Newsline March 2021

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Newsline March 2021

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Southern Company Newsline

Chippers, Inc joins Davey Tree

The Davey Tree Expert Company is pleased to announce the addition of Chippers, Inc, of Woodstock, VT, to its family of brands. Mundy Wilson Piper, president and CEO of Chippers, Inc, said she considered both employees and clients when making the decision to join Davey Tree. In particular, she was drawn to the fact that Davey is the 9th largest employee-owned company in the US, according to the National Center for Employee Ownership.


Sizelove named regional director of VAL’s Windham County learning center

Kimberly Sizelove has been named Regional Director of Vermont Adult Learning’s Windham County office. She joined Vermont Adult Learning in 2021, entering the organization in her role as Regional Director. “VAL’s mission resonates with me,” Sizelove said. “I felt motivated to dedicate my time and use my skills to contribute to the success of Vermonters.”


Consider Bardwell Farm relaunches production & sales

Award-winning Consider Bardwell Farm has restarted its Vermont-based cheesemaking operations, with a focus on sustainably producing small batch, aged cow’s milk cheeses, now available for sale at retail outlets and farmer’s markets, as well as through the company’s new e-commerce shop


Hub International acquires the assets of Finn & Stone Inc

Hub International Limited (Hub), a leading global insurance brokerage, announced that it has acquired the assets of Finn & Stone, Inc (Finn & Stone). Finn & Stone is a full-service independent insurance agency with locations in Manchester and Springfield, Vermont. They have been providing personal and business insurance solutions to the Southern Vermont community for 60 years. Chip and Jonathan Ams, the Principals of Finn & Stone, and the Finn & Stone team will join Hub New England.


BMH/CCV graduates 5th class of medical assistants

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) and Community College of Vermont – Brattleboro (CCV) recently held a virtual graduation ceremony for the students enrolled in the college’s accelerated College to Career medical assisting program. The nine students included: Jennifer Winte, Olivia Rhodes, Susan Jones, Morgan Gero, Allison Fiske, Hannah Buffum, Stephen Cannon, Emily Harvey, and Mariah Nichols. Eilidh Pederson, BMH Chief Operating Officer began by thanking the graduates for their dedication to the program. Joyce Judy, CCV President, echoed Pederson’s sentiments and lauded the graduates for their impressive progress throughout the accelerated program,


The SVHC Foundation announces annual fund leadership

The Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation has appointed several local community members to lead its Annual Fund as co-vice chairs. They include Nancy Kimball of Manchester Center; Keith Michl, MD, of Dorset; Leslie Morgenthal of Pownal; and Marv Neuman of West Dover. Michael McKenna of Bennington was chosen to chair the fund last November.


Nolan appointed to top HR role at Mack

Mack Molding, a leading custom plastics molder and supplier of contract manufacturing services, recently announced Brian Nolan, of Pittsford, Vt, has joined the Company as Director of Human Resources for its Northern Division, reporting directly to President Jeff Somple. “With more than 30 years of human resources experience, Brian’s well-rounded expertise in training, compensation, recruiting and departmental leadership is a welcome addition to the team,” Somple said.


LSRCC holds annual meeting and announces award winners

The Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce (LSRCC) held their Annual Meeting virtually on February 4th, 2021. The agenda included accomplishments from 2020, goals for 2021 and of course the presentation of our five community awards. Congratulations to our Annual Community Award Winners: Rookie Business of the Year – Sweet Beginnings Daycare, Young Professional of the Year – Ashlee RowleyNon-Profit of the Year – Center for the Arts, Community Member of the Year – Angela Tarleton and Business of the Year – The Valley News


Downs Rachlin Martin announces return of Wohl

Elizabeth R Wohl rejoined the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. Elizabeth will practice Health Law from the firm’s Brattleboro office. Elizabeth returns to DRM after having served for four years as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for the Brattleboro Retreat, Vermont’s only private independent psychiatric hospital, and a regional resource for mental health and addiction services. “We are very pleased that Elizabeth has decided to return to DRM”, said William Dodge, Chair of the firm’s Regulated Entities group.


SVMC nurse named a 2021 “Young Professional Voice”

The American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL) has announced that Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s (SVMC) Katharine Green, BSN, RN, has been selected, from a large pool of nursing nominees under age 40, as an AONL Young Professional Voice. “This prestigious national recognition emphasizes Katharine’s exemplary leadership through innovation, influence, and inclusion,” said Pamela Duchene, PhD, APRN, chief nursing officer and vice president for Patient Care Services.


Crosby-Gannett Fund supports the Brattleboro community

The Crosby-Gannett Fund, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, has granted $23,000 to fifteen nonprofit organizations in its 2021 competitive grant round. This year, the Crosby-Gannett Fund chose to focus on community needs related to the pandemic. “The grant round was extremely competitive—requests were almost two times the dollar amount available for distribution,” says an advisor to the Fund. “The advisory review committee was heartened by the generosity of the local community evident in numerous proposals, and we thank all applicants for their efforts and commitment to the Brattleboro area community.”


Dr Morrison joins Grace Cottage Family Health

Dr Jeremy Morrison, DO, has joined the primary care staff at Grace Cottage Family Health. A graduate of Towson University and Case Western University, Dr Morrison received his Doctorate from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Massachusetts. “As a Family Medicine physician, my areas of proficiency are usually driven by the needs of my patients,” said Dr Morrison. “I treat a lot of addiction and mental illness, and I provide transgender care. I am happy to join the collaborative, collegial, and very professional team of providers at Grace Cottage.”


MAHHC again earns Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality, has once again awarded Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) and Ottauquechee Health Center (OHC) recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The Hospital first earned this honor in 2015 and has re-certified yearly since then.

Northern Company Newsline

Green Lantern Solar expands O&M team

Leading New England renewable energy developer Green lantern Solar is pleased to announce that Vermont native, Elliott Demers has joined the team as Operations and Maintenance Technician. Demers joined Green Lantern’s in-house O&M team at the end of 2020 highlighting the company’s commitment to providing dedicated professional services to its customers and ensuring arrays are performing optimally.


Spitler joins Union Bank board of directors

David S Silverman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank announced that, on February 19th the Board of Directors of Union Bankshares, Inc appointed Janet Spitler of South Burlington, Vermont to the Board of Directors of Union Bank. “Janet brings a wealth of banking and community investment expertise to our board of directors, and we are excited to welcome her to the Union Bank team,” said Neil Van Dyke, Chair Union Bank Board of Directors.


NCHC’s Wohlberg receives award for excellence

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) recently announced the recipients of the 2021 AANP State Award for Excellence. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding achievements by Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and NP advocates in each state. Established in 1991, the State Award for Excellence is given to an NP in each state who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice. This year, the AANP State Award for Excellence for Vermont will be given to Jeri Wohlberg, Nurse Practitioner at Northern Counties Health Care’s (NCHC) Hardwick Area Health Center for her outstanding achievements in clinical practice.


Union Mutual partners with Flo Technologies

Union Mutual and Flo Technologies, the leader in smart home water loss prevention recently announced a partnership to provide qualifying customers with a discounted Flo by Moen Smart Water Shutoff and professional installation by a verified Moen Plumbing Network professional. The Flo by Moen Smart Water Shutoff attaches to a home’s main water line to prevent water damage and water loss by proactively detecting micro-leaks and other vulnerabilities anywhere in a home’s water supply.


PC Construction, Rokeby Museum announce partnership

Rokeby Museum is pleased to announce that PC Construction has stepped up as the Museum’s 2021 Preservation Sponsor. Under the partnership, the employee-owned construction firm will complete approximately $20,000 worth of preservation work on the over 200-year-old structures on the site, addressing some the urgent needs the Museum had not secured funding to accomplish.


Hebert joins McSoley McCoy & Co

McSoley McCoy & Co is pleased to announce that Cody Hebert of Plattsburgh joined the firm this past January. He is a recent graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh and will be working with our audit team.


Burlington House Buyers is now available in the Burlington area

Burlington House Buyers announced the launching of a new home buying service that provides a safe alternative to listing a home in Burlington, Vermont and the surrounding area. Dan Beaulieu started Burlington House Buyers to help homeowners in Burlington and the surrounding area sell their homes without the hassle of listing it on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).


National Life announces promotions of two executives

Jason DoironNational Life Group’s Chief Investment Officer for the past five years, was promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Robert Cotton announced. Achim Schwetlick, the head of National Life’s product and marketing division, has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Chairman, CEO and President Mehran Assadi announced the appointment.


Peterson Consulting, Inc hires Clayton as project coordinator

Audrey Clayton has joined Peterson Consulting Inc. (PCI) as Project Coordinator. In this position, Clayton will help expand PCI’s production capacity and client services. “When PCI is in hiring mode we receive a lot of resumes from quality candidates. But Audrey’s application packet was truly exceptional. We are impressed with Audrey’s experience and completely won over by Audrey’s positive attitude.” said PCI President Tom Peterson.


Vermont attorney selected to the Irish Legal 100 awards

MSK Attorneys, of Burlington, Vermont is proud to announce that founding partner Liam L Murphy has been selected to the Irish Legal 100 awards. Liam was also selected to be the subject of a feature article in the 2020 Legal 100 publication named “Running for My Life” covering Liam’s transformation at age 60 from an overweight and out of shape adult to a runner who has completed a marathon on 6 continents.


National Bank of Middlebury announces promotion and appointment of Norris

President and CEO Caroline Carpenter of National Bank of Middlebury is pleased to announce Megan Norris has been promoted to manager of the technology department and appointed officer of National Bank of Middlebury. Megan joined National Bank of Middlebury in December 2019 as the network manager of the technology department. Before joining the bank, Megan served in the technology department of UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center.


NEFCU accepting applications for 2021 STEM scholarships

New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) is accepting applications for its 2021 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarships. Three scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded. To be eligible for NEFCU STEM Scholarships, applicants must be New England Federal Credit Union members.


ReArch earns GOLD Level Award

ReArch is thrilled to announce that we have earned the 2021 Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness-Gold Level Award. We are especially pleased to achieve the highest-level recognition. This award was created by the Vermont Department of Health and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Holly LeClair, Director of Health, Safety & Risk Management joined ReArch a little over a year ago and was tasked with implementing wellness initiatives for the office. She started our Wellness Team in 2020 with just herself and Controller, Mary Ann Wood.


Peregrine Design/Build is growing to meet your needs

We have six new outstanding individuals joining the Peregrine Design/Build team: Emily Mack is the newest member of the drafting and design team, Jason Mansfield will be joining the team as a lead carpenter and started on the first of March, Matt Manning is an experienced and versatile carpenter who is capable in framing to finish, Larry Dailey’s experience is in start to finish remodeling with a focus on kitchens, James “Jimmy” Sees joined our team as an apprentice carpenter in December 2020, and Brenden Hoag has a depth of experience as a strong carpenter and will bring an added layer of reliability and skill to the carpentry teams.


Lake Champlain Maritime Museum free for all visitors in 2021

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum announced that they are eliminating admission fees for 2021, making it free for everyone to visit. The museum will be open from May 22–Oct. 17 featuring new all-outside exhibits, self-guided tours, and more.


Ascend Hotel Collection debuts four springtime getaways

Choice Hotels International, Inc.’s Ascend Hotel Collection recently added four properties to its global portfolio of resort, boutique and historic hotels, including Smart Suites. Smart Suites positions guests at the heart of Vermont’s South Burlington, just a 30 minute drive to  the famed Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory – and a short drive from the Lake Champlin waterfront, University of Vermont, newly redesigned Kwiniaska Golf Course and family-friendly ski resorts.


NMC promotes Breault to CFO

Northwestern Medical Center (NMC) is pleased to announce the promotion of Stephanie Breault, CPA, to the role of Chief Financial Officer. Breault has served on NMC’s Finance staff since 2006, including 14 years as NMC’s Director of Finance and her most recent service as Interim Chief Financial Officer. “We are pleased to be able to promote from within for this key leadership position,” said Dr Dean French, NMC’s Chief Executive Officer. “Stephanie is well respected within our organization and across the state for her financial expertise.”


University of Vermont designated “Voter Friendly Campus”

The University of Vermont is one of over 200 campuses in 37 states and the District of Columbia that has been designated as a “Voter Friendly Campus” for 2021-2022. The designation is part of an initiative led by the national nonpartisan organizations Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project (CVP) and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), which held participating institutions accountable for planning and implementing practices that encourage their students to register and vote in 2020 elections and in the coming years.


Mercy Connections welcomes new members to the board of trustees

Mercy Connections announces three new board members: Fran Briand, Nicole LaBrecque and Laura Lipton. Dawn Ellinwood, Mercy Connections board chair, said, “I am thrilled to welcome Fran, Nicole and Laura to the Mercy Connections’ board. They each offer significant experience and sincere passion for our mission.  Their service will be instrumental in advancing our organization and community.”


Maine Drilling & Blasting 55 years and counting

Maine Drilling & Blasting celebrates its 55th Anniversary this year on the heels of a very atypical and challenging 2020. “The pandemic certainly tested us, but the collective efforts of our people, who re-dedicated themselves to maintaining our very high operational and safety standards, enabled us to persevere,” states Dan Werner, Company President & CEO.


CVHHH hires two Central Vermonters to key clinical-operational roles

Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice (CVHHH) announces the hiring of Trisha Hunt and Aimil Parmelee, both Central Vermonters. Trisha Hunt joined CVHHH at the end of 2020 as Data Analyst. Aimil Parmelee, Occupational Therapist (OT), assumed the role of Complex Care Coordinator last fall. CVHHH’s strategic plan emphasizes utilizing data to improve quality and clinical outcomes, and Trish and Aimil are integral to helping CVHHH meet important operational and clinical outcomes that, ultimately, will lead to improved care for Central Vermonters.


Turtle Fur announces two new vice presidents

Turtle Fur has had a stake hold in the outdoor headwear and accessories business for 39 years. Owner Richard Sontag has developed a strong team to help move the company forward. Two of those employees, Colin Giblin of Providence, RI and Meghan Ksiazek of Waterville, VT, have recently been promoted to the position of Vice President. “I am proud of both Colin and Meghan. They provide us with leadership, dedication, a strong work ethic, and direction – all while ensuring we do not lose focus of our work-life balance,” says Richard Sontag.


Pathway Financial Advisors named fastest-growing RIA firm in VT

South Burlington fee-only financial planning firm Pathway Financial Advisors was recently named the fastest-growing Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firm in Vermont by Citywire RIA in its inaugural edition of “50 Growers Across America.” According to Scott Beaudin, founder “Pathway is honored to have been named the fastest-growing RIA in Vermont. As a client-centered fee-only financial planning firm, we are grateful to, and owe our success to, our clients.”


$12,000 raised for CVHHH

On Friday, March 5, 2021, CVHHH hosted the 33rd Annual Chez Henri Cup Sugarbush Timed Racing, Fundraiser, and RaffleKim Farnum, CVHHH’s Director of Community Relations & Development, is pleased to share that the event brought in over $12,000 in net proceeds. “This year, in spite of the pandemic, we raised more than this event has ever raised in the past 30-plus years,” says Kim.


Northeast Wilderness Trust announces the renewal of its accreditation

Northeast Wilderness Trust, a Montpelier, VT-based regional land trust, is pleased to announce the renewal of its accreditation with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. This recognition proves once again that the Wilderness Trust, as part of a network of 400+ accredited US land trusts, is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.


PP&D turns 40

Bill Orleans, owner and founder of PP&D Brochure Distribution, is proud to announce the company has reached its 40th year in business. In 1981, the year that brought bricks to Church Street and a theater to the Flynn, a young man had a bag of posters, a Datsun 610, and a few clients. He would never have imagined what it would become and how long it would last.


Andreson admitted to the American College of Trial Lawyers

Dinse PC is pleased to announce that Nicole Andreson, a director and shareholder of the firm, has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. The induction ceremony at which Ms Andreson became a Fellow took place online during the recent 2021 Spring Meeting of the College.


Norwich University names top leader in the Corps of Cadets

Norwich University President Mark C Anarumo and Commandant of Cadets Col Michael Titus announced that Matthew Cutting of Niskayuna, New York, has been selected to serve as the 2021-22 Regimental Commander, the highest-ranking cadet of Norwich University’s Corps of Cadets (NUCC). “Norwich has prospered through adversity for over 200 years and it is our job as senior leaders to ensure that the COVID-19 pandemic does not damage our sacred tradition of excellence,” Cutting said.


Schoenig joins Union Bank’s senior management team

David S Silverman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank is pleased to announce the recent addition of Vince Schoenig as Executive Vice President, Senior IT/Operations Officer. Vince has been chosen to replace the current Senior Operations Officer, Robert Hofmann who is retiring in August 2021. Following the transition period, Vince will be responsible for leading the Information Technology initiatives for the bank and overseeing management of Electronic and Deposit Operations including the Customer Care Center, and the bank’s project management and deposit management functions.


Posternak joins Union Bank as branch administrator

David S Silverman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank is pleased to announce that Michael R Posternak has joined the bank as Assistant Vice President, Branch Administrator. Michael is responsible for managing the Bank’s 18 branch operations in Vermont and New Hampshire, including the supervisory personnel with a focus on creating a consistently professional and positive customer experience. He will also serve as a liaison for community development activities in each of the Bank’s branch office markets.


Cancer survivor launches healing and social justice enterprise

Rae Carter, a cancer and trauma survivor, announces the launch of EmpowR, a healing and social justice enterprise centered in co-creating personal and cultural transformation. Services and educational programs are designed to empower and affect heart-centered change in our personal lives and cultures to make space for healthier bodies and a more inclusive, just, and compassionate society.


Rose Computer Technology Services welcomes Moore

Rose Computer Technology Services, a Vermont based IT Management and Cyber Security firm has recently hired Account Executive and Business Development Expert, Shannon Moore. “We’re excited to have Shannon on-board here at Rose Computers, stated Dave Rose, founder of Rose Computers. Shannon brings a breadth of experience in the insurance industry to our team.”


Beckford named director of UVM Extension 

The University of Vermont announced the appointment of Fitzroy B “Roy” Beckford, PhD, as associate dean and director of UVM Extension in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). “I am delighted to welcome Dr Beckford to the UVM and UVM Extension communities,” said UVM President Suresh Garimella.


UVM board re-elects Lumbra as chair, increases diversity

The University of Vermont Board of Trustees has re-elected Ron Lumbra as its chair. Cindy Barnhart was re-elected as vice chair. John Bartholomew was elected secretary of the Board, succeeding Curt McCormack, who completed his term of service. The board also added several new members.  Three trustees were elected to six year terms by the Vermont General Assembly: Stephanie JeromeLucy Rogers and Catherine “Kitty” Toll. They succeed Curt McCormack, Tristan Toleno and the late Bernie Juskiewicz. Kisha Kalra, was elected by the Associated Directors for the Appointment of Student Trustees, Inc. Ed Pagano was re-appointed by Governor Phil Scott for a second six-year term in February.


CVSWMD receives Call2Recycle’s award 

The Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District (CVSWMD) is pleased to announce recognition by Call2Recycle as a 2020 Top 100 Leader in Sustainability for diverting more than 8,400 pounds of batteries from the landfill. The Leader in Sustainability award is given out annually to top performing Call2Recycle program participants who excel with their battery recycling efforts. 


C2 – Competitive Computing shares exciting news, promotions

C2 – Competitive Computing, a leading Vermont IT consulting firm based in Colchester, is pleased to announce the following news, including new hires, promotions, and certifications of their staff: Christina Jackson joins as technical project manager, Pam Mackenzie joins the UVM Health Network Home Health & Hospice Board of Directors, Melissa Right promoted to project manager, Ken Bolio joins as systems engineer, John Fisher promoted to senior systems engineer, C2 celebrates 20 years as Microsoft Gold-Certified PartnerAlex Enns rejoins as inside sales representative and Jeremiah Alexander achieves Dell Boomi Associate Developer Certification


One Day In July named a finalist

The investment firm One Day In July LLC, headquartered in Burlington VT, has been named a finalist in the Family Wealth Report Multi-Family Office (New Entrant) category. This is a testament to the hard work our 14-person team of financial advisors and staff put in every day, lowering fees for clients and investing them in low-cost index funds.


CVMC hires new Woodridge administrator

Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) announced the hire of a new Woodridge Rehabilitation & Nursing Administrator and VP of Aging Services, William (Bill) Kowalewski following an extensive national search. “We’re thrilled to have Bill join our team,” said CVMC President and COO, Anna Tempesta Noonan. “His experience leading high performing long term care and rehabilitation facilitates will serve our residents and community well.”


Mental health co-op VCPI appoints Lehning as new executive director

The Vermont Cooperative for Practice Improvement & Innovation, an affiliate of Northern Vermont University, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Lehning as the organization’s fourth Executive Director. Founded in 2013, VCPI is focused on practice improvement and training, consulting around workforce development, and piloting innovative projects designed to positively impact the state’s system of mental health care.


Burlington resident wins three 2020 sales awards

Canon Solutions America sales executive Marty Derda, received the following sales awards, 4th quarter top account executive, 2020 top zone account executive and 2020 top account executive. “Marty worked very hard to meet our customers’ needs during a very challenging time” stated Kevin Fisher, Northern New England Director for Canon Solutions America, Inc.

Statewide Company Newsline

Brady selected as VLCT executive director

The Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Edward M (Ted) Brady as the League’s new executive director. Brady, who currently serves as Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, will assume his new responsibilities in early April.


Hannan estate gift grows Samara Fund for Vermont’s LGBTQ+ Communities

The Vermont Community Foundation and its Samara Fund are delighted to recognize Alison Hannan for her generosity in naming both organizations as primary beneficiaries of her estate. Alison and her husband Tom were residents of Guilford since 1969. The Foundation received $350,000 in total, half of which will be credited to the Samara Fund’s Our Work is Not Done campaign to grow the endowment and annual grantmaking.


Shankey and Snyder join the American Heart Association in VT

Brian Shankey recently joined the American Heart Association as Executive Director for Northern New England. He will be responsible for overseeing all fundraising activities and volunteer leadership across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Wes Snyder also recently joined the AHA as the Development Director. This role will include working with local businesses and volunteers on events such as the Go Red for Women Luncheon and CycleNation to raise funds for lifesaving research, advocacy and education.


Four new trustees join UVM Health Network board

The University of Vermont Health Network Board of Trustees has added four dynamic new members, each who bring myriad experiences and knowledge and will serve four-year terms. The Board of Trustees has voted to elect The Rt Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown, Dominic Eisenger, PhD, Dr Michelle Cromwell, PhD, and Dr Kara Odom Walker, MD, to the 22-member body that oversees the health network. Dr. Robert Laskowski, chairman of the UVM Health Network Board of Trustees, said the newly elected members of the Board are committed professionals who will help the health network push forward with its mission to better serve our communities.


Two new members join Green Mountain United Way’s board of directors

Green Mountain United Way’s board of directors has added two new members. In January, the board unanimously elected Kevin Mead of Newport to as the newest board member at their quarterly board meeting. Also joining the board from the Central Vermont community is Gail Pivetti of Montpelier. In their new board roles Pivetti and Mead will help steer the organization’s mission to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of all Vermonters in Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans, and Washington counties in Vermont.


Union Mutual raises over $63,000 for Special Olympics Vermont

Union Mutual was proudly represented by over 40 employees, independent agency partners, vendors, friends, and family members in a virtual Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Vermont on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. The Union Mutual Popsicles donned their best summer attire and creative costumes as they “Plunged” into the snow to create snow angels (#AngelsForAthletes) at their homes across New England and New York.


Mastroeni now regional manager for Greater Vermont FSSIR

As of March 1st, Nathan Mastroeni has taken on a new role within Four Seasons Sotheby’s Int’l Realty as Regional Manager for Greater Vermont! Nathan said, “this new position comes with many new challenges and I look forward to helping the agents of the South Burlington, Stowe, Addison County, and Rutland offices in the pursuit of their goals. I would like to thank everyone who helped get me to this point and the many agents that I have worked with over the past years.”


Vermont youth organization leads nation in foodbank mask distribution

When the Biden Administration announced that 25M masks would be made available through food banks and health centers, Masks4Missions realized that they might have helped plant the seed for large-scale mask distribution. “We have learned a lot since the summer on how to properly work with nonprofits for mask distribution in a way that does not create more work for them and ensures that the masks are being distributed in such a way that they reach people who need and use them,” said Doug Altshuler, founder of Masks4Missions.


VBSR welcomes new board members

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility is pleased to welcome three new members to the organization’s Board of Directors: Kehvon Didehbani of Solidarity of Unbridled Labor, Beth Rusnock of National Life Group, and Suzanne McDowell of King Arthur Baking Company. “We are honored to have Kehvon, Beth, and Suzanne join VBSR’s Board,” said VBSR Executive Director Roxanne Vought. They each bring a unique perspective to the work of building a just, thriving, and transformative economy, and add to the rich tapestry of industries, geographies, business types, and identities that make for a strong and effective Board of Directors.”


VCFA wins gold in Educational Advertising Awards

Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) has received a gold award for its digital marketing recruitment strategy in the 36th Annual Educational Advertising Awards. Awards are granted in a variety of areas, including VCFA’s winning category: Total Digital Marketing Program. Alastair Hayes, Executive Director of Marketing & Communications at VCFA, credits the win to “innovative and ambitious marketing goals integrating social media, SEO, and content development into a digital strategy that enables VCFA to compete with much larger institutions.”


VPR hires Hyde as news fellow

Vermont Public Radio has hired Marlon Hyde as its first News Fellow, the station recently announced. Marlon Hyde is graduating from Saint Michael’s College this spring with a degree in media studies, journalism and digital arts. Originally from Queens, New York, he comes from a family of storytellers. “Every evening my parents, brother, and I would tell each other about our days, but we’d do it differently than a lot of families,” Hyde said. “We filled our stories with details, energy, and humor and we’d find ways to bring a story to life. It even got to the point where I started to learn my parents’ coworkers’ names!” 


Girl Scouts introduces Becoming Me program

Girl Scouts of the USA is excited to announce the Becoming Me program, a special collaboration with Penguin Random House and former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama. “Mrs. Obama is a cultural leader and a champion for girls and women,” said GSUSA Interim CEO Judith Batty. “I am so pleased to be working with Girl Scouts of the USA on the Becoming Me program,” says Mrs. Obama.  “It is a joy and privilege to support young girls along their journeys of becoming, working together to unlock the unique and profound power that lies within each of our own stories.”


Healthy Living Market and Café named a Remarkable Independent Grocer

Healthy Living Market and Café is named one of the “2021 Remarkable Independents” by grocery industry trade publication Winsight Grocery Business. Healthy Living is one of 13 retailers across the US to be selected. “It’s a great honor for Healthy Living to be included as a 2021 Remarkable Independent by Winsight Grocery Business,” says Eli Lesser-Goldsmith, CEO at Healthy Living Market and Cafe.


The Vermont Council on Rural Development announces the CRRC

As part of the Vermont Community Leadership Network, the Vermont Council on Rural Development is forming a new “action center” to convene and provide targeted support to a cohort of Vermonters working  locally on response to the pandemic and a robust recovery. The Community Response and Recovery Corps (CRRC) will come together beginning in April to build connections with peers, learn from each other, provide mutual support, and connect with resource providers.


Apply to the Vermont Leadership Institute class of 2022

As Vermont looks ahead to a post-pandemic future, strong and visionary leadership will be vital to successfully navigating the challenges and opportunities ahead. Only with leaders who are ready for action and skilled in tackling the unexpected will Vermont emerge from this crisis stronger than before. Innovation is critical for envisioning the post-COVID future, and now is the time to act. Applications for the Vermont Leadership Institute Class of 2022 are currently being accepted through May 1, 2021.


Vermont Chamber of Commerce welcomes new membership engagement director

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Sophia Yager as the organization’s new Director of Membership Engagement. She will work closely with Vice President of Business Development Chris Carrigan and President Betsy Bishop, who has helped lead the Chamber for more than 10 years. 


McClure named one of the Top 100 Women Impact Leaders

Green Mountain Power President and CEO Mari McClure was named one of Real Leaders Magazine Top 100 Women Impact Leaders for 2021. The 100 CEO’s and leaders on the list were honored because they have delivered results, building a brighter and more sustainable future. “It is an honor to be among such an inspiring group of business leaders making a difference across so many different industries,” said Mari McClure, president and CEO of Green Mountain Power.


Community Bank NA announces promotion

Community Bank NA is pleased to announce Erinn Perry, marketing coordinator, has been promoted to public relations and community outreach manager. In her expanded role, Perry will be responsible for managing the bank’s social media, media outreach efforts and community relations which includes overseeing Community Bank’s community involvement, volunteer efforts and social media small business spotlights across the bank’s four state footprint.


Flynn, Crane to join VPR’s engagement journalism team

Podcast producer Josh Crane and musician Myra Flynn will join VPR’s newsroom as engagement producers later this month, the station has announced. They will support the creation and community of Brave Little State, VPR’s award-winning, people-powered journalism project, as well as help incubate new engagement reporting efforts across the VPR newsroom. 

Newsline was first published in Vermont Business Magazine, March 2021, issue.