May 2013

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets announced the appointment of Alan Graham as state entomologist. Graham has served on the agency staff since 2001, most recently as vector management coordinator.

Merrill Lynch announced that Theresa Swett joined the Ewins Kowalski group in the Burlington office. Swett is a financial adviser.

Vermont Information Technology Leaders announced the appointment of Craig Hill as project manager. Hill was a technical support analyst at Dealer.com before joining VITL as a temporary employee six months before his appointment as project manager.

The Vermont College of Fine Arts announced the appointment of Terence Nance (feature films), Dan Schrecker (animation and visual effects), and Tammy Marie Dudman (animation) as founding faculty of its new film school. Nance makes music under the name Terence Etc. His practice includes installation, performance, music, and moving images. Schrecker is an award-winning visual effects artist and animator. Dudman is recognized for developing a process that manipulates the intrinsic properties of a pixel to create time-based paintings and drawings. Brandon Cole, an award-winning screenwriter, was appointed to the faculty. His work has appeared throughout the world for over 30 years.

Alyson Platzer joined the staff of the United Way of Chittenden County as a Neighbor Rides coordinator. Platzer has a master’s degree in international development studies from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and speaks Spanish and Guarani.

Vermont Information Technology Leaders announced the promotion of Carol Kulczyk to vice president, program implementation. She was director, program implementation. Michael L. Gagnon, CPHIMS, was appointed chief technology officer. He has more than 30 years of information technology experience. Gagnon was president of Health Information Exchange Partners LLC.

Vaughn T. Collins was named executive director of the Vermont State Dental Society. Collins was director of government affairs with a Washington, D.C., organization. In his early years, he worked with several Vermont nonprofits.

Brad Aldrich, P.E., Wayne Elliott, P.E., and Joe Duncan, P.E., announced that Jason Booth, P.E., a project engineer at Aldrich + Elliott PC, joined them as a partner of the firm. Booth has been with the firm since 2001.

The Department of Economic, Housing & Community Development announced that Lars Hasselblad Torres was hired as director of the Agency of Commerce & Community’s Office of the Creative Economy. Torres has 15 years’ experience across multiple disciplines including the arts, public policy, education, and community, most recently at Local 64, a co-working space and creativity incubator he opened in Montpelier.

Wiemann Lamphere Architects announced the addition of Dan Reynolds to its design team as an intern architect. Reynolds is a 2011 graduate of the University of Kansas, where he earned his master’s degree in architecture. He was with Tektonika Studio Architects in Stowe.

Gregory Holmes, M.D., was appointed the inaugural professor and chair of neurological sciences at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and as physician leader of neurology at Fletcher Allen Health Care. He succeeds Rodney Parsons, Ph.D., and Rup Tandan, M.D., who have shared leadership of the new department since August 2012. Holmes was with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility announced the move of its offices to 255 South Champlain St., Suite 11, Burlington. Phone: 862-8347; email: info@vbsr.org.

Black River Design, Architects announced that Marjorie Dickstein, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, and Michael Minadeo joined the staff. Dickstein returns to Black River to act as project manager on the Newport Marina Hotel and Conference Center. As a senior project designer, Minadeo joins the project team for the Renaissance Block in Newport.

Kerry Aliesky joined Camp Ta-Kum-Ta as operations assistant. Aliesky has more than 15 years’ experience in marketing, public and community relations, and event coordination.

Ian Hommel was named executive chef at Maple Leaf Farm. Hommel, a culinary trained chef for over 20 years, has worked in various food venues, from five-star restaurants and resorts to writing a food blog.

Deborah Wachtel, ANP, MPH, MS, joined Susanne Trost, M.D., at Central Vermont Medical Center’s Central Vermont Endocrinology practice. Wachtel has an undergraduate degree in community health from Johnson State College, a master of public health from Boston University, and a master of science and advanced nurse practitioner degree from the University of Vermont.

Secretary of State Jim Condos announced the appointment of Will Senning as director of elections and campaign finance. He replaces Kathy Scheele, who has retired. Senning joined the elections division team in 2011 and worked with Scheele to learn the processes involved in administering Vermont’s elections.

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew PC announced that Nicole Andreson and David Gurtman were elected as directors and shareholders of the firm. Andreson joined the firm in 2007. Her practice concentrates on the representation of physicians and hospitals in professional malpractice and licensing actions. With the firm since 2016, Gurtman practices in the areas of business transactions, nonprofit organizations, and commercial real estate.

Catherine Stevens was hired as advancement director for Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity. She was with Vermont Family Network as grants manager and earlier was marketing director for the Vermont maple syrup industry.

Rick Milliken, general manager of DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington, announced the promotion of Jennifer Bober from guest services manager to catering sales manager. Bober joined the hotel in 2007. In 2011, she was named Employee of the Year.

David F. Finney, president of Champlain College, announced that he will retire on June 30, 2014. He has served as president for eight years, the college’s seventh president since its establishment in 1978. The college has hired Storbeck Pimentel to conduct a search for Finney’s successor; board member Scott Carpenter of People’s United Bank will chair the search committee.

Alison Urang joined Hickok & Boardman Insurance as a claims specialist. She is a Licensed Property and Casualty Insurance Agent with nine years’ experience in the industry. Jessica Murante joined the firm as a personal lines account manager. She has two years’ experience in the industry and is licensed as a Residential producer for Property and Casualty Insurance.

James Writer was named head groundskeeper at Centennial Field for the Vermont Lake Monsters, the New York-Penn League affiliate of the Oakland Athletics announced. Writer was head groundskeeper for the the Williamsport Crosscutters. Lindsay Simmons, director of fan development/promotions, and Adam Matth, box office manager, were promoted to full-time employees.

Trumbull-Nelson Construction announced the appointment of Theodore G. Thompson as vice president. Thompson joined the company in 2000 and was promoted to project manager in 2002.

TwinState/Voice.Data.Video announced that the company will begin operating under a new trade name, Twinstate Technologies, to better reflect its product and service offerings. The announcement was made by Devi Momot, chief executive officer.

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