BURLINGTON — Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility has given the Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement to Beth Sachs, co-founder and director emerita of Vermont Energy Investment Cooperation. Jane Campbell, VBSR’s executive director, said Sach’s contribution to the state’s focus on the reduction of fossil fuel consumption and the importance of workplace equality cannot be overstated. This award is given to an individual in honor of Terry Ehrich, late owner of Hemmings Motor News, founder of the First Day Foundation and a founding board member of VBSR, exemplifying his commitment to community, the environment, progressive public policy and the workplace. Additionally, Benjamin Adler, founder and owner of the Skinny Pancake, Inc., will receive the organization’s Young Changemaker Award. VBSR’s 16th annual awards ceremony will take place Sept.
DuBois & King consulting engineers announce that Nikki Harnish has joined the firm as a help desk technician in the Information Technology division. Harnish is a graduate of Vermont Technical College with a degree in computer engineering. Her experience includes customer service and diagnostic work for IT departments of industrial and financial firms. She lives in Bethel, and works in the firm’s Randolph headquarters. Founded in 1962, DuBois & King provides multidiscipline engineering services from offices in Randolph, South Burlington, Brandon and Springfield in Vermont, and Bedford and Laconia, New Hampshire.
BERLIN — Callie Froebel, a registered nurse, received Central Vermont Medical Center’s third DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in a surprise standing-room-only ceremony June 29. Froebel, a two-year nurse on CVMC’s medical-surgical unit, earned the honor for caring for and comforting a patient who had reached the end of life. “Callie took great care (of the patient) every single time,” her DAISY nominator wrote. “She went above and beyond every single shift. She not only was extremely competent and compassionate … but she connected with (the patient).”
The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day.
RUTLAND — Tammy Hogenauer, of Clarendon, has been named hospice clinical manager at the southwest region of the Visiting Nurses Alliance & Hospice. She will oversee a team of nurses providing hospice care to patients. Hogenauer joined the Visiting Nurses Alliance in 2014 as a hospice nurse. She previously worked as a registered nurse at Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Medical Oncology unit. Hogenauer received her training as a nurse and her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Castleton University, and certification as a hospice and palliative care nurse from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
SPRINGFIELD — Judith Soules has joined One Credit Union as chief financial officer. She assumed responsibilities on May 29. Soules has more than 20 years’ financial management experience, working successfully to integrate the efforts of diverse departments toward unified goals. She has also managed marketing, sales, HR, IT and operations. “I’m excited to join the team at One CU.
Chris Chambers of the Randolph Water/Wastewater Department has been awarded the Bob Wood Young Professional Award by the Green Mountain Water Environment Association. The award honors exceptional commitment to service excellence by a water-quality professional under the age of 30. Chambers has been a wastewater operator in Randolph for about four years Coming from a background in the automotive industry, Chambers applied his mechanical knowledge to his new position and quickly passed the wastewater exam. He then completed GMWEA’s operator management course and was promoted to the role of process control and maintenance supervisor. He now serves as acting water/wastewater superintendent of Randolph and chairman of the Randolph Safety Committee.
RUTLAND — Carrie Elrick has been recognized as the 2017 employee of the year of the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Nominated by the management team, the employee of the year is someone who goes above and beyond, while always promoting the vision of the agency. Elrick, who is the site coordinator and lead teacher at RCPCC, has consistently shown support to her team, demonstrating commitment and dedication to her job, according to a news release. She requested to move into a higher leadership role during a challenging time of transition. RCPCC, one of 15 parent-child centers located throughout Vermont, is a community-based, private, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and meeting the needs of children, youth and families.
RANDOLPH — Gifford Retirement Community has named Diane Way as the director of the Morgan Orchards Independent Living program. The new 49-apartment independent-living facility is scheduled to open on Aug. 15. It is the newest addition to a senior-living community in Randolph Center that includes the Menig Nursing Home and a planned assisted-living section. Since 2013, Way has been community relations manager at Armistead Senior Care in South Burlington.
BURLINGTON — Kim Roy has been named director of multifamily asset management and compliance at the Vermont Housing and Finance Agency. She began her career at the agency in 1989 in the communications department and has held a variety of positions with VHFA, most recently as assistant director of multifamily programs. She will take over the department leadership from recently retired Sam Falzone. “Kim has been a long-term, dedicated employee of VHFA for 28 years and we are so pleased she is taking on this new role,” said Sarah Carpenter, VHFA’s executive director. She is a certified occupancy specialist and is also housing tax credit certified. Roy will be responsible for the oversight of VHFA’s multifamily portfolio and for initiatives to preserve affordable housing.
WATERBURY — Det. Sgt. Dave Petersen, a member of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation Unit assigned to the St. Johnsbury Field Station and VSP Bomb Squad, has been promoted to lieutenant, and will serve as commander of the Office of Professional Standards. Petersen is assuming command from Lieutenant Dee Barbic, who retired June 10, after 26 years of service.