Kate Whelley McCabe – CEO
Paul Eley – Plant Manager
Paul attended Cornell College (NOT University) in Mt. Vernon, Iowa where he earned his ever-useful degree in Modern European History. Lacking significant job prospects as a Historian of Modern History or whatever, he moved to Ten Mile, Tennessee, and began the transformation to Outdoor Educator. Since then he’s worked various stints all over the United States, teaching folks how to poop in the woods, playing lots of games of camouflage, and encouraging frequent tick checks. Though he mainly worked in outdoor education and other youth-related fields over the years, he’s had many an interesting odd-job and this is his first in manufacturing. He lucked right into working for Vermont Evaporator Company after being a stay-at-home Poppa for a few years before and during the first year of the pandemic. He’s learned the barrel-making technique from the best and proudly takes a raw barrel and cuts, builds, sandblasts, and paints it to produce the beautiful Sapling Evaporators you see today.
Nikki Whelley – Communications Director
After graduating with a whopping 38 kids in her class from Elba Central School, Nikki went on to the University at Buffalo. There she got an undergraduate degree in Geology and took extra classes in Plant Biology, Swing Dance, and Dinosaurs. From there, Nikki made her first move to Vermont for her graduate degree, where she learned to scuba dive in Lake Champlain for her masters research on algae blooms. Nikki then moved to Singapore, where she worked at Nanyang Technological University and the Earth Observatory of Singapore, all while trying delicious food, making good friends, and traveling. From there, Nikki and Patrick moved to Maryland, where Nikki worked at NASA Goddard and the University of Maryland as a science outreach communicator, and grew her small family. While living in MD, Nikki would sometimes meet Kate at fairs to sell the Sapling Evaporator with her kiddos. They made a great team! After relocating for the second time to Vermont, Nikki officially joined the Vermont Evaporator Company in 2019. She started with boxing orders and website redesign, and now has moved up to Communications Director, running all things communications: Social Media, Website, Videos, Marketing, and every once in a while. . . boxing.
Justin McCabe – Chief Engineer
After starting Vermont Evaporator Company in 2015 with Kate, Justin continued working as a lawyer, but also makes time to be a part-time, volunteer model and Chief Engineer for us.
Patrick Whelley – Resident Volcanologist
Our resident volcanologist and part-time forklift driver, Patrick Whelley, is another family-member-turned-model for the Vermont Evaporator Company.
You may recognize him from our DIY Maple Syrup Series on YouTube. With office space at the Vermont Evaporator Company Warehouse, Patrick also gets roped into helping with the occasional big freight delivery, impromptu photo shoot, or emergency maple doughnut morning meeting.
Learn more about Patrick, and the work that he does at: https://patrickwhelley.com