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Chris Root, Chief Operating Officer at Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO), was recently honored with the 2020 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) Meritorious Service Award for "outstanding contributions in leadership, technical and educational activities of the IEEE PES."

Kim Shifrin from Charlotte, Vt joins Adam Hergenrother companies as Digital Marketing & Operations Specialist. Kim has a passion for and experience with helping businesses grow and tackle tough problems. With a variety of work experience, she brings a unique understanding of the many problems small and medium businesses can face.

A broadly successful year which included timely adaptation to the COVID-19 pandemic, was among the themes highlighted VEC’s 82nd Annual Meeting of the Membership, held via video conference and telephone today.

The Vermont Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Ruth Henry has joined our Philanthropic Advising team as a senior advisor. Ruth brings over twenty-five years of development experience to the Community Foundation.

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) is excited to announce that Kim Johnson, DO has joined NVRH’s Women’s Wellness Center. Before joining NVRH, Johnson practiced as an obstetrician and gynecologist for 11 years at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group, a similar-sized critical access hospital in the rural Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

John O’Shea, PA-C, has joined Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) Orthopedics and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians. O’Shea holds a bachelor’s in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He earned a master’s in physician assistant studies from MCPHS University in Massachusetts.

Two new administrators are set to join Burlington School District (BSD) on July 1. James Kiefer, a veteran of public school education for 30 years, will begin work as Principal of Edmunds Middle School (EMS), and Jason Gingold, a former teacher at Burlington Technical Center (BTC), will return to the school in his new position as Director of the center.

The Board of Directors of Steps to End Domestic Violence (Steps) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicole Kubon, MSW, as the organization’s Executive Director. Interim Executive Director Ana Burke will be rejoining the Board of Directors after helming Steps for the past six months.

Kelly Lyon has joined Peterson Consulting Inc. (PCI) as an Outreach & Marketing Intern for the summer of 2020. In this position, Lyon will help expand PCI’s outreach to past, present, and future clients.

Saint Michael’s College faculty collaborators Melissa VanderKaay Tomasulo, Ph.D. of neuroscience/psychology and Dagan Loisel, Ph.D. of biology learned this week that a “small-scale research grant” of $25,000 through the Vermont Space Grant Consortium has been funded in full.

Vermont Business Magazine is pleased to announce that Wendy Colley has joined the team as the new Circulation Manager. Wendy has experience across various areas of business as a salesperson, entrepreneur and administrator. She received her BBA in Sales and Marketing from the University of Hawaii and traded in a surfboard for a snowboard 23 years ago when she moved to Vermont.

The Vermont Jump$tart Coalition has named Jen Desorcie as the 2020 Jump$tart Teacher of the Year. The award is given annually to an individual or organization in recognition of their effort to advance financial literacy of Vermont youth. The award includes $1,000 and an honorary plaque.