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David Longfritz has been appointed vice president of marketing for life and annuity at National Life Group.
Longfritz joins the senior leadership team of National Life Group’s Protection and Retirement Divisions and will report to President and Chief Executive Officer Mehran Assadi.

Christopher B. Zimmerman has joined National Life Group as senior counsel.
Zimmerman is involved in litigation, claims, compliance and contracting matters and reports to Gregory D. Woodworth, senior vice president and general counsel.

Ata Azarshahi has been appointed vice president, strategic accounts and business development at National Life Group.
Azarshahi works with National Life Group’s Retirement Division in Addison, Texas, and reports to Executive Vice President Wade Mayo, head of the Retirement Division.

Kathleen Alfano has been hired as vice president and chief underwriter at National Life Group.
Alfano works with National Life Group’s new business acquisition team in the Protection Division and reports to William Whitsell, senior vice president of operations.

In just over three years’ time, Zachary Garafalo has gone from the dais at the 2010 Southern Vermont College commencement to an invited speaker at the White House as an emerging leader of the Obama Administration’s Champions of Change initiative.

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that Burlington businessman Al Gobeille will take over as Chair of the Green Mountain Care Board, directing the board’s charge of curbing health care cost growth and reforming the way health care is provided to Vermonters. Gobeille will become Chair immediately.

Attorney Peter D. Van Oot of the northern New England law firm of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC has been elected to the Nature Conservancy Vermont Chapter board of trustees. He began his two year term in April.

Clayton English, Pharm.D., BCPP, an Assistant Professor at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ Colchester Campus, has been named the 2013 Vermont Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (VtSHP) Pharmacist of the Year.

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) has chosen Jan (Blittersdorf) Blomstrann, CEO of Renewable NRG Systems, Inc. as the 2013 recipient of the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business.

Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced the appointment of Norman J. Baldwin, P.E., a 22-year veteran of the Department of Public Works (DPW) as City Engineer and Surveyor. Baldwin currently serves as Assistant Director of Public Works for DPW’s Technical Services Division.

Lutheran Social Services of New England (LSS) proudly announces that Dana Ramish has joined the company as chief operating officer and executive vice president.

Dr. David Heroux, formerly associate professor of chemistry at the University of Maine at Farmington, has been named associate professor of chemistry at Saint Michael's College starting this semester.