Faces & Places

August 2017

Vermont Federal Credit Union announced the election of Lisa Rees of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Will Voigt of D.W. Voigt CPA P.C. to three-year terms on its board of directors.

Catamount Solar announced that four employee-owners have joined the worker cooperative. Present at closing were Liz Smithies, reception, accounting assistant; Andrew Wible, residential installation manager; Chris Sparadeo, solar installer; and Brent Lafreniere, master electrician.

Energy Co-op of Vermont announced that John Quinney will retire as general manager at the end of this year, following the selection of a new general manager. Quinney has been with Energy Co-op since 2001. The board of directors has launched a search for his replacement.

The Automaster appointed Beth Grady to the position of finance manager for its Honda franchise. Grady was finance manager at another local dealership for six years.

Rosina V. Cannizzaro, executive director of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, was named vice chair of the youth orchestra division board of directors within the League of American Orchestras Association. She has been executive director of the VYOA since 2012.

The Vermont Council on Rural Development presented its annual Vermont Lifetime Leadership Award to Paul Bruhn, executive director of Preservation Trust of Vermont for his “transformational leadership in historic preservation and community development.” Since 1980, when he helped found the Preservation Trust, Bruhn has led over 1,500 community and historic preservation projects in Vermont.

Bluehouse Group announced that Michelle Massa was named marketing director. She has almost 20 years of marketing and business development experience in both local and global markets. Last year, Bluehouse Group moved its office from Richmond to the Hood plant building on South Winooski Avenue in Burlington. Massa will work from her home in rural Vershire and commute as needed to the Burlington office.

Stone Environmental’s board of directors has appointed John Hanzas president and Michael Winchell vice president. Hanzas and Winchell are longtime Stone veterans who serve on the senior management team. Christopher Stone, founder and president, and David Healy, vice president, will remain as senior executive and technical consultant and continue to serve on the board.

Vermont Public Radio won three 2016 national journalism awards. For a podcast exploring the status of Abenaki Native Americans in Vermont, and a video that uses Legos to explain the Iowa caucus, VPR won Edward R. Murrow Awards for Best News Documentary and Excellence in Video from the Radio Television Digital News Association. For coverage of the Northeast Kingdom EB-5 scandal, VPR won the award for Breaking News from Public Radio News Directors Inc.

The board of the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation announced the election of Lois McClure as president emerita, Barbara Benedict as president, and Rebecca Henry as vice president. The transition brings together three generations of the McClure family to lead the foundation and its work to make career and college education accessible to all Vermonters.

Timothy C. Doherty Jr. joined Downs Rachlin Martin. He worked for more than nine years in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont, where he supervised investigations and prosecuted federal crimes, including narcotics and white collar crimes. He will work with clients who need help in navigating complicated commercial and corporate disputes and complex federal litigation.

Neil Brodeur was named athletic director of Rice Memorial High School. He is a 1985 graduate of Rice, a longtime football and baseball coach, and Rice Hall of Fame member. He replaces interim athletic director Tom Langan.

Vermont Mechanical hired Neil Durda as a project manager. He has worked in construction for over five years and has a mechanical engineering and project management background.

Richard Lyon joined Passumpsic Savings Bank as senior vice president/chief financial officer. He has over 25 years’ experience working with corporations, financial institutions, nonprofits, and clients. He was partner-in-charge of the St. Johnsbury office of A.M. Peisch & Co.

Beth Sachs, the co-founder and director emerita of Vermont Energy Investment Corp., will receive this year’s Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. The award is given annually to a person exemplifying the commitment to community, the environment, progressive public policy, and the workplace of Ehrich, the late owner of Hemmings Motor News and a founding board member of VBSR. Benjamin Adler, the founder/owner of Skinny Pancake, will receive the Young Changemaker Award, and Milk Money and SunCommon will be recognized with the Innovation and Inspiration award in the categories of Small and Large member, respectively.

Mack Molding announced seven promotions and additions to its team. Tracy Weinstein, manufacturing engineer and a former intern, is a recent graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Casey Magrath, a former intern, business development manager, is a recent graduate of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Trevor Pollock, who joined the company in March, was promoted to supplier engineer. He was with the University of Colorado Boulder. Kyle Pilote was appointed supplier engineer in the purchasing organization. He was with NSK in Bennington. Colin Derby, a former intern, was named associate manufacturing engineer. Cody LaFlamme, a former intern, was hired as a cost estimator. Alex Hawley, manufacturing clerk, was an intern for four summers.

At the 2017 Fancy Food Show in New York City, Vermont products scored 11 sofi (specialty outstanding food innovation) awards, including several best new products in their categories. Winners were Vermont Creamery for its Vanilla Crème Fraîche (gold), St. Albans Cheese (best new product), Bonne Bouche (silver), and Cultured Butter with Sea Salt Crystals (bronze); Big Picture Farm for Chocolate Covered Caramels (silver); Champlain Chocolate for It’s Hot, Honey Chocolate (bronze) and Moka Fleck Chocolate (bronze and best new product); Mt. Mansfield Maple for Organic Pure Vermont Maple Candy (silver); Fat Toad Farm for Bourbon Barrel Aged Hard Cider Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce (best new product); and Small Batch Organics for Toasted Coconut Ginger Granola (bronze).

Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer hired Jon Anderson and Jeremy Grant in its Burlington office. Anderson concentrates his practice in zoning, Act 250, environmental permitting and clean-up, and real estate law. Grant’s background includes expertise in litigation with a focus on environmental, utilities, intellectual property and real estate law. Grant was a litigation associate in Maine. The firm also announced the relocation of its Burlington office to 30 Main St., Suite 500.

Grace Keller was appointed program coordinator for safe recovery at Howard Center. She has 10 years of experience in the safe recovery program as a case management supervisor and overdose prevention specialist. Tammy Boudah, former street outreach clinician and acting team leader since January, was appointed team leader for the street outreach team. She has been a member of the team since 2003.

VHB hired Ryan Cloutier, LS, as a survey manager in the firm’s South Burlington office. He has almost 20 years’ experience in surveying on projects across New England for public and private sector clients.

Darn Tough Vermont announced that Peter Kennedy joined the company as senior sales and demand analyst. He has had similar roles working with companies such as Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and, most recently, Seventh Generation.

Susan French Church joined New England Federal Credit Union as senior human resources and organizational development executive. Church has more than 25 years’ experience in human resources, and was with Keurig Green Mountain. •

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