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Laurel Bongiorno, director of Champlain College’s Masters of Education Program, recently attended “The Association for the Study of Play” (TASP) Conference in Albuquerque, NM Feb. 15-18 and presented a paper on parents’ perceptions of preschool children’s learning through play, the topic of her dissertation.

Pamela Keefe, who as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Central Vermont Public Service played a critical role in the company’s financial recovery and return to investment grade, has been appointed CFO of the Electric Power Research Institute effective April 1. Keefe will remain at CVPS until March 30 to ensure a smooth transition.

UPS has announced seven elite drivers from Vermont are among 1,235 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving.

Brandon Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Olivia Gawet as new office manager and personal assistant to the CEO of Brandon Music/Divine Art Recordings Group, Stephen Sutton. Gawet is a Rutland native and graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, with a bachelor’s degree in Music.

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene welcomes W. Bradley White, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, to the Department of Orthopaedics.
Dr. White specializes in Orthopaedic Surgery with a focus on Sports Medicine, Joint Replacement, and Adult Reconstruction/General Orthopaedic care.

Dr Joseph Bertolino will be the 15th President of Lyndon State College. Vermont State Colleges Board Chairman Gary Moore made the announcement February 19.

Gail Haefner Straith is honored to be named the 2012 Lawyer of the Year for Mergers & Acquisitions Law in Detroit by Best Lawyers. Throughout her 26-year career, Ms. Straith has enjoyed guiding business owners and management teams through the process of buying or selling a business. Prior to returning to her hometown of Birmingham, Michigan, Ms.

Sharon Gutwin PT, owner of the RehabGYM Inc., is pleased to announce the establishment of Kids’ RehabGYM as a 501c(3) non-profit organization.

Paul Frank + Collins is pleased to announce that Allen D. Webster, CPA, of South Burlington has joined the firm as Of Counsel to work on the firm’s Business Services + Taxation, Commercial Finance and Trusts + Estates teams. Attorney Webster is a cum laude graduate of Cornell Law School and holds an MBA Degree from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

Jeanne Collins, Superintendent of Burlington Schools, announced today that she is recommending Dr. Shelley Mathias as the principal of Edmunds Elementary School in Burlington. Dr. Mathias has been serving in the role of Interim Principal this year and was chosen for this position after an extensive search process which included parents, teachers and administrators.

Greentree Real Estate is delighted to welcome Ivy Knipes as their newest Realtor®. Ivy joined Greentree in February, has been licensed as a Realtor® since 2006 and currently has designations as an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) and Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR). She is a native Vermonter growing up in Essex Junction and holds a BA in History from Trinity College.

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty is pleased to announceBrenda Bouchard, has been promoted to Vice President of Relocation Services.