Board of Directors

Emilye Pelow Corbett, President

Emilye Pelow Corbett is a sustainable business professional with over nine years of investment, business development and project management experience. Emilye lives in Barre with her family and in her spare time likes to farm and travel. She joined the Partnership to become a more active member in her community and to support the business community in Barre.

Michael Waggoner, Vice-President

Michael works with three local radio stations in Barre. He works with businesses throughout Central Vermont to assist with advertising and marketing and has been in the radio business for 36 years. Michael has previously served on Boards for Our House, Vermont Association of Broadcasters, the Central Vermont Humane Society, and was elected to a previous term on the Barre Partnership Board from 2008 to 2012.

Caitlin Corkins, Secretary

A native of Bristol, Vermont, Caitlin moved to Barre City in 2012 after accepting the position of Tax Credits & Grants Coordinator for the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. She earned a BA in history from Knox College and an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont. Caitlin is looking forward to supporting the Partnership's mission to help foster a vibrant downtown Barre. 

Wendy Dente, Treasurer

Wendy is a long-time resident of Barre. She raised both her kids in Barre, homeschooling them from k-11. Wendy currently works for DLM Services, a bookkeeping and tax preparer service business located in Barre. When she’s not working she can be found enjoying her husband Chris Dente’s guitar music or playing around with her shih-tzu, Daisy. 

Lucas Herring, Ex-Officio

Lucas moved from Worcester, VT to Barre City in 2003 with his daughter Alyssa. Lucas has worked for the State of Vermont since 2000 and has degrees from Castleton State, Johnson State and Champlain Colleges. Lucas spends most of his spare time volunteering with group such as Barre City Schools, Serves on City Council, is secretary of the Vermont Granite Museum Board, and Adjutant with the Sons of the American Legion. Lucas participates with many local fundraising initiatives and other committees throughout the year. Lucas currently works as the IT Director for the Department of Corrections.

Linda Leu

Linda is a recently retired Registered Nurse with over 40 years experience in the healthcare field, most recent as Director of the Medical Services Department at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont. She has lived in Barre Town for 28 years where she and her husband, John, raised their two children. Linda currently has a full-time Mary Kay Business, is President of the Barre Town Fire Department Auxiliary, and a member of the Parish Council and Finance Committee at the St. Monica Church in Barre.

Ericka Reil

Ericka Reil is a native Vermonter and person with a disability. She has lived in Barre for 15 years with her son, Will, and husband, Joe. She is the Chair of several Boards and Committees dealing with protections and advocacy for people with disabilities. She travels around the state and country training on disability rights and culture.

Randi Dudley

As a sophomore, Randi had to chance to apply to HOBY, also known as The Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Camp. Around 10 sophomores showed an interest in bettering their leadership skills and also applied, however, only 2 students from Spaulding High School were allowed to go with tuition paid by the school.  After writing an essay and going through an interview process, she and another classmate were picked to attend this camp.  She was very excited to be chosen to go because it benefited her leadership skills. Shortly after, she was selected to be the student liaison from SHS to the Barre Partnership Board. 

Dustin Poitras

Dustin grew up in Barre city and graduated from Spaulding High School. Dustin continued his education at Johnson State College and graduated with a bachelors in Business Management.  Dustin has worked for a number of food service enterprises in Barre and his goal of owning and operating a sandwich shop on Main Street was fulfilled in October of 2015 when he opened, Maria's Bagels right on Main Street in Barre. Maria's Bagels was named after his daughter and you can find young Maria at the shop barking orders to Dustin. 


Joshua Jerome, Executive Director

Josh is a Graniteville native, but has lived throughout Vermont his whole life. He first became associated with The Barre Partnership in 2013 becoming a member of the Board of Directors. He has a B.A. in Social Science with a focus on history and a M.A. in Sustainable Business & Communities. Josh came from Community Capital of Vermont, located right in downtown Barre where he helped grow their annual loan volume from $300,000 to $1,000,000 and become the highest volume SBA Microlender in New England. Josh is passionate about small business and helping create a thriving center of commerce, culture and community in downtown Barre. He is also on the board of directors for Granite City Grocery. When he’s not working, you may find him in his garden, chasing his beagle in his back yard or playing with his two daughters, Sophia and Alyce.