Keisha Pollard has been promoted from personnel supervisor to branch manager of the Barre location of Westaff, according to the Mount Family Group, the Williston-based franchisee of Westaff Workforce Solutions and Remedy Intelligent Staffing. Pollard joined the company in August 2015 and has been instrumental in the growth and success of the Barre branch. In her new position, Pollard is responsible for recruiting, client relations, branch management and growth in the Central Vermont market, which ranges from Morrisville to Bethel. She was born and raised in Vermont and enjoys spending her free time with her son and two cats. Westaff Workforce Solutions is a provider of temporary staffing and employment services in the U.S.
Vermont Legal Aid staff attorney Sean Londergan has been selected as Vermont’s new state long-term care ombudsman. Starting May 1, Londergan began leading the Vermont Long-Term Care Ombudsman Project, a team of six regional ombudsmen and local volunteers. The project helps residents of Vermont’s long-term care facilities across the state, as well as people receiving home-based long-term care services through the Choices for Care program. Beginning with his work at University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, where he also earned a master’s degree in public health, Londergan has a long history of work in public health and elder rights. A 2005 graduate of Vermont Law School, Londergan worked first for Vermont Legal Aid handling Medicare appeals and elder rights cases through 2009.
RUTLAND — Rutland Regional Medical has named its 2016 clinical and nonclinical employees of the year Matthew Morse, a registered nurse from the operating room (clinical) and Betty Wos, an assistant in the emergency department (nonclinical), were honored at Rutland Regional’s annual Service Awards Banquet on May 2, 2017. Morse began his service with Rutland Regional in October 2012, first as a traveler, and joined the staff permanently in March 2015. He hails from Norwich, New York and received his nursing degree from SUNY Morrisville in 2007. Morse is noted for his ability to provide calm and comfort to patients and is always eager to assist his team in securing supplies and with room setup. Wos, a native of Ira, started with Rutland Regional in 1975.
BERLIN — Amy Cisz, a registered nurse, received Central Vermont Medical Center’s second DAISY award for extraordinary nurses in a surprise ceremony recently. Cisz earned the honor for her role helping a severely mentally ill patient who arrived in the emergency department with multiple physical, hygiene and emotional care needs. “While it is an expectation that any of us would care for this patient, Amy stepped up and took the case,” said Matthew Choate, CVMC’s chief nursing office, who has worked with Cisz in CVMC’s emergency department for more than 10 years and presented her with the honor. “When I think about a nurse whom I would want caring for me or my family, Amy comes to the top of any list.” Cisz spent hours coaxing the patient to accept care. The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) award is an international recognition program that honors skillful, compassionate care.
Mike Mainer has joined DuBois & King consulting engineers as a civil/environmental engineer. Mainer is a graduate of the University of Vermont’s environmental engineering program. His six years of professional experience includes design and permitting of residential, commercial and municipal water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure projects, as well as site investigation and remediation of hazardous materials. He resides in Hinesburg and works out of the firm’s Brandon office. DuBois & King provides multidiscipline planning, engineering and environmental services from offices in Randolph, South Burlington, Brandon and Springfield, Vermont, and Bedford and Laconia, New Hampshire.
RUTLAND — Hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator Andrew Carlson was named Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region’s 2016 Employee of the Year. The winner is selected from nominations submitted by colleagues based on commitment to exceeding expectations in work and in support or comfort of patients and their families. It recognizes an employee whose work exemplifies the values of respect and dignity of the individual, excellence, honesty and fairness, stewardship of resources, and teamwork. Carlson joined VNAHSR in 2015. “Andrew sees hospice patients and families at a critical juncture in their lives.
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott and Agency of Digital Services Secretary John Quinn have appointed Scott Woodward deputy secretary of Digital Services. Woodward will join Quinn in leading the newly formed agency, created by Scott and approved by the Legislature. “He is a problem solver with a reputation for successful delivery of service to customers and partners,” said Quinn. “He will be a valuable addition to our team as we work with other agencies and departments to implement Governor Scott’s vision for a more modern, efficient and valuable state government.”
Woodward brings more than 25 years of leadership, consulting and IT experience to the position. He began his career as an officer in the U.S. Army.
BENNINGTON — Dr. Keith Michl, of Dorset, has joined the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation Board of Directors. “Keith is an important health leader in the Northshire and the region,” said Leslie Keefe, the foundation’s vice president of corporate development. “His experience and insights will contribute greatly to our mission, and we are grateful to have him join us.” Dr. Michl is an internal medicine physician in private practice in Manchester, and a member of the Department of Medicine at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. He is an affiliate of MDVIP, a network of physicians providing personalized primary care medical and wellness services. He attended Middlebury College and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio.
The Rutland County Community Justice Center at BROC Community Action welcomes Jason Dumaine and Lisa Ryan to its staff. Dumaine has been hired as the new program manager. As a former marine and pastor of 20 years, he is excited to lead the Community Justice Center. He made the move to Vermont eight years ago with his wife of 18 years and their two children. He has experience implementing youth programs and counseling, which will give him a unique insight into the community, according to a news release, and he is looking forward to effecting change through different programs designed to support and make available resources to those involved with the Department of Corrections.
MONTPELIER — Kevin McCaffery has joined Stone Environmental’s Water Resources Management Group. In his new role as senior civil engineer, McCaffery will further support the design and implementation of a variety of projects involving stormwater management and hydraulics, as well as provide technical support for Stone’s agricultural stewardship and flow monitoring projects. McCaffery brings more than 15 years of experience in site/civil engineering, stormwater management design, environmental permitting, hydrologic/hydraulic modeling, and erosion control planning. He started working with low-impact development methods prior to their widespread acceptance and has been designing natural stormwater management systems his entire career. Prior to joining Stone, he worked at environmental consulting and engineering firms where he prepared construction plans, environmental permit applications, and restoration or mitigation designs for streams and wetlands.