Honors & Awards

June 2014

The Vermont Arts Exchange in North Bennington announced the addition of six members to its board of directors in concert with its 20th anniversary celebration. Joining long-timers Bob Howe, Philip Beekman, David Monks, and Matthew Perry are Jeb Gorham of Southern Vermont College, chair; Meg Campbell of the Preservation Trust of Vermont; Andrew Davis, visual artist and teacher; Julie Evrard Brower of Anthony Tesselaar Plants; Alex Kershaw, author; and Robin Kershaw, freelance graphic designer and marketing specialist.

The Green Mountain United Way announced five appointments to its board of directors: Carol Ellison, Realtor with Heney Realtors; Karen Geraghty, UVM Extension; Stephen Perkins of Norwich University; Stacy Pinardi, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center; and Richard Theken, retired from Central Vermont Medical Center.

The HowardCenter board of trustees elected Daniel Calder to its membership. Calder is a pharmacy technician at Hannaford.

Elizabeth Stillwell of D.E.W. Construction Corp. was named Risk Management Professional of the Year for Region 1 by the International Association of Insurance Professionals.

Shelburne Vineyard won top honors in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. The winery’s 2012 Marquette and 2012 Vermont Riesling both received Double Gold medals (the only Vermont winery to earn this level of recognition), and the 2012 Louise Swenson received a Bronze Medal from the panel of international judges. Other Vermont wineries receiving medals were Champlain Orchards, Eden Ice Cider, New Hall Farm, Fresh Tracks Farm, and North Branch Vineyard.

Charles C. Burns, broker/Realtor with Century 21 Jack Associates, received the 2014 Centurion Award at the Century 21 Global Conference and was named top agent for Century 21 Jack Associates within its 11 offices. Burns has been a broker/Realtor for over 30 years. The firm also announced that Danielle Birong received her real estate broker’s license for the state of Vermont. She will continue to specialize in residential property sales in Addison and southern Chittenden counties.

The Vermont Action Coalition announced the selection of 25 Vermont Nurse Leadership Fellows, a program that provides leadership training. Awardees are listed by organization. Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley: Jennifer Holton-Clapp; Dartmouth-Hitchcock: Johanna Beliveau and Maureen Boardman (Little Rivers Health Center); Fletcher Allen Health Care: Beth Reilly, Bonni Martin, Evan Mahakian, Jenna Page, Kristin Baker, and Terry Powers-Phaneuf; Franklin County Home Health Care: Rhonda Desrochers; Marathon Health: Lisa Murphy; Mount Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, Margaret Hugg; North Country Hospital: Sharon Mallett; Rutland Public Schools: Ann Bannister; Rutland Regional Medical Center: Nicole Moran; Southern Vermont College: Eileen Rice; Southern Vermont Medical Center: John Green; The Manor: Krystina Laychak; University of Vermont: Jason Garbarino; Vermont Department of Health: Alicia McNeil and Tara Reil; Vermont Technical College: Mary Hill, Meredith Roberts, and Michelle Stearns; Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties: Angel Means.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Pixley Tyler Hill and Ted Tyler, co-owners of the Tyler Place Family Resort, with an Individual Environmental Merit Award for their commitment to Lake Champlain. An Enviro/Community/Academia/Nonprofit award was given to Farmers’ Watershed Alliance Vermont for its promotion of good environmental stewardship practices. SunCommon and its co-presidents, Duane Peterson and James Moore, received the Business/Industry/Trade or Professional Award for their work to “tear down the barriers that made renewable energy inaccessible” and, in two years, growing the former VPIRG project to become Vermont’s largest residential solar business.

The Converse Home announced the election of board members: Mary Ellen Spencer, former executive director of the home, and Marga Sproul, M.D., with Colchester Family Practice and associate professor emerita in the UVM College of Medicine. Dan Stanyon of Merchants Trust Co. was elected chair of the board.

Sean P. Grattan, an LPL financial adviser at NBT Financial Services in Burlington, was recognized as a top financial adviser and named to the LPL Financial Freedom Club. The distinction is based on an annual production ranking of 13,000 registered advisers nationwide.

Monica Sargent, an educational outreach counselor with the Vermont Student Assistance Corp., was honored for her longtime leadership in advocating for low-income and first-generation college students with the Marian Belgrave-Howard Award from the New England Educational Opportunity Association.

The Vermont International Film Foundation announced two additions to its board of directors: Paula Willoquet-Maricondi, dean of the division of communication and creative media at Champlain College, and Kevin Meehan, an attorney with a lengthy career helping organizations in all areas of human capital strategy and program implementation.

The Vermont Young Professionals board of director elected Paul Dame president. He succeeds Mark Hall, the organization’s founding president since 2010.

The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the Worksite Wellness Conference Committee presented the first Business Leadership Award, for consistently supporting worksite wellness in Vermont,” to Tom Clavelle, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Engelberth Construction. Winning Gold Standard Worksite Wellness awards were Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, Dealer.com, GE Healthcare, Hearthstone Quality Home Heating Products, Northwestern Medical Center, and the Town of Castleton; Gold awards went to BioTek Instruments Inc., Fletcher Allen Health Care, Grace Cottage Hospital, HR Intelligence, Marathon Health Inc., North Country Hospital, PC Construction Co., the State of Vermont, Trudell Consulting Engineers, Vermont Electric Cooperative, and Vermont Student Assistance Corp. The entire list can be found at vermontfitness.org. Present were Gov. Peter Shumlin; Henry Chen, state health commissioner; Jeremy Matosky, Lori Hennessey, Jennifer Desautels, and John Pitrowiski of Trudell Consulting Engineers.

The Cardiovascular Research Institute of Vermont and the UVM College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care announced the naming of six inaugural Distinguished Investigators. Present were Joseph Brayden, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology; George Osol, Ph.D., professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences; Russell Tracy, Ph.D., professor of pathology and director of the UVM Laboratory for Clinical Biochemistry Research; Kathleen Trybus, Ph.D., professor of molecular physiology and biophysics; Philip Ades, M.D., professor of medicine and director of cardiac rehabilitation and preventive cardiology; and Martin LeWinter, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the heart failure and cardiomyopathy program. They are appointed for five-year terms.

Allen Pools & Spas was recognized with a 2013 Retail Excellence Award for marketing and promotions from Hot Spring Spas. Ed Allen is the owner of Allen Pools & Spas.

NPI (Network Performance Inc.) announced that Spencer Goddard, a member of the technical team, received the Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching certificate.

WoodBine Senior Living of Maryland recognized Benjamin Avery, vice president of development at BlackRock Construction, with its 2013 Board of Directors Award as the lead development partner for WoodBine’s upcoming expansion.

Rachel Lang, Mary Burns, and Francis Taginski

NorthCountry Federal Credit Union announced its board’s expansion from seven to nine members. Candidates elected to the four additional positions were Bruce Towne, Francis Taginski, Mary Burns, and Rachel Lang. Officers are Charles Roumas, chair; Kathleen Sweeten, vice chair; Bruce Towne, treasurer; and Frank Thompson, secretary.

The Vermont Tree Farm program announced the selection of Kathy Beland, a forester from Clarendon, as the National Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector of the Year for 2014. As the 2013 Northeast Regional Award-winner, Beland competed against three other regional finalists for the national title.

Attorney Alan Sylvester of the firm Sylvester & Brow was featured in the 2014 Best Lawyers in New England for achieving the milestone of 30 years’ inclusion in Best Lawyers in America.

Spruce Peak at Stowe Mountain Resort has retained its designation as a Certified Audubon Sustainable Community through the Audubon International Sustainable Communities Program, one of four communities in the world to receive the honor. Robert Apple, planning manager, led the effort to maintain the status and is being recognized for environmental stewardship by the organization.

Pete’s RV Center was named the Number One Vermont Dealer by Statistical Surveys for the third consecutive year. Data is compiled by Statistical Surveys from official state records.

Cheryl Ducharme, a business programs specialist, and Jonathan Harries, state engineer and environmental coordinator, both with USDA Rural Development, were recognized with a Distinguished Government Service award from the Vermont Federal Executive Association. They were nominated for their efforts to “improve how the U.S. Department of Agriculture administers its Rural Development renewable energy and energy-efficiency loan and grant program.” They discovered an anomaly in the program: a glitch that required an applicant to purchase a bond to guarantee a contractor’s performance even if the work was already completed when the federal government reimbursed the applicant.

Central Vermont Medical Center announced the recipients of the 13th annual Rose Black Nursing Excellence Awards and the second annual Licensed Nursing Assistant Awards. Receiving Rose Black awards were Charlene Anderson, RN, Barre Internal Medicine; Tony Folsom, RN, emergency department; Kimlie Wimble, LPN, Woodridge Rehabilitation & Nursing; and Alma Mueller, APRN, inpatient psychiatry (posthumously awarded). LNA awards went to Kristi Brown, LNA, medical-surgical unit, and Brenda McLaughlin, LNA, Woodbridge Rehabilitation & Nursing. Present were Folsom, Anderson, Brown, McLaughlin, and Wimble.

The board of directors of Bi-State Primary Association announced the presentation of several awards. The Board Chair’s Award was presented to David Reynolds, DrPH, health policy analyst and founder of Northern Counties Health Care, for an “outstanding contribution to Bi-State’s mission of ensuring access to health care for vulnerable populations.” The Public Service Award, honoring individuals whose position allows them to make “extraordinary contributions” in public health and primary care access, went to Kara Suter, MS, director of payment reform, Department of Vermont Health Access. Claudia Courcelle, MSN, RN, clinical director for Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region, received the Outstanding Clinician Award. And The Mountain Health Center board of directors, Jill Mackler, chair, received the Community Service Award for its “significant impact on underserved populations.”