May 26, 2018

THE HUB: Hub Happenings

Podhajski appointed as advisor

The Williston-based Stern Center for Language and Learning recently announced that its president, Blanche Podhajski, has been appointed by the Vermont secretary of state as a speech-language pathologist advisor to the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation.

Podhajski founded the Stern Center for Language and Learning in 1983 and has more than thirty years experience working with individuals with learning differences.

LORD Corporation names Thelen as CAD designer

LORD Corporation announced the addition of Chad Thelen as computer-aided design (CAD) drafter/designer to the LORD Corporation MicroStrain Sensing System team in Williston. Thelen will be responsible for completing detailed definition products through the creation of 3-D CAD models and technical drawings.

Prior to working at LORD, Thelen served as an IT project coordinator for two years and as a lead CAD technician for four years at Hayward Tyler, Inc.

new accountant at Davis & Hodgdon

Zach Davis has joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as an associate accountant. Davis, a South Burlington native, recently returned to Vermont after graduating from Colorado State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in sociology. He is currently preparing for the QuickBooks ProAdvisor certification.

Champlain College trustees announce new president

Champlain College announced last week that Donald J. Laackman, president of Harold Washington College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, will become Champlain’s eighth president. Laackman will succeed David F. Finney, who is retiring after nine years.

Laackman received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a Masters of Public Policy from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

VSECU members to decide gift recipients

Vermont credit union VSECU will donate $20,000 to Vermont charities through the We Care 2 Program. Now in its third year running, the program gives credit union members the opportunity to help direct the donations.

The 2013 We Care 2 Program received 49 applications from charities from across the state of Vermont for consideration to be selected as one of the five finalists by VSECU’s Community Contributions Committee. VSECU members will now have the opportunity to vote and select two of the final five to each receive a $10,000 donation.

The finalists are NCSS Youth in Transition, Rutland Community Cupboard, Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, Therapy Dogs of Vermont and Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. Each organization has until mid-March to rally support and try to earn VSECU membership votes through their social media and other communication channels.

Renewable NRG Systems promotes Wheating to president

Renewable NRG Systems has promoted Justin Wheating, chief financial officer, to the role of president. Wheating will be responsible for overseeing operations, providing strategic direction and leading the executive management team.
Wheating joined Renewable NRG Systems in 2009. He previously held executive positions at MacGregor Golf, Burton Snowboards, and Dynastar Skis.

Barbour to leave CVAA

CVAA’s Executive Director John Barbour has announced his intention to retire this year. Barbour has been the executive director for 26 years and has been with the agency for nearly 34. CVAA will honor Barbour at its 40th anniversary dinner, set for May 29.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with talented, skilled, dedicated people including CVAA staff, volunteers, and board members as well as others who are engaged in health and human services.” Barbour said. “More than anything I have enjoyed being part of providing services that have been quite successful at improving the quality of life for thousands of older Vermonters and their families. It has been a privilege.”

Local Motion appoints new executive director

Walk/bike advocacy group Local Motion announced that, after a national search, it has appointed Emily Boedecker as its new executive director, beginning March 3. Boedecker comes to Local Motion from the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

Boedecker succeeds Local Motion’s founding executive director, Chapin Spencer, who recently became director of public works for the City of Burlington.

Organizations deliver socks

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, Cabot Hosiery Mills/Darn Tough Vermont and Vermont community action agencies joined forces for the sixth year to provide warm socks for young people.

“Blue Socks for Kids” project volunteers delivered 8,400 pairs of merino wool socks to community action agencies and homeless shelters for distribution to children in need of warm clothing this holiday season.

“Blue Socks for Kids” has now distributed more than 50,000 pairs of socks at a cost of nearly $150,000 over the six years the project has operated.

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