Lauren Myers has been hired by iBec Creative as a Web analyst to oversee client website maintenance and optimization, along with social media operations. She has extensive background in both creative and project management in Web design, along with experience in using Google products to help generate results.

• Creative Work Systems welcomes Keirsten Murphy as service coordinator, and Michael Rivard, Lorraine Rudolph, Theodore DiSciscio and Neil Knowlton-Randall as life skills coaches.

Anthony Fratianne has joined the law firm of Drummond Woodsum as a member of the business services group in the Portland office. He previously practiced law in Philadelphia at Morgan Lewis.

Karen Hofreiter and Emily Held have joined the staff at Portland Magazine. Hofreiter is assistant editor and publisher, previously working at Communispace Corp. in Watertown, Mass. Held is an advertising account executive, coming to the magazine from Edgecomb Potters.

Charles Therrien has been hired as president and chief executive officer at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. Therrien served as president and chief executive officer of Sharon Hospital in Connecticut.


Anna Nelson and Lexi Helming have been promoted to new positions at Portland Magazine. Nelson is now senior advertising executive for the magazine. Helming has been promoted to advertising account executive.

Dr. Willie Wilson, marine virologist, has been selected as the new director of Bigelow Laboratory’s Provasioli-Guillard National Center for the Culture of Marine Phytoplankton. He has been a senior research scientist at the laboratory since January 2007 and has been serving as the center’s interim director since last summer.


Looking Glass Restaurant in Bar Harbor was recently selected as Maine’s “Best Breakfast with a View” by Yankee Magazine. The restaurant provides views of Cadillac Mountain, Frenchman Bay and the islands near Bar Harbor.

Maureen Blanchard, a junior at South Portland High School, has been chosen as the winner of the Maine Community College System’s “A Journey into Writing” contest and named the 2010 Governor’s Young Writer of the Year. She was one of six finalists and received a $2,500 check.

Dr. Reza Namin, superintendent of the Westbrook School Department, has received the Public Utilities Commission/Efficiency Maine’s Hastings Award. The award recognizes the school department’s improvement in the energy efficiency of its buildings while incorporating the work into the curriculum.

The Greater Rumford Community Center was recognized for 100 years of incorporation on June 3. The center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

• The Maine Development Foundation’s Downtown Center presented the 10th annual Downtown Achievement Awards earlier this month. The top award for Downtown Visionary was presented to Michael Baran, director of the Maine Office of Community Development. Skowhegan received the Main Street Maine Program of the Year Award. Thirty other Downtown Achievement Awards were presented in 14 categories. A complete list of winners with photos can be viewed at

Rudman & Winchell, counselors at law in Bangor, announced that the firm and several of its attorneys have received high ratings from Chambers and Partners, a worldwide legal rankings firm. As a firm, Rudman & Winchell received recognition in corporate mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment, litigation and general commercial and real estate. George Eaton was recognized in corporate mergers and acquisitions; Frank McGuire in labor and employment law; David King in litigation-medical malpractice and insurance; William Hanson in real estate/timberland conservation; Paul Chaiken in labor law; Brent Singer in labor/employment-employee benefits and compensation; John McCarthy in litigation-general commercial; and Winfred Stevens and Hans Peterson in real estate.

Anthony Barrasso, owner of Anthony’s Italian Kitchen in Portland, and Judith Sarapas, weekly volunteer at BookWorks, were selected “Volunteers of the Year” by STRIVE, an organization that works with developmentally challenged youths. STRIVE also named Hammond Lumber Co. and the Maine Red Claws as “Businesses of the Year” for their contributions to the organization. Noel Thompson was named “Alumni Volunteer of the Year,” having volunteered every Friday night for a number of years in the snack bar. STRIVE also named Jesse Robinson as a “Volunteer of the Year” for consistently helping out with events. MEMIC received the “Employer of the Year” designation for its competitive employment opportunities.