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Champlain College Online, designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, has announced a new chair of cybersecurity programs.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) is pleased to welcome Katherine M. Kelleher, MSN, RN, FNP-C, Samuel Smith, Jr, PA; and Amy Wheaton, PA, to the SVMC Orthopedics team and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians. Kelleher received her Master of Science in Nursing from Boston College in Massachusetts and a bachelor’s from McGill University in Montreal.

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) will recognize Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce at a legislative breakfast next week for her work to establish a public retirement system, clean up Vermont’s waterways, and to address the impacts of climate change through state investments.

Two Southern Vermont College (SVC) Business and Sustainable Ventures students, Ally McNamee and Nikolas Joseph, received an invitation as finalists to the St Louis University’s (SLU) sixth annual “Real Elevator Pitch” competition.

John Bossange, Chair of the Mercy Connections board, announces five new board members:  Sarah George(Chittenden County State’s Attorney), Erik Hoekstra (Managing Partner, Redstone), Lacretia Johnson Flash (Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff, Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, UVM), Heidi St Peter (Assistant Director of Academic Support, Saint Michael's College), and Mary Sulli

Community Bank NA is pleased to announce that Peter Crapo has joined the team as branch manager of the Hinesburg location. In his new role, Crapo will oversee the daily operations of the office, ensuring every customer receives the highest level of service. In addition, he will be responsible for the branch’s business development and community involvement.

Greensea, creator of OPENSEA, the universal marine industry operating platform, today announced that Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Sales, Marybeth Gilliam has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, a new position at Greensea. Gilliam joined Greensea in 2015 and has lead the company through an explosive period of sales growth.

Merritt & Merritt is pleased to announce that Andrew D Grosvenor, Esq, who joined the firm as an Associate in 2016, was recently admitted to the Vermont Bar. Andrew began his career at a mid-sized New Hampshire law firm after graduating magna cum laude from Vermont Law School, where he served as the Technology Editor of the Vermont Law Review.

Kathleen Thompson has joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as an Administrative Assistant.  Kathleen graduated from Castleton University with a Master’s degree in Accounting and Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Longtime Municipal Manager, Frank Heald has announced his plans to step down from his position after more than 15 years piloting the Town & Village of Ludlow. Heald’s plans were announced after the Select Board, Village Trustees and Water Commission meeting in November. “Leaving this position was a difficult decision,” Heald said.

James Brown, President and CEO of The Bank of Bennington, has been appointed to the Mutual Savings Association Advisory Committee, a national group that advises the Department of the Treasury on best practices for mutual savings banks.

The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) is proud to announce the recipient of the 2017 CDFA Lifetime Achievement Award. This year’s recipient is Jo Bradley, Chief Executive Officer at the Vermont Economic Development Authority. She was presented the award during a special ceremony at the 2017 National Development Finance Summit in Atlanta, GA, on November 16.