3 from county recognized as Rising Stars

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BENNINGTON — Three people from Bennington County have been named "Rising Stars" by Vermont Business Magazine, earning places on the magazine's annual Top 40 Under 40 list.

The three are Kelly Clarke, of Centerline Architects in Bennington; Morgan Oldham, of the Bennington Rescue Squad; and Joshua Sherman, of Old Mill Road Recording of Arlington.

Award recipients were selected by a panel of judges for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities.

"We are thrilled by the response to this initiative to recognize these up-and-coming leaders, this is our tenth year" said VBM Publisher John Boutin. "We received over 240 outstanding nominations this year. The five judges had a difficult time picking the top 40. These young professionals have chosen to make Vermont home. For these young professionals it's not just about business. It's about them making a difference in their communities," Boutin said.

Clarke joined Centerline Architects six years ago as a designer after graduating from Roger Williams University, in Bristol, Rhode Island. Recently, Clarke passed her Vermont State exams becoming a licensed Vermont architect. Clarke is currently working on the renovations to the Saint Anthony Hall located at Williams College, an iconic building sited in one of Williamstown's most visible locations at the corner of Main Street and South Street.

Clarke is also an architecture license mentor for other young architects looking to become licensed. In addition to her work, Clarke is an active volunteer for a number of community events and organizations, including Garlic Fest, the Shires Young Professional group, and the Better Bennington Corporation, for which she designed Park at 336 on Main Street pro bono.

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As director of administration for the Bennington Rescue Squad, Oldham oversees a department of three administrative staff while co-guiding 40 clinical providers regarding documentation. She manages medical billing for three agencies including data entry, insurance billing, reimbursement follow up, appeals, and collections. Oldham also provides human resources skills to the Squad including hiring, disciplinary, worker's compensation, maintaining employee records, and payroll processing.

Oldham helped develop, organize, market "RescueFest," a community fundraising event. She also reads books to the local elementary schools in observation of Read Across America Day, assists with Teacher Appreciation Day, ran the Elementary School's Holiday Bazaar, was a DREAM mentor for at-risk kids in low incoming housing situations and made quilts for premature babies.

Sherman, a doctor at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, is the owner of a historic gristmill and two surrounding buildings in East Arlington that is evolving into a major contributor to Arlington's revitalization. The Mill and the evolving campus house a gallery, farm, artist development program, and Old Mill Road Recording, a luxury destination recording studio that has featured in-house Grammy-winning engineer Benjamin J. Arrindell.

Sherman is active in theater, including developing "Perfect Picture," a play about life of Norman Rockwell that has been shown at Southern Vermont Arts Center. Sherman is also the owner and publisher of Vermont Magazine, Stratton Magazine, Manchester Life and the Vermont News Guide.

Matt Harrington, executive director of the Bennington Regional Chamber of Commerce, said, "It is encouraging and exciting to see another class of Rising Stars emerge out of our region of Vermont. Knowing each one personally only adds to the level of excitement. It is a top honor in the State of Vermont and all 40, including Kelly, Morgan and Josh, should be commended and celebrated."

The Rising Star recipients will be honored at a Nov. 7 dinner at the Delta Hotel in South Burlington. The honorees will also be featured in the November issue of Vermont Business Magazine.

Of the 40 honorees, there are 15 men and 25 women. There are 15 from Chittenden County, eight from Windham County, seven from Rutland County, three from Bennington County, two from Caledonia County, and one each from Washington, Lamoille, Franklin, Addison and Orange counties. The average age of the honorees is 33 years old. The oldest is 39 and the youngest is 25 years old.


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