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Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) announces that James Westcott has joined the firm as a Structural Engineer in the Transportation Engineering group.

National Life Group announced today that Thomas H. Brownell, CFA, has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Sentinel Asset Management, Inc.
Mehran Assadi, the president and chief executive officer of National Life Group, said that Brownell “is the right person to lead Sentinel at this critical point in its history.”

The Vermont State Dental Society (VSDS) is pleased to announce that Diane Dumas of Williston has been promoted to manager of finance and events. She has been with VSDS for the past five years when she started as assistant to the executive director and expanded her responsibilities to bookkeeping and event planning for the Society.

“MorrisSwitzer believes in recognizing talent and promoting from within the organization,” says Dan Morris, managing partner. “These outstanding individuals are completely committed to MorrisSwitzer’s mission of creating environments that promote and enhance the well-being of patients, staff & families through inspired, thoughtful design.

USDA Rural Development (RD) employees serve the communities of Vermont by delivering business, community, energy, housing and utility programs as well as volunteering their personal time to the communities in which they live.

Dr. Mahlon Bradley will be joining Central Vermont Medical Orthopaedics at Central Vermont Medical Center in September. He is Board-certified in both General Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and comes to CVMC with extensive experience caring for active people of all ages.

Champlain Community Services, Inc. (CCS) in Colchester announces that Jill Shumway has joined its Board of Directors. Shumway serves as a mainstream teaching assistant in the Special Education department at Essex High School.

NG Advantage LLC announces that Steve Palmer of Shelburne, VT has been promoted to Director of Construction and Maintenance. In his new position Steve will be responsible for all construction and maintenance at the Company’s growing list of compressor stations and the Company’s equipment at customer sites in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

Manchester-based real estate sales company, AB Real Estate announced today that it has merged with resort real estate service company, TPW of Bondville, Vermont. Annie Bessette, Owner of AB Real Estate and TPW CEO, Paul W. Carroccio, expressed mutual enthusiasm in today's announcement of the merger.

The Health Care Share program is a partnership between Central Vermont Medical Center and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps as a hunger relief strategy. CVMC identifies patient and employee families unable to afford or access fresh, nutritious food.

The University of Vermont College of Medicine has announced that cardiologist and Professor of Medicine David Schneider, M.D., has been appointed director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI).

Michael Werneke of the Prohibition Pig was named the Top Chef of the Champlain Valley defeating Chef Shawn Calley of the Amuse at the Essex Resort & Spa ( 2011 & 2012 Top Chef winner) and Chef Marcus Hamblett of One Federal.