Ron Millard

Ron and his wife Chris own a working farm in Hancock VT, dba Hancock Mountain Farm, which has been in Ron’s family since the early 1970s. The farm, registered with the USDA, is enrolled in the VT Current Use Program and participates in the Tree Farm Program. The White River Partnership and the Vermont River Conservancy hold respective riparian and floodplain easements along a mile of the White River that bisects the farm. The 30+ acre meadows provide a productive berry patch and haylege for a grass-fed beef operation in Rochester, VT. A certified VT forester and wildlife biologist manages the 150-acre timberlands for sustainability, species and wildlife diversity and erosion control.  As a retired science and engineering researcher and educator, Ron has always been an outdoorsman who enjoys fly-fishing for trout and salmon, while managing the farm’s activities.  He not only brings a commitment to Vermont’s forest lands and river corridors, but a significant record of nonprofit leadership, a successful grants record, and strategic planning and investment oversight experience for diverse organizations and programs. Ron earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry and biology at Tufts University in Medford, MA, and his doctorate in physiology at Boston University.  His subsequent training in biomedical engineering, and comparative vertebrate biology was undertaken at academic and research posts at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, La Jolla, CA, Aarhus University, Denmark, and Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME. His field research has taken him to Antarctica, Alaska, Costa Rica and South Africa. Ron is a Fulbright Fellow, a Fellow of the American Heart Association, and the American Council of Education. He has held faculty positions at Hahnemann Medical School (Philadelphia), Harvard Medical School (Boston), Brown University Program in Medicine (Providence) and the University of Cincinnati Colleges of Medicine and Engineering where he is an emeritus professor and active discovery research consultant.

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