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On October 12 of 2011, Vermont Adoption Chief Diane Dexter and Lund Family Center Adoption Director Wanda Audette will be among 18 individuals from across the country recognized by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with a 2011 Adoption Excellence Award. The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, VA.

At their annual conference in Atlanta recently, BoardSource, an organization dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service, announced that the Champlain Housing Trust Board of Directors won one of three Honorable Mentions in the Prudential Leadership Awards for Outstanding Nonprofit Boards.

Dr. David T.Z. Mindich of St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt. has been named the inaugural winner of the “New England Journalism Educator of the Year Award” by the New England Newspaper & Press Association.

Speaker Shap Smith has announced the appointment of Rep. Michael Fisher as the chair of the House Committee on Health Care. Rep. Fisher, the current vice chair of the committee, replaces former Rep. Mark Larson who resigned from the legislature in August to become the Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access. Rep.

With a national reputation as a family-friendly designer and author of No Place Like Home, Stephen Saint-Onge will return to his roots to attend the Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival. The event, now in its 8th year, will be held at the Union Arena in Woodstock on September 24-25, 2011.

Champlain College has named Sarah Boston Andriano as Director of Undergraduate Admissions. Andriano comes to Champlain from Boston University where she was Senior Assistant Director of Admissions. She also worked in admissions at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

Deborah N. Black, MDCM, CPSQ, FRCP(C) recently joined Dr. Jamie Krantz at Central Vermont Neurology, a Central Vermont Medical Center group located in Medical Building A attached to the hospital. (MDCM is the Canadian medical degree. CSPQ stands for Certificate Specialist of the Province of Quebec and FRCP (C) stands for Fellow Royal College of Physicians, Canada.)

Lake Sunapee Bank is pleased to announce a number of changes in Branch Manager positions in our Vermont offices that have been filled with familiar faces of the bank.

John Hays and Kevin Dougherty are now VPs at Inner Traditions, Bear & Co. In a message to the staff, Ehud Sperling wrote, "Please join me in congratulating our two new Vice Presidents - John Hays and Kevin Dougherty. I can say for all of us that both individuals bring a high degree of expertise and professionalism to their job and at the same time are a tremendous support to all of us.

Kevin T. Brennan, Esq., formerly of Law Offices of Vince and Brennan, P. C. of Bristol, is pleased to announce the opening of the Law Office of Kevin T. Brennan, PLLC at the Conway House on the Monkton Ridge Road in the village of Monkton.

Housing Vermont, a statewide affordable housing developer and tax credit syndicator, honored Neil Mickenberg, Burlington, and Will Belongia, Waterbury, for their outstanding contributions to the provision of affordable housing in Vermont.

We are pleased to announce that Steve Rollins has joined Bread Loaf Corporation as a Senior Estimator. Steve has been in the construction field, focusing on estimating, for over 24 years. Steve grew up in Bradford, Vermont and graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has worked throughout New England, then moved west.