Faces & Places

April 2014

NG Advantage hired Ken Pulido as chief financial officer. He has more than 15 years’ corporate finance experience in the energy and power sectors. Pulido was general manager at Gestamp Biomass International.

Geri Reilly Real Estate announced the move of its offices to 340 Dorset St., South Burlington, in the same building as Pella Windows & Doors. The phone number is 862-6677. David Goudy, executive director of the Montshire Museum of Science, announced his plans to retire in March 2015, after 34 years in the position. Shortly after he was appointed executive director in 1981, he negotiated the acquisition of 100 acres bordering the Connecticut River in Norwich, and in 1989, the museum moved from the former Golfside Bowling Lanes in Hanover, N.H.

Stantec’s South Burlington office has added Tim Manahan, a civil engineer-in-training, to its team. Manahan has experience in engineering design and surveying and will support transportation projects across New England.

Michael W. Nobels, chief operating officer of the Union Mutual of Vermont companies, was elected president/CEO. He will replace John H. Fitzhugh, who will retire in February. Fitzhugh will become chair of the board at the annual meeting. Nobles joined the company in 1995 and was promoted to COO in July 2013. The company announced several management changes. Robert Glass was promoted to senior vice president, products and distribution; Lisa Keysar was promoted to senior vice president, client services; Gary Ouellette was promoted to senior vice president, operations; and Jennifer Galfetti was promoted to treasurer. Other changes include promotions of David Walker, Peter Heitmann, and Robert MacLeod to assistant vice president; Pam LaCount to director of project management; and Deborah Balserus to underwriting director, personal lines. Carolyn Ix will become regional vice president of marketing, northern New England, and Debra Squairs will be vice president of claims quality.

TD Bank promoted Peter A. Turley to store manager of the Waterbury location. Turley joined the bank in 2011. He was a financial services representative.

Bread Loaf Corp. promoted Fred Bellucci to vice president of estimating and purchasing. He joined the company over nine years ago as a senior estimator. Christopher Huston, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, was promoted to vice president of architecture. He began his career at Bread Loaf in 2004 as architecture operations manager.

Channel 17/Town Meeting TV announced the addition of three staff members: Mike Cohen, production associate, and Jacqueline Marshall and Kim Villemarie, field producers. Cohen started at Channel 17 as a volunteer. For three years, he has worked as a field producer, currently covering Burlington meetings. Marshall followed a five-year Air Force career by earning a bachelor’s degree in communication from Western Carolina University. She was an intern at RETN and was most recently a production coordinator at ORCA Media. Villemarie has been working as a part-time field producer for Mount Mansfield Community Television in Richmond.

Mark Dayvie, CPA, was hired as a manager at Grippin Donlan Pinkham Dayvie’s background includes experience in the audit industry, higher education, captive insurance, and life insurance.

Maple Leaf Farm announced several staff additions. Paige Ely and John Gower are treatment counselors. Ely was with Act 1; Gower was with HowardCenter. Donna MacDonough, LNA, joined the staff with experience at Fletcher Allen Health Care and the Vermont State Hospital. Shelli Guay was named business manager. She has 25 years of experience in bookkeeping, marketing, and office management, most recently with Union Bank. Angelique Schultz was hired as clinical case manager. She was with Northwest Counseling and Support Services in St. Albans and recently completed a 600-hour counseling internship at Maple Leaf. Melissa Lambert was promoted to admissions coordinator. She joined the staff in November 2012.

Vermont Information Technology Leaders announced the appointment of Robert Gibson, CAHIMS, to vice president, marketing and business development. Gibson has more than 25 years’ experience in the computer industry with IBM. He joined VITL in September 2013 in an interim role.

Andrew A. Beerworth was named a shareholder and director of Paul Frank + Collins. Beerworth has 10 years of civil litigation experience and has worked with the firm since 2010.

Jillian Brennan, M.D., joined Central Vermont Medical Center’s hospitalist team. She earned her M.D. from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at the Ventura County Medical Center in California. She is certified by the American Board of Family Practice.

Rachel DiGiammarino joined Accordence as director of business development. Accordence is a global training firm specializing in corporate programs on negotiation, communication, and personal effectiveness skills with offices in California, Massachusetts, and Vermont.

Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC announced that Lauren Brumsted Layman joined the firm as an associate. Layman was a Presidential Management Fellow and worked as a policy adviser with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Washington, D.C.

Donald J. Laackman, president of Harold Washington College in Chicago, will become the eighth president of Champlain College on July 1. He will succeed David F. Finney, who is retiring after nine years on June 30. Laackman has been president of Harold Washington, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, since March 2011. Before that appointment, he was a principal at Civic Consulting Alliance, where he managed workforce and education programs.

Kate Emert joined Hickok & Boardman/Denis, Ricker & Brown Insurance as a human resources generalist. She has 13 years’ experience and has worked in manufacturing and service industries.

Three executives at National Life Group responsible for overseeing the company’s network of agents were promoted to senior vice president. Pam Blalock was named senior vice president, career distribution, and Louis Puglisi and Matt DeSantos, senior vice president, independent distribution. Blalock joined National Life in 2012; Puglisi and DeSantos have been there since 2005.

Downs Rachlin Martin announced that Elizabeth R. Wohl of the Brattleboro office and Mary K. Parent of the St. Johnsbury office were elected directors and owners of the law firm. DRM directors John H. Marshall of St. Johnsbury and Elizabeth T. Rattigan of the Lebanon, N.H., office have assumed new leadership roles. Marshall will chair DRM’s regulated entities group, and Rattigan will chair the labor and employment law group.

Renewable NRG Systems hired two employees. Kathy Pennucci, senior software engineer, has more than 15 years’ experience in developing Windows applications. She was with Sharecare Clinical Informatics in Burlington. Jessica Clavette, office administrator, is a recent University of Vermont graduate with concentrations in political science and economics.

Priscilla Minkin joined Central Vermont Medical Center as spiritual care counselor and a member of the palliative care team. She earned a master of arts in theology from Xavier University in Cincinnati and studied clinical pastoral education at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Devika Singh, M.D., joined Mountainview Medical & Central Vermont Oncology at Mountainview Medical, a member of the CVMC group. She earned her M.D. and MPH at the University of Rochester in New York. She was a primary care provider in Seattle.

SymQuest Group hired Tiffanie Bishop as staff accountant. Bishop was an accounting associate at a Burlington company.

Michael Knight joined Green Mountain United Way as funding resources director. Knight was with the Vermont Journalism Trust as sponsorship director for VTDigger.

Patrick O’Neil joined the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce as financial operations manager. He managed accounting and finance for the North American branch of Garmont for six years. Katie Taylor was named government affairs specialist. She worked as an environmental attorney with the compliance and enforcement division of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

Kate Dempsey, RN, was named psychiatric clinical nurse specialist at Maple Leaf Farm. A 2007 graduate of the University of Vermont, she was a nurse manager at the Vermont State Hospital. Jenn Lanphear, RN, was named MAT nurse care coordinator. She will work with the Vermont Hub and Spoke Oploid Treatment system.

Liquid Measurement Systems announced four additions to its staff. Edward Johns was hired as an electrical engineer. He recently received his commission as a second lieutenant with the Vermont National Guard. Paul Beliveau, an electrical engineer, was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Vermont and Champlain College. Peter Watson, project manager, has project management and business development experience in the defense and aerospace industry. Jonathan Farnham, business development, recently retired after 32 years in the Vermont National Guard.

Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC announced that attorney Randall Wachsmann has become a shareholder of the firm. He joined the firm in 2002. Jesse Crary, Alexandra Edelman, and Adam Mordecai have become Of Counsel attorneys of the firm. Crary graduated from Vermont Law School in 2006 and was a judicial intern for the Hon. John Dooley of the Vermont Supreme Court. Edelman was an associate at Herrick, Feinstein LLP with headquarters in Manhattan and represented corporations and individuals in New York and New Jersey courts. Mordecai is an active member of the New Hampshire civil defense bar and is admitted to practice in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Shelburne Farms announced two new staff positions in its cheese department. Tom Gardner was appointed cheese operations manager. He came to Shelburne Farms in 2010 as a cheesemaker and was most recently coordinator of shipping and processing. Kate Turcotte was appointed head cheesemaker. She was a seasonal cheesemaker during her student years at the University of Vermont and after graduating in 2011, she returned briefly to Shelburne Farms to make cheese. For the last two years, she has been a cheesemaker at Consider Bardwell Farm.

Vermont Works for Women promoted Annie Crawford to director of operations. She served as director of development for two years. Sherry Knudsen was hired to succeed Crawford as director of development. She has more than 25 years of nonprofit fund-raising experience, most recently managing a $1.5 million capital campaign for Central Vermont Community Action.

John Kellner rejoined the Middlebury office of Langrock Sperry & Wool. He started with Langrock in 1985, and left for another firm.

Vermont Information Technology Leaders announced the appointment of Mark Daly as programmer analyst, and Mary Donati and Carolyn Corbato Stone as project managers. Daly has 13 years’ software engineer experience. He was a senior applications engineer with Oracle Health Sciences Global Business Unit. Donati was with Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley. Stone was a project manager with Sharecare/PKC Corp.

Rob Amon was promoted from business solutions manager to vice president of sales at Small Dog Electronics. He has been with the company since 1999. Emily Dolloff was promoted from executive assistant to director of retail and service operations. She joined the company in 2003.

Vermont Energy Investment Corp. announced several staff appointments in its consulting department. Christine Donovan, director of business strategy, consultative services, was founder and manager of a renewable energy consulting firm. Rebecca Foster, director of the consulting department, was with the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. Elizabeth Chant, principal consultant, has 20 years’ experience in designing initiatives. Peter Adamczyk, principal consultant, joined VEIC in 2009. Nikki Kuhn, manager of emerging savings opportunities, has 15 years’ experience in energy efficiency design. Emily Levin, manager of program support, has 10 years’ experience in efficiency program design and delivery. Adam Sherman manager of energy planning, has over a decade of experience in the renewable energy field. Chris Badger, senior consultant, emerging technologies, joined VEIC in 2008.

DominionTech Inc. announced that Ray Chamberland joined its team as a senior network engineer. He was a systems administrator at Sharecare/PKC Corp. and Instrumart. Jonathan Havens was hired as a desktop support specialist. He was with the Geek Squad at Best Buy.

Lang McLaughry Real Estate announced the addition of Erica DeMasi as a Realtor and member of the South Burlington sales team. Her experience includes merchandising, interior design, and home staging.

Hickok & Boardman Financial Planning hired Zachary Musgrave as an associate financial planner. He is a 2013 graduate of St. Michael’s College with a degree in business administration. He holds Series 7 and Series 66 licenses. •

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