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Northern Power Systems, Inc., a next-generation wind energy company, announced that William E. Decker has been appointed Chief Human Resources Officer. The appointment continues Northern's progression toward becoming a major commercial force in the wind power industry. Mr.

The Board of Directors of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA) has appointed Diane Leach interim president of the Association. The appointment will become effective upon Molly Lambert's departure from the organization. Lambert has been recommended by Senator Patrick Leahy for appointment by President Obama as State Director for Rural Development for Vermont and New Hampshire.

The Vermont Mozart Festival is pleased to announce its election of Richard Parlato as Board President. Richard has been a long-time stage manager for the festival and principal of Parlato Productions. He has been involved with the Board since 2005.

Three “would-be” student millionaires were recognized for their poster artistry at a State House ceremony in Montpelier today. The student artwork included a deer sporting a money belt, a wise owl contemplating his finances, and a young Vermont entrepreneur making it big with his own skateboard company.

The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties (VNA) announced the graduation in March of twelve students from their Personal Care Attendant (PCA) training. The students’ training was a collaboration between the Association of Africans Living in Vermont, the VNA and Vermont Adult Learning with grant support from the Vermont Department of Labor.

The 7th Annual Vermont Employee Ownership Conference will take place on June 5, 2009, at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. This year’s keynote address will be given by prominent political journalist and bestselling author William Greider.

Executive Vice President Thomas S. Leavitt announced the appointment of David Berthiaume to the position of Branch President of Merchants Bank’s Putnam Square office in Bennington. The Branch President position was previously held by Kathy Hamilton, who sadly and unexpectedly passed away earlier this year.

A longtime Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing employee received the 2009 “Vermont Travel Person of the Year” award at an annual tourism industry conference on Thursday. Sue White, of Montpelier, has worked for the Department of Tourism and Marketing for 40 years and is currently the assistant to Commissioner Bruce Hyde.

New Breed Marketing is a full service, strategic integrated marketing solutions firm located in The Champlain Mill in Winooski. New Breed Marketing’s goal is to build strong relationships with their clients by providing world-class strategy and creative, while remaining flexible, collaborative and organized.

Gregory Farnum of East Montpelier will join Birmingham, Mich.-based ChangeScape Inc. as a consultant to its Southwest Michigan Health Information Exchange planning project. He will be charged in assisting the development of the regional HIE technical infrastructure. Farnum is the founder and president of Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc.

Mark Depman, MD was recently named Emergency Department Medical Director at Central Vermont Medical Center.  Dr. Depman  earned his MD, and completed his internship and residency at Weill Cornell Medical College affiliated with The New York Hospital and New York Presbyterian Hospital.  He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Mark J. Gagnon has been appointed as the Director of Counseling Services at the College of St. Joseph and will begin April 13, 2009. He graduated from Castleton State College in 2006 with a Bachelor of Social Work and completed his Master of Social Work with a concentration in clinical social work from SUNY Albany.