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The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) is proud to announce that the organization has hired, Virginie Diambou, formerly of the Republic of Congo as their Racial Equity Director. Diambou will lead and facilitate the work of CVOEO’s Racial Equity Committee made up of board and staff members.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) has announced that its entire staff of employees at all locations have been named as Employees of the Month for August 2020. The monthly award recognizes employees who have demonstrated sustained service excellence in their respective departments and have displayed compassion, a caring approach, and continuous hard work within their community.

The Bank of Bennington is pleased to announce the promotion of Kelly Dickie to Branch Manager for the Arlington Branch. Dickie joined the bank in 2000 as an ATM specialist in the Deposit Operations Department.. In 2011 she transitioned into retail services as teller and was promoted to Head Teller in 2014.

31 young professionals are being recognized as Emerging Leaders of Southern Vermont by the Southern Vermont Young Professionals and the Shires Young Professionals. This recognition celebrates young people from the Bennington and Windham Regions, based on their work as community leaders and volunteers, and for their professional accomplishments and commitment to serving the region.

Delta Dental Plan of Vermont announces the election of two new board trustees, Jennifer B. Niles, DMD, and Jill Mazza Olson, MPA. Burlington resident Jennifer B. Niles, DMD, is the owner of Niles Kenworthy Dental, Essex Junction, where she practices general dentistry. Dr.

New England Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that Jonathan Whitehouse, CFS Financial Advisor, has fulfilled the requirements to obtain his Certified Financial Fiduciary (CFF) designation.

The group Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer (VTAAC) has named Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center’s (SVRCC) Rebecca Hewson-Steller, RN, CN-BN, as one of its 2020 Impact Award Honorees. SVRCC is a part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC).

Judy Peterson, president and chief operating office for the University of Vermont Health Network – Home Health & Hospice, today announced her plans to retire in January 2021 after eight years of leadership in the role.

Casella Waste Systems, Inc. (“Casella”) (Nasdaq: CWST), a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company, announced today the appointment of Rose Stuckey Kirk to Casella’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) effective July 31, 2020.

A new book by Billie Lynn Allard, MS, RN, FAAN, follows her and her team at Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) as they attempt to solve the most pressing healthcare delivery problems in America today. Titled INSPIREd Healthcare, the book is available now from Sigma Publishing.

The Vermont Chapter of the Northern New England Region of the American Red Cross welcomes Alex Daley of Gold Bullion International and Patty Shirk of GLOBALFOUNDRIES to its board of directors.

Vermont native Heidi Myers has joined the staff at Sterling College to fill the newly created position of Associate Dean for Marketing and Communications. Myers, from Lake Willoughby, VT, is a graduate of Champlain College, and worked for twenty years as the custom sales and marketing strategist for Louis Garneau USA, makers of cycling apparel.