Faces & Places

May 2017

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew announced that Andy MacIlwaine was elected a director and shareholder of the firm. MacIlwaine is a member of the litigation group.

Jean Giard was named president and chief executive officer of Vermont Federal Credit Union. Giard joined the credit union as chief financial officer in 2006.

Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP announced that Michele B. Patton was named a partner. Patton’s litigation practice includes workers’ compensation, personal injury, trust and estate, and general civil litigation matters. She joined the firm in 2010.

Seven Days promoted its longtime music editor Dan Bolles to assistant arts editor. Jordan Adams, Bolles’s assistant, was named music editor. Bolles joined Seven Days in 2007 and has won recognition for his writing from various organizations. In his new role, he will assist publisher and arts editor Pamela Polston and continue to write about music, comedy, sports, and general features.

Encore Renewable Energy promoted Blake Sturcke and Derek Moretz to executive leadership positions. Sturcke will serve as chief operating officer in addition to his responsibilities as chief financial officer. Moretz, who has taken on the newly created position of chief development officer, continues to lead the project development and construction activities.

The University of Vermont Health Network and Central Vermont Medical Center announced additions to their respective leadership teams. Vermonters new to the UVMHN board are Timothy Davis of Fresh Tracks Capital and Virginia L. Hood, MBBS, MPH, MACP, FRACP, FRCP Edin, of UVM. New to the CVMC board are Mary Moulton, MPA, of Washington County Mental Health Services, and Paulette Thabault, DNP, APRN, JD, FAANP, of the School of Nursing at Norwich University.

Spectrum Youth & Family Services added three members to its board: Mary Margaret Lee, vice president for people and technology at Champlain College; Destenie Vital, community program coordinator at Burlington Electric Department; and Shap Smith, shareholder and director at Dinse, Knapp and McAndrew.

The Cancer Patient Support Foundation elected Ben Gould board president and Barbara Wessel vice president. Gould is a director of the law firm Paul Frank + Collins PC. Wessel joined the board in 2011 and is the retired owner and president of her own advancement consulting firm, Wessel Associates.

Meaghan W. McLaughlin was promoted to assistant vice president, business community lender, at the National Bank of Middlebury. McLaughlin has been with the bank since early 2010 and has worked in banking for 15 years.

One Credit Union announced the retirement of Jerry Cross, its president and CEO, after 23 years of service. Cross led the credit union’s expansion to a full-service suite of savings and lending solutions, including mortgages, business lending, and e-channel technology.

Bauer Gravel Farnham announced that Renee Staudinger joined the firm. Her practice areas are collections, general civil litigation, and bankruptcy. She practiced collections in Vermont, and was with a small Washington, D.C., firm.

Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC announced the appointment of seven attorneys in its Vermont offices as shareholders, and its relocation to office space at 30 Main St. in Burlington. The new shareholders are Nicole M. Bodoh, corporate, securities, and tax law; Alexandra H. Clauss, employment practices and workplace investigations; Alexandra E. Edelman, litigator and commercial attorney; Shireen T. Hart, health care; Kevin M. Henry, business, estate, and trust litigation, domestic relations, and government enforcement actions; Ralphine N. O’Rourke, corporate law and commercial lending; and John F. Griffin Jr., general practice with an emphasis on commercial and residential real estate.

Armistead Senior Care promoted Samantha Wendel to the position of vice president. She joined the team in 2006 as a client services coordinator. Dana Smith was promoted to care manager. She joined Armistead in 2014 as a caregiver.

Hans Smith joined One Day in July in Burlington as a financial advisor. After a 10-year career in aviation, Smith passed his Series 65 exam and became a registered financial advisor in 2014.

Hannah Bogard was hired as assistant camp director at YWCA VT Camp Hochelaga. She was with the Adventure Center at Pretty Lake in Michigan.

Thomas J.P. McHenry was named by the board of trustees of Vermont Law School to serve as president and dean. He succeeds Marc B. Mihaly, who will return to teaching after a period of transition. McHenry has served as a partner of an environmental regulatory and administrative law practice in Los Angeles.

The Vermont Housing Finance Agency hired Heather Kvasnak as manager of business development–home ownership. She has a background in mortgage lending, and regulatory and compliance requirements, most recently with Wells Fargo and Bank of America.

Thierry Uwilingiyimana was named product director of SchoolHack Solutions. He co-founded ClassTracks Inc. online vocabulary software for English language learners and worked with the founders of Acton Academy to develop an elementary school built on Montessori principles.

One Credit Union’s board of directors announced the appointment of Brett Smith as president and CEO of the Springfield institution. He succeeds Jerry Cross, who retired after 32 years of service. Brett has been with the credit union for three years, serving as chief financial officer.

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty announced that Realtors Leslie Quinn and James Metropoulos joined the firm. Quinn was a business owner with an electrolysis practice for 13 years. He spent a number of years with Morgan Stanley and co-owns more than 50 rental units in the area.

The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties hired Zail Berry, M.D., MPH, FACP, as associate medical director, hospice and palliative care services. She was founding medical director of Fletcher Allen Health Care’s palliative care program and co-medical director of Hospice of the Champlain Valley.

David Wolk, the president of Castleton University, has resigned. The longest-serving president of the institution, Wolk was named president in 2001 following careers in education and government. In 2018, he will begin a startup venture, Wolk Leadership Solutions, with his wife, Lyn, working with CEOs and boards of directors in business, government, industry, schools, hospitals, and universities, and nonprofits to find solutions to leadership challenges.

The Vermont Foodbank promoted Genna Williams to branch manager for its Rutland distribution center. Williams was the southern region gleaning coordinator. She is pursuing her MBA at Marlboro College and owns a small berry farm in Athens.

Front Porch Forum hired Jodi Harrington as marketing consultant and Wendy Wilson as sales representative. Harrington was owner/editor of the Winooski Eagle. Wilson was with Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. Gisele Nelson was promoted to sales team manager. She joined the company as an intern six years ago and has worked in member support and as online content manager.

Cx Associates announced the addition of Gretchen Schimpelfenig to its team as an engineer. Schimpelfenig is a registered Professional Engineer and a LEED Green Associate. She has worked on engineering projects and published reports and guides on environmentally friendly practices in architecture and engineering.

FairPoint Communications appointed Michael C. Reed to the position of state president of Vermont. He replaces M. Beth Fastiggi, who announced her departure after nearly 30 years with FairPoint and its predecessor companies to join state government as commissioner of the Department of Human Resources. Reed will continue to serve as the company’s state president of Maine.

Armistead Senior Care promoted Deena Waters to client services manager. She joined the team in 2015.

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty promoted Chris Larose to vice president of technology and operations. Larose joined the firm in 2004 to lead the development of its website.

Stacey Remillard was named human resources director for Northwestern Counseling & Support Services, replacing longtime director Tony Treanor. Remillard joined NCSS as medical transcriptionist and executive secretary in 1998 before assuming the role of human resources manager.

The Vermont Gay Tourism Association announced the election of officers and board members. Officers are Gary Briggs of Aunt Sadie’s, president; Sebastien Dutton, Audi South Burlington, vice president; Willie Docto, Moose Meadow Lodge & Treehouse, founder and immediate past president; and Gail Albert, Shelburne Vineyards, secretary. New directors are Casey Morrison, Burlington; Nick Fisher, Hampton Inn & Event Center; and Jay Meeks, The Alchemist.

Matthew Choate, BS, RN, MBA, CEN, CPEN, was named chief nursing officer for The University of Vermont Health Network–Central Vermont Medical Center. Choate has served as interim since December. He was the hospital’s director of emergency and critical care services.

TruexCullins announced the addition of two staff members. Tom Karlhuber, AIA, a project architect, has more than 17 years of architectural experience. Lealoni Coathup, Assoc. AIA, an architectural designer, will assist the education and home studios.

Todd Bauman was named executive director of the Northwestern Counseling & Support Services. Bauman, who was chosen from a group of 68 applicants, has had a 28-year career in mental health and government, 12 of which have been at NCSS as director of children, youth, and family services.

Kevin DeCausemacker was promoted to director of business services at Vermont Federal Credit Union. He joined the credit union in 2015 as a business lender.

The Montpelier Development Corp. announced the hiring of Joe Evans as its first executive director. Evans moved to Vermont in 2012 after a career as an executive marketing leader, corporate strategist, and hands-on management consultant.

Energy Action Network’s board of directors hired Jared Duval as executive director. Duval was economic development director at the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. Linda McGinnis, the organization’s program director, was serving as interim director.

Vermont Custom Closets announced the addition of two members to its design and sales team. Natalia Harthman was doing interior design for Connor Homes and has experience managing customer service. Jodie Fielding, AIA, NCARB, has a background in architecture.

Chris Sargent, AICP, joined DuBois & King as a senior planner in the firm’s transportation division. Sargent has 16 years’ experience as a planner at Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission.

Otter Creek Awnings hired Peter Katz as a sales and design consultant. Katz has 10 years’ experience as a site acquisition permitting consultant for the telecommunications arena. He was an enineer with PC Construction.

Howard Center hired Deborah Richter, M.D., to provide services and supports to those in recovery from alcohol and substance use. The appointment follows the recent closure of Maple Leaf Farm, where Richter was employed. Howard Center appointed Brandi Littlefield assistant director of First Call for Chittenden County. She has been with the organization for 18 years. Mariellen Woods, named clinical director of First Call for Chittenden County, has worked at Howard Center for 15 years.

Gov. Phil Scott and Michael Schirling, secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, announced the appointment of Wendy Knight as commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. As the owner of Knight and Day Communications, Knight developed communications and marketing campaigns for international clients and Vermont organizations. She was a freelance writer for The New York Times and is the author of two travel books, and produced online travel videos for ABC News Now.


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