Governor appoints Senecal to Commission on Women

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott has appointed Lisa Senecal to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women, the state’s nonpartisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. “Lisa’s background and commitment to raising awareness for issues of importance to women, and leadership in advocating to advance opportunities for women, will be a tremendous asset on the commission and for its important mission,” said Scott. Senecal is a marketing and communications professional and small-business entrepreneur. A fourth-generation Vermonter, she attended Norwich University as a civilian student. She has launched and run three successful small businesses, including an award-winning children’s entertainment company and a New Media issue advocacy consulting firm.

Jim Madej joins VEIC as chief executive officer

BURLINGTON — The Vermont Energy Investment Corporation Board of Directors has named Jim Madej chief executive officer. Madej comes to VEIC with decades of experience in the energy industry, including leadership experience in delivering energy efficiency programs and services to customers in his role as chief customer officer at National Grid USA. “Jim’s deep energy industry expertise and his proven track record of customer-focused leadership made him the ideal choice to lead VEIC in building on the success it has achieved in Vermont, Ohio, Washington, D.C., and beyond in helping customers spend less on energy,” said Richard Cowart, vice president of the board. “I’m excited to join VEIC and lead this great team to deliver innovations to everyone, regardless of income and geography. All market participants need to work together to deliver the clean energy revolution our customers are asking for,” said Madej.


BROC Community Action welcomes justice specialist

RUTLAND — Maggie Ganguly is the new program specialist for the Rutland County Community Justice Center at BROC Community Action. Following Ganguly’s education in sociology and anthropology at Green Mountain College, she joined AmeriCorps, where she used her skills to create and implement new ideas and programs in the Rutland community. Her passion for, and commitment to, helping disadvantaged populations transition into the community is evident through her experiences, positive outlook, and overall willingness to make a difference, BROC said in a news release. For more information about BROC Community Action, visit or Facebook.  

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Melissa Carlson Joins HR department at National Life


MONTPELIER — Melissa Carlson has joined National Life in a senior role in the People Center, the company’s human resources department. Carlson has been appointed associate vice president for talent management and will report to Michael Veilleux, interim chief people officer. She was director of global learning and development at QuintilesIMS, a health-care service provider based in Durham, N.C.

Carlson lives in Lyme, N.H., and will work out of National Life’s Montpelier headquarters.  




Kody Lyon joins NFP as account executive  

BARRE — Kody M. Lyon has joined NFP’s team in Barre as an account executive for commercial insurance. NFP is an insurance broker and consultant. In her new role, Lyon will be responsible for generating new sales opportunities in the Business Insurance segment. She brings with her more than five years’ experience in the insurance and management industries. She formerly served as an account executive with Noyle Johnson in Montpelier.


Brett Graves joins DuBois & King engineers

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Brett Graves has joined DuBois & King consulting engineers as a civil engineer in the firm’s Site and Land Development Division. Graves is a licensed wastewater and water system designer with seven years of professional experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Vermont. He is a resident of Richmond and works out of the firm’s South Burlington office. Founded in 1962, DuBois & King provides multidiscipline engineering services from offices in Randolph, South Burlington, Brandon and Springfield, Vermont and Bedford, Laconia and Keene, New Hampshire.


Lt. Scribner moves into Internal Affairs command

PITTFORD — Detective Sgt. Julie Scribner with the Vermont State Police Office of Professional Development in Pittsford has been promoted to lieutenant commander of the Office of Internal Affairs. Scribner has served Vermont for nearly 17 years, graduating from the Vermont Police Academy in early 2001. She began her career as a trooper assigned to the Royalton barracks, later becoming a detective trooper at the New Haven barracks in 2008. In 2010 she was promoted to sergeant at the Office of Professional Development, where she focused on training and recruiting.


Maheras to lead Bi-State Primary Care Association

MONTPELIER — Georgia Maheras has been selected as director of Vermont public policy for the Bi-State Primary Care Association. Maheras has dedicated her career to improving the health-care system and is looking forward to using the skills she has developed through over 20 years of leadership experience, including five years within state government, five years as a consumer advocate and 10 years in management roles in other industries. She joined Bi-State Primary Care Association, on Elm Street in Montpelier, on Aug. 21. Maheras was the first executive director of the Green Mountain Care Board, and has served as Vermont’s SIM Project director and deputy director for Health Care Reform since 2013, She has worked closely with health-care stakeholders on Vermont’s payment and delivery system reform initiatives, especially in the research, design and development of multi-payer alternative payment methodologies and necessary technological and practice transformation supports.


VanBeck joins National Life as CAO, controller

MONTPELIER — Sarah VanBeck has joined National Life as chief accounting officer and controller. She will lead National Life’s accounting, financial planning and financial reporting areas and will report to Robert Cotton, executive vice president and chief financial officer. VanBeck spent more than two decades in a variety of financial leadership roles at AIG in Houston, most recently as senior vice president and controller of AIG’s life and retirement business. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, from the University of Iowa. She has been active in several professional organizations in the insurance industry.


Agent Andie Fusco joins Bondville real estate team

BONDVILLE — TPW Real Estate has added agent Andie Fusco to its team. Fusco is a native to the Stratton community and has enjoyed a variety of positions at Stratton, specializing in guest services and long- and short-term rentals and serving on the front desk staff at the Black Bear Lodge and the Welcome Center. Experience in all of these positions has given Andie an intimate understanding of Stratton properties and the local market. “We are so excited to have Andie’s millennial perspective and energy as part of our TPW family,” said Alison Cummings, managing broker at TPW. Fusco is based in TPW Real Estate’s Bondville office, at 32 VT Route 30, Bondville, VT 05340.