Colby-Sawyer College welcomes three new members to its Board of Trustees for a term that began July 1, 2019 and ends June 30, 2022.
Stephen “Steve” D. Birge
After graduating from Providence College with a bachelor’s degree in business management, Steve co-founded Black River Produce in 1978, growing the Vermont local foods movement into an $80 million business and meeting the demand for local food across New England and eastern New York. In 2014, he opened Black River Meats, the largest capacity facility of its kind in New England, followed by Precision Valley Food Specialties in 2016 where he worked with local farmers in the procurement and fabrication of beef, pork and lamb.
Steve has been recognized with regional and national small business awards, served on numerous boards and been affiliated with several organizations, including the Ludlow Area Chamber of Commerce, the Ludlow Rotary Club, Leadership Southeast Vermont, Windsor County Diversion Board, Cavendish Planning Board, Springfield Hospital, Springfield Medical Systems, Southern Vermont Area Health and Education Center. Steve also served as president of the Fletcher Farm Foundation for 17 years.
Now retired, Steve and his wife, Nancy, live in New London and enjoy boating, golf, skiing, snowshoeing, gardening and travel.
Wendy G. Carey
Wendy’s connection to Colby-Sawyer began with her late father-in-law, Charles “Charlie” Carey, a founder of the Adventures in Learning program.
After graduating from Skidmore College in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, Wendy began her career as a nurse at New York Hospital and Centinela Medical Center in Los Angeles. She brings her experience and interest in health care to the board, along with extensive volunteer leadership and a commitment to giving back to the community. Wendy and her husband, Chase, have a long history of volunteer leadership and philanthropy, particularly at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, Conn. and Colgate University. Wendy served on the Board at St. Luke’s, where she was Capital Campaign Chair, and Chase is a Trustee Emeritus at Colgate. Wendy and Chase are the sole donors and trustees of the Carey Family Foundation, established in 2004. Wendy also serves on the Future 5 Advisory Board, which helps motivated low-income high school students from Stamford, Conn., to realize their potential.
Wendy and Chase reside in Darien, Conn., and own homes on Lake Sunapee where they primarily spend time during the summer months. Wendy is invested in ensuring that Colby-Sawyer remains a vibrant organization for the health of the Town of New London and surrounding communities.
Susan “Sue” B. Pomerantz ’70
Following her recent retirement from television production, Sue brings a big-picture perspective with a focus on operations and telling stories to Colby-Sawyer. For more than 30 years, she worked as a producer with ABC where she primarily focused on “ABC Nightly News” before shifting to Disney ABC Television Group and “The View” during the final years of her career. Sue earned seven Emmy Awards for her production work and plans to donate one to Colby-Sawyer.
Following her graduation from Colby-Sawyer in 1970, Sue earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1972. She and her wife, Debbie, who also works in television production, live in New York City and East Hampton, N.Y.