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   VAST Promotes Four
MARQUETTE- VAST recently announced the promotion of four team members, Rachel Johnson, Christie White, Cassie Van- Abel and Jessica Dale.
Rachel Johnson has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Johnson started with VAST in 2015 as Corporate Counsel. She then joined Acrisure Corporate as the Senior Associate General Counsel and has returned to VAST in her current role. She received her Bachelor’s degree from North- ern Michigan University and Law Degree from Michigan State University.
Christie White has been promoted to Sales Leader. She is a Mar- quette native and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University. White has been with VAST for five years, origi- nally joining the Commercial Insurance Team. She then became the Business Development Coordinator before entering into her new role.
Cassie VanAbel has been promoted to Personal Lines Team Lead. VanAbel, who is from Marquette, earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Michigan University. She has been with VAST for 14 years as a Personal Risk Manager.
Jessica Dale has been promoted to Commercial Lines Team Lead. She has been with VAST since 2010, and most recently held the position of Training and Professional Development Coordi- nator. Dale earned her Bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University.
VAST is currently a team of 52 dedicated professionals. They are a regional leader in Insurance and Risk Management. VAST pro- vides Business and Group Insurance, focusing in Manufacturing, Construction/Surety, Transportation, Healthcare Professional Lia- bility, and Senior Living. VAST is also a leader in Personal Insur- ance including Individual Medical and Medicare.
For more information on VAST you can visit their website at
Chamber of Commerce Makes
Building Improvements
The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated Chamber of Commerce Day on Oct. 16 by hosting its own ribbon-cutting ceremony to show off recent building improvements. “With the help of the state of Michigan, we were able to completely replace our U.S. 2 front entrance and doors, which was a large project many years in the making,” said Suzanne Larson, chamber executive director. “I’d like to thank the many people who came to the Open House to help us enjoy the improvements and celebrate the day.” From left are chamber ambassadors Teresa Schettler, Karen Blackhall and Denise Lind; Jordan Stanchina, Iron Mountain city manager; ambassadors Trisha Peterson and Ray King; Nina Garcia-Locke and Tasha Weber of building tenant Michi- gan Rehabilitation Services; Kevin Hanson, chamber board of directors; Larson; Jean O’Dette, chamber board; Tony Edlebeck, Kingsford city manager; Ray Anderson, Norway city manager; ambassadors and chamber board members Matt Lutz and Donna Rahoi; Jill Mondloch, chamber office manager; Leah Tramontine, welcome center building tenant; Amber Pipp, Iron Mountain Downtown Development Authority; ambassadors Elissa Howe and Robert Whitens; Kristine Schroeder, cham- ber executive assistant; Rebecca Strini, Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center; Earl Annear, chamber custodian; and Megan Barglind, VA Medical Center.

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