Faces & Places

February 2017

Geri Reilly Real Estate announced that Susannah Gruner joined its team as a Realtor/sales associate. Gruner began her real estate career in 2014 as the firm’s marketing and listing coordinator.

The Radio Vermont Group announced that J.D. Green has returned to replace Steve “Corm” Cormier as the morning host of Wake-Up 101.

Darren Springer, chief of staff under former Gov. Peter Shumlin, joined the leadership team at Burlington Electric Co. as manager of strategy and innovation and chief operating officer. He has over 10 years’ experience in energy, including deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service.

The Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. and Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies hired Sophie Zschirnt as grant management and administrative assistant, and Devin Green as internship coordinator and communications director. Zschirnt was in the alumni relations department at St. Michael’s College. Green is a graduate of Marlboro College with a bachelor’s degree in politics and history.

Nick Smith joined the civil engineering team at Lamoureux and Dickinson. He is a Clarkson graduate with project engineering experience in New York.

WallGoldfinger announced several staff additions. John Gleason, project manager, was a field project manager at E.F. Wall and Associates Inc. He succeeds Richard Harrington, who has retired. Sam Brown was named shipping/receiving and maintenance supervisor. He was with HP Hood in South Barre. Tami Smith, office manager, is a U.S. Army veteran, and was most recently executive director of a senior center in Hancock.

Vermont Tech promoted two longtime employees to leadership roles. Jean-Marie Clark was named dean of the Williston Campus. She has been with the college since 2004. Maureen Hebert, associate dean of continuing education and workforce development, joined Vermont Tech 15 years ago.

The KidSafe Collaborative elected Lewis First, M.D., of The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital to its honorary board of directors. Newly elected as directors were Samantha Finnefrock of Bluebird Barbecue and Jonathan Rose of Dunkiel Saunders. Carolyn Smith of Hemmett Health was elected president; Cindy Olson, State of Vermont, vice president/secretary; and Jeff Morin, JMM & Associates, treasurer.

PT360 announced two additions to its employee-owned physical therapy practice. Becky Street, DPT, earned her doctor of physical therapy from The University of Vermont in 2013. She is a former hockey player and coach and works with patients at the Shelburne location. Heather Graber, a billing specialist at the Williston location, has 12 years’ experience as an administrative assistant in legal and civil engineering.

Franklin County Home Health Agency announced that Bridget Howrigan Rivet was elected board chair, and Patrick Calecas, vice chair. Newly elected to the board was Steven Doe.

Burlington City Arts announced that Heather Ferrell was named curator and director of exhibitions. Ferrell was with Qatar Museums in Doha, Qatar, serving as deputy director of programs and exhibitions at the National Museum of Qatar and museum consultant for Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art.

Avi J. Springer joined Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP as an associate primarily in the areas of criminal defense, family law, and other litigation. He was a public defender in New York City and, as a trial attorney, represented parents in child welfare proceedings in family court.

Champlain Valley Agency on Aging, a nonprofit serving Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle counties and is the largest Meals on Wheels provider in Vermont, is changing its name to Age Well, in line with an organization-wide initiative to better align the needs of today’s seniors with the expansion of its programs.

Attorney Launa L. Slater joined Jarrett & Luitjens PLC as an associate. She is an experienced estate and elder law attorney who has practiced in Rhode Island and Vermont.

Rutland Regional Medical Center announced the addition of Sree Susarla, M.D., to its team at the Rutland Kidney Center. Susarla recently completed his fellowship of nephrology at The University of Vermont College of Medicine. Peg Bolgioni was named public relations and communications specialist. She was the Rutland Regional coordinator for Building Bright Futures.

The board of directors of Addison County Home Health and Hospice announced the appointment of Sherry Greifzu as the agency’s executive director and clinical director. She was nursing director of medicine and oncology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. She is a faculty instructor in the graduate nursing program at Franklin Pierce University.

Sharon Meyer, WCAX-TV weather anchor, WPTZ-TV meteorologist Tom Messner, and the late Dean Slack, a longtime radio personality and manager in the Burlington market, were inducted into the Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in December. Rod Hill, now in his 30th year with Hall Communications, was named the 2016 Broadcaster of the Year.

James Kisch, a business executive and national banking authority with over 25 years of financial institution management, was named to succeed Peter F. Crosby as president and chief executive officer of Passumpsic Savings Bank. Kisch was co-founder, chief strategy/information office for Continuity, a cloud-computing software company in New Haven, Connecticut.

The Stern Center for Language and Learning appointed three new board members: Tim Corley, president of Bowl New England Inc.; Ann DeMarle, director of the Emergent Media Center and the master of fine arts in emergent media program at Champlain College; and Tim Neiley, retired CEO and president of LPA Design.

The Vermont Community Foundation hired Elisabeth Marx as its senior philanthropic advisor for southwestern Vermont. Marx was senior director of strategic collaborations at United Way of Dane County in Madison, Wisconsin. The Vermont Women’s Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation announced the addition of Missy Kraus and Katelyn Atwood to its council. Kraus is a financial advisor and the founder of M. Kraus & Co. investment management firm. Atwood is an attorney at Facey, Goss, & McPhee PC.

Heritage Aviation announced the addition of Cindy Turcot to its board of directors. On January 1, 2016, Heritage transitioned the company’s ownership to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Turcot, the chief operating officer at Gardener’s Supply Co., has extensive ESOP experience through Gardener’s program, which owns 100 percent of the company.

Achim Schwetlick joined National Life Group as senior vice president and head of the company’s business innovation group. He was a partner and managing director at The Boston Consulting Group in New York.

V/T Commercial announced the addition of Kylie McKeever as a marketing intern. She is a senior at Champlain College, pursuing a degree in business administration. She will assist the firm with its marketing and promotional efforts throughout the spring semester.

Eli Fortney, CEC, CCA, joined the Topnotch Resort team as executive chef and will oversee the resort’s two on-site restaurants, Flannel and The Roost. He is accredited as a certified executive chef and certified culinary administrator by the American Culinary Federation.

The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School announced that Aurora Paulsen Moses joined the faculty as a clinical assistant professor of law. Moses was with the Center for Food Safety in Oregon.

Dan Dubonnet, senior vice president of Hall Communications, was named to oversee the radio group’s 11 stations in the Northeast, following the passing of Bill Baldwin, executive vice president. Dubonnet will retain his current duties as manager of the Burlington cluster of five stations. •

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