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The Vermont Department of Economic Development (DED) is pleased to announce that Brittany Nevins has been hired as the new Captive Insurance Economic Development Director.

Breanna Sykes has joined Copper Leaf Financial as a Wealth Advisor. Breanna graduated from Bellevue University with a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a concentration in entrepreneurship.

The Town of Northfield has hired its first-ever Economic Development Director, Jon Ignatowski, who began the role on Sept. 15.

Northfield, population 6,100, is home to two major central Vermont employers, Cabot Hosieries (Darn Tough Socks) and Norwich University, and aims to grow into a central Vermont destination town.

One Credit Union’s CEO Brett Smith was recently named Chair of the Board for Make A Wish Vermont. As Board Chair he hopes to continue to broaden awareness of Make A Wish across all of Vermont in order to help as many children as possible and to deliver on the non-profit’s mission to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

The Brattleboro Retreat is pleased to announce the appointment of Beth Chague as the hospital’s new chief financial officer (CFO). She started in her new role on Monday, September 21.

Ms. Chague has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare finance including senior finance leadership roles in hospital and human services settings over the last 18 years.

The Vermont Art Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Vermont Arts Awards recognizing outstanding individual and organizational contributions to the arts. Awards honor educators, artists, performers, advocates, administrators, volunteers, and scholars.

In 2020, Vermonters will be recognized for their contributions in five categories.

Kim Farnum, Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice’s (CVHHH) Director of Community Relations & Development, is excited to introduce two new members to her team. Marcy Kreitz, is CVHHH’s Community Relations & Development Coordinator, and Sue Catto, is CVHHH’s Community Relations & Development Specialist.

To serve an extraordinary increase in need for civil legal aid across the state, Legal Services Vermont (LSV) hired six new staff members recently. The new attorneys and paralegals help Vermonters tackle issues such as renting, eviction, public benefits, relief from abuse, and debt — often brought on by the COVID-19 crisis.

As it became clear that it would not be possible to operate a Scouts BSA resident camp safely this summer, Camp Director Clint Buxton, now unemployed, decided to turn a lifelong dream of a Long Trail through-hike into an opportunity to support the organization amid the pandemic.

On September 23, 2020 Julie Moore, Chair of the Board of the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) presented the Vermont Lifetime Achievement Award to Roger Allbee of Dummerston for all his contributions to the community, economy, and working landscape of the state.

The Real Estate Company of Vermont, located on Main Street in Bristol, is pleased to welcome REALTOR Tammy Petersen as a new salesperson specializing in buying and selling land and residential property in Addison, Chittenden, and Rutland counties.

Nurses Glenn Wagner and Lyndi Medico were honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for their compassionate care at the first-ever DAISY award ceremony at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) on Thursday, August 27.