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The American Cancer Society announces the appointment of Kate Kerrigan as Community Executive for Endurance Events. Kate will plan and organize Society events such as marathons, cycling races and other endurance events to raise money for promotion, advocacy, and research of cancer.

Janet Collins will officially start as a Techniques Instructor at the Vermont Woodworking School in Fairfax, beginning Thursday, April 23rd, 2009. Collins will support Co-Founder, Robert Fletcher in the education of the full and part-time students enrolled in the Woodworking Immersion Program, and of students attending classes and workshops at the school.

The Stephen Huneck Gallery of St Johnsbury Vermont has agreed to partner with Vermont Ski Museum in a fundraising program to benefit the Museum. Stephen Huneck is a world renowned artist best known for his books and artwork about his Labrador retriever Sally and the Dog Chapel at Dog Mountain. 

University of Vermont College of Medicine Dean Frederick C. Morin, M.D., has announced that, after a national search, Ira Bernstein, M.D., has been named senior associate dean for research. Bernstein, who will succeed Russell Tracy, Ph.D., professor of pathology and biochemistry and director of the Laboratory for Clinical Biochemistry Research, will begin his new position on July 1, 2009.

Northern Power Systems, Inc., a next-generation wind energy company, announced that William E. Decker has been appointed Chief Human Resources Officer. The appointment continues Northern's progression toward becoming a major commercial force in the wind power industry. Mr.

The Board of Directors of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA) has appointed Diane Leach interim president of the Association. The appointment will become effective upon Molly Lambert's departure from the organization. Lambert has been recommended by Senator Patrick Leahy for appointment by President Obama as State Director for Rural Development for Vermont and New Hampshire.

The Vermont Mozart Festival is pleased to announce its election of Richard Parlato as Board President. Richard has been a long-time stage manager for the festival and principal of Parlato Productions. He has been involved with the Board since 2005.

Three “would-be” student millionaires were recognized for their poster artistry at a State House ceremony in Montpelier today. The student artwork included a deer sporting a money belt, a wise owl contemplating his finances, and a young Vermont entrepreneur making it big with his own skateboard company.

The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties (VNA) announced the graduation in March of twelve students from their Personal Care Attendant (PCA) training. The students’ training was a collaboration between the Association of Africans Living in Vermont, the VNA and Vermont Adult Learning with grant support from the Vermont Department of Labor.

The 7th Annual Vermont Employee Ownership Conference will take place on June 5, 2009, at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. This year’s keynote address will be given by prominent political journalist and bestselling author William Greider.

Executive Vice President Thomas S. Leavitt announced the appointment of David Berthiaume to the position of Branch President of Merchants Bank’s Putnam Square office in Bennington. The Branch President position was previously held by Kathy Hamilton, who sadly and unexpectedly passed away earlier this year.

A longtime Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing employee received the 2009 “Vermont Travel Person of the Year” award at an annual tourism industry conference on Thursday. Sue White, of Montpelier, has worked for the Department of Tourism and Marketing for 40 years and is currently the assistant to Commissioner Bruce Hyde.