HUB Happenings


Molly Backup was recently recognized as one of only 224 certified physician assistants (PA-Cs) in the country to be certified for 40 years by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Backup was among the first PAs to be nationally certified by NCCPA in 1975. She maintained certification by meeting continuing medical education (CME) requirements every two years and passing rigorous recertification exams every six years. Backup has been employed by Evergreen Family Health for 17 years.

“As a certified PA who has made a commitment to maintaining certification and professional standards, I am most proud of the opportunity to care for patients for 40 years,” she said.

“NCCPA is thrilled to have been a part of the PA profession for 40 years,” said Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D, PA-C, president and CEO of NCCPA. “We are even more proud of these certified PAs for serving as pioneers to the profession and for their continued dedication to their career and their patients.”


The law firm of Bergeron, Paradis & Fitzpatrick recently announced that Priscilla B. Dubé, a Williston resident, has been named Best Lawyers’ 2016 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Burlington. Priscilla has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America® 2016 in the practice area of Family Law and has been selected as a Best Lawyer in the area of Family Law since 2011.

Fitzgerald named Cathedral Square CEO

The Cathedral Square Corporation Board of Directors recently announced that Kim Fitzgerald has been selected as its new CEO after a national search.

Fitzgerald has 15 years of experience with Cathedral Square. For the past three years, she has served as the Chief Operations and Chief Financial Officer and for the past two months as Acting CEO. Prior to joining Cathedral Square, Fitzgerald worked for the Vermont Housing Finance Agency. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee for Champlain Housing Trust and was recently the Board Vice President for ANEW Place.


The UVM Cancer Center recently announced that 12 volunteers will help build awareness and support for the center and the patients it serves, serving as ambassadors, advocates and fundraisers for the inaugural UVM Cancer Center Advisory Board.

The board includes Philip Daniels of Williston, market president for Vermont/Upstate New York at TD Bank and member of the UVM Medical Center Foundation Board, as well as chair of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce board and board member for the YMCA.

Other members are Todd Warren, owner and president of Otter Creek Awnings and Vermont Custom Closets in Williston, as well as Ginny Coolidge, John Evans, Patricia Fontaine, Sonja Fuller, Kim Ireland, Anne Lezak, Ernie Pomerleau, Shelley Spillane, Lori Tarrant and Tom Torti.

Vermont unemployment rate holds at 3.6 percent

The Vermont Department of Labor announced recently that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for July was 3.6 percent. This represents no change from the revised June rate (3.6 percent). The national average in July was 5.3 percent, which also experienced no change from the previous month’s estimate. As of the prior month’s initial data, Vermont’s unemployment rate was fourth lowest in the country. July represents the tenth consecutive month without an increase to the unemployment rate.

Hinesburg Hair Studio opens

Hinesburg Hair Studio opened in Hinesburg at 22 Commerce Street on Aug. 24. The salon is co-owned by Scott Shumway and Laura Bowditch, both of Hinesburg. The salon offers women’s, men’s and kid’s cuts, hair color services, facial waxing, hair styling and other services as requested.

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State Treasurer Beth Pearce this week was named a recipient of the President’s Award from the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers at its annual conference held this year in Chicago.

The President’s Award is given each year to one state auditor, one state comptroller and one state treasurer to recognize exceptional efforts in government financial management and accountability.

“Beth’s work to improve disclosure in Vermont serves as a model for other states working to implement the association’s best practices in voluntary financial reporting,” said NASACT President William Holland.


Cara Simone and Sarah Soule have recently joined the administrative team at the Renaissance Elementary and Endeavour middle schools in Shelburne.

Both women bring an extensive background in the field of educational leadership and academic administration to their new role. Simone is the director of academic programs and operations and Soule is serving as the director of admissions, alumni, and parent relations.

Lisa Zengilowski, Head of Schools says, “I’m delighted that Sarah and Cara are part of the Heartworks, Renaissance and Endeavour organization.  Their deep experience in and commitment to independent schools is a tremendous asset. I am confident that they will bring their enthusiasm and outstanding work to bear so as to enable us to dramatically improve the school experience for our faculty, students and parent communities in numerous and immeasurable ways.”


Twincraft Skincare, based in Winooski, has added new employees in the second quarter of 2015.

Brian Dunlop joined Twincraft as a senior package developer. The South Burlington native brings over 20 years of industry experience to his new role.

Arkady Sokolov is the newest member of the Twincraft Skincare sales team. He is based in New Jersey and will divide his time between his territory and Twincraft headquarters in Vermont. A Rutgers graduate, Sokolov has been in personal care contract manufacturing for five years.


Merchants Bank recently announced two new lending associates.

Ray Morvan joined Merchants Bank from People’s United Bank. Prior to that, he was with Mortgage Financial Services. Morvan has 21 years of experience in the field.

Holly Sheltra joins Merchants Bank with more than 14 years of mortgage lending experience. She has worked in both the credit union and banking environments.


Corrina Parnapy was recently appointed as the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District’s new district manager.

She comes to the WNRCD with a degree in environmental studies focusing on fisheries from SUNY Cobleskill and a degree in biology with a concentration in limnology from Skidmore College. Previously, Parnapy worked for environmental not-for-profits and state agencies within upstate New York within the Lake Champlain watershed, conducting water quality and natural resource protection projects and outreach efforts focusing on issues related to water quality, nutrient loading, invasive species, and road salt application.


KW Vermont recently welcomed three new agents.

Joe Villemaire of Colchester, Teresa Nelson of Derby and Dianna Benoit of Franklin recently joined the team.