Faces & Places

June 2018

Keith Nelson, an associate principal at TruexCullins, was elected to the board of directors of the Converse Home. Jody Landon was elected chair of the board.

Mike Lisboa and Mikaila Jewett joined the team at Healthy Dollars, a third-party administrator for customized health reimbursement and flexible spending accounts. Lisboa has a background in film and television production, including a decade in production management on TV shows such as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Jay Leno’s Garage. Jewett’s background is in customer service. She was with Eyecare of Vermont as an optometric technician and information technology administrator.

Lisa Falcone was named the executive director of Mercy Connections by its board of directors. Falcone was with the United Way of Northwest Vermont, where she served as Working Bridges director. She is also a founder and senior advisor of WorkLab Innovations.

Resonance (formerly SSG Advisors) hired Ben Amick as senior associate. He has more than 10 years’ experience in global development, most recently as regional innovations director with Winrock International in Thailand. Annette Uhlenberg, named senior manager, has over 15 years’ global development experience in project implementation, most recently as governance specialist at RTI in North Carolina.

Patricia Fisher, M.D., joined The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center as chief medical officer. Fisher was medical director for case management and medical staff affairs and with the family medicine inpatient service/ambulatory care unit at The UVM Medical Center. She succeeds Philip Brown, D.O., who retired in March.

Aerie Consulting announced the addition of two employees to its team. Diedre Riehle was named senior business analyst, bringing more than 20 years of experience, most recently with the Vermont Agency of Human Services. Carolyn Roberts was named director of marketing and communications. She has more than 15 years’ experience at multinationals such as Procter & Gamble, Kao Brands, and Seventh Generation and her own marketing consulting firm.

Howard Center’s Street Outreach program was honored with the Community Heroes Award by Queen City Police Foundation and Burlington Rotary for the “remarkable commitment ... to making our community a better place to live for every human being.”

Will Belongia, executive director of the Vermont Community Loan Fund, was tapped to serve on the New England Community Development Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Whole Health Nutrition announced that Valerie Goldberg, RDN, CD, joined its practice working in the South Burlington office and at The RehabGYM, its collaborative partner. Goldberg will offer one-on-one nutrition coaching.

Shelburne Vineyard has been certified as the 14th LEED-certified winery in the United States, and the only one in Vermont so designated. Supporting its certification, Shelburne Vineyard prioritizes use of sustainable materials and resources in construction; water efficiency and waste-water quality; energy efficiency and low-carbon impact; and indoor environmental quality factors such as lighting, air quality, and acoustic performance.

VHB hired Charlie Farmer as a senior engineer/hydrologist. He has 15 years of professional experience, most recently with The Johnson Co. as a project engineer. Britta Tonn joined the firm as a preservation planner. Her career has spanned nine years, most recently as senior architectural historian with CBRE. Both are working in the firm’s South Burlington office.

Noelle MacKay, director of Burlington’s Community & Economic Development Office, was named chief operating officer at the Regulatory Assistance Project, an independent nonprofit dedicated to accelerating the transition to a clean, reliable, and efficient energy future with offices in Montpelier, Europe, and China. MacKay has been CEDO director since 2016. The City of Burlington will conduct an open search for her successor.

NBT Bank hired David Micklas as branch manager for its Williston office. Micklas has over 20 years’ experience in the industry. He was a mortgage loan officer for an area KeyBank.

Kevin Boehmcke joined Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty. He has many years of service in pharmaceutical sales and, most recently, as senior account director for MyWebGrocer.

HELM Construction Solutions was named the 2018 Vermont Woman-Owned Business of the Year. Mel Baiser and Kate Stephenson, the owners, are recognized for employment growth, financial success, expansion, and community involvement. HELM, with offices in Montpelier and Brattleboro, has clients through the United States.

The Vermont Association of Insurance Professionals named Tammy Lawrey, CPIW, CLP, of S&H Underwriters Inc. Professional Underwriter of the Year. The award recognizes an underwriter who has demonstrated superior knowledge of the field, experienced professional advancement, demonstrated leadership, and participated in association activities.

Doug Davis, director of food service at the Burlington School District, was chosen to serve as president elect of the School Nutrition Association’s board of directors. Davis has worked in the Burlington School District since 1997 and helped start the Farm to School movement in Burlington.

Community Bank N.A. announced that Joyce Werzer joined its New England commercial lending team as vice president, commercial banking officer. She has 30 years of financial industry experience and was with Legacy Bank of Florida. Erika Baldasaro, vice president and New England district manager, was appointed to the national board and Vermont committee for the DREAM Program Inc.

Meagan Buckley joined Wake Robin as director of health services. She will oversee all aspects of operation at the Linden Health Center, Wake Robin’s skilled nursing facility. Buckley was senior center executive director at Burlington Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Elizabeth Harlow, a commercial lines customer service agent and account executive in Kinney Pike Insurance’s Williston office, was installed as president of the Champlain Valley Association of Insurance Professionals. She was previously president elect, vice president, and secretary of the organization.

The Vermont Center for Independent Living named longtime employee Peter Johnke deputy director. Johnke joined the disability rights organization in 1990 and, for the past few years, has managed the database and computer network.

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced its annual Hospitality Awards for 2018. Sigal Rocklin of the Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant in Manchester was named Chef of the Year; Fred Bashara III of J. Morgan’s Steakhouse at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier is Restaurateur of the Year; Patti Clark of the Green Mountain Inn in Stowe is the Borden E. Avery Innkeeper of the year; and Cindy Roberts of the Vermont Welcome Centers is the Tourism Partner of the Year.

John W. Amick, Anna G. Coon, and Emile F. Willett Jr. were promoted by Union Mutual. Amick, with the company since 1991, was promoted to vice president of claims. Coon, who joined Union Mutual in 2014, was advanced to executive and communications coordinator/assistant corporate secretary. Willett, with the company since 2017, was named assistant vice president of market and product development.

Kevin Jarvis and Shawn Trout, the owners of 1st Republic Brewing Co., announced that the company was named Vermont Veteran-Owned Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The company also has two minority owners, David Jarvis and Mike Drake, who are veterans.

Bill Schubart’s book Lila & Theron placed second in the country in the Popular Fiction category of the Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Award Program for Excellence in Book Publishing. More than 1,500 books are submitted for judging by more than 150 librarians, booksellers, and design and editorial experts.

The Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group board of directors voted Matt Campbell and Ian Sutherland as vice presidents. Campbell has been with the firm for 10 years; Sutherland joined the company in 2009.

Girls on the Run Vermont announced the appointment of Erin Kennedy, HR business partner for Burton Snowboards, and Samantha Quinn, director of shared services for Keurig Green Mountain, to its board of directors.

Three Vermont specialty food producers won gold at this year’s sofi (for “specialty outstanding food innovation”) awards. Vermont Creamery won in the cheese category for its Cremont cheese, a blend of cow and goat milks with a hint of Vermont cream, silver in the dairy category, and Best New Product in the cheese category; Mount Mansfield Maple Products won in the dessert topping category for its Single Malt Barrel Aged Pure Vermont Maple Syrup that rests in previously used charred oak barrels, and a bronze in the confection category; and Blake Hill Preserves was best in the jam category for its Cardamom-infused Meyer Lemon Marmalade. Winning silver were Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind, barbecue sauce category and Vermont Amber Organic Toffee, confection category. Runamok Maple won Best New Product in the dessert sauce category.

The Nature Conservancy announced the hiring of Jim Shallow as director of strategic conservation initiatives. Shallow’s 30-year legacy of contributions to forest and wildlife conservation issues in Vermont includes being the first director of Audubon Vermont in 1991, where he served for 20 years.

The Addison County Chamber of Commerce board announced the appointment of Robert B. Carter as president. The majority of his over 30-year career was spent with Soundview Executive Book Summaries before he launched his own marketing consulting company in 2017. He succeeds Sue Hoxie following her move to Vermont Coffee Co.

TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design announced the promotion of five employees. Mark DeSmet, with over 20 years’ experience in hospitality architecture and interior design, was named senior associate. Named associate are Ben Allred, AIA, with the firm since 2011; Cam Featherstonhaugh, AIA, CSI, an architect with the education studio; and Tom Karlhuber, AIA, with over 18 years’ experience. Lynda Pibus was named assistant finance director. She has been with the firm since 2013 working as staff accountant.

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group announced the election of company officers: Daniel C. Bridge, chairman, president, and chief executive officer; Mark J. McDonnell, executive vice president and chief operating officer; Richard N. Bland, vice president, general counsel, and secretary; Susan L. Chicoine, vice president human resources; Joanne M. Currier, vice president information technology; Bryan Mjannes, vice president information technology; David N. DeLuca, vice president claims; Brian C. Eagan, vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer; Shaun P.T. Farley, vice president marketing; and Terry J. Moore, vice president underwriting.

The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center announced its annual Rose Black Nursing Excellence and LNA Excellence in Clinical Practice awards. Rose Black Awards were presented to Andrea Sweet, RN, medical-surgical unit; Genevieve Hansen, RN, Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing; and Wendy MacKinney, RN, medical group practices. LNA Award recipients were Donna Powers, LNA, Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing; Valerie Broe, LNA, Nursing resource pool; and Emily Davidson, LNA, medical group practices. Present were Anna Noonan, president and chief oeprating officer; Broe, Davidson, Powers, Sweet, MacKinney, Hansen, and Matthew Choate, chief nursing officer.

Jennifer Mathews, Ph.D., was named associate dean for the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Vermont campus. Mathews will also be an associate professor in the department of pharmaceutical sciences. She was an associate dean at Stony Brook University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

NPI Technology Management hired Sonja Shaver Fuller as client technology manager. She was a senior vice president of Chittenden Bank.

Barre Lodge #1535 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks announced its team of officers for the coming year: exalted ruler, Barb Watters; leading knight, Frank Hotaling; loyal knight, Kimberly Baker; lecturing knight, Phil Delia; esquire, Cindy Wedding; chaplain, Lori Major; tiler, Beth McTear; secretary, Robert Campo; and treasurer, Brad Lawson.

RE/MAX North Professionals, The Gridley Group announced that Cory Cheever joined the team as a Realtor. He is local to the Middlebury area.

FoodScience Corp. hired Tammy Johnson as director of sales and marketing, DaVinci and International teams. DaVinci Laboratories of Vermont is part of FoodScience’s product line.

Dick Kittredge, president of Kittredge Mortgage Corp., was inducted into the New England Mortgage Bankers Hall of Fame representing Vermont. Kittredge serves on the Vermont Mortgage Bankers Association board of governors.

Eileen Bearor, AAI, CIIP, CISR, a commercial lines account manager with the Richards Group, was named Client Service Professional of the Year by the International Association of Insurance Professionals. The award recognizes excellence among those whose primary responsibility is in a service capacity with customers.

Vermont Public Radio brought home four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for its news coverage from the Radio Television Digital News Association. VPR won in the following categories: Best News Documentary for the Brave Little State podcast “Why Is Vermont So Overwhelmingly White?”; Hard News for the story of one woman’s voluntary arrest as she crossed into Canada with her infant child; Excellence in Writing for The Millennial Farmer: Balancing Crops, Student Loans, and Social Media; and Best Website for VPR.net whose winning content included Nina Keck’s reporting and photography from a refugee camp in Jordan and the Gunshots project on gun deaths in Vermont. •

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