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Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility presented its annual Legislator of the Year award last week to two lawmakers responsible for shepherding the state’s historic health care law, Act 48, through the Statehouse.

MyWebGrocer is pleased to announce the addition of 11 new members to the team. The new employees join the departments of Customer Support, Business Development, Advertising and Marketing Operations, Software Engineering, and Sales.

Otter Creek Awnings, Sunrooms & Custom Closets, Inc. is proud to announce that Carol Carruth has joined an elite list of storage designers who have achieved designer certification status from the Association of Closet & Storage Professionals (ACSP), the trade organization for the custom storage industry.

Bill Young, Executive Director of Maple Leaf Farm is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Mannings as Primary Care Clerk. Amanda brings many years of customer service experience to the position.

Ledyard Financial Advisors, the Wealth Management division of Ledyard National Bank, is pleased to announce that John O’Dowd has been designated Senior Vice President and Director of Ledyard Financial Advisors’ New London office. In this enhanced role, John will be responsible for business development, client services and account administration.

Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced Brittany Riley of South Burlington, VT has joined Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) as Administrative Assistant. Riley was most recently employed at Vermont Gas Systems as Front Desk Receptionist. Prior to that she served administrative roles at Women Helping Battered Women and Essex Alliance Church.

Perrigo, a leading pharmaceutical supplier, announced today that Greg Hostetler has been hired as an analytical chemist for the analytical research and development team. In this role, Hostetler will work with scientists in product development and quality assurance to develop new analytical methods for infant formula.

Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced Tim Collins of Burlington, VT has joined Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) as SQL Report Writer and Analyst.
Tim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering Technology earned at Vermont Technical College. He brings vast information technology experience ranging from application development to database management and web design.

AllEarth Renewables has hired Bill Kanzer, a 20 year veteran of the solar industry, to direct its sales and marketing and join its management team. Kanzer has extensive experience in PV (photovoltaic) sales and marketing, research, product development and information systems.

Michelle Gates of Westford, has joined Special Olympics Vermont as the organization’s new Program Services Director.
In this newly created role, Michelle will be responsible for developing and managing SOVT’s network of volunteers, coordinating outreach and support for local and school programs and implementing Project Unify.

Bilodeau, Wells & Company, P.C. Certified Public Accountants, of Essex Junction, announces the addition of Melissa Seymour as a Staff Accountant.
Melissa graduated Cum Laude from Champlain College in May, 2011, with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. She will be performing tax, accounting and attest services with the firm’s broad client base.

Ricky Padgett, vice president of Finance and Operations and chief operating officer for the past five years at the George West Mental Health Foundation (GWMHF) in Atlanta, has been named director of Corporate Accounting at Fletcher Allen Health Care.