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.
John was born in Middlebury and has lived there all his life. He is a retired lawyer and enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, fishing and tennis. John is on the Board of Directors of the Mary Johnson Children Center and the MUHS/MHS Alumni Association.
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.
A real estate broker with Century 21 Jack, Sue grew up locally and lives year round on Lake Dunmore. As a kid, she spent a lot of memorable time at her grandparents’ camp on Dunmore. Later she worked and played at Waterhouse’s and the North 40, her family’s businesses. Sue and her husband Peter operated Waterhouse’s for 22 years along with their four children. Milfoil first cropped up during this time. As a trustee of the association then, Sue organized the initial volunteer program of hand-pullers. Milfoil remains a great concern for Sue. The Lake Dunmore Fern Lake Association has matured during these years and is now the strongest it has ever been. Sue is proud to serve the membership as a trustee. It’s her hope to preserve the natural beauty and recreational opportunities of this area for her children and grandchildren to be passed on to their families.
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.
Dede has been on the lake all of her life, first as a summer resident and now full time for the past 7 years. In her past life, Dede served on various public sector boards in NJ -- 18 years on the town Housing Commission, the Community Development Board for about 12 years, and 13 years on the Board of Education, with 4 years as its President. This is her second term on the ŁDFLA board. Dede’s grandchildren are the fifth generation of the family to enjoy the lake. They seem to have inherited the family “fish” gene and enjoy many hours in and around the lake. Dede is committed to do all she can to preserve the lake for their and others’ enjoyment.
Brian has been connected to Lake Dunmore for 44 years. Growing up, he spent entire summers at Waterhouses, and in most recent years has been a seasonal renter there, waiting for the right opportunity to become a homeowner on the lake. (Happily, it looks as if this will become a reality in the new few months!) Brian has been an Associate Member of the LDFLA and generously donated to the Lakes Alive Campaign, even though he was not a homeowner. He has established many local long-lasting relationships to assist with his work with the LDFLA. A resident of Westfield, MA, Brian is the former President of the Devon Manor Homeowners’ Association (consisting of 110 homes). Brian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Westfield State University and has been employed for more than 25 years in the Aerospace Industry with United Technologies Corporation. There he has served as Manufacturing Engineering Associate, Chief of Manufacturing Control, Program Operations Manager, Program Manager for International Programs, and currently is the Director of Supply Chain for the Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Space Systems Business Unit, managing more than 100 associates at ten United States and International locations. The Supply Chain group under Brian’s direction is responsible for more than $500,000,000 of the business’ revenue. Brian can usually be found in his boat out on the water. He is passionate about preserving the lake’s water quality and is eager to lend assistance wherever he is able.
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.
My name is Jennifer Juneo Mullen and I am a lake resident. I have been in and around Lake Dunmore my entire life. My family has close ties with the area, also, as my grandfather is from Salisbury and owned a place on the lake for several years. (Near Cove Point) My parents, Shirley and Bob Juneo, moved here permanently in 1989. My father was a fixture in the LDFLA for many years. He served as both secretary and treasurer at different points in his “career”. (And sometimes at the same time!) He was a major part of many projects including dock tags, lettering the lake roads for 911, working on getting money set aside for milfoil, just to name a few. I moved to the lake permanently a year ago, January, from the Northern Virginia area. (Loudoun County, to be exact—right outside of Washington, D.C.) I have a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education. (Radford University and George Mason University) I have one daughter, Whitney, who is currently attending Radford University. I will be getting married this summer to an amazing man—Christopher Sommer. (Incidentally, we met here at Sunset Lodge when we were kids! This lake is a magical place!). I have such a deep and abiding love for these lakes! I am technically a 4th generation Salisbury resident and lake person!! I am currently serving as the LDFLA representative to the Salisbury Conservation Commission. Lake Dunmore holds so many special memories for me and my family. We love the area and all it represents. I am deeply honored to have been asked to serve on the board.