Joanne Conroy

Alumna takes over as Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO

LEBANON, NH — Joanne M. Conroy began her tenure as CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System this week. “Today marks a true highlight of my career,” said Dr. Conroy Tuesday. “When I walked through the doors of Dartmouth-Hitchcock this morning, I officially joined a community of health-care professionals that I believe is second to none.”
Conroy is a 1977 graduate of Dartmouth College. She comes to Dartmouth-Hitchcock from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, where she served as CEO. Her career includes leadership positions at the Medical University of South Carolina, Atlantic Health System, and the American Association of Medical Colleges.


PCCA names Chisamore pharmacy tech of the month  


RUTLAND — Professional Compounding Centers of America has named Amanda Chisamore, of Wilcox Pharmacy in Rutland, as its pharmacy technician of the month for July, an award which is presented monthly to a technician at an independently owned compounding pharmacy who has demonstrated excellent service to their patients, health care providers, and pharmacy colleagues. Compounding is the pharmacy method of preparing customized medications to meet each prescriber’s and patient’s unique needs. Chisamore has been compounding for six years at Wilcox Pharmacy. She received an associate’s degree prior to coming to Wilcox Pharmacy, in applied science in veterinary technology, and was a veterinary technician for five years. She has successfully completed PCCA’s Comprehensive Compounding Course in Houston, Texas.

Cellars is Curtis Fund’s first advancement director

BURLINGTON— Joyce Cellars has been appointed the first director of advancement of the Curtis Fund, called Vermont’s oldest scholarship program, reflecting the goal of the fund’s board to provide more financial assistance for more Vermont students seeking a postsecondary education. Cellars has a background working in nonprofits in California and Vermont, with expertise in donor relations, marketing and communications, community engagement, public relations and administration. As director of advancement, she will build and strengthen relationships with donors, grow major gifts to the fund, and increase visibility. “The Board of Trustees is excited about Joyce Cellars joining the Curtis Fund as our first-ever director of advancement,” said Joseph Boutin, the fund’s chairman and president. “We want to help more students achieve their dreams of higher education and, with the costs of education increasing, we need to provide more financial help.”


First resident graduates from SVMC podiatry program

BENNINGTON — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has graduated the first resident in its Podiatry Residency Program. Michael Banh was awarded a certificate of completion on the evening of July 11 at the Mount Anthony Country Club. “I have enjoyed building close professional relationships with fellow residents and faculty members,” said Banh. “And I am grateful for the wide range of general medical and surgical experience I have gained. This was a great start to my medical career.”

Banh received his undergraduate education at California State University, Fullerton, and his medical degree at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in Kent, Ohio.

Arthur W. Nichols

Nichols joins administrative team at Brattleboro Retreat

BRATTLEBORO — Arthur W. Nichols has been named Brattleboro Retreat’s new executive vice president and chief financial officer. “We’re excited to bring in a person of Art’s caliber,” said Louis Josephson, president and chief executive officer. “The Retreat is getting a great leader who I know will play a key role in helping us achieve the financial goals we have set out in our new strategic plan.”
Nichols received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of William & Mary and a master’s degree in business administration in finance at the University of Florida at Gainesville’s Hough College of Business Administration. He served most recently, from 2004 to 2015, as president and chief executive officer of Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, New Hampshire. “I feel very fortunate to be joining the Brattleboro Retreat, one of the premier nonprofit providers of psychiatric and substance abuse services in the Northeast,” said Nichols.


Mailhiot joins Vt. Women in Higher Education board

RUTLAND — The College of St. Joseph’s Elicia Mailhiot has been named to the Vermont Women in Higher Education executive board. Mailhiot is the associate director of communications at CSJ. She previously served as marketing and communications associate and project manager at the college. The Rutland native holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Castleton University.


Two join board of Rutland’s Habitat for Humanity affiliate

RUTLAND — Jenna Watson and John Braun recently accepted an invitation to join the Habitat for Humanity of Rutland County board of directors. Watson will serve on the community relations committee and will focus initially on helping the affiliate connect with volunteers and donors through social media. She works at People’s United Bank. Braun has over 31 years of professional experience in accounting and finance working in a diverse set of industries, including cable/high-speed/VOIP sales and service, network security and software learning. He is chief financial officer at the Vermont Achievement Center in Rutland, and is joining the board’s finance committee.

Grace Cottage Hospital CEO announces his retirement

TOWNSHEND— Roger Allbee, CEO of Grace Cottage Board of Trustees, announced he is retiring as administrator of Grace Cottage Family Health and Hospital in Townshend as soon as the board finds a suitable replacement. Grace Cottage Family Health and Hospital is a health care provider for the West River Valley and beyond. The board of trustees acknowledged Allbee’s more than three years of dedicated service. Stephan Morse said, “Without Roger’s dedicated service, Grace Cottage would be a very different facility today. The West River Valley is grateful for his devotion to Grace Cottage Hospital.”
Parties interested in further information on the position should contact Martha Gardiner Dale at

Jim Condos

Condos selected president of secretaries of state group

On July 10, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos was chosen by a bipartisan group of his peers as president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State at the summer conference in Indianapolis. NASS serves as a medium for secretaries across the country to share ideas and best practices in the development of public policy as it relates to elections and voting, business services, and policy relating to state archival work and records management. “I’m honored to serve as the president-elect for NASS. I look forward to working with my fellow secretaries to strengthen and improve election integrity across our states’ election systems, increase access to the ballot box for voters, foster open government and transparency, improve business services, and to streamline government services to best meet the needs of our citizens,” said Condos. NASS is the nation’s oldest nonpartisan professional organization for public officials.


Child earns Fellow status in physician recruiter network


BERLIN — Sarah Child, manager of physician services at University of Vermont Health Network, Central Vermont Medical Center, has earned the ASPR credential according to the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters. ASPR’s Fellowship program is the most comprehensive, authoritative resource for individuals seeking to develop and test their skills and knowledge within a broad spectrum of topics including physician/provider recruitment, onboarding and retention, human resources, and relevant legal issues. Child has been employed at CVMC since 2007 and has been central to the successful recruitment of many talented medical staff members over the past 10 years. She previously worked in allied health recruitment for the University of Vermont Medical Center. Prior to entering health care, Child worked in undergraduate college admissions at Champlain College and Norwich University.