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Jeff Kaufer of Bennington, spa manager at Concord Pools & Spas in Latham, N.Y., has been named a “Capital Heroes” honoree by Capital Bank, a division of Chemung Canal Trust Company and NEWS10 ABC, for spearheading an effort to collect desperately needed supplies for Hurricane Sandy victims in his hometown of Long Beach, Long Island.

The SCORE Foundation has announced the selection of Joan Denizot, founder and president of Zize Bikes, a Vermont-based company that custom builds indestructible bicycles, as one of the 102 nationwide beneficiaries of the 2012 SCORE and Sam’s Club Holiday Program. This program aims to bring cheer to small business owners and help them grow by providing training and resources.

People’s United Bank announced today that David A. Estes has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager in the commercial banking division serving customers in Chittenden County.

Sarah Lemnah, of St. Albans was named President of the Vermont Elder Resource Group (VERG). Lemnah is the Director of Development & Communications for CVAA (Champlain Valley Agency on Aging). In addition, she is the producer and host of "Aging Matters"; a radio program focused on senior issues airing on WOKO/WKOL/WJOY/WIZN/WBTZ.

The Board of Directors of MVP Health Care has announced that Denise V. Gonick has been named President and CEO. Gonick, who has been with MVP 17 years, most recently served as President of Operations, leading the company’s transition and day-to-day management since David W. Oliker announced this summer that he would retire.

Joe Merone, a senior producer at Vermont Public Television, was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England Chapter’s 2012 Silver Circle at a celebration held Nov. 28 in Boston, Mass. NATAS inducted Merone and four others into the 2012 Silver Circle and broadcaster Chet Curtis, with 50 years of service, into the Gold Circle.

Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE:BHLB) today announced that President and CEO Michael P. Daly has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors effective on January 1, 2013. The Board has also elected current Chairman Lawrence A. Bossidy to the new position of Lead Independent Director effective on the same day. Identical elections of Messrs.

Shelby Sorrentino of South Burlington has joined the staff of Governor’s Institutes of Vermont as the new Office Manager.

Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced Seth Leonard of Winooski, VT has joined Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) as Homeownership Outreach Coordinator.
Seth comes to VHFA after four years with Opportunities Credit Union where he was a Branch Manager. Seth’s responsibilities at Opportunities Credit Union included mortgage and consumer lending and marketing.

As a student at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, Barbara Lazar worked in a nursing home as a nurse’s aide. She decided then that she wanted spend her career caring for the elderly.
You could describe it as a calling, but what Lazar really discovered was that when it comes to older people, a little caring goes a long way, and that felt good.

The Board of Directors of Resource Systems Group announces the appointment of Stephen Lawe as Chief Executive Officer effective December 1, 2012. Lawe joined RSG in 1988, during the firm’s third year of operations, and has worked in every aspect of the company over the years.

People’s United Bank announced today that Jody Cole has been promoted to Senior Vice President for the Commercial and Industrial Lending team at People’s United Bank. Cole supports the lending needs of her customers in the Chittenden County area.