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John H. “Josh” Fitzhugh, president and chief executive officer of Union Mutual of Vermont Companies, announced today that Thomas H. MacLeay has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Union Mutual Fire Insurance Company and New England Guaranty Insurance Company, Inc.

Ed Colodny, long-time member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra board was recently named honorary chair of the VSO Endowment Campaign. In January, the VSO governing board announced that it has launched a major campaign to raise $3.5 million, and that it had already raised $2.6 million toward that goal.

Alissa Rollins has been named Doubletree’s 2008 Employee of the Year. She has been with the Doubletree staff since 2004. he iss a dining room server in Trader Duke’s restaurant.

Aimee Hayes, MSPT has joined Champlain Valley Urgent Care as lead physical therapist. Hayes has extensive experience with orthopedics, acute and chronic injuries, and work-related injuries.

BioTek Instruments Inc., CEO Briar Alpert was recently interviewed for "Wall Street to Main Street", an audio interview as part of the weekly Global Currents series produced by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA). This online series features small business leaders and explores the intersection of business, globalization and foreign policy. Host Sarwar A.

The law firm of Gravel and Shea has announced that Megan J. Shafritz and Timothy M. Eustace have become shareholders of the firm. Shafritz represents clients in complex litigation, including employment law, intellectual property, and other civil matters; general business disputes and provides counseling on First Amendment issues and public records law.

LMW Design, a full service graphic design and advertising agency in Rutland, has expanded its creative team with the addition of Mark Puryear as Business Development Specialist. The announcement of the newly-created position was made by LMW president and owner, Laurie Musick Wright.

The Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Dinner Meeting on January 23, 2009. The Chamber honored retiring Board Members, Gary H. Thomas and Stuart Hurd for their dedication and valuable service. Outgoing Board President, Sue Congdon, was also honored by the chamber. Special recognition presentations were made to the following:

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.