Business People: July 2, 2018

  • Bergen

  • Burbank

  • Hallahan

  • Fisher

  • Pratt

  • Albright

Published: 7/1/2018 10:52:06 PM

Abigail Bergen was named the associate director of student support services at Kearsarge Middle School. Bergen will bring with her more than 15 years of experience in special education. For the last 12 years, Bergen has served as a special education teacher and integration specialist for the Bedford School District. From 2012-14, she also worked as an adjunct professor in the department of education at Southern New Hampshire University.

Collin Bray, Thomas Csatari, Matthew Godbout, Ann Harris, Cailin Bullett and Nicholas Ciarlante were elected to the board of trustees at Colby-Sawyer College.

Jeffrey Crocker, formerly of Tower, Crocker & Smith in Jaffrey, and Norman Makechnie, formerly of Blodgett, Makechnie & Lawrence in Peterborough, have joined Upton & Hatfield of Concord. They will continue their general practices in their same offices in Jaffrey and Peterborough, with an emphasis on estate planning, probate, trust administration, and real estate.

Sherry Burbank was appointed assistant director of student services for SAU 24. Burbank previously worked at the state Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education. Prior to her work with the Department of Education, she was first the special education coordinator, then admissions director at Parker Academy. Burbank also has more than 10 years’ experience in special education administration and classroom teaching roles in the Concord School District.

Ann Hallahan of New London received a lifetime achievement award from the Sunapee region Board of Realtors. Hallahan started in real estate in 1984 and 30 ago this year she opened her own office, Ann C. Hallahan Real Estate. She was a longtime chairwoman of SRBR’s professional standards committee and still serves on the committee today. In 1993, she was recognized as the SRBR Realtor of the Year.

Louis DeMate, Edward Vinhateiro and Audrey Young were hired as attorneys at McLane Middleton Professional Association.

Jaclyn Fisher is the newest associate at Pastori & Krans, a Concord-based law firm focusing on employment law, family law, and civil litigation. Fisher works in the firm’s employment and complex family law practice groups where she assists clients with a wide variety of litigation including employment disputes, high net worth divorce matters, and commercial litigation. She earned her law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

Jim Pratt was appointed senior vice president of the regional banking team for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s central New Hampshire region. He has more than 20 years of banking experience, working with several different financial institutions, most recently holding the position of commercial team leader at Service Credit Union. He will work out of the Concord branch at 8 Loudon Road.

Beth Slepian, president and CEO of Concord Regional VNA, was named the Mary Ellen LaRoche Home Care Public Policy Award winner by the Home Care Association of New Hampshire. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to home health care in New Hampshire through leadership in the public policy arena. Slepian is a member of the Home Care Association of N.H. board of directors and is actively involved with its education and legislative committees. She participated in rules reviews, provided New Hampshire State House testimony, and traveled to Washington, D.C., for many years to discuss the benefits of home health care with legislators. Slepian advocated on behalf of all affected home care agencies to address insurance carrier denials and collaborated with stakeholders to seek a resolution.

Judith Feinberg Albright joined the health care and litigation practice groups at Rath Young Pignatelli in Concord. She worked with health care providers and entities in a variety of forums and contexts in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She assists health care clients faced with potential data breach issues and provides a range of health care consultation and representation. Previously, Albright spent 15 years in emergency medical services, including roles in direct patient care, teaching, system management and quality control.

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