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Community and Business News in Brief, May 25, 2022

Nathaniel Mathes. Courtesy photo.
Bolton Valley Names Mathes VP and COO

Bolton Valley Resort announces that Nathaniel Mathes has been promoted as the new vice president and chief operating officer of the resort. President and CEO Lindsay DesLauriers will shift her focus from the day-to-day operation to give more time and attention to the development and execution of Bolton Valley’s master plan and critical infrastructure improvements.

Mathes has been with the company as the CFO and finance director for eight years and will assume responsibility for the execution of Bolton Valley’s operating plans, including direct oversight of all operating departments, effective immediately.

—press release

Central Vermont Adult Basic Education Executive Director to Retire

After 50-plus years at Central Vermont Adult Basic Education, Carol Shults-Perkins has announced her retirement effective June 30. Through six education centers located throughout central Vermont, CVABE provides adult education and literacy services to hundreds of Vermonters each year.

Shults-Perkins has played an integral role in the growth of CVABE from two teachers to the 16-person, six-office organization it is today. She began as one of two teachers hired to launch home-based instructional services for adults in the central Vermont area in 1977, then became a member of the four-person leadership team while continuing to work as a teacher and staff supervisor. When the last of the leadership team members retired in 2012, Shults-Perkins was appointed as the organization’s first and sole executive director. 

The CVABE board has expressed gratitude for Shults-Perkins’ many years of leadership and service to the organization’s central Vermont communities. The board also has announced that Catherine Kalkstein, currently the executive director of the Washington County Diversion Program, will join CVABE in July as the new executive director. 

—press release

Integrative Acupuncture Changes Name and Relocates

After 12 years co-located with Montpelier Integrative Family Health of the University of Vermont Medical Center, Central Vermont Medical Center, at the Main Street, Montpelier roundabout, Integrative Acupuncture has relocated to 200 Elm Street, changed its name to “Wellness in Vermont,” and is offering new services, including a “float tank.”

“We have been ready for a move for a while now, to both create more patient accessibility and allow ease of scheduling with more treatment rooms,” said owner and acupuncturist Kerry Boyle.

Long-time employees including acupuncturists Jennifer Etheridge, Jonathan Fleming, and Renee Klorman with practice manager Vanessa Leno will make the transition to the new center. Experienced massage therapists Leane Rexford and Arleen Hennessey will join the team.

With the larger space, Boyle has installed a float tank and infrared sauna. The open-concept float tank has over 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts in just 10 to 12 inches of warm water. Also called a “sensory deprivation tank,” the main benefit to floating is to ease stress and anxiety while reducing muscle tension. The extreme buoyancy from the salt solution allows clients to relax all their muscles and “float away stress.”

In addition to floating, clients may enjoy using the center’s infrared sauna, which warms the body without warming the air around them. Infrared saunas cause reactions like those experienced with exercise, such as increased heart rate and sweating. 

To include all of the services being offered at 200 Elm Street, a new sign out front will read “Wellness in Vermont.” 

“I realized our business name ‘Integrative Acupuncture’ did not encompass all that we now offer. I named the building ‘Wellness in Vermont’ to embrace all of our healing offerings like the many types of massage and float therapy we can provide,” Boyle said. 

—press release

Poirier Inducted into Honor Society at Quinnipiac 

Emma Poirier of Barre, was recently inducted into the Gamma Rho Chapter of the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honors Society at Quinnipiac University.

The Phi Sigma Society is the national honor society devoted to the promotion of undergraduate and graduate student research and academic excellence in the biological sciences. The inductees were selected for membership based upon academic major, grade-point average, and participation in research. 

—press release