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After long careers at previous firms, Kevin Ellis and Bryan Mills have formed an eponymously named public affairs firm based in Montpelier and Boston. They intend to offer new approaches under the public affairs umbrella, including public relations, state government affairs, corporate and non-profit strategy, crisis management, land-use projects and media training.

David Silverman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Lura Jacques to the position of Managing Trust Officer for Union Bank. Jacques brings 25 years of experience to the position. She joined Union Bank in 2008; prior to that she was a Wealth Advisor at TD Banknorth.

Carolyn Dever, dean of the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University, has been appointed Dartmouth’s provost. Dever, a scholar of gender studies and 19th-century British literature and culture, brings more than a decade of leadership experience in higher education administration, a strong commitment to teaching, and a record of academic accomplishment.

Miles Waite, PhD, owner and hydrogeologist of Waite-Heindel Environmental Management in Burlington, Vermont will be teaching an upper level UVM Class during the Spring 2014 Semester. The class is in Plant and Soil Science and is called Soil and Groundwater Pollution and Bioremediation.

Attorneys Elizabeth R. Wohl of the Brattleboro Office and Mary K. Parent of the St. Johnsbury Office have been elected as directors and owners of the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. As well, DRM Directors John H. Marshall of St. Johnsbury and Elizabeth K. Rattigan of the Lebanon Office have assumed new leadership roles at the firm.

Experienced radiologist Dr. Yvette Bailey has joined Catamount Radiology, providing full-time radiology services at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph.

Champlain Community Services (CCS), Inc. in Colchester recently named David Bogdan and Moira Mulligan to its Board of Directors.

Maple Leaf Farm has hired Angelique Schultz as a clinical case manager. Angelique holds a BA and MA from Johnson State College and is currently enrolled in the Master of Science Program at Southern New Hampshire University. She was previously employed by Northwest Counseling and Support Services in St.

Three key executives at National Life Group responsible for overseeing the company’s network of agents were promoted to senior vice presidents.
CEO Mehran Assadi announced the promotions of Pam Blalock to senior vice president, career distribution; and Louis Puglisi and Matt DeSantos to senior vice president, independent distribution.

The Central Vermont Medical Center Auxiliary recently elected officers for 2014. Left to right, Heidi Pelletier, Montpelier, Immediate Past President, Carol Welch, East Montpelier, President, Wanda Baril, Berlin, Vice President, Robin Brandis, Elmore, Secretary. Sarah Miller, Montpelier, Treasurer, not shown.

The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) is delighted to welcome Meredith Scott as Program Director. Scott will oversee all of CLiF’s literacy programs and will focus on developing long-term, community-wide sponsorships in partnership with Vermont and New Hampshire towns, libraries, and elementary schools.

CVAA’s executive director John Barbour has announced his intention to retire this year from the agency. Barbour has been the Executive Director for 26 years and has been with the agency for nearly 34 years advocating for seniors, their families, and their caregivers.