Faces & Places

October 2017

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.

KeyBank hired James P. Fraser as vice president and commercial banking relationship manager. Fraser was with The Community Bank (formerly Merchants Bank) in South Burlington, where he served as commercial banking officer.

Hall Communications Radio Group announced the winners of its annual achievement awards. Several employees of the company’s Vermont stations were recognized. Lori Antell, 2016 Advantage Systems Top Performer, was also named a senior account executive for WOKO-WKOL-WJOY. Kate Dubenetsky, account executive for WIZN-WBTZ-WJOY, won the Best Commercial Spec contest for the entire Radio Group. Eric Jacobsen, winner of the 2016 Richard P. Reed Top Biller award, was named 2016 Marketing Consultant of the Year for WOKO-WKOL-WJOY. Sue Gosselin, 2016 Advantage Systems Top New Business Developer, was named a senior account executive for WIZN-WBTZ-WJOY. She also won the 2016 Richard P. Reed Top Biller award, the 2016 Marketing Consultant of the Year award for WIZN-WBTZ-WJOY, and the highest award given by Hall Communications, 2016 Marketing Consultant of the year for the entire Radio Group. Dan Dubonnet, Northeast group manager and senior vice president, was promoted to executive vice president of Hall Communications Radio Group and given the Presidents Award by owner Arthur Rowbotham for the second time in his 31-year career with the Radio Group.

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group was recognized, for the ninth consecutive year, as one of the Top 50 property and casualty insurers in the United States by Ward Group. The Ward Group identifies the industry’s top insurance companies through a comprehensive financial analysis of about 3,000 U.S. property and casualty insurers. The Ward’s 50 recognizes insurers for their consistency, safety, and superior financial performance.

Mayor Miro Weinberger announced the appointment of Cindi Wight director of the Burlington Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront Department. Wight has 24 years of experience, including four as superintendent of the Rutland Recreation and Parks Department. Weinberger also announced the appointment of Beth Anderson as interim chief administrative officer. Anderson has served as Burlington’s chief innovation officer since May of 2015.

The Burlington Business Association promoted Sarah O Donnell to director of programming and member engagement. She has been with the organization since 2015, most recently as member services and events manager.

Dubois & King consulting engineers announced that Brett Graves joined the firm as a civil engineer in the site and land development division. Graves is a licensed wastewater and water system designer with seven years’ professional experience.

Chris Thompson was named executive director at Generator in Burlington. Formerly director of the Champlain College Art Gallery, Thompson is one of Generator’s founding board members.

Howard Center announced the appointment of Deanna Ryerson, Ph.D., as director of crisis. She oversees the institution’s newly integrated 24/7 mobile crisis service, First Call for Chittenden County and the crisis stabilization programs. A licensed clinical psychologist, Ryerson was with Colorado Crisis Services.

The National Governors Association announced that Gov. Phil Scott was named to its economic development and commerce committee. Scott is one of 11 members of the committee, which is chaired by Arkansas Gov. As a Hutchinson.

The National Life Group announced two staff additions in Vermont. Sarah VanBeck was named chief accounting officer and controller. She was senior vice president and controller of AIG’s life and retirement business in Houston and splits her time between National Life’s campuses in Vermont and Dallas. Melissa Carlson joined the company as associate vice president for talent management, a senior role in the company’s human resources department. She was director of global learning and development at QuintilesIMS in North Carolina.

Gregg Banse joined the team of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum & Research Institute as director of marketing and business development. He was director of digital communication strategy at George Mason and American Universities in Washington, D.C.

Kinney Pike Insurance added Dillan Pierce as commercial lines account executive, expanding the business insurance sales team in its White River Junction office. Pierce has six years’ experience developing and maintaining client relationships throughout the Upper Valley.

Hausermann Insurance Agency LLC has moved to new quarters directly across from Pete’s RV Center in South Burlington. 4001 Williston Road; 878-7144; walterh@allstate.com.

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports hired Jeff Alexander as director of strategic partnerships. Alexander was the events and sponsorships manager for Killington Resort. He has also been a volunteer for Vermont Adaptive since 2015.

Kody M. Lyon was hired by NFP as an account executive for commercial insurance with its team in Barre. Lyon has over five years’ experience in insurance and management, formerly with Noyle Johnson in Montpelier.

Sara Holbrook Community Center hired Donna Diaz as program director of its after-school program and summer program for elementary school-aged children. Diaz has more than 25 years of programming experience serving diverse populations through YWCA VT, the Greater Burlington YMCA, and Special Olympics of Montana and Vermont.

After 27 years at Rutland Regional Medical Center, Tom Huebner, president and CEO, announced his retirement to the board of directors and Rutland Regional staff. His retirement will be effective March 31, 2018. Huebner joined the organization in 1990 as vice president of corporate services and advanced to president and CEO in 1997. The board of directors will organize a search process for Huebner’s replacement.

The Pride Center of Vermont announced that Catarina Campbell, director of SafeSpace, was appointed by Gov. Phil Scott to the Vermont Council on Domestic Violence.

Chittenden County residents dropped off 2,280 mercury thermostats for recycling between 2012 and 2016, the most of any county in the United States. The achievement was announced in a report from the Thermostat Recycling Corp.

New England Federal Credit Union hired Patricia Selsky as financial education director. Selsky has over 12 years of experience, including classroom, community, and professional-based education.

Sharon Twigg, chair of the writing and literature department at Johnson State College, was named associate academic dean, a new position that will focus on undergraduate program assessment and student retention. Twigg, interim academic dean in the 2016-17 academic year, joined the faculty in 2008.

Ron Lewis, the owner of Computer Care, was named Rotarian of the Year by the Colchester-Milton Rotary Club. He was honored particularly for being “engaged, compassionate, and committed,” and for his leadership in putting together the Colchester Holiday Basket Program, which results in a meal for needy families.

Grant M. Binder joined Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, where he will practice in the business law group in the firm’s Burlington office. Binder was with the New York office of the international law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. His practice is focused on strategic and corporate transactions. Attorneys Robert B. Luce and Marc B. Heath have been named senior fellows of the Litigation Council of America. Both are litigators practicing from the firm’s Burlington office. Luce is a director at DRM, where he chairs the Litigation Practice Group. Heath, also a director, is a trial attorney who, since 1981, has successfully represented a wide variety of clients in more than 65 jury and bench trials in both federal and state courts.

Brad Aldrich, PE; Wayne Elliott, P.E.; and Jason Booth, P.E. (current partners at Aldrich + Elliott PC, announced that Nathan Pion, P.E., project engineer, as joined them as a partner of the firm. Pion has been with A+E since starting as a summer intern in 2009.

The Vermont Energy Investment Corp. board of directors named Jim Madej chief executive officer. Madej has decades of experience in the energy industry, including leadership experience as chief customer officer at National Grid USA.

Davis Studio announced its move to 916 Shelburne Road in South Burlington, the former location of Country Curtains. Davis Studio offers classes and workshops for students of all ages in drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, and glass, plus camps for children and teens. Davis Preschool is a 3 STAR, prequalified pre-K program for students ages 2-1/2 to 5. Onsite is the Starving Artist Café, serving Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. •

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