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.

Michael Healy joins Stern Center board of directors

WILLISTON — Michael Healy has become the newest member of the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Stern Center for Language and Learning. His formal induction was on October 19 during the group’s Annual Meeting, which was held this year at the Catamount Country Club. Healy is currently the Vice President of IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, World Wide and formerly Vice President of Strategy and Integration for North American IBM Cloud. His more than 20 years of customer success leadership, service delivery, and consulting experience, as well as his background as a certified public accountant, will make him a valuable asset on the Stern Center’s Board.

WBON announces fall conference 

BURLINGTON — Women’s Business Owner’s Network (WBON) is pleased to announce its 33rd Annual Fall Conference, The conference will be held at the Hotel Vermont on Wednesday, November 8th from 12:30 PM- 6:00 PM. This year’s theme is “The Business Climate in Context: Navigating External Issues.” Many challenges that business owners faces are largely external. Being informed about the greater business climate provides a competitive advantage in regards to facing challenges that arise from the business climate. This conference is designed to help you examine issues and consider your responses to the challenges you encounter as a woman business owner. Keynote speaker and co-founder of Milk Money, Janice Shade, will be offering insights, inspiration and a few good laughs about her experience as a woman business owner.

Jason Turner is new VP at Aspenti Health

BURLINGTON — Aspenti Health, an innovative, comprehensive clinical drug testing lab, today announced that Jason Turner has accepted a position as Vice President of Compliance, Quality and General Counsel. Turner joins Aspenti from the Vermont Attorney General’s Office where he served as anAssistant Attorney General and Director of the Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit. In that role, Turner oversaw the investigation and prosecution of cases involving Medicaid fraud, as well as cases involving abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults. “Our search for the right leader to help us accelerate our growth and build upon our commitment to compliance, quality, and integrity has been a lengthy process,” stated Chris Powell, CEO of Aspenti Health. “We reviewed many candidates, however, in the end, Jason’s leadership caliber and experience were the perfect fit for our team, adding value to Aspenti Health as a respected healthcare provider of toxicology lab services”

“I am excited to join Aspenti and use my experience and skills to expand and refine compliance and quality plans that will assist Aspenti grow as a leader among toxicology laboratories.