Faces&Places

November 2012

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund hired Sarah Galbraith at Farm to Plate Network assistant. Galbraith was with Biomass Energy Resource Center for six years and, most recently, assisted Food Works at Two Rivers Center with fund-raising and donor development.

Johnson State College announced the addition of two full-time faculty members. David Plazek, Ph.D., associate professor, will teach political science as a member of the department of humanities. He was with Lyndon State College. Amy Welch, Ph.D., joined the department of environmental and health sciences. She was with Iowa State University in the department of kinesiology.

CCTV Center for Media & Democracy announced the addition of several members to its staff. Laura Hale, coordinator for Common Good Vermont, was the community development specialist and program director of the AmeriCorps VISTA program in Burlington. Jessica Bright, network coordinator in the IT department, was with rbTechnologies in central Vermont. Philippe Floyd, field producer, has experience at ABC 22 News, UPN 39, and CBS Sports. Native Burlingtonian Tyler Dion, field producer, has had an interest in community media since 1998.

Burlington Business Association hired Jeff McLaughlin as communications and membership manager. McLaughlin is a 2010 graduate of St. Michael’s College and worked in sales for Comcast Cable and The Champlain Valley Newspaper Group in Colchester.

Will Grimm, RA, NCARB, LEED AP, joined Maclay Architects as senior project architect. Grimm was a senior land planner with the sustainable-design firm William McDonough + Partners in Virginia. His experience includes research in incorporating human health, energy, transportation, and ecologic systems into the design and planning of sustainable towns and cities.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. announced that Michael Jacobs was named chief logistics officer and an executive officer of GMCR. Michael Cunningham joined the company as chief information officer. Both report directly to Larry Blanford, president and CEO. Jacobs joined the company in April as vice president, enterprise logistics and distribution. Cunningham joined the company in July from Kraft Foods.

The Stern Center for Language and Learning relocated its White River Junction office to West Lebanon, N.H. The new address is 1 Oak Ridge Road, Building 1, Suite 3. www.sterncenter.org.

Vermont Land Trust hired Nick Richardson as vice president for enterprise and finance. Richardson was with Vermont Energy Investment Corp. and Encore Redevelopment.

Rice Memorial High School announced the addition of several faculty and staff members. Gino Riffle is associate principal for student life. He was at Kimball Union Academy. Allison Havens will teach biology, science and society, and health. She was at Mount St. Joseph Academy in Rutland. Bryan Lynam will teach instrumental music in the fine arts department. He will split his teaching time between Rice and Mater Christi School. Julienne Lambre was named director of international students, a newly created role. She will teach English for fluency. Michael Lantagne has shifted from the religion department to the history department, where he will teach world history 9 and 10. Dennis Vickers is the boys prep hockey coach. He was director of hockey operations at the Nashville Predators’ practice facility.

Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission announced the return of Chris Dubin, who was hired as data management technician. Dubin briefly interned with CCRPC following graduation from the University of Vermont. Bryan Davis was promoted to senior transportation planner. He is managing a program in collaboration with other regional partners that will help address the mobility needs of businesses and residents. Sai Sarepalli joined the transportation engineering team. He has more than eight years’ experience on transportation design projects. Andrea Grayson was hired as communication manager. Her background is in social change marketing, media production, event management, and program development.

The board of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center announced that Jon Crystal stepped down as executive director and Mike Sessions has agreed to serve in that role on an interim basis. Sessions has 20 years of experience as a business executive, including 10 years with an employee-owned business.

Christine Plunkett, president of Burlington College, announced the appointment of Randy Rowland and Bill Breen to the senior leadership team. Rowland, director of college advancement, was the interim executive director of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association. Breen, director of administration and finance, leaves a career as an administrator and consultant in the financial services sector, including over 30 years with Merrill Lynch. They join Stephan St. Onge, former vice president for student affairs at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh, N.Y., who was appointed dean of the college and vice president for academic and student affairs in June, when Plunkett’s tenure as president began.

SymQuest Group announced several new hires. Lou Dearborn was named to the document sales team. He has more than 15 years of business-to-business sales. Jonathan van Luling was hired as a contract administrator. He was a family medical leave specialist. Sean Savage joined the contract administration team. He was with Secure Financial Services. Scott Poland and Ryan Patton were hired as warehouse specialists.

Rita Lafountain joined the Adam Hergenrother team at Keller Williams Realty Green Mountain Properties as an executive assistant. Lafountain’s experience includes graphic design, property management, and event production.

Ecologist Kristian Omland joined the environmental services division of Stantec, based in the firm’s South Burlington office. Omland’s background includes work with the Vermont Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Vermont.

Travel Leaders-Child Travel/Albany Travel announced two additions to its corporate travel services team. Shana Marshall, with 13 years’ experience in the industry, was working in the Washington, D.C., area. Karen Bee, with 14-plus years in the industry, was with Travel Leaders in Chicago.

A.M. Peisch & Co. moved its Colchester offices to 401 Water Tower Circle. The phone number remains 654-7255. The Web address is www.ampeisch.com.

Ben Lyon joined Peregrine Design Build as a lead carpenter. He has been part of the company’s building production since 2003. Charlotte Albers, a former client, was named marketing specialist.

Dick Trudell, the founder of Trudell Consulting Engineers, announced his retirement from the firm. He will continue to be a senior adviser to the staff.

New England Federal Credit Union hired Susan Wainer as retail services manager. She was with People’s United Bank/Chittenden Bank.

Maple Leaf Farm announced that Michael Mooney was named facilities manager. Mooney served in a similar capacity with Northeast Kingdom Human Services. Erin Durivage was promoted to utilization review manager. She joined the staff in 2007. Allison Lary was promoted to quality assurance manager. She joined the staff in 2011

Jerry Dukas was promoted to site manager of the St. Albans facility of Barry Callebaut, the company’s largest U.S. facility. Dukas has been with the company since 1990.

Brooke Love, PT, DPT, joined the team at Phoenix Physical Therapy PLC. Love is a 2012 graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelor of science in nutrition and food sciences and a doctorate of physical therapy.


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