Who is Noonmark?

Dr. Jane A. Van Buren, is the founding director of Noonmark Sevices. Her extensive experience in nonprofit management and consulting has spanned decades and many crucial aspects of organization development including:  board hiring processes and executive leadership development; organization start-up and nonprofit regulatory compliance; human resources, strategic planning, mergers and organizational assessment.

Located in Burlington, Vermont, Noonmark has worked globally from Tokyo to Kabul.  Jane has lived in Vermont for most of her life.

Academically qualified, Jane earned a Master of Public Administration from Northeastern University and a Doctorate of Management from Case Western Reserve University. In practice, Jane’s knowledge of nonprofit-specific management issues is extensive; matched only by her intimate knowledge of Vermont communities, nonprofit professionals and the resources they offer.

Noonmark has considerable experience understanding and filling the capacity, policy and sustainability needs of nonprofit organizations. In addition to her skills as a nonprofit practitioner, Jane has conducted extensive research on the process of nonprofit executive transition and presented her research at the Academy of Management in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Her work was also accepted for presentation at ARNOVA in 2005, and at the National Council of Nonprofit Associations in 2004.

What is a Noonmark?

A Noonmark is a sundial. If you are lucky enough to find yourself on an old New England farmstead one day, look at the barn wall or the parlor window and you might find a noonmark - so called because as the noon sun reaches the mark it casts a shadow.

What are some examples of the work Noonmark has accomplished? 

In 2016 - 2017 Noonmark assisted The Janet Munt Family Room in their transition from a program of the VNA into a stand-alone nonprofit organization.  We worked with The South End Arts & Business Association, Monteverdi Artist Collaborative, Vermont Brewer's Association, Me2/Orchestra and Lawson's Finest Liquids to draft strategic plans, conducted extensive organizational assessments with Essex Rescue, The Salvation Army and ReSOURCE and entered into a year long contract to train and provide 1:1 consulting with the Board of Vermont Psychiatric Survivors. Noonmark helped Chittenden County Court Diversion draft an employee handbook, facilitated planning processes and training with Vermont Employee Ownership Center, 14th Star Brewing and Vermont Association of Court Diversion Programs and completed the merger between The Friends of Brownell Library and the Brownell Library Foundation. Finally, Noonmark worked with Vermont Works for Women and the Vermont Brewer's Association to plan for, recruit and transition new Executive Directors.

Internationally, Jane has worked in Botswana, Swaziland, Russia, Japan and Afghanistan with NGO's in a variety of different consulting, teaching and training capacities.

Jane teaches graduate classes in Organizational Change (on-line) and Nonprofit Administration at Champlain College and the University of Vermont.