The Board of the Grafton, Vermont-based Windham Foundation announced today that former Vermont Creamery CEO Bob Reese has been elected as a member of its Board of Trustees. Reese founded Vermont Creamery with Allison Hooper in 1984, where they led the company until 2017, when the company was acquired by Land O’Lakes, Inc.
“Bob Reese has played a significant role in building Vermont’s reputation for exceptional cheesemaking. Throughout his career he has been committed to promoting Vermont's agricultural economy and land stewardship” said Windham Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Bill Bruett. “His background and experience fit with The Windham Foundation’s mission of enhancing Vermont's rural economy and especially to our commitment to making high quality cheese at The Grafton Village Cheese Company, a subsidiary of the Foundation. "
CEO and President Liz Bankowski added, “Our management staff in each of our programs will benefit from Bob’s experience, insights and judgment. We are delighted that he has joined the board.”
Reese holds a BS in Agricultural Economics from the University of Vermont and an MBA in Finance from Southern New Hampshire University. He has been awarded Vermont’s SBA Small Business of the Year; UVM’s Outstanding Alumni Award at the College of Agriculture; and serves on the Board of Managers of Ayers Brook Goat Dairy, L3C.
Reese and wife Sandy are lifelong Vermonters and make their home in South Hero, Vermont.
About the Windham Foundation
Headquartered in Grafton, Vermont, the Windham Foundation is an operating foundation engaged in philanthropic, charitable and educational activities. Since its inception in 1963, its mission is to promote the vitality of Grafton and Vermont's rural communities through its philanthropic and educational programs and its subsidiaries whose operations contribute to these endeavors. The Foundation is the owner of Grafton Village Cheese Co. and the Grafton Inn.