Faces & Places

October 2015

Sterling Ridge Resort has been recognized as a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner, honoring five consecutive years as Certificate of Excellence awardees. Scott and Susan Peterson are the resort’s owners.

Rebecca Awodey, vice president and general manager of Business People–Vermont magazine, announced that Christine Niquette has joined the staff as advertising administrative assistant. Niquette has 15 years of sales and marketing experience, including work with Accent Travel/American Express and Northern Benefits of Vermont. Niquette will work with advertisers to schedule ads, assist with ad creation, and qualify new accounts. Reporting to the general manager, she will also manage subscriptions and renewals. Niquette, a Williston resident, is working on her degree in business administration. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, and has a passion for the outdoors.

Two members were appointed to the board of directors of the Sara Holbrook Community Center. Jonathan Torrey is a market intelligence analyst for Dealer.com; Michael Ly is the owner and management consultant at Burlington CFO and the CFO of Twincraft Skincare.

Vermont artist Clark Derbes is the winner of the 2015 Barbara Smail Award from Burlington City Arts. The award is given to “a mid-career Vermont artist who has a desire to expand his or her creative experience and has displayed an enthusiastic support of his or her peers.”

Seasons in a Vermont Vineyard: The Shelburne Vineyard Cookbook, written and independently published by Lisa Cassell-Arms of Shelburne with photographs by David Seaver of Burlington, received a Bronze 2015 regional Independent Publisher Book Award for Best New Nonfiction in the Northeast.

Daniel Mitchell, M.D., joined the staff at The University of Vermont Health Network–Central Vermont Medical Center integrative family health practice in Montpelier. Mitchell, a psychologist, has practiced since 2002, most recently as director of behavioral health at the North Country Family Health Center in upstate New York. Brianne Hodge, PA, joined the medical center’s occupational medicine department in Berlin. She is a recent graduate of the master of physician assistant science program at Gannon University in Pennsylvania and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

The Vermont Tree Farm program announced the selection of Paul Harwood, a forester from Tunbridge, as the National Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector of the Year. His company, Harwood Forestry Services, manages over 45,000 acres of forest and he has worked for Vermont Forests, Parks and Recreation as a specialist in forest resource protection.

Matthew D. Johnson, CFA, was appointed a partner in Sopher Investment Management Inc. Johnson has worked at the firm for nearly 10 years and has served as portfolio manager since 2006.

Stephanie Solla, E.I., joined DuBois & King consulting engineers as a transportation design engineer. Solla’s experience includes design of roadway and intersection improvement projects for municipalities and transportation agencies in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. She works in the South Burlington office.

Lamoureux & Dickinson consulting engineers and surveyors announced the addition of Kemal Lihic as a civil engineer. Lihic is a graduate of The University of Vermont and will assist with the firm’s site design projects.

David Crawford joined the South Burlington office of Stantec as senior project manager. He has over 40 years of management experience in the public and private sectors, particularly in Vermont city and town government roles in Winooski, Essex Junction, Rutland, and Middlebury.

The Alan Ashe Insurance Agency announced that Adam Ashe joined its team. A graduate of St. Michael’s College, Ashe has worked for Progressive Insurance for 17 years in various roles.

Robbi Handy Holmes, Realtor and sales affiliate at Century 21 Jack Associates, earned the Century 21 Centurion Producer Award for her 2014 sales. The award honors the top 2 percent of sales affiliates in its system.

Peter F. Crosby, president and CEO of Passumpsic Savings Bank, announced that Brian Loveless was named senior vice president/chief financial officer. Loveless has over 25 years of financial experience, including work with People’s United Insurance Agency in Connecticut and, earlier, with People’s United Bank/Chittenden Bank in Burlington. Elaine Bixby was promoted to executive vice president/senior banking officer. She joined the bank in 1987. Robbie Hallett, with the bank over 16 years, was promoted to senior vice president, director of human resources. Mary Cote, a 20-year veteran with the bank, was promoted to vice president, business banking officer. Casey Rowell, branch manager of the Newport office, was promoted to assistant vice president. She joined the bank over nine years ago. Julie Aldrich, branch manager for the Lancaster, N.H. office, was promoted to assistant vice president. She joined Passumpsic in 2008.

King Arthur Flour was recognized for creating “the most positive overall employee impact” by the nonprofit B Lab in its fourth annual “B Corp Best for Workers” list, which honors businesses that earned a worker score in the top 10 percent of over 1,200 Certified B corporations in more than 120 industries.

Freeman French Freeman Architects hired Jamie Wagner, AIA, as project architect. Wagner has degrees in architecture from the University of Cincinnati and The Ohio State University and has seven years of design experience.

Marketing professional Chris McCabe was hired by Hark Inc., a Burlington marketing agency, to oversee its newly created division, Hark Integrated Marketing Services. McCabe was assistant vice president of business development and licensing at The University of Vermont for 12 years.

The board of trustees of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra named Charles Smith interim executive director after Alan Jordan, executive director for 16 years, stepped down. Smith, the owner of Charles P. Smith Management and Strategic Consulting, recently helped Vermont PBS in its transition to a new permanent president and CEO.

Emily Thomas joined the St. Michael’s College human resources office as human resources and payroll assistant. She earned a 2011 degree in psychology from The University of Vermont and traveled the world before returning to work at Hickok and Boardman as account manager.

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra announced that Robert De Cormier was named conductor emeritus, the first such designation by the VSO. De Cormier held the position of choral conductor for 20 years and retired as director of the VSO chorus in 2014.

The Co-op Plaza redevelopment project in Brattleboro designed by GBA of Montpelier was awarded the 2015 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Housing and Community Design Award for Creating Community Connection. The national award recognizes excellence in design for projects that incorporate housing within other community amenities.

Rory Stamp was appointed cheese sales manager at Shelburne Farms. He has extensive experience with cheese making and sales and was with Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, Mass. Katya D’Angelo was hired as membership and education communications coordinator. She was a marketing and public relations associate at the Brimmer and May School in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Nancy Seidel was promoted to operations manager and client care coordinator at Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty. Since joining the firm in 2010, she has managed several system conversions designed to enhance client and agent experience. Renee LaPorte was named marketing and digital manager. LaPorte joined the firm in 2012.

For the second time, Champlain College won the Professional Award for Best Cybersecurity Higher Education Program from SC Magazine. Winners are chosen by a panel of judges composed of security professionals and leaders from various backgrounds and vertical markets.

Allyson Sweeney, director of community relations at The Arbors at Shelburne, was given an Assisted Living Federation of America Hero Award, one of six people in the country so honored.

Hunger Mountain, the literary magazine of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, announced that Vermont poet Julie Cadwallader Staub won the 2015 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize for her poem “Milk.” Cadwallader Staub’s poems have been published in various journals and magazines and featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac.


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