NEW FACES

Jessica Steele has been hired as director of The Outdoor Adventure Center at Unity College. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in ecopsychology/outdoor education and is working toward her master of education in adventure learning at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. 

Gene Wendland has been appointed chief financial officer of Tilson Technology Management in Portland. He has nearly 25 years of experience in senior finance and operations management. 

Benoit Blondeau, M.D., a trauma and general surgeon, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center staff, practicing in association with Central Maine Surgical Associates in Lewiston. He previously practiced at University of Mississippi Health Care in Jackson, Miss. 

Ivanka Stefanova has joined Macdonald Page & Co. LLC as a staff accountant in the South Portland office. Stefanova recently graduated summa cum laude from University of Southern Maine with a degree in accounting. 

Heidi MacVane has been hired by Tilson Technology Management as an executive assistant. She has 10 years of professional experience. 

Nicholas Srmack of South Portland has joined Classic Flooring on Route 1 in Scarborough as a sales associate. He is a former employee of The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. 

Robert Carlson and Matt Smith have been hired by MaineNewsSimply, a Portland-based startup. Carlson will lead the advertising sales effort and Smith will head up design and development of the site. 

The Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth recently announced changes to its management team. Robyn Violette has been hired as club house manager. She has 22 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Craig Ashman, a Johnson and Wales University culinary arts graduate, has accepted the position of executive chef. Heather Dusty will join the team as office administrator. She was recently employed by Portland Country Club.

PROMOTIONS

Tim Glidden has been appointed acting director of Maine State Planning Office upon the departure of Martha Freeman. Since 2001, he has served as director of the Land for Maine’s Future program and co-leader of the Natural Resource and Energy Team at the Maine State Planning Office. 

Heidi McCaffery has been named director of hospice and palliative care at Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice. She is a licensed clinical social worker and has been with the organization for three years, most recently as a medical social worker.

AWARDS and RECOGNITION

Bowdoin College received the 2010 Denis Pratt ADA Award in recognition of what the Maine ADA Coalition describes as substantial contributions to the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and service to the community. 

Rangeley was one of eight communities selected as America’s Best Summer Lake Towns of 2010 by the online edition of Budget Travel magazine. 

Sherry Morrison, of the financial services firm Edward Jones in South Portland, won several awards, including the Client Service Excellence Award, the Jack Phelan Production Award, the Field Training Leader and the Leadership Team Award, during the firm’s summer regional meetings. 

Maine Cancer Foundation presented several awards at its annual meeting. Susan Rowan, executive director, was presented the Carroll Award for her efforts in leading the foundation since 1998. The 2010 Founders Award for extraordinary volunteerism went to Doug Stewart of Cumberland for his long history of volunteering at several foundation events. Sheri Danforth, of Burgess Advertising, and Dave Marchese, of Marchese and Associates, were also acknowledged for their contributions and Oxford Networks, Saco Biddeford Savings Institution, Maritime Energy and Town and Country Credit Union were saluted for their support of the foundation as well. 

G.M. Pollack & Sons Jewelers, which is Maine’s first employee-owned jewelry chain and based in Scarborough, has been ranked 37th out of the top 50 retail jewelers in North America in National Jeweler Magazine.

GENERAL

Rick Bagnall, volunteer benefits specialist at Allen Insurance and Financial, has been named a member in the Million Dollar Round Table, the noted association of financial professionals. He joins his colleagues Michael Pierce and Peter Van Alstine. 

Terry Baldwin was named secretary of the Mid Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross board of directors. Baldwin is an independent business and technology consultant who works with small businesses and nonprofits.