Albany Community Trust Board of Trustees
The Albany Community Trust, a Vermont Domestic Nonprofit Corporation is governed by five members as a Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is responsible for assuring the adherence to our mission, providing a vision for Albany’s future and leading by example to support positive growth and increased vibrancy.
The Executive Committee of the Albany Community Trust includes Hannah Pearce, President; Rob Dewees, 1st Vice President; Kristin Urie, 2nd Vice President; Danielle Sukkaew, Treasurer and Larry Bohen, Secretary.
Danielle Coté Sukkaew – Treasurer
Danielle was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom. After college in VT, she moved to Seattle WA for 25 years. In the summer of 2016, she and her family moved back home to the NEK, landing in Albany. She is very excited to be part of this community, and part of the Albany Community Trust, whose first project is to reopen the Albany General Store!
Hannah Pearce – President
Hannah is a born and raised Albany resident. With her father, she owns and operates Hillside Farm in East Albany. Having moved back to Albany after many years in the Western U.S, she has come back to Albany to build a life in the Heart of the Kingdom. She is committed to supporting the Albany community and to help bring vitality back to the Village. She is eager to see the Albany General Store opens its doors to its glory days!
Kristin Urie – 2nd Vice-President
Kristin lives in South Albany where she farms with her husband Neil and their four children. They milk sheep and raise lambs at Bonnieview Farm, where Neil’s father and grandfather were born. Kristin was born in New York City and slowly migrated north, landing in Vermont in 2000.
In addition to farming, Kristin is the librarian at the Albany Public Library. Kristin is excited to be working with the Albany Community Trust on the effort to revive the Albany General Store, and to bring back this vital community gathering place.
I was born and grew up in Springfield, VT and attended UVM. I worked for IBM in purchasing, management, contracts administration and product pricing. During my career at IBM Sally and I began investing in residential and commercial real estate in Chittenden County. Post-IBM I dabbled in futures trading, founded AudiobooksOnline.com, a web-based merchant of audio books, and became an EMT for Richmond Rescue and Fletcher Allen Coordinated Transport. My wife Sally, is from Ohio. In 2014 we bought the Weiss Farm on Creek Road and moved here the summer of 2015. Our plan is to “watch farming happen” with someone else like Pete’s Greens and our forester / logger doing the heavy lifting. We bought in Albany because of the area’s personality that supports eco-friendly businesses, organic, sustainable and regenerative methods of food production.
When I heard about the revival of the Albany General Store Peaceful Pantry & Deli I jumped at the opportunity to help out. Having a general store is central to a small town’s vibrancy.
Rob Dewees – 1st Vice-President
My wife, Cheryl, and I have owned a house on the Creek Road in Albany for 29 years. In 2004, we purchased the old Roberts farm next to our house, restored the buildings and landscape, and it has been a working dairy farm since then. I mostly retired from business law practice in Boston in 2017 and Cheryl and I and our two sons moved permanently to Albany.
We want to support local agriculture and the Albany community with a renovated general store.