The VRB is composed of three members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate in staggered 6 year terms. All three members of the VRB will review decisions issued by a VRB Hearing Officer. Upon motion by a Board member or petition by a party, the VRB may choose to grant discretionary review. If a petition for review is granted by the VRB, it will then hear written and/or oral arguments from the parties and issue a final decision, which could reaffirm, overturn or change the hearing officer’s decision. [See VRB Rules 2200.91 and 2200.92]
Gary D. McQuesten (Chairperson) was appointed to the Board in March 2022. He is a licensed attorney who has practiced law in Barre, Vermont since 1976, primarily in personal injury and trial law. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1972 and from Western New England School of Law in 1976. Gary is the proud parent of two children and resides with his wife, Karen in Plainfield, Vermont.
Benjamin O’Brien was appointed to the Board in February 2009. He serves as the labor representative on the Board. Ben is currently the Vice President of the Burlington Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 3044. Ben served on the board of the Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont as President (2013-2016), Secretary/Treasurer(2007-2013) and as the Vice President(2005-2007). He was also the President of the Burlington Fire Fighters Association L3044 from 2006-2008 and Secretary from 2004-2006. He has served as a Trustee to the Burlington Employees Retirement System since 2010. Ben is a Lieutenant with the Burlington Fire Department where he has worked since 1998.
Mark Gregoritsch was appointed to the Board in October 2018. He serves as the management representative on the Board. Mark is a Construction Program Manager and Site Civil Engineer for the Global Foundries (GF) (formerly known as IBM) Vermont facility. The 3.5 Million square foot facility is dedicated to semiconductor manufacturing and is also occupied by many research labs, data centers and office space. Over the course of his 17 year career with IBM (and GF), Mark has been responsible for the installation and modification of site utilities, building maintenance, chemical delivery systems, water and wastewater infrastructure, clean room construction, and manufacturing equipment installation. Prior to being a Program manager at IBM/GF, Mark worked as a Civil Site design engineer with a local consulting firm in Williston, and spent several years working as a project engineer for the City of Burlington Department of Public Works. Mark has B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology from New Mexico State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Vermont (Civil) and is also a certified Project Management Professional.