December 2013

Diane Hashagen, CPCU, CIC, was hired as a marketing representative for Vermont Mutual Insurance Group in Montpelier. She has 10 years’ experience in commercial underwriting with the Chubb Group and Peerless Insurance/Liberty Mutual.

Trudell Consulting Engineers hired Lindsay Kittell as project/office administrator. Kittell’s background includes business and marketing experience and 12 years in the construction industry.

The Stern Center for Language and Learning promoted Janna Osman, M.Ed., to vice president for programs. Osman has been with the organization for four years. Peggy Price, M.Ed., was hired as professional learning coordinator and director of the Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute for Excellence. Price has worked for 11 years in special education.

DEW Construction announced the addition of Pamela Moreau as corporate general counsel and Elizabeth Stillwell as risk and insurance manager. Jason DelleChiaie was promoted to project manager. Moreau was with the Burlington law firm Murphy Sullivan Kronk. Stillwell, a licensed property and casualty insurance agent, was with Hickok & Boardman Inc. DelleChiaie has 13 years of construction experience and served as assistant project manager on several DEW projects.

Joseph D. Malboeuf, AAMS, joined Flood Financial Services Inc. He has earned the Accredited Asset Management Specialist designation, and was with Edward Jones in Essex Junction.

Vermont Technical College hired Leandre Waldo-Johnson as associate director of communications, development, and marketing. She was director of communications at RunVermont.

Catherine Burns joined HowardCenter as director of evaluation and outcomes for mental health and substance abuse services. Burns is a licensed psychologist–doctorate with a Ph.D. from the University of Vermont. She was with Washington County Mental Health. Elaine Soto, assistant director of community support programs, was named community support program director.

Stephen L. Hart joined the firm of Grippin Donlan Pinkham as staff accountant. Hart worked for several local businesses and received his master’s degree in accountancy from the University of Vermont this year.

St. Michael’s College named Nicholas Johan Kahm the Fairbanks Visiting Humanities Scholar-in-Residence. Kahm is a doctoral candidate in Medieval and Byzantine studies at The Catholic University of America and has dual citizenship in the United States and Sweden.

National Life Group announced that Thomas H. Brownell, CFA, was appointed president and chief executive officer of Sentinel Asset Management Inc. Brownell joined National Life Group in 1992 and has been chief investment officer since 2005. He replaces Christian Thwaites, who stepped down in June.

DuBois & King consulting engineers announced that Paul Greilich joined the firm as a transportation planner. Greilich’s professional experience includes multi-modal street planning and design, traffic impact analyses, and transportation corridor analyses and planning.

Diane Dumas was promoted to manager of finance and events at the Vermont State Dental Society. Dumas has been with the organization for five years.

Allison Hooper and Bob Reese, co-founders of Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, announced that the company has changed its name to Vermont Creamery. The update is a result of acquiring the registered trademark for Vermont Creamery and a desire to further simplify the name.

White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors Inc. announced the addition of Gail Henderson-King as project manager. Henderson-King is a licensed landscape architect. She was with Lamoureux & Dickinson Civil Engineers

NBT Bank hired Matthew Villemaire as branch manager of the bank’s Williston office. He has 18 years’ experience in the industry, most recently as manager of TD Bank’s Burlington office.

KSE Partners LLP announced that Todd Bailey, Leif Johnson, and Nick Sherman have been made partners in the firm. Bailey and Sherman have worked as associates in KSE’s government affairs practice. They will stay in goverment affairs and lead the firm’s strategic communications practice. Since 2003, Johnson has served as vice president of the firm’s 50-state legislative and regulatory tracking and consulting service KSE Focus in Washington, D.C.

St. Michael’s College announced that Sarah Kelly, former vice president for enrollment management and dean of students at Wittenberg University in Ohio, was named vice president for enrollment. Nicole M. Stefanowicz, a 2009 alumna and assistant director for annual giving, was an outreach specialist at COTS. Stacy Fender was named individual gift officer. She was a fund-raiser at the University of Vermont. Meghan Jaird, a 2010 alumna, was hired as an admission counselor. She was assistant director of national service programs (an AmeriCorps program) for the Washington County Youth Service Bureau.

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty announced that Sarah Puretz and Julie Hollenbeck joined the firm as Realtors. Puretz has more than 10 years’ experience in real estate. Hollenbeck was a technical recruiter for software development and e-commerce firms in San Francisco.

Jill Sudhoff-Guerin joined the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network as state director of government relations and advocacy to lead ACS CAN’s public policy initiatives in Vermont. She was with KSE Partners.

KSV promoted Ashley Nicholls to associate director of the marketing firm’s client group. Nicholls has been a brand manager with the firm since 2010.

Passumpsic Savings Bank announced that Elaine S. Bixby, senior vice president, was named senior retail banking and operations officer. She joined the bank in 1987. Sharon F. Noel, vice president, has become the head of operations. Noel began her career at Passumpsic 29 years ago. Joyce Schartner was promoted to operations manager. She joined the bank in 1988. Rebecca Emerson was named operations coordinator. She joined the bank over 12 years ago.

Julie Quintin joined Hergenrother Industries as executive assistant. Quintin most recently owned her own business after eight years in accounting for an architecture firm.

Daniel Crisp joined the business law, and energy and telecommunications practice groups at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. He was a senior compliance specialist for The Hartford. He will practice in the St. Johnsbury office. Danielle Changala joined the firm as an associate in the energy and telecommunications group. A 2013 graduate of Vermont Law School, Changala will work in the Burlington office.

Vermont Tech announced the hiring of four staff members for the college’s Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems. Peter Howe, institute operations manager, was with Kent Nutrition Group. John Roe, project manager, was with Harvard University. Cara Butterly Gauthier, outreach coordinator, was special projects coordinator for marketing and communications at Norwich University. Melissa Neilson, student resource coordinator, was with Union Institute and University.

Connie Reed joined Hickok & Boardman Insurance as a select account manager. She is a licensed property and casualty insurance agent with 26 years’ experience and was with a Winooski firm.

Kim Quinlan was hired as a graphic designer for Stride Creative Group. Quinlan was a mobile app designer at Route 802 and has done freelance design for local firms.

DuBois & King consulting engineers announced that Evan Andrews, PE, joined the firm as a senior engineer/project manager. He has 16 years’ experience and will lead the firm’s planning, design, and implementation of solid waste management solutions from the Randolph office.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. announced that Paul D. O’Brien was named president, Asia Pacific, a newly created position. He reports to Brian P. Kelley, president and CEO. The appointment coincides with the announcement of the retirement of Gerard Geoffrion, president, international business development. Geofrrion, previously the president and CEO of Vanhoutte, joined Green Mountain when Van Houtte was acquired in 2010.

Fletcher Allen Health Care and the University of Vermont Foundation announced that Kevin McAteer was appointed chief development officer for health sciences, a new position. He will direct all aspects of fund-raising for Fletcher Allen and its foundation, the UVM College of Medicine, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Vermont Cancer Center. He was with the University of California, San Francisco.

Bob-White Systems named Jana Koschak to run its newly opened dairy and food testing lab in South Royalton. Koschak is a researcher for Greenhorns, a farming-related, grassroots nonprofit organization, and is a former cheese maker.

Open Tempo Inc. added three members to its management team. Jim Crook, former CEO of IDX, is chairman of the board; Walt Marti, former vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare’s strategic relationship group and vice president and general manager of the radiology business unit at IDX, is chief administrative officer; John Jordan, former vice president of North American sales at dbMotion, is vice president of sales and marketing.

Claire Anderson Greene joined the Vermont Commission on Women as executive staff assistant. Greene is a former human rights advocate at La Fundacion Arcoiris in Ecuador and was a residential counselor with the Lund Family Center. •

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