About the Board
The ACSD Board is made of, and elected by, citizens of Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham, and Weybridge, and is responsible for ensuring the education and welfare of the children of member towns in its District schools. Each board member is elected at large, and therefore represents the interests of all students in the District (not just the town in which they live).
The founding vision of the ACSD Board is that all students will meet their full academic potential and be prepared for success as engaged citizens. It is the Board’s responsibility to set goals, conduct high-level planning, establish policy, and allocate resources in support of this vision, as well as provide oversight and develop monitoring systems to track progress. And as a public entity, the Board must engage the community in its work.
The Board hires, supervises, and evaluates the Superintendent, who is responsible for the operation of all District schools. So while the Board sets priorities and guides the Superintendent and his or her administration in their work, it does not manage day-to-day school operations. To learn more about the essential work of school boards, please visit the Vermont School Board Association website.
The ACSD Board currently has five committees to support its work; Communications and Engagement, Facilities, Finance, Negotiations, and Policy Committees. Information about each committee can be found on our Board Committees page.
Board member biographies and email addresses can be found below. To contact the board by phone you can call 802-382-1700,
ACSD Board Members
|Last||First||Committee Assignments||Term Expiration|
|Allen||Tricia||Communications & Engagement, PAHCCfirstname.lastname@example.org||3/2026|
Policy / Negotiations
Facilities / Finance
Policy / Negotiations
Communications & Engagement
Finance / Negotiations, PAHCC
|Romp||Ellie||Communications & Engagementemail@example.com||3/2026|
Tricia Allen was born and raised in VT. She holds degrees in English and Psychology as well as a Masters in Library Science with school library certification. For six years Tricia worked as Assistant Youth Librarian before taking over as the head of the department in Salem, MA. When Tricia’s oldest child was approaching school age, the Allen family decided to move back to Vermont and Tricia jumped at the chance to serve as the Ilsley Public Library’s Youth Services Librarian. 10 years later, Tricia and her family count themselves as lucky to be living, working, and serving in such a supportive community.
Brian Bauer was elected to the ACSD Board in 2022. He has lived in Middlebury since 1969, and raised his three children here with his wife, Marion. He taught physical and life sciences at MUMs for 32 years. He holds a B.S. in Education from the University of Illinois, M.S. in Education from Antioch College, and a 6th year Certificate in Education and Business Administration from the University of Vermont. In addition to teaching, Brian has worked as an auxiliary State Police Officer, a realtor, and currently serves on the Tax Abatement Board, the Board of Civil Authority, and as a Justice of the Peace. He continues to serve kids as a school bus driver for sporting events and other extracurricular activities. When not working in the community, Brian runs and hikes the back country trails of the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks.
Suzanne Buck of Bridport has served on the ACSD Board since its creation in 2016, and also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Hannaford Career Center. Suzanne is serving her second term on the ACSD Board, and is a member of the Policy & Governance Committee. Suzanne grew up in a small farming community in rural New Hampshire, and applies that community spirit and farming work ethic to all of her public service. She holds degrees in Dairy Management and Occupational Education from the University of New Hampshire, as well as a Masters degree in Special Education. Suzanne and her husband raised their two children in Vermont. During that time she worked as a special educator and education leader. She has served on local school boards for over 10 years and continues to contribute to the community through her service work for the Hannaford Career Center, 4-H, and the FFA.
Jason was elected to the ACSD board in 2023. He grew up in East Wallingford, VT and graduated from Mill River Union High School in North Clarendon. In 1999, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. After graduation, he served two years as a high school math teacher in the U.S. Peace Corps in West Africa, where he met his wife, Nicole. They settled in Addison County in 2002 and have lived in Middlebury since 2003. They have two children in the ACSD. Jason works in Information Technology and earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the Isenberg School of Management in 2017. He enjoys gardening, cooking, snowboarding, basketball, and mountain biking.
Joanna Doria was elected to the ACSD Board in 2022. She lives in Ripton with her husband, two kiddos, and a variety of beloved farm animals, including 18 chickens and four goats. Joanna currently works as an administrator for the North Branch School. Prior to living in Vermont, Joanna worked domestically and abroad teaching both Chinese and English to students of all ages. She enjoys (and is looking forward to) traveling, working on her family’s homestead, and volunteering in the community.
Lindsey Hescock has served on the ACSD Board since 2021. She grew up in southeastern CT, and moved to Vermont in 2001. Lindsey currently works at a local long term care facility, coordinating community life and enhanced services for her residents. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Art as Non-Verbal Communication. She has also completed graduate work in Counseling Psychology, with a focus on children, adolescents, and people with developmental disabilities. Lindsey has been teaching movement, trick hula hooping, and fitness classes for over 15 years, including the gymnastics program at the Bristol Recreation Department. Lindsey has served on the Board of Directors of the Special Olympics of Vermont and Mt. Independence State Historic Site. She currently volunteers with the Middlebury Elementary School Association, and has also volunteered for the Middlebury Recreation Department, Middlebury Area Little League, Otter Creek Child Center, Speak Up! Addison County, and Green Mountain Self Advocates. Lindsey lives in Middlebury with her son, 2 cats, 2 leopard geckos, and several fish. She enjoys supporting her son’s athletic and artistic pursuits, spending time with family and friends, and doing outdoor activities such as mountain biking, skiing, kayaking, and hiking.
James “Chip” Malcolm
James “Chip” Malcolm of Middlebury has been on the ACSD Board since 2016, and previously served on the UD3 Board from 1985-2000, including six years as Board Chair. During those years, MUMS was built and MUHS underwent significant rehabilitation. He is currently serving his second term on the unified Board, chairs the Finance Committee, and is also a member of the Facilities Committee. Chip has a B.A. from Williams College, and obtained his M.D. from the University of Virginia. He practiced OB-Gyn at Porter Hospital from 1975 until his retirement in 2014. He and his wife Nancy have lived in the same house in Middlebury since 1975. Their three children graduated from MUHS and all returned to Addison and Chittenden Counties after finishing college. Chip also currently serves as the President of the Board for the Opera Company of Middlebury.
Jamie McCallum began his first term on the ACSD Board in 2022. He’s a professor of sociology at Middlebury College, where his research and teaching focus on labor and work issues, American politics, social movements, and public health. He's also taught throughout the CUNY public schools in New York City. His son attends Weybridge school, and he is active on the Friends of Weybridge Elementary group. In his spare time, Jamie’s a volunteer firefighter, an Executive Board member of the Rights and Democracy Institute, and sells his own home grown artisanal hot sauces from a backyard garden. He's from Bethlehem, PA, where he was raised by a writer and a second grade teacher.
Mary Heather Noble
Mary Heather Noble of Middlebury was elected to the ACSD Board in 2021. She is an environmental scientist, community volunteer, and writer whose work is often influenced by her former career as an environmental regulator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in environmental science from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. Mary Heather currently works for the New England Review literary magazine at Middlebury College and the Stone Mill Public Market in Middlebury. She has two daughters in ACSD, and has volunteered with the Middlebury Elementary School Association, Everybody Wins!, Girls on the Run, WomenSafe, AgeWell, Porter Hospital, and the Better Middlebury Partnership. In her free time, you can find her supporting her kids in their activities, running, skiing, gardening, and otherwise enjoying everything that Vermont has to offer.
Steve Orzech served on the former MUMS/MUHS board in 2015 and was elected to the original ACSD Board in 2016. After a brief break in 2019, he was re-elected in 2022. Steve began his career as a Computer Systems Analyst before switching to Social Studies education in 1992. He recently retired from teaching Technology and Social Studies to students ranging from the middle grades to high school seniors, and spanning many states and Brazil. With an A.A.S. and B.S. Computer Information Systems from Purdue University and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia, Steve’s formal education spans both the STEM and Humanities curricula. Originally a native of Indiana, he has lived and traveled widely before settling here in Middlebury in 2009 with his wife and youngest son – now a graduate of Mary Hogan, MUMS, MUHS and the PAHCC ART technical program. Steve can often be found walking around Middlebury or hiking the TAM with his Entlebucher Swiss Mountain dog, Circe (no she doesn’t have “some Beagle in her”).
Ellie Romp was elected to the board in 2023. She is a long time Addison County resident and graduated from Middlebury Union High School in 2005. In 2019 she earned an associate's degree from CCV, and later attended Castleton University studying in the Social Work Program. She now lives in Salisbury with her four sons and two nieces. Four of the children are currently attending ACSD schools. Her work experiences include running a riding stable and 4-H club, community mental health/social work, and is currently a small business owner. In her free time Ellie enjoys playing the fiddle, going on adventures with the children, skiing and riding horses.
Ellen Whelan-Wuest was elected to the ACSD board in 2023. She is a program director for a national nonprofit that works with states to reform criminal justice systems. Ellen received her B.A. from Middlebury College and her Masters in Public Policy from Duke University, and lived in a variety of places before returning to Addison County with her husband and two young children in 2017. Ellen sits on the boards of the Red Clover Children's Center and WomenSafe and is a member of the UCC Congregational Church of Middlebury. For fun, Ellen enjoys running, reading & writing, spending time with her friends and her sisters, and traveling to new places.
Barbara Wilson was elected to the ACSD Board in 2021, and has lived in Shoreham for over 12 years. Barb grew up on a small dairy farm in Michigan and graduated with a B.S. in Secondary Education and Mathematics from Michigan State University. She spent 38 years working for a large telecommunications software development company in New Jersey, where she designed, implemented and deployed engineering support software. Upon moving to Shoreham, Barb started a small fruit farm where she grows berries, peaches, and other fruits to make value added specialty products, such as jam and sorbet. Barb is a member of the Middlebury Farmers’ Market and Rights and Democracy, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Shoreham School Community Partnership Committee and has volunteered at the school in a special 2nd grade reading program where students read to her dog, Java. Barb lives with her husband, George, and enjoys the outdoors -- whether it be working on her small farm, hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing, cross country skiing, or sledding on her awesome hill.