Faces & Places

August 2018

North Star Leasing hired Rebecca Chandler as its first chief operating officer. Chandler returns to Vermont after a time working with other leasing companies.

Mack Molding announced additions to its senior staff with the appointments of Jessica Fredette as director of human resources and Joe Prandini as director of information technology. Both have responsibilities for the Northern Division. Fredette was human resources director for Addison County Home Health & Hospice. Prandini, who joined the company in 2001, has served as information systems manager since 2004. Joining the company’s Vermont teams are Travis Pettengill, program manager with the sales and engineering team; Pia Dechamps, manufacturing engineer; Clayton Harrington, an associate tool engineer; and Dave Forrester, a supplier engineer. Pettengill was with Zefon International in Florida. Dechamps was with QuEST Global Pratt and Whitney VBU in Connecticut. Harrington, a recent college graduate, came from an internship at Cambridge Valley Machining in New York. Forrester served as a senior quality technician at Energizer Holdings Inc. in Bennington.

Bauer Gravel Farnham LLP announced that Nicholas J. Daley joined the firm as an associate attorney. He will focus his practice within the firm’s real estate department.

Gov. Phil Scott appointed Oliver Olsen, a former Independent state representative, to the Vermont State Board of Education. Olsen is a moderator of the Taconic and Green School District.

PedsOne pediatric billing company announced its move across Main Street in Winooski to the VSAC building at 10 East Allen St. The move makes room for the company’s growing staff and client base.

The Vermont International Film Festival announced that Robin Lloyd received the 2018 VTIFF Community Award. Lloyd was cited for having made films for several decades and being a staunch supporter of other filmmakers and organizations aspiring “to change the world and make it a better place.”

Eric Hart, CEO of NPI, announced that John Burton, the company’s co-founder and president, will retire this year. He will remain in an advisory role. To honor Burton’s work and the company’s 30th anniversary, NPI provided each employee 30 hours of paid time to work on pro-bono projects with some of the 30-plus nonprofits that have received NPI donations.

Joe Mester was hired as Web developer for Stride Creative Group. He has more than seven years of development and client service experience, including extensive knowledge in Web development, search engine optimization, analytics, and programming

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region named Whitney Brooks, RN, a homecare and hospice nurse, Employee of the Year. Named Unforgettable Employee was physical therapist Karol Sowulewski. Claire McCaughy, Sarah Lees, Scott Tommola, Christina Crawford, Donna Bizon, and Kim Berard won HEALTH Matters awards for emulating core values. Marc Miele, marketing coordinator, received Rutland Regional Community Television’s Romeo Award. Miele produces The Homecare Connection, a monthly show on VNAHSR’s programs and services. VNAHSR received four Lamplighter awards from the New England Society for Healthcare Communications honoring achievements in healthcare marketing, public relations, and communications.

Allison Hooper, co-founder of Vermont Creamery, was named to the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America for 2018. She was one of four people so honored.

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty announced the addition of three individuals, Realtors John and George Black and real estate attorney Jack Qualey. John Black has worked in marketing in a career at a local TV station. George Black spent years traveling the country training people in hospitality software. Qualey retired from his practice as a real estate attorney in the Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, area before moving to Burlington to be closer to his daughter and her family.

The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center hired Bianca Roa as coordinator of communications and development. Roa, a recent summa cum laude graduate of Champlain College with a degree in marketing, interned at National Life Group and RetroMotion Creative.

Vermont Technical College hired Lyle Jepson and Katherine Barwin to its workforce development team. Jepson, director of the Vermont career and technical teacher education program, was dean of entrepreneurial programs at Castleton University. Barwin is project manager for green trainings, and co-trainer in the area of leadership as part of the continuing education workforce development team. She has served in various roles at local colleges and public schools.

Champlain College announced that Stacey Rainey and Steve L. Gibbs have joined its board of trustees. Rainey is a founder and partner at Community Barn Ventures in Middlebury; Gibbs is a finance and accounting professional, most recently with Keurig Green Mountain.

After a 23-year career at the helm of the Norwich University men’s ice hockey program, Mike McShane announced his retirement from coaching. McShane led the school to win 19 of the last 20 New England Hockey Conference regular season titles and has won 25 Coach of the Year awards. A national search has begun. The university announced that John Hart was appointed director of the Sullivan Museum and History Center. A 15-year veteran of the museum field, Hart was the museum registrar. Dennis Showalter, author, military historian, and senior instructor of military history for Norwich’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, received the 2018 Pritzker Military Museum & Library Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. The award includes a gold medallion, a citation, and a $100,000 honorarium.

Allen Yearick was named administrator and vice president of aging services at Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing by The University of Vermont Health Network–Central Vermont Medical Center. Yearick served as interim administrator from January of this year and has more than 25 years’ experience in nursing home and acute care operations. He is a licensed nursing home administrator in Vermont, Florida, Minnesota, and Nebraska, and was president of the American College of Health Care Administrators, Florida Chapter, in Sarasota.

The United Way of Addison County board of directors announced Helena Van Voorst as the organization’s next executive director. Van Voorst was director of director of development at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and has 16 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector.

Kinney Pike Insurance hired Phillip Mangieri as a commercial lines account executive, expanding the business insurance sales team in the Rutland and White River Junction offices. Mangieri has more than 15 years’ experience in the insurance industry with a background in sales and leadership.

The Herb Lockwood Prize, the most generous statewide prize in the arts, was given to puppeteer and artist Peter Schumann, the founder of Bread and Puppet in Glover, the home of Our Domestic Resurrection Circus, a two-day event incorporating political skits, concerts, and a touch of vaudeville.

Community Bank N.A. announced that Ryan Jennings was appointed to the board of the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce. Jennings is a branch supervisor of the bank’s Brattleboro branch.

Benton Mitchell joined Greentree Real Estate as a newly licensed Realtor. The lifelong Monkton resident’s experience includes areas of the real estate industry including construction, property appraisal, property management, and listing coordination.

Resonance announced that Steve Schmida, its founder and managing director, will become the chief innovation officer at the firm, working on the development of new products and services. Angie Mack has joined the company as HR generalist. She has 11 years’ experience in a range of human resources and operations functions, most recently at eg+ worldwide, a marketing and communications agency. Seth Olson, hired as analyst, inclusive markets, is a recent graduate of Cornell University with a master’s degree in applied economics and management. Named project assistant, natural capital, was Natasha Baranow. She is a recent graduate of Williams College with a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy with a focus on sustainable land management, conservation, and food systems.

The Burlington School District announced several personnel changes. Tracy Racicot, Burlington High School principal, will take over as director of Burlington Technical Center, a position she held previously. Noel Green, assistant principal of BHS, will take the BHS helm as interim principal. Changes will take place over the summer break. Graham Clerke, principal of Flynn Elementary, announced his retirement. The district expects a new principal to be appointed before the school year starts.


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