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The Independent Educational Consultants Association, (IECA), today announced Alice Lissarrague, Lissarrague College Guidance,  of Shelburne, VT, has been accepted as a professional member in the association.

The Bank of Bennington recently announced that Karen Worcester has joined the bank as Manager of their newest branch at 143 Woodstock Avenue in Rutland. Worcester joins The Bank of Bennington with nearly thirty-years of banking experience. She started her career as a teller for Vermont National and was most recently an Assistant Branch Manager for Berkshire Bank in Rutland.

The Vermont Foodbank is pleased to announce the promotion of Nicole Whalen to the position of Director of Communications and Public Affairs. Nicole has worn multiple hats for the Vermont Foodbank since joining the team in 2014, including the position of Volunteer Coordinator and most recently, Marketing and Promotions Manager.

Michael Willard, LEED AP, ALSA has joined VHB as a Senior Landscape Architect in the firm’s South Burlington, Vermont, office. Willard brings 20 years of experience in landscape architecture on projects across New England that include streetscapes, park design, institutional, retail, resorts, and housing.

VHB Welcomes Erik Urch as a Senior Environmental Scientist in the firm’s South Burlington, Vermont office. Urch will manage the Vermont office’s Oil and Hazardous Materials team’s efforts on a variety of public and private projects throughout Vermont and Northern New England. “We are thrilled to have Erik join us in South Burlington.

The Vermont Arts Council announced today that Executive Director Alex Aldrich will step down on April 14 after more than 20 years leading the nation’s only nonprofit state arts agency. “For many years, Alex has been at the center of arts funding and arts advocacy in Vermont,” said Bob Stannard, chair of the Vermont Arts Council board of trustees.

Otter Creek Awnings of Williston announces the addition of Peter Katz as a Sales and Design Consultant. Mr Katz has 10 years of experience with lease negotiations, zoning and permitting as a Site Acquisition / Permitting Consultant for the telecommunications arena.

Howard Center is pleased to announce that Deborah Richter, MD, was recently hired to provide services and supports to those in recovery from alcohol and substance use. The appointment comes following the recent closure of Maple Leaf Farm, as Howard Center and other providers seek to provide continuous service for individuals who previously had been enrolled at Maple Leaf.

Lee Khan, Board Chair of the Vermont Rail Action Network (VRAN), announces the appointment of Larry Lewack of Burlington as VRAN’s new Executive Director. Larry began work at VRAN’s new office in downtown Burlington on February 15.

Josh McElveen, a distinguished journalist currently serving as political director and news anchor of WMUR-TV in Manchester, has been appointed Vice President for Communications and Marketing for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system. McElveen brings more than two decades of marketing and media experience, along with a deep knowledge of New Hampshire and broad connections across the region.

Chris Sargent, AICP, has joined DuBois & King as a Senior Planner in the firm’s Transportation Division. Mr Sargent is a planner with 16 years of experience providing land use planning, permit review, project management, grant administration and energy policy guidance to municipalities as a planner at the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission.

Capacitor Design Network, a full service graphic design company, whose principal Josh Brown is located in South Burlington, Vermont, recently celebrated their 20 year anniversary.