Faces & Places

July 2019

Green Mountain Power was named the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Led by CEO Mary Powell, GMP recently committed to fully carbon-free power by 2025 and fully renewable power by 2030. Other finalists this year were Chroma Technology and ReArch Co. GMP was a finalist for the award in 2011.

Mayor Miro Weinberger appointed Lukas McGowan director of Burlington’s Community and Economic Development Office. McGowan worked for the Obama campaign in 2007 and in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs after the 2008 election. He most recently had his own consulting company, Dirt Road Consulting, while serving as the U.S.-based venture partner for Mustard Seed, a venture fund.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley in Norwich installed Rev. Jan Hutslar as minister. Hutslar is a graduate of Ball State University and has been preaching at UUCUV since last fall. This is her first settled ministry position. She previously served for 12 years as director of religious education at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton, New York, and was most recently the ministerial intern at First Parish at Concord, Massachusetts.

Donna Chapin was named VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region’s Employee of the Year. Chapin is a billing system specialist. The award recognizes an employee whose work exemplifies the values of respect and dignity of the individual, excellence, honesty and fairness, stewardship of resources, and teamwork. Betsy Tolliver received the Unforgettable Employee Award, and Margaret Burnor, Sarah Thabet, Darian Fagan, Audrey Kowalski, Cathryn Blanchard, and Alexandra Sands received HEALTH Matters awards. The organization announced that it was recognized by the New England Society for Healthcare Communications with an Award of Excellence for its outpatient therapy promotional campaign in the Print Advertising category, its second year for this recognition.

The Vermont Technology Alliance announced the addition of new members to its board of directors: Vijay Desai, principal consultant and managing partner of Desai Management Consulting; Michael Ly, CEO of Reconciled online bookkeeping service; Maureen McElaney, a developer advocate for IBM’s Center for Open-Source Data and AI Technologies; and Jon Winer chief technology officer for Vermont Systems Inc.

The Small Business Administration announced the winners of its 2019 Vermont SBA Awards: Small Business Person of the Year, Steve Gagner of 14th Star Brewery Co.; Exporter of the Year, Lindsay Martin and Jack DeSario of Small Batch Organics; Woman-Owned Business of the Year, Julie Rubaud of Red Wagon Plants; Family-Owned Business of the Year, Lisa and James Myers of DJ’s Tree Service; Minority-Owned Business of the Year, Michael Ly of Reconciled; Microenterprise of the Year, Nurbu Sherpa of Sherpa Foods; and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Erin Ostreicher of Nectar & Root.

Burlington Communications announced that Michael Porter was hired as an account manager. Porter has nearly 20 years of sales and business management experience in a variety of fields.

Winooski Insurance hired Mike Cioffi as commercial lines producer. Cioffi’s experience includes almost 10 years working in the Burlington community, as membership director at the Greater Burlington YMCA and general manager of Spectrum Youth and Family Service’s Detail Works.

Allen B. Repp II, M.D., MSc, FACP, was named governor of the Vermont chapter of the American College of Physicians. Governors are elected by local members and serve four-year terms. Repp has served as a chair of the membership and advancement committee in addition to service on the chapter council and the annual meeting planning committee.

Richard Sabella joined the NPI canopy team as an end-user support specialist providing on-site IT support.

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility announced that Bram Kleppner, CEO of Danforth Pewter, received its Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award honors an outstanding individual and is named for the late owner of Hemmings Motor News and a founding member of the VBSR board of directors. Before joining Danforth in 2011, Kleppner spent 10 years at Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, where he co-led the company’s first anti–global warming campaign. Dan Hock, programs director at the Old Spokes Home, received the Young Changemaker Award.

Barb Watters was named the state of Vermont Elk of the Year. She was elected exalted ruler of Barre Lodge #1535 in April 2018 and 2019. She was also chosen by Fred Dusablon, district deputy grand exalted ruler, as Exalted Ruler of the Year for the Northern Lodges.

The board of directors of Girls on the Run Vermont announced that Rachel Desautels was named executive director, to be effective October 1. She will succeed Nancy Heydinger, who has held the title since bringing the organization to Vermont in 1999. Desautels volunteered as a Girls on the Run coach at Williston Central School before joining the staff as the northern Vermont program coordinator in 2014.

Renewable Energy Vermont announced that Sarah Tewskbury joined its team as communications and operations associate. Tewksbury was a legislative committee assistant with the Vermont House committee on energy and technology.

Andrew J. Haig, M.D., was given the Haim Ring Award by the International Society for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine for his physical medicine and rehabilitation efforts on every continent. The award was presented in Kobe, Japan, in June.

Charlotte McCorkel was appointed senior director of client services at Howard Center. McCorkel was the agency’s project director of integration. She began her career with Howard Center in 2008 as a children’s crisis clinician.

The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum recognized Shawn Sullivan with its Trailbreaker award, given to prior members of the board or significant museum supporters deserving of permanent recognition. Sullivan coordinated the museum’s Golf Across Vermont tournament from 2003 to 2010 and served on the board from 2004 to 2014.

The Green Mountain Economic Development Corp. announced the election of Monique Priestly, founder of Space on Main, and Steve Reid, a founding owner of Fat Toad Farm, to its board of directors. Officers elected were Joe Boyd, chair; Lisa Henderson, vice chair; Ed Childs, secretary; and Russ North, treasurer.

Shelburne Farms announced that John Patterson, former executive chef at Fork in Philadelphia, was named executive chef, managing Shelburne Farms’ farm-to-table restaurant at the inn. During his time at Fork, the restaurant earned two James Beard Award nominations. Jim McCarthy, now executive chef emeritus, will continue on during the transition season.

Jay Nunn joined Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group as controller. He has over 15 years of finance and accounting experience in manufacturing and financial services. He was with UTC Aerospace Systems.

The Vermont International Film Festival presented documentary filmmaker Bess O’Brien of Kingdom County Productions its Community Champion Award. O’Brien’s most recent film is Coming Home, focused on five people returning to their Vermont communities from prison.

Community Bancorp announced several promotions: Justin Bourgeois to regional vice president and commercial loan officer, Will Hamilton to vice president and commercial loan officer, Dave Rubel to commercial loan officer, Jennifer Daigle to vice president and senior credit officer, and Beth Morin to vice president and senior loan operations officer.

Renewable Energy Vermont announced the election of five new members to its board of directors: Lang Durfee of Bethel Mills Inc., Kerrick Johnson of Vermont Energy Investment Corp., Paul Lesure of Green Mountain Solar, Chris McKay of WEB Electric Corp., and John Spencer of Crown REC Services LLC.

C2 (Competitive Computing) announced two promotions. Cady Goudreau was promoted to sales operations and resourcing manager. Previously a senior consultant, Goudreau joined the firm in 2011. Jonathan Currie, program manager and senior business consultant, was promoted to business consulting manager. Currie joined the firm in 2012.

Max Costes joined Century 21 Jack Associates as a sales associate specializing in residential property in Chittenden and Franklin counties. Costes’s experience includes managing small and large organizations, and he has a specialty in logistics, moving, and construction.

Lucy Thayer, ASLA, PLA, joined Trudell Consulting Engineers’ Williston office as a landscape architect. Thayer has seven years’ experience in landscape design and a strong background in horticulture, and is adept at project management. She was with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin.

Vermont Federal Credit Union hired Kyle Nicholls as financial advisor for Vermont Federal Investment Services. Nicholls is an investment representative registered through broker-dealer and Registered Investment Adviser CUSO Financial Services, LP (CFS). He was a financial advisor at Northfield Savings Bank. •

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