Vermont Outdoor Guide Association

Board of Directors

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Captain Matthew Trombley, 2021 802-345-7949
Matthew Trombley is the owner & operator of 3rd Alarm Charters & Guide Service, offering Fishing Charters & Guide Services year-round in Vermont & New York. Matt holds a 100 ton U.S.C.G. Master Captains License offering trolling charters on Lakes Champlain & Ontario as well as the Hudson River. He also guides bass & pike fishing trips in Vermont and trout & salmon trips on the Salmon River of New York. Matt grew up fishing & hunting in Vermont, New York & New England and has been guiding trips on these waters for the last 12 years. Matt is also a 30 year Veteran of the Fire Service as he has spent the last 22 yrs as a career firefighter with the City of Burlington Vt. Matt has an associates degree in Fire Science, is a Nationally Registered Advanced EMT as well as a State of Vermont & NFA Fire Training Instructor. Matt is completing his guide license in New York & Maine & intends to be operating his guide service full time with his son, Logan in the next two years! Matt has been a member of VOGA since January, 2013.

Vice President

Bill Atkinson, 2019
Founder, EleMental Edge Training, 1127 North Avenue, Suite 27, Box 131, Burlington, VT. 05408,
As a Navy SEAL for twenty years, and later as a mentor for physical and mental preparation for men and women in the U.S. Navy’s Delayed Enlistment Program (DEP) for SEAL, SWCC, EOD, DIVER, and AIR RESCUE, Bill learned not only about the physical demands of combat situations, but also about emotional intelligence training. Bill founded EleMental Edge Training, a corporate training service that can be tailored to individuals, groups, or your entire organization. He offers single-day or multi-day programs that are designed to your specific needs and desired goals and objectives.


Kel Rossiter, 2018
Lead Guide/Owner, Adventure Spirit, 83A North Champlain Street, Burlington, VT 05401 - Email:
After stints in the military, the corporate world, and a Zen monastery, I began my climbing career in the Pacific Northwest back in the 90’s with a summit of Mt. Adams. Since then I have had the good fortune to climb and guide rock and ice in twelve different countries on four continents. I have become a Certified Alpine Guide and Certified Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association while earning my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.


Matt Kihm, 2019

260 Chrissy's Ct., Bristol, VT 05443, -
Matthew Kihm was a licensed outdoor guide in NY, leading back country camping trips, canoeing trips and outdoor climbing trips for Petra Cliffs in Burlington, Vermont.  He was also the director of outdoor programming at the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington for ten years.  Currently, he is a lead computer technician for Chittenden South Supervisory Union.  He coaches the middle school cross country team and is the coordinator for the Bolton Valley after school ski and ride program.  He enjoys hunting, fishing, snowboarding and spending time with his wife and three children.

Steve Kaulback, 2018
P.O. Box 45, N. Ferrisburg, VT 05473 - Email:
Steve Kaulback has a Degree BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn in photography and print-making. Faculty member at Pratt 1971. He came to visit the Shakespeare festival at UVM 1973 and couldn't tear himself away. Steve became a wood craftsman, cider presser, and finally a row and sail boat designer and manufacturer. He founded Adirondack Guide Boat in 1979 and has made over 3,000 boats and appeared at 300+ boat and craft shows from Florida to Washington State. His boats have won numerous awards including the H.I. Chapelle Trophy from the Antique Boat Show in Clayton, New York. Presently he is building and designing boats as Kaulback Designs in N. Ferrisburgh, Vt.

Executive Director

Graydon B. Stevens,
P.O. Box 10, N. Ferrisburg, VT. 05473, Phone: 800-425-8747 Local 802-425-6211 Email: 
Vermont Outdoor Guide Association – Founder and Executive Director, 1996 to present
Outdoors Woman Inc. - Founder and Executive Director 2017 - 2018
Vermont Outdoors Woman – includes Doe Camp –Executive Director, 2000 to 2018
Adventure Guides of Vermont – Sole Proprietor/Founder 1994 to 2018
League of Adventurous Women - Board of Directors, 2013 - 2017
Proposed Legislation establishing Vermont River Cleanup Month, Signed into law by Governor Shumlin, 2014
Vermont Traditions Coalition – Founding Committee 2001 - 2014
Vermont Trails and Greenways Council - Board of Directors – 2002 - 2012
Vermont Travel & Recreation Council – Governor Appointee 2002- 2012
Governor’s Commission on the Future of State Parks, 2007 – 2009
Vermont No Child Left Inside, Planning Contributor – 2007 - 2008
Vermont Recreation Advisory Committee – Secretary of ANR appointee, 2006 – 2007
Vermont Wildlife Congress, 2006
Rural Economic Development Work Group, Contributor, 2006
VT. Dept Tourism & Marketing International Task Force – 2004 - 2013
Northeast Kingdom Travel and Tourism Association - Board of Directors – 2002 - 2006
Vermont Watershed Grants Citizens Review Committee, 2002 - 2005
Lake Champlain International Fishing Derby ( LCI ) - Board of Directors – 1999 - 2004
America’s largest and oldest fishing derby
Vermont Outdoor Task Force, 1996 - 1997
Green Mountain National Forest Planning Committee – Contributor
Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan - Contributor
Vermont Forest, Parks and Rec. Planning Committee – Contributor
Champion Land Purchase Planning Committee – Contributor
Green River Reservoir Planning Committee – Planning Contributor
Vermont Governor’s Conference on Recreation – Planning Committee
Lake Champlain Birding Trail – Planning Contributor
Vermont Recreation Pages – Webmaster
Vermont Guide Line – Editor

Legal Council

Thomas P. Aicher, Cleary Shahi Associates, P.O. Box 6740, Rutland VT 05702-6740, Phone: 802-775-8800 Fax: 802-775-8809 
Special Counsel to VOGA. Tom specializes in risk management and insurance issues. 


Vermont Outdoor Guide Association
P.O. Box 10
North Ferrisburg, VT. 05473
1 800-425-8747  (802) 425-6211