Faces & Places

September 2018

Later this year, Sarah Carpenter, executive director of the Vermont Housing Finance Agency, will retire after 20 years at the agency’s helm. The volume of VHFA mortgages provided to low- and moderate-income Vermonters grew by $1.3 billion during Carpenter’s tenure. She most recently worked with legislative leaders to enact a down payment assistance program for first-time home buyers. A strategy is being planned for identifying her successor.

Encore Renewable Energy announced the hiring of Sonia Johnson as project manager. Johnson was with Draker Corp., a Vermont solar monitoring company.

The Burlington Rotary Club named Jesse Beck, AIA, the president of Freeman French Freeman, Rotarian of the Year. Beck, who has been a member for over 30 years, was the club’s president from 2008 to 2009. He helped launch the club’s Vermont Ski+Ride Expos in 2016 and, earlier, coordinated fundraising efforts to beautify City Hall Park and Edmunds Middle School’s landscape.

The Burlington Electric Department was one of three municipal utilities presented with an E.F. Scattergood System Achievement Award by the American Public Power Association. The awards are presented to “outstanding utilities” and honor APPA members that have “enhanced the prestige of public power utilities through sustained achievement and customer service.”

Vermont Public Radio won two 2018 national Edward R. Murrow Awards: for “Why Is Vermont So Overwhelmingly White?”, a Brave Little State podcast exploring the history of Vermont’s whiteness and a news story about immigrants seeking asylum in Canada.

Aldrich + Elliott PC appointed Wayne Elliott, P.E., president, succeeding Brad Aldrich, P.E., who steps down to become a senior associate within the company. Jason Booth, P.E., was appointed vice president, succeeding Elliott, who has been part of the firm since its founding in 1995. Booth joined the firm in 2001.

Dan Hogan was named property manager at Keller Williams Vermont’s Strong Will Property Management team. Hogan was office manager and co-managed 150 residential units for Vermont’s largest property management company, in Bennington County.

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates hired Brian Susslin as director of sales and Carly Ngo, a recent graduate of Clark University, as sales and marketing coordinator. Susslin has over 25 years of sales experience in confectionery products and has held lead positions at various confectionery companies, including Barry-Callebaut Chocolate. Vermont Nut Free also announced the relocation of its production facility and retail store from Grand Isle County to Colchester. The new facility, expected to be completed this fall, will more than double the current footprint.

Laura Pierce, senior director of information services at Rutland Regional Medical Center, joined the board of directors of the Vermont Futures Project.

Vicky Senni was named associate director of the Sara Holbrook Community Center. Her career includes international sales and manufacturing and experience working with children, families, and teachers, both in Vermont and overseas. She was the southern Vermont regional field manager for Let’s Grow Kids.

Northfield Savings Bank announced changes to its board of trustees. Expressing appreciation to outgoing board member Robin Nicholson after 18 years of service, the bank welcomed Mark Saba, president of Saba Automotive Group, Saba Marine LLC, Bay Harbor Marina Inc., and Gaines Marina Inc. He has been a corporator of Northfield Savings bank for five years. Nicholson will continue as a corporator for the bank.

Silver Leaf In-Home Care promoted Jacci van Alder to care manager/marketing. Van Alder joined the team in 2016 and shares managerial duties with Patty Bergeron, the founder and owner. Van Alder joined the team in 2016.

Gov. Phil Scott announced the appointment of Dan French, Ed.D., as secretary of the Agency of Education. French’s long career in education includes positions in Canaan and the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union. He was named Vermont Superintendent of the year in 2009. Most recently he was coordinator of the school leadership graduate program at St. Michael’s College. Scott also appointed Megan Sullivan executive director of the Vermont Economic Progress Council. She is the Vermont business liaison for Rep. Peter Welch, and was with the Agency of Commerce.

Nexstar Media Group Inc. announced that Alexander von Lichtenberg was named vice president and general manager of Fox affiliate WFFF-TV and associated mobile/digital services, including MyChamplainValley.com. He will also oversee Nextars’ relationship with WVNY-TV, the area ABC affiliate owned by Mission Broadcasting Inc. under a joint operating agreement. He was general sales manager for Telemundo Boston.

Ben Peterman joined Aerie Consulting as account manager to help new and existing clients drive organizational productivity with Microsoft solutions. Peterman has over 10 years’ experience and is a certified Microsoft Partner Seller. He was with Team Venti.

Wake Robin hired Amy Caldwell as director of marketing and resident services. She was director of development and communications at Vermont Works for Women and director of marketing and individual giving for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.

Wendy Rogers has transitioned from employee to owner at PT360’s Williston office. She joined the team as an office administrator. Lindy Gramling, MSPT, joined the Williston office as a physical therapist. She has over 20 years’ experience in general orthopedics, women’s health, and pediatrics. Michele Lawrence joined the team as an office administrator in Shelburne. She has 25 years of administrative and office management experience.

The Greater Burlington Industrial Corp. presented the 2018 C. Harry Behney Lifetime Economic Development Achievement Award to Jo Bradley, CEO of the Vermont Economic Development Authority. The award recognizes Vermont leaders for significant contributions to the economic well-being of the people of the community and promoting the state’s economic vitality.

TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design announced the addition of four staffers: Zachary Ray, Assoc. AIA; Jeremy Jorgenson; Mariah Robin; and Petrea Sweeny. Ray is an architectural designer with 14 years’ experience, including six years in New York City. Jorgenson is an architectural designer with advanced skills in 3D modeling, data management, and digital workflow design. Robin, an interior designer with the hospitality studio, worked on design, documentation, and specifications for hospitality and restaurant projects in southern New England. Sweeny, an architectural designer, is supporting the residential and workplace design studios.

Manufacturing Solutions Inc. (MSI) made several staffing announcements. Robert Cookson Jr. was promoted to department manager of Concept 2’s newest fitness product, the Bike Erg. He joined MSI in 2006. Justin Lamb, who joined the company in 2011, was promoted to department manager for the high-production Ski-Erg and DIR departments. Stacy Corrow was promoted to manager of the M9000 carbon cutting department. She joined the company in 2010. MSI hired Berend Doane as process engineer manager. He also oversees the more complex assembly projects for electrical power and energy clients.

The Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame announced its 2018 inductees. Clara Ayer of Fairmount Farm is the Emerging Leader: Stepping Up to Become the Next Generation of Leaders (age 40 and under). Beth Kennett, the former president of Vermont Farms!, with more than 30 years of helping educate Vermont farmers, government officials, and the public about the benefits of agritourism, was named Ag Innovator: Bringing New Energy, Ideas, and Opportunity to Vermont’s Working Landscape. Robert Foster, a partner in Foster Brothers Farm who served on the Agrimark board of directors for 37 consecutive years before retiring in 2015, received the Lifetime Achievement: 30+ Years of Outstanding Service to Vermont Agriculture award. Enid Wonnacott, executive director of The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont since 1987, was also given the Lifetime Achievement: 30+ Years of Outstanding Service to Vermont Agriculture.

National Life Group announced the appointment of Robert Cotton as chief operating officer and the promotion of Sarah VanBeck to chief financial officer. Cotton has been with the company since 1993, when he joined as staff auditor. He has served as executive vice president since 2014. VanBeck joined the company last year as chief accounting officer. She has spent 25 years in the insurance industry, most recently at AIG as senior vice president and controller at AIG Life and Retirement.

The Community Health Centers of Burlington presented Leo Kline, AGNP, its Bill Lippert Community Leader Award. Kline recently launched the organization’s Be You Clinic for LGBTQ Health Care, a weekly block of appointment time dedicated to providing safe, comprehensive, and judgment-free care for the local LGBTQ community.

The office of the vice president for research at The University of Vermont and the Vermont Technology Council announced that Arne Bomblies was appointed director of the Vermont state EPSCoR. Bomblies joined UVM in 2009 and is associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering. He has served as a science leader for EPSCoR’s watershed processes group.

The Very Rev. David Cray, S.S.E., a St. Michael’s College graduate and recent pastor at Catholic parishes in Hinesburg and Charlotte, was elected to be superior general of The Society of St. Edmund, the founding religious order of St. Michael’s. He succeeds the Rev. Stephen Hornat, S.S.E.

Robert Hale joined Inntopia as senior software engineer and will work in the Burlington Chace Mill office. He was co-founder of the Vermont Code Camp and an executive fellow for BTV Ignite. The company also announced that Tyler Maynard was promoted to director of business development, hospitality. Chris Eaton was promoted to director of business development, golf. Both work in the company’s Stowe office.

Thirteen Vermont cheesemakers brought home 36 ribbons from the 35th annual American Cheese Society competition. Among them were Best of Show for Harbison and a second-place Best of Show for Calderwood, both produced by Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, which also took a first for its Bayley Hazen Blue. Other first-place winners were Boston Post Dairy for Greek-style feta; Cabot Creamery Cooperative for Cabot sour cream; Consider Bardwell Farm for Slyboro, and Goatlet (with Crown Finish Caves); Parish Hill Creamery, Reverie; Shelburne Farms, 6 Month Cheddar; Spring Brook Farm/Farms for City Kids Foundation, Reading Raclette, Tarentaise Reserve, and Tarentaise; Vermont Creamery, Bonne Bouche, Cultured Butter with Sea Salt, Fromage Blanc, and 1916 with Wegmans Market Affinage Program; and Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co., Lille Colummiers Bebe.

John Hood, chief lending officer at New England Federal Credit Union, retired in July after 17 years with the institution. Greg Hahr was promoted to succeed Hood. Hahr has more than 29 years’ experience in the Vermont mortgage industry, and joined the credit union in 2010. Patricia Weaver was promoted to mortgage loan manager. She joined the credit union in 1999 as a loan officer. Jason Pidgeon was promoted to mortgage loan sales supervisor. He has been with NEFCU for nearly 17 years in various positions. Colin Branon was hired as business lending manager. He has 15 years of financial industry experience, most recently as a business banker vice president.

Delta Dental Plan of Vermont announced the election of Rachel Foster Rivard, DDS, as board trustee. Rivard is the dental director of Rutland Community Dental, operated by Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region.

Will Eggleston joined National Bank of Middlebury as community business lender for the northern market area. Eggleston has worked in banking for over 16 years, most recently as vice president of lending for a Texas bank. He will work from the Hinesburg office.

Pride Center of Vermont appointed Michael Bensel executive director. Bensel was a founding board member of the organization, spending five years on its board. After working with the Humane Society of Chittenden County; as an Americorps VISTA volunteer; and at SafeSpace, he left Vermont for Florida. He rejoined the Pride Center in 2011.

Community Bank N.A. announced that Keven DuComb joined its team as trust officer out of the South Burlington Kennedy Drive branch. He has five years of experience in the financial industry and was with a Detroit bank.

Richard McEntire was appointed to the position of network engineer at Rose Computer Technology Services. McEntire has worked in systems administration, hardware, software, IT consultation, and support for over 19 years, most recently for Northern Power Systems.

Encore Renewable Energy announced the hiring of Sonia Johnson as project manager. Johnson was with Draker Corp., a Vermont solar monitoring company.

The Condo Guy Team of RE/MAX North Professionals announced the relocation of its office from Colchester to 40 Main St., Burlington. The move is expected to help better serve clients, customers, and their interests.

Mary Moran, superintendent of education in Rutland, was named to the board of the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation. Moran has served Rutland public schools since 1996, having started as assistant superintendent.

Patrick Sharrow, AAE, joined Hoyle, Tanner as airport planner. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the airline and aviation management industry. He was with the Ogdensburg, New York, Bridge and Port Authority and, earlier, served 10 years as an airport operations specialist at Burlington International Airport.

Ledyard National Bank announced that William Logan joined Ledyard Financial Advisors as senior vice president and manager of its private banking division. Logan has over 25 years of wealth management and banking experience. He was senior vice president and market leader for Citizens Bank’s private wealth management team in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Norma Austin, BSN, RN, was promoted to day shift clinical manager in the emergency department at Rutland Regional Medical Center. Austin has 16 years’ experience in the emergency department, and has been with the hospital since 2013.

The American Red Cross announced volunteer recognition awards. Liam Hariri of South Burlington was named Youth Volunteer of the Year; Lisa Lemieux of Montpelier received the Volunteer Leadership Award; and Marty Corbett of Richmond received the Clara Barton Honor Award for Volunteer Leadership in Vermont.

The Vermont Army National Guard announced the retirement of its land component commander, Brig. Gen. Michael Heston. Brig. Gen. Rich Lebel assumed command at a change of command ceremony in July.

The Vermont International Film Foundation announced the move of its offices to 156 College St., Suite 302, Burlington, sharing space with Burlington Discover Jazz. The phone number, 660-2600, remains the same.

Champlain College Online appointed Joanna Herrick-Phelps to its academic leadership team. As assistant provost, Herrick-Phelps will lead the college’s 60-plus online academic programs. She was with Granite State College in Concord, New Hampshire.

Brian Gallagher joined DEW Construction Corp. as director of business development. He has been active in construction management and real estate throughout New England for over 25 years, most recently as director of business development with Sullivan Construction in Bedford, New Hampshire.

Machinist’s Mate (Nuclear) 2nd Class Sean Donaldson of Jeffersonville, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) reactor department, was awarded a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Shane Capron joined Talon RPO as senior account manager and sourcing specialist. He was director of recruitment with PeopleServe for seven years.

The Vermont Woodlands Association and Vermont Tree Farm Program announced that Peter and Julie Parker, the owners of the Old John Vinton Hill Farm in Granville, were named Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. Their Certified Tree Farm is 560 acres and conserved by the Vermont Land Trust.

Sarah Jarvis joined Union Mutual Companies as corporate counsel and human resources manager. Jarvis was a staff attorney for the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

Burlington Telecom is the first Internet Service Provider in New England to be awarded the Fiber Broadband Association’s All-Fiber Certification for its commitment to ensuring its customers receive the fastest, most reliable broadband available.

The J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation announced that Mary Moran joined its board of directors. Moran has a long history in public education, including in Rutland City as assistant superintendent and, since March 2000, as superintendent of education.

The VT/NH Marketing Group announced its election of officers and directors. Serving from Vermont are officers Brian Youngberg of Gardener’s Supply Co., vice president, and Jennifer Raines, Datamann Inc., secretary; and board members Bob Noren of Curve Commerce and Peter Cameron of McLure Packaging Systems.

Tom McHenry, president and dean of Vermont Law School, announced that Jennifer Rushlow will direct the school’s environmental law center. Rushlow was with the Conservation Law Foundation, where she was a senior attorney and director of Farm & Food. •

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