MONTPELIER — Carol Poulin, of Noyle W. Johnson Insurance in Montpelier, has become the newest member of the Vermont Association of Insurance Professionals. Membership in the association is an industry commitment to the insurance community through leadership development, career enhancement and creation of relationships with other industry connections. The VTAIP meets monthly and encourages outside community members to join us at our dinner meetings to connect and network with insurance-related professionals. For more information, contact President Tammy Lawrey at 229-5660 ext 110.
RANDOLPH — The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center has hired Carla Wuthrich to its statewide team as a professional manufacturing and business growth advisor. Wuthrich joined VMEC in October after 25 years of experience working at IBM and GlobalFoundries in engineering, management and transformation. She brings to VMEC her experience leading, facilitating and coaching from the executive suite through to the front lines. Wuthrich works from a home office based in Hinesburg, and can be reached at email@example.com or 734-1227. Hosted by Vermont Technical College since 1995, VMEC operates as a nonprofit with a primary mission to strengthen and empower Vermont manufacturers.
WAITSFIELD — Clayton S. Wetzel III, Waitsfield Elementary School’s nurse, has been selected as the Vermont school nurse of the year. Annually, the Vermont State School Nurses’ Association recognizes a school nurse for outstanding achievement and service. “In addition to his strong daily practice, Clayton serves as a leader for our school and district, representing us on our district’s school health advisory council, furthering community health through liaisons with outside parties from dentists to psychologists, and helping to draft work around health and wellness for our district,” said school Principal Kaiya Korb. Wetzel began working at Waitsfield Elementary in 2012, starting in a part-time position/job share position, while also working in several other neighboring schools. He took over full time in the fall of 2014.
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.