Three Blue Cross Blue Shield employees get service awards

BERLIN — Three members of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont customer service team recently received national awards for outstanding service to BCBSVT members. Emily Fair, director of customer service, received national recognition from the Service Quality Management group with an award for first-call resolution, showing commitment to improving customer satisfaction levels and customer service experience. Janalee Willett received Service Quality Management’s award for supervisor of the year for her commitment to quality care and customer service satisfaction. Willett has worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont for 17 years. She is currently BCBSVT’s customer service supervisor and a Ulysses Master Coach.

Stone Environmental board sees change in leadership

MONTPELIER — John Hanzas has been named president and Michael Winchell vice president of Stone Environmental’s board of directors, effective July 1. While stepping down from their current executive positions, President and founder Christopher Stone and Vice President David Healy will both remain at Stone providing senior executive and technical consulting support, as well as serving on the board. Hanzas and Winchell are both longtime Stone veterans and leaders in their respective fields. They serve on Stone’s senior management team, and are well positioned to take on these new executive roles, as well as continue to lead Stone’s Agrochemical Fate and Exposure and Environmental Modeling teams.

“John and Mike bring experience and complementary talents that will take Stone to the next level of quality, innovation, and responsiveness that our clients expect to see,” said Stone. “They are supported by an amazing team of professionals who are passionate about the work they perform and make Stone a great place to work.

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New trustees announced at Northfield Savings Bank

BERLIN — Northfield Savings Bank welcomes Nicole Carignan and Thomas Robbins to its board of trustees. Carignan, of Essex, is a corporator of NSB and served on the 2016 Corporator Nominating Committee. She is currently the owner of ProfitFusion, LLC, a business consulting firm focused on growing entrepreneurial companies. Carignan had a 17-year career with SymQuest Group, Inc., serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer. She serves on the boards of Champlain College and the Greater Burlington YMCA.

Barre senior center has new program and volunteer coordinator

BARRE — Linda Hogan has joined the staff at Barre Area Senior Center as program and volunteer coordinator. “The Barre Area Senior Center is already a vital place, and we want to expand on our heritage. Linda’s extensive involvement in the community, her dedication to the arts and her previous engagement with the elder population will be instrumental in growing our community at BASC,” said Executive Director Mary Rose Dougherty. Hogan has lived in the area since 1971 and has been active in the community as a teacher, print and on-air personality, writer and visual artist. She currently teaches digital photography at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center, serves as the president of the Arts Resource Association, and is curator for the art exhibits at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier.

Norwich names new administrative hires  

NORTHFIELD — Norwich University has named Sandra G. Affenito as new provost and dean of faculty beginning Aug. 1. Affenito served as associate provost and dean of graduate studies and research at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. As dean at USJ, she functioned as a chief academic officer for two major academic units. She established the Center for Student Research and Creative Activity; the Academics and Art Alliance; advanced teaching, research, scholarly and creative activities; and expanded professional development for faculty and academic staff.

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Gamache, Lewis, Wiberg join Vt. Community Foundation  

MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Community Foundation announced that Liz Gamache, Chelsea Bardot Lewis, and Kevin Wiberg will join the organization’s grants and community investments department, responsible for overseeing the programs that distribute grants and mission-related investments throughout the state. The three join the foundation at a time when the organization is focusing a significant part of its resources on helping Vermonters overcome the so-called “opportunity gap” — structural challenges that exist across communities and affect the aspirations, achievement, and opportunities facing low-income families and youth. Gamache will serve as vice president for grants and community investments. Most recently, she was director of Efficiency Vermont at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. She is serving a third term as mayor of St.

Alchemist brewery recognized for water treatment excellence

STOWE — The Alchemist was recently recognized for its environmental success with an award from the Green Mountain Water Environment Association (GMWEA). Steve Miller, lead cellar and water operator for the Alchemist, was presented with the award at GMWEA’s spring meeting at the Killington Grand Hotel on Thursday, May 25. Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation nominated the Alchemist for the award, which is presented each year for demonstrated commitment to clean water and pollution prevention. The Alchemist opened its new brewery and visitor center in Stowe last summer with a state-of-the-art water treatment system designed to reduce waste throughout the brewing process. “We are honored to receive this award,” said Jen Kimmich, Alchemist co-owner and general manager of The Alchemist.

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Author Paterson to serve as honorary fundraiser chair

BARRE — Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice welcomes award-winning writer and Montpelier resident Katherine Paterson as chair of its annual spring fundraiser. Her children’s books include “Bridge to Terabithia” and “The Great Gilly Hopkins.” She is a 31-year resident of Barre and Montpelier. “I want more people to understand that when you ask for help from CVHHH for hospice care, you are not giving up. You are choosing to add a richer, more blessed, end to your life,” said Paterson
Paterson encountered hospice care during the end of life of her husband, John. “Hospice taught me that there is nothing to fear in death,” she said.

Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum adds new board members

RUTLAND — Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum in Rutland has announced the appointment of Lorrie Byrom, Francesca Bove, Paul Gallo and Tricia Huebner to its Board of Directors. Byrom is the owner/director of Camp Betsey Cox for Girls, a long-standing girls camp and family business in Pittsford. She is a life-long educator and served as an administrator/teacher at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, Mass. for many years. Francesca Bove is an attorney at Ryan Smith & Carbine, who was raised in Rutland.

Residential home changes name to Gary Residence

MONTPELIER — In an effort to provide clarity to its mission and level of care, the board of trustees of OM Fisher Home, a local nonprofit charitable organization, approved changing the name of the Gary Home to the Gary Residence. The name change became effective on April 1, 2017. The structure, located at 149 Main St. in Montpelier, was built in 1941, providing lifetime skilled nursing care. Over the years, and with new state regulations in play, the Gary Residence became a licensed Level III Residential Care Home.