Faces & Places

December 2017

Robert Maynes joined Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty as a Realtor. Maynes was a community banker for 40-plus years, the last 15 as vice president in commercial lending with TD Bank. He joins his wife, and now real estate partner, Bobbe Maynes, at the firm.

The Vermont Land Trust board of trustees announced that Nick Richardson, vice president for finance and enterprise, will take the helm as president on December 1. Richardson joined VLT five years ago. He has helped accelerate the Farmland Access Program and increased VLT’s access to capital for land conservation by expanding partnerships.

Rom Beardsley of Radio Vermont, Brian Collamore of Catamount Radio, and Judy Simpson of WCAX-TV will be enshrined in the Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in December. Distinguished Service Awards will be presented to Lynn Beaudoin of Vermont Broadcast Associates, Mark Esbjerg of Siso Broadcasting, and Steve Pelkey of Hall Communications. This year’s Snyder-Teffner Award will go to Greg Towne, engineer for Mission Broadcasting station WVNY-TV.

The Vermont Convention Bureau promoted Megan Hood to senior sales manager. Hood has been with the Convention Bureau since October 2015. She will lead the Convention Bureau’s Burlington sales team, concentrating on bringing new sporting events to the state and recruiting new meetings and conventions.

Marie Houghton was appointed state president of AARP Vermont. An active AARP volunteer for several years, Houghton held a variety of management and non-management positions in marketing, education, and business operations at IBM.

Renewable Energy Vermont presented its Innovation Award to the Way To Go Challenge, which aims to have K-12 schools and businesses cut climate pollution from transportation and daily commutes. The Champion Award, recognizing an individual who represents and tirelessly champions the benefits of renewable energy generation, was presented posthumously to Tom Gray of Norwich. Gray’s widow, Linda Gray, accepted the award on his behalf.

Richard Lovett, M.D., of Rutland Regional Medical Center, was one of 23 members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology in the country to receive the 2017 ASTRO Fellow designation. Lovett is the only radiation oncologist in Vermont, and one of two in New England to receive this award.

The University of Vermont announced that it will name center court in Patrick Gymnasium Tom Brennan Court, the result of a $1 million fundraising goal established to recognize Coach Tom Brennan and advance the planning for UVM’s Multi-Purpose Center project. In addition to many regional honors, he was inducted to the UVM Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. UVM was ranked the Number 1 Best four-year college in Vermont by Schools.com.

Doug Fisher, former director of administrative services for the Town of Essex, joined Vermont Federal Credit Union as chief financial officer. Prior to his town experience, he was a managing partner with R.F. Lavigne & Co.

Vermont Mechanical hired Todd Rea as chief financial officer. Rea is a CPA with experience in public accounting and the energy and insurance industries. He was with NG Advantage.

The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce announced that Tom Huebner, president and CEO of the Rutland Regional Medical Center, was named Business Leader of the Year 2017. During his tenure, the medical center has grown into the county’s largest employer with over 1,600 employees.

Central Vermont Economic Development Corp. recognized Montpelier Police Chief Tony Facos with its Chair’s Award, in appreciation of the many years and ways he has served Montpelier and the broader community. Benoit Electric and its owners, Pam and John Benoit, received the Directors’ Award as “the preeminent commercial electrical contractor in the state.” Sugarbush Resort received CVEDC’s Community Service Award, highlighting its generosity of support as a central Vermont business, particularly when floods closed the Warren Elementary School in September. Dessureau Machines of Barre was named Small Business of the Year for providing skilled jobs and supporting Barre’s economy for over 77 years. Named 2017 Member of the Year was Northfield Savings Bank, “an entity that has consistently over time contributed to the financial, social, and cultural fabric in the community.”

Patrick Krok-Horton, recreation services assistant at Wake Robin, was named Recreation Services Assistant of the Year by the Vermont Health Care Association. Krok-Horton has been a member of the Wake Robin team for over six years.

Seven Days announced that award-winning journalist Taylor Dobbs joins its news team December 6 as an investigative reporter. He will also cover Vermont state government and politics. Dobbs was a digital reporter at Vermont Public Radio and a winner of regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. In October, he won a national Murrow Award for a video illustrating how the Iowa Democratic caucus works — using Legos.

Vera Jones was promoted to chief operating officer at Copley Hospital. Jones’s history with the institution dates back to 2008 when she served as a consultant for special projects. She returned in 2015, dividing her time between Copley and Gifford Medical Center serving as interim vice president of physician practices. She joined Copley full time in 2016 as vice president of operations.

Paul Heintz, political editor at Seven Days, was chosen as the AP New England Journalist of the Year for his political reporting and efforts to pass a media shield law in Vermont. The judges named him “a leader in the field.” Heintz and Seven Days also received the 2017 Morley L. Piper First Amendment Award, presented “to a New England newspaper that shows leadership on First Amendment issues.” Paula Routly, the publisher and co-editor, accepted a Publick Occurrences award for the publication, which is one of 18 New England media outlets cited for outstanding journalism. Singled out was “Death by Drugs” by Mark Davis, a “well-researched, well-reported, and well-presented package.”

PT360 announced the addition of two employees: Hillary Keating, DPT, and Katie Pontbriand. Keating is certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment and has studied at the Institute of Physical Art. She recently returned to Vermont from New York City. Pontbriand is a billing specialist. She has worked as a speech therapy aide/instructional assistant for students with special needs.

Kathryn Budnik joined Vermont Federal Credit Union as a business lender. Budnik has eight years of financial service experience, most recently with TruPoint Bank in North Carolina. Doug Robinson, director of innovation and strategy, is one of 16 employees of credit unions nationwide who were chosen for the i3 Program. Over the next two years, those selected will bring to market innovative new products, services, and business models to test their viability.

Matthew Habedank of Northwestern Counseling & Support Services received the 2017 Ed Sbardellati Award for Excellence and Innovation in School Based Mental Health Services (known as the Eddie award). Sbardellati is credited for bringing behavior analysis as we know it to the state of Vermont, helping to establish the first BI programs in the state at Washington County Mental Health, and working for years to launch and maintain the ABA graduate program at Johnson State College.

The Snelling Center for Government hired Ptgarmigan Abbott as director of events and operations. Abbott was with the Howard Center, where she spent nine years. Suzanne Trahey was promoted to director of the Vermont Leadership Institute. She has was director of the Snelling Center’s Early Childhood Leadership Institute.

Blexy, a classic black-and-white Holstein owned by Tim and Sharyn Abbott of Borderview Genetics in Richford, was chosen from 2,300 entries as the top bovine of all the dairy breeds at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. The award, and Blexy’s strong pedigree, will help Borderview grow its business.

The Stern Center for Language and Learning announced that Michael Healy joined its board of directors. Healy is vice president of IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, World Wide.

Stantec hired Michael Fowler, PE., as a senior project manager in its South Burlington office. Fowler has more than 30 years’ experience in civil engineering and construction and was a longtime engineer and manager with the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

Brooke Champine, a cashier at Shaw’s Supermarkets in Manchester, won the title of 2017 Vermont Best Bagger at the annual Vermont Retail & Grocers Association championship. She will represent Vermont in the national competition in February.

The Automaster MINI of Burlington announced the appointment of Matt Logan to the position of sales manager and named Daysha Mashak motoring advisor, replacing Logan, who held the position for three years. Mashak was the receptionist at the dealership.

Chef Michael Clauss joined Onion River Co-op’s centralized purchasing and merchandising team as its first executive chef. Clauss most recently owned Michael Clauss Events, but has worked for Vermont venues such as the Bluebird Restaurant Group, Junction at the Essex, and the Daily Planet. He’s a former chef instructor at New England Culinary Institute.

Vesta Bovair, an insurance industry veteran, has joined National Life Group as executive vice president and head of the company’s operations division. Bovair, who was with Swiss Re Group, is in charge of the National Life’s customer innovation group.

Austin Nava joined Allen, Brooks & Minor as a commercial real estate appraiser trainee. He has over six years of commercial lending experience and a background in operations management in the construction and property management industries.

Freeman French Freeman hired Catherine Lange as intern architect. Lange will be working with other architects in the firm to finalize the design for Burlington City Place.

Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies announced that Ashley Havreluk was voted onto its board of directors. Havreluk is the EB-5 and permitting manager at Mount Snow, where she has worked since 2014.

Centerline Architects of Bennington, announced that Eric Morrow, AIA, joined its Burlington staff as sustainability practice leader. He is the current president of the American Institute of Architecture Vermont chapter.

NBT Bank announced that Dan Werme and Leo Cruickshank have joined the commercial banking team in Burlington. Each brings more than 20 years of local banking experience. Werme worked for Merchants Bank for 22 years, advancing to regional manager in the commercial banking department. Cruickshank has 23 years of business banking and lending experience, most recently as a commercial banking officer.

Aspenti Health named Jason Turner to its leadership team as vice president of compliance, quality, and general counsel. Turner was an assistant attorney general and director of the Medicaid fraud and residential abuse unit for the Vermont Attorney General.

John Haussner joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as an associate accountant, and Meg Gallup was named client relations assistant, both at the firm’s Williston office. Haussner held audit and accounting positions, most recently at a New York firm. He expects to earn his Certified Public Accountant license within the next year. Gallup has several years of customer service and administrative experience.

The Winooski Family Center, a collaboration of Howard Center, the City of Winooski, and the Winooski Housing Authority, was presented the 2017 Sally Fox Award from the Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation. The award honors the memory of the late Sen. Sally Fox and her contributions to the well-being of Vermont children. Fox was an attorney who specialized in disability law, and a state senator.

One Credit Union received the 2017 Excellence Award from the CUNA operations and member experience council. The award recognizes a noteworthy achievement that demonstrates a new, innovative solution to a common challenge. One Credit Union’s winning entry was “Building Member Trust.” Present at closing were Lyndsey Farrar, e-services supervisor; Kevin DeRosa, operations manager; Julie Corliss, branch manager Springfield; and Jodi Pecor, branch manager South Barre.

Ronald G. Bixby, vice president of the Ludlow Insurance Agency, was given the Brigham Alfred Award for his outstanding contributions to the Vermont Insurance Agents Association and American Agency System. The award is in memory of the VIAA’s founding president and executive director and recognizes Bixby as the insurance person of the year in Vermont, 2017-2018. Erin Odell of the Odell Insurance Agency was elected president of the VIAA.


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