Faces & Places

January 2019

Social Sentinel, a company that identifies threatening content on social media, won the Innovation Award at the 2018 Tech Jam awards, given annually by the Vermont Technology Alliance, BTV Ignite, and Seven Days. Burlington Code Academy, a 12-week coding boot camp, won the Startup award. Maureen McElaney, founder of the Burlington chapter of Girl Develop It, was named the area’s top tech ambassador. Also honored were the winners of BTV Ignite’s first Reverse Pitch award: Code Shepherd, a teaching platform, and Learning Portals, which uses augmented and virtual reality to let learners learn remotely. Present at closing were Ben Corneau and Evan Gould, Code Shepherd; McElaney; Ben Boas and Alex Horner, Burlington Code Academy; Gary Margolis, founder of Social Sentinel; and Jake Blend, Learning Portals.

Vermont Housing Finance Agency was recognized by the National Council of State Housing Agencies for pioneering the use of state housing tax credits for down payment assistance to low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Pictured, top row from left: Tom Kimball, VHFA controller; Tom Connors, chief financial officer; George Demas, general counsel; and Michelle Baird, manager of bond financing and investments. Bottom row, from left: Maura Collins, deputy director; Sarah Carpenter, executive director; and Heather Kvasnak, manager of business development.

The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing hired Nate Formalarie as communications director and Sara DeFilippi as sales and marketing specialist. Formalarie was communications manager for Cabot Creamery Co-operative. DeFilippi was assistant director for partner relations at St. John’s University in Queens, New York.

Beth Wagner, lead buyer at Phoenix Books, was elected to the board of directors of the New England Independent Booksellers Association. Wagner has been with the company since 2000.

Robin Turnau joined Shelburne Farms as chief advancement officer. Turnau will be responsible for raising resources for and awareness of Shelburne Farms and its educational mission, overseeing development, communications, marketing, and public relations. She joins Shelburne Farms following a 28-year career at Vermont Public Radio, having stepped down from her position as CEO in May.

Gov. Phil Scott addressed a crowd of approximately 4,000 members of the U.S. Navy, government officials, General Dynamics Electric Boat employees, and the crew and family members of the USS Vermont, a Virginia-class submarine named to commemorate the history between Vermont and the Navy.

New England Federal Credit Union hired Penny Overton as business lender. Overton, a native Vermonter, has worked in business lending since 1994.

C2 announced the addition of Jeremiah Alexander, Bob Farnham, and John Wojtkielewicz to its e-business team. Alexander has 11 years’ experience as a software engineer; Farnham has 25 years of software development experience; and Wojtkielewicz is a full-stack developer. All were with MyWebGrocer.

Eric and Laura Sorkin, the owners of Runamok Maple in Cambridge, announced the move of their business from Cambridge to 239 Fletcher Road in Fairfax. Runamok is one of 14 northern Vermont organizations that will benefit from $2.8 million in federal grants from the Northern Border Regional Commission. The town of Fairfax will receive $263,000 for water and wastewater infrastructure for the maple company’s new facility and will allow the company to expand with more than 50 new employees.

North Star Leasing hired Ed Testa as vice president-new business development, a newly created position. Testa has 33 years of vendor relationships in leasing.

NPI Technology Management hired Andrew Gay as scheduling coordinator to ensure the timely delivery of client services. Gay attends Champlain College where he’s majoring in business administration.

The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce announced that Donald Baker, KeyBank’s president, Vermont market, will serve as chair of the chamber’s board of directors, and Kurt Gruendling of Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom will be vice chair. The following have joined the board: Ashley Wainer, Vermont Gas Systems Inc.; Susan Leonard, New England Federal Credit Union; Michelle Buswell, People’s United Bank; Sarah Richards, Flynn & Co. LLP; David Lane, Snow Farm Vineyard &Winery; Edward McMahon, The University of Vermont; and Patrick Gallivan, St. Michael’s College.

The Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging hired Lucy LeMay as director of care and support services nort,, and Megan Durocher as director of care and support services south. LeMay has served as a case manager in the region for 10 years, most recently with Northeast Kingdom Human Services. Durocher was also with Northeast Kingdom Human Services.

Several divisions of Adam Hergenrother Companies made staff announcements. Erin McCormick was promoted to chief operating officer at Hergenrother Realty Group. McCormick joined the group two years ago as director of marketing and lead generation. Allison Casey joined Hergenrother Realty Group as the agent services coordinator. Casey recently returned to Vermont from three years in California. Adriano Agudelo joined KW Vermont as assistant market center administrator. Agudelo began his real estate career with fractional ownership after graduating from The University of Vermont in 2015. Marie Shepherd joined BlackRock Construction as client care coordinator. Shepherd will graduate from St. Michael’s College in May 2019 with a dual degree in economics and business administration.

The Vermont Humanities Council named Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup executive director. Ilstrup was chief operating officer at VTDigger.org and served for 10 years as a senior philanthropic advisor at the Vermont Community Foundation. Morgan Moore was named the organization’s 2018 Humanities Educator of the Year. Moore is a teacher of English and social studies at Burke Town School, where she has worked for three years.

Martin Rosenthal was named general manager of The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa in Manchester. His experience includes managing luxury properties around the country and, earlier in his career, work as food and beverage director at Killington and Mount Snow.

Higher Ground Presents announced that Matt Rogers will return to fill the newly created position of director of festivals and special events. Rogers has over a decade of experience producing concerts and events in the greater Burlington area, and was, most recently, senior talent buyer for a Philadelphia production company.

Polli Properties at KW announced that Morgan Donohue joined the real estate team as executive assistant. As a freelancer, Donohue spent the past five years creating marketing content for companies around the world. Andrew J.G. Rome and Daniel R. Long joined Paul Frank + Collins PC as associate attorneys. Rome, on the litigation and insurance services teams, was a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Justice Beth Robinson of the Vermont Supreme Court. Long, on the litigation and labor and employment teams, was in employment and litigation practices at Boston firms.

Community Bank N.A. hired Erin Fredieu as branch manager of the White River Junction and Thetford locations. Fredieu has nearly 20 years’ experience in the financial industry, most recently as branch manager for Citizens Bank and Wells River Savings Bank.

Charles Martin joined the staff of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as government affairs director. He was with U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy in Washington, D.C., and Vermont, and part of the National Guard Association’s legislative advocacy team in D.C.

Kristin Haas, state veterinarian and director of food safety and consumer protection at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, assumed the role of president at the United States Animal Health Association.

Stantec hired seasoned green infrastructure expert Amanda Ludlow as a principal, focused on guiding the development of the transportation practice’s local stormwater planning and design group. Ludlow has nearly 25 years’ experience, primarily in leadership and advisory roles, and was a practice leader at an environmental consulting firm.

Michael Posternak was named branch manager for NBT Bank’s Burlington office. Posternak has 18 years’ experience in the financial services industry, most recently as a branch manager in Ottawa.

Gabriel Diaz was named director of two programs at the Sara Holbrook Community Center: He will lead the before- and after-school enrichment program at Lyman C. Hunt Middle School and direct the Burlington-Winooski Middle School summer program. Diaz worked with the Burlington district as a middle school special education para-educator.

Alexander Dixon joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as an associate accountant. Dixon is a former intern at the firm and, in college, was an advanced-level certified tax preparer for Chittenden Community Action.

Renewable Energy Vermont recognized the contributions of individuals and organizations progressing climate and renewable energy in Vermont: the Renewable Energy Champion Award to Norm Etkind of Woodbury, formerly with the Vermont Superintendents Association; the Renewable Energy Innovation Award to the Old Spokes Home; and the Renewable Energy Legislative Champion Award to Rep. Michael Yantachka (Chittenden 4-1).

The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center was presented the Michael Fuelner Award, recognizing it as the organization with the most participants (525 staff members) in May’s Vermont Corporate Cup & State Agency Race by the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. It is the third time CVMC has earned the distinction.

The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children announced that Melanie Zinn, director and founder of Horizon Early Learning Program in Brattleboro, was named 2018 Early Educator of the Year.

Michelle Adams Somerville, director of spa and wellness at the Woodstock Inn & Resort, was elected to the board of directors of the International SPA Association. She has been with the Woodstock Inn & Resort since 2010.

eDOC Innovations announced that Mark Fierro was named interim chief executive officer. Fierro joined the software development company as an account manager in 2000.

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund hired Kelly Nottermann as its communications manager. Nottermann was senior social content strategist at a Buffalo, New York, communications agency.

Philip Ackerman-Leist has been appointed dean of the School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College. Ackerman-Leist has decades of experience in founding and leading sustainable agriculture and food systems programs for undergraduate and graduate students. He was professor of sustainable agriculture and food systems and sustainable food solutions initiative director at Green Mountain College.

C2 – Competitive Computing hired Jordan Sassi as a database administrator. She has nine years’ experience, most recently as a database engineer and architect at MyWebGrocer. Bennett Payne joined the firm as a support engineer. Payne is a recent graduate in information technology from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Tom Williams, vice president of eBusiness, was named to the Vermont Technology Alliance board of directors.

Following a national search, the Capstone Community Action board of directors named Sue Minter executive director after a nationwide search. She was president and CEO of Special Olympics Vermont.

Girls on the Run hired Richele Young, Jessica Lubas, and Callie Ginter. Young, the communications and development specialist, was with KW Vermont. Her background is in graphic design, marketing, and communications. Lubas, the northern program coordinator, coached Girls on the Run for three years and is a road cycling instructor. Ginter, southern and central program coordinator, is a recent graduate from Castleton University with a degree in journalism. Girls on the Run also announced the addition of two board members: Melissa Paradee, vice president of student affairs at the College of St. Joseph, and Tiffany Keune, associate dean of workforce education at the Community College of Vermont.

Northfield Savings Bank announced organization changes at its Montpelier and Waterbury branches. Wendy Kellett, a 28-year veteran of the bank, was named senior community banking officer, Montpelier, a transition from the same position in Waterbury. Kerry Keown, community banking officer, Waterbury, was senior community banker at that branch. She has been with NSB since 2016. •

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