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NFP, a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits, property & casualty (P&C), retirement and individual private client solutions, has announced that Charlie Desmarais, has joined its team in Barre as a Sales Manager for Personal Insurance.

Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington [www.homecareassistanceburlingtonvt.com ], the premier provider of in-home care for seniors, is honored to be recognized as a 2017 Best of Home Care Employer of Choice.

Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) has announced that April Lyman has earned Employee of the Month honors for October, 2017. Lyman is a Billing Patient Accounts Representative at the Hospital.

The Board of Directors of the Vermont Energy Co-op, a member-owned fuel services and energy efficiency cooperative located in Colchester, Vermont has named Brian Gray as the Co-op's new General Manager.

The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children is pleased to announce the addition of Dr Lynette Fraga, Executive Director of Child Care Aware of America (CCAoA), to its Board of Directors. Dr Fraga has over 25 years of experience as an educator, program director, and executive leader working on behalf of children and families.

Patrick F Jordan III has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system. Jordan, who previously served as COO for the at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, MA, was appointed to the position by Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and President Dr Joanne M Conroy. He begins his new role at Dartmouth-Hitchcock on Nov. 20.

Author Katherine Arden, a resident of East Middlebury and 2011 Middlebury College graduate, was just selected as the Amazon 2017 "Best Science Fiction & Fantasy" Book of the Year for The Bear and the Nightingale! Her mom, Elizabeth Burdine, is also the new Director of Finance at the Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC).

Greensea, creator of OPENSEA, the universal marine industry operating platform, has recently announced the appointment of Karl Lander as Account Executive. Prior to joining Greensea, Karl spent two decades with the United States Coast Guard.

Howard Center recently celebrated Whit Smith (Mickenberg, Dunn, Lachs & Smith, PLC) as the 2017 Help is Here award recipient at its annual Help is Here Award Celebration. The award honors an individual whose contributions personify Howard Center’s mission and demonstrate a passion for those served by the organization. The event was hosted by Howard Center board member, Mike Simoneau.

Vermont PBS today announced the addition of three business and community leaders to its Board of Directors. “We welcome the addition of these three outstanding Board members- individuals that bring not only strong, respected professional knowledge to our leadership, but also different geographic locations and backgrounds,” said Holly Groschner, President and CEO of Vermont PBS.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets hires a new Director of Policy and Communications. Scott Waterman comes to Agriculture from the Department of Public Safety where he was the public information officer for the Vermont State Police. Waterman takes over for Alison Kosakowski who recently returned to her family’s farm in Richmond.

The Vermont Republican Party has appointed Deborah T Bucknam, Esq of Walden to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women.  Ms Bucknam will serve the remaining 2 years of Susie Hudson’s 4-year term. Ms Bucknam has been practicing law in Vermont since 1979, and was licensed to practice in New Hampshire in 2005.

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