Faces & Places

August 2019
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Ken Libby, broker/owner of Stowe Area Realty, received a Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Realtors, the highest honor a Realtor can receive. No more than two Realtors each year who have made outstanding contributions to the real estate industry and serve as leaders in their communities are so honored.

Faltskog Productions won Gold and Silver Telly Awards, including Gold in the Craft — Branded Content category for a video about New England Chimney Supply.

North Country Hospital received an award for exceptional on-the-job safety performance from The MEMIC Group. Only eight employers of more than 12,000 MEMIC policyholders in the country were so honored. Andre Bissonette, North Country Hospital’s CFO, accepted the award.

Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse in St. Albans hired Corey Williams as its “sales dude.” Williams was with the Ben & Jerry’s Homemade St. Albans plant as manufacturing coordinator.

Gov. Phil Scott announced the appointment of Mark Anderson as Windham County Sheriff. Anderson fills the vacancy left by Sheriff Keith Clark, who retired in June after 12 years as sheriff. Anderson brings more than 15 years of law enforcement experience, most recently as chief deputy of the Windham County Sheriff’s Office He was also elected Windham County High Bailiff in 2018. Scott announced additional appointments. Xusana Davis was named the state’s first racial equity executive director. She was with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Kristi Morris was appointed to complete the term of Rep. Robert Forguites, following his death earlier this year. Morris spent 45 years as manager of engineering at Lovejoy Tool Co. Thomas D. Anderson, Public Safety Commissioner, stepped down on July 31. He had served since January 2017. The governor announced 85 additional board and commission appointments.

Polli Properties at KW VT announced that Hannah Miele joined Elise Polli’s real estate team as an agent.

Renewable Energy Vermont hired Sarah Tewksbury as communications and operations associate. Tewksbury was a legislative committee assistant with the Vermont House Committee on Energy and Technology.

The BTV Ignite board of directors, in partnership with the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, announced that Adam Roof will lead the coordination of BTV Ignite. A former UVM trustee and current city councilor, Roof has experience working as a small business entrepreneur. BTV Ignite is a consortium of local companies and city departments whose mission is to utilize Burlington’s world class fiber infrastructure to promote economic development and address the social, educational and environmental challenges facing the city.

Sean Seay was hired as service delivery manager at Rose Computer Technology Services. Seay was director of managed services for multiple IT organizations.

C2 (Competitive Computing) announced that Jim Collins was promoted to professional services, and Jeff French was promoted to managed services manager. Collins joined the firm in 1994, and French, in 2012. Alex Enns was promoted to account executive. He has been with the firm since 2018. C2 hired Jeff Snyder as systems engineer. He was IT manager at Laraway Youth and Family Services. Steven Choinski joined as inside sales representative. He was a sales associate at Burton Snowboards.

Lisa Senecal was elected chair of the Vermont Commission on Women. She succeeds Marcia Merrill, who stepped down after 10 years. Senecal is a founding partner of The Maren Group.

NRG Systems announced the appointment of Evan Vogel as president. Vogel has more than 30 years’ experience in power, energy, and renewables, most recently with Schneider Electric’s solar and energy-storage business.

Mark D. Rosalbo joined the board of directors of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Vermont. Rosalbo is a senior advisor with NFP and has over 25 years’ experience in the financial sector.

Taylor Woodward was promoted to executive vice president at DEW Construction. He was a project manager with the company. Matthew Wheaton was named vice president of preconstruction. He was vice president of business development. Mike Farhm, promoted to vice president of business development, will maintain existing client relationships as well as cultivate new business in southern Vermont and New Hampshire. He was a project manager. James Kimball was hired as a project manager. He was a project manager at Bonnette, Page & Stone Corp. in New Hampshire.

Norwich University has launched a national search for its 24th president, as President Richard W. Schneider will step down on June 1, 2020. Schneider, who has served as the university’s president since 1992, grew enrollment over 70 percent; grew the endowment from $40 million to over $217 million; established the university’s nationally ranked cybersecurity program; and has instituted the renovation or replacement of over 96 percent of all academic space.

Resonance hired four individuals to work in its Burlington headquarters. Chase Taylor, manager of the project operations team, was with JSI in Boston. Jeremy Ravenelle, project assistant with the inclusive markets team, was with Enel X in Boston. Brooke Bauer, graphic designer and video editor with marketing and communications, was with AllEarth Renewables. Zahraa Yousif joined the innovation team as a summer fellow. Yousif is a graduate student at Vanderbilt University.

Mike Connor, the founder of Connor Mill-Built Homes LLC, announced that Skip Wyer was named chief executive officer. Wyer is a partner in Vermont Works Management Co., a Burlington social-impact investment firm. Going forward, Connor will focus his efforts on building strategic relationships and serve as chair of the company’s design review committee.

Henry Stayduhar, director of finance at Select Design, and formerly senior accountant at Gallagher, Flynn & Co., joined the board of directors of Sara Holbrook Community Center.

Stephanie Jo Oakes, AINS, of Vermont Mutual Insurance Group was awarded the Insurance Professional’s 2019 Membership Award by the Vermont Association of Insurance Professionals for her dedication and commitment to the association.

The Vermont Municipal Bond Bank announced that Mary Alice McKenzie joined its board. She was appointed by Gov. Phil Scott in February following the departure of longtime member Kathryn Boardman.

The Vermont Economic Development Authority named Peter Samson chief lending officer to lead the commercial, agricultural, and loan resolution lending departments. Samson, who was Connecticut region executive at Berkshire Bank, has 28 years of commercial lending experience in New England. Rhonda Shippee, past community and business program director of USDA Rural Development for Vermont and New Hampshire, has joined the VEDA board. She replaces Tammy Richards.

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund announced the appointment of Noelle MacKay and Dustin Degree to its board of directors. MacKay is chief operating officer for the Regulatory Assistant Project. Degree is special assistant to the governor and director of workforce expansion as well as executive director of the Vermont Workforce Development Board.

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty announced that Realtor John Black was named to the Coldwell Banker “30 Under 30” list, which encompasses the top young real estate professionals among the 92,000 affiliated with the company’s 3,100 offices in 44 countries and territories. Black was honored for his ongoing commitment to volunteerism as well as his sales and service achievements. Enya Murphy was hired as relocation manager. Murphy has years of experience in project management, banking, and marketing.

Greater Burlington Industrial Corp. gave its C. Harry Behney Award to Seven Days’ five owner-publishers: Paula Routly, Pamela Polston, Cathy Resmer, Colby Roberts, and Don Eggert. The award, given each year since 1995 in honor of the late C. Harry Behney, GBIC’s past president, singles out Vermont leaders “for their significant contributions to advancing the economic wellbeing of the people of our community and promoting a climate that enhances the economic vitality of the state of Vermont.

Hyperbaric Vermont announced the relocation of its Colchester facility to 41 IDX Drive, Suite 271, South Burlington. The new location will continue to offer four hyperbaric chamber options. The office phone number is 662-5993.

The board of directors of the Vermont Association for Justice announced that Amy Caldwell was hired as executive director. Caldwell was director of community relations at Vermont Works for Women.

Shelburne Farms announced that Jessica Perrault was named chief financial officer. Perrault was senior vice president of MAC Corner Market LLC, which, until its recent sale, owned five small area markets.

The board of directors of the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum announced that Abby Chaffee was selected executive director. Chaffee has deep roots in the ski industry that include managing events for a major ski resort and consultant work for an adaptive ski organization.

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group named Mary Kaminsky loss control manager, replacing Donald Rung, who is retiring. Kaiminsky has worked as a loss control consultant for several companies for the past 20 years.

Joseph L. Choquette III, president of Mark III Public Affairs LLC and board chair of Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, announced that William D. Moore, Chamber president and CEO, left the position in mid-July for a job as president of the Greater New Britain, Connecticut, Chamber of Commerce. He was president of the Central Vermont Chamber for three and a half years. A search committee has been formed.

The Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame announced its 2019 inductees: Emerging Leader, Joanna Samuelson Lidback, The Farm at Wheeler Mountain, Westmore; Ag Innovator, Marie Audet, Blue Spruce Farm, Bridport; Lifetime Achievement, Bill Rowell, Green Mountain Dairy, Sheldon, and Jack and Anne Lazor, Butterworks Farm, Westfield.

Attorney Peter J. McDougall was elected to serve ad president and treasurer of Paul Frank ≠ Collins. McDougall is a captive insurance and business lawyer who previously served on the firm’s executive committee as vice president and has been a director since 2012. He replaces Stephanie Mapes, who completed her five-year term as president, and remains a director. Michael Wasco was elected second vice president on the executive management committee. Nolan Burkhouse was re-elected to a three-year term as vice president.

Vermont Public Radio won the 2019 national Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in the small market radio category from the Radio Television Digital News Association. The award is based on the scope and impact of what a news organization produces. Members of the news team, from left: Liam Elder-Connors, Olivia White (summer intern), Henry Epp, Mitch Wertlieb, Matt Smith, Mark Davis, Elodie Reed, Jane Lindholm, Ric Cengeri, Sarah Ashworth, Meg Malone, Emily Corwin, and Sam Gale Rosen.

Community National Bank announced the promotion of Louise Bonvechio to executive vice president, chief financial officer, cashier, and corporate secretary of Community National Bank and treasurer and corporate secretary of Community Bankcorp. Bonvechio has been with the bank for over 25 years.

Suzanne Podhaizer was named partner and campfire cook in residence for a new program, Vermont State Parks Cooks!, launched by the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. The program is geared toward helping campers and would-be campers enjoy cooking over campfires at Vermont’s 55 state parks. Each week, a set of themed recipes and photographs created in park campgrounds will be released. Podhaizer is a chef, journalist, cooking educator, former owner of Salt Café, and founder of Sel de la Terre, a consulting business that offers cooking classes, recipe development, and pop-up dinners.

The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center announced the recipients of its annual Rose Black Nursing Excellence and LNA Excellence in Clinical Practice awards. Receiving the Rose Black Award were Cassidy Colston, RN, Woodridge; Doug Darrow, RN, nurse resource pool; and Terry Sincyr, LPN, medical group practices. LNA Excellence in Clinical Practice awards went to Elise Duprey, LNA, ambulatory care, and Tina Ellis, LNA, Woodridge.

Rutland Regional Medical Center announced that Thomas Schmidt, M.D., is now affiliated with Rutland Regional Neurology Center. He was with UP Health System in Michigan. Andrew C. Boyer, M.D., joined the diagnostic imaging department. Boyer is board-certified in radiology with clinical expertise in breast and body imaging. Audiologist Carissa McCauley joined the medical center’s ENT and audiology team. She completed her clinical residency in audiology with ENT Associates of Central Pennsylvania. Laura M. Cohen, doctor of nursing practice, received the 2019 State Award for Excellence from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, recognizing her demonstration of excellence in practice.

PT360 announced that Katie Pontbriand has transitioned from employee to owner. Pontbriand is a billing specialist at the Williston location. PT360 also announced the addition of two employees at its Williston location. Debbie Underhill, PTA, a physical therapist assistant, and Traci Brown, office administrator. Underhill has 30 years’ experience in treating and managing work-related injuries and sports, orthopedic, and post-surgical diagnoses. Brown’s background is in office support and paralegal health care advocacy.

The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce announced that its 2019 Member of the Year is The Golden Stage Inn. Innkeeper Julie-Lynn Wood was thanked for her efforts leading the annual INNdulgence Tour and Vermont Honey Festival. Tom Gianola of Echo Lake Inn was named 2019 Volunteer of the Year. He is the current chamber board president. The chamber announced the following additions to its board: Nicole Carlson of Green Mountain Railroad; Scott Duffy of Rockledge Farm Woodworks; Bonnie MacPhearson of Okemo Mountain/Vail Resorts/ and Sarah Sheehan of William Raveis Vermont Properties. •


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