Faces & Places

May 2019

Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence hired Steve May as senior account executive. He will work with the firm’s largest clients. May has over 27 years’ experience in the health-care market. He was with Milliman.

Gov. Phil Scott appointed Katie Buckley of M&S Development and Fred Baser of Bristol Financial Services to the Vermont Housing Finance Agency’s board of commissioners. Buckley became chair of VHFA’s board in February.

The Colchester Police Department announced the presentation of its annual awards. Certificates of Commendation were given to Sgt. Michael Fish and Candace Johnson, communications specialist. Receiving Meritorious Service Awards were Cpl. Mark Jacobs and Cpl. David Dewey with K-9 Taxor. Life Saving Awards were presented to Officer Jeffrey Baur and Cpl. Stephen Gutierrez.

Engineering Ventures PC announced the addition of Matthew Ernst, P.E., and Clark Agnew, P.E., as owners. Both are project managers in the structural group working from the Burlington office on a wide variety of projects throughout New England.

North Country Mechanical Insulators hired Jon Kane as project manager. Kane was co-owner, installer, and key partner at Big Dawg.

Ledyard National Bank hired Kim Bean as private banking officer of its private banking division within Ledyard Financial Advisors. Bean has more than 13 years of banking experience, plus insurance, management, IT, training, and curriculum development experience.

The University of Vermont Medical Center board of trustees appointed three members to its board who will serve four-year terms. Angela Batista, Ed.D., vice president of student affairs and institutional diversity and inclusion at Champlain College; Rep. Hal Colston, member of the Vermont House of Representatives from Winooski; and Alyson Richards, CEO of Let’s Grow Kids.

Swish White River Ltd. appointed Jim Yannizze director of finance. Yannizze held multiple positions with United Natural Foods in the past 13 years.

Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs announced that Michael J. Gabriele was hired as a senior accountant and Andrea Gunther joined the firm as an accountant. Gabriele has nearly nine years of accounting and tax experience with individuals and small-business owners, including six years in public accounting. He will operate from the firm’s Rutland location. Gunther is a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor with 20 years of bookkeeping and accounting experience. She works from the Williston office.

The Stern Center for Language and Learning named three directors to its core programs. Melissa Farrall, Ph.D., director of evaluations, was an educational consultant for St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, New Hampshire. Michelle Szabo, M.Ed., director of instruction, joined the Stern Center in 2002 as an instructor and was, most recently, coordinator of instruction. Julie Erdelyi, M.A., director of social learning and communication services, has extensive experience as a special educator and autism specialist.

Basin Harbor announced that longtime hotelier Jamie Fox joined the establishment to oversee operations as general manager. Fox has a background in luxury hotel operations, revenue management, and international travel and was with The Hotel Emma in San Antonio.

Mack Molding announced several staffing additions. Jeanne LaFountain joined the sales and engineering team as a program manager. She was with Spectrum Plastics Group in Glens Falls, New York. Jonathan Scheiner was named manufacturing manager at Mack’s Cavendish facility. He was with Canary Systems in New Hampshire. Dwayne Hannam was appointed manufacturing engineer at the company’s Arlington headquarters. He was with NSK America. Ethan Marsh, a former Mack intern, was named metals manufacturing engineer. Alistair Adams, quality engineer, was an aircraft mechanic with M1 Services. Willie Wells, quality engineer, was with Unilever Ben & Jerry’s in Waterbury. Dan Atkins, associate manufacturing engineer, recently earned a bachelor of science in manufacturing engineering technology from Vermont Technical College. Sarah Gilligan, human resources generalist, was with Orvis in Sunderland. Hired as cost estimator in the purchasing department, Alex Bacon joined Mack as an intern in 2016. Samantha Pearce, human resources administrator, joined the company as an intern in 2016.

The American Red Cross New Hampshire & Vermont Region announced that Roxanne Benzel was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence by the American Red Cross. Benzel, one of 25 volunteers and employees to be chosen for the national award, serves on the Red Cross board of directors. The New Hampshire and Vermont Region also announced its Everyday Heroes Awards, sponsored by Co-operative Insurance Companies: Doug Olufsen, the Gift of Life Award, Hinesburg; Michelle LeBlanc, Commitment to Community Award, Williston; Sequoia Simonds, Call to Action Award, Lunenburg; Christina Wiles, Commitment to Community Award, Brandon; and Barnet Good Neighbor Fund, Commitment to Community Award, Barnet.

Northfield Savings Bank announced the promotion of Mary Gleason to senior community banking officer at the Shelburne Road office in South Burlington. Gleason is a 15-year veteran of NSB. Del’Rae Merrill, senior community banker at the Bethel branch, was appointed community banking officer in Bethel. She has been with the bank for 18 years. Tony Matz, senior community banker at the Northfield office, was promoted to community banking officer at the Randolph branch. He joined the bank in 2016.

Scott Hadley, CLU, ChFC, of Hadley Financial Group was recognized as New York Life’s Vermont Producer of the year for 2018. He also earned the Life Production award for the year.

Kinney Pike Insurance hired Jeff Marino as an account executive handling property and casualty insurance and employee benefits. Marino has a background in insurance sales and over 10 years’ experience in the industry.

Danielle Fitzko was named director of forests by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, the first woman to hold the job. She will oversee the Division of Forests’ 60 employees. Fitzko spent the last 15 years building the Urban and Community Forestry Program, designed to help communities plan, plant, and care for their trees. She is a recent graduate of the Agency of Natural Resources’ Leadership and Management Program.

Franklin County Home Health Agency hired Amy Wenger as its maternal child health manager. Wenger leads a team of nurse home visitors who provide maternal child services to FCHHA’s patients. She was with Appleseed Pediatrics in Morrisville and simultaneously worked as a Registered Nurse at UVMMC on the mother-baby unit.

Seven Days won 11 first-place awards in this year’s New England Better Newspaper Competition organized by the New England Newspaper & Press Association. The awards include general excellence and top honors for health, crime, government, and arts-and-entertainment reporting; political columnist; infographic; personality profile; and niche publication. Seven Days also received second-place honors in several categories.

Jeff DeGraff, P.E., a hydraulic engineer at Hoyle Tanner, has accepted a part-time position as adjunct professor at the University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, in addition to his duties at Hoyle Tanner. He has been with the company since 2015.

Cynthia Jones was named executive director for End of Life Services, the home of Hospice Volunteer Services, Addison Respite Care Home, and Wellspring Singers in Middlebury. She has years of experience with hospice and development and has served on the board of Hospice Volunteer Services.

Richard Schneider, president of Norwich University, was honored by the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce for his leadership and contributions to the region at its St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. Schneider has been president of the university since 1992.

Donna Perkett joined Vermont Federal Credit Union as chief operating officer. She was executive vice president of retail banking for Arrow Financial Corp. and has extensive experience in strategic vision, operations, sales, and executive leadership.

Michael Costa was named chief executive officer of Northern Counties Health Care Inc. He was deputy commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access, which administers Vermont’s public health insurance system.

Keith Roberts joined Gravel & Shea as special counsel on the corporate team. His practice will focus on a range of corporate transactional and governance issues. Roberts was a shareholder at another Vermont law firm for 15 years.

Vermont Public Radio named Helen Lyons VPR Classical’s morning host. Lyons is a Williston native and professional opera singer who has performed as a soloist with orchestras around the world, including BARN Opera and The Vermont Mozart Festival.

Colchester Police Department announced its 2018 awards. Sgt. Michael Fish and Candace Johnson, communications specialist, were presented the Certificate of Commendation for their efforts in starting the “Hello, how are you?” program, designed for making daily check-in calls to registered senior citizens. Chief Douglas Allen received the Certificate of Commendation for fostering the idea of assisting Age Well with Meals on Wheels deliveries. Receiving Meritorious Service Awards were Cpl. Mark Jacobs for work as the school resource officer, and Cpl. David Dewey and K-9 Tazor for their 11-year partnership as the department’s K-9 team. Dewey and Taxor also received a plaque in recognition from the Colchester Select Board. Given Life Saving Awards were Officer Jeffrey Baur for his quick and decisive actions in applying a tourniquet to an injured man’s arm, and Cpl. Stephen Gutierrez for successfully negotiating with a woman threatening to jump off a Milton bridge.

Community Bank N.A. promoted Geoffrey Germann to municipal banking officer in its government banking department. Germann joined the bank in 2016 and was branch manager of the Essex Junction location.

The Sara Holbrook Community Center announced that Margie Kehr has joined its board of directors. Kehr is a lead quality assurance analyst in software testing at Dealer.com.

Union Mutual of Vermont Companies announced the promotion of Jeffrey S. Pryce to assistant vice president claims, and Emile F. Willett to assistant vice president, underwriting and product development. They are based in the Montpelier office. Pryce joined the companies in 2014; Willett, in 2017.

Jack and Lynn Russell, broker/owners of Century 21 Jack Associates, announced the agency’s 2018 award-winners. Robbi Handy Holmes and Denise Trombley were named 2018 Centurion Producers; the Jackson Group was named a Centurion Team; Emerald Level status was awarded to Warren Palm, Anna Charlebois-Ouellette, and Lori Pinard Holt; Ruby Level status went to Lisa Meyer and Filomena Siner, who were also named Quality Service Pinnacle Producers; and Holmes and Lucas DeSousa were given the Quality Service Award.

Forbes magazine rated NBT Bank the No. 1 bank in Vermont on its list of the “World’s Best Banks.” The recognition is based on consumer feedback.

ReArch Co. Inc. promoted John G. Illick to vice president of business development. Andrew MacKechnie was promoted from foreman to assistant superintendent. The company also announced the hiring of Aaron Smith as media manager.

Morgan Moore, a humanities teacher at Burke Town School, received the 2018 Victor R. Swenson Award from the Vermont Humanities Council for consistently involving the town of Burke and its landscape into her teaching.

Renewable Energy Vermont presented Ben Gordesky, head of DC Energy Innovations’ solar division, its 2018 Jim Grundy Award for generosity of spirit and integrity in bringing renewable energy to his community.

Kinney Pike Insurance announced its top producers for 2018. Nicole Cattabriga of the White River Junction office was honored with the Barwood Sales Achievement Award for personal lines insurance. Peter Werner, based in Rutland, was given the Dorsey Award for top sales in commercial insurance.

HANDS (Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors) announced that Cameron Segal joined its board of directors. Segal is director of at external affairs at Living Well Group in Burlington.

Howard Center received the 2019 Excellence in Addictions Treatment Award from the National Council for Behavioral Health. The organization was selected from 230 nominations from across the country.

The Vermont Green Building Network recognized three projects and design/build teams with Greenest Building Awards. Energy Futures Group’s offices — architect Pill-Maharam Architects; contractor/builder, Reiss Building and Renovation, took Vermont’s Greenest Award. The Putney School took the Going Green Award/Commercial prize — architect, Maclay Architects. The Going Green Award/Commercial and People’s Choice Award went to North Branch Nature Center — project manager, HELM Construction Solutions LLC; architect, Black River Design Architects.

Harry Lux, owner of Black Magic Chimney Sweeps in Manchester, became one of 45 chimney sweeps in the country who have earned the designation Certified Master Chimney Sweep from the Chimney Safety Institute of America. To qualify, recipients must have held the Certified Chimney Sweep credential for nine continuous years or a minimum of 18 non-continuous years in addition to completion of at least six CSIA courses.

Community National Bank announced the promotion of Justin Bourgeois to regional vice president and commercial loan officer; William Hamilton to vice president and commercial loan officer; and David Rubel to commercial loan officer. Bourgeois has been with the bank since 2009, Hamilton joined the bank in 2015, and Rubel was hired in 2014. Heather Hurlbert was hired a the residential lender in Barre and the surrounding central Vermont area. He was a commercial lender at Community Capital of Vermont.

North Star Leasing promoted business development specialists Jason Nadeau and Mike Wasko to the position of sales manager, responsible for managing, guiding, and motivating two sales teams.

The Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services announced its annual awards. Meghan Place, victim advocate in the Windsor County States Attorney’s Office, received the State Based Advocate Award. Recognized with the System Based Advocate Award was Katie Guilbault, human trafficking case manager for the South Burlington Police Department. Kimberly Colville, advocate at the Vermont Center for Independent Living, received the Community Based Advocate Award. Dottie Watson and Sharyn Salls shared the award for Victim Survivor Activist. The Conversation by a group of high school students at Montpelier High School took the Emerging Leader Award for their contribution to improving the treatment of crime victims. Three individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to victim services over their careers were honored with awards: Timothy Chagnon, a St. Albans detective, received the Lifetime Achievement Award; Ellie Breitmaier, director of domestic and sexual violence for the Department of Children and Families, received the Career Achievement Award; and Roderick Bates, former district manager of Vermont Department of Corrections, was given the Patrissi Award, given to one who is leaving work in victim services.

Rutland Regional Medical Center recognized its 2019 physician and NP/PA of the Year. For 2019, Stanley Shapiro, M.D., FACC, FASNC, Physician of the Year, joined the hospital as a cardiologist in 1998. Michael Vooris, PA-C, named NP/PA of the Year, has been with the organization since 2009, first with Vermont orthopaedic Clinic, and since 2011, in the Emergency Department.

North Central Vermont Recovery Center announced that Daniel Franklin was named executive director, succeeding Stefani Capizzi. He joined the organization in March 2018 as operations manager and was promoted to assistant director in September.

Audrey Brueckner joined Copper Leaf Financial as a client services associate. Brueckner has over eight years of customer service experience working for Vermont’s largest dental office.

The Center for Women & Enterprise Vermont hired Gina Pandolfo as program coordinator. The center is run in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Pandolfo was with the Peace Corps in Paraguay and the AmeriCorps VISTA’s Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity.

Gov. Phil Scott announced several appointments. Kim Gleason, vice chair of Essex-Westford school board, and Jenna O’Farrell, executive director of Northeast Kingdom Community Action, were appointed to the state Board of Education. Jason Broughton was named Vermont state librarian, leading the Department of Libraries within the Agency of Administration, the first African American to serve in that capacity. Having extensive experience in library services, he has served as the interim state librarian since August 2018. Heather Pelham was named deputy commissioner of the Department of Tourism and Marketing. Pelham has served as the state’s chief marketing officer for the past four years and will assume the title of chief marketing executive and retain oversight of the chief marketing office. Kevin Gaffney was appointed deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation’s Insurance Division. He has years of industry experience and leadership and joined the Insurance Division in 2007 as director of the Rates & Forms section; he also serves as director of Market Regulation.

Realtor Brandi LaBounty joined the Paul Poquette Realty Group’s team serving northwestern Vermont. A graduate of Cazenovia College, LaBounty is an assistant coach for the BFA track and field team and a river guide on the Lamoille River.

Steve Gagner, the owner and founder of 14th Star Brewing Co. in St. Albans, was named the 2019 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year. Gagner drafted his business plan on the back of a notebook while serving in Afghanistan. He founded the business with his best friend and fellow soldier Matt Kehaya. Reconciled, a cloud-based accounting company in Burlington, was named the 2019 Vermont Minority-Owned Business of the Year by the Small Business Administration. Michael Ly is the owner of Reconciled, which provides bookkeeping, accounting, and CFO services to small businesses throughout the country, providing remote accounting services while removing the burden of having to manage a part-time bookkeeper.

The Vermont Army National Guard announced a change of command for the 124th Regiment (Regional Training Institute). Lt. Col. Roger Drury, commander, relinquished command to Col. Tracey Poirier.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announced the appointment of Deanna Paluba as director of the city’s department of human resources. Paluba has over 20 years’ experience at Gilead Sciences and IBM.

Sarah Carbonneau joined Full Circle Property Management as assistant property manager. A recent graduate of the University of Vermont, she has facilities and operations management experience in the retail industry.

Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs hired Donna London as an accountant. London has more than five years of customer service experience, including as a store manager. She will operate from the firm’s Williston location.

Jerrold Manock was chosen to receive the James M. Roche Spirit of Volunteerism Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the highest award given to a state committee volunteer. He was one of two chosen to receive the recognition in the 13 states of the Northeast region.

The eDOC Innovations board of directors announced that Mark Fierro was appointed chief executive officer of the multi-owned CUSO. Fierro has been with the company for over 19 years, previously as executive vice president/chief operations officer.

Seven Days hired award-winning journalist Courtney Lamdin as a reporter covering the city of Burlington. Lamdin has worked at local newspapers since graduating with a bachelor of arts in journalism from St. Michael’s College in 2009. She was news editor of the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus.

C2 (Competitive Computing) announced several additions to its team. Taylor Harris, systems engineer, was with Hayward Tyler. James Nadeau, software engineer, was with Bosch. Jacob Charland, support engineer, was a contractor providing computer tech services to northern Vermont companies. Seiji Ohashi, systems engineer, was with Stove and Flag Works.

Good News Garage hired Amanda Allen as program manager for Ready To Go, its van-shuttle program operating across Vermont and in central Massachusetts. Allen was with WestEd in Williston.

Rex Accavallo was named CEO of the Royal Group Inc., Vermont’s largest privately owned full-service security and fire company. In 2016, he was promoted to vice president of The Royal Group, which was founded by his grandfather, Louis Accavallo, in 1935 and purchased by his father in 1978.

Emily Gaynor, business manager at Bee’s Wrap, joined the board of directors at Technology for Tomorrow. Gaynor’s volunteer experience includes a focus on community and business development strategies.

Freeman French Freeman architects appointed Catherine Lange and Josh Crandall associate principals, joining Jesse Beck, Alex Halpern, and Shawn Brennan to become fifth-generation owners. Both are designers and project managers at the firm.

The Alliance Group announced that Sarah Snow, an employee since 2015 as a project coordinator in the Vermont office, was promoted to project manager. She will manage projects out of the West Lebanon, New Hampshire, office. Brittny Dartt was promoted to lead project coordinator in Vermont. She has been an assisting project coordinator since joining Alliance in 2016. Jacob Maheu was hired as a project manager. He has four years’ experience with projects in excess of $2 million. Mia LaBrake joined the firm as a customer call taker. She has many years of customer service experience.

Jen Farrugia joined the team at PT360 as an athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist at the South Burlington location. Farrugia has a master’s degree in athletic training and specializes in orthopedic rehabilitation, dry needling, and cupping.

Cheeseman Insurance announced that Michelle Southwell was hired as commercial lines service representative in the Burlington office. She has worked in the industry since 1999. Arnela Lander, hired in 2018 as a sales assistant, was moved to personal lines producer in the Vergennes office. Jason Dubie, with years of experience in banking and business, joined the firm this year as an account executive in the Milton office. •

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