Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Lois H. McClure, President Emerita

Lois served as vice president of the Foundation from its inception in 1995 through 2001, when she succeeded her husband as president. She transitioned to President Emerita in 2017. Three generations of her family have published The Burlington Free Press and served as boosters of Chittenden County. Lois and her husband devoted over three decades to philanthropic efforts in Vermont and she has continued the couple’s practice of “giving with warm hands” since her husband's passing in 2004. Lois has been the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Vermont, St. Michael’s College, Champlain College, and the College of St. Joseph.

Barbara M. Benedict, President

Barbara McClure Benedict has served as President of the Foundation since 2017 and has served on its board since 2001. Born into the family that published The Burlington Free Press over three generations, Barbara learned from her parents and grandparents the importance of community service, of sustained philanthropic leadership, and of access to lifelong learning opportunities. Barbara holds postgraduate degrees in business administration and information resources/library studies from Boston University and the University of Arizona. While rearing thee children and working in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, Barbara and her husband lived in many communities overseas and across the United States. In 2007/8, Barbara spearheaded initiatives to assess and address the barriers Vermonters face in obtaining postsecondary and career education. These varied experiences all contribute to the perspective she brings to the Foundation's philanthropic efforts. She continues to guide the Foundation's strategies to research and support the continuously changing ecosystems that influence access to postsecondary education and workforce development in Vermont.

Rebecca Henry, Vice President

Rebecca Henry has worked as a marketing and business development professional in computer software and data management firms since her graduation from Boston University over two decades ago. She enjoys helping organizations, for-profit and nonprofit alike, bring their stories to life and achieve their mission. A passionate supporter of institutions that promote experiential learning, creativity, and problem solving with a growing interest in public education policy on state and national levels, Rebecca serves on the Board of her family’s local Waldorf School. A frequent visitor to Vermont, Rebecca has followed with interest the work of the McClure Foundation and adds a wider New England perspective to the work of the Foundation.

Tim Donovan, Treasurer

Before retiring in 2014, Tim served as the Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges. During his time as Chancellor, he expanded college access for high school students and provided leadership in the passage of the Flexible Pathways bill (Act 77) in 2013. Tim’s rich experience in higher education also includes 24 years at the Community College of Vermont (CCV). He served as President of CCV from 2001 to 2009, in which time enrollment nearly doubled to make CCV Vermont’s second-largest college.

Dan Smith, Secretary

Dan is President & CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation, a position he assumed in August 2016. Dan brings to the Community Foundation experience in public service, organizational planning and development, as well as a strong legal background. He brings to the McClure Foundation deep experience promoting postsecondary access and attainment for Vermonters. Most recently, Dan served as president of Vermont Technical College. Prior to that, he was director of community relations and public policy at Vermont State Colleges, where he developed and executed the institution’s state and federal public policy agenda. Dan, an eighth-generation Vermonter, lives in the Burlington area with his wife Lindsay and their three boys.

Janet McLaughlin

Janet is Chief Operating Officer of Let's Grow Kids, working to provide affordable access to high-quality child care for all Vermont families by 2025. Prior to her current role, Janet was the Executive Director of Vermont Birth to Five (an initiative of the Permanent Fund, now Let's Grow Kids). And prior to that, Janet was Special Projects Director at the Vermont Community Foundation, a position she assumed in 2013. From her work directing the Community Foundation’s Food & Farm Initiative, Janet brings experience with multi-sector, collaborative programs that aim to promote equity. Janet has a Masters of Public Administration with a specialization in Nonprofit Management from Syracuse University and her undergraduate degree from Harvard University.

Mary Moran

Mary served the Rutland City Public Schools from 1996 through 2018, first as Assistant Superintendent and, from March 2000, as Superintendent of Education. She has a long history in public education and has served on various education and community boards and projects, including the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, the Vermont High School Task Force, the Vermont Superintendents Association, the American Association of School Administrators Executive Committee, and the Rutland Regional Medical Center. Currently, she serves on the Rutland City Public Schools Foundation, Project VISION, Advance Vermont, and the Vermont PBS Board of Directors. Students at RHS describe Mary as a real Bostonian with a wicked accent and still boast that she played basketball and tennis at Boston College "back in the day." Mary remains an avid Red Sox Fan.

Staff

Carolyn Weir, Executive Director

Carolyn Weir is the McClure Foundation's first dedicated staff person. She stepped into the role of executive director in 2019 after supporting the McClure Foundation's philanthropy since 2011 via her staff roles with the Vermont Community Foundation. At the McClure Foundation, Carolyn leads the effort to promote philanthropic best practices and alignment that strengthen Vermont’s education and workforce development systems and outcomes. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, she worked for a variety of social justice and community development organizations. Weir holds a Nonprofit Management Certificate from Marlboro College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in international politics and economics from Middlebury College. She lives in Weybridge with her husband and son. She continues to work as a senior philanthropic advisor for the Vermont Community Foundation.