BERLIN — Matthew Choate was recently named chief nursing officer for the University of Vermont Health Network — Central Vermont Medical Center. Choate had served as interim CNO since December 2016. Choate cited recognition for nurses, fiscal management and staff engagement as priorities. “I look forward to bringing an increased business focus to nursing, educating our staff and developing our nursing leadership team, and using data in combination with empowered nursing leaders to make the best decisions about how we deliver nursing care in our organization,” he said. Choate earned his Master’s of Business Administration, with dual specialization in finance and health care management from Northeastern University, in Boston.
WINDSOR — Christopher Snow has joined the staff at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, bringing a holistic approach to his practice with an emphasis on patient health and well-being. Snow will be working with the internal medicine team to improve patient access. He earned his master’s degree in physician assistant studies at Franklin Pierce College in 2015, and is a 2003 graduate of Keene State College. Most recently, he worked as an inpatient medical provider at the Brattleboro Retreat.
BRATTLEBORO — Brattleboro Memorial Hospital recently welcomedas the new marketing and communications specialist. Shaughnessy was previously employed at ServiceNet, Inc. in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she focused on marketing, community relations and graphic design. A graduate of Salve Regina University, with a bachelor’s of business administration and an MBA, Shaughnessy has a background in both health-care and higher-education organizations. “We’re delighted to welcome Maeve to the Brattleboro community and to BMH,” said Gina Pattison, BMH’s director of marketing and development. “Her experience in social media, marketing campaigns and website production will be great assets to the hospital.”
A Franklin County native, Shaughnessy resides in Turners Falls.
BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Retreat has appointed Mark McGee as the hospital’s new chief medical officer. McGee takes over the job from Frederick “Fritz” Engstrom, who has retired from the role but will remain on the Retreat’s medical staff. “Dr. McGee has served in a variety of roles here at the Retreat — from outpatient to inpatient — and has taken the lead on a number of important initiatives aimed at improving access to high-quality psychiatric and addiction care,” said Louis Josephson, president and chief executive officer. “I look forward to his leadership on our medical staff and also as the newest member of our executive team.” Dr. McGee joined the Retreat in 2012 after completing his residency in psychiatry at the University of Vermont. Since that time, he has served as a staff psychiatrist on the hospital’s Adult Intensive Unit and was appointed unit chief of the Adult Inpatient Unit.
SPRINGFIELD — Jeff Taft, chairman of the One Credit Union Board of Directors, has announced the appointment of Brett Smith as the new president and CEO. Smith assumed responsibilities on Feb. 27, succeeding Jerry Cross, who retired following 32 years of service. Smith has been part of One Credit Union for 3 years, serving as the chief financial officer. In addition to managing the finances of the credit union, he also oversaw the compliance and property management areas.
MONTPELIER — Mark Perry, a financial advisor in the Montpelier office of the financial services firm Edward Jones, announced the beginning of his retirement transition plan after 22 years of service with the firm. Perry formally introduced Gabriel C. (Gabe) Lajeunesse to clients as one of his retirement transition partners at an event on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Montpelier. Lajeunesse will be taking over the Edward Jones Montpelier office located at 3 Pitkin Court through Perry’s two-year retirement transition process. “I have enjoyed working with the people of this community to serve their financial needs.
RUTLAND — The Vermont Foodbank has promoted Genna Williams to branch manager of the Rutland Distribution Center. Williams has spent the past year and a half as the food bank’s southern region gleaning coordinator, leading teams of volunteers to harvest fresh produce from area farms. While collaborating with local farms and community groups to rescue thousands of pounds of fresh produce, she demonstrated dedication to ending hunger. A Vermont native, Genna grew up in Shaftsbury. She completed her undergraduate degree in government and African American studies at Smith College in Massachusetts, then served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for two years in Southwestern Montana. She is pursuing her MBA in mission driven organizations at Marlboro College.
RUTLAND — The A.M. Peisch & Company is pleased to announce the admission of certified public accountant Andrew P. Simonds, as a partner. Simonds works out of A.M. Peisch’s office in Rutland, and is a 2008 graduate of Castleton University. He began his career with A.M. Peisch upon graduation and was certified as a public accountant by the state in October 2012, after earning a Master’s of Accounting with a concentration in forensic accounting from Florida Atlantic University. He provides accounting, auditing, consulting, and tax services to a wide variety of clients. Additionally, Simonds has gained extensive experience working with financial institutions and in the upper New England region.
BENNINGTON — The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities has announced the election of new officers and board members, including David Rees Evans, president of Southern Vermont College. The three-year term appointment for Evans and seven other campus leaders (representing the association’s eight national regions) was announced at the 2017 NAICU annual meeting in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. NAICU board members set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy. Evans has been president of SVC since January 2015. He has served in academic leadership posts at Buena Vista University, Oklahoma City University, Georgia College & State University and Cornell College.
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.