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MONTPELIER — Vermont employers received honors at a virtual Governor’s Award for Excellence in Worksite Wellness ceremony. Hosted by the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the state Department of Health, the event showcased adaptions to employee wellness initiatives.

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RANDOLPH CENTER — Bob Zider, Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) Director & CEO, has announced his plans to retire on June 30, after 25 years with the Center.

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RUTLAND — Kinney Pike Insurance has received the E&O Plus Quality Management Award for the seventh consecutive year. This award is presented to insurance agencies demonstrating devotion to quality management in servicing their clients and a commitment to excellence in the area of Errors …

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The Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living (DAIL) announced it has hired Laura Siegel for the role of Director of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind Services.

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SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Vermont Business Roundtable Board of Directors announced Seth Bowden, executive vice president at Greater Burlington Industrial Corp., will become the next president of the organization.

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SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Hospital’s Board of Directors announce Robert S. "Bob" Adcock, MBA, FACHE, of Wildwood, Missouri, has been named its new Chief Executive Officer. He most recently served as an independent contractor providing administrative consulting services to West Virginia Unive…

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MONTPELIER — Union Mutual announced it was recently honored by The Vermont Department of Health and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports with a 2021 Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award — GOLD Level. This is the company’s third consecutive top-tier wellness honor.

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MONTPELIER— Gov. Phil Scott announced appointment of James Pepper of Montpelier, Julie Hulburd of Colchester and Kyle Harris of Montpelier to the Cannabis Control Board (CCB).

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For so many people who love to travel, it’s been a tough 12 months since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. While vaccines give us hope the crisis will ease, traveling today still requires careful planning. COVID-19 is a factor in booking flights and making other travel arrangements. Here a…

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MONTPELIER — The Board of the Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) announced the appointment of Kathleen R. Berk for the position of executive director. Richard M. Williams, who has led the agency in that role since 1984, is set to retire at the end of July.

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MONTPELIER — Eric Sandberg has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer of National Life Group. He previously held the title of Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer and Chief Actuary, which he retains.

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RANDOLPH — Gifford recently named Katja Evans its new community relations coordinator and program manager for RiseVT Orange County. She previously served on Gifford’s Community Health Team as a care coordinator.

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MONTPELIER — VSECU, member-owned cooperative and not-for-profit credit union for all Vermonters, is providing a total of $50,000 to five Vermont nonprofits through its member-directed giving program We Care 2, as follows: Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services, $7,418; North Centra…

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BURLINGTON — Attorney Jonathan P. Ursprung has joined the law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. He began work with DRM’s Business Law Group in Burlington in February.

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MONTPELIER — The Center for Arts and Learning Board of Directors announced Phayvanh Luekhamhan will step into the role of executive director, overseeing the operation of the 22,000-square-foot arts facility located in Montpelier’s Barre Street District, seeking to create new resources for ar…

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BERLIN — Central Vermont Medical Center announced the hire of a new Woodridge Rehabilitation & Nursing Administrator and vice president of Aging Services, William Kowalewski.

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LATHAM, N.Y. — The Board of Directors of Community Mutual Insurance Co. voted to elect Jennifer P. Galfetti as president of the company, and Schuyler M. Ryan as treasurer. Their elections mark the first time the company has a completely female slate of officers. 

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RENO, Nev. — Vermont Judge David T. Suntag has been awarded the highest teaching honor of The National Judicial College, the V. Robert Payant Award for Faculty Excellence.

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PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. — Casella Waste Systems Inc. announced a $100,000 gift to Paul Smith’s College, its Center for Sustainability and athletic programs. Casella representatives joined a dozen Paul Smith’s students and staff for a lunch and press conference to discuss their overlapping missions. 

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BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont announced the appointment of Fitzroy B. “Roy” Beckford as associate dean and director of UVM Extension in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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MONTPELIER — The Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District (CVSWMD) announces recognition by Call2Recycle as a 2020 Top 100 Leader in Sustainability for diverting more than 8,400 pounds of batteries from the landfill. The Leader in Sustainability award is given out annually to top perf…

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RUTLAND — Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty announced that Claire Thompson has joined the company’s Rutland office as a realtor. She was born and raised in Rutland County, growing up on a 200-acre dairy farm. She attended Castleton University and then moved to New York City, accept…

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BARRE — Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice (CVHHH) announced Emily McKenna has been named Chief Marketing & Communications Officer.

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It’s no secret that many American parents want to support their kids by paying for their college education. According to recent Ameriprise research, 87 percent of parents today already have paid for or plan to assist with these costs. Furthermore, 33 percent of respondents have delayed their…

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MORRISVILLE — Turtle Fur, outdoor headwear and accessories business, announces the promotion of two employees, Colin Giblin of Providence, Rhode Island, and Meghan Ksiazek of Waterville, Vermont, to be vice presidents of the company.

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BURLINGTON — Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announced three new members to the organization’s board of directors: Kehvon Didehbani of Solidarity of Unbridled Labor, Beth Rusnock of National Life Group and Suzanne McDowell of King Arthur Baking Co.

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ARLINGTON — Mack Molding, custom plastics molder and supplier of contract manufacturing services, announced Brian Nolan of Pittsford, has joined the company as Northern Division Director of Human Resources, reporting directly to President Jeff Somple.

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RUTLAND — Five case managers at Community Health have earned the Certified Case Manager (CCM) credential from the Commission for Case Manager Certification: Heather Smith, RN, BS, Community Health Brandon; Mary Trono, RN, BSN, Community Health Rutland; Maria Bilinski, RN, AD, Community Healt…

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BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont Health Network Board of Trustees has added four new members: The Rt. Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown, Dominic Eisenger, Ph.D., Michelle Cromwell, Ph.D., and Kara Odom Walker, MD, to the 22-member body that oversees the health network.

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MONTPELIER — Montpelier Alive and the Montpelier Development Corp. announced the launch of the Welcome to Montpelier Program, aimed at attracting new businesses to Montpelier. The program offers wraparound business support and grant opportunities for new businesses who open in Montpelier. Th…

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WATERBURY — Energy storage pioneer Northern Reliability Inc. (NRI), and KORE Power Inc., developer of battery cell technology, have announced the launch of their joint venture company, Nomad Transportable Power Systems (NOMAD) to provide the first utility-scale mobile energy storage systems.…

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MONTPELIER — Union Mutual announced a partnership with ViewSpection to implement an inspection process that allows policyholders to complete their own digital inspection via smart phone app within the privacy of their own home.

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MONTPELIER — Union Mutual was represented by over 40 employees, independent agency partners, vendors, friends and family members in a virtual Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Vermont on Saturday, Feb. 6.

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BARRE/NEWPORT — Green Mountain United Way’s board of directors has added two new members. In January, the board unanimously elected Kevin Mead of Newport and Gail Pivetti of Montpelier.

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BARRE — Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice (CVHHH) announces the hiring of Trisha Hunt and Aimil Parmelee, both central Vermonters. Trisha Hunt joined CVHHH at the end of 2020 as data analyst. Aimil Parmelee, Occupational Therapist (OT), assumed the role of complex care coordinator la…

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BARRE — Ellie Tobin Stubbs has joined the Barre office of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC, as a financial advisor. She is joining the office of Private Wealth Advisor Denise A. Palmer, located at 14 North Main St., Suite 2001, Barre.

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Former Vermont legislator Janssen Willhoit of St. Johnsbury joins Allan Sullivan of Dorset in forming a new Vermont-based Civil Litigation and Criminal Defense Law Firm, under the name Sullivan Willhoit PLLC. Having offices in Manchester, Brattleboro and St. Johnsbury, their new firm will br…

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Vermont Care Partners announced that Counseling Service of Addison County, Community Care Network/Rutland Mental Health Services, Northeastern Family Institute, Health Care and Rehabilitation Services, and Clara Martin Center have achieved certification as a Vermont Care Partners Center of E…

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NORTHFIELD — Norwich University has been designated the lead institution of the nation’s Senior Military Colleges in creating a Department of Defense Cyber Institute program through a recently awarded two-year, $19.5 million grant.

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BARRE — Justin Knapp has joined the psychiatric and medical team at Washington County Mental Health Services as a staff psychiatrist. He works with Adult Mental Health and the Community Support Program and is located at the Center for Counseling & Psychiatric Services offices and Buildin…