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    March 25,2013
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    Karen Gross, president of Southern Vermont College (SVC), has resumed her leadership position after serving as senior policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. during the 2012 calendar year.

    While at the department, Gross served on an inter-agency task force that redesigned, implemented and developed assessment strategies for the transition assistance program mandated for most returning military service personnel. She also participated in efforts to promote college access, quality, success and affordability.

    Founded in 1926, Southern Vermont College in Bennington offers a liberal arts education with 17 academic degree programs for more than 550 students. The college 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.


    Bill Cairns has been named president of the Bromley Mountain Resort.

    Cairns, who previously served as general manager of the resort, has been with Bromley for 32 years, starting as a lift painter. Over the years, he has held an assortment of positions.

    Bromley Mountain is located along Route 11 in Peru, Vermont, six miles east of Manchester. Its management company is Mountain Resort Management, LLC, owned by Tyler and Brian Fairbank.


    Lisa Coneeny has been appointed president and principal broker of Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty.

    Coneeny, who has operational experience and technological expertise, founded A Place in Vermont Real Estate in Mount Snow with business partner Leslie Fraser. That firm merged with Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in November 2011, and she became its managing broker.

    She began her career as a marketing assistant and promotion director for Smart Magazine in New York City. She also has worked for the American Cancer Society as director of special events, executive director, and regional vice president, managing a $3 million annual giving campaign, as well as recruiting, training, and motivating volunteers to reach national organizational goals. She is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

    Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in Stowe, Manchester Center, Ludlow, Bondville and Shelburne, is one of Vermont’s largest real estate brokerage firms, representing buyers and sellers of fine properties throughout the state.


    Steve Churco, purchasing manager for rk MILES in Manchester Center, has been named the Vermont Retail Lumber Dealers Association’s (VRLDA) Lumber Person of the Year.

    Churco, who has been with rk MILES for more than 20 years, was honored for his contributions to the industry and community. He received the award at last month’s Northeastern Retail Lumber Association Industry Recognition Breakfast in Boston, MA.

    A supplier of building materials, with locations in Manchester and Middlebury, VT and Williamstown and West Hatfield, MA, rk MILES is a third-generation family business.


    Deborah Mackin, founder and principal leadership coach at New Directions in North Bennington, will speak at the Vermont Women in Higher Education’s 2013 Women’s Leadership Conference, scheduled for March 21 and March 22 at the Killington Grand Resort and Hotel.

    Mackin’s talk will focus on leadership. She has been coaching executives, chief executive officers and managers for more than 28 years for businesses including the Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO), Alcoa, Inc. (NYSE: AA) Delta Faucet, AT&T (NYSE: T), and Sanofi Pasteur (NYSE: SNY). She has published three books about team building, and has been recognized by the American Society for Quality as an Influential Voice of Quality.

    The 2013 conference, titled Pearls of Wisdom, will feature keynote speaker Madeleine Kunin, Vermont’s first female governor. The conference is geared to women working at colleges and universities in Vermont. Vermont Women in Higher Education, which is affiliated with the Office of Women in Higher Education at the American Council on Education, is the organizer of the annual event.

    New Directions is a work-force development firm.


    Four individuals, including two from southern Vermont, are in a second group of fellows in the Nonprofit Arts Management Training scholarship program, a joint effort of the Vermont Arts Council and Marlboro College Graduate School.

    The partnership between the council and the college, which began in 2012, supports nonprofit management education for Vermont artists and art managers by awarding up to four $500 scholarships each trimester. Those scholarships are used to subsidize the cost of Marlboro’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management, which assists Vermont artists and the staff of Vermont arts organizations in building the skills needed to run a successful organization.

    The fellows of the winter 2013 Vermont Arts Council Nonprofit Arts Management Training scholarship are Alison Levy, an arts curator and administrative assistant for the Mahalo Art Center in West Brattleboro; James McDonald, the founder and artistic director for Brattleboro’s Open Music Collective; Dominica Plummer, the executive director of Revels North, a performing arts group in Hanover, NH, and James Lockridge, executive director of Big Heavy World in Burlington.

    Since 1964, the nonprofit Vermont Arts Council has been the state’s primary provider of funding, advocacy and information for the arts in Vermont.

    Located in Brattleboro, Marlboro College Graduate School offers master’s degree and professional-development programs for working adults in the areas of education, technology and management. v
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