Faces & Places

February 2019

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition announced the election of steering committee members and officers. Joining eight returning members to the steering committee is Elizabeth Bridgewater of the Windsor & Windham Housing Trust. Ted Wimpey of CVOEO’s Fair Housing Project stepped down from his position of chair and is now vice chair. Cindy Reid of Cathedral Square is chair; Sara Kobylenski of Upper Valley Haven, treasurer; and Alison Friedkin of Downstreet Housing and Community Development, secretary.

Julia Paradiso, LICSW, was named Howard Center’s director of access and intake to oversee its newly formed 11-member access and intake team. Paradiso’s experience includes directing and implementing mental health, housing, and quality improvement projects. Penny Johnson was hired as director of accounting. She has 30 years of financial experience, including as controller for Seventh Generation. Cara Gleason Krebs was promoted to school services director. She was director of Howard Center’s Northern Lights program. Joseph Lasek, M.D., Howard Center’s medical director of adult services, was appointed co-president of the Vermont Psychiatric Association. He is also a clinical assistant professor at the UVM Medical Center’s department of psychiatry and adjunct faculty for Southern New Hampshire University.

FoodScience Corp. announced the hiring of Lisa DeSmet as vice president of quality and regulatory. DeSmet has over 16 years of quality, regulatory, and manufacturing experience.

The Vermont Economic Development Authority announced its newly elected officers: chair, Justin Snow, recently retired from State Street Global Advisors in Boston; vice chair, Thomas Gallagher, president and CEO of the Peoples Trust Co. since 2011; and treasurer, Mike Tuttle, who retired in 2016 from a 25-year career with Merchants Bank and Merchants Bancshares, including the last 10 as president, CEO, and director.

Capstone Community Action hired Sue Minter as its executive director. Minter, most recently president and CEO of Special Olympics Vermont, has experience in organizational leadership, community and economic development, professional planning, and policy making.

Dinse PC announced that Spencer Knapp rejoined the firm as senior counsel. He returns after 16 years as senior vice president and general counsel of The UVM Health Network and UVM Medical Center. Andrew Sullivan joined the firm as an associate attorney in the litigation group. He was a judicial law clerk for the Rutland Unit of the Vermont Superior Court.

Cx Associates announced the addition of Krystina Katterman and Tate Colbert to its team. Katterman was a senior research technician for the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. An engineer-in-training, Colbert was a mechanical designer for Energy-1 of Jackson, Wyoming.

Gretchen Morse was named the 2018 Help Is Here Award honoree by Howard Center. Morse was chosen for her longtime support of Howard Center through her work as secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services, executive director of the United Way of Chittenden County, and in the Vermont House of Representatives. Howard Center’s ACT 1/Bridge program was recently honored with a 2018 Intensive Care Services Community Partner Award from Washington County Mental Health Services. The award acknowledges the ACT 1 staff’s training and technical support they provided. Uli Schgulla accepted the award on the organization’s behalf.

Gisele M. Kloeckner, senior relationship manager at TD Bank in Burlington, was named an Innovation and Impact Housing Hero by the Vermont Housing Finance Agency. She was one of three statewide leaders so honored, receiving her award jointly with Hilary Melton, founder and executive director of Pathways Vermont, and Vermont state Sen. and president pro tempore Tim Ashe, who was named Legislative Housing Hero.

Stephen F. Kenney, MBA, CPA, was named chief financial officer for The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center. Kenney has more than 25 years’ experience in health care, finance, and enterprise resource planning, most recently as senior director for Weill Cornell Medicine in New York.

The Vermont Lake Monsters hired Jeff Kent as director of marketing and in-game entertainment. Kent, an Essex Junction native, was with the inside sales department of the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. He worked for the Lake Monsters from 2015 to 2017.

Gov. Phil Scott announced the appointment of Sarah Squirrell as commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Mike Touchette as commissioner of the Department of Corrections. Squirrell was executive director for Building Bright Futures, a statewide nonprofit. She succeeds Mourning Fox, who has been serving as interim commissioner. Touchette has over 28 years of experience in the department, and takes over for Lisa Menard, who retired in December. Appointed to the Vermont Commission on Women are Ed Adrian, a lawyer with Monaghan Safar Ducham PLLC in Burlington; Lisa Carlson, a senior paralegal manager for the Air Force Special Operations Command; and Heidi Tringe, a partner at MMR LLC in Montpelier. Mitzi Johnson, Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives, named Kim Nolan, with City Market in Burlington, to serve a four-year term on the Vermont Commission on Women.

Middlebury College named Mike Hussey, the director of Rikert Nordic Center since 2010, director of the Middlebury Snow Bowl. In the new position, he will be responsible for both locations. As director of skiing, Hussey has expanded his portfolio to include the majority of duties previously handled by Peter Mackey, ’74, the longtime general manager of the Snow Bowl who retired in July 2018 after 40 years of service to his alma mater.

Mark Benjamin, a human resources professional with over 20 years’ experience, joined National Life as senior vice president and chief people officer. Benjamin was chief human resources officer for American Express’s India market. National Life was recognized by the Northern New England chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals with its Outstanding Corporation award.

Kinney Pike Insurance announced the addition of Mark Desautels as a commercial lines account executive, an expansion of the business insurance sales team in its Williston office. Desautels has more than 10 years’ experience with clients throughout Chittenden County.

Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation hired Christine Golden of Golden Consulting LLC as operations assistant to help with the day-to-day functioning of the foundation. Golden has a background in marketing, bookkeeping, and project management.

The Pride Center of Vermont announced several staff additions. Justin Marsh, communications and development director, was a contractor on several of the organization’s projects before joining the staff. Johnny Chagnon, health and wellness coordinator, has worked with diverse populations across the country in HIV prevention. Reggie Condra, health and wellness coordinator, was a podcaster (Brown ’n Out) highlighting LGBTQ people of color living in Vermont in 2018. Anne Moyerbrailean, SafeSpace anti-violence coordinator, recently earned a master of social science in gender studies: intersectionality and change at Linköping University in Sweden. Jordan Young, SafeSpace coordinator for the migrant anti-violence program, is a 2018 graduate of The University of Vermont’s master’s in social work program. Gustavo Mercado Muñiz, transgender program coordinator, is a recent graduate in women’s gender and sexuality studies with a focus on intersectional feminism and its roots in communities of color.

Realtor Orion Lazo joined The Real Estate Company of Vermont in sales, specializing in buying and selling residential property and land parcels in Addison and Chittenden counties. Lazo was in entrepreneurial management and customer service.

Hanson & Doremus Investment Management announced that Alex Watson, CVA, joined the firm as an assistant portfolio manager. He was with NISA Investment Advisors in St. Louis. Liz Ford was hired as a research analyst and bond trader. She was a small business owner working in sports and recreation. Hannah LaFlam, operations associate, has worked in human resources, payroll, and laboratory medicine.

Journalist Mark Davis has joined Vermont Public Radio as assistant news director. Formerly a reporter with Seven Days, Davis has served as editor for the VPR podcast Rumble Strip and has been a frequent guest on VPR programs. •

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