Danielle M. Martel, LPN ’06, of St. Albans, was appointed by Speaker of the Vermont House Shap Smith to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women. Commissioner Martel currently serves as President of Franklin County's branch of Business and Professional Women (BPW), which strives to achieve equity in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. Commissioner Martel manages many different BPW committees, coordinates meetings and events, helps raise awareness and awards scholarships for community members. She is currently employed as a Machinist at Superior Technical Ceramic while pursuing two college degrees: one in Business at Community College of Vermont, and the other in Nursing at the University of South Dakota in Brookings. After graduating from Vermont Technical College's LPN Program in 2006, she worked at Birchwood Terrace Healthcare in Burlington. During her high school and college years she worked as a Licensed Nursing Assistant at Redstone Villa in St. Albans. Commissioner Martel plans to open her own hospice and palliative care facility in the St. Albans area by 2020. Commissioner Martel resides in her native St. Albans, VT.
Samantha J. Chu, BUS ’08, along with her husband, Chris Gale, own a 3,500-square-foot restaurant combining a noodle bar and frozen yogurt stand coming to Lebanon Street. The 30-seat Upper Valley eatery will feature self-serve yogurt and "bubble tea" on the left side as customers enter the building, with the noodle bar on the right, Chu said. Samantha is a Hanover High School and a Vermont Technical College graduate. Her parents, Peter and Nina Chu, have owned and operated The China Station in Lebanon, NH on the Miracle Mile since 1988. She expects to hire 10-15 mostly part-time workers. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
Iris A. Davis, ABT ’08 & SDT ’11, has joined DuBois & King, Inc. as a mechanical designer. Iris works in the engineering firm's Williston office. A recent graduate of Vermont Technical College, Davis earned bachelors' degrees in architecture, and sustainable design and technology, and an associate's degree in architecture and building technology. Founded in 1962, DuBois & King has offices in Randolph, Williston, and Springfield, VT, and Bedford and Laconia, NH.