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Howard Center recently appointed Kelly Deforge and Trevor J Squirrell to its Board of Trustees for three-year terms. Kelly Deforge is a senior mortgage loan originator with Union Bank and has more than 20 years of experience in the housing finance industry. Her specific area of expertise is assisting first-time homeowners and providing homebuyer education.

Tom Alcorn, senior program coordinator at Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, recognized four volunteers at Vermont Adaptive’s Volunteer Orientation last month at Pico Mountain and Sugarbush Resort.

Former state representative Michael Fisher will join Vermont Legal Aid as Vermont’s Chief Health Care Advocate on January 2.

Six Downs Rachlin Martin attorneys, including two firm directors, have earned admission to the New Hampshire Bar Association in the past twelve months, bringing the total number admitted in the Granite State to 19 and adding strength to the firm’s practice in the Upper Valley.

Today, Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (Roundtable) announced the recipient of the 2016 New Medallion Award, which recognizes exceptional school leadership and progress toward the goals inherent in Act 46 of equity, access, and quality of educational experiences for all Vermont students.  

SymQuest Group, Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc, and regionally based IT and document sales and service provider, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Davis as Vice President of IT Services. “I’m thrilled to announce the appointment of Kevin Davis as our newest VP,” says SymQuest President and CEO, Larry Sudbay.

WCAX is pleased to announce the addition of three journalists to its news team and the promotion of another member of the team. Ike Bendavid, a native of Bennington, has joined the WCAX newsroom as a reporter and producer. Ike is a graduate of Castleton University and Mount Anthony High School. He is also an award-winning member of the Castleton Football Team.  

The Vermont Lake Monsters are pleased to announce two new additions to the team’s front office staff. Meg Patrick joins the Lake Monsters as the new Office Manager, and Maria Valentyn returns to the Lake Monsters as the Director of Community Relations and Promotions.

WPTZ-TV meteorologist Tom Messner, WCAX-TV weather anchor Sharon Meyer and the late radio and TV personality Dean Slack were all inducted into the Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame December 3 at the Hilton Burlington. Sharon Meyer became director of WCAX’s weather department upon the retirement of VAB Hall of Fame member Stuart Hall.

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty is pleased to welcome Larry Michaels of South Burlington to the firm. After nearly twenty years in property management, construction and development, Larry Michaels has turned his expertise to residential real estate as a Broker/Realtor with Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty.

Sugarbush Resort’s Chief Recreation Officer and legendary skier, John Egan, is being inducted into the 2016 Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. A national voting panel selects the incoming class in the fall of each year. Egan joins nine others including his brother Dan Egan, whom he skied with for many years in a number of Warren Miller films.

Norwich University has named George J Silowash the new chief information security officer (CISO), a critical position in the university’s overall cybersecurity posture. Silowash will take on the role beginning December 5, 2016.