Honors & Awards

August 2014

Gov. Peter Shumlin has appointed Melinda Moulton to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women. Moulton is the chief executive officer and sustainable redeveloper, along with Lisa Steele, president, of the Main Street Landing properties in Burlington

Rhonda Paquet was named the Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver of the Year for Vermont in recognition of her “commitment and service to area older adults.” She was nominated by client families and the company’s administration.

Armistead Caregiver Services announced that Samantha Wendel, geriatric care manager, has earned the Care Manager Certified designation from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. She joined Armistead in 2006.

Audubon Vermont announced the addition of Zachary Minot to its board of directors. A graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, Minot is a culinary consultant and a partner at the culinary website CookingDistrict.com.

Ryan Mercer, photo/video editor of Burlington Free Press Multimedia, won a national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association in the breaking news category for his video covering a late-night rescue on the Browns River in Jericho.

John N. Evans, Ph.D., interim vice president, research, at The University of Vermont and professor in the UVM College of Medicine, was presented a plaque in appreciation of his contributions to building research excellence and infrastructure at UVM and across the state. The presenter was Judith Van Houten, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor and Vermont state EPSCoR director.

The Greater Burlington YMCA announced the appointment of five new members to its board of directors: Paul R. Sisson, Northern New England Energy; Lisa Ventriss, Vermont Business Roundtable; Nicole Carignan, SymQuest Group; Brian Tarrant, MyWebGrocer; and Phil Daniels, TD Bank. Cal Workman, director of communications at the YMCA, won the 2014 Communications Award from the North American Development Organization of YMCA Professionals. This is the second consecutive year she has won the award for the organization’s annual report.

David L. Cleary of the Rutland law firm Cleary Shahi & Aicher PC was elected president of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Cleary served as dean from 2011 to 2012. Fellowship in the limited-membership academy, which promotes reforms in the law and the rule of law internationally, is by invitation only.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights appointed Tom Little, vice president and general counsel of the Vermont Student Assistance Corp., to its Vermont state advisory committee. State advisory committees conduct reviews and provide reports and recommendations concerning local civil rights issues.

New England Federal Credit Union’s mortgage loan team was honored as the 2014 Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors Affiliate Member of the Year. NEFCU is one of the organization’s longest participating affiliate members. Team members present were: Pete Nolasco; Pat Weaver, mortgage sales manager; Annie McGurn; Cindy Reichard; Tim Donlan; Jeanne Boucher, Jason Pidgeon, and Twyla Magnan.

The Solid Waste Association of North America announced that the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District is the winner of two SWANA Bronze Excellence awards: in the Communication and Marketing categories. The Communication award was for CVSWMD’s digital and social media presence. The Marketing award was for the district’s ad campaign called “Did you Know?” aimed at increasing recycling and organics diversion.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston announced that Ernie Pomerleau, president and CEO of Pomerleau Real Estate, is the 2014 chair of the New England Advisory Council. The council includes senior leaders of small- to medium-sized businesses throughout New England who advise the bank about underlying trends in the economy. Members rotate every two to three years.

Matthew Walker, a financial professional with The Vermont Agency, was presented the agency’s CMNB–Above and Beyond Award for his positive work ethic, going above and beyond, and his contribution to other agents in the agency.

Josh Chafe, a designer in the home studio team at TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design, won the Emerging Professionals Network design competition of the American Institute of Architects, Vermont chapter. The competition was for designs for a library addition or satellite location with fewer than 2,000 square feet. Chafe’s design, The Book Park, is a larger, modern, and more comprehensive version of its inspiration, the Girl Scouts’ Little Free Libraries, and was designed to fit an underutilized grass triangle space across from the Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington.

Karl Benz, Casey Gifford, and Chris Hovious of Eastman Benz achieved IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronics Assemblies Certification, from the IPC – the Association Connecting Electronics Industries, an industry trade association. The certification followed completion of a three-day intensive hands-on practicum and testing workshop.

Joyce McCutcheon of Vermont Mutual Insurance Group was named Claims Professional of the Year by the International Association of Insurance Professionals. The award recognizes a claims professional who has demonstrated superior knowledge of the claims field, experienced professional advancement through educational pursuits, demonstrated leadership, and is an active participant in IAIP activities.