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Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C. a business and litigation law firm with offices in Burlington, Vermont and Plattsburgh, New York announced today that two attorneys have joined the firm. Andy MacIlwaine joined the firm as an associate in September, 2008. MacIlwaine practices litigation with emphases on civil cases, including professional malpractice defense and commercial litigation.

A native Vermonter with 20 years of experience in family care is making the Chelsea Health Center his workplace and town of Washington his home. Dr Brian Sargent has returned to Vermont and Gifford Medical Center after a career in the US Navy that spanned 32 years. Born in Northfield, Sargent grew up in Bradford and Underhill.

John McSoley and Peter McCoy have announced that Tom Stretton has been admitted as a partner to McSoley McCoy & Co effective January 1, 2009. Stretton joined McSoley, McCoy & Co in 2000 and specializes in audits of businesses, non-profit organizations and retirement plans.

The Vermont Agency, a comprehensive financial services firm, has hired the following associates in the second half of 2008: Leslie Armstrong, Robert Bisson, Ross Burke, Liz Kenerson, Louise Kowalewitz, Henry Laidlaw, Gosia Mazurkiewicz, Todd Mugford, Uday Smith, Tyler Spiegel, and Tyler Wood. These associates are also agents for National Life Insurance Company.

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.