Honors & Awards

March 2014

Tom Brassard announced that Paw Print Offset/Digital was chosen for the 2013 Best of South Burlington Award in the Commercial Printing category. The South Burlington Award Program annually honors the achievements of local businesses, recognized for having the ability to use best practices and generate competitive advantages.

The Vermont Council on World Affairs announced the addition of Leigh Cole to the executive committee of the board of directors. Cole is a partner in the law firm Dinse, Knapp and McAndrew PC.

Richard Hinchliffe, RRT-ACCS, a member of Central Vermont Medical Center’s respiratory care team, is the first person in Vermont to achieve the National Board for Respiratory Care’s Adult Critical Care Specialty, one of 320 so designated in the United States.

Spectrum Youth & Family Services announced the addition of three to its board of directors: Tom Brownell of Sentinel Assets; Jeff Small, CPA; and Dennise Casey of Casey Inc.

The Association of Divorce Financial Planners announced it has named Lori Lustberg, an associate member, editor in chief of the association’s monthly newsletter, ADFP News. Lustberg’s practice, Lori Lustberg Esq. LLC, is in Shelburne.

Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont announced the election of officers: Dixie F. O’Connor, Great Northern Construction, president; Brad Dousevicz, Dousevicz Inc., immediate past president; Michael Languasco, People’s United Bank, presidential appointment; Chris West, Eco Houses of Vermont, vice president of education; Ed Levite, Union Bank, vice president of finance; and Patty Geraghty, Portland Glass, vice president of associates. Newly elected directors are Sam Gervais, Prime Renovation Group; Mark Groleau, Groleau Construction; James Jorschick, Jorschick Construction; Bill LaCroix, rk Miles; Todd Leach, Leach Construction of Vermont; Joe Meccia, Joseph Meccia Builder LLC; John Olson, Beacon Wealth Management; Brian Richard, Richard Electric; Bob Schwartz, Great Northern Construction; Ward Smyth, Turtle Creek Builders; Barb Trousdale, Preferred Properties; and Ali White, Kitchens by Design.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that three Vermont organizations — Middlebury College, and SuperValu New England–based Shaw’s and Vermont Fresh grocery stores — received regional achievement awards for food waste recycling efforts on America Recycles Day.

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility announced that Rep. Carolyn Partridge, a lawmaker from Windham, received the organization’s Legislator of the Year award for her work to pass legislation requiring the labeling of genetically engineered food. Partridge chairs the House Agriculture Committee.

Katrina Fitzgerald of The Urban Salon received her Master Colorist certification from Goldwell USA. She has been with the salon for four years.

Ross Environmental Associates Inc. announced that Justin Whipple and Mike Pinard were certified by the Eastern Regional Radon Training Center for Radon Measurement and Radon Mitigation. The certifications were issued by the National Radon Proficiency Program and are recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Vermont was ranked as the seventh most energy-efficient state in the country for 2013 by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and was second of three leading states in utility-sector energy-efficiency programs and policies. Heading both lists was Massachusetts.

The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont announced the appointment of three board members: James Feinson, the parent of an Arts Institute alumna; Megan Mayhew Bergman; and James Hathaway, a GIV alumnus.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund has certified the Flexible Capital Fund, Vermont’s only royalty financing investment fund for growing agriculture, forestry, and renewable energy companies, as a Community Development Financial Institution.

The Vermont Community Loan Fund was named Vermont Micro-Lender of the Year by the Vermont Small Business Administration.

Seven Days won eight awards from the Vermont Press Association. They were for General Excellence, nondaily, First Place; the John D. Donoghue Award for Arts Criticism, including daily and nondaily media, Second Place, Margot Harrison; Best State Story, nondaily, Second Place, Ken Picard, and Third Place, Paul Heintz; Feature Writing, nondaily, First Place, Ken Picard, and Third Place, Paul Heintz; Best Website, nondaily, First Place; and Best Headline Writing, nondaily, First Place, Paula Routley.

Blanche Podhajski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, president of the Stern Center for Language and Learning, was appointed a speech-language pathologist adviser to the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation by the secretary of state.

Carol Welch and Jean Rubalcaba

The Central Vermont Medical Center Auxiliary named Jean Rubalcaba of Barre Auxilian of the Year. Rubalcaba has been a volunteer at CVMC for 45 years, since the hospital opened in 1968. The honor was announced by Carol Welch, auxiliary president.

Diana Sheltra, the owner of Double Entry Bookkeeping LLC, was elected president of the Vermont chapter of the National Association of Tax Professionals. Sheltra joined the Vermont board in 2011 as vice president and education chair.

Outside magazine named Stowe Mountain Resort and its $8.1 million snowmaking operations upgrade the Best Backup Plan in its 2014 Ski Season Travel Awards.

Burlington video producer Paul Gittelsohn, the owner of VIDEOSyncracies Inc., announced that his 28-minute documentary, The Story of Banjo Dan and the Mid-Nite Plowboys, was chosen to be screened at the 7th Annual International Bluegrass Music and Museum Film Festival in Redwood City, Calif. Will Lindner, a writer for Business People-Vermont, was a member of the Bluegrass group, which disbanded in 2012.

The Converse Home received the Excellence in Action award from My InnerView by National Research Corp. The award recognizes long-term care and senior living communities “that achieve the highest levels of satisfaction excellence, as demonstrated by overall resident and family satisfaction scores ....”