Wedding Hummel and Austin WEB


Stephanie Hummel and Ryan Austin were united in marriage on Sept. 21, 2014 at Christ Memorial Church in Williston. Stephanie is the daughter of Dave and Louise Hummel, of Richfield, Penn. She works as an attorney. Ryan is the son of Steve and Debbie Austin of Essex. He is employed as a Senior Accountant/Financial Analyst for National Life Group. The newlyweds reside in Essex Junction.

Other Announcements

Wiemann Lamphere Architects (WLA) recently welcomed a new designer to their Colchester team. Michael Minadeo, of Essex, brings with him over 25 years of experience in both architecture and landscape architecture. He holds a Bachelors of Architecture from The University of Cincinnati and a Masters from Columbia University. Recently, Michael was self employed under Michael Minadeo + Partners where he completed projects which earned him an AIA People’s Choice Award and AIA Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture.


Jaye O’Connell appointed to Partnership for Change steering committee

Organization supports the work of remodeling public education in Winooski and Burlington

Last week Jaye O’Connell was named to the steering committee of Partnership for Change, a community-based organization aimed at remodeling public education in Winooski and Burlington to align with what all young people need to thrive in a complex global society.

Established in 2012, Partnership for Change is funded in part with a grant from Nellie Mae Education Foundation. The steering committee brings together students, teachers, parents and community partners with a common vision to enable all learners to develop the skills, knowledge and relationships necessary to become confident, motivated and self-sufficient learners who are successful in college and careers and are engaged in their communities.

O’Connell is director of compliance and information security officer for Vermont Student Assistance Corp.  A native Vermonter and resident of Essex Junction, O’Connell takes a strong interest in healthy communities. She has been an informal community leader and was instrumental in starting a grassroots downtown revitalization effort in partnership with municipal leaders, community stakeholders, friends and neighbors.

O’Connell holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from St. Lawrence University and is a recent graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute through the Snelling Center for Government.