Meet your volunteer trustees
Jim Cunningham, Treasurer
Jim purchased property on Lake Dunmore in 2013 and immediately became a member of the LDFLA and a generous donor to the Lakes Alive Campaign. He resides in Great Barrington, MA and spends as much time at his property on Lake Dunmore as possible, swimming, boating, and entertaining three generations of family. Jim’s undergraduate degree is from Springfield College, with graduate studies in the finance area. He was elected President and CEO of the Great Barrington Savings Bank in 1991 (later known as the Berkshire Bank). He remained President and CEO until he retired in 2002. Past service on various boards: Massachusetts Bankers Association, Savings Bank Life Ins., Berkshire Health Systems, Norman Rockwell Museum (including past President), Austin Riggs Center, Great Barrington Rotary Club (including past President), Berkshire County Chamber of Commerce, and Wyantenuck Country Club (including past President). Jim has also been active in youth sports, coaching baseball, basketball, and soccer for many years. When Jim can not be found at his place on Lake Dunmore, there’s a good chance he can be found on a golf course, hunting, or fishing. We are lucky to have Jim willing to loan his expertise to the LDFLA!
Courtney DeBisschop, 2nd Vice President
Courtney is a native Vermonter growing up in Ferrisburgh, near the Basin Harbor Club, she spent her summers on Lake Champlain. She currently lives in Middlebury with her husband Matt and two children. She works as real estate broker for IPJ Real Estate and has been licensed since 2000. Courtney is also co-owner of DeBisschop Excavating LLC and owns/manage numerous rental properties. She has been an owner on Lake Dunmore since 2015.
She is on the Addison County Board of Realtors (*Board President 2002, 2016), an Addison Chamber of Commerce Member, in the National Association of Realtors, and is a Girls on the Run Coach 2014, 2015
Jim Foley, President
“James C. Foley Jr.”, otherwise known as “Jim” spends summers from May through October at his family camp located on Rustic Lane, Salisbury. Jim and his wife Stephanie reside in New Haven, Vermont for the remaining months of each year. Jim grew up in Middlebury, attended college at Rice University, served in the US Navy for 7 years, attended law school at Southern Methodist University, began his career as an attorney in Dallas, Texas in 1990, and returned to Middlebury to join his father in the practice of law in 1993. While at the lake, Jim and Stephanie enjoy all forms of watersports (waterskiing/ sailing/boating/swimming/etc) and in the winter months, they enjoy skiing at Mad River Glen and playing both indoor and outdoor tennis and platform tennis. Jim has been active in the “Lakes Alive” fundraising program for the last 3 years. Since joining the board, he has served on the Aquatic Invasive Species Committee where he has been tasked with coordinating the LDFLA milfoil control efforts with representatives of the State of Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.
Stephanie Foley, Secretary
Stephanie’s connection to Vermont began at age 13, spending weekends in the winter with family skiing and teaching skiing at Sugarbush where her parents had a ski house. She continued that weekend connection to VT through college (Rutgers University) and spent summers in VT during college, teaching tennis (Sugarbush and Windridge in Craftsbury). She then attended law school at the Vermont Law School. Internships lead to the practice of law in Middlebury, where she met her husband Jim. After serving as a prosecutor for Addison County for a number of years, she joined Deppman & Foley, P.C. in Middlebury where she has been a partner since 2006. Stephanie and Jim have owned properties on Lake Dunmore since 2008, first on the eastern shore on Lakeview Drive and currently on Rustic Lane. She has been a member of the LDFLA since 2008. Before she was active in the Lakes Alive campaign, serving as a co-chair of the Major Gifts Committee and organizing the Gala, she filled in running the picnic auction in 2013 to help raise funds to combat the milfoil problem. Stephanie is dedicated to doing all that she can to preserve our water.
Jim Meyersburg, 1st Vice President
Jim has been coming to Lake Dunmore for 65 years. His grandfather bought his family's camp in the early thirties, and it has served four generations. Jim's family built a new house on the property in 2013, with the intent of eventually living there year round. Jim spent most of his life in suburban Washington DC, married Jane, and had a son, Jason. He started a mobile electronics business which eventually became a small local chain. He sold it after 27 years, and moved to Florida to care for his father. Jim has always been interested in anything mechanical, and has always been drawn to the water, so he apprenticed with a yacht company, and eventually started a small boat service. He also teaches disabled sailing with Freedom Waters Foundation, a local charity in Florida. Jim joined LDFLA in 2014 to manage the milfoil effort. Jim credits his predecessor Allan Wilson on a fantastic job establishing the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) group, and Jim has used his skills to expand the committee to utilize the wealth of talent he's found here on the lakes. The group is exploring every possible method to control the milfoil and other invasive species. Jim loves these lakes, and his main goal is to return them to the state they were in when he was growing up.
Since moving to Vermont 18 years ago, Jeff and his family visited Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake many times. When they decided to buy a vacation house, they looked at houses in Maine, on Lake Champlain, and Lake Bomoseen as well, but Lake Dunmore felt like home. Since they have moved here, they have gotten to know better the people in the lake community and have grown to love the lake. Jeff sees serving on the LDFLA Board as an opportunity to help care for and protect the lake he loves and become a bigger part of its community. He looks forward to discovering how he can help the Board continue its mission to protect the vitality of the lakes for generations to come.
Working as an executive for a large construction company has allowed Jeff to serve on many committees and several Boards, including the Board of Directors of three companies. This has provided experience working collaboratively to find solutions in groups of people with sometimes diverse viewpoints.
Other Community Involvement:
Middlebury Cooperative Nursery School, director of maintenance and worked to complete an intense summer-long building addition with all volunteer labor
Has participated in Habitat for Humanity, Congregational Church of Middlebury community service trips, and United Way Days of Caring
Coach for youth soccer and baseball
Supporter of local arts, Lake Dunmore Fern Lake Association, Charter House Coalition, Lund Family Center, Red Cross, Cancer Patient Support Foundation, and the Congregational Church of Middlebury
Katie has been visiting Lake Dunmore for more than fifteen years. Her husband’s family lives in the area, and the lake holds a special gathering place for their family. In 2013, they purchased their cottage in North Cove from a family member. During the school year, she lives in Boston with her husband and young daughter, but they move to the lake for the entire summer. In the winter, they also often come to the area to ski and visit family. Katie became involved with the lake by assisting with the AIS state grant reports, grant applications, and data collection protocol. She is committed to protecting the natural biodiversity of the lake and ensuring it will be enjoyed by all for many more generations. She holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Colorado and a M.S. in Natural Resource Management from Central Washington University. She has worked in natural resource management for over ten years.
David and his wife Jane have spent the last four summers at Lake Dunmore on Mountainview Drive. Dave works for Princeton University at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. A PhD physicist, he is currently working on the ITER fusion research facility, under construction in southern France. He specializes in the development of diagnostic instrumentation used to characterize the magnetically confined plasma. He expects to retire in the next year. He and his wife enjoy the hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking, and sailing opportunities at and around the lake, and want to preserve this wonderful resource. Dave serves on the invasive species committee, and is currently involved in mapping the lake bottom in order to track the weed growth, with the hopes of using this technology to help mitigate the milfoil threat.
Rich has an undergraduate degree in engineering and advanced degrees in biology and environmental science. He has a 40 year career teaching science in high school and college. During this time, Rich coached varsity sports, started one of the first advanced placement programs in the country, and wrote one of the first environmental science texts for high school use. In 1982, he moved his family to England for a year as he was selected for a Fulbright Exchange. For 11 summers Rich ran the other boys camp on Lake Dunmore, Camp Dunmore for Boys, now part of Keewaydin. He also served as a board member for a gated community in Florida and was president of a teachers association. His family bought a camp on the lake in 1976 and has spent summers here for 40 years. They have enjoyed the lake year round for the past 2 years, and Rich has been involved with water testing and milfoil control. As a part of membership, Rich will try to implement the new communications system and increase the membership in LDFLA.
Pete Hare is the Executive Director of the Keewaydin Foundation. Keewaydin operates two summer camps on Lake Dunmore, Keewaydin Dunmore for boys on the north end of the lake, and Songadeewin for girls, on the west shore. Attending Keewaydin as a boy, he has spent nearly every summer of his life on Lake Dunmore. Before joining Keewaydin full time, he taught Spanish and history at the Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia and the American School of Madrid in Spain. During the fall and winter months, Pete lives with his wife, Diane, in Middlebury, VT. They have three grown children, all of whom remain active at the camps.
Karen grew up in Brooklyn, NY but has summered on Lake Dunmore since early childhood. A reformed academic, she received a doctorate in Folklore and Celtic Studies from Harvard, when she could find time between games of squash, gravestone rubbing, and long rows on the Charles. In 1958, her parents bought a group of cottages at the north end of the lake (the old Franzoni property), renovated them, and opened for business the following year as North Cove Cottages. This summer marks the 56th season of continuous operation for the cottages, which Karen has managed since the death of her mother in 1976. She has the dubious distinction of having discovered milfoil at the north end of the lake a number of years ago and has been involved in the battle against it ever since. A freelance writer and editor, in her spare time she quilts and is working on a book about life at the lake. During her years in Boston, she served as president of the Greater Boston Chapter of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (later the Hearing Loss Association of America), and on several state advisory councils for people with hearing loss. She has been a year-round resident at the lake for seven years and has been involved with the LDFLA silent auction for two years. She welcomes the opportunity to work with others who love the lakes to preserve them for future generations.
He is a graduate of the College of Wooster in Ohio (class of 1963) and the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania. (1965). Most of his career was with IBM including roles as: a programmer in Gaithersburg, MD; a salesman in a Philadelphia PA branch office; various management positions, including international marketing and product management in the Westchester County NY area; and a business development manager for IBM Global Network
Prior to life at the Lake Dunmore he lived in Wilton (and Redding) CT. He still serves as the treasurer of Ogden House, a HUD Section 8 low income housing unit in the area and is on the Board of the Gunar Johnson Fund, a small charitable foundation in CT.
His love affair with the Lake began with a chance visit and vacation in 1972 with Anna and 2 sons (then ages 3 & 6). The attachment grew with the purchase of property (now called 231 Lakeview Drive) in 1975. In 2006 the commitment grew substantially with the demolition of the old camp and construction of a new year-round home from Connor Homes of Middlebury. Today the lake is home year round in all senses of the word.
He served on the LDFLA Board of Trustees since the fall of 2009 to 2015 in the capacity of Treasurer. During this time he identified the need for substantially increased funds to meet future needs. This led to the Lakes Alive – Now & Forever capital campaign where he serves as the Campaign Director
He and Anna are now full time Lake Dunmore Vermonters and loving it. He enjoys woodworking, golf, pickleball, skiing and the grandkids with varying degrees of skill.
The Benton family has owned a home on Lake Dunmore since 1998. We rented on the lake annually before that since 1979. Wendy is third generation on the lake as her grandparents rented here annually since her late mother was a child. Wendy’s father and cousin also own property on the lake. Jeff has served on the LDFLA Investment committee since its inception. He also serves on the Finance and Planning Committee of Neshobe Golf Club. Jeff is a co-founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Investment Strategist of Fairfield Advisors. Fairfield is a hedge fund focused on volatility trading strategies. Prior to forming Fairfield, Jeff enjoyed a 25 year career as a member of the New York Stock Exchange, serving on many committees, including 4 years as a member of the Board of Governors of the Exchange. Jeff was also COO of RPM Specialist Corp and COO of Kellogg Specialist Corp. He is a former member of the NYSE, New York Futures Exchange, the New York Options Exchange, and owned an options market-making firm on the CBOE. Jeff received a BA in Business Administration from Bucknell University.
Ira's affection for Vermont and our lakes began in 1979 when his wife, Arlene - a physical education teacher during the school year - became the "Head Counsellor" and Director of Camp Dunmore for Girls . . . the sister camp to Dunmore for Boys. For the next 17 years he would drive up on summer weekends to enjoy life in Vermont, escaping from the pressured insanity of the advertising world in New York City - - - where he also spent his childhood dreaming of "living in the country" and avoiding the fumes from M104 broadway buses. After 10 years of searching for a vacation spot on Lake Dunmore, Arlene and Ira were lucky enough to find their "escape" home on Fern Lake. They've had it for 25 years and now live here for 5 months a year. (To this day he claims that when crossing into Vermont from New York the magical aroma of Vermont farming erased all business tension and worry: like smelling salts to a boxer.) Ira graduated from NYU (BS-Marketing) and City College of New York (MBA). This academic preparation led to a career in advertising and marketing - responsible for directing agencies' communication and marketing efforts for a wide variety of manufacturers and services, including Procter & Gamble and Colgate to Six Flags and NBC. He also helped establish and significantly expand two of the leading "in-store" marketing companies that enabled packaged goods manufacturers to extend their advertising and sales efforts into major supermarket chains across the U.S. Ira and Arlene have two children, two grandchildren and two dogs: eight year old Chance and a nine week old puppy named Tukka. You can find Ira either at Neshobe combatting his slice; under water hand-pulling milfoil or sweeping up fragments while exercising on his kayak . . . or, mostly, in his yard attempting to train Tukka. He is currently on the LDFLA milfoil committee and is committed to ensuring that uninhibited swimming, sailing or skiing on lakes Dunmore and Fern continue for all - forever.
Teena Betourney has lived in Vermont all her life; born in Rutland and moved to Addison County in 1974 with her parents when she was a child. She met and married Kevin Betourney, a resident of Salisbury in 1991 and moved to Leicester where they raised two daughter and built their home together; she has been a resident of Leicester for almost 30 years now.
Teena spent ten years owning and operating three hair salons and then due to the high costs of health insurance decided to take a position at a business that offered better benefits. For five years she worked for The State of Vermont as a Vermont 911 operator and part time at Porter Medical Center as a Patient Access Representative, when she eventually took a full time position as the Supervisor of Patient Access and Communications with Porter. After working for Porter Hospital for almost ten years she was offered a supervisor role at Middlebury Regional EMS and decided it was a perfect fit for her. While working for MREMS for almost two years in an administrative role, she was offered the Executive Director position. For the last three years she has been working on her medical certifications as an EMT and leading Middlebury Regional EMS both fiscally and operationally.
Last year, she and her husband purchased a home on Lake Dunmore on Dogwood Drive which they are currently completely remodeling. She spends a great deal of time working for MREMS and in her free time she can most often be found at their lake house, with Kevin, doing extensive renovations. She is very excited and happy to finally have a home on Lake Dunmore, after 12 years of looking, and looks forward to being a larger part of the community.