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Clarice Cutler of East Montpelier, Evan Foster of Burlington, Maria Brosseau of Burlington and Mead Binhammer of Brookfield have joined the Vermont Land Trust to advance conservation across the state.

Dr. Stephen Leffler, president and chief operating officer at the University of Vermont Medical Center, has joined the Academic Medical Center CEO Executive Advisory Council of Vizient, the nation’s largest member-driven, health care performance improvement company.

Chris Sabick, director of research and archaeology and interim co-director of Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, has been appointed executive director of the highly regarded research and educational institution. A nautical archaeologist by trade, Sabick has spent his entire professional career with the museum.

The Vermont Futures Project has welcomed three new members to its board of directors: Jake Holzscheiter, president and CEO at A.N. Deringer; Peter McDougall, president and director at Paul Frank + Collins; and David Tabaruka, financial controller at the Community College of Vermont.

Barb Toof, chief retail officer at Peoples Trust Co., has been named Vermont Community Service Banker of the Year by the Vermont Bankers Association. The award, now in its 39th year, recognizes individuals' exceptional dedication to community service and their significant impact in bettering the state of Vermont.

Phoebe Zorn, director of development and communications at the Pride Center of Vermont, has been promoted to executive director of the Burlington-based LGBTQ+ advocacy organization. She succeeds Chelsey Branham, who has been serving as interim executive director since earlier this year.

Former state Treasurer Beth Pearce has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation, the organization that provides oversight of the financial standards-setting boards for U.S. companies and governments. Her term will run from Jan. 1, 2024, through Dec. 31, 2028.

Nurse practitioner Warren McDermott has joined the primary care team at Gifford, seeing patients at Rochester Health Center and at the Post-Acute Care Clinic in Randolph.

Emma Harrigan, vice president of policy at the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, has been appointed chair of the board of directors of Vermont Information Technology Leaders. She succeeds Richard Elmore, who had served on the board since 2015.

Rachel Schiffer, camp director and interim co-executive director at Smirkus Circus, has been appointed executive artistic director of the Greensboro-based performing arts organization. In her new role, Schiffer will provide strategic and artistic oversight for the entire Smirkus operation.

Dr. Ernest Bove, medical director at Marble Valley Urology, has helped Rutland Regional Medical Center achieve designation as a UroLift Center of Excellence for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, commonly known as an enlarged prostate. Rutland Regional is the only hospital in Vermont to have achieved this distinction.

The Council of State Governments has selected Democratic state Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale of Shelburne as a 2023 recipient of the 20 Under 40 Leadership Award.