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The Northeast region of the International Association of Insurance Professionals has honored Vermont's Paula Clark and Lindsey Farrar for their contributions to the insurance industry.

Former Vermont State Auditor Tom Salmon has started a consulting business called The Flat Table Co. The firm specializes in conflict resolution, organizational training and motivational speaking.

The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, a nonprofit management consulting group in Randolph, has appointed Whitney Valentine-Wafer as its next chief financial officer. She succeeds Rebecca Stygles, who will move to part-time status in July before retiring at the end of the year.

John Toney, former global chief information security officer at Dallas-based City Electric Supply, has been appointed chief information security officer for the state of Vermont.

Kathryn Austin, president and CEO of Community National Bank, was recognized in March as Woman of the Year by the Vermont Bankers Association, a trade organization representing the state's banking industry.

Blue Ridge Real Estate, a personalized real estate boutique serving central Vermont, has appointed Leo Pond as a realtor at the firm.

The Land Access and Opportunity Board, established by the Legislature to promote equitable access to housing, land and economic opportunities in Vermont, has appointed local change makers Jean Myung Hamilton and Ornella Matta-Figueroa as co-directors of the organization.

The nursing excellence team at Rutland Regional Medical Center has presented Justine Franko, nurse manager in the Women’s and Children’s Unit and Birthing Center, with this year's Carol P. Welsh Nursing Education Scholarship.

Michael Languasco, former assistant vice president and mortgage account officer at M&T Bank in South Burlington, has joined the Chittenden County residential lending team at Union Bank of Vermont and New Hampshire as senior mortgage loan officer. He will work out of the bank's Williston Loan Center.

Thomas Dee, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, has been named 2024 Citizen of the Year by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Dee was selected for the award for his outstanding contributions to southern Vermont, particularly his impactful efforts in health care and community development.

Mikayla Elliott, a second-year student at the Community College of Vermont's Winooski academic center, has been named a 2024 New Century Transfer Scholar and will receive a $2,250 scholarship. New Century scholars are selected based on their academic accomplishments, leadership, activities and how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

Elijah Capron, former health officer for the town of Derby, has joined the Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging as an options counselor in the organization's Newport office. He succeeds Lynne White, who is transitioning to serve as a council case manager for the Newport area.