GREENSBORO — Jennifer Carlo has been named executive director of the circus arts education organization Circus Smirkus. Carlo is the former vice president For student engagement and dean of students at Carlow University in Pennsylvania and comes to Smirkus with more than 25 years of leadership in higher education, youth development services, and nonprofit arts management. “We are so pleased to welcome Jen to the Smirkus family,” said Smirkus Board President Neil Saunders. “Jen brings many years of experience in business and financial management as well as a passion for working with kids. She has long held a wonder for the circus — ever since she saw her first Big Top show.”
Carlo earned a bachelor of arts in sociology from Princeton University, a master of arts in education at Goddard College, a master of business administration from Carlow University, and a doctorate in leadership and change from Antioch University.
BARRE — Dr. Stephanie Landvater has opened a new orthopedic practice affiliated with the RehabGYM in Barre. Landvater has had her own orthopedic surgery practice for 16 years and was affiliated with Central Vermont Medical Center. For the last 11 years she has been employed as an orthopedic surgeon at Gifford Medical Center. Prior to medical school, she was a nationally ranked gymnast, earned a master’s degree in exercise science, attended medical school at Michigan State and completed her orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Her new practice is located at the RehabGYM, 219 Main St., Barre, VT 05641.
BURLINGTON — The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies has appointed two leaders from the higher education sector to its board of directors; University of Vermont Provost Dr. David Rosowsky and Champlain College President Don Laackman. Rosowsky has served as provost and senior vice president of UVM since 2013. Laackman was named president of Champlain College in 2014. Founded by the Vermont Technology Council, UVM and U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy in 2005, VCET serves as the innovation epicenter in Vermont where higher education, economic development and entrepreneurs intersect in order to start and scale new business ventures. VCET hosts over 190 co-working and startup members across three facilities in downtown Middlebury, and in Burlington at UVM and the FairPoint Technology Hub, and has advised more than 1,600 businesses and entrepreneurs across Vermont.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Jen Olson, work-based learning coordinator from Hazen Union High School, has been named recipient of the Vermont Business Roundtable’s 2017 New Medallion Award, which recognizes exceptional school leadership and progress toward the state’s goals of equity, access and quality of proficiency-based learning experiences for all Vermont students. “For 15 years the Roundtable annually recognized educational leaders for the innovative and creative ways in which they delivered excellence in the whole educational experience, despite increasing social and economic pressures at the state and local levels,” said Michael Seaver, chairman of the Roundtable’s board of directors
The New Medallion Award, which includes a framed certificate and $5,000 monetary prize to be directed to Olson in furtherance of her work, was presented to her at a school-wide assembly on Jan. 3.
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott is seeking applicants for commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles. The commissioner will be charged with improving customer service and reducing the administrative burden and costs. This work would include digitizing and simplifying paper processes. He or she would also be responsible for completing and following through on the department’s IT projects; developing a plan to have all employees trained in the administration’s PIVOT/LEAN program; and applying national best practices. The position is responsible for 350 employees.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Mary Anne Sheahan of Shelburne, has been hired by the Vermont Business Roundtable as executive director of the Vermont Talent Pipeline Management Program. “The Roundtable and its VTPM partners around the state are very excited about this important next step toward the full realization of our program, which will improve alignment of employer needs with education and workforce programs, and grow Vermont’s economy,” said Roundtable President Lisa Ventriss. The project is an employer-led and demand-driven model created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to address workforce shortages. VTPM has focused on building collaboratives in the construction and health care industries. In 2018, its focus will expand into manufacturing and technology industries.
MANCHESTER — Pat Budnick, owner of the Motel in the Meadow in Chester, has been given a plaque of appreciation from Susan G. Komen New England for the motel’s sponsorship of the Komen New England Race for the Cure in Vermont. Budnick, a breast cancer survivor, created “Music in the Meadow,” a two-day music festival in the motel’s backyard, as a way to raise sponsorship dollars for the event. As a 15-year sponsor of the event, Budnick’s annual concert weekend, which includes local musical talent, a barbecue and a silent auction, has raised $60,000. Budnick has already scheduled the 2018 “Music in the Meadow” for Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, 2018.
RANDOLPH— Dr. Derek Chase has accepted a permanent position in Gifford’s Orthopedic Department. He has been a locum orthopedic provider at Gifford since January 2017, and previously worked at Northwestern Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in St. Albans. He recently returned from Lake Tahoe, where he completed a fellowship in sports medicine, and traveled abroad as a physician for the U.S. Ski Team. Dr. Chase specializes in arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery, knee and muscle-sparing anterior hip replacement, upper-extremity surgery, and fracture care.
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott has appointed Mary Daly, of Peacham, to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women, the state’s nonpartisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. “Mary has a long history of public service, and has demonstrated a deep commitment to her community. She’s worked to make a difference in the lives of Vermonters, and shown leadership in protecting the vulnerable — a priority for my administration,” said Scott. Born in St. Johnsbury and raised on a dairy farm in Peacham, Daly is a graduate of Peacham Academy and the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.
WILLISTON — Sgt. Robert Lucas, Vermont State Police patrol commander in Williston, was promoted to lieutenant, and to station commander at the Williston Field Station. Lucas has served more than 15 years, graduating from the Vermont Police Academy in early 2002. He began his career as a trooper at the Middlesex Barracks, and in 2010 he was promoted to sergeant in the Office of Technology Management at headquarters. In 2013, he was transferred to patrol commander at the Williston barracks.