Faces & Places

January 2014

Vermont Public Radio named veteran journalist John Dillon news director, and Melody Bodette was appointed deputy news director. Dillon, who has been with VPR since 2001, replaces Ross Sneyd, who left to take a position at National Life Insurance Co. Bodette has been the network’s Morning Edition producer since 2007.

Skillet Design and Marketing announced that Kevin Sherry, graphic designer, and Brittany Good, marketing coordinator, have joined the team. Sherry was a freelance designer working with New York firms. Good was with Antiques and Fine Art magazine as public relations coordinator and editorial assistant.

Lisa Quinlan, a longtime employee of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, was promoted to vice president of operations. Also promoted was Catherine Davis, who was named vice president for strategy and public affairs.

Delta Global Services announced the addition of Jay Michaud as station manager for its Burlington location. DGS is a full-service handler of Delta Airlines at the Burlington International Airport. Michaud has over 20 years’ management and operations experience and was an independent service provider for FedEx Ground and the owner of Legends Eastside in Milton.

Johnson State College hired Iain Manson as head men’s soccer coach and Mike Fuller as head coach for the college’s new women’s lacrosse program. Manson is director of operations at Vermont Premier Soccer. Fuller was assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Mount Holyoke College. Jackie Walsh was named head athletic trainer. Alex Fusco will be her assistant. Walsh recently completed her master’s degree in athletic training from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Fusco is a recent graduate of Colby-Sawyer College with his bachelor’s degree in athletic training.

Vermont Information Technology Leaders announced the appointment of Stuart Lopez as database administrator/analyst. Lopez was a senior data warehouse architect with GE Healthcare IT.

Montgomery & Merrill PC announced that Kathryn Granai, CPA, was made a partner in the firm. Granai’s 26-year accounting career has concentrated in the areas of small business, fiduciary, and individual taxation.

Stantec announced the addition of two transportation industry veterans to its South Burlington team. Jim Harris is a transportation engineer with over 40 years of experience with state transportation agencies. At VTrans, he was the governor’s representative to the Champlain Bridge closure emergency committee. Harry Petrovs, LS, was with VTrans for 20 years, working in right-of-way planning and engineering.

Elizia Meskill, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as an associate accountant. She has 20 years of bookkeeping and tax preparation experience.

The Town of Essex held a ground-breaking ceremony for its 18,000-square-foot police facility on Maple Street. Bread Loaf Corp. is scheduled to complete construction by Sept. 1, 2014. The project is designed by Wiemann Lamphere Architects. Present were Brad LaRose, Essex Police chief; Essex selectboard members Mike Plageman, Deb McCanna of IBM, Irene Wrenner, and Dave Rogerson; Linda Myers, selectboard chair; Rick Harrison, J.L. Davis Realty; Thom Jagielski of IBM; police facility committee members Al Nye, John Workman, Beth Paul, Jeff Friedman, Sgt. Doug Babcock (Essex Police Department), and Pat Brennan.

TELigence Partners of Shelburne announced the appointment of John Carpenter as director of partner relations. Carpenter was in sales management at Cellular One, Unicel, and Fairpoint Communications.

Elizabeth Harris joined Lane Press as vice president of human resources. She was a senior human resource leader with GE Healthcare.

Bread Loaf Corp. announced that Tom Karlhuber joined the architectural department as a project architect. He holds a master of architecture from Harvard University. David Evancho was named architectural designer. He earned a master of architecture last year from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jessica Taylor joined Grippin Donlan Pinkham as staff accountant. She earned her master’s degree in accountancy from the University of Vermont in 2011.

The Vermont Lake Monsters announced its 2014 field staff. David Newhan, manager, and Tommy Everidge, the hitting coach, are former Major League players. They join 2013 pitching coach Craig Lefferts and athletic trainer Toshi Nagahara. Newhan and Everidge replace Rick Magnante and Lloyd Turner, who have gone with the Beloit Snappers.

Seven Days hired Jeff Good as co-editor in charge of news content. Good started his career at the Vermont Vanguard Press, worked as a writer and editor for Ralph Nader, and spent 12 years at Florida’s St. Petersburg Times, where he won a 1995 Pulitzer Prize for a series on abuses in state probate courts. He was capitol bureau chief at the Burlington Free Press and, most recently, with the Valley News.

Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC announced that Nicole Bodoh Jacobson joined the firm as Of Counsel. Jacobson earned her LL.M. in taxation from the Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Otter Creek Awnings & Sunrooms announced the addition of Kristopher Larson as a sales and design consultant. He was with Sunward Systems LLC in Shelburne. Otter Creek’s sister company, Vermont Custom Closets, hired Allen Frey as production manager. He has sales and management experience with energy-efficient utilities, electrical and optical connectivity, and construction. He was with Smartwatt Energy Inc.

Meg Smith was hired as director of the Vermont Women’s Fund. Smith worked in communications, media, and public relations at Gardener’s Supply and her own consulting company.

Renewable NRG Systems hired Barry Dugan to develop the market and manage the sales of the company’s Avent Wind Iris Lidar systems in North America. Dugan was with a Cambridge, Mass., advertising agency and has more than 20 years’ experience.

Kara Weir was hired as event coordinator, a new position, at Shelburne Vineyard. She has experience in the hospitality industry and will work with clients to plan events for up to 150 people.

Mike Choppa joined BlackRock Construction as senior project manager. He has more than 30 years’ construction experience in the office and in the field.

Champlain Community Services named Elizabeth Sightler executive director. Sightler has 20 years of experience in development services. She was assistant director and has been serving as interim executive director. Ron Turner was hired as job developer in the Way2Work supported-employment program. He was the organization’s community inclusion facilitator.

The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont announced that Valerie Russell was named administrative coordinator. Russell was at the University of Vermont’s office of community development and applied economics. Rachel Brydolf-Horwitz was promoted to associate director She has been with the organization since 2012.

Hannah Sacco was named director of the Inn at Shelburne Farms. She succeeds Karen Polihronakis. Sacco joined the inn staff in 2010 as a seasonal front desk person, before becoming full-time as special functions assistant and then inn functions manager.


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