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Freeman French Freeman, Architects has hired Mike Ballard as Marketing Coordinator and Kristie Long as Financial Administrator. Ballard is a skilled writer and designer with more than a decade of experience in marketing and communications. He holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning from Cornell University.

Prominent local attorneys Wilhelmina Dingemans Miller and Elizabeth K. Rattigan have joined the offices of the northern New England law firm of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. The two women have become directors of the firm and both will work from DRM’s Lebanon Office.

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is pleased to announce that Fayneese Miller and Sean-Marie Oller, members of the Vermont State Board of Education, have been selected to serve on a year-long NASBE study group—The Role of Technology in Schools and Communities—to examine the compound issues surrounding the ever-expanding use of digital technology in K-12 education.

Lee Eric Grutchfield, AIA, of Marshfield is named a Principal at TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design. Keith Nelson, of Underhill Center is named Associate. They will join Principals Rolf Kielman, David Epstein, Richard Deane, Kim Deetjen, Robert “Sparky” Millikin and associate, Matthew Bushey, as the leadership team at TruexCullins.

Valsangiacomo, Detora & McQuesten, P.C., Attorneys-at-Law, have announced that Christopher E. Pelkey, of Barre, Vermont has joined the firm as an Associate. Chris concentrates his practice on transactional issues, including residential and commercial real estate, wills and trusts, and business formation.

Wind measurement manufacturer NRG Systems announced the promotion of long-time employee Larry Jacobs to the newly-created position of product manager.

Vermont Technical College has hired Mia Roethlein as the new Project Manager for Green Training at VT Tech’s Center for Sustainable Practices (CSP).

KeyBank announces the recent hiring of three new members to its Retail Banking team. Joe McGowan is the new Branch Manager of Key’s Essex Junction branch. He has an 11-year career in banking in Vermont and Texas.
Brennyn Daniels was named Branch Manager of Key’s Middlebury branch. She brings 10 years of banking experience in Vermont and New York.

Diantha Korzun, AIA, LEED AP, of TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design has been elected President of the American Institute of Architects, Vermont Chapter.

Topnotch Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont has announced the appointment of Erik Dombroski as Director of Sales.

Jeremy Gibbons, Director of Admissions at Southern Vermont College, has been selected to participate in the Enrollment Leadership Academy (ELA), a new professional development program formed by the New England Regional Office of the College Board.

Deborah Mackin, founder and Principal Performance Strategy Consultant at New Directions Consulting, was a featured author in the premier issue of BUILD Magazine from the creators of Inc. Magazine. The article entitled, “Six More Reasons for Dysfunction,” works off Patrick Lencioni’s famous The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by highlighting six other areas of typical team dysfunction.