Cross to retire from One Credit Union

SPRINGFIELD — After 32 years, Jerry Cross, president and CEO of One Credit Union has announced his intention to retire at the end of February. Cross joined Bryant Credit Union in 1985 when it was a fledgling outfit with $1.8 million in assets, 1,400 members and only the most basic checking, savings and loan products. Over the years, he led the expansion to a full service suite of savings and lending solutions, including mortgages, business lending, along with the latest in e-channel technology, the company said in a statement. Managing in the wake of the 2008 national economic downturn, Cross recognized that small credit unions were collapsing under the weight of increased regulatory burdens, along with consumers’ unbridled demand for the latest electronic delivery channels. His insight led to the merger with both United Community Credit Union and Champlain Valley Credit Union, with One Credit Union as the surviving entity.

French is Mt. Ascutney’s employee of the month

WINDSOR — Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center has named Patricia “Crikett” French the Hospital’s employee of the month for December 2016. French, a certified medical assistant, was cited for her positive energy and willingness to go “the extra mile” to help both patients and providers. “Crikett has great relationships with patients and her co-workers, and often works after hours to coordinate multiple community clinics,” said supervisor Anel Sirois, nurse manager/clinical leader. “She is constantly looking for new ways to improve morale in the hospital, and has always been willing to pitch in and help whenever she sees the need.”

French joined the staff of the hospital in July 1998.

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Patton now a partner at Burlington firm  

BURLINGTON — Langrock Sperry & Wool has made Michele B. Patton a partner. Patton works in the Middlebury office. Her litigation practice includes workers’ compensation claims, personal injury cases, trust and estate litigation, and general civil litigation matters. Prior to joining the firm in 2010, she worked with victims of domestic violence through Bay Area Legal Aid and the California Asylum Representation Clinic. In 2008, she was chosen as a Herma Hill Kay Fellow for her work advocating for domestic violence victims. In law school, she was an editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law.

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Southern Vermont College welcomes Dr. Melinda Maris  

BENNINGTON — Southern Vermont College has announced Dr. Melinda Maris joined the staff as director of the Center for Teaching and Learning on Feb. 1. Maris, an award-winning teacher and scientist, will also serve as associate provost for student success and associate professor of biology. As head of the Center for Teaching and Learning, she will manage the college’s TRIO Student Support program. Maris comes from Vesalius College, a liberal arts college in Brussels, Belgium.

Mercy Connections to honor Lisa Ventriss at annual May luncheon

BURLINGTON —  Mercy Connections is pleased to share that Lisa Ventriss, President and CEO of Vermont Business Roundtable, will be this year’s recipient of the Catherine McAuley award. The award will be bestowed at Mercy Connections Annual May Luncheon on May 4, 2017. Each year the Board of Directors selects a person who exemplifies mercy values and the example of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy. This year, the board will honor Lisa Ventriss with the Catherine McAuley award. “It has been one of my personal and professional privileges to be associated with this important organization, to see the real and transformational change that happens through the works of the Mercy community, and to support them in their mission,” Ventriss said.

V4A names Janet Hunt executive director

WINOOSKI — The Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging has hired Janet Hunt as executive director. Hunt will work in conjunction with the five area agencies on aging to enhance the public understanding of the agencies’ role, resources and expertise. She will work to address statewide needs through systems advocacy, legislative representation and visibility, and will advocate on behalf of Vermont’s seniors with policymakers and other stakeholders on promoting policies to support healthy aging. Additionally, Hunt will oversee such V4A programs such as the Veteran’s Directed Program, State Health Insurance Education Program and Case Management Training program. Hunt has worked as a leader in New Hampshire to empower individuals who experience disabilities.

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Davis joins Visiting Nurse and Hospice

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Hilary Davis has been named director of community relations and development for Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire. Davis has more than seven years of professional experience in strategic fundraising, event planning and volunteer coordination, and holds a bachelor of science in business management with a concentration in leadership from Norwich University. Prior to joining VNH, she was the director of leadership giving in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Norwich. She will be responsible for fundraising, development, marketing, public relations and planned giving activities. “I am thrilled to join the VNH team,” Davis said.

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Rutland Herald editor joins Vermont Standard

WOODSTOCK — The Vermont Standard in Woodstock has hired longtime journalist Gareth Henderson to be its new editor. After three years as business editor at the Rutland Herald, Henderson, formerly a reporter and assistant editor for the Standard, returns to the local weekly paper. He started work at the Standard on Jan. 9. Henderson, 36, is a graduate of Woodstock Union High School who first penned articles for the Standard as a freelancer during his college years, before working full-time there from 2005 -11.

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Healy joins board of  senior advocacy group

SPRINGFIELD — A longtime nurse consultant and psychoanalyst has joined Senior Solutions’ board of directors. Christina Healy, of Jamaica, is a licensed psychiatric nursing consultant with decades of experience in conducting patient psychotherapy and training nursing home staff. “Since I recently retired I have much expertise and passion to bring to the community as a board member of Senior Solutions, which provides essential resources to help individuals maintain a healthy and independent life,” Healy said. Senior Solutions Executive Director Carol Stamatakis praised the addition of Healy to the organization, noting that Vermont is one of the oldest states in the nation, so agencies like Senior Solutions are increasingly important to maintaining healthy communities. “We are very pleased Chris is adding her expertise to Seniors Solutions,” Stamatakis said.