• New hires, promotions, awards
    January 21,2013

    A. Kathleen Saunders has joined the Anesthesia Department at Rutland Regional Medical Center as a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

    Saunders’ responsibilities include completing a physical analysis of each patient, educating them on what to anticipate when recovering from anesthesia, and preparing and providing the specific type of anesthesia required for their procedure. In addition, she monitors a patient’s body functions throughout their surgery, modifying the anesthetic as needed to ensure both safety and comfort.

    A graduate of the Albany Medical College Nurse Anesthesia Program, Saunders was on staff at Beverly Anesthesia Associates in Beverly, Mass., prior to her accepting the position at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

    Michelle Duprey has joined VSECU in Rutland as part of its mortgage department.

    Duprey is responsible for mortgages for Rutland, Bennington and southern Addison counties. She has more than 25 years experience in mortgage lending. Most recently, she was vice president at the First National Bank of Orwell and prior to that was a mortgage loan officer at SunTrust Bank in Atlanta. She has attended Champlain College, College of St. Joseph and the Georgia School of Banking.

    Maggie Hunter has been named grants and foundation support director at Vermont Public Television. Hunter is responsible for applying for grants and administering funds from foundations and government agencies to support VPT’s local productions and community activities.

    Hunter joined VPT in 2006 as major events and corporate support assistant.

    Since 2006, she has also been an adjunct faculty member at Champlain College, teaching art history and religion. She has been an art buyer for McGraw-Hill publishing, a fashion designer and illustrator, and a graphic designer.

    Hunter has a bachelor’s degree in multimedia and graphic design from Champlain College and a master’s degree in religious art from Union Institute and University/Vermont College. She will be awarded a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies, humanities and culture, from Union Institute and University this spring.

    Don Vickers, who will retire in June after 25 years as the chief executive of Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, has been selected to receive the Eleanor M. McMahon Award for Lifetime Achievement from the New England Board of Higher Education.

    The award will be presented March 8 at a ceremony in Boston.

    “We are so pleased that Don is receiving this award,” said VSAC Board Chairwoman Dorothy Mitchell. “Throughout his 42 years at VSAC, Don has exhibited extraordinary leadership in improving access to higher education in Vermont and nationally. His many achievements deserve to be honored.”

    Vickers’ legacy includes administering state grant programs for full- and part-time students, and creating the nation’s first grant program for those pursuing non-degree courses designed to enhance employability or college readiness.

    In addition to his service at VSAC, Vickers has been active in local organizations such as the Essex Town School Board and the Stern Center for Language and Learning.

    He has also served on a number of state and national higher education commissions and boards.

    The NEBHE award was named in memory of the first woman to serve as commissioner of higher education in Rhode Island.

    DuBois & King has hired Matthew Mears as a project engineer in the transportation division. A graduate of the University of Vermont, Mears is a licensed engineer in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York. His experience includes quality assurance engineer, construction inspector, and project engineer on utility, stormwater, roadway, and wastewater projects. He works in the firm’s Williston office.

    DuBois & King is a multidiscipline consulting engineering firm with offices in Randolph, Williston, Springfield and Bedford and Laconia, N.H.

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