Faces & Places

December 2018

Gov. Phil Scott announced the appointment of Wanda Minoli as commissioner of the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles. Minoli has served as interim commissioner since December 2017. The governor also announced a long list of appointments to state boards and commissions For complete lists of appointees, go to governor.vermont.gov/boards-commissions.

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce selected Leo O’Brien Jr. and Daniel J. O’Brien, the founders of O’Brien Brothers, as its 2018 Citizens of the Year. They were chosen for their “extensive community leadership and continual devotion to the betterment of Vermont.”

Lindsey Sterrett was named preschool director of the Sara Holbrook Community Center. Sterrett’s experience includes years of teaching, two AmeriCorps services, and most recently as participant researcher with young children and a mentor teacher to pre-service undergraduate teachers at the Campus Children’s School, The University of Vermont’s social constructivist lab school.

The Vermont Insurance Agents Association announced that Paul E. Plunkett, CIC, of Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group was elected president. Alan Kinney of Kinney Insurance is vice president; Dan Rodliff, NFP P&C, is secretary/treasurer; and Ron Bixby of Ludlow Insurance Agency is national director. Newly joining the board was Erin Odell, Odell Insurance Agency.

Christy Gallese, director of expanded learning opportunities at the Burlington School District, was named one of 15 afterschool ambassadors in the United States by the Afterschool Alliance. In addition to leading their local programs, ambassadors serve one-year terms for the Afterschool Alliance organizing public events, communicating with policymakers, and working to grow awareness and support for after-school and summer learning programs.

Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP announced that attorneys Vincent J. Todd and Eliza H. van Lennep joined the firm as associates. Todd was with a New Jersey land use litigation firm, and van Lennep clerked for the Vermont attorney general’s office in the civil rights unit and the Chittenden County state’s attorney’s office.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announced that, for the second consecutive year, the City of Burlington received a Certificate of Achievement of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The only other Vermont recipients have been St. Albans and the State of Vermont.

Kathleen Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN, a nurse at the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, received the 2018 President’s Recognition Award from the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society for her “significant contributions.”

Diana Hill was named director of development at the Humane Society of Chittenden County. Hill returns to Vermont after several years working for nonprofits and animal welfare organizations on the West Coast.

The Vermont Council on Rural Development presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Molly and Hank Lambert. Molly was the first woman to serve as the secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, in the Dean administration, and was appointed state director of USDA Rural Development for Vermont and New Hampshire by President Obama. Hank was town manager in Manchester, commissioner of Housing and Community Affairs, and director of the Vermont Local Roads Program. The organization’s Community Leadership was presented to Shannon Barsotti, local chair of the Empower Pownal process, co-founder of Discover Pownal, and former member of the Pownal Planning Commission.

Rutland Regional Medical Center announced that Audrey Dudzik, M.D., joined the team at Rutland General Surgery. Dudzik completed her residency in general surgery at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. Darius Seidler, M.D., joined the Rutland Pulmonary Center. He is board-certified in internal medicine, critical care medicine, and pulmonology.

HP Hood LLC announced the promotion of Lauren Simmers to plant manager of the Barre plant. Simmers is the first female plant manager in the company’s history. She joined Hood in Winchester, Virginia, and relocated to Vermont in January 2017 to take on the role of Barre quality assurance manager.

Gary Winnie, hazardous waste supervisor for the Chittenden Solid Waste District, received the inaugural Lewry Safety Award from the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association. Winnie has been managing leftover paint, chemicals, and other hazardous waste at the Chittenden Solid Waste District’s environmental depot in South Burlington since 1991. In his 27 years of service, he has collected and managed over 11 million pounds of hazardous waste dropped off by more than 250,000 residents and small businesses.

The Vermont Lake Monsters announced two additions to the front office staff. Hannah Carlin is box office and team operations manager, and Philip Nerber is ticket sales and operations manager. Both of them have spent the past two summers working for the Lake Monsters and were ticket office managers during the 2018 season. Two front office members were named winners of the 2018 New York-Penn League awards: Kyle Bostwick, vice president, received the Hon. Robert F. Julian Community and Baseball Service Award, and Adam Matth, assistant general manager, was named the Sam Nader Male Executive of the Year.

Make-A-Wish Vermont announced the appointment of members to its board of directors: Julie Dale, attorney; Jean Giard, Vermont Federal Credit Union; Patti Komline, Komline Consulting; Ken Thompson, Keurig Dr. Pepper; and Phil Trabulsy, UVM College of Medicine.

Michael Johnston joined Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty. With his wife, Amy, he ran Yankee Kingdom Orchard in Addison for 20 years and has been a broker/Realtor since 2015.

Carl M. Lynde, a vice president and senior commercial relationship manager with TD Bank in Brattleboro, received the 2018 Outstanding Community Service Banker Award from the Vermont Bankers Association.

Realtor Mike Loner joined Greentree Real Estate as its ninth licensed real estate agent. Loner was executive director and CEO of the DREAM Program, a nonprofit that matches college student volunteers with youths and families from affordable housing communities.

ReArch Co. hired Jackson Tucker as foreman to support operations and field staff. Jackson earned a bachelor of science in construction management from Vermont Technical College and worked first as a carpenter and then project engineer.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger appointed Darren Springer general manager of the Burlington Electric Department. He joined the department in January 2017 and served as chief operating officer and manager of strategy and innovation. He succeeds Neale Lunderville, whom Weinberger named director of the Burlington Community and Economic Development Office.

Nimesh Mehta was promoted to senior vice president and chief information officer at National Life Group. Mehta has held several positions with the company in the past 11 years, most recently as head of the customer service center.

The Vermont Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame celebrated five new inductees who have made skiing or riding history in Vermont. They are Foster Chandler, former vice president and director of marketing at Killington ski area, founder and president of Ski New England, director of New England Ski Areas Council, and for eight years, chair of the Vermont Travel Council and on the Vermont and National Ski Area associations’ marketing committees; Dennis Donahue, a biathlete Olympian who competed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games and in five World Biathlon Championships; Hannah Kearney, freestyle mogul skier and Olympic and World Championship medals winner; industry pioneer Paul Johnston, whose many “firsts” included, most notably, vice president of Stratton Mountain, where he opened the slopes to snowboarders and staged the U.S. Open of Snowboarding; and Janet and Brad Mead, founders of Pico Peak, who opened the Rutland ski area in 1937 with a rope tow and, in 1940, installed the first T-bar in the United States. Janet ran the ski area after Brad’s death until 1954. Three additional special awards went to Waitsfield’s Peter Oliver (the Paul Robbins Journalism Award); Kelly Brush Division (the First Tracks Award); and Killington Resort (the VTSSM Community Award).

Inntopia hired Clare Secker Walker to its Spinal Tap team as QA tester/engineer in the Burlington office. She was with MyWebGrocer as system analyst-sustaining engineering. Mike Abbott joined the new Inntopia DevOps team as a software engineer. A veteran of the 101st Airborne Division, Abbott was a programmer at MyWebGrocer. He works in the Burlington office.

Jocelyn Geiger joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as an associate accountant. Her experience includes managing a small business’s bookkeeping and doing budget development for a recreational department in Lyndon.

The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties has changed its name to The University of Vermont Health Network Home Health & Hospice, the first affiliate to provide post-acute, community-based care. The new name and brand identity signify a formal affiliation with The UVM Health Network.

The Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors announced its 2018 Realtors of Distinction awards. Realtor of the Year is Mark Montross of Catamount Realty Group. He serves as a director of the association and is the Realtors’ federal political coordinator for Sen. Bernie Sanders. The Distinguished Service Award went to Kathie Desautels of RE/MAX North Professionals; Krista Lacroix of Coldwell Banker Hickok and Boardman Realty is Rookie of the Year; Tracie Carlos of RE/MAX North Professionals received the Good Neighbor Award; and Lisa Campion of LMC Law PLLC was named Affiliate Member of the Year.

The board of directors of National Bank of Middlebury appointed Meaghan W. McLaughlin CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) officer. McLaughlin joined the bank in 2010 and is an assistant vice president, business community lender, and will continue in that role.

Mack Molding announced that it is uniting the business development teams of its northern and southern divisions under the leadership of Jonathan Whitney, director of business development. Whitney joins the senior staff, reporting to Jeff Somple, president, with “dotted-line” responsibility to Bryan Campbell, Mack South president. He has been with the company since 2013.

Attorneys Alexis L. Peters and William T. Clark joined Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC and will practice from the Burlington office. Clark was a summer associate at a large law firm in Massachusetts and a legal intern at Keurig Green Mountain in Vermont. He will work in the litigation group. Peters interned at BCM Environmental and Land Law PLLC in Concord, New Hampshire, and was a student clinician at the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic in South Royalton. Her practice will focus on real estate law and litigation, plus energy, environmental, and telecommunications law.

Mercy Connections announced the addition of three members to its board of directors: Amit Lodha, director of manufacturing at BioTek Instruments; Subha Luck, national sales manager at Rhino Foods; and Leadre Waldo, director of client services at Champlain College. •

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