Faces & Places

April 2019

The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development honored the Preservation Trust of Vermont’s executive director, Paul Bruhn, and Vermont Economic Development Authority’s chief executive officer, Jo Bradley, with the Vermont Economic Advancement Award for their efforts to grow Vermont’s economy. Present at closing were: Bradley, Bruhn, and Michael Schirling, secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, who presented the award.

ReSOURCE announced that Carolyn Dubé joined its board of trustees for a three-year term. Dubé is an attorney at Bergeron, Paradis & Fitzpatrick.

Seven Days won 18 awards at the Vermont Press Association’s annual meeting, including six first-place prizes and the Mavis Doyle Award, won by Alicia Freese, who covers the Statehouse. The paper’s news team took first for its five-week series examining Vermont’s nonprofit economy. Staff writer Taylor Dobbs, political editor Paul Heintz, and political columnist John Walters took second, and third place went to Heintz. took home all three prizes in the John Donoghue Award for Arts Criticism category: first, to associate editor Margot Harrison; second, to assistant arts editor Dan Bolles; and third to theater critic Alex Brown. Other first-place finishers were staff writer Mark Davis, Best Local Story; and Katie Jickling, Feature Writing. Walters took home top honors in Column Writing: Political/Hard News, and came in first for Best Website.

The Vermont Agency celebrated its top 2018 agents. James J. Handy, CLU, received the Blaine W. Sprout Award and the Advocacy Award; Jeffrey M. Haller, the Super Bowl Award; Christopher J. Huchro, the David M. Boardman Award; Bryan Marabella, the Ethan Allen Associate of the Year Award; Michael G. Castillo, LUTCF, CFP, CLU, the Fred S. Brynn Award; Don Blanton of MoneyTrax, the CMNB Above & Beyond Award; Ronald Maggio and Michael Frontera, the CMNB Dramatic Impact Award; Ketler Bosse, the Steve Kostka Pride Award; Timothy O’Halloran, CFP, the ESI Summit Award; and David I. Hodgkins Jr., the Giving Tree Award.

Vermont Sports Properties promoted Alicia Hawks to general manager for the sponsorship team with University of Vermont athletics. Vermont Sports Properties collaborates with the university to extend the affinity of the Catamounts’ brand to businesses and corporations.

Lillian Colasurdo, assistant attorney general for the Vermont Department of Health, and Jeanne Albertson, senior community banking officer at Northfield Savings Bank, were elected to the board of directors of Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity.

Money magazine has named Colchester “Best Place to Live in Vermont” for 2018, the second consecutive year to be so honored. The magazine considered communities with populations between 10,000 and 100,000, which were ranked on their economy, cost of living, diversity, education, income, housing, crime, amenities, and ease of living.

Howard Center appointed four individuals to three-year terms on itsjudy board of trustees: Katherine Connolly of Burlington; Michael Couture of Michael Couture Media; Brandon del Pozo, chief of police in Burlington; and Hanneke Willenborg, CMO at Seventh Generation.

The Central Vermont Medical Center Auxiliary named Theresa Lever 2018 Auxilian of the Year, recognizing her continued work in supporting cancer patients. Lever is a patient navigator at the Medical Center’s National Life Cancer Treatment Center.

Andrew J. Kestner was named a partner at Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP. Kestner advises individuals and businesses on tax and financial issues. His practice includes traditional estate and business and succession planning, and complex matrimonial issues relating to preserving and protecting family wealth. He joined the firm in 2015.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger appointed David E. White acting director of the Community and Economic Development Office, replacing the outgoing interim CEDO director, Neale Lunderville. White has served as the city’s planning and zoning director for 11 years, following 12 years as the city’s assistant planner. He will continue as planning zoning director.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England announced that Tabitha Pohi-Moore and Karsen Woods have joined its board of trustees. Pohi-Moore is a training coordinator at the University of Vermont and president of the Rutland area branch of the NAACP as well as Vermont director of that organization. Woods, a 2017 Castleton University graduate, is the founder of Castleton Generation Action: The Student Voice of Planned Parenthood, the university’s first feminist-action club.

Vermont Housing Finance Agency hired Seth Leonard for the newly created position of managing director of community development. Leonard was the USDA Office of Rural Development’s housing program director for Vermont and New Hampshire. Until recently, he was also mayor of Winooski for four years.

Janette K. Bombardier, P.E., was named Vermont’s 2019 Engineer of the Year by the state’s engineering societies, sponsors of Vermont Engineers Week. Bombardier, chief technology officer of Chroma Technology, was chosen because of her technical accomplishments, stature in the profession, contributions to professional organizations, and involvement in the community. Christopher Gendron, P.E., was named Vermont’s 2019 Young Engineer of the Year, based on his educational achievements, professional society activities, professional accomplishments, and civic involvement. Gendron joined Stantec Consulting Ltd. after graduating from Norwich University in 2010, rising over the years to project manager in the civil/site and stormwater design group.

Gov. Phil Scott announced the appointment of Hal Colston as representative for the Chittenden-6-7 district serving the City of Winooski and parts of Burlington in the Legislature. A Democrat, Colston will serve the two-seat district along with Rep. Diana Gonzalez (P). Judy Henkin was appointed deputy commissioner of the Department of Corrections, replacing Mike Touchette, who was appointed commissioner. Henkin was general counsel for the Green Mountain Care Board. The governor also announced the appointment of 103 Vermonters to state boards and commissions in December and January. A list of all board and commission members can be found at www.governor.vermont.gov/ boards-commissions.

North Star Leasing announced the addition of Justin Ward as a business development specialist and Bobbie Sauter as marketing specialist. Ward was supply chain project manager at UTC Aerospace Systems in Vergennes. Sauter has more than 20 years’ experience in B2B marketing.

Richard Feeley, formerly president of Coburn & Feeley Property Management, has retired after 41 years as the company’s CEO. He and his late partner, Tom Coburn, founded the firm in 1978 as Coburn & Feeley Real Estate and Property Management. The real estate division merged with Hickok & Boardman in 1997. The property management division was recently transitioned to Stephanie Gilbert, a longtime property manager at the firm, who will now operate as Full Circle Property Management from Coburn & Feeley’s former offices at 346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, with the same mailing address and phone number (864-5200).

Northfield Savings Bank announced the promotion of Maryellen LaPerle to vice president, mortgage banking. An NSB veteran of 19 years, LaPerle works at the bank’s Montpelier office. Chad Hutchins was promoted to vice president, commercial banking. Hutchins joined the bank in 2007 as a seasonal community banker and started full time in 2011. He works from the Taft Corners office in Williston.

The United States Senate confirmed retired Essex Police Chief Brad LaRose as Vermont’s next U.S. Marshal. He was unanimously confirmed. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Gov. Phil Scott had jointly recommended LaRose to President Trump in January 2018 to fill the vacancy, and the President nominated him in June.

Attorneys Grant M. Binder, Kathryn M. Foley, and William L. Martin were elected directors at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. Binder and Foley are resident in the firm’s Burlington office; Martin practices from the Montpelier office. They were elected in December. Attorney William J. Morris III has joined the firm and will work in the Burlington office with a focus on trademark clearance, procurement, enforcement, dispute resolution, and licensing. Morris was most recently senior counsel in a Washington, D.C., firm and general counsel at a firm in Telluride, Colorado.

The Vermont Association of Broadcasters announced the appointment of Wendy Mays as executive director. Mays was promotions and special events director at Hall Communications Radio Group for 20 years. She was elected to the VAB board in 2012.

The Vermont Dairy Industry Association recognized achievements in the industry during the 2019 Vermont Farm Show. The 100th anniversaries of Cabot Creamery Cooperative and St. Albans Cooperative Creamery were celebrated. David Houde of St. Johnsbury received the 2018 Overall Highest Quality Milk Award, based on quality parameters such as bacterial and somatic cell counts. Named 2018 Dairy Farm of the Year was Aires-Hill Farm in Berkshire. Jed Davis, director of sustainability for Cabot Creamery Cooperative, was presented the Finley Award, given to a person “whose character, education, accomplishments, and dedication to Vermont agriculture most closely resemble” those of John Finley, former deputy commissioner of agriculture.

OneDigital Health and Benefits promoted Marissa Landry to account manager. Landry joined OneDigital in 2017 as an administrative assistant, rising to client service specialist before the recent promotion.

Margie Kehr, a lead quality assurance analyst in software testing at Dealer.com, joined the Sara Holbrook Community Center’s board of directors.

The American Red Cross New Hampshire & Vermont Region announced that Eric Gagnon, assistant dean for facilities administration and planning in the Larner College of Medicine’s dean’s office at the University of Vermont, joined its board of directors.

MVP Health Care announced that James Hopsicker, its senior leader of pharmacy strategy and management, was elected to the board of directors of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. A member for more than 20 years, he serves on the educational affairs committee.

M. Joseph Cook, Schuyler M. Ryan, and Matthew Miles were promoted by the Union Mutual Companies. Cook was named vice president of Union Mutual and executive vice president of Community Mutual, a member of the Union Mutual Companies. Ryan is director of accounting of the Union Mutual Companies and was elected to serve on the board of directors for Community Mutual. Miles was named director of subrogation.

The Vermont Housing Finance Agency recognized Patricia Boyce first among participating mortgage originators with the highest VHFA production in 2018. Vermont Federal Credit Union was ranked first among all 28 participating lenders, which includes credit unions, banks, and mortgage companies. Mark Antell, assistant vice president of mortgage origination, accepted on behalf of the credit union.

The Vermont Center for Crime Victim Service announced several staffing changes. Promoted were Elaine Boyce, to deputy director; Carol Brochu, to director of finance and administration; Gina Yalicki, to restitution unit operations supervisor; and Michelle Pelletier, to restitution manager. Newly hired were Omara Rivera-Vazquez, grants manager, and Samantha Giroux, communications and social media coordinator. Cara Cookson, public policy director and victim assistance program coordinator, is leaving the organization.

David Soccodato was named vice president and controller at National Life, expanding from his duties as corporate tax director. He will be responsible for corporate accounting, payroll, financial reporting, and investment accounting. He has been at National Life for 10 years. Keith Phelan was promoted to tax director and will report to Soccodato.

Brigid Brady Sawyer was hired to the management team at Century 21 Jack Associates as director of business development. Sawyer was head women’s lacrosse coach at St. Michael’s College.

C2, also known as Competitive Computing, announced the addition of two individuals to its enterprise systems team. Jim Gandini has 25 years’ experience in information technology and was with Sharecare Inc. Chris Walker has 15-plus years in systems administration, most recently with PC Construction.

Three providers have joined Community Health Centers of Burlington: Vivian Esparza, M.D., formerly a specialist in substance abuse treatment through Howard Center and the Department of Corrections; Mary Anne Kohn, AGNP, whose focus has been in issues of homelessness, mental health, and substance abuse; and Megan Mogerley, FNP, who worked as a registered nurse with the organization while completing her master of science in nursing.

State Rep. Jill Krowinski was named executive director at Emerge Vermont. Krowinski is the House majority leader in the Legislature. She has worked as senior advisor for Emerge Vermont, and was vice president of education and Vermont community affairs at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

Polli Properties at Keller Williams Vermont hired Marie Kingsley as executive assistant. Kingsley spent a combined 18 years in the military and government service, including 12 years in human resources and organizational support.

Yankee Farm Credit announced that Matthew Senter joined the Middlebury branch as senior vice president of commercial lending and high risk asset management. Senter has over 20 years’ experience within the Farm Credit system. Christopher Bessette will move from vice president of commercial lending to a senior vice president regional manager role in St. Albans. David Lane will move into a senior vice president marketing and financial services role in the Williston branch.

White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors announced that Gail Henderson-King, a senior project manager with the firm, was elected to be the American Society of Landscape Architects trustee from the Vermont chapter.

The Vermont Economic Development Authority announced the election of officers to its board of directors: Thomas Gallagher, president and CEO of the Peoples Trust Co., chair; Mike Tuttle, former president, CEO, and director of Merchants Bank and Merchants Bancshares, vice chair; and Steve Voigt, former president and CEO of King Arthur Flour, treasurer.

Encore Renewable Energy announced promotions to its executive team. Chad Nichols was promoted to vice president of development and EPC, and Jesse Stowell was promoted to vice president of business development. Both joined Encore in 2016.

Thomas Melloni and Shane McCormack were elected shareholders and directors of Paul Frank + Collins PC. Melloni leads the firm’s municipal law and public finance practice group, and McCormack provides counsel in a variety of areas including securities, commercial lending, and contract law, and public finance.

The Senate Committee on Committees appointed Lisa Ryan, program manager of the Rutland County Community Justice Center at BROC Community Action, to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women.

Gov. Phil Scott announced the appointment of Lisa Hango as Representative for the Franklin-5 district serving Highgate, Franklin, Berkshire, and Richford in the House. Hango, a Republican, is a resident of Berkshire and was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Joshua Aldrich, also a Republican.

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