Faces & Places

January 2018

Margo Warden, director of first-year experience at Johnson State College, was chosen by Vermont Women in Higher Education for this year’s Jackie Gribbons Leadership Award. The award is named for the late University of Vermont professor and recognizes female leaders who develop innovative programs, act as mentors and models, and contribute substantially to an institution.

Stephanie Reed joined SSG Advisors as project operations specialist. She previously worked at Seventh Generation. Kira Schmiedl joined the firm as a recruiter, to attract and develop talent for the company’s global development workforce. She was with Shelburne Farms.

Howard Center announced the presentation of its 2017 Help is Here Award to Whit Smith of Mickenberg, Dunn, Lachs & Smith LLC. The award honors an individual whose contributions personify Howard Center’s mission and demonstrate a passion for those served by the organization. Smith was chosen because of the “significant legal support he has provided to organizations that serve individuals with disabilities and their families and those with limited resources.”

Vermont Housing Finance Agency announced that David Adams, its chief of program operations, has retired. Maura Collins, the agency’s director of policy and administration, was promoted to the position of Deputy Director. She joined VHFA in 2002. Mia Watson was hired as research and communications coordinator. She recently completed her master of public administration at The University of Vermont and succeeds Leslie Black-Plumeau, who has moved into the role of policy and planning manager.

Sarah Haselton joined Paw Print & Mail as a sales and marketing specialist, a new position created to assist in the writing, production, and maintenance of the company’s content marketing platforms. She also directs Paw Print’s promotional products and copywriting services for clients. She is a recent graduate of St. Michael’s College.

The Vermont Lake Monsters announced the promotion of Maria Valentyn to director of marketing and promotions, and Frank Fanning to director of team operations and community outreach. Valentyn was director of community relations and promotions; Fanning was the box office manager.

The Addison County Economic Development Corp. board of directors announced the appointment of Fred Kenney as executive director. He succeeds Robin Scheu, who is retiring after nine years. Kenney has over 30 years’ experience in business and government at state and federal levels, including 20 years in economic development and 15 years on Sen. Patrick Leahy’s staff.

The Council of Development Finance Agencies announced that Jo Bradley, chief executive officer of the Vermont Economic Development Authority, was presented the 2017 CDFA Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes her “outstanding contribution to the development finance industry.”

The board of directors of Superior Technical Ceramics announced that John Goodrich was named president. He succeeds Richard Feeser, who is retiring after 32 years with the company. Goodrich is a previous board member with 37 years of experience in the technical manufacturing industry, where he held international positions for Weidmann Electrical Technology, a Swiss firm.

Parker Riehle has stepped down from his position as president of the Vermont Ski Areas Association, and the VSAA board of directors has begun a search for a successor. The board expressed its thanks to Riehle, who spent 19 years with the organization, including 11 years as president.

Kristin Hayes joined Community National Bank as the Barre office manager. Hayes’s experience includes work as a teller, personal banker, and bank operations manager.

The Vermont Republican Party appointed attorney Deborah T. Bucknam of Walden to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets hired Scott Waterman as director of policy and communications. Waterman was public information officer for the Vermont State Police. He has 20 years’ experience in media as an award-winning photographer and assignment manager for WCAX-TV and WVNY.TV, and succeeds Alison Kosakowski, who recently returned to her family’s farm in Richmond.

Howard Center recognized Whit Smith of Mickenberg, Dunn, Lachs & Smith PLC as its 2017 Help Is Here award recipient, honoring an individual “whose contributions personify Howard Center’s mission and demonstrate a passion for those served by the organization.”

KPedsOne, a medical billing company for pediatric practices, announced the hiring of Sonya Martin as a billing specialist. The company also hired Alex Durfee as office coordinator.

Gary S. Stein, Ph.D., director of The University of Vermont Cancer Center, professor and chair of biochemistry, and professor of surgery at The UVM Larner College of Medicine, was invested as the inaugural Arthur Jason Perelman, M.D., ’52, Professor in Cancer Research. Stein, trained in physiology and pathology, earned his Ph.D. in biology from UVM in 1969. He returned in 2012 and is a co-principal investigator for the Stein/Lian Laboratory.

Charlie Desmarais joined the team of NFP in Barre as a sales manager for personal insurance. Desmarais has more than 33 years’ experience in the insurance industry, most recently with Liberty Mutual.

NPI Technology Management announced that Rob Taylor and Austin Perdue joined the Canopy team and will provide managed IT services support to clients. Eric Hart was promoted to CEO. A co-owner of NPI, he has served as operations manager and chief security officer for over 20 years.

Kathleen Thompson joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as an administrative assistant. Thompson is a recent graduate of Castleton University with a master’s degree in accounting and bachelor’s in business administration. She was an intern with the firm.

Vertek Corp. announced its move to 356 Mountain View Drive, Suite 400, Colchester. The new location is across the street from its former address on Water Tower Hill.

Peter B. Robb, a director at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board. Robb joined the firm as a director in 1995, chaired the firm’s labor and employment practice group from 2000 to 2009, and served as deputy managing partner from 2009 to 2012.

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity announced the election of three new board members: Jacob Hinsdale, property manager of Hinsdale Properties; Katie Glover, CPA, a manager of Johnson Lambert LLP; and Jess Phelps, an attorney with Dinse Knapp & McAndrew.

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group announced that Bryan A. Mjaanes was hired as vice president and head of information technology as part of the succession plan to replace Joanne Currier, the current IT vice president, upon her retirement. Mjaanes was with Zurich North America in Illinois. Paula Clark of Vermont Mutual was named 2017 Member of the Year by the Vermont Association of Insurance Professionals. She was nominated by her peers and co-workers.

The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Christina Nolan to be Vermont’s next U.S. Attorney, following recommendations by Sen. Patrick Leahy and Gov. Phil Scott. Nolan is a native Vermonter and has served as assistant U.S. Attorney in Vermont since 2010.

Julie Lineberger of LineSync Architecture was named the Inaugural SocialPreneur winner by Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Woman’s Day Magazine for Wheel Pad L3C, a design by her firm that allows a structure to remain permanently on the wheels used for delivery.

The Community Health Centers of Burlington appointed Richard Taylor president of its board of directors. Taylor, the former superintendent of the Grand Isle Supervisory Union, has served on the CHCB board for five years. Three new board members were elected: Corporal Eric Kratchovil, MPA, Burlington Police Department; Heather Danis, MPH, RD, Vermont Department of Health; and Beth Sightler, Champlain Community Services. CHCB also presented its Community Partnership Award to The University of Vermont Medical Center specialty clinics for providing long-term, monthly services at no cost to CHCB patients. Dr. Stephen Leffler, chief population health and quality officer with the UVM Health Network, accepted the award. •

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