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The Women's Race Rape Crisis Center (WRCC) recently presented their annual Ally Award to HowardCenter Developmental Services. The award honors an individual or organization involved in preventing domestic and sexual violence.

Kinney Pike Insurance, Inc. is proud to announce that effective December 31, 2009 Senior Officers Peter Werner, Justin Barwood and Doug Corman successfully purchased the agency from Kevin Tibbits, who has served as President and owner since September, 2000.

Karen Lynch recently joined USDA Rural Development’s (RD) Montpelier, VT Area Office team as the new Loan Specialist working primarily with the USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Loan and Grant programs and Rural Business Enterprise and Opportunity Grants, serving Addison, Chittenden, Grand Isle, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, and Washington counties.

A Montpelier resident with experience in international finance has been hired to lead the state’s efforts in promoting trade between Vermont firms and other countries.
Ali Sarafzade was named Director of the Vermont Global Trade Partnership (VGTP), the public-private partnership that serves as the state’s center for international business assistance, on Monday.

Lyndon State College Professor John DeLeo, a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional, spent a week in Costa Rica in November training students and faculty at the Costa Rican School for Field Studies (SFS) in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.

Lauren Schechter, Project Coordinator at PostScript, Inc., the Burlington-based marketing and public relations firm, was named as a board member to the YWCA.

 (St. Johnsbury) Wynne W. Browne of Peacham has been awarded the Diane R. Lynch Distinguished Service Award at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. The award is given annually to an employee who has demonstrated the loyalty, dedication, energy, drive, selflessness, good nature, humor and commitment that former human resources manager Diane Lynch exemplified in her years with the firm.

Chris Bernier of Waterbury Center, has joined Special Olympics Vermont as the organization's new Director of Marketing and Development.

June Heston, long-term President & CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Vermont, is leaving the organization for a position in a larger, recently merged non-profit. When she leaves on December 30, 2009, she will leave a legacy and many accomplishments.

NBT Bank Regional President Matt Durkee announced that Kerri Wolynec has been hired as a commercial banking specialist. In this position, she is responsible for providing a full range of support services to the bank’s commercial banking team in Vermont. She is based at the bank’s regional office at 150 Bank Street in Burlington.

Monika Ursiny was presented the 2009 CEMS Outstanding Staff Member Award during a 2009 UVM CEMS Holiday Celebration held Thursday, December 17, 2009 in the Fleming Museum by Bernard “Chip” Cole, Interim Dean of the College. Ursiny was recognized for her achievements in her role as Budget Manager for the College.

 Andrea McGill-O’Rourke calls it “serendipitous.”
She was helping her son search for a job as a social worker when she happened upon Gifford Medical Center’s Web site, The hospital was hiring not for a social worker but for a vice president of operations.
“Wait, that’s my job,” McGill-O’Rourke remembers saying.