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John Stimets has been named Associate of the Year for 2012 with Country Business, Inc. (CBI). Brian Knight, President of CBI has stated that “John’s ability to identify his client’s needs and meet their expectations is exceptional.”

The law firm of Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC, with offices in Burlington, Montpelier and St. Johnsbury, Vermont and Manchester, Littleton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire is pleased to announce our attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2012 List of Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers lists outstanding lawyers who attain superior peer recognition and professional achievement.

Molly J. Reis, previously a Paul Frank + Collins Law Clerk, has recently become an Associate attorney for the firm. Ms. Reis is a member of the firm’s insurance services and litigations teams, where she focuses on insurance law, product liability, intellectual property, and general litigation.

New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) formally launched construction of its new, state-of-the-art South Burlington branch at 1000 Shelburne Rd. with a groundbreaking ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, October 22.

The Central Vermont Medical Center currently features an exhibit of work by humorous illustrator Hal Mayforth, “Works From a Messy Studio.” “The vibrant colors and lightheartedness of this show draws smiles and comments from visitors, staff and patients,” stated CVMC president and CEO Judy Tartaglia.

Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced Diane Edson of South Burlington, VT has joined Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) as Homeownership Specialist.
Diane was most recently employed at Shelter Mortgage, and previously at Universal Mortgage. Diane previously was employed at VHFA in a similar role until 2002.

David Grippin, managing partner of Grippin, Donlan, Pinkham is pleased to announce that Erika Lamb has recently joined the firm as staff accountant.

Carol Hodges, a clinical associate professor with Vermont Technical College’s Nursing Program, has been named president of the Vermont State Nurses’ Association (VSNA) for 2012-2013. VSNA, with more than 300 members, has been the voice of Vermont’s registered nurses since 1914.

The Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation (CVEDC) held its 35th Annual Meeting recently at the Capitol Plaza. The CVEDC Small Business of the Year Award, Leo C. Laferriere Community Service Award and the President’s Award were presented prior to a vivid discussion from three key panelists on the topic of “Drivers of the New Economy”.

Eric Leff has been hired as a Case Manager at Maple Leaf Farm. Eric is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years experience working in the field of mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Shelburne Museum Director Thomas Denenberg announced the hiring of Nancy Hileman as Grants Manager.
Prior to joining Shelburne Museum, Hileman was director of development at Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Conn. In addition Hileman worked in arts administration at the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The Vermont State Board of Education (SBE) announces the appointment of the Education Quality Standards (EQS) Commission, comprised of Vermont education leaders tasked with recommending a state policy framework. This Commission will build off the work started in 2009 by the Education Transformation Policy Commission.
EQS Commission members include: