BENNINGTON — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s ExpressCare in Bennington welcomes Physician Assistant Jonna Racela. Racela earned her certificate in physician assistant studies from Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut, and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska. She completed her undergraduate education in biology from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. For 20 years, she has worked at several Massachusetts practices. She also worked as an emergency medical technician. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
RUTLAND — Kimberley Rupe, class of 2016 has been named College of St. Joseph’s new community engagement coordinator. She will be responsible for overseeing the college’s community engagement and volunteer opportunities through the Provider Scholarship Program, which offers students a financial aid package in exchange for 15 hours of community service each semester, participation in campus life, and a commitment to academic curiosity. Rupe holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Joseph and an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Community College of Vermont.
JOHNSON — Jake Brown will join the member services and community relations team as an energy services planner for Vermont Electric Cooperative, leading a variety of communications, outreach and member service initiatives. “I am very excited that Jake will be joining us, and I know he will be a fabulous addition to the great team here at VEC,” said Andrea Cohen, manager of member relations. “He will bring skills and talent to help us meet our objectives of enhanced member services and sustainable energy projects and policies. He is an accomplished communications professional with significant experience in the environmental and energy sectors.”
Brown has been serving as U.S. communications associate with Regulatory Assistance Project, a nonprofit team of expert advisors that assists public utility commissions, utilities and NGOs on power sector regulatory policy. He joins VEC in mid-October.
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott has appointed Lisa Senecal to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women, the state’s nonpartisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. “Lisa’s background and commitment to raising awareness for issues of importance to women, and leadership in advocating to advance opportunities for women, will be a tremendous asset on the commission and for its important mission,” said Scott. Senecal is a marketing and communications professional and small-business entrepreneur. A fourth-generation Vermonter, she attended Norwich University as a civilian student. She has launched and run three successful small businesses, including an award-winning children’s entertainment company and a New Media issue advocacy consulting firm.
BURLINGTON — The Vermont Energy Investment Corporation Board of Directors has named Jim Madej chief executive officer. Madej comes to VEIC with decades of experience in the energy industry, including leadership experience in delivering energy efficiency programs and services to customers in his role as chief customer officer at National Grid USA. “Jim’s deep energy industry expertise and his proven track record of customer-focused leadership made him the ideal choice to lead VEIC in building on the success it has achieved in Vermont, Ohio, Washington, D.C., and beyond in helping customers spend less on energy,” said Richard Cowart, vice president of the board. “I’m excited to join VEIC and lead this great team to deliver innovations to everyone, regardless of income and geography. All market participants need to work together to deliver the clean energy revolution our customers are asking for,” said Madej.
RUTLAND — Maggie Ganguly is the new program specialist for the Rutland County Community Justice Center at BROC Community Action. Following Ganguly’s education in sociology and anthropology at Green Mountain College, she joined AmeriCorps, where she used her skills to create and implement new ideas and programs in the Rutland community. Her passion for, and commitment to, helping disadvantaged populations transition into the community is evident through her experiences, positive outlook, and overall willingness to make a difference, BROC said in a news release. For more information about BROC Community Action, visit www.broc.org or Facebook.
MONTPELIER — Melissa Carlson has joined National Life in a senior role in the People Center, the company’s human resources department. Carlson has been appointed associate vice president for talent management and will report to Michael Veilleux, interim chief people officer. She was director of global learning and development at QuintilesIMS, a health-care service provider based in Durham, N.C.
Carlson lives in Lyme, N.H., and will work out of National Life’s Montpelier headquarters.
BARRE — Kody M. Lyon has joined NFP’s team in Barre as an account executive for commercial insurance. NFP is an insurance broker and consultant. In her new role, Lyon will be responsible for generating new sales opportunities in the Business Insurance segment. She brings with her more than five years’ experience in the insurance and management industries. She formerly served as an account executive with Noyle Johnson in Montpelier.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Brett Graves has joined DuBois & King consulting engineers as a civil engineer in the firm’s Site and Land Development Division. Graves is a licensed wastewater and water system designer with seven years of professional experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Vermont. He is a resident of Richmond and works out of the firm’s South Burlington office. Founded in 1962, DuBois & King provides multidiscipline engineering services from offices in Randolph, South Burlington, Brandon and Springfield, Vermont and Bedford, Laconia and Keene, New Hampshire.
PITTFORD — Detective Sgt. Julie Scribner with the Vermont State Police Office of Professional Development in Pittsford has been promoted to lieutenant commander of the Office of Internal Affairs. Scribner has served Vermont for nearly 17 years, graduating from the Vermont Police Academy in early 2001. She began her career as a trooper assigned to the Royalton barracks, later becoming a detective trooper at the New Haven barracks in 2008. In 2010 she was promoted to sergeant at the Office of Professional Development, where she focused on training and recruiting.