Honors & Awards

December 2013

Champlain College presented its Distinguished Citizen Award to Rita Markley, executive director of COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter), who addressed students at the college’s annual convocation. Professor Ann McCluskey received Faculty Emerita designation.

Members of the American Academy of Actuaries elected Annie Brown Voldman, MAAA, MSPA, FCA, EA, to serve as a regular director on the academy’s board of directors for a three-year term. Voldman is a consulting actuary in South Burlington.

St. Michael’s College announced that Michael L. Seaver, Vermont president of People’s United Bank, was named a trustee. Seaver is a 1981 graduate of the college. Professor Peter Tumulty was awarded the 2013 Joanne Rathgeb Teaching Award, given annually to one outstanding teacher by his or her colleagues. Ray Patterson, religious studies professor, received the 2013 Norbert A. Kuntz Service Award for his “tireless commitment to educating the ‘whole person’ ...”

The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce announced four new members of the board of the Leadership Champlain program: Bailee Burnes of Dealer.com, Lisa Kingsbury of the University of Vermont, Chad Nichols of Vermont Energy Investment Corp., and Cathleen Wilson of H.O.P.E. Works. The board chair is Jason Williams of Fletcher Allen Health Care, and Jesse Bridges of Burlington Parks and Recreation is vice chair. Leigh Cole of Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew is immediate past chair.

Prime Renovation Group announced that Sam Gervais, vice president, was named to the Top 40 Under 40 list by Professional Remodeler magazine.

Vermont Information Technology Leaders announced that Paul Harrington, executive vice president of the Vermont Medical Society, was elected chair of the board of directors. Al Gobeille of the Green Mountain Care Board, and Amy Putnam, MSA, of Northwestern Counseling & Support Services Inc., were named to the board.

The Vermont Historical Society presented its Richard O. Hathaway award to Vermont Public Television for its “masterful and engaging documentary” Little Jerusalem, about the history and vitality of a Jewish community in Burlington. Present were Dorothy Dickie, VPT producer; Kathryn Scott, VPT content manager; Mark Hudson, Vermont Historical Society’s executive director; and Jim Wyant, VPT board member. The society’s president, Laura Warren, presented the organization’s President’s Award to Sen. William T. Doyle for “his heroic deeds preserving Vermont history.”

Kent Booraem, the owner of Kent Booraem Insurance Inc. in Colchester, is chair of the board of the American Lung Association of the Northeast.

Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce was recognized with the Harlan Boyles–Edward T. Alter Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of State Treasurers. Pearce serves on the NAST executive and was elected Eastern Region vice president.

Paul Frank + Collins received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2014 edition of U.S. News and World Report – Best Lawyers for its lawyers’ work in the areas of Litigation-Securities (Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; and Trusts & Estates Law). Firm directors Nolan C. Burkhouse, Robert G. Cain, Mark G. Hall, John T. Sartore, and Of Counsels Alan D. Port and Allen D. Webster, along with S. Crocker Bennett II, the firm president, were recognized as New England top attorneys in the 2013 issue of New England Super Lawyers. The publication features the top 5 percent of attorneys from the region. Directors Peter J. McDougall and David M. Pocius and associates Kristina Roomet Brines, PHR, and Matthew A. Ferrigno were also chosen as New England Super Lawyers Rising Stars of 2013.

Burak Anderson & Melloni PLC announced that Thomas R. Melloni and Shane W. McCormack were chosen for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

The Franklin County Home Health Agency elected Kathy Rossner, Todd Wimette, Dan McCoy, Hank Lambert, and Steve Doe to its board of directors. Vanessa Madden received the Oren J. Lane Community Service Award; Annette Blanchard, hospital clinical manager, received the Patricia A. Dean Make a Difference Award; and Libby Norris, hospice volunteer, received the Edward Eaton Make a Difference Award.

IBM’s Vermont facility received a Most Valuable Pollution Prevention award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable for developing a manufacturing process that reduces the company’s greenhouse gas use by nearly 12,000 metric tons a year. Thai Doan and Jennifer Robbins received the award on behalf of IBM.

WowToyz won a 2013 Dr. Toy 10 Best Socially Responsible Award and a Creative Child Eco-Friendly Product of the Year Award for its new EZ Crafts paper recycling workshop.

The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties announced the appointment of three members to its board of directors. Patricia Fisher, MD, of Fletcher Allen Health Care; Jeanne Hutchins of the University of Vermont and FAHC; Barbara Martin of the Community College of Vermont; and Jim Madison of TestAmerica, who was re-elected chair of the board. Other officers are John Maitland of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, vice chair; Anne Doremus of Hanson & Doremus Investment Management, treasurer; and Leslee MacKenzie of Coldwell Banker Hickok and Boardman Realty, secretary.

The Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association announced the winners of its Vermont Woodworking Design Competition. First Place prizes were awarded to George Sawyer of Sawyer Made Windsor Chairs (production furniture category); David Boynton of Dave Boynton Cabinetmaker LLC (custom or studio furniture); Carl Newton of Carl Newton, Bentwood Box Maker (custom woodenware); Glen Norton of Norton’s Vermont Toboggans (production woodenware); and Ted Fink of TJF Turnings LLC (carvings and sculpture). Alicia Dietz took First Place in the student-apprentice category. Best in Show was awarded to three First Place winners: Dietz, Boynton, and Sawyer. Special Recognition was given to John Martineau of the Vermont Woodworking School for Best Joinery, and to the overall Vermont Woodworking School for an “outstanding job educating the next generation of woodworkers. ...” Photos of the prize-winning pieces can been found under 2013 winners at www.vermontwooddesigns.org.

Janice St. Onge, president the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund’s Flexible Capital Fund, was appointed to the steering committee for Vermont’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process, funded by a U.S. Economic Development Agency grant.

Barbara Murphy, president of Johnson State College, recognized nine alumni, one staff member, and one faculty member from Vermont as part of Alumni and Family Reunion Weekend festivities. The Distinguished Alumni Award went to David Yacovone, state Department of Children and Families. Don Vickers, the college’s former director of financial aid, and former head of Vermont Student Assistance Corp., received the Distinguished Career Award. Outstanding Alumni Awards were given to Beth Fletcher O’Brien, principal of Montgomery Elementary School and a teacher at JSC; Heather Ross, illustrator, author, and textile designer; Angela M. Smith, director of human resources and career services at Burlington College; and Prudence K. Sullivan, director of culture and workplace innovation at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Receive Rising Star Alumni Awards were Adam Carr, a full-time professional bicycle racer; Emily Hamlin, emergency management planner at the Vermont division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security; and Julie Sloan, a teacher and coach at Mount Mansfield Union High School and part-time JSC faculty member. Susan Green, director of the college’s wellness and alternative medicine major, received the Distinguished Faculty Award, and Jan Herder, director of JSC’s Dibden Center for the Arts, received the Distinguished Staff Award.

Progressive Asset Management Inc. has been certified as a Gold Certified Business by Green America.

Timothy Whiteford, professor of education at St. Michael’s College, was given the Balomenos Award and the honor of presenting the annual Balomenos Lecture for the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England. Mary Calder is president of the Vermont Council of Teachers of Mathematics, one of six organizations that make up the ATMNE. The college also announced its inclusion on the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of the country’s best values in private college. St. Michael’s and Middlebury College are the only two Vermont schools appearing on the list.

The Vermont Community Foundation presented two new philanthropy awards at its annual meeting. Carl Ferenbach received the Excellence in Philanthropy Award. Ferenbach and his wife, Judy, established the foundation’s High Meadows Fund in 2003. Louise Sjobeck and Chandler Center for the Arts received the Community Impact Award, established to honor the relationship between one of its fund holders and a nonprofit organization.

The Vermont State Dental Society honored George Richardson, D.D.S., a retired pediatric dentist and founding member of the Timberlane Dental Group, with the Peter F. Taylor Award for the Exemplary Service to the Oral Health of Vermonters.

Kevin Lunn of Northfield Savings Bank was named president of the board of directors of Green Mountain United Way, serving Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans, and Washington counties.

KSV was chosen by Adweek as the top advertising agency in the state of Vermont in its “The United States of Ad Agencies,” a collection of 50 agencies, one per state. The firm also received a Media Maven Award for Best Use of Social Media from the Ad Club for work on behalf of National Grid during Hurricane Sandy.

Philip S. Spillane, MBA, CFP, of Bell Wealth Management was invited to participate in Cambridge Investment Research Inc.’s Leaders Club workshop, open to advisers based on their “dedication to quality service and prominent levels of success.”

Richard Mazza, owner and operator of Mazza’s General Store and a Vermont state senator, was named Vermont Grocers Association Person of the Year. He was named Grocer of the Year in 1989. The team from Dowling’s Wholesale Grocers took Exhibitor of the Year honors at the organization’s annual convention. Amanda Austin of Shaw’s Supermarket in Colchester was the 2013 Vermont Best Bagger. She will compete in the national contest in Las Vegas this winter. The association re-elected Todd Keyworth of Harborside Market as board chair. Marcel Marquis of Shaw’s Supermarkets is vice chair, and Dwight LaFountain of Jiffy Mart is secretary-treasurer. Elected to the board were Joe Kamuda of Kamuda’s Market; Andy Willette of Hannaford; George Roberge of Lipton Energy; Mike Comeau of the Richmond, Waterbury, and Johnson markets; Tom McHugh of Hibbert & McGee Wholesale; Mark Whitehead of Koffee Kup Bakery; and Doug Tschorn of the Wayside Country Store.

Chuck Ross, Vermont’s secretary of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, was named president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

Antoine Williams & Associates Financial was chosen for the 2013 Best of Shelburne Award in the Financial Services category by the Shelburne Award Program.

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund announced that Dave Lane, the owner of Snow Farm Vineyard and Crescent Bay Farm and a senior loan officer with Yankee Farm Credit, was elected chair of the board. Meg Smith, director of the Vermont Women’s Fund, and Robin Scheu, director of the Addison County Economic Development Corp., were appointed to the board.

Central Vermont Medical Center was notified by the National Committee for Quality Assurance that all of its primary care and pediatric practices have achieved recognition status for Patient Centered Medical Home. Across the country, roughly 15 percent of primary care practices are recognized.

The Rutland Economic Development Corp. announced its award winners. H. Hirschmann Ltd. was named Member of the Year. Alderman’s Auto of Rutland and Castleton State College received Business Excellence awards. And two Service Awards — to Otter Creek Engineering and Stafford Technical Center -- were presented for community service.

Debbie Mintz, director of Chittenden County’s Students FIRST Project and longtime employee of HowardCenter’s Child, Youth and Family Services, received the Juanita Evans Memorial Award for Contributions in School Mental Health. She was nominated by Betsy Cain, assistant director.

Fletcher Allen Health Care was ranked in the Top 10 among leading university hospitals in the country — seventh overall — in the annual University HealthSystem Consortium quality and accountability study. It ranked first in equity (providing the same level of care no matter the age, race, or income status of the patient) and 12th in effectiveness. FAHC’s Vermont Cancer Center’s stem cell transplant program at FAHC was accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy.

The Vermont Working Lands Enterprise announced the appointment of two new members to its board: Beverly E. Thurber of Lilac Ridge Farm and Joseph W. Nelson, a forester and the founder of Upland Forestry.