COLCHESTER — News director and longtime Vermont Public Radio news reporter John Dillon will take on a new role as senior reporter for the New England News Collaborative beginning in January, VPR announced today. The collaborative, which VPR joined in 2016, is the largest media collaboration of its kind in the region, with the goal of in-depth reporting on issues that have an impact beyond state borders. Dillon also will play a key role in planning the future of the collaborative, as well as working with NPR to develop its vision for regional news hubs. “John has been at VPR from the time the station began to build its news department,” said John Van Hoesen, senior vice president and chief content officer at VPR. “With this change, VPR’s reporting team will be well positioned to provide the in-depth news Vermonters want and need.”
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Stacey Chiocchio, a Grantham resident and community citizenship manager at Hypertherm, will be honored this week by the regional nonprofit Vital Communities as its 2017 volunteer of the year. “Stacey has been contributing to Vital Communities for more than six years. A 2012 graduate of our Leadership Upper Valley program, Stacey became one of the program’s most enthusiastic Recruitment Committee members, then went on to chair this committee, and eventually to lead the LUV Board of Governors. Her commitment to LUV is responsible for a fair share of the program’s growth, and her guidance has been invaluable,” said Vital Communities Volunteer Coordinator Lauren Griswold. This year marks Vital Communities’ sixth annual volunteer of the year award.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Cindy Wiegand has been named hospice volunteer coordinator for Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire. Wiegand has more than 15 years of experience providing administrative support to top management and senior leadership. Prior to joining VNH, Wiegand worked as a senior program coordinator at Vermont Law School in South Royalton. “I am very excited for this new career opportunity, and look forward to working with all of VNH’s wonderful volunteers,” said Wiegand. She will be responsible for recruitment, coordination, supervision and program administration of the hospice volunteer program.
MONTPELIER — Dr. Trey Dobson was named president of the Vermont Medical Society during its 204th annual meeting in November in Woodstock. Dobson is medical director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians and chief medical officer of Southwestern Vermont Health Care in Bennington. He is a practicing emergency room physician. He will take a lead role in the society’s public policy efforts in Montpelier and Washington, D.C. Priorities during the upcoming year include battling the opioid crisis, supporting the practice of primary care, and opposing the legalization of non-medical marijuana. “As a state and a country we find ourselves in an incredible period of transition and opportunity when it comes to health care and how it is delivered,” said Dobson.
MORRISVILLE — Lisa R. Geraghty has joined Union Bank as a commercial loan officer. She will be responsible for servicing an existing portfolio of commercial loans, developing and underwriting new account relationships, and promoting the bank’s commercial lending services and products in Chittenden County. Geraghty’s work history includes recently working at KeyBank as a regional sales executive in the treasury department. She lives in Jericho with her husband, daughter and dog Marlee.
BARRE — NFP, an insurance broker and consultant, has hired Charlie Desmarais, who joins the Barre team as sales manager for personal insurance. Desmarais will be responsible for procuring new client opportunities and developing client relationships. He brings more than 33 years’ experience in the insurance sales industry, and formerly worked as lead sales representative with Liberty Mutual. Desmarais has lived in Barre Town since 1992, where he raised his three grown kids with his wife Lisa. “We are excited to welcome someone with Charlie’s local presence to the team,” said Dan Rodliff, vice president of NFP’s property and casualty division.
LEBANON, NH — Patrick F. Jordan III has been named chief operating officer for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system. Jordan, who previously served as COO at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, was appointed to the position by Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and President Dr. Joanne M. Conroy. He began his new role Nov. 20. “I’m delighted that Pat Jordan has agreed to join us at Dartmouth-Hitchcock,” said Conroy.
MONTPELIER — Heather Kralik has been hired as outreach coordinator for the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Kralik, who was the Barre Town School librarian for 22 years and outreach coordinator for the Onion River Exchange for five years, has taken the part-time position vacated with the retirement of Rachael Grossman. “Heather inherited a strong program that Rachael Grossman developed over the years, and she is excited about expanding it,” said Tom McKone, the library’s executive director. “She is currently working on ways to use our existing outreach services as a foundation for expanding our deliveries to homebound patrons.”
The Outreach Program extends services beyond the library building to all six of the communities it serves — Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex, Montpelier and Worcester. She can be reached at 223-3338, ext.
RANDOLPH — Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Alexander Orem has joined Gifford Medical Center. Specializing in adult joint replacement surgery, he brings anterior approach total hip replacement and bone-saving knee surgery expertise to Gifford’s orthopedic team. He currently is a staff physician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s orthopedic surgery adult reconstruction division and will be seeing Gifford patients two days a week in Randolph. “I enjoy helping patients regain their quality of life after suffering from degenerative joint disease,” he said. “It is rewarding to see the positive outcome this surgery often brings.” Orem is now accepting new patients in Randolph.
BARRE — Wilkins Harley-Davidson has announced that longtime motorcycle specialist Jon Sargent, a Roxbury resident, has been promoted to sales manager. Sargent has been with Wilkins since 2011. He has won the prestigious New England Harley-Davidson Dealer Association Walk-Around Competition in 2015, for “extraordinary presentation skills and knowledge about Harley-Davidson motorcycles,” according to a news release. “Jon is an extraordinary individual capable of taking Wilkins Harley-Davidson to the next level,” said Mark Frano, customer experience manager. Wilkins Harley-Davidson has won the most awards of any New England Harley-Davison dealership.