Karen Oakman

Bread Loaf welcomes Oakman as new manager


MIDDLEBURY — Bread Loaf Corp. announcesh Karen Oakman as joined the mechanical, engineering and plumbing department as a manager. Oakman holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Union College, and has more than 25 years’ experience, including owning her own engineering firm from 1991 to 2013.  





Daryl Sprika

Daryl Spirka promoted to VP of Williams Financial

BENNINGTON — James J. Williams, CEO and chief investment officer of Williams Financial, announced the promotion of Daryl Spirka to executive vice president. Spirka will be an integral part of the firm’s senior management team and will help guide the firm’s vision and operations. Spirka has worked with individuals, families, and small businesses as an advisor in financial planning and tax matters for more than 20 years. Her experience, expertise and vision has been an invaluable resource to the firm’s growth and direction. “Daryl’s passion for helping people, coupled with years of experience in personal finance, has made her uniquely qualified to help guide the growth of our firm and enhance the client experience,” said Williams. “I am so proud to have her on our team.”
Williams Financial, LLC, is a fee-only, registered investment advisory firm, registered in the states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Vermont.

Leif Richardson

Ecologist Leif Richardson joins Stone Environmental  


MONTPELIER — Leif Richardson, has joined the Stone Environmental team as a senior ecologist, bringing more than 15 years of experience in diverse aspects of applied ecological and environmental science, including research on impacts of diet chemistry on bees and effects of land management practices on crop pollination by managed and wild bee pollinators. “Most of our team has hands-on experience collecting pollen and nectar samples for residue studies, but Leif brings a new level of expertise to Stone that will allow us to assist clients at the intersection of regulatory pollinator risk assessments and good laboratory practices,” said John Hanzas, agrochemical fate and exposure service leader. Richardson previously worked as an ecologist with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and has extensive natural resource management expertise, including in land cover mapping, forestry, and game species management. “Leif has been a major contributor to our understanding of the interdependence of pollinators and agriculture. We are pleased that he will continue to advance this science as a member of the Stone team,” said Chris Stone, president at Stone Environmental.

Dr. Christopher Lukonis

Lukonis joins addiction department at Gifford


RANDOLPH — Dr. Christopher Lukonis has joined Gifford Health Care to lead a new addiction medicine section of the Behavioral Health Department. A board-certified psychiatrist also certified in addiction medicine, Lukonis brings nearly 14 years’ experience as an addiction specialist. He most recently served as the medical director of Central Vermont Addiction Medicine in Berlin. “I like to help patients understand that addiction is a medical condition that can be treated. Bad behaviors come with the addiction, but that doesn’t mean the person is bad,” he said.

Jessica Greiner

Greiner joins Montpelier real estate office


Century 21 Jack Associates has announced that Jessica Greiner has joined its Montpelier branch as a sales associate. Originally from Rochester, New York, Greiner lived in Colorado for several years until last year, when she and her family relocated to Vermont, purchasing a home in Waterbury Center. She enjoys helping people and creating relationships. She also loves the outdoors and has always been a music enthusiast. She currently volunteers and enjoys her work at The Children’s Room in Waterbury as a board member.

Kelly Baker joins CCS board



COLCHESTER— Champlain Community Services (CCS), a nonprofit serving Vermonters with intellectual disabilities and autism, recently welcomed Kelly Baker to its board of directors. Baker is a preschool para-educator at Malletts Bay School in the Colchester Early Education program, and also serves as a part-time community support worker with a young woman with an intellectual disability. She holds a B.A. in Psychology (minor in Anthropology) from St. Michael College. “It’s my personal motivation of creating a more understanding and inclusive world for all members of our community that brings me to this board,” Baker said.

Energy Action Network has new executive director  

MONTPELIER — Energy Action Network, a network of Vermont nonprofit, business, state, financial and educational leaders committed to the goal of 90 percent renewable energy by 2050, has selected Jared Duval as its new executive director. “Jared brings both the vision and the skills to continue EAN’s unique network approach to transforming Vermont’s energy economy,” said Leigh Seddon, EAN’s board chairperson and president. “EAN is lucky to have found someone with Jared’s skills, knowledge and passion about clean energy, who can build on EAN’s past accomplishments and also move our mission forward.”

Duval has a background in nonprofit management and strategic facilitation, having directed the Sierra Club’s national student and youth organization from 2005-07, while also co-chairing a U.S./Canada-wide coalition, the Energy Action Coalition, that worked with hundreds of campuses to advance ambitious energy efficiency. Most recently, Duval served as economic development director at the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, where he was responsible for providing business support to working lands and green economy businesses across the state. “I am excited to work with EAN’s members and stakeholders to achieve a sustainable and affordable energy future for all Vermonters,” Duval said.


Fastiggi tapped to lead state’s human resources department

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott and Secretary of Administration Susanne Young have appointed Beth Fastiggi as commissioner of the Department of Human Resources. Fastiggi, a native Vermonter and graduate of the University of Vermont, has served as Vermont president of FairPoint Communications for nearly 30 years. In various roles with the company, Fastiggi oversaw operations, business strategy, internal and external communications, budgeting and additional managerial responsibilities. “We are very excited to have Beth join the team,” said Scott. “She brings great energy and enthusiasm to the department, as well as a strong background in management and a deep commitment to Vermont.


Rutland Regional names Cromie physician of year

RUTLAND — James F. Cromie has been named the 2017 physician of the year at Rutland Regional Medical Center. Dr. Cromie, a general surgeon, was named the physician who personifies the hospital’s core values and patient-centered model of care. Cromie was called “an accomplished provider completely dedicated to his patients and a pleasure to work with. He exemplifies all that we aspire to be as physicians,” in a news release. He joined Rutland Regional’s General Surgical Team in 2012.


Worcester to manage new Bank of Bennington branch

RUTLAND — The Bank of Bennington recently announced that Karen Worcester has joined the bank as manager of its newest branch at 143 Woodstock Ave., in Rutland. Worcester joins The bank with nearly 30 years of banking experience. She started her career as a teller for Vermont National, and was most recently an assistant branch manager for Berkshire Bank in Rutland. Worcester has completed numerous bank-related courses and is a 2006 graduate from the New England School of Banking. She is active with the Rutland Chamber of Commerce, is a volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Rutland, and has volunteered for the Everybody Wins program at the Rutland Intermediate School.