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Samuel (Sandy) McDowell, Ph.D., of South Burlington has joined Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL), as the organization’s director of program implementation, VITL President and CEO David Cochran, MD, announced today.

Dr. Anthony Quintiliani, Clinical Director of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services at HowardCenter, delivered the keynote address at the Seventh Annual Vermont Collaboration Conference on Children, Youth & Families in October at the Killington Grand Hotel, Killington, VT.

HowardCenter is pleased to announce the election in November of three new Board of Trustees: Dan Balón, Michael Lipson, and Gail Stevenson.

Union Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of two important community members to its Boards; Neil Van Dyke of Stowe and Daniel J. Luneau of St. Albans.

Robert Clark has joined Phelps Engineering, Inc.

North Ferrisburgh, Vt. (December 4, 2009)- Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) announces Adam Crary, PWS, PWD, has joined the firm as Senior Wetland Scientist.  Mr. Crary is a natural resource and ecology professional with more than 12 years of experience working on large- and small-scale public and private projects throughout the eastern U.S.

Experienced hospitalist Dr. Jay Stearns has joined Gifford Medical Center’s inpatient care team.
Dr. Stearns previously worked as a hospitalist at Central Vermont Medical Center for two years and spent the prior seven years at hospitals in New Zealand and Australia, also as a hospitalist.
Before that, he was an internal medicine provider in Anchorage, Alaska, for six years.

Professor Tracy Bach will give a presentation to the European Youth Forum (Youth Forum Jeunesse--YFJ), taking place alongside the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen.    

Karin J. Hardy, Customer Service Manager (CSM) for TPW Management's Stratton Portfolio has achieved the CMCA (Certified Manager of Community Associations) designation from the Community Associations Institute.  This designation is only achieved after the candidate has successfully completed the M-100 and M-200 courses of study for the Association of Professional Community Managers.

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene announces the arrival of six new holiday card designs for sale to benefit Cheshire Health Foundation.

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew has announced that New England Super Lawyers has recognized attorney Afi Ahmadi as a Rising Star. The Rising Stars are featured in the New England Super Lawyers publication.

Yankee Magazine’s November/December issue includes a story called “Angels Among Us 2009,” by Ian Aldrich, featuring four New Englanders who have made a significant difference in the lives of others. Vershire, Vermont, resident Wynona Ward is recognized for founding Have Justice Will Travel (HJWT), a free legal clinic for abused women and children from low-income families.