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.
BARRE — Wilkins Harley-Davidson has announced that longtime motorcycle specialist Jon Sargent, a Roxbury resident, has been promoted to sales manager. Sargent has been with Wilkins since 2011. He has won the prestigious New England Harley-Davidson Dealer Association Walk-Around Competition in 2015, for “extraordinary presentation skills and knowledge about Harley-Davidson motorcycles,” according to a news release. “Jon is an extraordinary individual capable of taking Wilkins Harley-Davidson to the next level,” said Mark Frano, customer experience manager. Wilkins Harley-Davidson has won the most awards of any New England Harley-Davison dealership.
MONTPELIER — Bryan A. Mjaanes has joined Vermont Mutual Insurance Group as vice president and head of information technology. He replaces Joanne Currier upon her retirement. Mjaanes comes to Vermont Mutual from Zurich North America in Schaumburg, Illinois, where he was senior vice president and head of underwriting information technology. “Bryan brings a wealth of experience to our organization at a time when keeping pace with technology is a necessity for us to succeed both operationally for our employees and as we strive to provide exceptional service to our independent agent partners and our policyholders,” said Dan Bridge, president and CEO. Mjaanes, along with his wife and three children, will be relocating to Vermont.
CABOT — Amy Levine, director of marketing at Cabot Creamery Co-operative, was named a 2017 B Corp Champion at the annual International B Corp Retreat in Toronto. Certified B Corporations are committed to rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency, according to a news release. In 2016, Levine spearheaded a steering committee with other certified B Corp businesses, all volunteering time and resources to develop a campaign to improve consumer awareness of what B Corp certification means. The campaign, which launches in 2018, aims to make people aware of the many B Corps all around them, including companies in consumer goods, retail and services.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Shannon Vera has been named regional manager for Help at Home, Visiting Nurse for Vermont and New Hampshire’s private-duty service. Vera has over six years of experience in business development and marketing for long-term-care rehabilitation facilities and hospice agencies. “I am very excited to be a part of the Help at Home team,” said Vera. “It is an honor to work with a company that provides such individualized care and outstanding support to people in the community.”
She will be responsible for staff management and operations, including fiscal management, talent acquisition and performance management, marketing and business development. She will oversee quality and the appropriateness of services, and ensure regulatory compliance and client excellence.
MONTPELIER — Mary N. Peterson, former commissioner of the Vermont Department of Taxes, has joined the tax practice group of Rath, Young and Pignatelli’s Montpelier office. Her practice will focus on state and local tax, energy and other regulated industries, administrative practice and public policy. Peterson has experience in state and local matters, as well as utility regulation, commercial contracts, lender liability, bankruptcy and securities. She will be working out of the new Montpelier office at 26 State St., Suite 9.
MONTPELIER — Vesta Bovair, an insurance industry veteran, has joined National Life Group as executive vice president and head of the company’s operations division. Bovair is in charge of National Life’s Customer Innovation Group, which includes processing policies, paying claims and answering agent and client questions, among many other responsibilities, for the company’s life insurance and annuity policy businesses. Bovair came to National Life from Swiss Re Group, where she was managing director for global business solutions, leading strategy and delivery in 10 countries. Bovair holds a BA and an MBA from the University of Toronto and an MA from Brown University. She and her husband, Greg, have two children and have settled in Vermont.
RUTLAND — Meg Gallup has joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as the client relations assistant. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont where she earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences. Gallup joins the firm with several years of customer service and administrative experience. She will operate from the firm’s Williston location and assist the firm’s clients throughout Vermont. She lives in Milton.
BURLINGTON — Dr. Isabelle Desjardins accepted the position of chief medical officer for the University of Vermont Medical Center, effective Oct. 1. Desjardins is an attending psychiatrist and associate professor of psychiatry at UVM’s Larner College of Medicine. She has held clinical leadership roles at the Medical Center since she arrived in Burlington in 2003, recently as vice chairwoman of clinical affairs for the Department of Psychiatry, executive medical director of the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin, and as medical director of inpatient psychiatry at the UVM Medical Center. A native of Quebec, Dr. Desjardins earned her medical degree at the University of Montreal and completed her psychiatry residency training and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta.
PUTNEY — Landmark College announced the hire of Chris Lenois as associate director of marketing communications at the beginning of the month. Lenois spent four years as director of marketing communications at Marlboro College before establishing Straight Ahead Communications in 2011, under which he provided services for a variety of clients. For the past three years, he has also served as news director and program host for WKVT Radio in Brattleboro. “Chris is a huge asset for Landmark College — a winning combination of experience in higher-education marketing, community involvement, and a journalist’s eye and ear for telling the stories of Landmark and its students,” said Mark DiPietro, director of marketing and communications.