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Hannah Assefa, an elementary teacher at The Barn School in Westford, has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Turrell Fund, a foundation that supports community-based nonprofits serving young children and their families in Vermont and New Jersey.

Tina Van Guilder, former grant coordinator for the Greater Rutland County Supervisory Union, has been named the new executive director of the United Way of Rutland County. In her new role, she will guide the organization through its current campaign year and lead initiatives for the upcoming year.

Keith Dunbar, former sales executive at MVP Health Care in Williston, and Lidia Anderson, a former shift supervisor at Starbuck's in Colchester, have been announced as the two newest hires of the Lake Champlain Chamber in Burlington.

David J. Orfao, co-founder and managing director of General Catalyst, a venture capital firm  in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been appointed to a five-year term on the board of trustees at Norwich University. Orfao, a 1981 accounting graduate of Norwich, will serve as a member of the board's technology, facilities and investment committees.

Roena Whitehill, executive vice president and head of lending at Passumpsic Bank, has announced her intention to retire from the bank on May 31 after more than 21 years of service.

Union Mutual has promoted Kelly Schavone from commercial lines underwriter to Vermont marketing representative. She succeeds Senior Marketing Representative Jeff McLaughlin, who will retire on July 1 after 28 years with the company.

Pete Duda, former safety manager at the Boston-based construction firm Commodore Builders, has joined ReArch Co. as director of health, safety and risk management. In his new role, Duda spearheads the company's commitment to cultivating a robust health and safety culture across all operations.

Howard Center in Burlington has promoted Senior Finance Manager Steven Maneely to chief financial officer at the nonprofit human services organization, effective June 1. He  will assume the responsibilities held by Sandra McGuire, who becomes CEO.

Dr. Robert Boyd, owner of Champlain Dental Group, and Dr. Elicia Thompson, dental director at Community Health Centers of Burlington, have been elected to three-year terms on the Delta Dental Plan of Vermont Board of Trustees.

The business and financial services firm Davis & Hodgdon Advisory Group has appointed six new staff members: Krystal Engelbrecht (pictured), supervisor; Jay Smith, staff accountant for convergent accounting; Griffin Smith and Alix Prouty, associate accountants; Rebecca Rimondi, client relations associate; and Koko Vercessi-Clarke, operations specialist.<

Sam Allaire, nursing education program manager at Copley Hospital, has been promoted to the role of chief nursing officer at the nonprofit community hospital, which serves Greater Lamoille County.

Real estate broker Mark Thibeault has joined the commercial team at Badger Peabody & Smith Realty, where he will assist the firm’s commercial clients in Vermont and New Hampshire. He will work out of the company's Franconia office.