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Our Team

The Abbey Group employs hundreds of people in New Hampshire, Upstate New York, and Vermont. Meet the team at our Sheldon, VT-based headquarters.

  • Sherry Underwood


    Sherry Underwood is president and owner of The Abbey Group. Sherry has almost 30 years’ experience managing a restaurant, catering business, and a management company that employs approximately 400 people across three states. She is responsible for general operations of the company, finance and cash flow, training, marketing, and issues relating to business development. | 802-933-4747 ext. 15

  • David Underwood


    David Underwood is the founder and CEO of The Abbey Group. David is responsible for all business development for the company. He has more than 25 years of experience running The Abbey Group as a food service management company — which he grew from one account at Bellows Free Academy High School in Saint Albans, Vermont, to about 100 accounts spanning three states and employing approximately 400 people. David also has owned and operates The Abbey Restaurant and Catering in Sheldon, Vermont, since 1982. | 802-933-4747

  • Scott Choiniere, SNS

    Executive Vice President

    Scott Choiniere is the vice president of operations for The Abbey Group. He has been involved with food service since high school and has been an employee of The Abbey Group for almost 30 years. He is currently responsible for the direction and training of regional directors and manages multiple accounts over a three-state area. He is a culinary and IT specialist. Scott graduated number one in his class from the New England Culinary Institute and is a recipient of the Michel LeBorgne award. | cell: 802-373-6458

  • Nina Hansen, SNS

    VP of Operations | cell: 802-782-0886

  • Julie Magnant

    Vice President of Finance

    Julie Magnant has an extensive background in accounting and assisted in building a successful accounting business before joining The Abbey Group. Julie is currently responsible for all the AR/AP for The Abbey Group. | 802-933-4747 ext. 21

  • Ellen Corbiere

    Accounts Payable

    Ellen has 25 years’ experience in accounts payable positions across Franklin County. In 2017, she took her skills to The Abbey Group. She graduated from Harwood Union High School and attended college in Massachusetts. Since returning to Vermont, she has also taken various classes at the Community College of Vermont. She has two children — a grown daughter and a son who will be attending Vermont Tech this fall — and three Siberian Huskies. | 802-933-4747 ext. 29

  • Abbey Underwood

    Vice President of Marketing

    Abbey Underwood is the vice president of marketing at The Abbey Group. Abbey graduated from Bentley University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. She is responsible for overseeing all marketing and public relation efforts employed by The Abbey Group. | 802-933-4747 ext. 27

  • Cheryle Slayton

    Director of Purchasing

    Cheryle is the director of purchasing for The Abbey Group. In this position, Cheryle is responsible for budgeting, purchasing, and local purchase development for all contracted accounts. Cheryle has been in the foodservice industry for 25 years and has been employed by The Abbey Group since 1999 working her way from prep person to chef to head chef to site manager to district manager to where she is now. Cheryle is an integral part of our organization and has a wide range of other responsibilities. | 802-933-4747 ext. 17

  • Connie Burleson

    Operations Administrator

    Connie is the operations administrator for The Abbey Group.  During her eight years with the company, she has been involved in several areas of food service operations — supervising and managing within the schools, assisting with new account set up procedures, training and support of our operations software, and assisting the vice president of operations. | 802-933-4747 ext. 25

  • Stanley Blow III

    Marketing Associate

    Stanley is a former journalist who joined The Abbey Group as a marketing associate in November 2016. Stanley graduated in 2015 from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in newspaper and multimedia journalism. After spending a year slinging copy at a Central Vermont newspaper, Stanley decided to take his career down a different path. At The Abbey Group, Stanley’s world is all things marketing — posters, videos, proposals, and photos. He’s also the go-to grammar guy at headquarters. | 802-933-4747 ext. 18

  • Michelle Root

    Director of Human Resources

    Michelle has been part of The Abbey Group’s team since 2017first in accounts payable and now as director of human resources. She is a graduate of Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, Vermont, and currently lives in Sheldon, Vermont, with her boyfriend and daughter. When not working, Michelle enjoys learning about history and traveling to historical landmarks. | 802-933-4747 ext. 23