BRATTLEBORO, VT. – Small batch cheese maker Grafton Village Cheese Company, a subsidiary of the Windham Foundation, announced Curt Alpeter has stepped into the position of chief executive officer.

In his new role with the award-winning handmade cheese business, Alpeter is overseeing operations, retail and wholesale distribution.

"Curt brings a wealth of specialty food knowledge and 33 years of experience building Vermont companies,” said Bill Bruett, chair of the Windham Foundation board of trustees. “He is passionate about promoting Vermont’s agrarian economy, land stewardship and specialty cheese making. His background and experience fit with the Windham Foundation's mission of enhancing Vermont's rural economy — especially our commitment to making high-quality cheese at the Grafton Village Cheese Company.”

Alpeter most recently was president of Runamok Maple, based in Fairfax, Vt., where he helped build the company into a nationally recognized specialty food brand.

"I am delighted to be joining the team at Grafton Village Cheese Company,” Alpeter said. “GVCC is an iconic brand with a rich history and world-class products. It is extremely motivating to work with the team to produce and deliver artisanal cheddar knowing that it also makes a broader impact on the social, economic and cultural vitality of Vermont’s rural communities.”

Alpeter has also served as board chair to Audubon Vermont and has been a member of several other non-profit boards, including the Charlotte Land Trust and North Country Federal Credit Union.