BURLINGTON, Vt.–Champlain College, a career-oriented, private college in Burlington, Vt., has named five new members to its Board of Trustees.Dawn Bugbee, CPA, of Colchester, Vt., is chief financial officer at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. Shes a member of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Healthcare, as well as a Vermont board member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Shes also a member of Rotary International.As a volunteer, Bugbee serves on the board of directors of the Vermont Education and Health Buildings Financing Agency and the Nordic Spirit Soccer Association, and she coaches girls soccer teams. She earned a bachelors degree at Castleton State College and her CPA license in Vermont.Susan Willey Lamaster of South Burlington, Vt., a 1988 Champlain College graduate, is the vice president and chief financial officer of Systems & Software, Inc. in Colchester, Vt. Systems & Software is a leading national provider of integrated information management systems for both single and multi-service utilities.Lamasters volunteer activities include working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Vermont Special Olympics and Champlain Vocational Services.Mary McLaughlin of Stowe, Vt., is area vice president, Northern New England, for Adelphia Communications in South Burlington. She is a member of the Vermont Business Roundtable, as well as a member of the Women in Cable and Telecommunications and the New England Cable and Telecommunications Associations.McLaughlin also serves on the advisory board of BELL-Boston (Building Educated Leaders for Life), and the national board of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). She earned an undergraduate degree at Bridgewater State College and a law degree at Suffolk University.Ambassador John OKeefe, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Human Resources at the US Department of State, is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister Counselor. OKeefe, a resident of Vienna, Va., has headed the Office of Career Development and Assignments and he served as U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan from August 2000 to July 2003.Previous posts included serving as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Management, Management Minister-Counselor in Moscow, Deputy Executive Director of the Bureau of European Affairs, and Management Counselor in Belgrade.OKeefe has served as the Treasurer, International School of Belgrade, Vice President of the Board, International School of Manila, and Chairman of the Board, Anglo-American School of Moscow. He has a bachelors degree from Loyola College and a masters degree in public administration from Harvard University.Dr. Peter Stern of Shelburne, Vt., is a retired anesthesiologist and an investor. Hes a board member of Partners in Adventure, board member of the Bernice and Milton Stern Foundation, and honorary board member of the Stern Center for Language and Learning. Stern earned undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Vermont and a MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.Founded in 1878, Champlain College in Vermont offers professional certificates, associates, bachelors and masters degrees in 26 fields. Champlain is known for its innovative business, technology and human services programs. The College also offers its programs online and overseas at campuses in India and the United Arab Emirates.
By Dialogo December 12, 2012 A Nicaraguan Court proceeded to sentence 18 Mexicans accused of money laundering, international drug trafficking, and organized crime association on December 10. The individuals were detained in August, when they transported $9.2 million. The ninth judge, Criminal Trial District, Edgard Altamirano, opened the process at noon on December 10, under tight security, in the judiciary complex of Nejapa, west of Managua. The Mexicans entered Nicaragua through an immigration post in Las Manos, 220 kilometers north of Managua on August 20, and introduced themselves as journalists and technicians working for the Mexican broadcasting company Televisa, according to the prosecutor. Among the accused Mexicans, there is Raquel Alatorre, only woman and alleged leader of the gang, who said she was a Televisa journalist and anchor. Three witnesses for the prosecution with their heads covered to protect their identity, immigration officials, and police investigators said Alatorre was the person giving orders to the other 17 detainees. The Mexicans were in Nicaragua at least five times between 2010 and 2012, according to hotel registries where they stayed every time they entered the country. “Most of the time, they registered under Televisa or Raquel Alatorre,” stated guest services agent for the hotel in the capital, María Eugenia Mejía. On August 22 this year, the group stayed at the hotel, and Alatorre asked for nine executive rooms again, paid in cash and did not ask for a bill. They were there in July as well, but there was no proof of payment because “nobody picked up the bill or change,” employee Julio Rocha said. The Mexican television company denied any link with the accused, and did report misappropriation of the name and signature faculties, and requested to be represented in the trial with two lawyers of a Nicaraguan firm. News reports said that, since 2008, the Mexicans were moving throughout Central America in a convoy of stolen vehicles with satellite and equipment transmission, as well as Televisa logos, which facilitated their circulation.