Faces & Places

February 2018

PT360 announced the hiring of two employees. JonQ Choi, DPT, and Gena Braman, PTA. Choi is a 2017 graduate of The University of Vermont, where he earned his doctor of physical therapy. Graman has over 17 years of experience as a therapist in inpatient and outpatient settings.

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew announced that Jess Phelps, Sara Huddleston, and Michael Thomas joined the firm as associate attorneys. Phelps was with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of General Counsel, Natural Resources and Environment Division. A 2017 graduate of Boston College Law School, Huddleston served as research assistant to Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso and Professor Paulo Barrozo. Thomas is also a 2017 graduate of Boston College Law School. He worked with the school’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Clinic.

Lund announced staff promotions and an addition to its leadership team. Courtney Farrell was promoted to director of child and family services. She oversees a variety of programs at Lund. Julie Richards joined Lund as the associate director of philanthropy. She has over 30 years of managerial experience and is the owner/operator of Spruce Mortgage and of Julie C. Richards Photography LLC. Brian Southworth, LCSW, was promoted to director of clinical treatment services. Southworth was a residential counselor at Lund in the early 1980s and returned in 2012 as associate director of residential and community treatment services.

James Lockridge, executive director of the Youth Safety Council of Vermont, received the annual Lifesaver of the Year award from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, recognizing “his outstanding ability to motivate others and build, nurture, and support programs and partnerships within the highway safety community.” Lockridge inspired and documented the production of a school-wide safety fair at Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol and published a “how-to” manual to empower other Vermont schools.

Aerie Consulting promoted Josh Darragh to director of operations. Darragh will examine all company processes and implement systems to boost efficiency and goal achievement at the company.

Barber Farm Inc. announced its new status as a nonprofit corporation dedicated to growing vegetables for donation to hungry Vermonters. Charles and Jean Siegchrist have launched the 501(c)(3) business in order to pursue donations for a significant expansion.

TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design won the 2017 Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design, Best Lobby – Budget/Focused Service from Boutique Design magazine for its contemporary redesign of the Mountain Modern Motel in Jackson, Wyoming.

The Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. and Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (BDCC and SeVEDS) announced members of the Windham Region’s 2018 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy committee: Vicki Capitani, Deerfield Valley News; Todd Fahey, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital; Jill James, Chroma Technology Corp.; Martin Langeveld, Town of Vernon Planning Commission; Leigh Marthe, Community College of Vermont; Steve Neratko, Town of Dover; Kate O’Connor, Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce; David Rees, Bennington College; Tim Scoggins, town of Shaftsbury; and Serenity Wolf, M&S Development.

DuBois & King announced that David Conger, P.E., was promoted to director of the site and land division. The promotion expands his role to management of the division’s civil/environmental staff and survey operations in South Burlington and in Keene, New Hampshire. Randall Otis, LS, was promoted to survey department manager. He manages the firm’s survey operations in South Burlington and in Keene, New Hampshire.

The Addison County Chamber of Commerce named Kennedy Brothers 2017 Business of the Year. Bob Feuerstein and Lillian Kennedy, the owners, bought the property from longtime owner Win Grant and repurposed the 41,000-square-foot building as home to a variety of businesses including a café, and a co-working and conference space. Dan Brown, co-owner of the Swift House Inn, received the Buster Brush Citizen of the Year Award for “making the community better in a variety of ways, with no intention of personal reward or recognition.” The Community Achievement Award went to Women of Wisdom, a nonprofit that operates Sweet Charity resale shop in Vergennes. The award was accepted by Jeannie Peluse, Meg Brash, and the board of directors. Newly elected to the Chamber board are Tim Brownell, Addison County Home Health & Hospice; Robert Feuerstein, Kennedy Brothers; and Meaghan McLaughlin, National Bank of Middlebury. Present at closing were Brown and his wife, Michele Brown; Sue Hoxie, Chamber of Commerce; Brash; Peluse; Liz Ryan, Mary Beth Hamilton, Julie Basol, and Liz Markowski, WOW board members; Feuerstein; Kennedy; and Dave Donahue, Chamber of Commerce and Middlebury College.

The Northeast Recycling Council announced the inaugural winners of its Environmental Sustainability Leadership Awards. Among the Vermont organizations recognized were Chittenden Solid Waste District, Casella Recycling, and Keurig Green Mountain.

Jim Halavonich was named general manager of the Middlebury Inn. Halavonich was general manager of the Bridges Family Resort in Warren for 16 years and has worked in the tourism industry for the past 25 years.

Downs Rachlin Martin announced that attorney Peter D. Van Oot is leaving the firm after more than 30 years to join a venture with Dr. Robert Simpson, former chief executive officer of the Brattleboro Retreat. The new business, The Difference Leadership Group, counsels for-profit and nonprofit leaders in governance and leadership. DRM environmental law attorney Trey Martin will work with Van Oot’s environmental law clients going forward.

Ryan Rogers, M.D., joined Marble Valley Eye Care at Rutland Regional Medical Center. Rogers is board-certified in ophthalmology and the only doctor in southern Vermont trained to do oculoplastic surgery. Chuck Cacciatore was named manager of security and switchboard at RRMC and will oversee and coordinate security efforts across the hospital. Cacciatore had a long career with the Vermont State Police. •

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