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Rath, Young and Pignatelli, PC is pleased to announce Mary N Peterson, former Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Taxes, has joined the Tax Practice Group in the new Montpelier Office. Mary’s practice will focus on state and local tax, energy and other regulated industries, administrative practice and public policy.

Erin Odell, a second-generation principal at the Odell Insurance Agency in Bradford, was elected president of the Vermont Insurance Agents Association (VIAA) during its recent 111th annual convention at the Hilton Burlington. For the past year, Odell was vice president of the association.

Community Bank NA is pleased to announce that Michael Breen has been promoted to team leader, commercial banking in South Burlington. In his new role, Breen will be responsible for leading a group of commercial bankers in the northern Vermont market. In addition, he will manage new business with present and prospective customers, as well as maintain current customer relationships.

Meg Gallup has joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as the Client Relations Assistant for the firm’s Williston office. Meg is a graduate of the University of Vermont where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences. Meg joins the firm with several years of customer service and administrative experience.

Paw Print & Mail, a local printing and direct mail fulfillment company, has welcomed a new employee at their office in South Burlington. Sarah Haselton joined the Paw Print & Mail team as Sales & Marketing Specialist.

The Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America awarded Dr Lewis R First its 2017 Distinguished Citizen of the Year award at a banquet held recently at Trader Duke’s hotel (formerly the Doubletree) in South Burlington.

The Vermont Center for Independent Living recognized a Burlington cafe on Oct 13 for its commitment to accessibility. Speeder & Earl’s co-owner Jessica Workman received the Rosemary J Miller Dining for All Award. The award is named for VCIL’s longtime receptionist, who retired in 2011 after over 30 years on the job.

Paul Frank + Collins PC has received a Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking in the 2018 Edition of US News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”  for its lawyers’ work in the following practice areas:

Commercial Litigation

Litigation – Securities

Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Public Finance Law 

Thirteen Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC attorneys have been named to the 2017 New England Super Lawyers list and four DRM attorneys have been named to the Rising Stars list according to the publisher of the list. The selections were announced on Oct. 17.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has announced the appointment of Stephen Kelly to its Board of Trustees. “Stephen has an accomplished background in helping non-profit organizations fulfill their missions while meeting their financial and regulatory obligations,” said Tommy Harmon, SVHC board chair.

The Nature Conservancy in Vermont is honored to have two new and exemplary community members join its Board of Trustees who exhibit a passionate commitment to the vibrancy and health of Vermont’s natural landscape, economy, and its people.

New Board Members include: Judy Geer of Morrisville and Win Smith of Warren and Shelburne.

Lund announces two staff promotions and a new addition to Lund’s leadership team.