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After rising through the ranks during the past 31 years, Mount Snow is pleased to announce that it has promoted Erik Barnes to the position of general manager. Barnes will assume the role formerly held by Kelly Pawlak, who recently accepted the position of president and CEO of the National Ski Areas Association.

The Vermont Association of Insurance Professionals is pleased to announce that Natalie Boivin from Noyle W Johnson Insurance Agency has become the newest member of the VTAIP. Membership in VTAIP is an industry commitment to the insurance community through leadership development, career enhancement and creating relationships with other industry related connections.

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group has welcomed Brody Gilbert as its company controller. Gilbert started his insurance finance career at PwC, spending 13 years in various posts within PwC’s National Insurance Practice. Most recently Gilbert held senior management positions at Bluestone Life Insurance Company and Arbella Insurance Group.

The University of Vermont Foundation and the UVM Alumni Association honored outstanding philanthropists and graduates on Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7, 2017 during Alumni Weekend at the UVM Alumni House in Burlington, Vermont.

Physical Therapist Margaret van den Bergh has joined the staff of the Grace Cottage Rehabilitation Department. A practicing physical therapist for over 40 years, van den Bergh brings a wealth of professional experience to the department.

The Johnson State College faculty has six new members in three departments who started this fall. Three faculty members are in the Behavioral Sciences Department:

Paul Frank + Collins PC is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation as being one of the seven most highly recommended law firms in the state of Vermont for litigation work. In addition, two directors of the firm received individual recognition as being “local litigation stars”:

Howard Center leadership and board members recently honored 46 long-time staff members at an annual celebration at the Burlington Country Club. The anniversary event celebrated employees for ten-plus years of contributions to Howard Center.

Watershed Consulting Associates ( welcomes Becky Tharp to their technical stormwater team. Becky will work to further develop the firm’s strength in watershed‐focused stormwater management and design with an emphasis on project development and research‐driven water quality outcomes.

The Brattleboro Retreat is pleased to announce the appointment of Meghan Baston, MSN, RN, as the hospital’s new Chief Nursing Officer. She began her duties on Monday, September 25th. Baston comes to the Retreat from Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH, where she had served as the Director of Behavioral Health Services and earlier as a clinical nurse manager.

The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children is pleased to announce the finalists for the third annual Early Educator of the Year Award, which recognizes and celebrates early educators who have gone above and beyond to positively impact the lives of children, and have been a valuable resource for families.

The Brattleboro Retreat is pleased to announce the election of Justin Johnson to the hospital's Board of Trustees.