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Mindy Parisi, RN received the Belle Senecal award for her untiring dedication and work for maternal and child health in our community. Belle Senecal was a foster parent who literally cared for hundreds of teen girls in her home. Parisi is Maternal and Child Care Coordinator for the Women and Children's Unit at Central Vermont Medical Center.

Family nurse practitioner Megan O’Brien, formerly of Sharon, has joined Gifford Medical Center’s family practice in Randolph. O’Brien grew up in Sharon and attended Hartford High School, where she says her biology teacher sparked a passion for health sciences. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Vermont, graduating with honors in 2001.

The Colchester campus of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has announced the hiring of its chief administrative officer, two department chairs and five additional faculty members. ACPHS-Vermont will offer a four year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program; the PharmD. is the degree required to practice pharmacy in the US.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc, (NASDAQ:GMCR) announced the appointment of Howard Malovany as its vice president, corporate general counsel and secretary. Malovany joins GMCR with over 30 years experience providing corporate legal counsel, including 14 years with Wm Wrigley Jr. Company, where he most recently served as the senior vice president, secretary and general counsel.

Dr Russell Sarver recently welcomed Dr Armando Lopez to MountainView Urology, a member of the CVMC Medical Group. Lopez completed his residency in urology at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Urology.

At the January board meeting of Opportunities Credit Union, Ellen Shapiro, David Westbrook, and Doug Boardman were named to the board of directors. Opportunities Credit Union is Vermont’s only Community Development Credit Union and is located at 92 North Avenue in Burlington. Their mission is to serve low and moderate income Vermonters and build wealth and financial security.

Comcast, the nation’s leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services, today announced that Andy McCarthy has been promoted to vice president of engineering and technical operations for the Western New England Region, which comprises Vermont, Connecticut, Western Massachusetts and the Carmel, New York area.

William Pendlebury, MD, director of the University of Vermont (UVM) Center on Aging and a UVM College of Medicine professor of pathology and neurology, has announced the following appointments at the Center on Aging: Jeanne Hutchins, manager of Elder Care Services at Fletcher Allen Health Care, will serve as program manager; Barbara McIntosh, PhD, professor of business administration, has been

If the Vermont transportation budget goes a little farther this year, and if the winter roads are a little clearer during storms, thank the Lyndon Institute of Applied Meteorology (LIAM) and the five students working with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to make that happen.

After a search for Mother’s and Father’s Day cards that celebrate the reality of parenthood, Hallmark is announcing 28 finalists in the company’s fifth card-creation competition, “yourParenthood,” including Kristin Reynolds from Townshend. The competition encouraged consumers to submit their best kid photos with a Mother’s or Father’s Day message to Hallmark.

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, PC, a business and litigation law firm with offices in Burlington and Plattsburgh, announced that a new attorney has joined the firm, Sophia Zdatny, as an associate, practicing civil litigation.

Vermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz presented the 2009 Democracy Awards to seven Vermont citizens and organizations at a ceremony at the Vermont Statehouse.