Geer and Smith join The Nature Conservancy’s Board of Trustees

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Tue, 10/31/2017 - 2:53pm -- Denise Sortor

The Nature Conservancy in Vermont is honored to have two new and exemplary community members join its Board of Trustees who exhibit a passionate commitment to the vibrancy and health of Vermont’s natural landscape, economy, and its people.

New Board Members include: Judy Geer of Morrisville and Win Smith of Warren and Shelburne.

Geer, along with her husband Dick Dreissigacker, direct the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, a non-profit outdoor recreational and training facility that hosts Nordic skiing, rowing, running and cycling activities, while promoting sustainability, and land and water stewardship. For nearly 25 years, Geer has also been a part of the Concept2 team that manufactures and sells rowing and fitness equipment to a global market, where her responsibilities evolved from engineering, to customer communications and marketing.

A graduate of Dartmouth in 1975 with a degree in Ecology, Geer went on to earn a Masters of Engineering from Dartmouth’s Thayer School in 1983. A former Olympian, Geer was a member of the US National Rowing Team which competed in the 1976, 1980, and 1984 Olympics. Geer and her husband have three grown children and split their time between Morrisville and Craftsbury, Vermont.

Win Smith of Warren and Shelburne. Win Smith is Chairman and CEO of Summit Ventures NE, LLC, which owns Sugarbush Resort and where he also serves as President of Sugarbush and oversees daily operations year-round. Smith’s first career was at Merrill Lynch where he spent twenty-eight years. The last ten he was an Executive Vice President of Merrill Lynch & Co., member of the Executive Committee, and Chairman of Merrill Lynch International. Win Smith has served as Chair of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce as well as the Vermont roundtable. He is on the Board of the Vermont Ski Areas Association and is Vice Chair of the National Ski Areas Association and will assume the Chair in May 2018 for a two-year term. Smith has previously served on the Boards of Deerfield Academy, Outward Bound, The Japan Society, The Americas Society, the New York City Ballet and the Cancer Research Institute. Smith received his undergraduate degree from Amherst and his MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife split their time between the Vermont towns of Warren and Shelburne, where they enjoy the gifts of the natural world from the Green Mountains to Lake Champlain and beyond.

“We are very excited about the addition of these community and business leaders to our Board of Trustees. Both Judy Geer and Win Smith are respected for their business acumen, appreciation for the natural world, and commitment to sustainability. It is critical that we have such passionate ambassadors working on behalf of our conservation vision, which secures our land and waters for the benefit of nature and people, in a changing climate,” said Heather Furman, state director of The Nature Conservancy in Vermont, “We are deeply grateful for the commitment of all our trustees in helping us build a healthy, resilient, and thriving Green Mountain State.”

Geer and Smith will join current Trustees: Lynn Bondurant, Chair, George Burrill, Allen Clark, Richard Heilemann, Richard Jackson, Deb Markowitz, Bryan McCarthy, John McInerney, Jed Murdoch, Sarah Muyskens, Maggie Paine, Peter Swift, and Peter Van Oot.

The Nature Conservancy in Vermont is a non-partisan, global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on the ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We work in all 50 states and in over 65 countries. In Vermont, we have helped conserve over 300,000 acres of land, 1200 miles of shoreline, and we own and manage 55 natural areas that are open to the public. To learn more and support our important work, please visit: and twitter @vtnature_org