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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.

Maria Velarde Grau Bove Ed. D. has returned to College of St. Joseph after many years to lead its Education Division as Chairperson. Her appointment will begin July 1, 2009. Bove has had extensive international and national experience in education and is known for her expertise in inclusive education and educational leadership.

DuBois & King, Inc., announces that John D. Merrifield, P.E., and Alex M. McGregor, E.I., have joined the firm’s Civil Works Division as Project Engineers in the Transportation Department. Merrifield has returned to Vermont from California where he worked for five years as a civil engineer for the Los Angeles Public Works Department.

Vermont Foodbank Board of Trustees is proud to announce the hiring of John Sayles as chief executive officer. Sayles will oversee the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, which annually serves more than 66,000 Vermonters and distributes more than 6.5 million pounds of foo Prior to joining the Vermont Foodbank, Sayles served as the deputy secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources.

Signaltree Marketing & Advertising Inc., announces the appointment of Jenny Duchesneau and Thomas Bergeron to Art Director positions at the Keene marketing and advertising firm.

Award-winning author Andre Dubus III will be awarded an Honorary Degree from Southern Vermont College and will address the graduating class on Sunday, May 17, for the school’s 82nd commencement.

The Vermont State Board of Education welcomed three new members to the Board at its March 17, 2009 meeting. State Board members are appointed by Governor Jim Douglas.