July 2009

Jeffrey Hollander, the co-founder of Seventh Generation, announced the appointment of Chuck Maniscalco as chief executive officer. Maniscalco was president and chief executive officer of PepsiCo’s Quaker Tropicana Gatorade business. He was also elected to the company’s board of directors. Hollander will become “executive chairperson” and retain his title as “chief inspired protagonist.”

The Vermont Foodbank announced that David Thurlow, in addition to his duties as director of corporate and foundation support, will take on the role of Kingsbury Farm project director. The Foodbank purchased the 20-acre farm in Warren from the Vermont Land Trust for development of vegetable crop production and distribution to low-income Vermonters.

The RunVermont board of directors announced that Peter Delaney was named executive director. He replaces Andrea Sisiino, who retired from the organization she led for 15 years. Delaney was vice president at Smugglers’ Notch Resort.

Champlain College announced that Alison Johnson was named director of annual giving and alumni relations. Johnson was director of marketing and outreach at Vermont Council for Quality. Laura Huffman is the annual giving and parent relations coordinator. She was a home mortgage consultant for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Minneapolis. Faculty promotions sere announced by David F. Finney, president of the college. Robin Abramson and David Kite were promoted to professor; Charles Amey, Ann DeMarle, Susan Dees, and James Hoag were promoted to associate professor.

Fletcher Allen Health Care announced the hiring of 10 phlebotomists who are graduates from a training program developed by its Workforce Development Institute. All 10 graduates passed their certification exams two weeks after graduation and are registered under a state apprenticeship program.

Ledyard National Bank of Hanover, N.H., with offices in Vermont, announced the hiring of Robert Gallo and Linda Brown as customer service representatives. Gallo, of Bradford, and Brown, of Woodstock, will work in the Hanover office.

NRG Systems Inc. announced the addition of Matthew Riley as technical support specialist and Zlata Basic as electronics technician. Riley was technical director with the Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre. Basic was an assembly technician with Omni Medical System.

Bob and Paula Diaco announced that Matt Poissant has begun a summer internship in marketing at Sign*A*Rama in South Burlington. Poissant is studying business management at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire.

Hampton Direct importing and distribution firm announced that Deborah Peterson was hired as executive assistant to the chief executive officer. She was with FairPoint Communications. Evelyn Hamilton was named accounting analyst. She was with Bombardier Aerospace.

Samantha Talbot joined the Vermont Symphony Orchestra as office manager. She was marketing coordinator for Spruce Peak at Stowe.

The RehabGYM announced the addition of three employees. Jacquelyn Dempsey, OTR/L, offers occupational therapy services at the Colchester location. Keilani Lime and Cara Moorby joined the administrative team in Williston.

Walt Keating was named the Vermont state coordinator of the AARP Tax-Aide program. Keating will oversee some 130 volunteers and regional coordinators who help Vermonters prepare and file tax returns. Keating is retired from 35 years in the aerospace industry. The Tax-Aide program is administered through the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service.

Peter Gilmore was appointed head of school at Vermont Commons School. Gilmore has more than 25 years’ experience in independent school education. He was upper school principal at the Friends School in Baltimore. Hans Manske was promoted to assistant head of school. Manske has been with the school for over 10 years, and was acting head of school.

Green Mountain Harley-Davidson announced that Lori Bachand was hired in the motor clothes and parts department. Bachand is a self-employed cosmetologist and a motorcycle enthusiast.

Union Bank announced the promotion of Karyn J. Hale to vice president and Carrie R. Locklin to assistant treasurer. Hale, a finance officer, has been with the bank since 2005. Locklin, loan reviewer and internal auditor, joined the bank in 2006. Both are CPAs.

Middlebury’s consortium of manufacturers and retailers known as the Exchange Street District announced the change of its name to Made in Middlebury.

Skip and Bev Blakely, the owners of Uncommon Grounds Coffee & Tea, announced their retirement. Their daughter, Brenda Blakely Vinson, has taken over daily operations. Named president in May, she interned for several months preparing for the takeover.

Spherion Corp. announced the addition of Jana Venable and Jessica Farr to its staff. Venable is client service specialist for the Vermont office. She was a client service specialist with an Orlando, Fla., firm. Farr was in guest services with the Hilton Hotel Group.

Engelberth Construction announced that T.J. Vadney, P.E., joined the company as director of business development. An alumnus of Norwich University and Southern New Hampshire University, Vadney has experience in the private and academic sectors. He will work from the Keene, N.H., office.

Seven Days hired reporter Lauren Ober as a staff writer. Ober was with The Burlington Free Press, where, in 2007, she received First-Place honors for Best Daily News Story from the Vermont Press Association.

Pragmatic Technologies Inc. announced the relocation of its offices from 156 Battery St., Burlington, to 128 Lakeside Ave., Suite 104, Burlington. Ted Pricer, a principal of the company, made the announcement. The company announced the hiring of Will Briggs and Hiba Fakhoury as software engineers. Briggs was with IBM. Fakhoury is a recent graduate of Middlebury College with experience in data structures, Web design, graphics, and programming languages.

Sweet Clover Market announced the addition of two staff members. Katie Fiore joined the kitchen as a prepared foods chef, and Paul Michel is the butcher. Fiore has 15 years’ restaurant experience. She was co-chef and owner of Sugarsnap in Burlington. Michel has more than 30 years’ experience. He was owner of the Enosburg Meat Market.

Bob Stock, sales director at FairPoint Communications, announced the hiring of four employees. Mason W. Alling is an account manager in Chittenden and Franklin counties. He was the owner of a telecom sales agency and has five years’ experience in telecommunications. Harold F. Skorstad was hired as an account manager. He has 11 years of industry experience and over 20 years in sales. He was with Logic Supply. Kim Williams is an account manager in mid-market areas of Vermont. She was with One Communications and has six years’ experience in the industry. Rene DeLaricheliere was hired as sales manager for Vermont. He has more than 18 years’ experience in telecommunications sales and marketing and was with Verizon Communications.

The Burlington law firm of Shems Dunkiel Kassel & Saunders PLLC announced the change of the firm’s name to Shems Dunkiel Raubvogel & Saunders PLLC.

The Arno Group announced the addition of Daniel Smith. The announcement was made by David Rocchio, a co-founder of the Stowe firm. Smith was vice president and general counsel to the Greater Burlington Industrial Corp.

William A. Catto, CPCU, was elected chief operating officer of the Vermont Mutual Insurance Group. Catto also serves as executive vice president of Vermont Mutual and Northern Security Insurance Co. and president of the Granite Mutual Insurance Co. He joined Vermont Mutual in 1995.

Tom Churchin, M.D., chairman of Central Vermont Medical Center’s group management committee, announced that Patricia A. Driscoll, M.S., ATC, PA-C, joined the family practice group in Berlin. Driscoll is a doctoral candidate at the department of medicine at McGill University in Montreal.

Lisa Ventriss, president of the Vermont Business Roundtable, announced that Sherra Bourget joined the organization as office manager. Bourget was a graphic designer for Sammel Sign Co. in Essex Junction.

Ross Environmental Associates Inc. of Stowe announced the addition of Dave Linari to its team of professionals. Linari was an environmental analyst with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s environmental assistance office. He will manage projects and assist clients with regulatory compliance, geologic investigations, and environmental site assessments.

Stephen Dowd joined the Shelburne branch of Armistead Caregiver Services as assistant field care manager. Dowd was a teacher at Essex Junction High School for more than 30 years.

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