VMEC Board of Directors elects members Janette Bombardier, Gina Akley

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) announced the results of its December 9, 2021 annual election of VMEC advisory board members.

The persons newly elected to the VMEC Advisory Board for a two-year term were Janette Bombardier, PE, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Chroma Technology / 89 North (Bellows Falls) and Gina Akley, President, Trow & Holden (Barre).

Janette Bombardier leads the engineering and technical functions of Chroma Technology / 89 North, which includes a diverse technical team that develops and manufactures optical filters and light sources. She is responsible for engineering, operations, manufacturing improvements, technology advancement and product development. She started at Chroma in 2018 and is an integral part of the leadership team that drives the strategic direction, product development and future growth of Chroma’s manufacturing.

She has spent most of her career manufacturing advanced semiconductors for IBM and was the Vermont Senior Manager responsible for the overall management of 4,500 employees and tenants at the site. His broad career in semiconductor technology included construction management, product development, manufacturing operations, semiconductor testing, quality, contract management and continuous improvement. She was a key leader in the transition from IBM Microelectronics to GLOBALFOUNDRIES in 2015, where she continued to play her role as site leader.

Janette is a licensed professional engineer and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Vermont. She currently sits on the executive committee of the Vermont State Workforce Investment Board, is a director of the Vermont State College System, and a board member of the Vermont Futures Project and VCET. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her commitment to STEM education and Vermont, including Vermont Engineer of the Year in 2019 and Vermont Citizen of the Year in 2015.

Gina Akley is president of Trow & Holden, a masonry and stoneworking tool maker in Barre, Vermont. She has been working full time for the company since 2016, when she returned to the region after spending several years working abroad. She immediately took on a leadership role in managing people and operations, and became president of the company in 2019 when ownership was officially passed to the next generation.

Gina and her brother Benjamin are the sixth generation to run this family business, which has operated in the same location since 1890. Prior to returning to Trow & Holden, she spent four years in Scotland as UK Client Operations Manager for Northern Power. Systems, managing all wind turbine installation and maintenance projects. Gina also has many years of experience in human resources and personnel management. She holds an MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, and serves on the boards of the Vermont Granite Museum and the Barre Unified Union School District.

Member of the VMEC advisory board Dave blittersdorf, CEO / Founder, All Earth Renewables, Inc. (Williston, VT), was re-elected for an additional two-year term. Leaving the board having fulfilled their terms are Lisa Groeneveld, COO / Co-Owner, OnLogic (South Burlington, VT) and Brenan Riehl, President and CEO, Nolato GW, Inc. (Bethel, VT); VMEC would like to thank them for their years of service. Mike Rainville, president of Maple Landmark Woodcraft (Middlebury, VT) was also re-elected chairman of the VMEC advisory board for an additional one-year term.

About VMEC: Part of the national MEP National Network â„¢ and hosted by Vermont Technical College since 1995, VMEC operates as a non-profit organization with a primary mission: “to empower and empower Vermont manufacturers”. A local resource and trusted advisor to businesses of all sizes, the VMEC team brings world-class expertise in consulting, coaching, hands-on implementation support, training and education for leaders and workers. Through the VMEC PSG business unit, on a selected basis, VMEC also brings process, strategy and innovation expertise to non-manufacturing companies, non-profit organizations, healthcare, higher education and government sectors in Vermont. VMEC provides proven systems and solutions focused on strategies, processes, products, technologies and people.


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