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National Life Group has appointed a new corporate controller who will oversee many of the company’s key financial management areas. David Soccodato will be Vice President and Controller, expanding from his current duties as the corporate tax director.

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) welcomes Kathleen Mulkern, CNM, MPH, to its Women’s Wellness Center team. As a certified nurse midwife, Mulkern has been caring for mothers and babies for nearly three decades at clinics and hospitals in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She most recently worked as a certified nurse midwife at Memorial Hospital in North Conway, New Hampshire.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC)—a part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC)—has announced the appointment of Ivette Guttmann, MD, a highly experienced Sports Medicine specialist, to SVMC Orthopedics and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.

Burlington Electric Department General Manager Darren Springer today announced that Mary Peterson, a private practice attorney focusing on complex tax and regulatory issues and former Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Taxes, will join the leadership team at Burlington Electric as Manager of Strategy and Innovation in February.

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) named Sheena Caron as the Clinical Employee of the Quarter and Debra Stone as the Non-Clinical Employee of the Quarter.

Jan Alsofrom has been elected board chair of the Burlington nonprofit, Imaging the World. Jane is former Radiation Therapy Program Director at the University of Vermont where she also has taught classes in the radiation therapy degree program. She also is chair of the Vermont Board of Radiologic Technology.

Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) “Top Performers” recognizes organizations and individuals who had the highest VHFA production from January 1st through December 31st, 2018. Vermont Federal Credit Union was ranked first among all 18 Vermont participating lenders, which includes Credit Unions, Banks, and Mortgage Companies.

University of Vermont president Tom Sullivan has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions. He will begin serving immediately and continue through August 31, 2021. The committee is an independent administrative body charged with deciding infractions cases involving NCAA member institutions, their employees and their students.

Northfield Savings Bank (NSB) is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Chad Hutchins to Vice President, Commercial Banking.

Executive Director Leisa Pollander is happy to announce that Margie Kehr has joined its Board of Directors. “I am excited to have Margie join the Center's board. Her commitment to children, families, and the greater community will serve the Sara Holbrook Center well. Already fully engaged in fundraising events planning, she has hit the ground running!” Kehr earned a B.S.

Theresa Lever was named 2018 Auxilian of the Year by the Central Vermont Medical Center Auxiliary in recognition of her continued work in supporting cancer patients. “Our honoree for this year loves to sing,” said Marilyn White, President of the CVMC Auxiliary. “She loves to help others and is very involved in the hospital and the community.” 

Robert Tarnas, MD, a physician at SVMC Pownal Campus, a part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), has been elected as SVMC’s chair of the Family Medicine Department. Tarnas has worked at the practice since 2015 and has been a member of the SVMC medical staff since 1985.