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Alexandra Heintz joins library board

MANCHESTER -- The Mark Skinner Library Board of Trustees proudly announces the addition of Alexandra Heintz to its ranks.

Heintz is currently administrative director for Patient Safety and Quality at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center where she has had over 15 years of leadership experience in healthcare quality improvement and patient safety. She is a certified Black Belt in Six Sigma and Lean process improvement methodologies which are used to reduce waste, improve efficiencies and reduce costs in ways that benefit both organizations and their customers.

Heintz has lived in the area for over 30 years and has served on the Sunderland School Board and Arlington Area Childcare Board. She has also worked with several other boards over the years on strategic planning and conflict resolution. In 2012, Heintz moved from Sunderland to Manchester and lives near the site of the new library under construction.

According to Linda McKeever, MSL president, "Alex brings skills, insights, and enthusiasm to what we do, and we are very fortunate to have her join us."

Attend the next meeting of the Mark Skinner Library board of trustees on Tuesday, July 1, at 5:30 p.m. to meet Alex Heintz as well as the rest of the library board. Dr. Diana Michalczuk and Stephen M. Long Jr. appointed to Shires Media Partnership Board

BENNINGTON -- Dr. Diana Michalczuk, of the Bennington-based Memory Clinic, and Stephen M. Long Jr. of North Adams, have been named to the Board of Directors of the Shires Media Partnership, the license holder for radio station WBTN.

"Dr. Michalczuk brings a considered and thoughtful perspective to the board’s deliberations, especially as they relate to how best to serve the needs of the greater southwestern Vermont radio audience. She brings the added benefit of on-air experience through her co-hosting of the former ‘Memory Matters’ on WBTN. We deeply appreciate her willingness to be an active part of our communications enterprise," said Michael Harrington, board president.

In addition to her roles as a geriatric neuropsychologist and chief psychologist/supervisor of the Southern Vermont Doctoral Internship in Psychology, Michalczuk holds faculty rank at Southern Vermont College where she teaches Clinical Neuropsychology of Aging. At the Memory Clinic she is a member of the clinical team responsible for the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of patients. Additionally, she is both a principal investigator and sub-investigator in clinical research trials at the Memory Clinic and has been involved in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders research for the past six years.

Michalczuk received her BS in psychology from Loyola University Chicago and earned both her master’s and doctorate degrees in psychology from Midwestern University.

Harrington noted Long’s extensive career in the broadcast industry. "Steve’s involvement spans 50 years at radio stations in Vermont and Massachusetts. He brings an extensive background to his role." Long has worked as a staff announcer at the former WTWN in St. Johnsbury as well as program director, talk show host, salesperson and, sportscaster at the former WIKE in Newport. Following graduation from Lyndon State College, he worked as an afternoon DJ at radio station WDOT in Burlington.

Long was the initial manager of WMNB-FM in North Adams and was the first morning host of the long-running talk show, "Opinion" on WMNB. He continues to do voiceover work for businesses and organizations in Berkshire County as well as the Capital District of New York.

Long is the immediate past president of Elder Services of Berkshire County and also serves on the Board of the USS Slater DE766, berthed in Albany, New York, the last destroyer escort from World War II still afloat in this country.

WBTN recently celebrated its 60th anniversary and is located at 1370 on the AM dial as well as streaming online at

Hildene Horticulturist completes VCL program

MANCHESTER -- Hildene Horticulturist Andrea Luchini recently completed a program with The Women’s Leadership Circles of Vermont. The organization partners with Marlboro College Graduate School to offer Vermont women personal and professional leadership training in order to be more effective and fulfilled at work and in so doing, contribute to their organizations’ efforts to achieve greater impact locally and regionally.

Luchini, who came to Hildene from The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville in 2012, has a master’s degree in plant and soil science from the University of Vermont. In her current role she is focused on sustainability issues as they relate to horticulture, developing and implementing programs for Integrated Pest Management and coordinating property-wide composting at the 412 acre Lincoln family estate.

She is also studying and recording Hildene’s plant collection in order to make the information available for education and research.

As Hildene returns its meadows to agriculture, transitioning to full utilization of the entire 412 acre Lincoln estate as part of the guest experience, Luchini’s leadership in the field will be important.


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