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Kate Duffy will be joining the Vermont Attorney General’s Office according to Attorney General Bill Sorrell. Ms. Duffy will be leaving her job as the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Human Resources. Duffy served as an Assistant Attorney General for six years before she was appointed as Deputy Commissioner of the Department in 2009.

Jim Ouellette, CPA has joined O’Brien Brothers Agency as the Director of Accounting and Finance. Ouellette was the Controller at Vermont Law School and has extensive experience in public accounting while working at Bilodeau, Wells & Co. where he was a Manager and worked with a variety of clients performing both tax and attestation services.

The Community College of Vermont has named Heather Weinstein as the new dean of students. She succeeds Debby Stewart, who has been appointed dean of academic affairs.

Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: BHLB) has announced that William J. Ryan has been appointed to its Board of Directors as Chairman.  Mr. Ryan was formerly Chairman of the Board and CEO of TD Banknorth.  The Company also announced that Lawrence A. Bossidy has retired from Berkshire's Board of Directors.  Mr.

Sentinel Investments announces the appointment of Tom Hirschmann as President and CEO of Sentinel Financial Services Company, responsible for the company’s distribution efforts through financial intermediary channels, including national wirehouses, regional and independent broker--‐dealers, and registered investment advisors. Mr.

Pine Computers, Inc. announced today the promotion of Michael Ferland to the position of Enterprise Engineer. In this role, Ferland will oversee and manage all aspects enterprise commercial IT services at Pine, as well as day to day operations.

Ferland has been with Pine Computers for four and a half years and had held the position of Systems Technician.

Catherine McKeen, Director of Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern Vermont College, has been selected as a Summer Scholar of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) from a nationwide applicant pool to attend one of 30 seminars and institutes supported by NEH.

BMA Architects & Planners has announced that Jeddadiah R. Pellerin has joined the firm as a principal architect.

Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence is pleased to announce its recent hire of Greg Paradiso as its Director of HR Technology.   Paradiso will be responsible for running the firm’s HR Technology practice area and implementing HRIS solutions for Vermont businesses.

Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) announced today that Patricia Loller, Director of Administration, will be retiring from the agency effective July 15, 2014.  Concurrently, Maura Collins will be promoted to the position of Director of Administration and Policy. 

The Eastman Benz manufacturing team; Karl Benz, Casey Gifford, and Chris Hovious, achieved IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronics Assemblies Certification after successfully completing a recent 3-day intensive hands-on practicum and testing workshop. IPC – The Association Connecting Electronics Industries – is recognized as a global leader in industry and certification standards.

The Board of Trustees at Southern Vermont College appointed Marjorie Gregg Swain, Psy.D., as a new board member at its recent meeting. A resident of New York City and Vermont, Swain has a strong history of involvement with non-profits.