Leadership Team

VYP is a volunteer organization lead by a group of individuals with an interest in strengthening the Vermont professional community and helping young people find fulfilling friendships, opportunities, and career satisfaction within the state of Vermont.



Paul Dame


As a native to the state, Paul grew up in Brandon, VT before attending R.I.T. in Rochester, NY to study software engineering. He later transferred back to the green mountain state and obtained a degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education at the University of Vermont. After first starting his career at a nationally recognized firm, Paul now uses his math and problem solving skills to educate his clients regarding their financial situation as the founder of his own independent, objective financial services firm, Shepherd Financial. Paul enjoys ballroom dance, making chocolate truffles, solving Sudoku puzzles and world domination (when playing the board game Risk). Paul and his wife, Lori, are both active in their local church and currently live in Essex Junction, VT.



Chris Vintinner

Vice President

After receiving his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University, Chris relocated to Rochester, NY where he worked as a designer and project manager of commercial and industrial energy efficiency projects.  Chris jumped at the opportunity to return to his home state in 2011 and took a position as a Sales Engineer with Control Technologies.  In his free time Chris enjoys hiking & camping with his dog, Crossfit, and cheering on his favorite football team on Sundays.



Lindsay Cahill Lord

 Director of Communications 

Originally from Vermont, Lindsay spent several years in London, United Kingdom and Baton Rouge, Louisiana before returning to her home state in 2010. She is currently the Special Projects Coordinator for the Office of Communications at Norwich University, where she provides project management and support for marketing initiatives and university flagship events. Previously, she worked on state and local political campaigns and as the Marketing and Education Coordinator for the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. She loves having the opportunity to highlight all that this state has to offer—whether it’s politics, business, or higher education.

Lindsay is passionate about helping military families and about veterans' issues, and in her spare time volunteers as a VTARNG Family Readiness Group (FRG) leader.  A current MBA candidate, she enjoys reading, making woodcuts and ink paintings, and fly fishing. She has a B.A. in Political Science.


Brent Burns

Board Member at Large

Originally from Texas, Brent came to Vermont after spending time in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Georgia, Arizona, and Southwest Asia. Brent graduated from Texas A&M University and was a member of Company D-2 in the Corps of Cadets. As a Army ROTC cadet he was selected to intern at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School. After graduation, Brent worked as a political aid to U.S. Congressman Michael McCaul. In 2009, he went on active duty in the US Army, specializing in Strategic and Tactical Satellite Communications Systems. His last active duty assignment was a 15 month deployment serving as a Satellite Communications Systems Supervisor for Southwest Asia. After completion of his active duty contract, he moved to Vermont. Lately, he has been spending his time in-and-out of grad schools, reading, writing, building websites, playing music, painting, adventuring with his dog Annabelle, enjoying time with friends, and skateboarding at Talent Skatepark.

Kane Sherlock

Director of Finance

Kane grew up around the rolling hills of Tunbridge, VT before attending Hofstra University where he studied Accounting and Philosophy.  Four years of suburban living made him yearn for mountains and fresh air, so he moved back to Vermont where he started his career in public accounting.  Kane now works at NorthCountry Federal Credit Union as an internal auditor.  He spends his spare time taking in the great outdoors, reading about the ways of the world, writing, and following basketball and football.