Faces & Places

April 2017

Adam Lory was hired by Union Bank as a commercial loan officer working in the main office in Morrisville. Lory was with NFP/Poulos Insurance Agency.

Michael Frisbie joined the Kids’ RehabGYM as executive director. His background includes work in the Vermont ski industry and Special Olympics Vermont, including seven years with RehabGYM. Also hired were clinicians Leah Murdock, Andrea Buteau, and Kristin Daley, and Natalie Kitchel, occupational therapist.

The Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies board announced the addition of three members: Bethaney LaClair of the School for International Training; Josh Druke, WW Building Supply; and Stephen Dotson, OneReport Inc.

Green Screen Graphics announced the hiring of Jordan Sparks as its primary graphic designer, and Ali Gauthier for its production and customer relations position.

NG Advantage announced that Enrico Biasetti was named chief executive officer. He succeeds Tom Evslin, who will remain chair of the board of directors. Biasetti was president and COO of Biogenic Reagents/Michigan Renewable Carbon, a company he co-founded.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger appointed Mary Danko director of the Fletcher Free Library. Danko has over 14 years of experience, most recently as library director for the Abbott Public Library in Sunapee, New Hampshire.

Jonathan Little joined the software development team as lead developer at Inntopia. Little has 15 years’ experience on the Microsoft platform. He was with Residential Mortgage Services. Melissa Jordan was named e-learning specialist. She was with Springer-Miller Systems.

Hergenrother Realty Group hired Jay Mitiguy as director of commercial sales and development, leading its new commercial real estate division. Mitiguy was president of Dowling’s Inc., his family’s business, which he joined shortly after college. Dowling’s was acquired in 2016.

The Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging (V4A) announced the hiring of Janet Hunt as executive director. She was director of the Servicelink Aging and Disability Resource Center in the Belknap and Carroll counties of New Hampshire.

Howard Center named Cathie Buscaglia director of innovation. Buscaglia has been with Howard Center for 22 years, most recently as director of children and family services.

Kohn Rath Danon & Lynch LLP announced that Robert W. Scharf joined the firm as a partner. The firm now operates as Kohn Rath Danon Lynch & Scharf LLP. He joined the firm in 2014.

Kristin Mehalick joined the Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. as internship coordinator. For the last year, she has served as project manager for the organization’s Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies project.

T.J. Whalen joined FreshTracks Capital as general partner and managing director to help manage the company’s new venture fund, FreshTracks Capital IV. He was chief strategy and sustainability officer for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Keurig Green Mountain).

Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform hired Ange Green as outreach coordinator and Molly Milliken as communications and development coordinator. Both women bring experience working with the criminal justice system.

Rick Nold joined TD Bank as commercial relationship manager for northern Vermont. He has five years of banking experience, and was a commercial lender at Merchants Bank in South Burlington. The bank announced the promotion of David W. Seaver to small business relationship manager in commercial banking. Seaver joined TD Bank in 2012. Both are based in Burlington.

DuBois & King consulting engineers hired Joe Coutermarsh, P.E., as a senior mechanical engineer. He has 30 years’ experience and is licensed in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. He works from the Springfield office. Loren Wehmeyer, Ph.D., P.E., was named team leader of the water resources department. A hydrologist and civil engineer with 10 years’ experience, he works from the firm’s Randolph office.

The Vermont Lake Monsters announced two additions to its front office staff. Meg Patrick, office manager, recently returned to Vermont from California. Maria Valentyn, the team’s marketing and fan development intern during the 2015 season, is director of community relations and promotions.

Hanson & Doremus Investment Management announced that Arthur Wright joined the firm as assistant portfolio manager. He has over 10 years’ experience, most recently with TD Ameritrade and TD Wealth Management.

Former state Rep. Michael Fisher joined Vermont Legal Aid to lead the office of the health care advocate. He was a community social work clinician for over 25 years. Spectrum Youth & Family Services added three members to its board: Mary Margaret Lee, vice president for people and technology at Champlain College; Destenie Vital, community program coordinator at Burlington Electric Department; and Shap Smith, shareholder and director at Dinse, Knapp and McAndrew.

KeyBank announced that Brigitte Ritchie will serve as corporate responsibility officer for its New England region. Ritchie has more than 30 years of experience in banking. She previously handled public affairs and community relations for the bank’s Vermont market, having rejoined the bank from Citizen’s Financial Group.

The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association named Benjamin Klemme, D.M.A., to the position of music director, effective July 1. He succeeds Jeffrey Domoto, who served from 2011 to 2016, and Edward Cumming, who has served as interim conductor. Klemme holds concurrent positions as music director and conductor of the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles in Davenport, Iowa, and associate conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. He’s also concert orchestra conductor of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies and orchestra conductor, Augsburg College, both in Minneapolis.

Merritt & Merritt announced that Elizabeth A. Gribkoff joined the firm’s practice as a paralegal. She was an AmeriCorps member with two Vermont environmental nonprofits.

Talon Recruitment added Samantha Hemingway to its talent acquisition team. She has three years of health care recruitment experience working with in-house, contingent, and recruitment process outsourcing providers.

Middlebury College appointed David J. Provost its executive vice president for finance and administration. Provost was with Champlain College for 12 years.

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB) hired Damian Roy in its Vermont office as a CADD designer. Roy was an engineering technician for the city of Burlington’s public works department, also serving as traffic request program manager. One Credit Union announced the retirement of Jerry Cross, its president and CEO, after 23 years of service. Cross led the credit union’s expansion to a full-service suite of savings and lending solutions, including mortgages, business lending, and e-channel technology.

James Kurfis joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as an associate accountant. He served in the U.S. Army as a medical operations sergeant and has experience with individual, business, and nonprofit tax returns. He operates from the firm’s Williston location. Matt Cleare joined the firm as a supervisor specializing in accounting, business management, and strategy, tax, and finance. Cleare returned to the firm, where he began as an accountant in 2007. He was most recently director of finance at Burlington Labs.

The Barre Granite Association announced that Douglas Grahn was appointed manager of its strategic marketing initiatives. Grahn was the owner of Radial Marketing LLC.

Thomas L. Hark of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) was chosen by The Corps Network, the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps, as a winner of the 2017 Corps Legacy Achievement Award. The Corps Network presents the award annually to at least one individual from its membership of over 130 service and conservation corps across the country.

The Vermont International Film Foundation announced the election of officers. Paula Willoquet-Maricondi, president, is dean of the division of communication and creative media at Champlain College. Lorna-Kay Peal, vice president, is literacy-mentoring program coordinator for two school districts. Luke Baynes, secretary, is a freelance reporter. Retired attorney Kevin Meehan is treasurer.

Attorney Timothy S. Sampson was named a director at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. Sampson joined the firm in April 2015 as Of Counsel in the real estate practice group. Trey Martin, former secretary of Administration for Gov. Peter Shumlin, has returned to private practice at Downs Rachlin Martin. He practices in the areas of land use, energy and environmental law, and government affairs. He works in the Montpelier office.

Frank Fanning was named box office manager for the Vermont Lake Monsters. A recent college graduate, he was promotions coordinator at FREE 98.1 FM in London, Ontario.

The Vermont Council on Rural Development announced that Jon Copans was named director of its climate economy model communities program. Copans was deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service under Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Jeff Capen was named head women’s lacrosse coach by Johnson State College. Capen has 20 years of leadership and coaching experience, having coached soccer at multiple levels. For the last two years, the Johnson State alumnus has served as a teaching assistant in the humanities department at the college.

The financial advisory firm One Day in July hired Hans Smith as a financial advisor. Smith is a registered financial advisor who has worked with multiple clients since he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business from The University of Vermont.

Jim Caffry announced the addition of Kaitlyn Lewis Keating as associate attorney to the estate-planning firm Caffry Law PLLC in Waterbury.

Kathryn M. Austin, president of Community Bancorp and Community National Bank, was named chief executive officer of both corporations. Stephen Marsh, who recently retired as CEO, will continue to serve as chair of both boards. Austin has been with the bank for over 36 years.

Capstone Community Action hired Christy Swenson-Robertson as Head Start director. Swenson-Robertson has over 30 years’ experience with direct service for children and families.

Ted Mable, Ed.D., executive director of Northwest Counseling & Support Services, announced his retirement, effective in June of this year. His nearly 20-year role at NCSS culminated a career in service to the people of Vermont, from working in education and as deputy secretary of the Agency of Human Services.

Andrea Cronmiller joined the CPA firm Herrick Ltd. as an enrolled agent. She was with Deloitte & Touche and has over 20 years in banking, accounting, and taxation.

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility announced the appointment of two members to its board of directors: Rachel Carter, communications director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, and Claudia Marshall, director of public relations and good works at Gardener’s Supply.

VHB announced that Peter Smiar, P.E., was named director of land development services. Smiar joined the office a year ago as senior site/civil project manager. Adam Goudreau of VHB’s South Burlington office has passed the Professional Engineer exam. Goudreau earned his master of science in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2013.

John Hillman and Ben Eley joined the team at Competitive Computing. Hillman, e-business sales manager, was with Infor, an enterprise resource planning provider, and Insite Software. Eley, systems engineer, was with Dealer.com.

Attorneys Benjamin L. Gould, Adeline Simenon, and Michael J. Wasco were elected shareholders and directors of Paul Frank + Collins PC. Gould practices on the captive insurance and property and development teams, Simenon heads the business immigration department, and Wasco heads the patents and intellectual property team.

Shelburne Farms hired Cynthia Greene as Farm to Early Childhood Education partnership coordinator. The first summer the inn was open, Greene worked as a kitchen cook, and was most recently with Building Bright Futures. Owen Clay has returned to Shelburne Farms as consulting operations manager to manage cheese production and sales. Clay, who was operations manager years ago, most recently worked for NRG. Thomas Perry was named cheese sales manager. He was with Potash Markets in Chicago.

Kate Hays was hired as dining director at Wake Robin, and Jena Necrason was named program and events coordinator. Hays was campus executive chef for University of Vermont Dining. Necrason has over 20 years’ experience in program management and development as founding artistic director of the Vermont Shakespeare Festival.

Jessica Bilodeau was promoted to office manager at Cheeseman Insurance, overseeing three offices. She joined the firm in 2013. Mandy Adams and Deery Hamelin were named commercial lines service representative. Katie Wimett was hired as personal lines account executive and branch manager of the Vergennes office, and Matt Leclair is a commercial lines account executive in Vergennes.

David Burton joined di Stefano Landscaping as head landscape designer. He was the owner of Ginkgo Design and has a bachelor of science in horticulture from Virginia Tech.

Talon Recruitment added Katie Conn to its talent acquisition team. Conn has five years of human resources experience in recruitment and compensation in the hospitality, e-commerce, and retail industries. •

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