Faces & Places

April 2018

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets announced that Henry Marckres, the state’s chief of consumer protection, has retired after 33 years. He was best known as a protector of Vermont maple by sampling thousands of products over the years for off-flavors.

DominionTech Inc. hired Conrad Wells as network administrator, a newly created position. He has more than 10 years’ experience.

The Vermont Futures Project announced the selection of Chad T. Ahern, a certified strengths coach, to further the organization’s education, outreach, and research efforts. Ahern spent the last seven years redefining St. Michael’s College’s donor relations program.

Abbott D. Abbott II was named director of development for Vermont at System Integrators, which has offices in South Burlington and in Key Largo, Florida. Abbott was with Tech Group and has over 40 years of sales and marketing experience, including 20 as founder and president of Vermont Courier Inc.

Mack Molding announces several new hires. Jamison Gates returned to the company as a quality engineer, having been an intern from 2014 to 2016. He was then an intern at Engineered Printing Solutions in East Dorset. Brian Kolb, quality engineer, has more than 10 years’ experience. He was a manufacturing leader at Forward Biotech in New York. Rebecca Bushee, a manufacturing administrator, was an intern from 2014 to 2017.

Dinse announced that Maggie Platzer and Justin Barnard were elected as directors and shareholders of the law firm. Platzer joined in October 2011 from Delta Dental in Boston; Barnard joined in July 2014, having been lead litigator in the Maine Attorney General’s Office.

Howard Center promoted Delaina Norton to the position of director of long-term supports and services. Norton has more than 20 years in the human services field, including 10 at Howard Center in various roles, most recently as a senior leader. Alysia Chapman was promoted to director of administrative services. She has been associate director of operations for developmental services since 2012.

Jeff Biesadecki, CPA, joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as a tax supervisor. He has over eight years of experience in public accounting and was tax supervisor for a Boston firm. He works from the firm’s Williston location.

Vermont Housing Finance Agency hired Sarah Woodward as development underwriter. Woodward was a site manager and compliance technician for affordable housing developments with Aeon in Minneapolis.

The Vermont Lake Monsters hired Heather Regnaud as staff accountant and Derrick McCabe as box office manager. Regnaud returned to her native Vermont after working several years on the island of St. John. McCabe worked in various ticketing roles for Minor League Baseball teams.

Burlington City Arts announced that artists Tessa O’Brien and Cat Clear will collaborate with the city’s project team and design team of Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architects to integrate artwork into the new City Hall Park design.

Molly Mahar was named president of the Vermont Ski Areas Association. She was vice president of marketing and sales at Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln, New Hampshire.

Vermont Municipal Bond Bank and Vermont Educational and Health Buildings Financing Agency hired Michael Gaughan as executive director to lead both state agencies. Gaughan has a background in public finance and economic development and was with the National Development Council. He succeeds longtime executive director Bob Giroux, who retired after 13 years.

Kheya Ganguly was named executive director of Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum. Ganguly is a grant writer and qualitative researcher with over 15 years’ experience who has worked in educational and nonprofit settings. She succeeds Myra Peffer, who has moved to Minnesota.

The Essex Culinary Resort & Spa hired Caleb Lara as executive chef. Lara will oversee all of the culinary operations including designing menus for two restaurants, Junction and The Tavern, and helping oversee Cook’s Academy. He was a chef de cuisine at Chatham Bars Inn in Massachusetts.

Howard Center appointed Hillary Orsini and Thato Ratsebe to serve on its board of trustees. Orsini is a program manager at Vermont Energy Investment Corp. Ratsebe is the assistant director for the Association of Africans Living in Vermont. Elected officers were Mike Simoneau, president; Debra Stenner, vice president; George Philibert, treasurer; and Connie Stabler, secretary.

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin hired Michael Gaines as a survey crew chief. He has more than 10 years’ professional engineering experience conducting surveys. Francis Fan joined the firm as an information technology service specialist. His experience in IT support includes hardware and software work. Both work in the South Burlington office.

Vermont Federal Credit Union was named the top credit union performer of 2017, and third among all participating lenders, by Vermont Housing Finance Agency, with staff member Patricia Boyce ranked as the top credit union mortgage originator.

Liquid Measurement Systems Inc. announced that its former chief operations officer and general counsel W. Scott Fewell was named chief executive officer. He succeeds the company’s owner, George Lamphere, who assumes the role of chairman. Fewell joined LMS in January 2016. He was a director at Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew PC. The company hired Mark Connors as chief technology officer. Connors held positions in program management and project engineering at UTC Aerospace, General Dynamics, and Pratt & Whitney.

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility announced that Carrie Simmons, principal and creative brand strategist at New Ground Creative in Brattleboro, and Sas Stewart, co-founder and director of strategy at Stonecutter Spirits in Middlebury, have joined its board of directors.

Marie Thresher joined New England Federal Credit Union as enterprise risk program manager. Thresher has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, including chief operating officer at the Merchants Bank and senior vice president and chief auditor at People’s United Bank.

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity elected two new members to its board: Steve Gruber, financial advisor for Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith Inc. in Burlington; and Elise Polli, Realtor at Polli Properties at KW VT in South Burlington.

The UVM Health Network–Central Vermont Medical Center hired James Alvarez, MSM, LSSBB, as vice president of support services, providing executive leadership to teams maintaining the hospital’s physical structures and those providing many non-clerical services. Alvarez has more than 30 years of health care leadership experience and was with an Iowa hospital.

Norwich University promoted Kathleen Murphy-Moriarty to vice president of communications. Murphy-Moriarty has led the office since 2013 when she was hired as director of communications and marketing.

John K. Benson, P.E., an owner of Dubois & King Inc., was named Vermont’s 2018 Engineer of the Year, and Erin Parizo, P.E., a traffic design project manager at the Vermont Agency of Transportation, was named Vermont’s 2018 Young Engineer of the Year. The awards are part of Engineers Week sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers; Vermont’s Engineers Week is sponsored by the Vermont Society of Professional Engineers and a committee composed of members of other Vermont engineering societies.

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty announced that Mike Trombley joined the firm as a Realtor. He has handed over many of the daily operations of Advance Music Vermont to his business partner to allow him to pursue the real estate business. Steve Lipkin, Realtor/broker, and his team were recognized by the firm as the top selling team of multifamily properties in Vermont and the entire New England Real Estate Network.

Northfield Savings Bank hired Rob Wheeler as vice president of commercial banking. Wheeler has over 25 years of experience in commercial lending and credit analysis in Chittenden County, including business banking positions at New England Federal Credit Union and Merchants Bank.

Lorraine Sterritt was named the 17th president of St. Michael’s College. She will be the first woman to hold the position in the college’s history. She is currently president of Salem Academy and College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and will assume her duties at St. Michael’s in July.

Cheeseman Insurance announced that Dawn Palumbo was hired as a personal lines assistant in the Milton office. She has many years’ experience in insurance and business. Edward Ratte was named personal lines account executive in the Milton office. He was a manager with Nationwide Insurance. Kevin Rooney, hired to work in marketing and business development, has over 22 years’ consulting experience in real estate and manufacturing.

Krista Hoffsis joined Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty’s South Burlington office as a sales associate. She is program coordinator at the Lewis Creek Association.

Gov. Phil Scott appointed Rory Thibault Washington County state’s attorney. Thibault was named interim state’s attorney earlier in February to fill the vacancy following Scott Williams’s resignation. He has more than seven years’ litigation experience, most recently as an assistant attorney general for the State of Vermont and Washington County’s chief deputy state’s attorney.

The board of directors of the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum announced that Deb Taylor was named executive director. Taylor worked for 11 years as director at Camp Sewataro in Massachusetts.

Cathedral Square announced the appointment of four employees to work at Memory Care at Allen Brook. Ken Bridges manager, was a SASH (support and services at home) coordinator and property manager at two Cathedral Square residences. Kristie Barber, a SASH wellness nurse with Cathedral Square since 2015, is the on-site registered nurse. Ellen Gagner, program coordinator, was a case manager and site manager with the VNA adult day program and program director at The Arbors. Joshua Hanlon, who joined Cathedral Square a year ago as food service manager, has expanded his role to oversee meal services at Memory Care at Allen Brook.

Brittany Hollman joined Kinney Pike Insurance as media and communications specialist. She is based in the company’s Williston office, but provides statewide support. She has experience in media and communications and earned a degree in public relations and event management from Champlain College. •

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