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The Buzz Online
Published Monday, June 26, 2017

Sarah Mattson Dustin, policy director for the NH Women's Foundation in Concord. Photo: NWF

This Week’s Spotlight: The NH Women’s Foundation in Concord hired Sarah Mattson Dustin as the organization’s first director of policy, effective June 26. Dustin has spent more than a decade as a legal aid lawyer and policy director at NH Legal Assistance, a statewide nonprofit law firm, and previously served on the board of directors for the Women’s Foundation. As director of policy, Mattson Dustin will lead the foundation’s policy, advocacy and research activities, including the upcoming publication of a report on the status of women and girls in NH and the development of an advocacy toolkit.


Ambit Engineering in Portsmouth hired Douglas J. LaRosa as a project manager and civil engineer. LaRosa has more than 30 years of experience, most recently working at Tritech Engineering in Dover.


Downs Rachlin Martin, a law firm with five offices in Lebanon and Vermont, adopted a new paid leave policy for new parents. The new policy, when combined with the firm's short-term disability program, provides up to 12 weeks of paid leave to mothers of newborn children and up to six weeks of leave to fathers and partners of birth mothers, as well as to the parents of adopted children ages 16 and younger.


Rebecca Roy, founder of nonprofit draft horse rescue Draft Gratitude in Winchester, received the Kindness Is Powerful Award from the Victoria Stillwell Foundation and the Petco Foundation, along with a $2,000 donation. The award recognizes people in the animal rescue industry that have demonstrated kindness towards animals and have worked to raise awareness about animal rescue.


Five Guys Burgers and Fries will hold a grand opening for its latest location at Tanger Outlets in Tilton on June 30. This is the burger chain’s 10th NH restaurant, with additional locations in Concord, Derry, Dover, Keene, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, Seabrook and West Lebanon.


The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) received $2,500 from the Grappone Automotive Group in Bow, along with a matching grant from Toyota. The donation will be used to support AMC’s “A Mountain Classroom” program, which provides more than 3,750 outdoor and environmental education opportunities annually for North Country youth. 


Members First Credit Union donated $1,200 to the Manchester Mounted Patrol Unit, comprised of Manchester police officers Paul Rondeau and Kelly McKenney and horses General Stark and Valor. The unit is entirely self-funded and costs more than $6,000 annually to operate.


Rath, Young and Pignatelli in Concord hired Craig M. Shepard as an associate attorney, working in the firm’s Business & Finance, Energy and Real Estate practice groups. Shepard was previously staff attorney for Global Advanced Metals in Waltham, Mass.


James P. Reidy, a shareholder at Sheehan Phinney in Manchester and chair of the firm’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits practice group, was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Business and Industry Association of NH in Concord, NH’s statewide chamber of commerce. Reidy also received the BIA’s 2017 Above and Beyond Award for helping the organization further its legislative and regulatory priorities.


St. Mary’s Bank hired Brenda Hoefle as a residential loan originator at its new Mortgage Center in Portsmouth. Hoefle has 20 years of experience in the residential housing industry, including home sales, new construction and mortgage lending.

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