Faces & Places

June 2019

Update: When we published the announcement in our May 2019 issue about PT360’s new fitness space, we were unaware that it is not located at its Williston location but in South Burlington. Please note the change.

PC Construction’s board of directors announced that Jay Fayette will serve as president and CEO of the employee-owned company. Fayette has been with the company for 24 years, most recently as president and COO, and has led nearly $4 billion in projects.

Barre Lodge of Elks #1535 presented its 2019 Citizenship Award to Sara Akers. The award is presented to a person who has contributed in a special way to improving the local community, shown leadership, and contributed voluntary service as an “all-around good citizen.”

United Way of Northwest Vermont announced that five individuals have joined its board: Gerald Coleman, director of custodial services at the University of Vermont; Yael Friedman, senior development officer at The UVM Medical Center; Marie Houghton, formerly corporate citizenship manager at IBM; Michell Langlais, director of sales and marketing at Westport Hospitality; and Michael Posternak, Burlington branch manager of NBT Bank.

Neon McCarthy was hired by Hagan Associates as social media and public relations director. McCarthy, who recently relocated from the Denver area, has more than 10 years of experience in content development, social media, and public relations.

Northfield Savings Bank announced that Kyle Dodson, president and CEO of the Greater Burlington YMCA, joined its board of trustees. He has served as a corporator for the bank. Lauren Wobby, chief financial officer/treasurer at Norwich University, has left the board, but carries on as a corporator. She had served on the board since 2001.

Douglas R. Horne, director of the board of trustees of the Woodstock Foundation and chairman of the Woodstock Resort Corp., announced the formation of a senior management team to lead the development and enhancement of guest services of the Woodstock Inn & Resort. John T. Hallowell was appointed president and managing director of the Woodstock Inn & Resort, while continuing his role as vice chairman of the Woodstock Resort Corp. Paul J. Ramsey, director of operations and a 15-year veteran of the resort, will be responsible for all operations including food and beverage at all resort entities; and W. Courtney Lowe will be its first vice president of marketing and business development.

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group announced the addition of two members to its board: Mary Powell, president and CEO of Green Mountain Power, and Mark McDonnell, executive vice president and COO of Vermont Mutual. Officers elected were Daniel C. Bridge, chairman, president, and chief executive officer; McDonnell; Richard N. Bland, vice president, general counsel, and secretary; Brian C. Eagan, vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer; Susan L. Chicoine, vice president human resources; David N. DeLuca, vice president claims; Shaun P.T. Farley, vice president marketing; Bryan Mjannes, vice president information technology; and Terry J. Moore, vice president underwriting.

Anna Grady, vice president of human resources at NRG Systems, and Eric Miller, general counsel and senior vice president at The University of Vermont Health Network, have joined the board of directors at the King Street Center.

The Small Business Administration announced its 2019 awardees: Julie Rubaud’s Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg, Vermont Woman-Owned Business of the Year; Small Batch Organics in Manchester Center, owned and operated by Lindsay Martin, Vermont Exporter of the Year; DJ’s Tree Service in Colchester, owned and operated by Jim and Lisa Myers, Vermont Family-Owned Business of the Year; and Sherpa Foods of South Burlington, founded and owned by Nurbu Sherpa, Vermont Microenterprise of the Year.

Burlington was named the Top City in the Northeastern United States for its per capita solar capacity in a report from Environment America and was ranked fourth in the nation among all cities surveyed.

Kate Stein, a substitute teacher in the Burlington School District, was named Substitute Teacher of the Year for the state of Vermont by Kelly Services.

The Radio Television Digital News Association announced that Vermont Public Radio received the award for Overall Excellence and won five other 2019 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including in Multimedia, Investigative Reporting, News Documentary, Excellence in Innovation, and News Series.

Food 4 Farmers announced the addition of two Vermont members to its board: Carrie McLaughlin of Keurig Dr Pepper and Lindsey Bolger, a longtime coffee industry veteran and industry consultant.

Professional Financial Associates announced the addition of George Lee to its team as an investment advisor representative. Lee has more than 30 years of investment management experience in various capacities.

Resonance announced the hiring of five individuals for its Burlington headquarters: Tim Noel, formerly with LogicSupply, chief financial officer; Carmen Ekert, formerly with TetraTech ARD, senior analyst in the inclusive markets practice; Rachel Mullis, formerly with VEIC, marketing manager; Cara Thanassi, formerly with USAID/Washington, senior associate and Sophia Fortmeyer, recently returned from teaching English abroad, project assistant.

Rose Computer Technology Services announced that Wendy Rushlow was appointed call dispatcher. Rushlow has worked in office management and computer technology for over 30 years.

Mariah McGill has joined the Snelling Center as director of the Early Childhood Leadership Institute. A former preschool teacher, she has run her own consulting practice since 2014 and will continue to do so on a part-time basis.

Eight Vermont food producers won prizes in this year’s Specialty Food Association’s sofi Awards. In the Cheese – Non-Cow Milk, Mixed Milk category, Vermont Creamery took Gold for its Coupole and Bronze for Bijou, and Gold in the Dairy, Yogurt, Dairy Alternative category for Cultured Butter With Sea Salt Crystals; Douglas Sweets took Gold for its Wee Savory Bits in the Cookie category for its Italian Lemon Rosemary Shortbread; Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind won Silver in the Hot Sauce category for its Smoked Maple Sriracha. Winning in the New Product category were Cabot Creamery for Cabot Centennial Cheddar, Runamok Maple for its Organic Vermont Maple Cream, and Blake Hill Preserves for its Farm and Forage Wild Rose and Strawberry Jam.

Danielle Monroe was appointed executive director of the Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum. Monroe is a 15-year resident of Rutland County who was manager for Old Navy and Gap Inc. before taking time off to raise her child. She has served as interim executive director since February.

Greg Montgomery joined the property development team at Cathedral Square as the organization’s project manager. Montgomery is a registered architect and was with the Thunder Valley Community Development Corp. in South Dakota.

The Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association announced that Andrea Hamre, Ph.D., was named full-time transportation analyst. Hamre returned to Vermont after 14 years in the Washington, D.C., area, where she worked with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation.

The Vermont Economic Development Authority announced two newly elected members to its board of directors: Ted Foster, a retired dairy farmer and co-founder of Vermont Natural Ag Products, and Tony Collier, a Champlain Valley native now in San Francisco.

Community Bank N.A. named Crystal Gaudet branch supervisor in its Northfield location. Gaudet has been with the bank since 2015, when it merged with Merchants Bank and was most recently branch assistant in Northfield. Patrick Calecas was hired as a commercial banking team leader in South Burlington. He was a business loan officer with New England Federal Credit Union.

Tracy Fecteau was named Elk of the Year by the Barre Lodge #1535. She has been a member for 15 years, involved in numerous activities. The Barre Lodge named Philip V. Delia Jr. Officer of the Year. He has served on the officer team for two years, recently as the Lecturing Knight, and has participated in nearly all of the lodge and grand lodge events.

Cynthia Turner, vice president of human resources at Vermont Federal Credit Union, and Keiko Holtz, its human resources specialist, received the 2019 Gold Level Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award.

The Mercy Connections board of trustees honored Theresa Alberghini DiPalma, senior vice president for external relations at The University of Vermont Health Network, with its Catherine McAuley Award. The award exemplifies compassionate service, leadership, and commitment to building a just community.

Three Vermont ski areas were recognized by the National Ski Areas Association. Sugarbush Resort won the Climate Change Impact Award for sustainability; Stratton Mountain Resort was honored for Best Overall Safety Program, its third win in that category; and Killington Resort was recognized for Best #RideAnotherDay Program, part of the organization’s national initiative to help mitigate collision risk.

One Credit Union has been approved to expand its field of membership to include the entire state of Vermont and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. At its annual meeting, Peter McDougall of Paul, Frank + Collins and Cheyenne Holland of Silver Light Consulting joined the supervisory committee.

Pride Center of Vermont honored local media that have shaped and uplifted the narrative of LGBTQ lives in Vermont. Recipients were Jane Lindholm, host of Vermont Edition on Vermont Public Radio; Brown ’n Out podcast, which highlights the voices of LGBTQ people of color in Vermont; and All Things LGBTQ, an ORCA Media program based in Montpelier.

Liquid Measurement Systems Inc. is reorganizing its internal management structure to accelerate decision-making and increase customer responsiveness. The move replaces the company’s c-suite and operational team with a single director-level leadership team reporting to the company’s president, William Fewell. Members of the new team are Jonathan Farnham, director of strategic development; Sarah Paxman-Bean, director of finance; Mark Connors, director of technology; Edward Killackey, director of operations; Martha Hanson, director of human resources; and Greg Maguire, director of government and legal affairs.

Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group’s board of directors elected Jeff LaBonte vice president. LaBonte, in the South Burlington office, has been with the firm for 12 years and became a partner in 2015. Tim O’Neill of the Lyndonville office has become a stockholder of the corporation. He has been with the firm for eight years.

Christopher B. Zimmerman, assistant general counsel at National Life, was promoted to vice president and general counsel. Zimmerman has been at National Life for six years providing legal support for the company’s life insurance operations and is responsible for much of the company’s litigation work.

The South End Arts and Business Association’s board of directors announced that Christy Mitchell was named executive director. Mitchell has been an artist and small business owner in the South End for 15 years. She is director of the Space Gallery in The Soda Plant on Pine Street and assisted in securing the legal designation of the South End Arts District. Jeanne Kirby, interim director, will rejoin the board.

Age Well announced that Joan Lenes was elected board chair and Allan Ramsay, vice chair. Lenes is a former Shelburne state representative and the founder of Robin’s Nest Children’s Center. Ramsay is medical director at the People’s Health and Wellness Clinic.

Paw Print & Mail was voted the Best Commercial Printer in Vermont Business Magazine’s 2019 Best of Business Awards.

David S. Silverman, president and chief executive officer of Union Bank announced that the directors of Union Bank have reappointed all officers and granted the following Vermont individuals promotions: Jennifer Degree to vice president, electronic banking manager, Morrisville; Debra Marcoux to assistant vice president, accounting, Morrisville; Abbie Small to vice president, operations manager, Morrisville; Linda Watson to assistant vice president, retail credit administrative officer, Morrisville; and Suzanne Whitney to assistant vice president, marketing manager, Morrisville.

Armistead Senior Care announced that Dana Smith, care manager, earned certification as a Positive Approach to Care (PAC) Independent Trainer. She also holds the title of Certified Dementia Care Practitioner.

The Vermont Association of Insurance Professionals announced that Audrey Macie, CIC, CISR, CPIA, CIIP, CLP, of the Noyle Johnson Group was awarded an educational scholarship at the Region 1 IAIP Conference in recognition of her commitment to furthering her educational pursuits. She is working toward her CPCU designation.

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region announced its recent awards. Donna Chapin, billing system specialist, was named Employee of the Year, and Betsy Tolliver was awarded the Unforgettable Employee Award. Margaret Burnor, Sarah Thabet, Darian Fagan, Audrey Kowalski, Cathryn Blanchard, and Alexandra Sands were honored as the HEALTH Matters award winners.

The Vermont Association of Insurance Professionals announced that Deb Emmons, SCLA, AIC, CPIW, of Vermont Mutual Insurance Group, was named Region 1 Claims Professional of the Year by the International Association of Insurance Professionals. Emmons competes on the international level this month. VAIP also announced the addition of five members to its board of directors: Paula Clark, AIS, AI, AINS, CIIP, CLP, DAE, president; Deb Emmons, SCLA, AIC, CPIW, president elect; Abigail Henry, vice president; Diane Boutin, CPIW, CISR, secretary; and Stephanie Jo Oakes, AINS, treasurer.

Peoples Trust Co. was recognized as the Best Bank in Franklin, Grand Isle, and Addison counties in Vermont Business Magazine’s 2019 Best of Business Awards.

Brian Ortelere has been appointed to the Vermont International Film Festival board of directors. A part-time resident of Burlington, Ortelere is a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he is co-chair of the ERISA litigation group in the New York and Philadelphia offices. He has an A.B. from Muhlenberg College, and a J.D. from William and Mary.

Rutland Regional Medical Center announced that Thomas Schmidt, M.D., is now affiliated with its Rutland Regional Neurology Center, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries, diseases, and disorders of the nervous system. Schmidt completed his residency in neurology at The University of Vermont Medical Center Hospital in 2016. He was with UP Health System in Marquette, Michigan.

Bobby Riley, principal of Burlington School District’s Integrated Arts Academy (IAA), and Aurie Thibault, a fourth-grade teacher, were featured in the documentary The Creative Brain, recently added to Netflix. IAA was chosen as a result of working with neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt in 2017 when they were co-authoring a book, The Runaway Species. Since the release, people from 14 countries and many parts of the United States have reached out to inquire about IAA’s work and the arts integration model. •


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