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Seven Days, Vermont’s free, independent newsweekly, won three first-place awards at the annual Association of Alternative Newsmedia conference last month in Washington, DC.  The AAN Awards recognize the most artful, compelling and courageous journalism produced each year by the alternative newsmedia. AAN member publications vary in size and circulation, and are based in cities across the U.S.

Environmental leader and advocate David Mears JD/MELP’91 will direct the nation’s top-ranked Environmental Law Center (ELC), Vermont Law School President and Dean Tom McHenry announced today. Mears, who has a long history of practicing and teaching environmental law, will begin work as the ELC director this week after a period of transition following his service as VLS vice dean for faculty.

Susan Rand, owner and founder of Sojourn Bicycling and Active Vacations, announced the acquisition of this leading North American active travel company by fellow Vermonters, Raja and Bibi Mukherjee.

Berkshire Bank has announced the appointment of Jeffrey D Stone as Senior Vice President, Retail Branch Banking for the Bank’s entire New York and New England network.  In this new position, Stone will bring industry leadership, community involvement at the highest level, and extensive retail banking experience as the Bank continues to attract high-level talent throughout the organization.

Champlain College Provost and Senior Vice President for Academics Laurie Quinn has announced that Scott H Baker has been named Dean of the

Norwich University has named former Marine officer, Naval Academy graduate, and educator Dana Moss as its new director of human resources. He began his tenure on July 31, 2017. Moss has over 17 years of experience in human resource administration.

Inntopia recently crossed the 100 employee mark across our Stowe, Burlington, Denver, Edwards and Portland, ME offices. Their Burlington office welcomed three new members in July: Njama Braasch; Sarah Karandy and Haney Hamdy. Inntopia proudly welcomes Njama Braasch as a SQL DBA/Developer. Prior to Inntopia, Njama was Senior Database Administrator / Information Systems at Loanbright, Inc.

Tara Parks has been appointed to the Board of United Children’s Services which oversees Bennington County Head Start. This program provides children and their families with the building blocks necessary to succeed in learning, parenting, and life.

Bi-State Primary Care Association is pleased to announce that Georgia Maheras, Esq, has been selected for the position of director of Vermont Public Policy.

Michael Batsimm joined Lund in April as Director of Finance, relocating from Andover, Massachusetts.  Before coming to Lund, Mike worked at the American Meteorological Society, a nonprofit membership association headquartered in Boston, MA. He has over twenty years of accounting experience in public accounting and as an Accounting Manager and Controller at for-profit and nonprofit companies.

Mach7 Technologies, Inc (Mach7) welcomes Michael Jackman as their new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to help accelerate Mach7's vision for the future of enterprise imaging. Mr Jackman is an accomplished executive with nearly 30 years' experience of energizing teams, building brands and creating value in highly successful global healthcare IT businesses.

Every September, Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) presents the Vision Awards at the Harvest Ball, an event sponsored by the SVHC Foundation. The ball will take place on Saturday, September 9 at the 1768 Hubbell Homestead at Colgate Park in Bennington. This year, SVHC will honor a physician and a family for their efforts to advance the health system’s vision of healthier communities.