TRORC has programs and projects in many areas, but the overarching themes are municipal assistance and regional efforts.  Thus, we work mainly with town officials and committees, lists of which you can find on the respective member town web pages and/or by contacting the town clerks.  TRORC provides professional planning, mapping, facilitation, grant writing, and project management services to our thirty member towns.

  • TRORC also provides staff support to our regional Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) that assists us in carrying out our transportation planning and prioritization processes. Click here for TAC Minutes.
  • TRORC assists the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) #12 under contract. LEPC #12 is a regional body that has statutory foundations in hazardous materials planning but is really more of an all-hazards emergency group.
  • TRORC would not be able to do our work without a multitude of organizational partners, some of which operate on a town or sub-regional scale, and others that extend beyond our boundaries or are statewide or national organizations or agencies. These are too numerous to list, but we will feature work with these at times on our website or in our newsletter.

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Executive Director

Peter G. Gregory, AICPpgregory@trorc.org
Peter was appointed Executive Director by the TRORC Board and manages the professional staff of the organization. Peter, under the direction of the Board, guides the organization, motivates and supports the staff and implements Board adopted policy. Peter interacts with towns, state and federal levels of government in pursuit of the mission of TRORC. Active advocacy on behalf of member town and with the Vermont Legislature and Vermont’s Congressional delegation is key to matching the needs of our towns with resources. Peter spearheaded the effort at being designated as an Economic Development District by the US Economic Development Administration.

Economic development, regulatory review and local land use are focal points of his work. When he is not trying to be the most responsive public sector employee he can be, he is likely peak bagging in the White Mountains of New Hampshire or teaching newer staff the fine details of craft beer.

Peter can be reached at extension #111.


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Finance Manager

Dee Gishdgish@trorc.org
Dee manages budgets, contracts, accounts receivables and payables, accounting and human resources. She also provides general administrative assistance to the commission and is project manager for the Regional Energy Plan project.  Outside of work, she can be found tending her family’s garden and sheep.

Dee can be reached at extension #110.


GIS Manager

Pete Fellows, GISP, CFMpfellows@trorc.org
Pete has worked in GIS and planning for 15 years at two Regional Planning Commissions in Vermont and is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) and Geographic Information System Professional (GISP).  Pete is in charge of GIS, field data collection and demographic data management and reporting at TRORC. His work includes the creation and maintenance of data and maps for inventories, zoning and town plans, regional maps, and numerous other map products. Pete also manages demographic data for use in reports and on the web as well as helping staff with Census data and other datasets.

He also manages the Forestry and Conservation programs and assists with the emergency operations and flood safety programs at TRORC.  His professional interests include improving flood hazard data and data access for municipalities.  He has recently worked on economic development data access and floodplain restoration.  Pete wishes he had more vacation for messing around the tributaries to the Ottauquechee and backcountry skiing in Rochester and Bethel.

Pete can be reached at extension #121.


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Senior Planner

Kevin W. Geiger, AICP CFMkgeiger@trorc.org
Kevin has over 20 years of experience in assisting Vermont towns.  He recently wrote our successful application to EPA for $400,000 in brownfields assessment funds, putting our dormant brownfields back into action.  Kevin is also responsible for TRORC’s local and regional emergency management planning efforts and water quality policy; as well as assisting towns with regulating floodplain development, zoning, and capital budgeting.  Off hours in March, Kevin can be found pruning apple trees, as well as moderating the Pomfret Town Meeting.

Kevin can be reached at extension #124.


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Loralee Morrow, LEED AP BD+C – lmorrow@trorc.org

Loralee assists towns with community and sustainability planning, she most recently co-managed the award winning “East Central Vermont: What We Want” sustainability plan along with Kevin Geiger. Loralee also works on region-wide economic development projects, including the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.  Through her urban design and architecture background, Loralee’s previous experience includes work in form-based zoning, graphic design, energy-efficient affordable housing, and low impact development. In her free time, you can usually find her rooting through second hand stores and yard sales in a quest to bring new life to old furniture and, it’s fair to say, she has a design magazine addiction.

Loralee can be reached at extension #120.


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Senior Planner

Chris Sargent, AICP csargent@trorc.org
Chris is our lead on regional and local land use planning.  He strives to “help communities navigate the ever-changing landscape of land use laws and rules, while allowing each community to keep their own vision for their future.”  In addition to managing the various contracts which fund TRORC’s local and regional planning and technical assistance programs, Chris reviews a majority of the region’s major Act 250 and Section 248 permits for consistency with the Regional Plan.  He is currently working on a pilot program that will develop scenarios for the region relating to renewable energy generation, conservation and efficiency.  In his free time, Chris is the Pitboss for Howling Hog Barbecue, one of Vermont’s most decorated competition barbecue teams.

Chris can be reached at extension #112.


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Senior Planner

Rita Seto, AICPrseto@trorc.org
Rita runs our Transportation Planning Program that includes access management, bike/pedestrian issues, elderly and disabled transportation, public transit, traffic counts, pavement and bridge project programming and represents our region in statewide modal planning efforts. Rita also works with communities on local and regional planning projects including community development block grants(CDBG), in fact, she has most recently been responsible for bringing $1.9 million in CDBG funding to the TRORC region. She also provides GIS technical assistance, and assists with emergency management planning, regional capacity studies and other special projects. On a personal note, Rita is obsessed with baking goods for her coworkers and curling in her spare time.

Rita can be reached at extension #113.


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Planner

Victoria Levitevlevite@trorc.org
Victoria is a recent graduate of Westfield State University with a double Bachelor’s in Regional Planning and Environmental Science and a minor in GIS. She did extensive work with the Town of Southwick under their planning board and mapping storm water systems. Victoria also gained experience with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in their community development section by assisting with several CDBG applications, many of which were awarded. With us, she will be assisting planners on various projects that include transportation, land use, community development, GIS mapping, writing our newsletter, and running the Facebook and Twitter accounts. On the weekends, you can catch Victoria exploring Vermont by hiking, skiing, and taking photographs.

Victoria can be reached at extension #122.


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Michael Storacemstorace@trorc.org

Mike is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont where he majored in environmental studies and studied water quality in Lake Champlain, environmental policy in Vermont, and environmental conservation strategies and policies. While at UVM he researched public opinion surrounding the proposed Northern Pass Transmission Line in New Hampshire. He recently worked for the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, a land trust in Western Massachusetts, where he monitored, maintained, built, and blazed trails. In the past, he mapped and analyzed wildlife tracking data in the Northern Green Mountains for the Cold Hollow to Canada conservation organization. He has also researched Act 250 permits in Vermont where he analyzed criteria relevant to state water quality.

With TRORC, Michael will work on a variety of different types of projects including those involved with water quality, stormwater planning, watershed management, hazard mitigation, and land use planning. Mike loves snowboarding, hiking biking, and kayaking. In his free time you can find him out exploring the Appalachian Trail, the White Mountains, and other wilderness areas.

Mike can be reached at extension #115.


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Planner

Christopher Damiani cdamiani@trorc.org

Chris is a recent graduate from the University of Vermont with a major in Community Development and Applied Economics. He has done comprehensive development work in St. Lucia focusing around food security. Chris has also attained experience with the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity in their Micro Business Development department facilitating social media strategy training’s with potential small business owners. He has also worked with the Community and Economic Development Office in Burlington assisting the Neighborhood Planning Assemblies.

For the past year Chris has worked at TRORC as the Americorps VISTA working on a variety of transit and affordable housing projects. He has provided mapping technical assistance to Stagecoach Transportation to improve service maps on various routes. He has also assisted Stagecoach with the graphic design to update bus stop signage with schedule information to assist riders at the bus stops. With his new role as a planner at TRORC, Chris will work on a variety of projects including GIS mapping, economic development, transportation, field work and videos/graphic design. Chris loves hiking in New England, canoeing on the shores of Lake Dunmore, and exploring new areas of Vermont.  He is also a die-hard New York Mets fan.

Chris can be reached at extension #123.


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AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Ben Wood – jbwood@trorc.org 

Ben recently graduated from Texas State University where he majored in Urban and Regional planning and minored in Business Administration. While attending Texas State, Ben worked on a research project for the city of Austin that used Geographic Information Systems to compare Impervious Cover change along the Slaughter lane Corridor. This helped inform the city planners about how to rewrite Impervious cover regulations in order to prevent environmental disasters.
As the VISTA at TRORC, Ben works on projects relating to alleviating poverty in the TRORC region, focusing on housing, transit, food security, and the needs of the elderly and disabled. VISTA is a federal volunteer program which has been focused on poverty alleviation since 1965. He hopes to use his TRORC experience as a way to learn about the rural side to regional planning and gain experience working with the social issues faced by planners. Ben is looking forward to experiencing Fall and Winter for the first time.

Ben can be reached at extension #125.