Public Announcements


Governor’s Award for Business Excellence in Supporting Mature Workers

Governor Phil Scott is pleased to announce that four outstanding Vermont companies will be honored with Governor’s Awards for Business Excellence in Supporting Mature Workers at a noontime ceremony at the Killington Grand Hotel on Thursday, September 28th, during the Fall Conference of the Vermont State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management.


The 2017 Governor’s Award honorees are:

  • Chroma Technology Group, Bellows Falls
  • GW Plastics, Bethel
  • Vermont Associates for Training and Development, St. Albans
  • Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, Berlin

These outstanding employers consistently demonstrate exceptional commitment to employment practices that benefit and support the inclusion and retention of mature workers, resulting in a positive impact on our state’s economic sustainability as well as the health and well-being of older Vermonters.


Representatives from the Governor’s Office, ACCD, DOL, AHS, DAIL and AARP Vermont are all expected to be in attendance to congratulate and celebrate the 2017 honorees. 

photo: l to r:  Cathy Tempesta, GW Plastics, Bethel; -Peter McKenney, Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, Berlin; -Pat Elmer, Vermont Associates for Training and Development, St Albans; -Paul Millman, President, Chroma Technology.


2017 HR Professional Awards Announced

Congratulations to VTHRA member Jean Martaniuk, HR Director, from Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center for receiving the 2017 HR Professional Award.  


The annual award recognizes outstanding service to the HR community (State council, SHRM chapters, etc.); leadership in the business community or service to the civic community. The recipient represents the “best” in the HR profession in Vermont.


Congratulations to Hollie Bachilas, HR Generalist, from UVM Medical Center -Porter Medical Center for being recognized as the 2017 Emerging HR Professional.

This inaugural award recognizes the outstanding achievements made by an up and coming HR Professional in VT. The award recipient is recognized for making promising contributions to the HR professional utilizing innovative opportunities in order to help advance HR in the VT community.




VTHRA Receives Prestigious SHRM Award!

Vermont Human Resource Association Receives Prestigious

SHRM Award for Advancing the HR Profession


Burlington, VT May, 22, 2017 — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently awarded the Vermont Human Resource Association its prestigious EXCEL Platinum Award for the chapter’s accomplishments in 2016.

 The award aligns individual chapters and state councils’ activities with SHRM’s aspirations for the HR profession. The award recognizes accomplishments and strategic activities and initiatives that enhance the human resources profession.

 “Advancing the human resources profession is a daily mission at SHRM and this chapter’s outstanding work this year contributed significantly to that goal,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, president and CEO of SHRM. “Recipients of this prestigious award are those who show a strong commitment to advancing the HR profession through service to the community, local networking, and professional development activities.”

 The EXCEL award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum, and each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that must be met. Vermont Human Resource Association will receive recognition in SHRM publications and at conferences, a logo to display on their website and information to share with their members about the significance of this award.

 2016 Achievements were:

  • Increased Membership by 5%

  • Increased Social Media Presence

  • Provided Members with a Financial Need Access to Educational Opportunities

  • Improved Program Marketing


Vermont Human Resource Association (VTHRA) is Vermont's oldest and largest association devoted to Human Resource professionals of all levels. Through monthly networking events, workshops and seminars, we provide information and educational resources HR professionals need to stay at the forefront of their profession.For more information about the Vermont Human Resource Association visit:

 About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress. 



Champlain Colleges launches MS in Human Relations

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 10:45am -- source Vermont Business Magazine

Champlain College has launched its specialized Master of Science in Human Relations and Organization Development. The degree will equip graduates to manage talent and nurture business growth across the public sector, nonprofits and private industry. According to an industry study, human capital is critical to growth, which is why leaders worldwide are making HR a key function to business operations.

“Over 90 percent of executives are realizing crucial gaps to be filled at the leadership level and are targeting organizational design as a top priority,”said Mika Nash, PhD, Academic Dean of Continuing Professional Studies at Champlain College. “Champlain’s M.S. in Human Relations and Organization Development prepares those who wish to rise as business advisors to drive and achieve missions and business objectives.”

The fully online program teaches the problem-solving skills needed to retain a strong workforce, attract engaged workers, and strengthen an organization’s ability to achieve goals. The rigorous curriculum and experiential learning arms graduates with effective ways to leverage diverse worldviews and generational perspectives. Through emphasis on peer collaboration, and regular instructor feedback, students engage with their classmates on real-world business challenges to determine effective solutions.

“HR has shifted from historically administrative duties – like employee contracts and benefits management – to a proactive, deeply strategic role involving organizational and workforce development,” said Sean Collins, Senior Director, Global Organization Development at Cox Automotive, Inc. “In many cases, leaders have difficulty finding candidates that can fill such a dynamic role. As a truED Alliance member, Champlain’s programs continue to energize, inspire, and professionalize our workforce, the processes, and ultimately the success of our business.”

Champlain's truED Alliance partners – which include more than 60 government and private sector organizations – also have access to the Human Relations and Organization Development program at a considerable discount through the Alliance. The 30-credit program delves into business management and strategy, metrics and data-driven analysis, managerial decision-making and conflict negotiations. Students gain a competitive advantage through embedded certificates and have the opportunity for specialization. To see if your organization is a Champlain partner, please visit (link is external).

For more information on the Human Relations and Organization Development program visit (link is external) or call 1-888-545-3459. Free webinars for all prospective students will be offered on: February 1, at 12:00 pm EST via – (link is external); and February 2, at 2:00 pm EST via – (link is external). Follow us! @ChamplainOnline

About Champlain College

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and more than 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition. Champlain College is featured in the "Fiske Guide to Colleges" for 2017 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Champlain was named one of the “Most Innovative Schools” in the North by the U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 “America’s Best Colleges” and #91 in the overall list of “Best Regional Universities in the North”. For more information, visit (link is external).

About truED®

truED is a bold reimagining of workforce development that creates opportunities for adults to further their education in Champlain College's award-winning online academic programs, including the 2017 designation by U.S. News and World Report as a “best online bachelor’s program”, and brings easy-to-deploy talent management solutions to employers. Through strategic alliances with leading organizations in government and industry, Champlain College Online delivers an affordable, accessible and immediately applicable higher education to help employees gain the skills and knowledge needed to enhance their careers and achieve their organization's business objectives. Champlain's undergraduate and graduate certificate and degree programs not only provide field-specific knowledge, but also the critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills essential for the modern workforce. For more information about truED, visit (link is external).