Deborah Addessi-Bush, appraiser and store manager for Addessi Jewelers in Ridgefield, has earned the Certified Gemologist Appraisal title from the American Gem Society, an association of professional jewelers in the United States and Canada. About 400 American Gem Society jewelers in North America hold this professional title, which is considered the highest level of achievement in the industry. Addessi Jewelers has earned the AGS Accredited Gem Lab certificate. About 500 such labs exist in North America. Deborah, sister of Wayne Addessi, who runs the store, started working in the family business as a teenager.
Stratford resident Vicki Sawyer, a longtime marine-mammal trainer for The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, has been named 2010 Marine Educator of the Year by the SouthEastern New England Marine Educators. Sawyer feeds the seals and otters on a daily basis and stays for questions about the animals or about careers in marine biology. In the past seven years, she has taught more than 200 high school and college interns in the animal husbandry department. Part of the staff since 1988, she also participates in the aquarium's volunteer-training sessions, instructing about the exhibited seals and river otters.
Norwalk resident Linda West has been named senior vice president in commercial lending of Stamford First Bank, which opened in Stamford in late July. Stamford First Bank is a division of The Bank of New Canaan, and provides banking and lending services to consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses and nonprofit organizations. West was formerly senior vice president in commercial lending at Greenwich Bank & Trust. She is a member of the Real Estate Finance Association.
Stamford Hospital has appointed Dr. Sharon Kiely as a new vice president and chief quality officer. Kiely comes to Stamford Hospital from Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where she most recently held a similar position. She also was its director of hospitalist service, vice chairwoman of the Department of Medicine and medical director of quality and patient safety. After receiving her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, she earned a master's degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She completed a residency in internal medicine at St. Vincent's Medical Hospital and Medical Center of New York and was a White House Fellow assigned to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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