Community Care Network (Rutland Mental Health Services, Inc and Rutland Community Care Network, Inc) is pleased to announce that Michelle Michalkovic, MSW has joined the Behavioral Health division as Director of Residential and Emergency Services. In her new role, Ms Michalkovic will oversee two residential programs and the Emergency Services team of clinicians and case managers. Ms Michalkovic recently moved back to the United States from Switzerland. Prior to leaving the states, she was the Director of Adult Mental Health Services for the State of New York.
Community Care Network (Rutland Mental Health Services, Inc and Rutland Community Care Network Inc) is pleased to announce that Erika Lamb, CPA has joined the organization as Controller. Ms Lamb was previously a Certified Public Accountant with Grippin, Donlan, Pinkham of South Burlington. Ms Lamb will work closely with the Chief Financial Officer and finance team to oversee the daily financial operations of both companies under the CCN umbrella. In addition to her duties with the organization, Erika is a volunteer and Board Member for The Mentor Connector.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott has signed H. 511, An act relating to eliminating penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older, into law. Governor Scott last year vetoed a legalization plan, but was open to a bill that addressed DUI and restricted access to marijuana by children, but putting in stricter consequences. A re-worked bill was finalized last fall and the governor agreed that he would sign it if it was signed off by the Legislature this session. Both the House and Senate approved the revised bill earlier this month.
Leonine Public Affairs A sense of harmony prevailed in the Statehouse this past week, as evidenced by the passage of the the FY18 budget adjustment bill with only one dissenting vote. However, that harmony probably won’t last for long. Governor Scott is scheduled to outline his proposed FY19 budget in an address to a joint assembly of the House and Senate on Tuesday, January 23. The governor's speech will give legislators and Vermonters a better understanding of his priorities for the 2018 legislative session. It will also be an opportunity for legislative leaders to put forward their vision for Vermont and express where their budgetary priorities differ from the governor's.
Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Financial Regulation has signed a contract with Percipient, LLC to de-identify the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) located throughout the estimated 1.5 million pages of Jay Peak records relating to allegations of fraud in the EB-5 program. The de-identification is done in connection with the Expedited Disclosure Plan announced last year by Governor Phil Scott to increase transparency by expediting public disclosure of Jay Peak related records.
James “Jim” Alvarez, MSM, LSSBB has joined Central Vermont Medical Center as Vice President of Support Services. He started in the role Jan 8. As Vice President of Support Services, Alvarez provides executive leadership to those teams maintaining the hospital’s physical structures, as well as to those providing many of the non-clinical services within it. These areas include Central Sterile Reprocessing, Environmental Services, Materials Management, Nutrition Food Services, Plant Facilities, Property/Project Management, Support Services and Security.
January is National Mentoring Month and Mercy Connections continues to partner with the Vermont Department of Corrections to mentor women making the transition from Vermont’s correctional facilities back into the community. These women face significant barriers and mentors have a profound influence on supporting individual women as they work to rebuild their lives.
by Sue Minter On February 3, I will run through snow and ice with over 1,200 Vermonters to jump into Lake Champlain for the annual Penguin Plunge. This will be my first time taking the Plunge which is the largest annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Vermont--a statewide organization that is part of a global movement dedicated to transforming the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. I will have to summon all my courage to Plunge into the icy water. But I will be warmed knowing that my action will positively impact so many Vermont families.
Packetized Energy is pleased to welcome Scott Johnstone, formerly of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), as CEO. The energy start-up works with utilities installing systems designed to enable electricity demand to balance, in real time, with renewable supply.
Morgan True is joining Heady Vermont as a writer and editor. He brings more than five years of journalism experience to Heady’s editorial team, most recently as Burlington bureau chief for VTDigger.org. Before that, Morgan was VTDigger’s health care beat reporter. He graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a bachelor of science in journalism, and spent the next several years working for newspapers in Massachusetts and as a legislative relief reporter for the Associated Press in New Hampshire.