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Merritt & Merritt is pleased to announce that H Kenneth Merritt, Jr has been selected to the 2017 New England Super Lawyers list as a top business & corporate attorney. Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers who have achieved a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. No higher than 5% of lawyers in New England receive this honor.

Jean Giard, President and CEO of Vermont Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce that Kathryn Budnik has joined the Credit Union as a Business Lender. Kathryn Budnik joins Vermont Federal Credit Union with eight years of financial service experience, mostly recently with TruPoint Bank in Asheville, North Carolina.

City Market’s General Manager, John Tashiro, recently announced the addition of Michael Clauss to the Co-op’s centralized Purchasing and Merchandising team. Clauss will be the Co-op’s first Executive Chef and will be responsible for ensuring consistency, value and innovation in their hot and cold food bars, ready to eat meals and value-added products across both Co-op stores.

The Vermont Humanities Council has named Marsha Cassel, a World Language teacher at Rutland High School, as its 2017 humanities educator of the year.

Paul Frank + Collins directors Robert G Cain, Mark G Hall, John T Sartore, Stephen J Soule, and Kerin E Stackpole have been recognized as five of New England’s top attorneys in the 2017 issue of New England Super Lawyers.

Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) is pleased to announce that Leesa Taft, APN has been appointed to the position of Associate Medical Director, effective Sunday, September 24, 2017. In this newly created role, Taft will serve as a member of the Primary Care management team and clinical team leader for Internal Medicine at the Windsor practice.

The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children announced the third annual Early Educator of the Year Award today at the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC) Annual Conference held in Killington, VT. The award winner, Cheryl “Cookie” Danyow, of Addison, was named 2017’s Early Educator of the Year. Richmond resident Ellen Kraft was the award finalist.

After rising through the ranks during the past 31 years, Mount Snow is pleased to announce that it has promoted Erik Barnes to the position of general manager. Barnes will assume the role formerly held by Kelly Pawlak, who recently accepted the position of president and CEO of the National Ski Areas Association.

The Vermont Association of Insurance Professionals is pleased to announce that Natalie Boivin from Noyle W Johnson Insurance Agency has become the newest member of the VTAIP. Membership in VTAIP is an industry commitment to the insurance community through leadership development, career enhancement and creating relationships with other industry related connections.

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group has welcomed Brody Gilbert as its company controller. Gilbert started his insurance finance career at PwC, spending 13 years in various posts within PwC’s National Insurance Practice. Most recently Gilbert held senior management positions at Bluestone Life Insurance Company and Arbella Insurance Group.

The University of Vermont Foundation and the UVM Alumni Association honored outstanding philanthropists and graduates on Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7, 2017 during Alumni Weekend at the UVM Alumni House in Burlington, Vermont.

Physical Therapist Margaret van den Bergh has joined the staff of the Grace Cottage Rehabilitation Department. A practicing physical therapist for over 40 years, van den Bergh brings a wealth of professional experience to the department.