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Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announced the addition of Owen Milne as the new Development Director. Owen comes to the VBSR team with a strong background in business development, experience working with socially responsible organizations and a specialty in sustainable workplace design.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tonight will receive the 2010 “Distinguished Community Health Champion” award from the National Association of Community Health Centers.

Rick Milliken, General Manager of the DoubleTree Hotel Burlington, has announced that Natalie Miller has been named 2009 Employee of the Year. Miller, a Front Office Associate, joined the hotel in 2008 and was honored for exceptional guest service and meeting a high level of DoubleTree standards.

Kenneth G. Merrow, Director of Operations and Safety for Trumbull-Nelson Construction Company of Hanover, NH was named 2010 Board Chairman for the NH/VT Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) at the organization’s annual meeting in Bedford, NH. A resident of Newport, New Hampshire, Mr. Merrow served as Vice Chairman of the ABC Chapter in 2009.

Cornwall resident Tracy Himmel Isham was recently elected as the newest member of the Smart Growth of Vermont Board. "We are pleased to have Tracy join our board," said Noelle MacKay, Executive Director. "She will bring a unique blend of hands-on knowledge of land use planning as well as a broader view of non-profit management from her professional experience."

McFarland-Johnson, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Thomas Langan, PE, to our South Burlington, VT office. As Division Manager, Tom will lead the growth of McFarland Johnson’s buildings and facilities market throughout the New England region. Tom is a graduate of Bucknell University, with a BS in Civil Engineering and MS in Structural Engineering.

Richard Feeley, President of Coburn& Feeley Property Management, Inc. of Burlington, announced, that Michelle Kelley has been named Leasing Agent and Property Manager of the new Pinecrest at Essex Senior Living Community.

Michael Kilfoyle and Shaun T. King have become shareholders as of January 1, 2010.
Mr. Kilfoyle is the Director of Marketing and Operations of the Group Benefits division. He holds a BA and an MBA from Plymouth State University has been engaged in corporate benefits planning since 1997.

Dr. Jason H.T. Bates has been appointed as the Interim Director of the School of Engineering (SoE) in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS). Bates will split his time between his continuing research activities in the College of Medicine and in his new role as the Interim Director of the SoE, which he will begin immediately.

Dr. George F. Pinder has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Charles M. Vest, president of NAE, will honor Dr. Pinder, one of 68 newly elected members as well as the newly elected eight foreign associates in a ceremony this Fall.

Jesse Robbins, LEED AP with the architectural firm Freeman French Freeman, has been named President of the Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN) at their annual meeting in January.

Christian Bean, MD and Christopher Meriam, MD, members of Green Mountain Orthopaedic Surgery recently received their Certified Added Qualification (CAQ) in Sports Medicine. Brian Aros, MD, also a member of the practice, did a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Ohio State University as part of his training. In addition to his newest certification, Dr. Bean is also a certified hand surgeon.