The Chill Foundation welcomed Scott McArdle of Starksboro, Vermont and Bo Twiggs of Shelburne, Vermont as its newest board members during the organization’s board meeting in Stowe, Vermont in December. “We are very excited and grateful to have Scott and Bo join our Board,” said Alex Bornstein, Executive Director of The Chill Foundation. “Each of these individuals brings strengths and knowledge that our organization will benefit a great deal from,” Bornstein said. “Scott is a well-respected and exceptionally knowledgeable professional fundraiser who knows the Vermont philanthropic landscape extremely well, and Bo’s expertise in youth development and social work is equally impressive. His knowledge of positive youth development initiatives will serve the organization very well as we continue our trend of program growth and serving more youth across North America.”
Scott has spent over 25 years in the nonprofit sector in various nonprofit development and program positions, including over a decade representing major philanthropists and foundations in Vermont. As a founding partner in the philanthropic advising firm Gade McArdle, Scott is currently an advisor and executive coach to nonprofits for major gifts, development assessments, capital campaign management, and development-focused executive search. He also maintains his own philanthropic advising practice, helping charitable foundations and families make the most of their giving. Prior to consulting, Scott spent 13 years at the Vermont Community Foundation (VCF) in Middlebury as Vice President for Donor Relations and Senior Philanthropic Advisor, serving as staff and board member for seven foundations and dozens of philanthropic families. He previously was in a senior leadership role at the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) as Director of Development and Marketing and Program Director. Scott lives in Starksboro Vermont, and is a native of suburban Boston and graduate of the College of the Holy Cross. He also currently serves as Secretary of the board for Vermont Public Radio (VPR).
Bo Twiggs has spent his career working to make communities safer through the improvement of criminal justice and child safety systems. After completing his Master of Social Work degree at Fordham's Graduate School of Social Service, he worked for the Center for Court Innovation, an organization that drives criminal justice reform through research and demonstration projects throughout the world. While at the Center, Bo co-developed the UpNext program model, which combined fatherhood engagement, workforce development and cognitive behavioral therapy programming to assist non-custodial fathers in reengaging with the worlds of family and work after criminal justice involvement. Since relocating to Vermont, Bo has worked to support the Franklin County families engaged with child welfare and criminal justice systems. In his current role as the Youth Justice Program Manager at the Franklin Grand Isle Restorative Justice Center, Bo works to develop and oversee programming for at-risk youth that focuses on positive engagement with community, activity and education.
The Chill Foundation, a non-profit youth-development organization based in Burlington, Vermont offers programs in 17 cities across North America. Chill inspires youth to overcome challenges through boardsports and works with participants between the ages of 10 and 18 years-old from a variety of backgrounds including foster care, juvenile justice, afterschool programs, drug treatment programs, group homes, and other marginalized populations. The Foundation works with local agencies to select the participants who would benefit most from being involved in the Chill program.
To learn more about Chill or find out how you can help visit www.Chill.org.