Faces & Places

June 2014

Nicole Rock joined Hergenrother Industries as executive assistant. Rock was swim and tennis manager at Vermont National Country Club.

Ledyard National Bank announced that Cynthia Stuart was hired as senior vice president and senior retail banking officer. Stuart was senior vice president of retail banking and deposit operations at Connecticut River Bank in Littleton, N.H. Stacey Alexander was promoted to assistant Bank Secrecy Act and deposit compliance officer. She holds the Certified Community Bank Internal Auditor and Certified Community Bank AML Professional designations and has been with Ledyard since 2005.

The board of directors of Navicate Inc. announced that Andrea Silva McManus, Ed.D., was named executive director. McManus has more than 28 years’ experience in leadership, higher education teaching and administration, business development, and customer service. She succeeds founding executive director Rich Tulikangas.

The board of directors of VSECU named Robert Miller to succeed Steve Post as chief executive officer. A former commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic Development, Miller has spent the last 13 years in investment and strategic management leadership roles in Vermont and Connecticut. Post will remain president until July 1, when Miller assumes the role of CEO and president.

TD Bank promoted Marino J. Bartolomei to vice president, commercial loan officer, in Montpelier. He joined the bank in 2011 and has been a small-business relationship manager. Anna M. Mack was promoted to assistant vice president, store manager in Waitsfield. She joined TD Bank in 2008 and has been assistant store manager there.

The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees appointed Dan Smith interim president of Vermont Tech through June 30, 2015, “to provide leadership as Vermont Tech seeks to recover sound financial footing.” A lawyer by training, Smith has a background in economic development and strategy. He has served as acting president since March 25, when Philip Conroy left on a paid leave of absence until he retires in November of this year.

The Burlington Emergency Shelter announced the promotion of Allison Mills to development and marketing director. Mills has experience in donor relations, event planning, volunteer coordination, and marketing.

OpenTempo, a health care IT company, brought on five employees: Paul Selsky, senior implementation developer; Shea Sweeney, inside sales lead; Paula Riggen, senior implementation consultant; Steven Baldasty, senior software developer; and Steve Meyers, senior support engineer. All worked with various Vermont companies.

Jvillage Network, a provider of synagogue websites and online membership solutions, hired Jill Minkoff as director of operations. She has a diverse background in information systems and technology, working with Fortune 1000 corporations. She was most recently project manager for The Jewish Education Project in New York City.

Co-operative Insurance Co. promoted Brad Fortier, senior vice president of marketing and underwriting, to executive vice president of operations. He joined the marketing department in 2008. Brian Wiles, claims manager, was named vice president of claims and SIU. He joined the Co-op in 2013. Randall Roy, marketing manager, was promoted to vice president of marketing. He joined the Co-op in 2013.

Lisa Tidman, PTA, was named an owner of PT360. She joined the physical therapy team at the Williston location two and a half years ago. Tidman is the first employee to transition to ownership since PT360’s inception in 2010.

New England Federal Credit Union announced that Rob Wheeler was promoted to business loan manager. He has been with NEFCU for 10 years. Jason Pidgeon was appointed business loan officer. He has been with the credit union for 12 years.

D.E.W. Construction Corp. appointed Peter Kelley, P.E., director of business development. He will work from the company’s Williston location. Kelley was with General Dynamics OTS as a program manager.

Bob Cotton was promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer of National Life Group. He has been with National Life Group since 1993, having joined the company as a staff auditor.

Coldwell Banker Bill Beck Real Estate in Middlebury announced that Erin Davenport has earned her license as a real estate agent. She has been office administrator for the last year and a half.

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew PC announced that Samuel Hoar Jr. was appointed to the Vermont Superior Court by Gov. Peter Shumlin. He replaces retired Judge Patricia Zimmerman. Hoar had been a director and partner of the firm since 1992.

Dee Physical Therapy hired Timothy Gould, PT, MS, DPT, and Laura Kilgannon, PTA. Sasha Morey joined the staff in January.

People’s United Bank announced that Christopher Venner joined the wealth management team as senior vice president, senior private banker. Venner was vice president/relationship manager for KeyBank’s private banking group in Vermont.

Ana P. Burtnett, PA-C, joined Green Mountain Family Practice in Northfield. Burtnett was at Family Tree Health Care in Hopkinton, N.H., owned by Concord Hospital.

PrimeLending announced the addition of Erin Navin Perrin as a team loan originator at its office in Williston. Perrin was a mortgage loan officer at Vermont Federal Credit Union. Patricia Boyce joined The Barb McHenry Team at PrimeLending, working out of the St. Albans office. She has 28 years’ experience in the mortgage industry.

Kate Dodge was hired as an account manager for Stride Creative Group. She was creative services manager with Cottage 10.

The Vermont Foodbank announced the hiring of Alex Bornstein as chief operations officer. Bornstein was with the nonprofit International Rescue Committee Inc. as the organization’s chief supply chain officer.

The Vermont Humanities Council hired Amy Cunningham as director of community programs. Cunningham was executive director of Everybody Wins! Vermont.

Chandler Engel, P.E., joined DuBois & King consulting engineers as a water resources engineer. Engel was assistant dam safety engineer for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and a construction inspector for that state’s Department of Transportation.

Green Mountain Engineering Inc. announced that Kevin Camara, P.E., joined the Williston office as a project engineer. Camara has provided consulting engineering services to municipalities throughout Vermont for over 25 years.

Bread Loaf Corp. announced the addition of three people to its architectural department. Thomas Hajosch, architectural designer; Jim Duprey, LEED AP, architect, with 18 years’ experience on resort, institutional, and commercial projects; and Kathryn Kirkpatrick, architectural design assistant.

Wood’s CRW promoted Ken Thomas to branch manager of its Williston corporate headquarters facility. Thomas has been with the company for almost 18 years. He will continue to be Merlo product manager and work with the excavating division sales team.

White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors Inc. announced the addition of Joe Weith as senior project manager. He was director of real estate for Bruegger’s Bagels.

Kinney Pike Insurance Inc. hired Elizabeth Harlow as a commercial lines customer service agent in the Williston office. Harlow has more than 14 years of industry experience and holds an Accredited Customer Service Representative designation.

Alison Cummings was appointed to serve as branch leader of Lang McLaughry Real Estate’s Londonderry office. Cummings specializes in residential real estate and has been active in the southern Vermont market since 2006.

Engineering Ventures announced the addition of two project engineers. Mark DeCrescente, P.E., joined the civil engineering staff at the Burlington office, and Miles Stetson, P.E., a structural engineer, joined the Lebanon, N.H., office. DeCrescente comes from the Philadelphia area, where he worked for most of his career. Stetson’s experience includes projects in the building and hydropower industries.

MyWebGrocer appointed Alison Abry, CPA, chief financial officer. She was a partner at Bilodeau, Wells & Co., where she functioned as MyWebGrocer’s outside CPA and helped the company with financial audits and the raising of capital.

Shelburne Farms announced several staff appointments. Hanna Sacco is director of the Inn at Shelburne Farms, succeeding Karen Polihronakis. Sacco has been with the inn since 2010, most recently as inn functions manager. Kate Turcotte was named head cheese maker, succeeding Nat Bacon. She was an intern and member of the cheese-making staff before leaving in 2012 to make cheese at Consider Bardwell Farm. Betsy Rosenbluth is project director for Vermont FEED and the Vermont Farm to School Network. She was director of projects and interim director of the Orton Family Foundation. Jed Norris was named early education program coordinator. He was program director at Burlington Children’s Space. Erin Boyd was appointed special events coordinator. A native of Thetford, she returned to Vermont in 2013 to work with the Vermont Department of Economic Development. She succeeds Andrea VanHoven. Karin Bourassa is grants administration manager and executive assistant to Alec Webb, president, and Megan Camp, vice president and program director. Since 1998, she has been executive director of the Vermont Karelia Rule of Law project.

Bobbe Maynes joined Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty as a Realtor. Formerly director of communications at United Way of Chittenden County, Maynes also served as Vermont’s first commissioner of Tourism and Marketing and founded two inns, in Shelburne and Burlington.

The Orton Family Foundation named Gabrielle Smith senior associate for strategic partnership. Smith was a prevention and wellness consultant to local school districts throughout Vermont. Leslie Wright joined the foundation as communications associate, and Rachel Moyer was hired as office manager. Wright was public relations and marketing manager at the Shelburne Museum. Moyer was registrar at Burlington College.

V/T Commercial hired Chris Sherman to its sales team. Sherman has 15 years of sales and finance experience, most recently with Burton Snowboards as national sales director and credit director.

Andrew S. Martin joined the leadership team at Neagley & Chase Construction Co. as director of business development. He was senior vice president at PC Construction.

The Vermont International Film Foundation announced the hiring of two part-time executive assistants. Seth Jarvis, assistant for community outreach programming, is a writer, performer, director, and producer, and was the buyer and a manager at the late Waterfront Video for over 15 years. Joanna Thomas, administrative assistant and volunteer coordinator, has been a VTIFF volunteer for seven years, most recently as volunteer coordinator.

Encore Redevelopment announced the hiring of Phillip Foy as project manager. Foy recently completed a Juris Doctor and master of environmental law and policy at Vermont Law School.

Beth Davis Seniw was appointed project manager at D.E.W. Construction Corp. Seniw has 10 years’ construction experience, most recently as a project manager on projects for Harvard Business School for a Massachusetts firm.

The Vermont Early Childhood Alliance announced that Matt Levin was hired as executive director. Levin is a veteran community advocate and organizer with experience in workplace rights, health care, environmental protection, and low-income housing. He succeeds Lindsay DesLauriers, who served as interim executive director since January.

Stephanie Staub was named a sales representative in the Killington area for Affiliated Associates. She was with WEST (Advancing Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology), and is an independent business consultant in marketing strategies.

Burlington Town Center hired Erika Constantine as marketing director, a newly created position. She was a senior account coordinator at The Zimmerman Agency in Tallahassee, Fla.

MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health announced the addition of Jamie Gravel to the design team in its Burlington office. A graduate of Roger Williams University with a bachelor of arts in architecture, she has experience in project management, construction administration, and 3-D modeling.

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group announced that Mark J. McDonnell, CPCU, CIC, joined the company as senior vice president. He was vice president of personal lines sales for Tower Group Companies. Vermont Mutual also announced the election of officers for the coming year: William A. Catto, president and chief executive officer; Daniel C. Bridge, executive vice president; Richard N. Bland, vice president, general counsel, and secretary; Susan L. Chicoine, vice president human resources; Joanne M. Currier, vice president information technology; David N. DeLuca, vice president claims; Brian C. Eagan, vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer; Shaun P.T. Farley, vice president marketing; and Mary J. Gray, vice president underwriting.

The Bullrock Corp., owner and operator of The Lodges Communities, announced that Andrew Thomas, vice president of development, was promoted to president of the Lodges Communities and The Bullrock Corp. Cathy Stroutsos was promoted to senior director of marketing for the Lodges Communities. Scott Smith was hired as chief financial officer for both the Lodges Communities and Bullrock. He was CFO at Vermont Teddy Bear Co.

The Vermont Agency announced the addition of several financial representatives to its office in Colchester: Sean Keefe, Don Baker, Lori Handy, Patrick Martell, Laura Fagan, Julie Quintin, Joan Renadette, Jill Fonte, Allen Bugbee, Evan Doubleday, Jason Schnoor, and Suzanne Szermer. Alex Haase joined the agency as director of development. All associates are licensed to sell life insurance in Vermont. Haase is a registered representative of Equity Services Inc.


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