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Seline H. Skoug has been selected to serve as interim executive director of the Southern Vermont Arts Center and leader of an initiative to re-energize the mission and focus of the 80-year-old institution.
She is responsible for day-to-day management while conducting a thorough assessment of the organization before it seeks a permanent executive director. Skoug, principal of Skoug Group LLC, a nonprofit consulting firm in East Arlington, has 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations.
Her appointment is the first step in an initiative to create a plan for the future direction of the center. That initiative will include an effort to collect input from artists, members, donors, volunteers, staff, and community members. The objective is to create a framework that will honor the center’s traditions and history while ensuring it is a relevant and dynamic artistic force in a changing cultural landscape.
She served for more than 10 years as executive director of Casting for Recovery in Manchester, building the support program for breast-cancer survivors into an international nonprofit group with more than 1,500 volunteers across the U.S. She has also served on numerous boards in New England, including as chair of the Northshire NonProfit Network, and a board member of Meals on Wheels of Bennington County. Skoug earned a master’s degree from Simmons College, and is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Old Westbury.
Based in Manchester, the Southern Vermont Arts Center is a nonprofit center for visual and performing arts and classic and contemporary art.
Leslie Addison of North Bennington has been appointed work-force readiness director of the Vermont State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Addison is the director of human resources and corporate compliance officer at United Counseling Service of Bennington County.
She gained extensive experience in work-force development as director of employment services at Northeast Career Planning in Albany, NY, where she developed and managed programs for vocational rehabilitation, youth, welfare-to-work, and other areas of supported employment. She also served for four years as president of the board of the New York State Association of People Supporting Employment First, which improves and expands employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for people with disabilities.
United Counseling Service serves children, adults, families, and seniors through nationally recognized counseling, early care and education, and clinical support.
Brenna A. Warren, a financial planner with Money Concepts at The Bank of Bennington, has been designated a certified financial planner by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.
The designation is achieved by meeting strict education, examination, experience and ethics requirements. Since joining the bank in 2010, Warren has earned her Series 6, 7, and 64 licenses and her insurance license.
Founded in 1917, The Bank of Bennington is headquartered in Bennington. Bauer Financial, an independent bank-rating service, has awarded the bank a five-star “superior” rating for over 20 consecutive years.
Patricia Venti has been named director of advancement at Hildene-The Lincoln Family Home in Manchester.
Venti is responsible for focusing on development and constituent relations to continue growing Hildene’s membership, as well as annual and corporate giving. She previously served as director of development for Southwestern Vermont Health Care in Bennington.
An avid community volunteer, she is a trustee of the Bennington Free Public Library and serves on the board of directors of the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce. Venti earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hamilton College. She is certified by the Joran Institute, known for its expertise in training professionals in the areas of organization assessment, benchmarking, strategy consulting, and program deployment. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Hildene, built in 1905 by Robert Lincoln, the son of former President Lincoln, was home to three generations of Lincoln descendants for 70 years.
Kirt Sampson, executive director and part owner of retirement-living community Equinox Village in Manchester Center, has been appointed interim president of the Vermont Health Care Association (VHCA).
His responsibilities as president include chairing the board of directors, conducting monthly board and membership meetings, and representing the organization to legislators. Sampson is expected to serve until January 2014. Sampson, who has 45 years of industry experience, also served as the group’s president in 2008 and 2009.
Equinox Village is an independent-living community founded in 2006 by brothers Dr. Jim Russell and John Russell.
The VHCA is the oldest and largest long-term-care organization in Vermont. It was established in 1955 and represents for-profit, not-for-profit, hospital-based or affiliated homes, multi-facility health systems, and industry partners.
Two area residents — Joseph Frey and Joseph Lauzon — have been lauded as two of eight top sales performers for FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NASDAQCM: FRP) during 2012. Frey and Lauzon were honored for their top performances in meeting customer needs and providing outstanding service.
FairPoint Communications, Inc. is a communications provider of broadband Internet access, local and long-distance phone, and television and other high-capacity data services to customers in communities across 17 states. With more than 15,000 total miles of fiber across the region, FairPoint owns and operates the largest Ethernet-based network in northern New England, with last-mile reach that provides access to 95 percent of businesses.
For the sixth consecutive year, Manchester attorney Bradley D. Myerson has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America 2013 in the field of criminal defense.
Myerson has been in practice since 1982, concentrating in criminal defense; defense against driving-under-the-influence and driving-while-intoxicated charges; personal injury, and workers’ compensation.
Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession, with inclusion based upon confidential lawyer evaluation by professional peers. Once an attorney is voted for inclusion, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain listed for each successive year.
Chris Vickers has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of the Vermont Country Store.
A veteran of the multi-channel retail business, Vickers joined the company in 2010 as chief merchandising and marketing officer. Before that, he served as vice president of merchandising at L.L. Bean, Inc. Vickers earned a bachelor’s degree from Colby College, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.
Founded in 1946 and now in its third generation of family ownership, The Vermont Country Store offers hard-to-find and whimsical items. It has locations in Weston and Rockingham. v