Faces & Places

March 2018

Mercy Connections announced five new members of its board of directors: Sarah George, Chittenden County state’s attorney; Erik Hoekstra, Redstone; Lacretia Johnson Flash, The University of Vermont; Heidi St. Peter, St. Michael’s College; and Rep. Mary Sullivan.

The board of directors of the Vermont Energy Co-op named Brian Gray its general manager. Gray comes with 30 years’ experience, most recently as energy services manager at Vermont Gas Systems.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets and the Vermont Cheese Council named a photo by Tara Schatz of Bennington the winner of the inaugural #FarmLeafies farm photo contest. The photo features a portrait of the Randall cattle grazing on an iconic Vermont farm while the dusk sky glows on the Green Mountains.

Union Bank announced that Lisa R. Geraghty was named commercial loan officer. Geraghty has more than 20 years’ experience at financial institutions. She was a regional sales executive at KeyBank.

The Chill Foundation announced two additions to its board of directors: Scott McArdle and Bo Twiggs. McArdle is founding partner in the philanthropic advising firm Gade McArdle. Twiggs is the youth justice program manager at the Franklin Grand Isle Restorative Justice Center.

Engineering Ventures announced that Clark P. Agnew, P.E., passed the structural engineering exam. Agnew has a combined 20 years of experience in structural engineering, designing/analyzing, coordinating and drafting.

John Bossange, chair of the Mercy Connections board of directors, announced that Dolly Fleming, the executive director for seven years, will retire July 1. Fleming spent 46 years in human services work. A search committee is being spearheaded by Bossange. The board hopes for a July 1 start date.

Hickok & Boardman Financial Planning & HR Intelligence announced that Sally McKenzie has become a partner. McKenzie has been with the firm since 1999.

Murdoch Hughes & Twarog Attorneys at Law PC announced that Michelle A. Tarnelli became a partner with the firm January 1. She has been with the firm since 2011.

PedsOne, a medical billing company for pediatric practices, announced the hiring of Sonya Martin as a billing specialist. The company also hired Alex Durfee as office coordinator.

Vermont Municipal Bond Bank and Vermont Educational and Health Buildings Financing Agency hired Michael Gaughan as executive director to lead both state agencies. Gaughan has a background in public finance and economic development and was with the National Development Council. He succeeds longtime executive director Bob Giroux, who retired after 13 years.

The Pride Center announced the departure of Jess Novak, SafeSpace education coordinator, and the addition of Sunshine, its transgender program coordinator. Sunshine has experience as a baker, a horse ICU technician, cell culture research lab technician, and personal care assistant.

Hagan Associates won a 2017 Davey Award from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for its work redesigning Burlington International Airport’s website. Named for the biblical David who slew Goliath, the annual international awards honor the achievements of the “‘Creative Davids’ who derive their strength from big ideas, rather than stratospheric budgets.”

Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP announced that Sasha C. Conroy was named a partner. Conroy joined the firm in March 2015, having served as vice president of business affairs and associate counsel at CBS Sports Network in New York City. Justin G. Sherman joined the firm as an associate with a broad litigation practice. He was with a litigation boutique firm in New York City.

The Vermont Historical Society presented seven League of Local Historical Societies & Museums Achievement Awards: the Reading Historical Society for its Museum Move Project, with Special Distinction for President Esther Allen; the Stowe Historical Society for its book The Stowe I’ve Grown to Know by Chuck Dudley; the Bethel Historical Society for its book Vermont Stones–Italian Bones by H. William Johansen; the Chittenden County Historical Society for its book Lillian Baker Carlisle–Vermont Historian, Burlington Treasure–A Scrapbook Memoir by Joanna Tebbs Young; the Worcester Historical Society for its book The Cow That Tried to Swallow a Potato: A Quirky History of Worcester, VT by J. David Book, Douglas E. Hull, and Dell Waterhouse; Richard P. Stowell for his dedicated support of the Milton Historical Society; and John M. Quinn for his service to the Montgomery Historical Society and its visibility and fiscal sustainability.

Michael LaMantia, M.D., MPH, associate professor of medicine and neurological sciences and section head of geriatric medicine, was named director of the UVM Center on Aging. He succeeds William Pendlebury, M.D., professor emeritus of pathology and laboratory medicine, who will continue in his roles as medical director of the memory program and director of neuropathology at the UVM Medical Center.

Champlain College Online, designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, announced that Kathleen Hyde, MCIS, MBA, was named chair of cybersecurity programs. Hyde has served as an instructor for Champlain’s cybersecurity program for the past three years.

Danielle Mallow joined Rockstar Real Estate Collective at KW Vermont as the company’s executive assistant, director of marketing. She will also assist with Vision Property Management as director of operations. She was with Apple Tree Bay Property Management.

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC announced that Peter B. Kunin, with the firm since 1992, was elected managing partner and chief executive officer. He replaces Paul H. Ode Jr., who served as managing partner for the past nine years. Kunin has appointed David J. Sylvester, who also joined in 1992, deputy managing partner. Three attorneys were elected directors of the firm: David Harlow, an employment and labor attorney in the Brattleboro office; Jennifer E. McDonald, a litigator in the Burlington office; and J. Zaw Win, a captive-insurance attorney in the Burlington office.

Paul Frank + Collins PC announced that attorney Kimberly K. Hayden was elected a shareholder and director of the firm. Hayden joined the firm as a senior level of counsel attorney in 2016 and leads the energy + environment practice.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognized Deb Loughlin, executive director of the employee benefits practice at The Richards Group, with the Crystal Heart Award. The award celebrates the “success and commitment of a local woman who has served as an advocate, a volunteer, and a role model in improving the health of women in her community.

Vermont Public Radio elected two new members to its board of directors for three-year terms: Joyce Judy, president of Community College of Vermont, and Willemien Dingemans Miller, a trusts and estates attorney with Downs Rachlin Martin. Two non–board members were elected to serve on a board committee: Pennie Beach, owner of the Basin Harbor Club, to the development and marketing committee, and Randy Brock, former senator and Vermont state auditor, to the audit committee.

Geri Reilly Real Estate announced that Michael Miller and Mike Simoneau Jr. have joined the team as Realtors. Miller is a recent graduate of St. Michael’s College. His grandmother Barb Dion was a Realtor in Burlington for over 30 years. Simoneau is a recent graduate of The University of Vermont and the son of Geri Reilly and Michael Simoneau.

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility honored Vermont Treasurer Beth Pearce with its Public Servant of the Year award “for her work to establish a public retirement system, clean up Vermont’s waterways, and to address the impacts of climate change through state investments.”

Gov. Phil Scott appointed Mary Daly of Peacham to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women. She retired from Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital as occupational health nurse in 2013.

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports recognized Maggie Holt as 2017 Volunteer of the Year. Holt was nominated for “her positive attitude, patience, and passion for helping people with disabilities.” The award honors the work of the late Jim Hutchinson.

Kinney Pike Insurance added Shawn Carpenter as a commercial lines account executive in its Williston office. Carpenter has more than 10 years’ experience in sales and developing relationships with clients in Chittenden County. The firm announced its top producers for 2017. Nicole Cattabriga of the White River Junction office received the Barwood Sales Achievement Award for personal lines insurance. Josh MacDuff of the Rutland office received the Dorsey Award, given to the commercial insurance account executive producing the top sales.

The Addison County Economic Development Corp. elected four new members to its board: Caroline Carpenter, National Bank of Middlebury; Bill Townsend, J.P. Carrara & Sons/VT Industrial Parks; John Kiernan, Otter Creek Engineering; and Stephanie Pope, Agri-Mark. Officers are Marie Jewett, Co-operative Insurance Companies, president; Sarah Morris, Basin Harbor Club, vice president; Matthew Curran, Middlebury College, treasurer; Jeff Fritz, City of Vergennes, secretary; and Mark Bellinger, United Technologies Aerospace Systems, at-large. •

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