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The sixteen appointed members of the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) have re-elected Marcia Merrill of Jericho to serve a 5th term as Chair. Ms Merrill has served in this leadership role since 2006.

The DREAM Program, a Village Mentoring organization that partners college student mentors with youth from affordable housing neighborhoods across Vermont, is excited to welcome a new member to the Vermont Committee of our Board of Directors.

Joseph L Choquette III, external affairs manager at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, has been named Rotarian of the Year 2016-2017 in recognition of his dedication and service to the Rotary Club of Montpelier, Vt. Presented at the first club meeting of the new year on July 10 by outgoing President Susan Kruthers, Choquette was surprised and honored to have been recognized.

Dr Ellamarie Russo-DeMara has moved full time to Gifford’s Twin River Health Center, where she will focus on providing comprehensive women's health services. A board certified OB/GYN since 1990, and at Gifford since 2005, she became the first menopause practitioner in Vermont in 2011. Dr Russo-DeMara provides routine gynecological care, contraception, and menopause consultation and treatment.

Darn Tough Vermont, the fastest growing American manufacturer of premium performance outdoor and lifestyle socks, is happy welcome its newest team member, Peter Kennedy. Peter joins the company as Senior Sales and Demand Analyst.

Ryan Cloutier, LS has joined VHB as a Survey Manager in the firm’s growing South Burlington, Vermont office. In this role, Cloutier will provide overall program management for the Vermont office’s survey team and expand the suite of survey services offered to our state, municipal, and private sector clients.

Two University of Vermont-affiliated research teams have been awarded SPARK-VT grants by the university to help commercialize their work and move it a step closer to the marketplace.

Maurice G Paquette, MPAS, PA-C, of Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC), has been nationally recognized for earning a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Vermont Woodworking School (VWS) has hired Daphne Zencey to fill the new role of Administrative Director. Zencey will run the day to day operations at VWS, to include managing the programs, community classes and the 15,000 square facility—a historic dairy barn turned woodworking school— located in Fairfax, Vermont.

People's United Bank today announced that John DeFranza has joined the bank as Senior Vice President of Small Business Administration (SBA) lending, responsible for the development of enhanced SBA loan products and increasing lending efforts across the footprint. He will also be responsible for SBA product training, both internally and externally as well as building industry relationships.

The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) announced the promotion of Samantha “Sam” Roach-Gerber to Director of Innovation, a role in which she will continue to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship throughout Vermont.

Callie Froebel, RN, received Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC)’s third DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in a surprise standing room-only ceremony June 29. Froebel, a nurse on CVMC’s medical-surgical unit, earned the honor for caring for and comforting a patient who had reached the end of life. Froebel, a nurse for two years, was nominated anonymously.