HUB Happenings

Peak Physical Therapy Merges with the RehabGYM

Peak Physical Therapy recently announced that it is merging with RehabGYM,  effective Jan. 25. Peak physical therapists will continue to see patients and take referrals in one of the three RehabGYM locations. The RehabGYM currently has locations in Williston, Colchester and Barre.

“This partnership provides an exciting opportunity to grow and solidify innovative physical therapy practices in Vermont based on preventative holistic care,” a Peak press release states. “We will be able to offer all our clients access to integrative, functional, and personalized care in more locations. This is a merger of talent and expertise aligned around a shared vision of preventative care that is on the cutting edge of wellness.”

Peak Performance Sports (the athletic training division of Peak Physical Therapy Sports and Performance Center) will continue to offer services at its office located inside of Peak Fitness in Williston.

NEFCU donates blankets

During the month of December each year, to help community organizations in the Burlington area, New England Federal Credit Union collects new or good-quality used blankets. These are cleaned and packaged by Greer’s Dry Cleaning. Since its inception, the NEFCU Blankets of Hope campaign has collected and distributed more than 2,500 blankets.

This year, 125 blankets were donated to Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), Spectrum, Tim’s House, Community Health Centers of Burlington and Lund Family Center.

Alvin Joseph
Alvin Joseph

GLOBALFOUNDRIES ENGINEERS Recognized internationally

Two GlobalFoundries engineers have been designated as IEEE Fellows by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. This prestigious honor is the highest grade of IEEE membership in one of the world’s leading professional organizations for the advancement of technology, conferred on conferred upon less than 0.1 percent of the IEEE membership—more than 400,000 in 160 countries.

The local honorees are Mukta G. Farooq from the GlobalFoundries East Fishkill, N.Y., site and Alvin J. Joseph from the Essex Junction facility. Both joined GlobalFoundries last year when the company acquired IBM’s microelectronics business. Joseph, from Williston, has authored or co-authored more than 100 technical journal papers and publications and has been issued over 75 patents. He was the recipient of two IBM corporate awards for his leadership in developing high-performance SiGe BiCMOS and silicon front-end-module technologies.  He is currently a GlobalFoundries Fellow providing development vision for differentiated radio frequency/analog and mixed signal technologies. Joseph was the chair for the IEEE Bipolar/BiCMOS Circuits and Technology Meeting and was appointed an IEEE Fellow for contributions to silicon-germanium bipolar-CMOS and RF silicon-on-insulator technology.

Dailey certified

Trudell Consulting Engineers announced that Karina Dailey recently received her certified wildlife biologist accreditation from The Wildlife Society. This certification is awarded to individuals that meet the rigorous educational requirements  in biological sciences, quantitative sciences, policy, law and communications. Dailey also has more than the minimum required five years of professional experience working as a practicing wildlife biologist and recommendations from other practicing professional wildlife biologists. With Dailey’s lead, TCE’s Environmental Department will continue to work on wildlife related projects such as habitat delineations and evaluations, management plan development and implementation, and various local, state and federal permitting including wetlands, Army Corp of Engineers, Act 250, and Act 248 projects.

Open Tempo hires 12

OpenTempo brought on 12 new hires in the last half of 2015. Williston-based OpenTempo provides cloud-based staff scheduling, cost management and data analysis tools to healthcare organizations across the United States and Canada.

The new hires include: Kevin Hytten, senior client services consultant; Andrew Papin, associate client services consultant; Cody Shaw, senior implementation consultant; Rachael Reese, associate implementation consultant; Colleen Lloyd, service analyst; StaciAnn Grove, service analyst; Cole Tierney, senior cloud administrator; Tristram Taylor, senior software developer; Dan Schwendler, director of sales; Andy Butterfield, business development representative; James Curran, business development representative; James Nichols, business development representative.

Kimberly P.  Luebbers, RN, BSN, OCN¬, MT(ASCP)
Kimberly P. Luebbers, RN, BSN, OCN¬, MT(ASCP)


At the annual meeting of the Cancer Patient Support Foundation’s Board of Directors, a new executive committee was elected for 2016: Bobbe Maynes of South Burlington as president; Ben Gould of Colchester as vice president; Kimberly Luebbers from Williston as secretary; and Neal Robinson from Essex Junction as treasurer.

TD Bank promotes Newman

TD Bank has promoted Rich Newman to North American director of facilities. Based in Williston, he is responsible for the management and oversight of all 2,400 TD stores, branches and corporate spaces in the U.S. and Canada.

Newman has 30 years of experience in banking and facilities management. He joined TD Bank in 2001 as director of project services and most recently served as U.S. director of facilities.

Dear Lucy acquired

Dear Lucy, a Burlington-based retail shoe store, has been acquired by Whim Shoe Shop, LLC. John Stimets and Stefan Bachofen of CBI (Country Business, Inc.), a Vermont business brokerage firm, managed the transition between the buyer and seller. CBI is New England’s largest privately held business brokerage firm.

Vermont Gas, Employees Pledge More Than $100,000 to United Way

For the second year in a row, Vermont Gas and its employees have pledged to donate more than $100,000 to United Way in Chittenden, Franklin/Grand Isle, Addison, Orange and Washington counties in 2016.

Company employees pledged $65,000 to the United Way, with a company match of an additional $34,000. In addition, employees raised almost $2,000 through fundraisers and donations to total $100,895. Seventy-five percent of company employees participated in the year-end United Way campaign.

BCBSVT distributes children’s socks

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s “Blue Socks for Kids” project volunteers delivered 8,400 pairs of Darn Tough wool socks to the state’s community action agencies and homeless shelters for distribution to children in need of warm clothing.

“Blue Socks for Kids” has now distributed more than 73,000 pairs of socks at a cost of nearly $200,000 over the eight years the project has operated. The funding through the Vermont Caring Foundation uses non-premium sources to generate funds to benefit Vermont children.

DMV appoints Elovirta 

Vermont Motor Vehicle Commissioner Robert Ide announced earlier this month that he has selected Capt. William (Jake) Elovirta to replace Director Glen Button, who retired in September, as enforcement and safety director.

Elovirta, 49, of Winooski, started his full time Vermont law enforcement career in 1988 as a police officer with the Burlington Police Department. In 1998, he was selected by then-DMV Commissioner Patricia MacDonald to be the first safety chief. Elovirta has supervised the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section for the past 17 years, and most recently has served as the interim enforcement and safety division director.

Kiplinger’s names Saint Michael’s College a 2016 ‘Best College Value’

Saint Michael’s College has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2016. Introduced in 1998, the rankings highlight public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. In addition, Kiplinger has ranked the top 100 best values in each category.

Saint Michael’s made the magazine’s list of “100 best values in private universities.”

Circus Smirkus Receives National Community Impact Award

Circus Smirkus was recognized earlier this month with the second annual Community Impact Award at the Celebration of American Circus at Lincoln Center, N.Y.

The Community Impact Award is given annually to a circus artist or organization that has succeeded in “harnessing and demonstrating the power of the circus arts for community engagement and social good, and in bringing diverse audiences together through quality programming,” according to a press release.

Companies support ANEW Place

ANEW Place announced that the 22nd annual Helping Hands Gift Wrap Fundraiser, sponsored by North Country Federal Credit Union at the University Mall, raised $12,500 for ANEW Place. In addition, ANEW Place recently received a $5,000 gift from TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank. This gift will help to foster the 4-Phase Program at ANEW Place, which was implemented in 2014 when it rebranded from Burlington Emergency Shelter. The program focuses on long-term solutions to address the root causes of homelessness.


People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, teamed up with to provided more than $28,000 to to fund classroom projects in Vermont. A total of 25 projects were funded.

Mark Isselhardt
Mark Isselhardt


Mark Isselhardt has accepted the position of University of Vermont Extension maple specialist.

He will be based at the UVM Proctor Maple Research Center in Underhill Center, where he has been employed for the past 12 years, first as a maple research technician and for the last three as a research specialist. At the center, he has worked on research to increase sap yields as well as what impact modern methods have on trees or the finished product. He succeeds Tim Wilmot, who retired in November after 29 years at the university.


NBT Bank Regional President Matt Durkee announced that cash management sales representative Paula Steele has been promoted to assistant vice president. Steele is responsible for developing cash management business in Vermont and assisting organizations that use the bank’s cash management products. Steele has more than 10 years of banking experience.

Greentree Real Estate Welcomes Lazo

Greentree Real Estate recently welcomed Orion Lazo as its newest licensed real estate agent. Lazo joined Greentree at the end of 2015 and has been a licensed Realtor for a year. Lazo holds a B.S. in psychology from University of Vermont.