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Spherion Staffing and Recruiting in South Burlington has expanded its team with the appointment of industry veterans Olivia Duerr as recruiting and engagement coordinator and Danielle Roberts as staffing consultant.

DEW Construction has announced the promotions of employees Steve Hart, Emily Bastian (pictured), Trevor MacLachlan, Kimberly Lawton and Cole Russel.

Beth Salvas of Elmore (pictured), Francis Landrey of Hyde Park and James Hodge of Stowe have joined the board of trustees of Copley Hospital, a not-for-profit critical access hospital in Morrisville.

Henry Tornwini, a senior at Burlington High School, has been named 2024 Vermont Youth of the Year by the Vermont Boys & Girls Club and will advance to the Northeast regional Youth of the Year competition June 20 in New York City.

Middlebury College President Laurie Patton has announced she will be leaving the school in January to become president of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, effective July 2025. Patton took office on July 1, 2015, and has served as Middlebury's 17th president.

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group has promoted Vice President of Finance and Treasurer Brody N. Gilbert to senior vice president of finance and operations, and treasurer.

Multimedia artist Lydia Kern has been named winner of the 2024 Diane Gabriel Visual Artist Award by Burlington City Arts. Kern is the fourth recipient of this award, which carries a cash prize of $5,000 plus a $1,000 credit to BCA Studios.

Stephanie Higgins, former real estate broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty of Central Oregon, has joined Donahue & Associates in Burlington as a commercial real estate agent providing leasing and sales for the Greater Chittenden area.

Mehran Assadi, chairman, CEO and president of National Life Group, was presented in April with the 2024 Financial Executive Award for Outstanding Public Service by D CEO, a monthly business magazine serving the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

Nancy Morlino, a self-employed marketing consultant, and Jade Mead, a peer support specialist at Counseling Services of Addison County, have been elected chair and vice chair, respectively, of the board of directors at Community Health. Both will serve for a four-year term.

Fred Schaffner, former vice president of finance at Spectrum Healthcare Group in Prescott, Arizona, has joined North Country Hospital in Newport as chief financial officer. Schaffner has 30 years' experience in financial management in nonprofit, behavioral health care and acute care.

Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County forester at the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, has announced he will step down May 31 to publicize the publication of his first book and start a consulting forestry company.