July 2008 and reappointed to another six-year term by Governor Shumlin in July 2014. A graduate of Wesleyan University and Antioch Graduate School, Mr. Kiehle is a retired educator with over forty years experience. He taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades during his 2-year Peace Corps service in Wozi, Liberia and 7th grade social studies for a year in Washington, DC while completing his M.A.T. degree. In 1968 he began teaching social studies at Brattleboro Union High School, retiring in 2006 after serving as department chair for the last six years. While teaching, Mr. Kiehle was an active member of the National Education Association, Vermont-NEA, and the Windham Southeast Education Association. He was President of Vermont NEA in 1977-78 and served as local president for many years. He is also a member of the National Council of Social Studies and the Vermont Alliance for the Social Studies, serving as treasurer of VASS. Mr. Kiehle continues to work part-time at BUHS as the Community Service Coordinator, and at Brattleboro Country Club as a turf mowing specialist.
Karen Saudek was appointed to the Labor Relations Board by Governor Scott in October 2018 to fill out the remainder of a former member’s term. Karen 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 President of the Board at the Northbranch Nature Center in Montpelier. Karen and her husband live in East Montpelier where they have raised their 3 children.
Richard Park was appointed to the Labor Relations Board in October 1995 and has continued to serve on the Board to the present. He is in his fourth term on the Board, having been reappointed by Governor Douglas in June 2014. He served as Board Chairperson from the fall of 2002 to the fall of 2004 and then served two successive two-year terms that ended in September of 2014. Mr. Park’s earlier career was in the field of education as a teacher and program administrator for children with special needs. He served as Acting Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and Director of Personnel for the Burlington School System. He served as an officer and negotiator for the Burlington Administrators Association. At the time of his appointment to the Labor Relations Board, he had been Human Resources Vice President at Banknorth Group in Burlington for the previous nine years. Prior to that, he was Director of Personnel for McAuliffe Office Products in Burlington. Following his appointment to the Board, he continued to serve in executive human resources positions at Green Mountain Power, Green Mountain Energy, and Distributed Energy Systems. He was the Director of Risk Management Services for the Vermont League of Cities & Towns until he retired in 2010. Mr. Park earned a master’s degree in Education Administration in 1974 and a C.A.S. in Human & Organizational Development in 1977 from the University of Vermont. His undergraduate degree is from Middlebury College.
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 2018 for a six-year term. He received a B.S. in Social Sciences in 1968, and a M.A. 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 – i.e., 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.