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The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets hires a new Director of Policy and Communications. Scott Waterman comes to Agriculture from the Department of Public Safety where he was the public information officer for the Vermont State Police. Waterman takes over for Alison Kosakowski who recently returned to her family’s farm in Richmond.

The Vermont Republican Party has appointed Deborah T Bucknam, Esq of Walden to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women.  Ms Bucknam will serve the remaining 2 years of Susie Hudson’s 4-year term. Ms Bucknam has been practicing law in Vermont since 1979, and was licensed to practice in New Hampshire in 2005.

Marissa Parisi is stepping down as executive director of Hunger Free Vermont after nearly nine years at the helm. Her last day will be December 15th.

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group is pleased to announce that Bryan A Mjaanes has joined the organization as Vice-President and Head of Information Technology. Mr Mjaanes is joining Vermont Mutual as part of the succession plan to replace the current IT Vice President, Joanne Currier, upon her retirement.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr Alexander Orem has joined Gifford Medical Center. Specializing in adult joint replacement surgery, he brings anterior approach total hip replacement and bone-saving knee surgery expertise to Gifford’s orthopedic team.

Companion Aide Pat Titus has earned the designation of Employee of the Month for September, 2017 at Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC). As a Companion Aide, Titus is responsible for the many aspects of the well-being of her assigned patients such as helping with grooming, ensuring a bright, clean room, reading, conversing, and providing emotional support.

Marie Houghton of Colchester has been appointed State President of AARP Vermont, a volunteer position working closely with both staff and volunteers throughout the state to help AARP achieve its mission in Vermont.

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce the election of three new members of our Board of Directors: Jacob Hinsdale, a graduate of American University, is Property Manager of Hinsdale Properties, which leases commercial and residential space in Chittenden County; Katie Glover, CPA, graduated from the Honors College of UVM and also received her Masters of Accountancy from UVM.

The Snelling Center for Government is pleased to announce the graduates of the Early Childhood Leadership Institute Class of 2017: Rebecca Bishop, Eagle Bridge; Jennifer Bradley, Saint Johnsbury; Jana Brown, Burlington; Hope Campbell, Barnet; Rebecca Copans, Montpelier; Shannon Davis, South Burlington; Lisa Ellis, Saint Albans; Courtney Farrell, Essex Junction; Mary Fiorini, Milton; Kathryn Fit

Matt Durkee, president of NBT Bank’s New England Region, announced that Dan Werme and Leo Cruickshank have joined NBT’s commercial banking team in Burlington. “Dan Werme and Leo Cruickshank each bring more than 20 years of local banking experience to NBT,” said Durkee. “Local knowledge and local decision-making are important in every community that NBT Bank serves.

Foot and ankle specialist Dr Bryan C Monier joins the surgical staff of Mansfield Orthopaedics at Copley Hospital in November. Copley contracted with Dr Monier in 2016 in preparation of Dr Saul Trevino transferring to a non-operative clinical practice at Mansfield Orthopaedics. “I am honored to join Copley Hospital and Mansfield Orthopaedics,” said Dr Monier.

John Haussner has joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as an Associate Accountant. John is a graduate of PACE University with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and he is on track to earning the Certified Public Accountant license within the next year. John’s prior experience includes audit and accounting positions, most recently at PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP in New York.