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Gregory Farnum of East Montpelier will join Birmingham, Mich.-based ChangeScape Inc. as a consultant to its Southwest Michigan Health Information Exchange planning project. He will be charged in assisting the development of the regional HIE technical infrastructure. Farnum is the founder and president of Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc.

Mark Depman, MD was recently named Emergency Department Medical Director at Central Vermont Medical Center.  Dr. Depman  earned his MD, and completed his internship and residency at Weill Cornell Medical College affiliated with The New York Hospital and New York Presbyterian Hospital.  He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Mark J. Gagnon has been appointed as the Director of Counseling Services at the College of St. Joseph and will begin April 13, 2009. He graduated from Castleton State College in 2006 with a Bachelor of Social Work and completed his Master of Social Work with a concentration in clinical social work from SUNY Albany.

Maria Velarde Grau Bove Ed. D. has returned to College of St. Joseph after many years to lead its Education Division as Chairperson. Her appointment will begin July 1, 2009. Bove has had extensive international and national experience in education and is known for her expertise in inclusive education and educational leadership.

DuBois & King, Inc., announces that John D. Merrifield, P.E., and Alex M. McGregor, E.I., have joined the firm’s Civil Works Division as Project Engineers in the Transportation Department. Merrifield has returned to Vermont from California where he worked for five years as a civil engineer for the Los Angeles Public Works Department.

Vermont Foodbank Board of Trustees is proud to announce the hiring of John Sayles as chief executive officer. Sayles will oversee the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, which annually serves more than 66,000 Vermonters and distributes more than 6.5 million pounds of foo Prior to joining the Vermont Foodbank, Sayles served as the deputy secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources.

Signaltree Marketing & Advertising Inc., announces the appointment of Jenny Duchesneau and Thomas Bergeron to Art Director positions at the Keene marketing and advertising firm.

Award-winning author Andre Dubus III will be awarded an Honorary Degree from Southern Vermont College and will address the graduating class on Sunday, May 17, for the school’s 82nd commencement.

The Vermont State Board of Education welcomed three new members to the Board at its March 17, 2009 meeting. State Board members are appointed by Governor Jim Douglas.

Author of three scholarly books on AIDS policy in the U.S. and abroad, Saint Michael's College Political Science Professor Patricia Siplon is as engaged in teaching and in involving her students in her research as she is in scholarship.

The University of Vermont has announced that three new legislative trustees, a gubernatorial appointee, and a new student trustee are joining its board of trustees. The new legislative trustees, elected by the Vermont General Assembly to six-year terms, are Carolyn Branagan, Christopher Bray, and David Potter.

The Law Office of Deborah T. Bucknam & Associates P.C. in St. Johnsbury would like to announce that Robert A. Brazil is now an Associate with the firm. He joins us from New Hampshire Legal Assistance where he was the manager of the northern offices of NHLA in Littleton and Berlin, NH, supervising two other attorneys and a support staff of four.