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This summer, United Counseling Service (UCS) welcomed Stephanie Mulligan to its board of directors. The UCS board oversees the operations of Bennington County’s community mental and behavioral health and developmental services organization.

Nancy Heydinger has joined Brattleboro Savings & Loan (BS&L) as a mortgage loan originator. Nancy worked for two local banks earlier in her career as both an assistant bank manager and as a mortgage loan officer.

Peter Gregory, AICP, Executive Director of Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) in Woodstock, Vermont, is the recipient of the 2020 Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership.

Stone Environmental, an employee-owned consulting firm based in Montpelier, VT is excited to welcome Michael B. Smith to Stone as a Senior Hydrogeologist.

We are delighted to welcome Josh Bagnato as Chair of REV’s Board. He has served on the board for the past two years, including service as Secretary.

Kirt Sampson, Executive Director and CEO of Equinox Village in Manchester Center, Vermont has announced his retirement, to be effective October 15, 2020.

On Friday, September 11, 2020, members of the Vermont Air National Guard will be joined by Maj. Gen. Gregory Knight, adjutant general, Vermont National Guard, to officially recognize an assumption of authority ceremony for the incoming Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Stebbins.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) is pleased to welcome Surgeon Julie A. DiSano, MD, to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group and SVMC General Surgery.

Brooke Benoit was presented the Rising Star Award at the Barre Elks Member Recognition Night by per Barb Watters. Watters started this award in 2019 to recognize a new member of the Lodge actively involved in the Lodge and Order. Brooke has volunteered on committees, is an active volunteer, and in April of 2020 was installed as Lodge Chaplain.

We could not be more excited and thrilled to officially welcome Andrea Gagner to our Josh Pallotta Fund team! Most of you know Andrea through her role as CEO of 14th Star Brewing Company and her volunteering activities throughout the Chittenden and Franklin Counties of Vermont.

The Vermont International Film Festival is pleased to announce that the 2020 VTIFF Community Hero Award (previously known as VTIFF Community Champion Award) recipient is Olivia (Muffie) Milens. This is the fourth year of this prestigious award, given to a person who has significantly contributed and impacted film culture and the arts in Vermont.

Open Road Ski Company and legendary trail-map artist James Niehues ( have partnered with Mad River Glen ( for a Kickstarter project to fund a striking all-new hand-painted image of the iconic mountain, with plans to use it for trail maps and mountain signs.