Board of Advisors
A dynamic group of industry leaders help to guide SLI and provide opportunities for students. Our board consists of:
Mark Hicks (VLS' 06) – Associate Director of High School Review at NCAA and NCAA Eligibility Center. He leads a unique group that collects, reviews and conducts analysis on issues such as academic fraud, academic quality control and academic performance at the secondary level as they apply to both NCAA legislation, general education standards and/or various federal and state statutes. Holds degrees from Vermont Law School ('06) and University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Rob Kaler (VLS' 90) – Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of U.S. Soccer Foundation in Washington, D.C. He previously litigated on behalf of the National Football League Players Association, including in an antitrust action that was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Kaler also served as Deputy General Counsel for the Continental Basketball Association. He holds degrees from Vermont Law School ('90) and Dennison University.
Edward Mattes (VLS' 83) – Chairman of the Vermont Law School Board of Trustees and Co-Owner of the Ogden Raptors baseball club, a minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Connecticut Tigers, a minor league affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Mattes is also co-founder and CEO of Avant Garde Therapeutics and Technologies LLC. He holds degrees from Vermont Law School ('83) and the University of Pennsylvania, with studies at Cambridge University.
Jim Munsey (VLS' 84) – President of Munsey Sports Management, based in Palm Beach, Florida. He is a MLBPA certified agent whose clients include Jarrod Saltalamacchia of the Boston Red Sox, Sam Fuld of the Tampa Bay Rays and other top Major League Baseball players. Munsey holds degrees from Vermont Law School ('84), University of New Hampshire and Stetson University.
Parker Riehle (VLS '92) Parker is president of Ski Vermont, the Vermont Ski Areas Association (VSAA), which represents the state's alpine and Nordic ski areas in governmental affairs, marketing and public affairs. A native of South Burlington, VT, Parker attended Hamilton College where he majored in creative writing and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. After serving as Vermont Congressman Peter Smith's Legislative Correspondent in Washington, D.C., Parker attended Vermont Law School followed by several years of private practice in California and Vermont. In 1998, Parker joined VSAA as the Director of Governmental Affairs, and in 2003, Governor Douglas appointed him to his senior staff as Special Assistant to the Governor and Secretary of Civil & Military Affairs where he served as legal counsel, legislative liaison and policy advisor. After the Governor's first term, he returned to VSAA where he has been president since 2006. Parker served on the Governor's Commission on Climate Change from 2005 -2007, and currently serves on the Vermont Travel & Recreation Council and on the Act 250 District 4 Environmental Commission. Parker lives in South Burlington with his wife, Deidre, and their two children, Hunter and Ellie.
Kevin Ryan is Director of Education and Communication at the Vermont Bar Association. His many publications explore a wide range of topics, including constitutional law, legal theory, political theory, professionalism and legal ethics, and international law. Kevin has taught numerous continuing education courses on subjects ranging from ethics and professionalism, to e-filing, to management and technology. He currently serves as adjunct professor of political science at Norwich University where he teaches courses on constitutional law, American citizenship, and political theory. He is a past chair of the National Association of Bar Executives Communications Section. Kevin has coached baseball and basketball for many years at the high school and college levels and is currently assistant baseball coach at Norwich University.
Andrew Weber (VLS '07) – Former General Manager of the Connecticut Tigers and Oneonta Tigers. As general manager, Weber ran the day-to-day operations of team and business. Has also worked in the wealth management field. He holds degrees from Vermont Law School ('07) and Lake Forrest College.