People in the news

-A A +A

The Lamoille County Planning Commission (LCPC) announced that Tasha Wallis of Morrisville, an accomplished executive with leadership experience in both government and the private sector, will join the Commission as Executive Director on July 1, 2015.  

Physician Assistant Leslie Osterman has joined Gifford’s primary care team and is now seeing patients in the Randolph and Bethel clinics.

Dody Fraher-Ruland, Residential and Retail Loan Manager of Merchants Bank announced that Dan Pitner has joined Merchants Bank’s home lending division as a Lending Associate. Pitner joins Merchants Bank from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, with over 8 years experience in home lending. His primary focus will be Addison, Rutland & Bennington Counties.

OpenTempo, Inc., a premier provider of integrated workforce optimization solutions for healthcare, today announced that Andy Comeau will assume the role of its new Chief Executive Officer, as well as a member of the board, effective immediately. Its former President and Chief Executive Officer, Rich Miller, will be assuming a new role as Chief Strategy Officer.

Comcast Cable announced today that Sandy Weicher has been appointed Vice President of Customer Care for the company’s Western New England Region, which includes Vermont, Connecticut, New York, Western Massachusetts and Western New Hampshire. 

AllEarth Renewables has announced the hiring of Sonya Krakoff as its marketing coordinator.

Krakoff, of Burlington, previously worked as an account executive at People Making Good Public Relations and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at an affordable housing association in East Boston, Ma.  She has a bachelor’s of arts in English from St. Lawrence University.

SymQuest Group, Inc. announced the addition of Nicole Juiffre and Scott Dean to the company’s South Burlington headquarters. Juiffre is SymQuest’s newest Document Solutions Account Executive and Dean joins as a Client Support Representative, assisting SymQuest’s clients throughout Northern New England.

The sixteen appointed members of the state agency, the Vermont Commission on Women, have re-elected Marcia Merrill of Jericho to serve a 4th term as Chair.  Ms. Merrill has served in this leadership role since 2006.

PC Construction has announced the promotion of Dennis J. “Chip” LaBonte II to the position of vice president. In his new role, LaBonte will oversee PC Construction’s wastewater and water treatment plant operations nationwide and strengthen the company’s executive leadership for project teams in this market.  

The Vermont Specialty Food Association welcomes the following members to the organization that have joined recently:

April's Maple

We sustainably harvest premium maple sap to make into the finest Vermont pure maple syrup and other unique and delicious maple treats (like cream, sugar, ice cream, truffles and MORE!).

April Lemay

Canaan, VT


Elizabeth Harlow, a Commercial Lines Customer Service Agent in Kinney Pike Insurance’s Williston Office, was recently recognized as Insurance Professional of the Year by the Champlain Valley/Northern Vermont Chapter of the Champlain Valley Association of Insurance Professionals (CVAIP).

The Vermont Retail & Grocers Association (VRGA) has announced its scholarship winners for the 2015-2016 academic year. For over 25 years, the association’s Scholarship Program has provided financial assistance for college to members’ employees and/or their children.

This year, 10 scholarships of $1,500 each, totaling $15,000 were awarded.