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  • The University of Vermont Introduces New Healthcare Management and Leadership Program. The University of Vermont today announced the launch of its new Healthcare Management and Leadership Professional Certificate Program, with the first session of the five-seminar series taking place this fall.  The program is designed to prepare health and human services professionals with practical hands-on tools, techiques, and templates to succeed in this dynamic field.   

    “Informed, innovative leaders are needed more than ever to help identify ways to promote healthcare affordability and ensure that Americans have access to needed care,” said Catherine Hamilton, Ph.D., instructor in UVM’s Healthcare Management and Leadership Professional Certificate Program.  “Strong healthcare managers are essential in shaping a better future for all the stakeholders of the healthcare system, and UVM’s Professional Certificate program is a critical resource for leadership and scholarship in the field of healthcare management.”

    UVM’s Healthcare Management and Leadership Certificate Program consists of five, day-long interactive seminars that focus on best practices  and practical solutions to the biggest challenges facing today’s health services managers, leaders, and administrators.  Topics include planning, decision making, project management, change management, employee engagement and leadership. 

    Registration is now open for the fall session, taking place October 20, November 3 and 17, and December 1 and 8 in South Burlington, Vermont.  For more details, visit https://learn.uvm.edu/program/healthcare-management-and-leadership-professional-certificate/. Chamber members receive a 20% discount. Posted: 9/20/17

  • United Way of Northwest Vermont announced today that its Board of Directors has named Eric Boehm to be Director of Finance effective September 29, 2017. Boehm was formerly the Senior Budget and Planning Analyst at Seventh Generation. 

    “Eric has long been dedicated to creating positive social change through his work – that commitment is clear in his attitude, outlook and resume. I’m confident that he will be exceptional at helping us protect our assets and offer valuable insight into community investment and strategic decision making,” said Jesse Bridges, CEO of United Way of Northwest Vermont. “Eric will be a positive evolution of our organization – our recently united regional organization has new leadership and a new set of community priorities. We welcome new thinking and collaboration.” 

    Prior to beginning his new post on September 29, Boehm concluded his role as Senior Budget and Planning Analyst at Seventh Generation, where he lead all budget, forecasting and planning work in systems, process and oversight. Boehm bring a diverse skill set to his role at United Way, having worked across multiple disciplines within finance and accounting, including nearly 7 years at The Aspen Institute as Senior Manager of Programs and Financial Analysis, and financial management, research and analysis for both SmithBucklin Corp. and Investment Company Institute. 

    "I’m excited to return to my non-profit roots by joining the dynamic team at United Way of Northwest Vermont, said Boehm.  “I have spent the last decade working on financial management with a wide spectrum of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations and I am thrilled to share and grow this experience at an organization having meaningful impact in the community that I and my family call home.” Posted: 9/13/17

  • Governor Phil Scott has appointed Lisa Senecal to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), the state’s non-partisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls.

    “Lisa’s background and commitment to raising awareness for issues of importance to women, and leadership in advocating to advance opportunities for women will be a tremendous asset on the Commission and for its important mission,” said Governor Phil Scott. “I thank Lisa for her willingness to serve in this role, and as a leader in Vermont.” Ms. Senecal is a marketing and communications professional and small business entrepreneur. A fourth-generation Vermonter, she attended Norwich University as a civilian student. It was there that she developed her voice as a women’s advocate, being one of only a few women in most of her classes – an experience she considers invaluable both personally and professionally. She has launched and run three successful small businesses including an award-winning children’s entertainment company and a New Media issue advocacy consulting firm. Today, she divides her time between large-scale event management, writing with an emphasis on issues of particular importance to women, and communications consulting. Posted: 9/12/17

  • Mater Christi: Mater Christi will be holding an Open House Wednesday October 25th from 8:30 am to 11:00 am visit their  website to register.

    Mater Christi School prepares pre-school, elementary, and middle school students of all faiths to succeed in high school and beyond. With test scores that are consistently above national averages, integrated arts, cutting-edge technology, a state-of-the-art science laboratory, and music, art, and French classes, we are a Catholic school that discovers personal greatness in every student. Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Mercy Education System of the Americas (MESA)

    After the school day ends, your child’s opportunities continue with Mater Christi’s award-winning extracurricular activities – band, drumline, drama, sports, student council, Odyssey of the Mind, Girls on the Run, and many more. We also offer a renowned afterschool enrichment program, which accommodates working parents’ schedules..

    Located at 50 Mansfield Avenue in Burlington’s hill section, our school’s beautiful campus is adjacent to Fletcher Allen Health Care and the University of Vermont. Posted: 9/12/17

  • Vermont Housing Finance Agency- Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced Vermont Housing Finance Agency seeks investors for historic "Housing for All" initiative.  Proceeds expected to create or rehabilitate 650 homes statewide.

    Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) invited bids from investors Friday for the "Housing for All" initiative passed by Vermont lawmakers earlier this year.  The proceeds from this financing will be used to create and rehabilitate an estimated 650 rental and owned homes across the state.

    Funded through a small portion of Vermont's Property Transfer Tax revenue, the "Housing for All" initiative is the largest single commitment of state funds for housing development in Vermont's history.

    In order to reduce the cost of underwriting and public offering fees, this particular financing will only be offered directly to institutional and organizational investors, and not to individual investors. This will help maximize the amount of proceeds produced with $2.5 million annual debt service for 20 years. The bids are due October 2, 2017.  Information on future VHFA bond offerings can be found at www.vhfa.org.

    Converting the proceeds from investors into new and rehabilitated housing will be the task of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB).  VHCB has a 30-year history in Vermont of funding and supporting permanently affordable housing created by non-profits, municipalities and other public-private partnerships. VHCB is conducting outreach meetings around the state to explain the application process and solicit project ideas.  More information can be found at www.vhcb.org. posted: 9/12/17
  • Autumn Harp, Inc., contract manufacturer of cosmetics and skin care, announced the promotion of  Hillary Burrows to Chief Operating Officer. In this role, she will oversee new business development as well as finance, HR, and IT functions for the company.

    Ms. Burrows joined Autumn Harp in 2008 as a senior accountant and has since risen through management positions, most recently serving as Vice President, Finance and Administration. She began her career in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, where she obtained her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. 

    A native of Essex Junction, Vermont, Ms. Burrows earned her degree in Business Administration at the University of Vermont (UVM) and an MBA from UVM in 2011. 

    On her role at Autumn Harp, Ms. Burrows says, “Autumn Harp is such a rewarding place to work, with incredibly talented and passionate employees. It’s wonderful to be with this company during this exciting time of growth.” 

    Along with the promotion of Ms. Burrows, Autumn Harp announced promotions of Chris Hubbell to the executive management team as Director of Culture, and of Danielle Legnosky to Manager, Accounting.  Mr. Hubbell joined Autumn Harp thirteen years ago and has served in management roles in supply chain and manufacturing. He will draw on his broad knowledge base and people skills to continue to strengthen Autumn Harp’s corporate culture. Ms. Legnosky came to Autumn Harp in 2014 and has helped propel continuous improvement for the finance team. Posted: 9/11/17

  • Mad River Distillers of Vermont is proud to announce the distillery’s new Burnt Rock Bourbon will be released in extremely limited quantities on Tuesday, September 19th at select Vermont and Massachusetts retailers and bars.

    “We were looking for a different bourbon experience, something spicier with a bit of smoke to it,” said Mimi Buttenheim, Mad River Distillers’ president. “The maple wood smoke allowed us to showcase our Vermont roots.”

    Entirely different from the distillery’s flagship four-grain, wheated bourbon (corn, wheat, oats, and barley), Burnt Rock Bourbon is a 12- to 18-month old corn, rye, and maple wood-smoked barley named after a popular hiking trail up Burnt Rock Mountain in Mad River Valley, Vermont.

    “We hand-built our smoker from a used steel drum and smoke the malted barley over maple wood from our property at Cold Spring Farm,” said Alex Hilton, general manager and distiller at Mad River Distillers. “The corn we used was grown organically in Vermont, and the rye adds a nice spice element to complement the smoke. As they say, ‘Smoke it if you got it.’” Visit madriverdistillers.com and follow on social media @madriverdistillers. Posted: 9/7/17