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Following a rigorous two-year process, Todd Wright, director of the Saint Michael's College Wilderness Program, became only the third North American to achieve Level 5 Sea Coach status, the top level in British Canoe Union coach training organization.

Bringing more than 25 years of marketing, management, and strategic business consulting experience in the corporate and non-profit fundraising sectors, Leslie Keefe will join the management team at Southwestern Vermont Health Care in January as its vice president of corporate development.

David Provost, deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation’s Captive Insurance Division, has been named number one on Captive Review magazine’s “Power 50” list.

Northwestern Medical Center is pleased to announce that Diane Leach has accepted the position of Vice President of Quality and Medical Staff Services at the hospital.

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

The Vermont Agricultural & Forest Products Development Board (VAFPDB) has announced the election of Lynn Coale to serve as chair of the board, and welcomes John Mandeville who will occupy the gubernatorial appointed seat of a person with expertise in rural economic development issues.

Emergency medicine physician Dr. A. Nicole Thran has joined Gifford Medical Center full-time, providing care in the Randolph hospital’s 24-hour Emergency Department., the online news site for vermont politics and public policy issues, has announced that Diane Zeigler of Montpelier has joined the VtDigger team as co-publisher. Zeigler comes to VTDigger from KSE Partners, a Montpelier communications and government affairs firm.

Kenneth I. Gross, Azarias Williams Professor of Mathematics at the University of Vermont, has been honored with the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England’s highest award, The Rev. Stanley J. Bezuska Lifetime Service Award for Teaching and Learning.

Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and Free Press Media announce Vermont Custom Closets the recipients of the 2013 Creative Edge Award.

Stephen A. Unsworth of Unsworth Law, PLC has been selected for the 2013 Super Lawyers List, ranking him in the top 5 percent of lawyers in New England. Unsworth, who focuses exclusively on Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Medicaid Planning, has been named a Super Lawyer each year since its creation in 2007.

Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that Robin R. Ryan has joined the Manchester team as a Sales Associate.