Faces & Places

March 2017

The Stowe Weekend of Hope board of directors announced the appointment of Kerry Aliesky as executive director. She served as the organization’s community relations director from January 2016.

American Resort Management of Erie, Pennsylvania, announced that Maureen Brown was hired as general manager of the Hampton by Hilton St. Albans, scheduled to open in the spring. She has held general manager posts in St. Albans, Colchester, and Boston.

Springfield Printing Corp. announced the addition of Roger Vanasse to its sales team. Vanasse has 20 years’ experience in sales. His primary territory includes northern Vermont and the Upper Valley area of New Hampshire and Vermont.

Steve Greenfield, longtime chief operating officer of Vermont Economic Development Authority, has retired, and Cassie Polhemus, director of operations, has assumed the COO position. Polhemus joined VEDA in 2013 as a commercial lender.

Competitive Computing (C2) announced that Dominggus Paliling was hired as systems engineer to configure and deploy enterprise Office 365 solutions. He was with Bread Loaf Corp. Benjamin Weber, hired as senior network engineer, has 19 years’ IT network experience.

The Vermont Community Foundation named James G. Wheeler Jr., an attorney with Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, chair of its board of directors. Wheeler was elected in 2009 and has served as vice chair for the last two years.

Susan Dorn was named executive director of the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum. Dorn is a lifelong skier, USSA Masters ski racer, and PSIA-certified ski instructor as well as a snowboarder. She was founder of RingMaster Software and an online marketing company, and founding director of the Vermont Technical Alliance.

Ed Townley, chief executive officer of Agri-Mark, announced two senior staff hires to fill vacancies created by his promotion. Matt Hendricks replaced Townley as chief financial officer. He was with Dean Foods Co. for 10 years. Jeff Saforek was appointed chief operating officer. He was with Swiss Valley Farms in the Midwest.

The national Volunteers in Medicine office announced that Sasha K. Bianchi was named executive director. She was district director at the Vermont Department of Health.

Seven Days announced the expansion of its news team. Paul Heintz, the “Fair Game” columnist for four-plus years, will focus on investigative reporting. His successor, John Walters, has a background in radio and print journalism and is retiring his blog, “The Vermont Political Observer.” Alicia Freese was promoted to the publication’s Statehouse team in Montpelier. Katie Jickling was hired to pick up Freese’s work covering Burlington politics. She is a 2015 Hamilton College graduate. Former Burlington Free Press reporter Candace Page, who has worked as a freelance editor since spring of 2016, will work with Heintz to direct the legislative reporting team. Hired as deputy news editor, Sasha Goldstein was a breaking news editor and staff writer at the New York Daily News. Kymelya Sari, a Singapore native, joined the editorial team and covers Vermont’s new American communities. She is a 2015 graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism.

Jackie Reno, a preschool teacher at the Janet S. Munt Family Room at the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, was named Vermont’s 2016 Early Educator of the Year by the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children. The annual award recognizes excellence in the teaching of Vermont’s young children.

Gordon Dixon Construction hired Luke Dodge as a carpenter/project manager. He recently moved to the Stowe area from Lake Tahoe, California, where he was a woodworker and field carpenter.

The Vermont Brewers Association chose Amy Cronin as its festival and marketing manager, a newly created position. She was with the Lund Family Center and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Judy Tartaglia, the UVM Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center’s president and CEO, announced that she will retire on March 31. She became CEO in 2007. A search for her successor is in process.

Jennifer Dill joined the New England Federal Credit Union staff as deposit services and plastic card operations manager. She has over 18 years of local banking operations management and supervisory experience. Adam Lory was hired by Union Bank as a commercial loan officer working in the main office in Morrisville. Lory was with NFP/Poulos Insurance Agency.

Gov. Phil Scott appointed Michael Harrington deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. Harrington was a consultant and trainer for his family’s firm, New Directions, and was economic and community development director for the town of Bennington. Scott also announced extended cabinet appointments: Mark A. Levine, M.D., formerly a professor of health medicine at The University of Vermont, is commissioner of Health; Katie Buckley, formerly director of parent engagement for Vermont Academy, is commissioner of Housing and Community Development; Kaj Samsom, formerly deputy commissioner of Financial Regulation, is Tax commissioner; Robert Ide, formerly rail program manager at the Agency of Transportation, is commissioner of Motor Vehicles; Christopher Herrick, formerly director of Vermont Emergency Management and Homeland Security within the Department of Public Safety, is deputy commissioner of Public Safety; and Erica Bornemann, formerly chief of staff for the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, is director of Vermont Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew announced that Kienan D. Christianson, Malory S. Lea, and Lauren Sampson joined the firm as associate attorneys. Christianson, a member of the litigation group, clerked for the Hon. Justice Robinson of the Vermont Supreme Court. Lea, a member of the business group, was with another Burlington firm. Sampson, a member of the litigation group, clerked for the Hon. Justice John A. Dooley of the Vermont Supreme Court.

Vermont Federal Credit Union announced the retirement of Bernie Isabel, its president and CEO. He was named to the position in October 2008. Jean Giard continues to serve as interim CEO.

Shelburne Farms announced the addition of two members to its board: Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet; and Ben Freeman, an educator and founding director of Burr and Burton Academy’s Mountain Campus.

Ronda Berns was named vice president of tourism at the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. She was national sales manager at Stowe Mountain Lodge.

The Edge Sports & Fitness hired Erin Altemus as head fitness consultant and Genavix wellness coach at its Essex location. She was an occupational therapist. Katie Brown was named site director for Kids and Fitness in Essex. Brown has been the school-age program director for two years. Dan Ellis, DPT, joined the team at The Edge Physical Therapy. He recently completed a post-graduate residency in orthopedic manual therapy. Kelsey Higgins, ATC, joined The Edge Physical Therapy and will provide athletic training services for South Burlington and Winooski high schools and St. Michael’s College.

The Vermont Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired appointed Alexandra Futty to the position of teacher of the visually impaired and an orientation mobility specialist. Futty, a licensed teacher of the visually impaired and an orientation specialist, recently earned her master’s degree in special education from Northern Illinois University.

The Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies Group announced its election of officers: Bob Stevens, Stevens & Associates, chair; Meg Streeter, Meg Streeter Realty, vice chair; Patrick Moreland, Town of Brattleboro, treasurer; and Bill Colvin, Bennington County Regional Commission, secretary. The following new members were voted onto the board of directors: Stephen Dotson, One Report; Josh Druke, WW Building Supply; Mary Ann Kristiansen, Hannah Grimes Center; and Bethany LaClair, World Learning and the School for International Training.

Woodstock Inn & Resort announced the promotion of Rhys Lewis, executive chef, to resort executive chef. Scott Watson was hired as inn executive chef. Lewis, who joined the property in 2015, was with Colonial Williamsburg. Watson was executive sous chef at the Williamsburg Inn.

Howard Center appointed Kelly Deforge of Union Bank and Trevor J. Squirrell of the Brain Injury Association of Vermont to its board of trustees for three-year terms. Officers elected were Gail Stevenson, Ph.D., president; Mike Simoneau of Geri Reilly Real Estate, vice president; Matthew Frazee, CPA, treasurer; and Katherine Connolly, secretary. The organization presented its first Help Is Here award to Lisa Steele, the president of Main Street Landing.

Champlain College announced the addition of three Vermonters to its board of trustees: Robert Marino, most recently Champlain’s dean and professor in the division of information technology and sciences; John Illick, founder of ReArch Co.; and Stephanie Hainley, ’12, chief operating officer and senior project manager at White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors.

William Sorrell, Vermont’s recently retired attorney general, joined the U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law at Vermont Law School as an honorary visiting scholar for one year, beginning January 1.

Catamount Outdoor Family Center named Tag Carpenter operations manager. Carpenter has more than 25 years’ experience in the outdoor business in Vermont.

The Addison County Economic Development Corp. announced the election of new board members: John Kiernan, Otter Creek Engineering; Stephanie Pope, Agri-Mark; Matthew Curran, Middlebury College; and Sarah Stewart, Stonecutter Spirits.

Tom Berry joined SunCommon as vice president of marketing and sales, and Jim Merriam was named vice president of operations. Merriam was with Vermont Energy Investment Corp., and Berry was with Keurig Green Mountain.

Wake Robin hired Kate Hays as dining director, and Jena Necrason as program and events coordinator. As campus executive chef for University of Vermont Dining, Hays directed and oversaw the culinary program. Necrason has over 20 years in nonprofit program development, including her work as founding artistic director of Vermont Shakespeare Festival.

Laura McDonough was appointed senior operations administrator at AARP Vermont. She was project manager and operations coordinator at Music Contact International.

Merchants Bank announced that Robert G. Ripley Jr. was named president. He has 30 years’ experience in financial services and a background in wealth management. He was a division vice president at State Street Bank & Trust. Leslie Dee joined Merchants Trust Co. as vice president and senior wealth and trust officer. She has 25 years in financial services and was a vice president and senior wealth management officer at People’s United Bank.

The Stern Center for Language and Learning announced the promotion of Peggy Price to early education program manager. She was a professional learning instructor, teaching on a contract basis. She is certified as a Fellow by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design added two staff members. Erika Dodge, AIA, LEED AP, is a project architect working in the residential and resort studios. She has eight years’ experience with firms in Maine and California. Jess Dahline will support the residential studio. He earned his master of architecture and bachelor of science in architectural studies, magna cum laude, from Norwich University. Arthur Featherstonhaugh, Assoc. AIA, CSI, CDT, was elected to the national board of directors of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) as director from the Northeast region.


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