Provided PhotoMelissa Bartlett and Nick Strom-Olsen run Vermont Retirement Planners

Vermont Retirement Planners now in Rutland, Bennington counties

Launched in late 2015 in Vergennes, Vermont Retirement Planners has moved southward and is now working out of offices in Rutland and Manchester.
In its new locations, the company continues “to walk clients through the complex and challenging process of planning for and transitioning into retirement,” as stated on its website.

David Provost

Provost gets VP job

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College recently appointed David J. Provost as the institution’s new executive vice president for finance and administration, starting Jan. 23. Provost comes to Middlebury from Champlain College in Burlington, where he spent 12 years overseeing a variety of core functions, including finance, advancement, campus planning, facilities, human resources and information technology. At Middlebury, Provost will lead the college’s finance and budget office, facilities, capital planning, dining operations, information technology and business services. Provost had a key role in creating Champlain College’s first comprehensive master plan, which created a road map for its projected growth and needs for the next 10 to 15 years.

Museum appoints co-execs

BURLINGTON — The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is undergoing a change of leadership, following the news that its executive director is stepping down. Mike Smiles resigned the executive director post, effective Dec. 31, to pursue new opportunities, according to a recent announcement. Joyce Cameron, the museum’s director of development and community relations, and Deputy Director Erick Tichonuk were appointed as co-executive directors. Cameron will oversee administrative operations and Tichonuk will oversee museum operations and Schooner Lois McClure.

Michael Berresse

Berresse takes theater post

WESTON — Weston Playhouse Theatre Company recently appointed award-winning actor/director Michael Berresse to the Weston staff. Berresse, who has worked with the company over five seasons, will become its first associate artistic director in January. A Tony- and Olivier-nominated actor and OBIE award-winning director, Michael Berresse’s numerous Broadway acting credits include “A Chorus Line,” “The Light in the Piazza,” and “Kiss Me, Kate” (also on London’s West End). His directing credits on and Off Broadway include, “Now. Here.

Kathy Fleury

Fleury joins Holbrook center

BURLINGTON — Kathy Fleury was recently hired as the new associate director of Sara Holbrook Community Center in Burlington. Fleury brings more than 20 years of work and volunteer experience in social service in Vermont. Her most recent position was with Hunger Free Vermont, where she served as the child nutrition initiatives manager. Earlier in her career, Fleury worked for 12 years as the associate director of the Chittenden and Franklin/Grand Isle Community Action programs of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity.

SunCommon hires 2 execs

WATERBURY — SunCommon recently added two new hires to its leadership team, as it prepares to launch several new products and programs.

Tom Berry joins SunCommon as the new vice president of marketing and sales, and Jim Merriam is the new vice president of operations. Berry most recently worked for Keurig Green Mountain and was previously with Burton Snowboards. Merriam used to work for the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. The new duo is leading SunCommon through the launch of a small-business program, a new installation technology partnership and an innovative solar product: the Solar Canopy.  


Preda gets CFP designation

BURLINGTON — Remus Preda of People’s United Bank recently received his certified financial planner designation. As a certified financial planner, Preda will serve individuals, families and nonprofit organizations for People’s United Bank in southern Vermont. He will also work with local businesses and organizations to design and administer retirement plans.

BROC announces new hires

BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont recently hired two new counselors. Jessica Steller and Janna Herchenroder joined the organization as counselors for the Housing Opportunity Program in our Bennington location. They will provide case management, eviction prevention and rapid rehousing services for homeless and at-risk clients.