Peter Gregory - TRORC Staff

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 town, state and federal levels of government in pursuit of the mission of TRORC. Active advocacy on behalf of member towns 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.


Dee Gish - TRORC Staff

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.


Pete Fellows - TRORC Staff

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.


Kevin Geiger - TRORC Staff

Senior Planner

Kevin W. Geiger, AICP CFM – kgeiger@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.


Rita Seto - TRORC Staff

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.


Tory Levite - TRORC Staff

Planner

Victoria Littlefield – vlittlefield@trorc.org

Victoria (or Tory) assists several of our staff on a variety of projects. She manages our regional Local Emergency Planning Committee, runs our social media and website, and works on several of our CDBG-DR projects. In addition, she uses her strong skills in GIS to make maps and conduct data analysis, as well as provides technical assistance in culvert and road erosion inventories in our member towns.

Tory will be pursuing her Master’s Degree at Green Mountain College in the Fall of 2017. In her spare time, you can find Victoria cuddling with her cats and trying to find the best burger in Vermont.

Tory can be reached at extension #122.


Michael Storace - TRORC StaffPlanner

Michael Storacemstorace@trorc.org

Michael Storace works towards the planning and integration of human and natural systems. He assists municipalities in developing hazard mitigation plans, he manages watershed projects and planning initiatives, and he helps manage TRORC’s Brownfields Program. Additionally, Michael is TRORC’s Field Coordinator, and provides field data collection support for erosion and culvert inventories. Michael also helps with town planning, land use planning, and GIS mapping.

Michael graduated from the University of Vermont where he majored in environmental studies and studied water quality policies and funding mechanisms in Vermont and environmental conservation strategies. In his spare time, Michael climbs mountains, wanders through forests, and shreds powder. He is currently seeking entry into the 4,000 footers club.

Mike can be reached at extension #115.


Chris Damiani - TRORC Staff

Planner

Christopher Damiani cdamiani@trorc.org

Chris works with other staff members on a variety of programs. He has assisted on TRORC’s new Enhanced Regional Energy Plan, and works with our member towns on their energy chapters. Chris also supports our transportation program conducting traffic counts and additional field work needs as well as working with the regions public transit agencies to provide technical assistance around mapping and graphic design. In addition he works on economic development projects around the Region’s Creative Economy and village designation program. He strongly believes in providing access to public meetings and manages our youtube page and can be found filming and editing many of our meetings.

Chris is a graduate of the University of Vermont and will be pursuing his Master’s Degree in an online program with the University of Florida in the Fall of 2017. Out of the office, Chris enjoys hiking and canoeing in New England and is currently trying to visit every town in Vermont. Chris is an avid baseball fan and bleeds orange and blue for the New York Mets.

Chris can be reached at extension #123.


Ben Wood - TRORC StaffAmeriCorp 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. 


20170612_100545Planning Technician

Lauren Kaija – lakaija@trorc.org

Lauren is a 2016 graduate of Woodstock Union High School and will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the fall for environmental engineering with a certificate in water quality systems. Lauren is a planning technician for TRORC and will be providing field assistance in data collection, GIS mapping, and other required inventories. She recently took a gap year during which she traveled to Europe and New Zealand and saw many approaches to road and river management through WWOOFing and work experiences, as well as the different attitudes toward environmental activism and protection. She also has experience repairing eroded trails in the White Mountains through the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Lauren believes TRORC is the perfect stepping stone towards her goal of becoming an environmental engineer. When she isn’t at work, Lauren’s probably seeking out the next greatest secret Vermont swimming hole or getting her hands dirty in the garden.

Lauren can be reached at extension #120. 


20170612_100617Planning Technician

Rosalie Geiger – rgeiger@trorc.org

Rosalie is a recent graduate of Woodstock Union High School’s Class of 2017.  She is a planning technician for TRORC and will provide field assistance for the data collection of culverts and road erosion, GIS mapping, and other required inventories.  She plans to attend Lehigh University in the fall to pursue a major in environmental engineering.  She is looking forward to the work experience TRORC will give her and for insight into her intended major.

In her spare time, she procrastinates through cleaning, making art, and working on various projects at home.  An avid lover of the outdoors as well she can also be found running in the local national park and exploring Vermont’s many back roads.

Rosalie can be reached at extension #120. 


20170614_104046Planning Technician

Justin Sheperdjsheperd@trorc.org

Justin is continuing his pursuits in sustainability, ecological restoration, and green infrastructure with his work at TRORC surveying and analyzing hydrologically significant erosion while helping to revise the inventory process.  He is also promoting solar energy locally and volunteering with environmental groups.  He recently worked with the New York Restoration Project as Park Landscape Technician in northern Manhattan and was formerly employed as a broker for specialty food products.  He is a graduate of UVM with a degree in Environmental Studies, grew up on a Vermont farm, and loves to enrich lives with our natural environment.  He enjoys home-made yard games, home-made hard cider, rock climbing, poetry, contra-dancing, and choral singing.

Justin can be reached at extension #120.