Faces & Places

November 2017

John Killacky announced that he will step down from his role as executive director of the Flynn Center in June 2018. He joined the Flynn in 2010 and has led the organization’s growth to a $7.7 million operation. The board of directors will launch a national search to find his replacement.

The Vermont Community Foundation honored Sister Janice Ryan with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service. The award is given to a person who has demonstrated a long-term and significant commitment toward creating healthy and vital Vermont communities. Holly Morehouse, co-founder and executive director of Vermont Afterschool Inc., is this year’s recipient of the Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership.

Gov. Phil Scott appointed Lisa Senecal to the Vermont Commission on Women. Senecal is a marketing and communications professional and small-business entrepreneur working in large-scale event management and consulting.

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation hired Emma Hanson as wood energy coordinator. Hanson was with the Department of Agriculture.

Hoyle, Tanner announced that in recognition of his service, Jon A. Olin, manager of the company’s transportation services group in Burlington, was elected vice president and senior structural engineer by the board of directors.

Landmark Financial Services announced its move to the Kennedy Brothers building at 11 Main St., Suite B206, Vergennes. The telephone number remains the same.

The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum inducted five individuals into its Hall of Fame and presented its initial Fresh Tracks Award. Hall of Fame inductees are Ann Battelle, a world champion mogul skier; Dickie Hall, the “godfather” of telemark skiing in the United States; Jim Fredericks, who set in place some of Vermont’s strongest Nordic programs; and Chuck and Jan Perkins, founders of The Alpine Shop in Burlington. The Paul Robbins award for journalism went to Vermont photographer and author Peter Miller. Snowboarder Kevin Pearce was honored with the museum’s inaugural First Tracks Award. Pearce was on a trajectory to snowboard in the 2010 Olympics when he crashed and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He has gone on to set up the Love Your Brain Foundation.

Vermont Law School trustees announced the presidential installation ceremony for Thomas J.P. McHenry, the school’s ninth president and dean. McHenry began his term in July and succeeds Marc B. Mihaly. He was a partner with Gibson Dunn in Los Angeles and has 30 years of environmental and administrative law practice.

Sherry Cushman, president of Vermont Toner Recharge, announced its move to a new location at 12 Claire Drive, Essex Junction, in Fort Ethan Allen. The company has offered environmentally and economically sound toner products since 1991. The phone number remains the same.

Gov. Phil Scott announced the appointment of Joseph Lorman as Family Division Magistrate serving Rutland, Bennington, and Addison counties. Lorman is the southwest regional staff attorney for the Vermont Office of Child Support. He fills a vacancy left by Mary G. Harlow upon her retirement. His term expires March 31, 2023.

The Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors announced its 2017 Realtors of Distinction Awards: Robbi Handy Holmes of C21 Jack Associates was named 2017 Realtor of the Year; David Gray of Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award; Julie Danaher of KW Vermont is the 2017 Rookie of the Year; Jessica Peck of RE/MAX North Professionals received the Good Neighbor Award; and Lisa Gale of Gale & McAllister is the NVBR Affiliate Member of the Year.

The Maple Guild of Island Pond took the Best of the East Award at the Natural Products Association’s Expo East, winning over 1,500 other exhibitors for its Original Grade A Maple Syrup.

Nicole Morris, CPA, CGMA, MBA, and associate professor of accounting at Champlain College’s Stiller School of Business, along with Sharon Asay, CPA, director of taxpayer services for the Vermont Department of Taxes; Gwen E. Flewelling, CPA, partner, O’Brien Shortle Reynolds & Sabotka PC; and Sarah E. Richards, CPA, audit partner, Gallagher, Flynn & Co. LLP, were named 2017 Women to Watch by the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Ken Squier, the owner of The Radio Vermont Group, announced the company’s sale to Steve Cormier, its sales director. The Radio Vermont Group is home to WDEV AM and FM in Waterbury, WLVB FM in Morrisville, WCVT FM in Stowe, and WEXP FM in Rutland. Cormier has assumed the role of general manager until the process is completed in a few months, assuming FCC approval. Eric Michaels, longtime vice president, general manager and host of the Morning News Service, is stepping down after decades in these roles. Cormier will be supported by Shannon Billings, finance director; Charlotte Strasser, operations director; and Kia Winchell, continuity director. The Squier family, whose members have managed Radio Vermont for all of its 87 years, will continue to have a role in the station. Ken Squier will function as a senior advisor, and Ashley Squier, granddaughter of the station’s founder, Lloyd E. Squier, will serve on the advisory team.

Vermont Insurance Agents Association announced the installation of officers and directors. Erin Odell of the Odell Insurance Agency was elected president, Paul Plunkett of Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group is vice president, and Alan Kinney of Kinney Insurance is secretary-treasurer. Ron Bixby of the Ludlow Insurance Agency was reelected national director. Michael Barrett of the Barrett Insurance Agency was elected to the board.

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group hired Brody Gilbert as controller. Gilbert most recently held senior management positions at Bluestone Life Insurance Co. and Arbella Insurance Group.

Future Planning Associates announced the retirement of Marilyn Jae Lehto, president and senior pension administrator. Lehto joined the firm in 1981 and is the last of the four women who formed a partnership in 1990 to purchase the company from the Bank of Boston. Principals Erin Helmken, Daryl Straw, and Dave Davis will continue serving as the senior management team, Helmken as president, Straw as COO, and Davis, who will continue as director of new business development.

Brenda Luciano has joined Bauer Gravel Farnham as an associate attorney. Her primary practice areas are in civil litigation, business law, and environmental law. Luciano worked in civil enforcement as an assistant general counsel and attorney-advisor for the Environmental Protection Agency and as assistant general counsel in financial regulation for the State of Vermont.

The board of directors of Special Olympics Vermont named Sue Minter president and CEO. She replaces Lisa DeNatale, who is retiring after six years leading the organization. Minter has 12 years of executive and legislative experience, 13 years of coaching youth sports, and nearly a lifetime’s participation in competitive athletics. Four new members were elected to the board: Erin Bombard, marketing and events manager with the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce; Peggy Day, former intellectual property attorney; Riley Dickie, business development with Faraday Inc.; and Sean Fahey, a Special Olympics Vermont athlete with the Addison program.

Co-operative Insurance Companies has won the ValChoice award for Number One Best Value in the states of New Hampshire and Vermont for the year 2016. Co-op ranked ahead of 62 other insurance companies in Vermont and 80 other insurance companies in New Hampshire. ValChoice awards recognize the best insurance companies state by state.

Burlington native Michael Carter, a 2012 graduate of St. Michael’s College, was ordained to the priesthood at the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel. The college was founded by The Society of Saint Edmund and is based on campus. After earning his bachelor’s degree in religious studies with a minor in political science, Carter received a master of divinity from Boston College in 2016. He is the second Edmundite ordained since 1986 and is an assistant to his Edmundite brother, Father Charles Ranges, SSE, pastor in Essex Junction and Essex Center.

PC Construction announced promotions in its senior leadership team. Jay Fayette was promoted to chief operating officer. He has been with the company for 15 years. Eve Norris and Kevin Morrissey will serve as regional vice presidents in the company’s building and facilities business segment. Norris will also be responsibility for PC’s Manchester, New Hampshire, office, and Morrissey will oversee the Poughkeepsie, New York, office. Chet Layman was promoted to vice president, serving as operational leader for the company’s Northeast water treatment work. Nicole LaBrecque was named vice president responsible for the company’s growing marketing and business development function.

The Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce hired Ginger Berkelhamer as member services coordinator, a new position. Berkelhamer’s experience includes work with Ogilvy & Mather in New York City.

NFP announced that Jennifer L. Collins joined its team in Barre as a commercial lines account manger. Collins has more than eight years’ experience in the insurance and financial industries, most recently with Noyle Johnson Insurance.

Margo Plank Casco joined Greentree Real Estate as a newly licensed Realtor. Casco is a native Vermonter with experience as a photographer and banker, including home lending.

Laura Clark, PT, FCE, has transitioned from employee to owner at the Williston office of PT360, an employee-owned physical therapy co-op. The company currently has 17 owners dispersed through its three locations.

Susan Hartman stepped down as executive director of the Pride Center, whose board of directors expressed its regret. Rex Butt was named interim executive director and will serve through June, while the search is going on. Butt is the author of Now What? A Guidebook for Families With Transgender Children.

Community National Bank announced that Louise Bonvechio was presented the Outstanding Community Service Banker Award by the Vermont Bankers Association. Bonvechio has been with the bank for over 24 years.

Neagley & Chase Construction announced that Heidi Davis joined the firm as business development manager. Davis is a registered architect (AIA, LEED AP BD +C) with over 18 years’ experience. She has lived and worked in Vermont for 15 years.

The Vermont Historical Society presented the Richard O. Hathaway award to the late H. William Johansen for his book Vermont Stones — Italian Bones. The annual award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the field of Vermont history. The book was published by the Bethel Historical Society, which accepted the award on Johansen’s behalf.

Johnson State College announced six faculty additions. In the Behavioral Sciences Department are Kim Donovan, associate professor, who coordinates the college’s graduate counseling programs; Leona Jochnowitz, assistant professor of criminal justice; and Dan Weigel, associate professor of counseling. Donovan was teaching clinical mental health and school counseling in Oklahoma; Jochnowitz is a practicing attorney and member of the New York state and federal bars; and Weigel taught clinical mental health and school counseling graduate courses in Oklahoma. In the performing arts department are Jason Eckenroth, technical director for JSC’s Dibden Center for the Arts, and Justin Rito, assistant professor of music. Eckenroth was a sound designer and engineer with Circus Smirkus, and Rito was an adjunct music instructor at several Michigan colleges. Audrey Hoffmann was named assistant professor in the education department. She moved to Vermont from Utah. •

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