People on the move
Bridget Sullivan has been named operations manager at the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company.
She is responsible throughout the year for key areas of the theater company’s activities, including production supervision, facilities management, travel and housing for artists and seasonal staff, and volunteers. Sullivan also works to attract and support artists for Weston’s expanded goal of providing a rural retreat for the development of new theatrical work.
Sullivan came to Weston in 2009 as the company’s first year-round production manager. She previously worked as assistant production manager for the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA.
Started in 1937 and incorporated as a registered nonprofit in 1989, Weston presents a broad spectrum of theatrical work during its primary summer producing season and is increasingly known for the development of new plays and musicals. The theater is a member of the Theatre Communications Group and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Chip Edson, Adria Schozer and Ben Weiss have been named to the board of directors of the Northshire Civic Center, the nonprofit organization for Hunter Park and Riley Rink in Manchester Center.
Edson is co-owner with wife Anharad Edson of Flying Cow Signs of Manchester Center. He has been an ice hockey coach, team player, board member and volunteer at Riley Rink at Hunter Park since its inception. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University.
Schozer is the owner of Gander Gallery in downtown Manchester. She has worked as a human-resources technology professional for major corporations including Citibank, Goldman Sachs and Salomon Brothers. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Hartford. She has been a member of Riley Rink’s curling club for the past two years.
Weiss, founder and past president of Ai Squared, rejoins the board. Ai Squared is a leader in the assistive technology field, specializing in software products for the visually impaired. He is an avid cyclist and C-League hockey player at Riley Rink. Weiss also volunteers as a board member of the Manchester Rescue Squad.
The trio join Alan Bookspan, Barry Brown, Ed Dublois, Bill Hadden, Jim Hand, Richard Jackson, Andrew King, Andrea Ross,Scott Swenor, Paul Tegen, Bob Thompson, Bruce Welsh and Patrick Zilkha on the board of directors.
Riley Rink at Hunter Park opened 15 years ago with New England’s only Olympic-sized ice rink and trade show and concert venue. The facility is enjoyed by more than 25,000 patrons annually who participate in recreational and competitive ice skating, hockey and curling and indoor soccer, lacrosse and field hockey development and league play.
Helene York, director of purchasing strategy for Bon Appétit Management and director of the Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation, will be a visiting scholar for Green Mountain College’s (GMC) Master of Science degree program in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS) next month.
As director of purchasing strategy at Bon Appétit, she is responsible for identifying new products, managing supply chains, and performing supplier relations for the company’s Farm to Fork program. As director of the Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation, she educates chefs and consumers about how food choices affect the global environment. Bon Appétit Management Company provides café and catering services to corporations, colleges and universities, with more than 400 locations in 32 states.
York first will attend the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont Winter Conference with GMC undergraduate and graduate students February 16-17. The four-day college residency from February 18-21 will include lectures, discussions, informal conversations and at least one public presentation.
York earned a bachelor’s degree at Harvard University and a master’s degree at Yale University.
Located in Poultney, Green Mountain College recently announced its intention to become the first higher-education institution in the U.S. contracted with a major dining services provider to purchase all animal products from humanely managed sources. Green Mountain College’s MSFS degree program prepares future leaders in the burgeoning local-food movement with an understanding of sustainable agricultural production and knowledge of the economic, ecological and social forces driving food systems. It is the nation’s first distance-learning graduate program focused on sustainable food systems.
Philip W. Petty has been appointed dean of academic affairs at Vermont Technical College (VTC) effective January 1.
He previously served as e-Vermont community director for the Vermont Council on Rural Development, advancing the goals of the $3.8 million e-Vermont Community Broadband Project, which focused on increased Internet adoption and use. Before that, Petty was a faculty member of VTC, where he also served as interim director of the Center for Sustainable Practices and as an instructional technology coordinator.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Botany from the University of Vermont, and a master’s degree in botany and plant pathology from Michigan State University.
Vermont Technical College is one of the five Vermont State Colleges, and serves students from two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center; regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington; and at six nursing sites located throughout the state.
The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has elected three new advisory board members.
Dr. Philip A. Conroy, Jr. is president of Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center; Eric Hounchell is vice president and general manager of the optics business unit at Revision Military Ltd. in Essex Junction, and Dick Keiling is president of Concepts NREC of White River Junction.
In addition, four current board members were re-elected to additional two-year terms. They are Jamie Stewart, executive director of the Rutland Economic Development Corporation; Pat Wheeler, vice president of strategic initiatives at Kaman Aerospace Group, Inc. in Bennington; Steve Wildermuth, vice president of semiconductor manufacturing and development at IBM in Burlington, and Mike Rainville, president of Maple Landmark, Inc. in Middlebury. Rainville also was re-elected as board chairperson.
Based in Randolph Center, VT, the nonprofit VMEC works to improve manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the state’s global competitiveness. It offers confidential consulting, coaching, hands-on implementation assistance, and training to help Vermont manufacturers. v