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Susan Biggs joins Southern Vermont College (SVC) as the new director of communications. Biggs has worked in the communications field for over 25 years in the education, non-profit and the business sectors. Most recently, she served as director of corporate communications at Applejack Art Partners.

Geoffrey R Hesslink, SVP for Merchants Bank has announced the appointment of William “Bill” Kidder, as commercial loan officer. Kidder will be based in the White River Junction office, working alongside Ed Childs and Vicki Olsen. Prior to joining Merchants Bank, he was employed with RBS Citizens, NA as a vice president in the corporate banking group.

SymQuest Group, Inc, has announced the appointment of Todd Chandler to account executive for the Rutland and Glens Falls, NY territories. Chandler has more than 20 years of experience as a former employee of Canon USA.

Merchants Bank has announced the appointment of Lisa JL Hart to the position of branch president for Merchants’ East Thetford office. Hart has served as branch president for the Groton office of the bank since November 2006. She will assume her new responsibilities in East Thetford in January. She will lead a team that includes: Patricia Blake, Susan Illsley, Michael Dana and Rhonda Hay.

Sr Peg Albert, OP, PhD, president of Siena Heights University of Adrian, MI, joined the Saint Michael's College board of trustees.

Brian Bidwell, is the new director of diagnostic imaging at North Country Health System. His primary goal is to make sure that the highest quality of care is offered that equipment and skilled staff allows to offer to the community.

JDK Design has announced the return of Christine Dodson as account director at the studio’s Burlington office. She most recently held the post of vice president, director of project management at State Street Corporation in Boston, had previously worked at JDK from 1997 until 2006. She held management positions at Hayes Group Advertising in Williston and Grey Advertising in New York.

Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP (GFC) has announced that Garth Allen has been promoted to manager in the firm’s auditing and accounting practice and Dave Eaton has been promoted to manager in the firm’s tax practice. Allen has been with GFC since 2001. Eaton has been with the firm since 2003.

Larry Sudbay, president and CEO of SymQuest Group, Inc, has announced that Michael Methe, network engineer, completed a technology certification with VMware as a Certified Professional (VCP). The certification is the industry standard for virtualization technology professionals and demonstrates the engineer’s expertise in virtual infrastructure.

Peter W Post, CFP, founder of Post Investment Management in Charlotte, has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™ and CFP (with flame design)® in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements.