Rutland Young Professionals fashion-show mixer

RUTLAND — Save the date for our Fall Fashion Show themed November Mix, Friday the 17th from 6-8 PM at Southside Steakhouse. Meet and network with young professionals from the Rutland region. Bring your business cards and a friend. Apps and cash bar available, plus our monthly door prizes.

UVM Cancer Center Retreat held in the Davis Center January 9, 2017. Gary Stein

Gary Stein invested as inaugural Arthur Jason Perelman  Professor 

BURLINGTON – Gary S. Stein, Ph.D., director of the University of Vermont Cancer Center, professor and chair of biochemistry and professor of surgery at the UVM Larner College of Medicine, was invested in a formal ceremony on October 27, 2017 as the inaugural Arthur Jason Perelman, M.D. ’52 Professor in Cancer Research. The newly endowed professorship was created in 2014 by Dr. Arthur Perelman, who received his medical degree from UVM in 1952, and was fully funded through his estate when he died. In 2012, Dr. Perelman also established the Charlotte E. Perelman Cancer Research Fund – affectionately known as the “Charlotte Fund” – at the Larner College of Medicine and the UVM Medical Center in memory of his wife. Together, these two distinguished endowed funds created by the Perelman family will support crucial work in cancer research at UVM for generations to come. Trained in physiology and pathology, Gary Stein received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Vermont in 1969.

Human resources seminar Nov. 15 in Montpelier

On November 15, Associated Industries of Vermont will host a special seminar focusing on key human resource issues facing Vermont employers in 2017 and into 2018 and beyond. The seminar will cover issues impacting private and public sector employers and the professionals who serve them, and will feature presentations, commentary, and audience Q&A with expert government and private sector presenters. Both members and non-members are welcome to register. Registration is required by COB November 10 and costs $50 for AIV members and $75 for non-members. Complementary registrations and other benefits are available for sponsors and new members.

Michael Healy joins Stern Center board of directors

WILLISTON — Michael Healy has become the newest member of the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Stern Center for Language and Learning. His formal induction was on October 19 during the group’s Annual Meeting, which was held this year at the Catamount Country Club. Healy is currently the Vice President of IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, World Wide and formerly Vice President of Strategy and Integration for North American IBM Cloud. His more than 20 years of customer success leadership, service delivery, and consulting experience, as well as his background as a certified public accountant, will make him a valuable asset on the Stern Center’s Board.

WBON announces fall conference 

BURLINGTON — Women’s Business Owner’s Network (WBON) is pleased to announce its 33rd Annual Fall Conference, The conference will be held at the Hotel Vermont on Wednesday, November 8th from 12:30 PM- 6:00 PM. This year’s theme is “The Business Climate in Context: Navigating External Issues.” Many challenges that business owners faces are largely external. Being informed about the greater business climate provides a competitive advantage in regards to facing challenges that arise from the business climate. This conference is designed to help you examine issues and consider your responses to the challenges you encounter as a woman business owner. Keynote speaker and co-founder of Milk Money, Janice Shade, will be offering insights, inspiration and a few good laughs about her experience as a woman business owner.

Jason Turner is new VP at Aspenti Health

BURLINGTON — Aspenti Health, an innovative, comprehensive clinical drug testing lab, today announced that Jason Turner has accepted a position as Vice President of Compliance, Quality and General Counsel. Turner joins Aspenti from the Vermont Attorney General’s Office where he served as anAssistant Attorney General and Director of the Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit. In that role, Turner oversaw the investigation and prosecution of cases involving Medicaid fraud, as well as cases involving abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults. “Our search for the right leader to help us accelerate our growth and build upon our commitment to compliance, quality, and integrity has been a lengthy process,” stated Chris Powell, CEO of Aspenti Health. “We reviewed many candidates, however, in the end, Jason’s leadership caliber and experience were the perfect fit for our team, adding value to Aspenti Health as a respected healthcare provider of toxicology lab services”

“I am excited to join Aspenti and use my experience and skills to expand and refine compliance and quality plans that will assist Aspenti grow as a leader among toxicology laboratories.

Mobius announces recipients of the 2017-2018 Vermont Mentoring Grants

BURLINGTON — This fall, through the 2017-2018 Vermont Mentoring Grants, Mobius has awarded 33 grants, totaling $331,700, to support adult-to-youth mentoring programs throughout the state. This funding will support more than 100 new and existing program sites, and more than 1,800 adult-to-youth mentor pairs in communities across Vermont. “Mobius continues to be awed by the work that mentoring programs throughout Vermont are doing to support youth in their local communities,” said Mobius Executive Director Chad Butt. “We are grateful to be able to use this annual funding to continue to support long-time partners, while also working with new agencies in underserved regions.”

The Vermont Mentoring Grants are made possible each year through funding support from the A.D. Henderson Foundation, the Vermont Department for Children and Families, and the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children. The 2017-2018 grants will provide continuing support for established programs that demonstrate they meet best practices, and support programs in their first or second year of implementation.


Patrick Krok-Horton wins Assistant of the Year Award


SHELBURNE — Patrick Krok-Horton, recreation services assistant at Wake Robin, Vermont’s first Life Plan Community, was named Vermont Health Care Association’s Recreation Services Assistant of the Year. VHCA is an advocate for quality care and collaboration between Vermont’s residential care, nursing, and long-term care communities. The Award was presented at the organization’s Annual Conference and Trade Show in Stowe on September 26. “I’m honored to have been chosen as the recipient of this award,” said Patrick Krok-Horton of Wake Robin. “To be recognized by peers and colleagues for the work you do is an amazing experience, and I’m so thankful to have the support of such a great team.

 The Cannabiz Pitch Competition series launched

Heady Vermont presents The Cannabiz Pitch Competition, in which Vermont startups and entrepreneurs pitch their respective businesses to five judges in a ‘shark tank’ style event with a $1,000 cash prize for the winner. With the overall interest in cannabis growing rapidly and more legal cannabis entrepreneurship in Vermont, Heady Vermont is organizing the first in a series of quarterly cannabis business pitch competitions that will award $1000 to a Vermont startup and/or entrepreneur(s) with a business, product, or service related to the cannabis plant. The first cannabiz pitch competition will take place on Tuesday, November 14 at Main Street Landing with a reception starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Atrium and the Pitch Competition starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Black Box Theater. The event is being presented and coordinated by Heady Vermont with the sponsorship of Merritt & Merritt, KIND Consulting, and Main Street Landing. The $1000 prize can be used to directly support any startup costs and fees, including personal expenses, transportation, or rent.