---- — DRACUT — Dr. Steven Saro has been awarded the prestigious award of Massachusetts Chiropractor of the Year for 2012. In recognition of his consistent dedication, leadership, and commitment to the chiropractic profession, Dr. Saro was chosen for this award by the members of the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society Inc., which represents doctors of chiropractic throughout the state.
Dr. Saro has been in practice for over 20 years at Saro Chiropractic Health Center in Dracut. The focus of the practice is the diagnosis, treatment, and management of lower back/leg pain, neck/arm pain, and headaches. Dr. Saro also treats and manages all bone and joint diseases that generate pain.
Dr. Saro lives in Westford with his wife, Christine, and three children, Kelsie, Harrison and Ben.
Pictured from left to right: past president Dr. Joseph Kornfeld, Dr. Steven Saro, recipient of The Massachusetts Chiropractor of the Year, Dr. Robert Clark, president of The Massachusetts Chiropractic Society, Inc.
CHELSEA — Metro Credit Union announces it has completed its merger with the Massachusetts State Employees Credit Union, switched all members over to Metro CU’s modern banking platform, and converted the City Hall Plaza branch.
Effective immediately, converted customers will begin to enjoy the benefits of Metro CU’s My Reward Checking account, which last year gave back $680,000 in purchase rewards and rebates on the high ATM fees charged by other banks to its members. Metro CU’s newest members are also welcome to bank at any of the credit union’s 14 branches conveniently located across central and eastern Massachusetts.
For more information, call 877-MY-METRO or visit metrocu.org.
WAKEFIELD — Comverse, Inc. announces that Denis Bernaert has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Managing Director Europe, Middle East and Africa. In this new position, Bernaert will be responsible for all CNS sales and operational activities in the EMEA region.
WAKEFIELD — Comverse, Inc. announces that Kathleen Harris has been named Senior Vice President, Human Resources, and will lead the company’s global HR activities. Harris joins CNS from Sonus Networks, Inc.
PORTSMOUTH — The Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce welcomes Katie (Siska) Sweet, originally from Pelham, to their team.
Sweet comes to the Chamber with over seven years of professional marketing experience. Her designs have been featured in local publications as well as in high end magazines. Sweet’s relationship column, “Sweet Nothings,” appeared in The Seacoast Scene and she hopes to get more of her work out into the community.
With a focus in television writing, Sweet earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass media from Emerson College.
For more information, call 603-610-5520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
METHUEN — Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston named Methuen resident Cynthia Ayoub, director of Home Care, as an Employee Ambassador for the 25th Annual Walk for Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston. Serving with Ayoub is Stoughton resident Nate Lamkin, social worker, and Newburyport resident Amy Gray, admissions liaison.
The milestone Walk took place on Sept. 23, on the campus of St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers. The event raises funds for Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston to continue its mission of serving those affected by life-limiting illness, death and loss.
ANDOVER — Local salon owner, Jennifer Traverso, has been very busy these past few months. After a long year of planning, designing and demolition, on March 13, she officially opened the doors to Salon Forza, located on Essex Street in downtown Andover.
Since the opening of Salon Forza, Traverso has donated her team of stylists and makeup artists to several community events. Salon Forza is now popping up all over the place. Team Forza was busy pleasing children and adults at Andover’s Clown Town this past May, helping to raise money for the Andona Society. In June, they were donating their time and services to the popular Andover High School “Senior Safari” and on June 19, they were “keeping it wild,” for the kids of the Andover Youth Service KIW Fashion Show. Most recently, Salon Forza hosted a Spa Day for the Andover Youth Service Summer Program. Traverso also presented Afton Cuomo of the Andover Youth Services Department with a check for $800, the total amount raised at Salon Forza’s grand opening in June.
Born and raised in Methuen, Traverso is a graduate of Methuen High School and Northern Essex Community College, where she majored in journalism. After graduating from college, she decided to follow her true calling and began attending beauty school. After graduating from Blaine Hair School, Traverso continued her education at Lowell Academy Institute, where she became a licensed nail technician. Traverso has worked nearly a decade building her clientele and is known in town as “The Curl Whisperer.”
CHELMSFORD — Sullivan Construction, Inc. has completed the interior office and laboratory renovations for Magellan Diagnostics in Chelmsford. Included in this fast-track project were a complete fit-up of a 16,500 square foot office area and the construction of a 5,500 square foot bio-lab space. The project needed completion within eight weeks and the team at Sullivan exceeded the schedule expectations.
Magellan Diagnostics is a medical device company that provides point-of-care systems, clinical laboratory instruments, and analytical laboratory services focused on lead testing. Magellan Diagnostics is headquartered in Billerica.
Sullivan Construction Inc. has a 42-year history in providing design/build and construction management services to its client base. They are active throughout the northeast in corporate, healthcare, hospitality and retail construction and renovation.
LOWELL — Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union announces that Steve Jones, vice president-community development, was named a 2012 Credit Union Hero by Banker & Tradesman.
Jones was one of only 11 people from Massachusetts’ credit unions to receive this honor. The award is designed to recognized credit union professionals who go above and beyond to better their institution and their community. The Credit Union Heroes award celebrates those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the industry and the community, giving freely of their time, energy and resources for volunteerism, community service and charity.
Jones received his award during a Sept. 10, ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Boston.
LOWELL — LowellBank announces that it has contracted with Red Hawk Industries and NCR to install the first NCR APTRA Interactive Teller machines (ITM) in New England. With APTRA Interactive Tellers, LowellBank customers will have the ability to conduct transactions with a live, remote teller via video conference at the ITM during extended hours. LowellBank plans to install the first LowellBank “Personal Teller Machine” at their 15 Hurd St. location in Lowell in October. Additional “Personal Teller Machines” will be deployed over the next year at other LowellBank locations as well as remote sites within the communities they serve.
Interactive Teller technology incorporates SMART Teller technology, but also utilizes banking software to video conference with live, remote bank tellers. This allows customers to conduct a wider range of transactions at the ITM while conversing with actual bank employees.
DANVERS — Eliza Corporation (“Eliza”), the pioneer and recognized leader in Health Engagement Management, announces the appointment of Mark Beucler to Chief Financial Officer. Beucler will ensure that Eliza continues to lead a market that has long recognized the company for its innovation, quality, and proven outcomes. Based on more than a decade of experience engaging people in conversations about their health, Eliza also announces that the company has surpassed 800 million interactions, amassing one of the world’s largest consumer health data assets of the attitudes, behaviors, and motivations that drive people’s health and healthcare decisions.
Prior to joining Eliza, Beucler held senior executive roles including senior vice president, CFO, and vice president, general manager in global companies including Keystone Dental, Haemonetics, Corp., Lifeline Systems, which was acquired by Philips Healthcare, Thomson Financial, The Gillette Company and Deloitte & Touche.
Beucler lives in Andover.
BOSTON — Andover resident Jen Reuss, left, and her business partner Tara Shea, right, announce the grand opening of Cocoanuts Boston, located at 28 Parmenter St., in Boston’s North End. The store is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and sells a variety of artisan chocolates, gourmet nut mixes and specialty snacks, as well as gift baskets.
Reuss and Shea have aligned themselves with many local artisans, including Lark Cookies from Essex, Harbor Sweets of Salem, Quinn Popcorn, Yes Chocolates, Cow & Crumb, and Little Bits Toffee are just some of the treats that grace the shelves. The owners also recognize the niche they serve in the community, and see the store as a nice complement to the many restaurants and bakeries.
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