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United Counseling Service (UCS) welcomes Kristi Cross to the Board of Directors. The board oversees the operations of the community mental health and developmental services for Bennington County. “We are pleased to have Kristi join our board,” said Lorna Mattern, Executive Director of UCS. “Kristi is knowledgeable, energetic and a respected community leader.

Basin Harbor announces that longtime hotelier Jamie Fox, of San Antonio, Texas, has joined the family-owned establishment to oversee operations as general manager. Fox’s background in luxury hotel operations, revenue management and international travel will assist in preserving Basin Harbor as Vermont’s premier lakeside vacation destination.

Kinney Pike Insurance has added Jeff Marino as a new Account Executive handling both Property & Casualty Insurance and Employee Benefits, expanding the sales teams’ in those sectors of their Williston office.

Ben Russell CFP, CRPC, APMA a Private Wealth Advisor with Russell, Blanchard & DuBois in Colchester, VT, has reached a career milestone through the company’s Circle of Success program by achieving years of consistently high performance.

Katie Forleo has joined Lund as the Director of Operations. Katie is a graduate of St. Joseph’s College of Maine with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Computer Science. Prior to transitioning to Lund she was the Development Project Manager at Cathedral Square, a nonprofit affordable senior housing organization in South Burlington, VT.

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) recently welcomed Jessica Pivero, RN as the new Manager of Inpatient Services.

Nicolette R. Beagle, RN, CHPN, COS-C Hospice Clinical Manager and Alexandra Sands, RN Hospice are recipients of the 2019 Betsy Gardner Scholarship, an initiative of the Madison-Deane Education fund that provides educational funding for hospice and palliative care nurses.

Community Bank NA is pleased to announce the promotion of Geoffrey Germann to municipal banking officer in its government banking department. In his new role, Germann will be responsible for managing and growing the municipal banking customer base in designated markets. He has been with Community Bank NA since 2016 and most recently served as branch manager of the Essex Junction location.

Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN) is delighted to announce that Brian Just has been elected as the new VGBN Board President as of February 1, 2019. Brian works on a variety of energy efficiency initiatives at VEIC and supervises the team of energy consultants who implement Efficiency Vermont's Residential New Construction program.

Mercy Connections is honoring Theresa Alberghini DiPalma, Senior Vice President for External Relations at the University of Vermont Health Network, as this year’s recipient of the Catherine McAuley Award. Each year the Board of Directors selects a person for this high honor who exemplifies compassionate service, leadership and commitment to building a just community.

Flyin Ryan is proud to announce the addition of three new Adventure Scholarship recipients to their Adventure Scholar family! Chris Begemann is an avid aviator and member of the Gliding Club in Ontario, Canada. Since the age of 12 he knew he wanted to be a pilot and he took his first solo in a glider at age 15.

Michael J Gabriele has joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as a Senior Accountant. Michael graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance. Michael has nearly nine years of accounting and tax experience working with individuals and small business owners while building long-lasting relationships with clients.