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    December 25,2012
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    Four new full-time faculty members have joined Southern Vermont College in Bennington.

    Stacey Hills is an associate professor of marketing in the McCormick Division of Business. She previously was a marketing faculty member and clinical associate professor and co-director of the Huntsman Scholars Program at Utah State University.

    Hills earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Marketing, a Master of Business Administration degree in New Product Development and Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and International Studies from Russell Sage College.

    Daisy Levy is assistant professor of the Hunter Division of Humanities. She previously was a teaching assistant with the Department of Writing Rhetoric and American Cultures, and a Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing In the Disciplines coordinator in the Strategies for Teaching Across Fields program at Michigan State University. She was also a faculty member at Alma College, Baker College, Lansing Community College, and Olivet College.

    Levy earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Rhetoric and Writing from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts degree in English from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

    Jennifer Richardson is an associate professor and chair of the Hunter Division of Humanities. She previously was an associate professor of English and Communications at the State University of New York College at Potsdam. She has also held faculty positions at the University of Hawaii in Hilo, Washington State University, and Weber State University.

    Richardson earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Rhetoric and Composition from Washington State University; a Master of Science degree in Theory and Practice of Writing from Utah State University; and a Bachelor of Science degree in English from Weber State University.

    Sarah Valentine-Maher is an instructor in the schoolís Division of Nursing. She was an instructor in the Department of Nursing at William Paterson University. She earned a Master of Science degree in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from St. Lawrence University.

    Founded in 1926, Southern Vermont College offers 17 academic degree programs for more than 550 students. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Community-Engagement Classification institution.


    Heather Corcoran has been promoted to branch manager of the Bank of Benningtonís Phyllis Lane office in Bennington.

    As branch manager, Corcoran will promote the bank and develop business in Bennington, North Bennington, and neighboring counties in New York State.

    Corcoran is a graduate of the Northern New England School of Banking, and has completed management course work through Community College of Vermont, Centers for Financial Training, and American Institute of Banking.

    The Bank of Bennington is a local community bank with branch offices in Bennington, Manchester and Arlington.


    Dwalin DeBoer, business unit director of the orthopedics and disposable medical devices unit at Mack Molding in Arlington, has been selected by a panel of judges at Vermont Business magazine to join its cadre of Vermont Rising Stars. The list is comprised of 40 winners under the age of 40 and was selected from over 120 nominations.

    DeBoer joined Mack 12 years ago, where she has worked in areas including sales, molding, and manufacturing. Most recently, she was promoted to head up MackMedicalís new-business unit, which focuses on the orthopedic and disposable medical device markets.

    She previously worked for Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, GE Plastics (now Sabic), and Monsanto Plastics.

    DeBoer studied chemical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA.

    Mack Molding specializes in plastics design, prototyping, molding, sheet metal fabrication, full-service machining and medical-device manufacturing. Founded in 1920, the privately owned business operates 10 facilities throughout the world.


    John Stimets has been named Associate of the Year for 2012 for Country Business, Inc. (CBI) of Manchester Center. Stimets, who has expertise in finance, sales, negotiation and management, has been the lead intermediary in the firmís Burlington office since 1991.

    CBI is New Englandís largest privately held business brokerage firm, specializing in the sale of small and mid-sized businesses. It has locations in Vermont, northern New York State, and Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Canada.


    Jeremy Gibbons, director of admissions at Southern Vermont College (SVC), has been selected to a two-year term as president-elect of the Consortium of Vermont Colleges (CVC).

    The CVC is comprised of admissions representatives from Vermont Higher Education Council member institutions. It works to promote the wealth and diversity of higher-education opportunities in Vermont and to highlight Vermont as an ideal setting for a college experience.

    Gibbons will work closely with admissions officers from across the state to promote the work of CVC and represent the organization to external constituencies. Gibbons has been active in the CVC for five years.

    Gibbons has worked at SVCís admissions office for five years, previously holding the positions of assistant director and associate director.

    In May 2010, Gibbons received the Outstanding Service Award at Southern Vermont College. He currently is a member of the New England Association for College Admission Counseling and the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

    He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Castleton State College, and is currently enrolled part time in the Master of Science program in Higher Education Administration at Bay Path College.


    Jamie Belchak and Sara Lees of the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice (RAVNAH) have earned certification as outcome and assessment information set (OASIS) clinical specialists. Belchak is the groupís physical therapist and rehabilitation services manager; Lees is a physical therapist.

    OASIS is a quality measure used in home health agencies across the U.S. to enhance care for patients in the home. Home care providers may take this national exam to demonstrate and establish their expertise and commitment to OASIS data accuracy.

    The exam is the only national standardized test that evaluates a clinicianís knowledge of the OASIS, which measures key assessment questions for an adult patient in home health care.

    Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice is a local, nonprofit Medicare-certified home health agency that provides a wide range of home health and hospice services to people of all ages in Rutland County, Dorset and Rupert. It is recognized as one of the Top 500 home care agencies in the U.S. v
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