Staff & Board


Theis – I grew up in Vermont, about an hour south of here. I relocated to Central Vermont in 2001 and other than a few odd spells I’ve been living here ever since. I recently spent the better part of a decade working at the Capitol Grounds Café in Montpelier, and I’m still always ready to get nerdy about coffee. 

I’ve also got a taste for natural and funkier wines, which I’ve begun sneaking onto the shelves. Once again, I’m here to chat with anyone who’s interested in going down that rabbit hole.

The last thing I’ll say is that I’ve loved my time at the store so far. I know the store is still a work in progress, that it’s a little rough around the edges. But the the thing about a work in progress is that it is progressing. We’ve got some really exciting plans and I’m just thrilled to be here!


Janet Chambers (Treasurer) In the fall of 2017, Janet moved to Maple Corner and immediately became a regular at the store, Whammy Bar and post office. After getting through that first winter with the help of the community, Janet decided to make this her permanent home. Janet has over 25 years of experience in finance and accounting, currently working in software as the CFO of ClearCompany. She is excited to be part of the Finance committee and serve on the board of the MCCS.

Brian Clark: Brian and his wife Barbara McAndrew built their Maple Corner home over 20 years ago, following his earlier career as a Central Vermont teacher. Since then he’s created Brian Clark Woodworks, a business specializing in handcrafted furniture of the highest quality. He is a regular musician on the Whammy Bar calendar and can often be found running, skiing and biking the roads and trails of Maple Corner. He serves on the business planning committee of the MCCS, focusing on building and fixed assets assessment.

Nick Emlen: Nick worked on the early planning phase of purchasing the store as a member of the original exploratory committee. He led the effort to obtain state permitting to bring the wastewater system for the Whammy Bar into regulatory compliance. He currently serves on the MCCS Personnel Committee. Nick worked for Vermont’s community mental health system of service delivery for 23 years, most recently as Mental Health Services Director for the Vermont Council. Now nominally retired, you can usually find him walking in the woods.

John Rosenblum: John drove his ‘62 VW van to Vermont in 1976 vowing to leave society forever, but eventually co-founded and was CEO of Green Mountain Logic, a Vermont life-science software company, which was ultimately acquired by Oracle. He co-founded and chaired the Clinical Pharmacology Community at Drug Informatics Association, served on the board of the Association of Clinical Pharmacology Units, on a VT legislative study committee as the governor’s representative, and on UVM’s SPARK Technology Commercialization Panel. He has advised several VT medical technology startups. John moved to Maple Corner in 2001, where he’s served as treasurer and president of Maple Corner Community Center. These days, he’s mainly focused on swimming in Curtis Pond, writing a novel, and spending time with his wonderful grandchildren.

Carolyn Herz: Carolyn lived in Woodbury 30 years ago, and this experience convinced her of the essential role a store plays in anchoring a rural community.  After 25 years in Montpelier, she and her husband Jonathan recently moved to the PFP co-housing community in Maple Corner, where they share their home with two border collies and the occasional visits from their grown sons.

Olivia Gay: Olivia grew up next to the store and now, decades later, she’s excited to be part of the community-ownership of this treasured village asset.  She’s eternally grateful to the visionary group that pulled together the enormous effort to purchase the store and manage the transition from private owners. Most of her adult life, Olivia’s been involved in community organizing and fund-raising in Calais, and currently serves on the MCCS Marketing Committee as well as recruiting volunteers for various store projects. Another aspect of her community involvement is officiating wedding ceremonies in case you need that service!

Cristin O’Donnell: I am a recent transplant to the Maple Corner community after growing up in Montpelier, living outside of Vermont for 10 years, and returning back to the State in 2005.  My husband, Patrick and I initially settled in East Montpelier, before our move to Calais in 2018.   

Our family will have three children at U-32 in the fall, and we have loved the transition to the Maple Corner community and enjoy all the many aspects of being a part of the community from Blue Barn Camp, Barnstock, live music at the Whammy Bar, year-round activities on the pond, to becoming stockholders in the Community Store.  You’ll find us kayaking, walking the dogs, hiking the trails, running the loops, and shopping at the store while picking up mail at the post office.  


  • Janet Ancel
  • Rodney Buck
  • Marialisa Calta
  • Reed Cherington
  • Carolyn Herz
  • Richard Maizell
  • John Rosenblum
  • Dirk Van Susteren
  • Leslie Ward