The Vermont Jump$tart coalition is overseen by an all-volunteer Board of Directors who have a passion for ensuring Vermont’s kids can achieve financial capability. Below you will find information about the Board members.
Judy Ribolini, President, Vermont Bankers Association
Judy Ribolini currently serves as the Vermont Jump$tart President. She joined the Vermont Bankers Association in January, 1978. She became Vice President of the Association in 2007 after serving as Administrative Assistant as well as Director of Member Services and Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining VBA, she was employed by the State of Vermont Transportation Department and the Vermont Ski Areas Association. She is an active member in Bethany United Church of Christ and is a member of the church choir. She and her husband live in Montpelier and have a son and daughter.
Joanne Hardy, Treasurer, Community National Bank
Joanne Hardy serves as the Vermont Jump$tart Treasurer. She is a Residential Mortgage Lender for Community National Bank in the Barre and Montpelier Offices. She began her banking career with The Howard Bank in 1971 and has been with Community National Bank since 2001. She is a member of Bethany United Church of Christ and volunteers as Treasurer. She lives in Montpelier, has 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren.
Gregg Ashworth, Director, People’s United Bank
Gregg has fifteen years of professional experience within the financial services and banking industries. Gregg joined People’s United Bank in February 2016 after relocating from Rochester, NY. Prior to People’s United, he worked with First Niagara in Rochester, New York and Bank of America in Greenville / Spartanburg, SC as well as owned a small woodworking business. He was previously a volunteer with Junior Achievement in Greenville, SC. In his free time, Gregg enjoys woodworking, skiing ,boating and hiking. Gregg resides in Washington County with his wife, Lynn, newborn son, Crosby, and dog, Granby.
Margaret Ferguson, Director, Capstone Community Action
Margaret is a Business Counselor for Capstone Community Action’s Micro business Development Program. She has extensive experience with personal finance education at the community level. Margaret is a longtime volunteer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Margaret holds degrees from Miami University and Lyndon State College.
Dylan Giambatista, Director, Vermont State Treasurer’s Office
Dylan is a member of the Vermont General Assembly, where he represents the Village of Essex Junction (Chittenden 8-2) in the Vermont House of Representatives. He serves on the House Education Committee and is a member of the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees. Off session, Dylan is Director of Outreach and Financial Literacy for the Office of the Vermont State Treasurer. He is a Justice of the Peace. Dylan was selected by Vermont Business Magazine as one of its 2017 Rising Stars.
Nancy Zorn, Director, Retired, Green Mountain United Way
Nancy Zorn grew up in St. Johnsbury. She earned her BA from Lyndon State College and her MA from Saint Michael’s College. Nancy worked for the American Cancer Society Vermont Division for 20 years. In 2000, Nancy gained the position of Executive Director for the Green Mountain United Way. Now retired, Nancy is the President of the Central Vermont Council on Ageing and a Northfield Savings Bank Cooperator.
Patricia Selsky, Director, New England Federal Credit Union
Patricia is the Financial Education Director for New England Federal Credit Union. She brings a wide range of experience to the Board, including expertise as a classroom educator, community organizer, and delivering professional-based education. Patricia holds a B.S. from the Whittemore School of Business at the University of New Hampshire.
Maria Tubbs, Director, Citizens Bank
Maria has 17 years experience in the financial services industry. She joined Citizens Bank in 2001 and supported the banks learning and development department. This provided Maria with valuable experience in helping to execute adult learning principles. In 2015, Maria became a Program Manager for Community Development at Citizens Bank. In this role, Maria is responsible for supporting the banks financial education initiatives across all markets. She’s passionate about helping to empower individuals in the community to learn better money management skills. Maria is committed to ensuring youth have access to workshops that help them become more financially capable adults. Maria currently resides in NY with her husband and 2 children.
Monda Kelley, Director, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
Monda is the Talent Search Outreach Counselor at Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. She has extensive experience in education, having previously worked in public schools in and around Vermont. Monda is an adjunct professor at the Community College of Vermont.
Peter Newman, Director, Merril Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.
Peter Newman recently joined the board of Vermont Jump$tart. He is currently a financial advisor with Merril Lynch Wealth Management in Burlington, VT. Prior to moving to Vermont from Connecticut in 2014, Peter worked for 28 years in New York in the institutional cash equities business. He is a 1985 graduate of The University of Vermont and an active member of the Church at The Well. Peter and his wife, Karen, have 3 boys and reside in South Burlington, VT.
Sarah Emery, Director, Vermont FBLA
Sarah Emery currently serves on the Vermont Jump$tart Board of Directors. Sarah is a past small business owner and teaches at the Community HIgh School of Vermont. Sarah is the Executive Director of the Vermont Future Business Leaders of America and serves on the Business Cluster Professional Advisory Committee of Colby Sawyer College. Sarah is deeply committed to business education for Vermont Youth. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, she lives in St. Johnsbury with her husband of 26 years and their three sons.
Wendy Rea, Director, Northfield Savings Bank
Wendy Rea is a Senior Community Banking Officer with Northfield Savings Bank. She has a long history of working to promote financial literacy, and has conducted numerous workshops in schools, businesses, libraries, senior centers, and many other organizations. Wendy is an active member of her community, serving as Chair of Community Emergency Relief Volunteer (CERV) and Chair of the Northfield Observance Labor Day Committee.