NEW FACES

Colin McHugh was named vice president, provider engagement contraction, for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine. He previously served as strategic planning director, comprehensive health solutions, for WellPoint Inc. 

Jim Splude of Sebago was recently hired as pumpout coordinator for Friends of Casco Bay’s small boat sewage removal service, which operates between South Portland and Freeport. 

Michelle Zichella of Portland has joined Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook as director of communications and development. She previously was director of special events for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Falmouth. 

Frank Florek of Manchester has joined Mid-Coast Mental Health Center in Rockland as chief financial officer. He was formerly project finance manager with Hodgdon Yachts in East Boothbay. 

Nancy Zimmerman has joined Putney Inc. as director of professional marketing. Prior to joining the company, she was director of medical support at Banfield, The Pet Hospital. 

Dr. Kenneth Elowe has accepted a position as assistant regional director of science applications at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Region 5 headquarters. He has worked for 22 years for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. 

Mike Foley of Foley’s Fitness is now working out of World Gym on Marginal Way in Portland. He established Foley’s Fitness in 1994, and has 22 years of experience in the nutrition field. 

Ken Dean has been hired at Agren Appliance & Television. He repairs and services household appliances in Greater Portland, based out of the flagship store in Portland.

PROMOTIONS

Christopher Farmer is general manager of Saddleback. He has been serving as director of real estate, planning and development, and legal counsel to the mountain resort since May 2008.

AWARDS and RECOGNITION

The U.S. Navy has selected The Great State of Maine Air Show & Business Aviation Expo as an Official Centennial of Naval Aviation Tier 1 Event. It is one of 32 events with this distinction and will promote the 100 years of Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard heritage. 

Donald Burgess, M.D., a pediatrician at Southern Maine Medical Center Pediatrics in Kennebunk, was named the hospital’s Caregiver of the Year in recognition for the outstanding care he provides to his patients, his unique leadership, collaborative spirit and empathy. 

Skowhegan received the Main Street Maine Program of the Year award from the Maine Development Foundation’s Downtown Center’s Downtown Achievement Awards. The town was recognized for its recently reorganized and strengthened board of directors for Main Street Skowhegan. 

Michael Baran, director of Maine Office of Community Development, received the Downtown Visionary award from the Maine Development Foundation for his leadership and belief in a strong community. 

Dr. Christopher Kuhn and Dr. David Langdon, radiologists at Mercy Hospital, were recognized by the Cancer Community Center for bringing together a group of friends who are cancer survivors. They began the annual Not Dead Yet Bike Ride and Lobster Bake, which has gone from a backyard event to a large fundraiser for the Cancer Community Center. 

Rachel Morales, associate director and coordinator of multicultural recruitment of undergraduate admissions at the University of Southern Maine, received the New England Association for College Admission Counseling IDEAL Award. The award recognizes an individual, institution or organization who has demonstrated consistent and long-standing commitment to issues of access to higher education for students of color, first-generation, low-income, undocumented and LBGTQ college students, among others.

GENERAL

Beverly Altenburg and Dr. Charles Brown were elected directors of the Delta Dental Plan of Maine. Altenburg is the retired senior vice president of client service center at Unum Group and Brown practices dentistry in a solo private practice in Naples. 

Broadreach Public Relations has renewed its contract to serve as the agency of record for Lewiston-based Northeast Bank and related companies for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. 

Maine Association of Nonprofits elected the following officers for a one-year term: Jennifer Hutchins as president; Cathy Ramsdell as vice president; Peter Montano as treasurer; Kathryn Davis as secretary; and Tom Davis as past president. 

Cancer Community Center welcomed the following members to the board of trustees: Sandra Clark Whiston, Andy Beahm, Carol Edwards, Eric Blakeman and Lorie Whynot

Mark Patterson, co-owner of PATCO Construction Inc. in Sanford, was named president of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Maine. He also serves as vice president on the association’s board of trustees. 

Belfast, Brunswick, Damariscotta, Dover-Foxcroft, Machias and Madawaska have joined the recently launched Maine Downtown Network program. These communities join seven others in the network. 

David Bragdon of 3D Electric was inducted as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Rockland. 

The Maine Chapter of the Society of Financial Services Professionals elected the following: Joseph Daigneault, president; Joshua Chase, president-elect; Lorraine Jordan, past president; Dennis Robillard, secretary and treasurer; Lawrence Perry, membership; Alec Livingston, professional development; and Duke Marson webmaster.

Thomas Lea of Cumberland is the new president of Maine Real Estate and Development Association, a statewide organization of commercial real estate owners, developers and related service providers. 

Michael Hodgins was elected chairman of the board of trustees of Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield. He joined the board in 2005 and has served as vice chairman for the past two years. 

Baker Newman Noyes has announced its partnership in the Accounting Doctoral Scholars program administered through the AICPA Foundation. The program provides support to individuals committed to teaching and research.