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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Vital Communities will recognize 11 young leaders and their contributions to the Upper Valley at the sixth annual Heroes & Leaders Celebration on Wednesday, May 24, at the Quechee Club in Quechee. The annual dinner, which benefits the Leadership Upper Valley program of Vital Communities, honors community members who have made significant positive impacts in the region. “The young leaders we’re honoring this year are passionate about building the Upper Valley community — and their accomplishments are truly inspiring,” said Vital Communities Executive Director Tom Roberts. “From addressing the region’s opiate epidemic, to bringing aquaponics into schools nationwide, to strengthening the local economy, these young leaders represent a range of approaches toward a common goal: community.”
This year’s Heroes & Leaders honorees are: Paul Coats, Lebanon Recreation & Parks; Noah Crane, Upper Valley Nighthawks; Elyse Crossman, Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce; Emily Donaldson, Cultivating Action; Sam Drazin, Changing Perspectives; Gordon Ehret, Hypertherm; Nicole LaBombard, Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Dan McGee, Red River; Merritt Partridge, Tuck School of Business; Stephanie Thompson, Springfield Prevention Coalition; and Holly West, Friends of Mascoma Foundation.
The Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce have partnered to host a May 10 visit from Eric Rosengren, president and chief operating officer of Boston Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, who will provide an economic outlook on the U.S. economy. The event will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in South Burlington from noon to 2 p.m.
The event is open to the public but seating is limited. Rosengren became the thirteenth president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in 2007, after holding senior positions in both the bank’s economic research and bank supervision functions. He has written extensively on macroeconomics, international banking, bank supervision, and risk management, including articles in leading economics and finance journals. Contact the Central Vermont Chamber at 229-5711 for information.
WINOOSKI — VHV Company is proud to announce the establishment of an employee stock ownership plan that effectively transfers ownership of the company to all employees. David Brown, president of VHV Company, a mechanical HVAC contractor, sold his ownership interest to the newly created employee ownership trust, allowing employees to gain the benefit of ownership without any personal investment. Commenting on the announcement, Brown said “This transaction will give employees a financial interest in the future success of the business. After 20 years of ownership, I decided it was time to sell all my stock to the people who I trust and value the most — the employees. People are the core of our business, and it is extremely important to reward them for their passion, loyalty, and most importantly, their competence.
MILTON — On Saturday, May 6, the Milton Artists’ Guild will formally open the Milton Art Center & Gallery to the community with a ribbon cutting and grand-opening ceremony. Immediately following the ceremony, a celebration will be held in the new space featuring food, beverages and music. The guest of honor will be Ernie Pomerleau, who generously donated this space to the Milton Artists Guild for one year. Gov. Phil Scott will attend. This community Arts Center & Gallery will be the home for the Milton Artists’ Guild through April 2018, and will serve as a hub for the arts in the Milton and greater Northern Chittenden community.