Board of Directors
vreni gust, President
Vreni has been living in the Upper Valley for 5 years and is passionate about developing affordable housing in the area. Vreni possesses a breadth of public relations and marketing knowledge, and currently works in the Marketing Department at Lake Sunapee Bank, a division of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Vreni is involved with several community groups in the area, including Upper Valley Young Professionals and Dismas House of White River Junction, VT. A Massachusetts native, Vreni currently resides in White River Junction, VT.
Bill Martin, Vice president
Bill Martin joined the Habitat board in 2016. He is a Clinical Professor of Business Administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Bill graduated from Dartmouth College in 1987. He spent the following decade working in the fixed income derivatives markets for Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan. His last tour of duty included running J.P. Morgan’s bond options business at the futures exchange in London (LIFFE). Since then, he has coached business professionals, served on non-profit boards, and instructed MBA candidates.
Stefanie Gulick, treasurer
Stefanie Gulick is new to the Habitat board; she joined in November of 2017. Stefanie is a Vice President and Commercial Credit Manager at Ledyard National Bank. She is a Bentley College (now University) graduate. Stefanie has worked in commercial banking for the majority of her professional career. Her expertise is in business banking although that role has grown over time to include advising on residential and consumer loan underwriting.
Born in Connecticut, Rick studied botany and wildlife biology at the University of Montana and plant ecology at Montana State University. An avid outdoorsman, he worked with the Forest Service in the hinterlands of Wyoming. His passion for sailing, shipwright and carpentry led him to life on the Islands of St. Croix, Honduras and Florida before moving to the more stable climate of the Upper Valley. Now semi-retired, he fills his days with all manner of outdoor activities, gardening, and trail maintenance. In addition to volunteering with us (and contributing 260 hours on the Cayer’s house in Sharon!), he also volunteers with Willing Hands, the Catamount Trail Association, and the Upper Valley Land Trust. He lives in Thetford with his wife Jody.
Colby was born and raised in the Upper Valley in Hanover. After graduating from St. Lawrence with a BA in Environmental Studies and spending 5 years Washington, DC, he came back to his roots in 2015. He has joined his father in real estate at Roger Clarkson REALTORS. Colby spends a majority of his free time coaching and playing ultimate frisbee around the country, exploring the outdoors, and relaxing by Goose Pond during the summer.
Kevin is a social impact investor, focusing on growing innovative companies in rural communities for Advantage Capital in Hanover, NH. He also has experience in government, working at the RI State Senate for eight years. Kevin attended Assumption College, where he studied political science and economics and was twice elected class vice president. It was during this time he gained firsthand knowledge of Habitat, by joining a Habitat build in Tuscaloosa, AL.