Comcast and Mobius announce nominees for the 2018 Vermont Mentor of the Year award

BURLINGTON — Comcast and Mobius are excited to announce the opening of the voting process for the 2018 Vermont Mentor of the Year Award. Voters can read the full nominations for each candidate, and submit their choice for one of the 10 finalists by visiting: Public voting is open through Thursday, January 4, 2018, and will narrow the field down to three finalists. The final award winner will be determined by a selection committee of local mentoring supporters, and Comcast will present the award to the winning mentor at Mobius’ annual Mentoring Celebration at the Statehouse later in the month. “Comcast believes strongly in the power of mentoring, and is dedicated to giving back to the communities where our customers and employees live and work,” said Daniel Glanville, Vice President of Government, Regulatory and Community Affairs for Comcast’s Western New England Region, which includes Vermont.


Vermont Teddy Bear Co., U.S. Olympic Committee show team ‘Spirit’

SHELBURNE – Vermont Teddy Bear, PajamaGram and the United States Olympic Committee announced today that Spirit, the official Team USA Bear, is giving Team USA athletes a big competitive edge for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018: warmth and comfort from head to toe. In his second year as the official Team USA Bear, Spirit wears a red, white and blue winter outfit, including a puffer jacket and matching hat, mittens and scarf. A portion of every sale of the Team USA Bear helps support our athletes, and that’s not the only thing Spirit will help: He’s giving Team USA Hoodie-Footies from PajamaGram to each American athlete—roughly 245 total—so they can stay warm and rested when not skiing, sliding, snowboarding and skating to the medal stand. “Performing at peak levels in the cold takes a lot of energy,” said Vermont Teddy Bear Company CEO Bill Shouldice, a hockey lifer and big Olympic and Paralympic fan. “This is a great opportunity to team up with the USOC and give folks a chance to help our athletes—and give us the honor of keeping them warm and relaxed!”

“We’re thrilled to work with Vermont Teddy Bear again to support Team USA,” said Peter Zeytoonjian, USOC senior vice president of marketing, commerce and events.

Davis and Hodgdon Accounting recognized as great firm to work for

RUTLAND – Davis & Hodgdon Associate CPAs is pleased to announce their inclusion in Accounting Today’s 2017 Top 100 List of Best Accounting Firms to work for. With offices in Williston and Rutland, the Vermont-based CPA firm is listed in the 34th spot of the “Best Small Firms to Work For” (15-49 employees). “It’s truly an honor to receive this recognition at a national level”, said John W. Davis, Managing Partner. “We realize and appreciate that our people are our greatest asset.”

For the full article from Accounting Today please click here. Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs offers a dynamic staff development program to enhance both technical and management skills.

Kathleen Hyde

Champlain cybersecurity program has new leadership


BURLINGTON — Champlain College Online, designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, today announced a new chair of cybersecurity programs. Kathleen Hyde, MCIS, MBA, will help equip Champlain’s adult students with the business and technical skills to solve some of the nation’s most complex information security challenges. “We are thrilled to welcome Kathleen as chair of cybersecurity programs, reflecting our institution’s commitment to hiring administrators and educators who are practitioners in their fields and adept at helping students succeed,” said Dr. Mika Nash, Academic Dean of Continuing Professional Studies at Champlain College Online. “Every decision we make is about improving the academic experience for adult learners, so we place great weight on the people who lead and educate our students.”

As program director, Hyde will maintain the cybersecurity and digital forensic programs’ competitive and relevant edge, promote growth of the nation’s cybersecurity workforce and share her passion for lifelong learning by teaching several online classes. For more than 20 years, she has provided consulting services in cybersecurity, data recovery, business continuity and digital forensics to government, retail, finance, professional and residential customers. Hyde has also served as an instructor for Champlain’s cybersecurity program and a subject-matter expert for course development for the past three years.

Kathleen Thompson

Thompson joins Davis & Hodgdon CPAs

RUTLAND —  Kathleen Thompson has joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as an Administrative Assistant. Kathleen graduated from Castleton University with a Master’s degree in Accounting and Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Kathleen’s prior experience includes an internship with Davis & Hodgdon Associates as well as extensive undergraduate course work as a certified tax preparer for BROC Community Action in Southwestern Vermont, where she prepared individual tax returns for low-income Rutland residents. She has also been an active member of the Vermont Army National Guard since 2013 and will compete for the title of Miss Vermont USA, 2018. Kathleen will be operating from the firm’s Rutland location and servicing the firm’s clients throughout Vermont.

Stern Center presents international IDA conference

WILLISTON — The Stern Center for Language and Learning’s President, Dr. Blanche Podhajski, and Program Manager for Evaluations, Dr. Melissa Farrall, joined a select group of presenters at the 2017 Reading, Literacy & Learning Annual IDA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on November 8-11, 2017. Hosted by the International Dyslexia Association, this premier professional development conference focused on dyslexia research and instructional interventions convened experts from around the world to illuminate the most current information in the field for some 2,000 attendees. Podhajski’s presentation was entitled “Structured Literacy in Preschool: Early Hope for Struggling Readers” and Farrall’s topic was “Assessing Literacy Comprehension in a Comprehensive Reading Evaluation; The Heart of the Matter.”

NMC welcomes Sue Dodge as new physical therapist



ST. ALBANS – NMC and the Northwestern Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Center are pleased to welcome veteran physical therapist Susan Dodge to the team. Dodge is a native Vermonter who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont and her Master’s Degree in health care administration from Marlboro College. Dodge’s primary areas of interest are treating overuse injuries and general orthopedics. Susan is certified in Graston Technique® – an innovative, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to detect and break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions, as well as maintain optimal range of motion.

Rutland Young Professionals fashion-show mixer

RUTLAND — Save the date for our Fall Fashion Show themed November Mix, Friday the 17th from 6-8 PM at Southside Steakhouse. Meet and network with young professionals from the Rutland region. Bring your business cards and a friend. Apps and cash bar available, plus our monthly door prizes.

UVM Cancer Center Retreat held in the Davis Center January 9, 2017. Gary Stein

Gary Stein invested as inaugural Arthur Jason Perelman  Professor 

BURLINGTON – Gary S. Stein, Ph.D., director of the University of Vermont Cancer Center, professor and chair of biochemistry and professor of surgery at the UVM Larner College of Medicine, was invested in a formal ceremony on October 27, 2017 as the inaugural Arthur Jason Perelman, M.D. ’52 Professor in Cancer Research. The newly endowed professorship was created in 2014 by Dr. Arthur Perelman, who received his medical degree from UVM in 1952, and was fully funded through his estate when he died. In 2012, Dr. Perelman also established the Charlotte E. Perelman Cancer Research Fund – affectionately known as the “Charlotte Fund” – at the Larner College of Medicine and the UVM Medical Center in memory of his wife. Together, these two distinguished endowed funds created by the Perelman family will support crucial work in cancer research at UVM for generations to come. Trained in physiology and pathology, Gary Stein received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Vermont in 1969.

Human resources seminar Nov. 15 in Montpelier

On November 15, Associated Industries of Vermont will host a special seminar focusing on key human resource issues facing Vermont employers in 2017 and into 2018 and beyond. The seminar will cover issues impacting private and public sector employers and the professionals who serve them, and will feature presentations, commentary, and audience Q&A with expert government and private sector presenters. Both members and non-members are welcome to register. Registration is required by COB November 10 and costs $50 for AIV members and $75 for non-members. Complementary registrations and other benefits are available for sponsors and new members.