Maria Padin MD

Padin wins Emmott Fellowship

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Maria Padin is one of 18 women from 15 health-care organizations selected for the Carol Emmott Fellowship, a one-of-a-kind program for accomplished professionals who have demonstrated potential to ascend to senior-executive and board-level roles. Padin was named chief medical officer of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in November 2015. In this role, Padin focuses on clinical and physician-related responsibilities specific to the academic medical center. She joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord in 1997 in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Padin earned her medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School, and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Maine Medical Center.

LoPresti joins Gifford Primary Care

RANDOLPH — Dr. Leigh LoPresti has joined Gifford Family Medicine as part of a team expansion aimed at increasing patient access. He brings 30 years’ experience as a family physician in hospital and private practice settings, most recently as a U.S. Army physician at Fort Drum, N.Y., and chief medical officer at Battenkill Valley Health Center in Arlington. “I love working with people of all ages, especially in family groups, to make them healthier and happier,” he said. “This includes educating and partnering with patients, and giving each person the time they need to achieve these goals.”

LoPresti is now seeing patients five days a week at Gifford Primary Care. Call 728-2445.

Four join cyber security team

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott has appointed new members to the Cybersecurity Advisory Team, established by executive order in October. The team is charged with developing a strategic plan for protecting the state’s information systems.
New members are:
— Heather Roszkowski, chief security officer, University of Vermont Medical Center. — Tom Dunn, chief executive officer, Vermont Electric Power Company. — Phil Susmann, president, Norwich University Applied Research Institutes. — John Rajewski, professor, Champlain College.

Pair appointed to build state’s workforce

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott has appointed two former legislators to coordinate plans to expand the size of Vermont’s workforce. Sen. Dustin Degree (R-Franklin) will serve as special assistant to the governor and executive director of workforce expansion. Former Rep. Sarah Buxton (D-Windsor-Orange 1) will assume the new role of director of workforce policy and performance within the Vermont Department of Labor. “Growing and strengthening our workforce is the most important goal we have as we work to grow our economy, make Vermont more affordable, and protect the most vulnerable. Increasing the size of our workforce is central to our ability to make investments in the priorities of our state,” said Scott.

Orem Joins Gifford’s orthopedic team

RANDOLPH — Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Alexander Orem has joined Gifford Medical Center. Specializing in adult joint replacement surgery, he brings anterior approach total hip replacement and bone-saving knee surgery expertise to Gifford’s orthopedic team. He currently is a staff physician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s orthopedic surgery adult reconstruction division and will be seeing Gifford patients two days a week in Randolph. “I enjoy helping patients regain their quality of life after suffering from degenerative joint disease,” he said. “It is rewarding to see the positive outcome this surgery often brings.”

Orem is now accepting new patients in Randolph.

Accountant joins Davis & Hodgdon

RUTLAND — John Haussner has joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as an associate accountant. Haussner is a graduate of Pace University with a master’s degree in business administration and is on track to earning a certified public accountant license within the next year. Prior experience includes audit and accounting positions, most recently at PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP in New York. He has a strong background in nonprofit auditing as well as experience in bookkeeping and providing analytical support to many in the nonprofit industry, including health care organizations, private schools and foundations. Haussner will be operating from the firm’s Williston location.

Cassidy selected as a top lawyer

RUTLAND — Richard Cassidy was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2018 edition in the following areas: Employment law (individuals and litigation), labor and employment, and mediation, according to a news release. Cassidy, a Rutland native, is a 1975 graduate of Mount Saint Joseph Academy. He is a personal injury and employment lawyer who also works regularly as a mediator and arbitrator. A founder of Rich Cassidy Law, he has more than 36 years’ experience with the practice of law in Vermont.  




Sugarbush, Craftsbury guiders  join Nature Conservancy board

MONTPELIER— Judy Geer and Win Smith have joined The Nature Conservancy’s board of trustees. Geer, of Morrisville, along with her husband, Dick Dreissigacker, direct the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, a nonprofit outdoor recreational and training facility that hosts Nordic skiing, rowing, running and cycling activities. Geer has also been a part of the Concept2 team, that manufactures and sells rowing and fitness equipment. A former Olympian, Geer was a member of the U.S. National Rowing Team, which competed in the 1976, 1980 and 1984 Olympics. Smith, of Warren and Shelburne, is chairman and CEO of Summit Ventures NE, which owns Sugarbush Resort, where he also serves as president.

Vt. Housing Finance Agency announces staffing changes

BURLINGTON — The Vermont Housing Finance Agency reports that David Adams, chief of program operations, will retire Nov. 17. At the same time, Maura Collins will be promoted to the position of deputy director. “Dave has expertly led our programs through the turbulent economic and mortgage industry changes of the past two decades,” said VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter. Adams, a longtime Jericho resident, was inducted into the New England Mortgage Bankers Hall of Fame in 2012.

Johnson State’s Warden receives leadership award

JOHNSON — Margo Warden, director of first-year experience at Johnson State College, has been chosen to receive this year’s Jackie Gribbons Leadership Award, given by Vermont Women in Higher Education. The Jackie Gribbons award recognizes Vermont female leaders who develop innovative programs, act as mentors and models, and contribute substantially to an institution. “Margo Warden is the embodiment of positivity. She understands deeply how to engage students, has a built-in compass for social justice, and is one of those leaders who motivates others through her own willingness to roll up her sleeves and cheerfully get the work done,” said Tracy Sherbrook, a VWHE executive board member who works at Lyndon State College. Warden has worked as director of first-year experience since 2006.