Grace Cottage Hospital CEO announces his retirement

TOWNSHEND— Roger Allbee, CEO of Grace Cottage Board of Trustees, announced he is retiring as administrator of Grace Cottage Family Health and Hospital in Townshend as soon as the board finds a suitable replacement. Grace Cottage Family Health and Hospital is a health care provider for the West River Valley and beyond. The board of trustees acknowledged Allbee’s more than three years of dedicated service. Stephan Morse said, “Without Roger’s dedicated service, Grace Cottage would be a very different facility today. The West River Valley is grateful for his devotion to Grace Cottage Hospital.”
Parties interested in further information on the position should contact Martha Gardiner Dale at

Jim Condos

Condos selected president of secretaries of state group

On July 10, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos was chosen by a bipartisan group of his peers as president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State at the summer conference in Indianapolis. NASS serves as a medium for secretaries across the country to share ideas and best practices in the development of public policy as it relates to elections and voting, business services, and policy relating to state archival work and records management. “I’m honored to serve as the president-elect for NASS. I look forward to working with my fellow secretaries to strengthen and improve election integrity across our states’ election systems, increase access to the ballot box for voters, foster open government and transparency, improve business services, and to streamline government services to best meet the needs of our citizens,” said Condos. NASS is the nation’s oldest nonpartisan professional organization for public officials.


Child earns Fellow status in physician recruiter network


BERLIN — Sarah Child, manager of physician services at University of Vermont Health Network, Central Vermont Medical Center, has earned the ASPR credential according to the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters. ASPR’s Fellowship program is the most comprehensive, authoritative resource for individuals seeking to develop and test their skills and knowledge within a broad spectrum of topics including physician/provider recruitment, onboarding and retention, human resources, and relevant legal issues. Child has been employed at CVMC since 2007 and has been central to the successful recruitment of many talented medical staff members over the past 10 years. She previously worked in allied health recruitment for the University of Vermont Medical Center. Prior to entering health care, Child worked in undergraduate college admissions at Champlain College and Norwich University.


VEIC co-founder Beth Sachs receives achievement award

BURLINGTON — Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility has given the Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement to Beth Sachs, co-founder and director emerita of Vermont Energy Investment Cooperation. Jane Campbell, VBSR’s executive director, said Sach’s contribution to the state’s focus on the reduction of fossil fuel consumption and the importance of workplace equality cannot be overstated. This award is given to an individual in honor of Terry Ehrich, late owner of Hemmings Motor News, founder of the First Day Foundation and a founding board member of VBSR, exemplifying his commitment to community, the environment, progressive public policy and the workplace. Additionally, Benjamin Adler, founder and owner of the Skinny Pancake, Inc., will receive the organization’s Young Changemaker Award. VBSR’s 16th annual awards ceremony will take place Sept.


Nikki Harnish joins IT department of DuBois & King  

DuBois & King consulting engineers announce that Nikki Harnish has joined the firm as a help desk technician in the Information Technology division. Harnish is a graduate of Vermont Technical College with a degree in computer engineering. Her experience includes customer service and diagnostic work for IT departments of industrial and financial firms. She lives in Bethel, and works in the firm’s Randolph headquarters. Founded in 1962, DuBois & King provides multidiscipline engineering services from offices in Randolph, South Burlington, Brandon and Springfield in Vermont, and Bedford and Laconia, New Hampshire.  


CVMC’s Callie Froebel earns DAISY Award for nursing care

BERLIN — Callie Froebel, a registered nurse, received Central Vermont Medical Center’s third DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in a surprise standing-room-only ceremony June 29. Froebel, a two-year nurse on CVMC’s medical-surgical unit, earned the honor for caring for and comforting a patient who had reached the end of life. “Callie took great care (of the patient) every single time,” her DAISY nominator wrote. “She went above and beyond every single shift. She not only was extremely competent and compassionate … but she connected with (the patient).”

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day.


Hogenauer joins Nurses Alliance as hospice clinical manager

RUTLAND — Tammy Hogenauer, of Clarendon, has been named hospice clinical manager at the southwest region of the Visiting Nurses Alliance & Hospice. She will oversee a team of nurses providing hospice care to patients. Hogenauer joined the Visiting Nurses Alliance in 2014 as a hospice nurse. She previously worked as a registered nurse at Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Medical Oncology unit. Hogenauer received her training as a nurse and her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Castleton University, and certification as a hospice and palliative care nurse from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Judith Soules appointed CFO of One Credit Union

SPRINGFIELD — Judith Soules has joined One Credit Union as chief financial officer. She assumed responsibilities on May 29. Soules has more than 20 years’ financial management experience, working successfully to integrate the efforts of diverse departments toward unified goals. She has also managed marketing, sales, HR, IT and operations. “I’m excited to join the team at One CU.


Randolph man awarded water quality service distinction

Chris Chambers of the Randolph Water/Wastewater Department has been awarded the Bob Wood Young Professional Award by the Green Mountain Water Environment Association. The award honors exceptional commitment to service excellence by a water-quality professional under the age of 30. Chambers has been a wastewater operator in Randolph for about four years
Coming from a background in the automotive industry, Chambers applied his mechanical knowledge to his new position and quickly passed the wastewater exam. He then completed GMWEA’s operator management course and was promoted to the role of process control and maintenance supervisor. He now serves as acting water/wastewater superintendent of Randolph and chairman of the Randolph Safety Committee.


Lead teacher Elrick named top employee at Parent Child Center


RUTLAND — Carrie Elrick has been recognized as the 2017 employee of the year of the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Nominated by the management team, the employee of the year is someone who goes above and beyond, while always promoting the vision of the agency. Elrick, who is the site coordinator and lead teacher at RCPCC, has consistently shown support to her team, demonstrating commitment and dedication to her job, according to a news release. She requested to move into a higher leadership role during a challenging time of transition. RCPCC, one of 15 parent-child centers located throughout Vermont, is a community-based, private, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and meeting the needs of children, youth and families.