Turing Point Center of Addison County

Board of Directors

Will Porter, MD


Will Porter is a family physician who has lived in Addison County since 1999. From 2014 until 2021, when he retired from clinical medicine, his practice was devoted exclusively to addiction treatment. Will aims to promote prevention and recovery from substance use and reduce stigma in our community. He views the Turning Point Center as critical to fostering a thriving and resilient Addison County.

A 1984 graduate of Middlebury College, Will is grateful to live and raise his children here. In addition to serving on the board, Will participates in weekly peer recovery meetings through the center and volunteers as a recovery coach.

John Schmitt

Vice President

John Schmitt is a native of Long Island, New York, growing up on a vegetable farm.  He has worked at Middlebury College since 2005 as a professor of mathematics.  As a parishioner at St. Mary’s in Middlebury, John seeks to engage his parish community in the work of addiction recovery for those recovering and their families.  John and his wife Samantha have four children, all of whom love skiing in Vermont.

Dennis Rourke


James Gratton


Jim is the current Addison County Public Defender and has been a criminal law practitioner in Addison County since 2013.    Prior to that he was a Public Defender and a prosecutor in Pennsylvania.  He’s been an attorney since 1990.     Jim joined the Board of Turning Point of Addison County in 2022.   He has seen the impact of addiction and the problem of the lack of resources to help people in recovery over his 30 year career in criminal law.   That lack of resources is why Jim joined the Board, to further this valuable resource to the community.

While not a life-long Vermonter, Jim was born and raised in Vermont and is delighted to be back home.  When not working or taking notes for the Board, he likes to putter around on his 65 acre old farmstead, where there always seems to be something that needs to be done.

Bob Donnis


Bob Donnis is a retired Bristol resident after a career at IBM, and then Efficiency Vermont. Bob volunteers in Addison County (Turning Point Center, AC Committee on Substance Use and Prevention, United Way). Bob is also a member of the Mt Health Center Board. Bob has witnessed the impact of addiction to family and friends. He has seen that, although difficult, recovery is achievable. People can recover their lives. Bob is committed to helping the Turning Point Center assist people obtain and maintain their recovery.

Katie Zoll



Chip Piper


Chip was born and raised in Vermont.  He went to Middlebury MUHS and graduated in 1986 and then joined the Army right after and spent a total of 6 years on active duty. He is currently a Subcontract Program Manager for General Dynamics, OTS, a Defense contractor,  and has worked in Supply Chain as a Planner and Buyer for over 25 years, working for major companies like IBM, Applied Materials and Burton Snowboards.

His running career began in the Army in 1986 running his first marathon in 1989 and then subsequent marathons including Vermont City, Boston, New York City and the Mad Marathon. He is married to his wife Patricia and has two children, Michael and Amanda.  His trail running began recently in the last 5 years and his first fundraiser run was for The Turning Point Center of Addison County.

Bruce Nason



Amy Beaupré


Amy Beaupré has lived most of her life in Middlebury and is delighted to have recently returned after seven years in the Washington DC area. A senior interior designer at Annie Elliott Design, her background includes stints as an art appraiser, curator, and sales consultant. She and her husband Dan are parents to two young adult children, and they are also caretakers for Amy’s elderly mother.  Amy cares deeply about our community, and having personal experience with a loved one in recovery has inspired her to be involved in the vital work of the Turning Point Center. 

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