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Business newsmakers June 17, 2013

DAVID SPONENBERG of Concord joined Rath, Young and Pignatelli law firm in Concord as its chief operating officer. Sponenberg brings experience in all aspects of finance, accounting, human resources, IT and other operational areas. Before joining the firm, he worked for a professional services firm in Manchester and previously worked at the Concord Monitor as general manager. He also spent several years in public accounting as an auditor with the firms of Baker Newman Noyes and Ernst & Young.

DR. KRISTI SAUNDERS joined the Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Team as its medical director. Before this, she was attending physician at Genesis Healthcare in Lebanon, specializing in geriatrics.

GINA POWERS was promoted to senior government relations advisor at Rath, Young and Pignatelli law firm. Powers joined the firm in September 2006 as a member of the government relations group. She represents a diverse group of clients in the fields of health care, education and nonprofits before the executive and legislative branches.

GLENN WALLACE was promoted to senior government relations adviser at Rath, Young and Pignatelli law firm. Wallace joined the firm in July 2011 and is a member of the government relations group. He is a former journalist and state official with a wide range of experience in New Hampshire state government and the private sector.

LAURIE MOTHES of Deerfield, internet banking coordinator at The Merrimack, was awarded its Employee STAR of the Month award for May. Awards are peer-nominated and given out monthly. Mothes was recognized for her customer-centric attitude, exceptional team loyalty and helping those in need.

SAMANTHA ELLIOTT of Concord and ERIK NEWMAN of Hopkinton have been elected shareholder-directors of the law firm of Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell in Concord. Elliott is a member of the firm’s litigation team. Newman practices in the areas of land use and real estate development.

MARCIA SHALEK, owner of Milo’s Pet Sitting & Dog Walking in Weare, earned the designation of certified professional pet sitter from Pet Sitters International. The designation indicates that an individual has acquired the knowledge necessary to make vital assessments on pet health and nutrition, canine and feline behavior, separation anxiety, pet loss and more.

Members of the Gilford Police Department were recognized at an annual awards ceremony. FTO DOUGLAS WALL was named Officer of the Year. KAREN CRAVER, communications specialist, was named Communications Specialist of the Year. Officer WESLEY DESOUSA was recognized for his outstanding dedication to the community. Also recognized were KIM HORAN, technical assistant, and CHARLES HOPKINS, officer, for their outstanding dedication to the police department.

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