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Maura Collins

Vermont Electric Power Company recently announced the following personnel appointments and promotions: Maura Collins, elected to the board of directors; Jaime Smyrski, promoted to corporate secretary; and Colin Owyang, appointed as chief operating officer.

Mariah Choiniere

University of Vermont junior Mariah Choiniere of Franklin is among a select group of student leaders nationwide to become 2022 Truman Scholars.

Nicole Petersen

Mack Prototype in Gardner, MA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mack Molding in Arlington, VT, has added two new staff members to its account management and quality teams.

The Upper Valley Business Alliance recently elected three new members to its board of directors. They are: Stacey Dameron, human resources business partner at Novo Nordisk; Maria Laskaris (pictured), director of development at Opera North; and Kerry Ann Rigas, partner in the Law Office of Margaret A Jacobs.

CCTV Center for Media & Democracy has announced the following new hires and promotions to better support the evolving needs of the communities it serves:

Jonathan Cooper

Jonathan Cooper, community and economic development specialist at the Bennington County Regional Commission, has earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council.

Jeff Gendron

Jeff Gendron, former senior portfolio manager at The Colony Group, has joined Ledyard Financial Advisors as senior vice president, senior portfolio manager and investment strategist. In his new role, Gendron is responsible for investing client portfolios, conducting research and providing client service.

Caroline Foster

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont welcomed Caroline Foster of South Burlington, director of product management at Publicis Sapient, and TJ Whalen of Charlotte, general partner and managing director at FreshTracks Capital, to the board of directors of the state's only local nonprofit health plan.

Pamela Duchene

Pamela Duchene, chief nursing officer and vice president for patient care services at Southwestern Vermont Health Care, was named March winner of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The nomination was received from a patient Duchene cared for during the COVID pandemic.

Jason Jagemann, PhD, associate professor of political science at Norwich University, has been awarded the Silver Patrick Henry Award by the Military Order of World Wars for his significant contribution to the cause of patriotism during MOWW’s New England Youth Leadership conferences at Norwich from 2019 to 2022.

Jamie Heath

Author and soon-to-be college graduate Jamie Heath has been named manager of marketing and wishes at Make-A-Wish Vermont. In this role, she will assist the organization’s wish-granters in the wish discovery process, plan fundraising events, and publicize Wish Kids’ stories throughout the state.

Nancy Kaplan

Nancy Kaplan of Burlington, a research navigator at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, has been appointed by Governor Phil Scott to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women, the state’s nonpartisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls.