Nancy Chartrand, Office Manager

Nancy improves our customer service by creating a productive work environment for the CVRPC team and supporting planning staff as they implement projects.  Part of her role includes maintaining our contact database, developing the newsletter, managing social media, organizing meetings, and providing general administrative assistance to the Commission.

Nancy earned a Bachelor of Arts from Northern Vermont University.  Before joining CVRPC, she was an Operations Manager for a regional case management company.  Nancy loves to trek in the woods, read a good book, and spend time with her grandkids.

Keith Cubbon, Planner

Keith helps municipalities become more resilient by guiding them through emergency management and transportation.  He is the primary contact for hazard mitigation planning.  Keith is the contact for municipal ARPA assistance.  He staffs the Regional Emergency Management Committee (REMC).

Prior to joining CVRPC, Keith provided GIS support and oversaw lease operations for an independent natural gas provider.  He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from West Virginia University and has been an active volunteer with the Friends of Oil Creek State Park in various roles.

Jonathan Ignatowski, Planner

Jon assists municipalities with land use planning and community development.  He is the primary contact for Village Center Designation and assistance with municipal plan and bylaw updates, training, and economic activities.

Prior to joining CVRPC, Jon served as the Planning and Zoning Administrator for the Town of Bolton, VT and the Economic Development Director for the Town of Northfield, VT.  He earned a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and English from St. Lawrence University.

Samantha Lash, Planner

Sam provides assistance for addressing climate change and Vermont’s clean energy goals.  She develops enhanced energy plans and integrates energy into the municipal and regional plans.  She also plans and implements projects that address strategies in Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy and Climate Action Plans.

Sam recently served as the Municipal Resilience Program Coordinator for the Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island.  For 10 years, she led and supervised teams up to 50 students in archaeological field work around the world for Brown University, writing grants, managing data, and managing community and institutional relationships.  She earned a Masters of Arts in Classical Art and Archaeology and a Master’s of Science in Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences.  Sam currently is a Ph.D. candidate in archaeology at Brown University.  She previously was a member of the Williston Energy Committee.

Zachary Melcher, Planning Technician

Zach supports our transportation planning and field services program including development of active transportation data sets, supporting an update to the regional plan, supporting municipalities in planning and implementing transportation-related demonstration projects, updating the transportation webpage, producing GIS based maps, verifying region trail maps, and assisting other staff with community engagement and public outreach.

Zach is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies. Prior to his work as a Planning Technician, Zach assisted CVRPC as an intern and helped complete development of sidewalks dataset within Designated Village Districts.

Christian Meyer, Acting Director

Christian manages CVRPC’s transportation program and provides leadership, administrative and financial oversight for the organization during transition. He is the primary contact for access management, bicycle and pedestrian issues, elderly and disabled transportation, public transit, pavement and bridge project programming.  He also represents our region in statewide modal planning efforts.  He staffs the Transportation Advisory Committee and Regional Elders and Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee.

A Central Vermont native, Christian worked at a Metropolitan Planning Organization in Connecticut prior to joining the CVRPC team, where he administered the federal transportation planning process.  He earned a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and East Asian Studies.  Christian serves as a member of the Montpelier Transportation Infrastructure Committee.

Clare Rock, Senior Planner

Clare assists municipalities with land use planning, including municipal plans and bylaws.  She is the primary contact for the Regional Plan and for Act 250 and Section 248 project review.  Clare staffs the Project Review, Regional Plan, and Brownfield Committees.

Prior to joining CVRPC, Clare worked as a Zoning Administrator and Town Planner for several Vermont municipalities.  Clare earned a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Landscape Design and Planning from the Conway School of Design.  She is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM).

Brian Voigt, Program Manager

Brian manages CVRPC’s natural resources program and its GIS and IT services.  He assists municipalities and CVRPC to plan and implement projects and programs involving water and mineral resources, agriculture, forests, and wildlife habitat and habitat connectors; foster a robust working landscape economy; and address invasive species impacts.  He leads CVRPC’s Clean Water Service Provider (CWSP) effort, water quality programs, and forest integrity work.

Brian is a natural resource planner and quantitative geographer (GIS mapping, analysis, and modeling).  Since 2010, he has been with the University of Vermont in lecture and research positions, teaching GIS and acting as project lead for state and federal-sponsored grants related to natural resource, land use, social, and economic issues to facilitate planning and decision-making.  Brian has served as a member of the Waitsfield Planning Commission for ~10 years and is their current representative to the Mad River Valley Planning District.