John K. Benson has been named Vermont’s 2018 Engineer of the Year. A Vermont native, Benson is an owner of Randolph-centered Dubois & King, Inc. He was selected for this award based on his technical accomplishments, stature in the profession, contributions to professional organizations, and involvement in the community. The selection committee is comprised of the five most-recent award winners. Benson graduated from Vermont Technical College in 1973 and became a licensed professional engineer in 1993. He has served as project manager on a wide variety of projects, from single-lot subdivisions to large-scale developments with on-site water and wastewater treatment facilities.
BURLINGTON — Vermont Housing Finance Agency has hired Sarah Woodward of Barre for the position of development underwriter. Woodward comes to VHFA from Aeon in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she worked as a site manager and compliance technician for affordable-housing developments. Woodward is a graduate of the University of Vermont, and previously worked for the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity on mobile home parks and other housing issues. “Sarah’s experience in managing affordable housing projects will be a valuable addition to the Agency’s development staff,” said VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter. Se will work with the Development Department to oversee the allocation of housing tax credits and VHFA loans to developers building and renovating rental housing projects.
RUTLAND — Andy Lamb recently joined Rutland Regional Medical Center as the new director of supply chain, overseeing purchasing, distribution, mail room, print shop, receiving and the warehouse. Lamb was employed in similar positions with the University of California-Davis and University of California-San Diego. He graduated from the SUNY Polytechnic Institution in Utica, New York, with a bachelor’s degree in business and public management. Lamb is a certified purchasing manager. “This is a perfect situation for me,” said Lamb.
Don Marsh has joined Grenier Engineering of Waterbury as a senior engineer. Grenier Engineering provides property boundary and topographic services as well as site layout, water supply, wastewater and stormwater design and permitting for clients throughout Vermont. Marsh will maintain a Grenier satellite office in Montpelier to provide water, sewer, stormwater, erosion control and site design and permitting services.
NORTHFIELD — Kathleen Murphy-Moriarty has been promoted to vice president of communications of Norwich University. Murphy-Moriarty has led Norwich’s Office of Communications since August 2013, when she was hired as director of communications and marketing. She previously served as chief marketing officer for Vermont. “As we prepare to celebrate 200 years of Norwich University and enter into our third century of service to nation, never before has effective communication and brand management been more important,” Norwich President Richard Schneider said. “We are so grateful to have Kathleen, who has served Norwich expertly and admirably, forging the path of this very important new leadership position.”
Overseeing a 12-person team, Murphy-Moriarty is responsible for managing the Norwich brand and developing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive outreach strategy.
MONTPELIER — By unanimous vote, the Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees has elected J. Churchill Hindes as its chair. Hindes will lead the 15-member board, which provides governance and stewardship for the VSCS and its institutions — Castleton University, Community College of Vermont, Northern Vermont University and Vermont Technical College. “We are very fortunate to have the extraordinary talents and experience that Church brings to our board. He is a true believer in the VSCS mission and its people, and we will thoroughly benefit from his leadership as chair,” said Chancellor Jeb Spaulding. A resident of Colchester, Hindes retired in 2015 as the vice president for accountable care at the UVM Medical Center and clinical associate professor of medicine.
MORRISVILLE — Maxine Kelly has joined Salvation Farms’ board of directors. Kelly has established her career in business administration and finance, working in ski resorts, hotel management, banking, nonprofits, and small business consulting. She joined the Vermont Studio Center team in 2014 and currently serves as finance and human resource director. “The Salvation Farms mission is a simple and brilliant concept. I am drawn to their mission because it creates a sense of harmony with the environment and our community,” said Kelly.
MONTPELIER — Laurie Kelty, executive administrative assistant with Green Mountain United Way since 2011, was promoted in December to resource coordinator for the organization’s Working Bridges program. Working Bridges is an employee-service and workforce-development program offered to business partners in the service area covering the Northeast Kingdom and central Vermont. “Laurie’s work will primarily be focused on connecting employees at our Working Bridges program sites with community resources to support them in their lives, so they can be present and productive at work, said Pam Bailey, director of operations at Green Mountain United Way and program manager for Working Bridges. Kelty is a resident of Montpelier.
WINOOSKI — Two of Vermont’s oldest infrastructure financing organizations have hired a new executive director, Michael Gaughan, to lead both agencies. The Vermont Municipal Bond Bank and Vermont Educational and Health Buildings Financing Agency facilitate social and physical infrastructure within Vermont. “The joint search committee found that Michael had the unique mix of technical skills and commitment to community that is needed to help lead the agencies forward,” said VEHBFA Board Chairman Jim Potvin
Gaughan’s background is in public finance and economic development. He worked for the nonprofit National Development Council and as a public finance banker focused on governmental, housing, and community facilities transactions. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
RANDOLPH CENTER — The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center has elected Lisa Groeneveld, chief operating officer and co-owner of Logic Supply of South Burlington, to the VMEC advisory board for a two-year term. At the Dec. 5 annual election, VMEC Advisory Board members also elected existing board members to additional two-year terms: Dave Blittersdorf, CEO/ founder, All Earth Renewables (Williston); Tommy Harmon, CEO/ owner, Sonnax Industries (Bellows Falls); Ben Riehl, president and CEO, GW Plastics (Bethel) and Ed Townley, president and CEO, Agri-Mark / Cabot Creamery (Waitsfield). Part of the nationwide MEP National Network and hosted by Vermont Technical College since 1995, VMEC operates as a nonprofit with a primary mission to strengthen and empower Vermont manufacturers.