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ken pulido

The Vermont Housing Finance Agency has named Ken Pulido of South Burlington, VT, to the newly created role of director of energy finance.

Vermont Business for Social Responsibility elected seven new members to three-year terms on the organization’s board of directors:

diego adrianzen-herrera

Diego Adrianzen Herrera, MD, a physician-scientist in the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine, was invested in January as the inaugural holder of the Early Career Green and Gold Professor of Medicine.

At separate meetings in November and December 2021, the board of directors of the Addison County Economic Development Corp elected four new members and a new executive team for the 2022-23 term.

New board members are:

hazel brewster

Hazel Brewster, former chief of staff for the Vermont lieutenant governor’s office, has joined the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as director of public relations. In her new role, Brewster will lead the chamber’s communication and event efforts, working closely with President Betsy Bishop.

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, the largest year-round disabled sports nonprofit organization in Vermont, recently honored three individuals as 2021 Volunteers of the Year.

jason port

Gravel & Shea, a full-service law firm in Burlington, VT, has hired Jason Port to lead its tax, trust, estate and probate practice areas. Port previously worked as an attorney with a Boston-area firm, as a senior vice president and senior trust officer with US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management and, most recently, as regional fiduciary

Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging has named Laurie Knauer its Community Partner of the Year for 2021. Knauer, program director with Castleton Community Seniors and the Castleton Community Center, and vice president of Tai Chi Vermont, has partnered with SVCOA for many years on numerous wellness-related events and programs, including the nationally recognized

Conor Casey, former executive director for the Vermont Democratic Party, has joined the gun-violence prevention organization GunSense Vermont as its executive director. Casey began his career in the office of U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and brings with him over 15 years of public policy experience in Vermont.

matt cooke

Matt Cooke, vice president at PC Construction in South Burlington, VT, has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating office at the 100% employee-owned company. In his new role, Cooke, a 22-year employee at PC, will be responsible for overseeing all of the company’s projects and support services, providing operations-focused leader

kelly byers

Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty has announced that Kelly Byers has joined the company’s South Burlington, VT, office as a realtor. Byers formerly worked in his family’s pizza business before deciding to pursue his lifelong passion, real estate.

jewel mason

The Green Mountain Inn in Stowe, VT, has promoted Jewel Mason from hospitality manager to general manager. In her new role, Mason will oversee all aspects of operations at Green Mountain and serve as inn ambassador, providing leadership and strategic planning to all departments.