NEW FACES

Systems Engineering in Portland has hired Anthony McDonald as a help desk technician, Doreen McCluskey as an inside sales representative and Mark Benton as a product manager. 

Nancy Hickson has been named store manager of maurices clothing store in Topsham. 

Catherine Galida, D.O., is the newest affiliate practitioner to join True North in Falmouth. She opened her own practice in May and offers a diverse practice of modern medicine and osteopathic manipulation in her Portland office. 

Matt Searock and Ken Peck have joined Team Wunder at RE/MAX Realty One in York. 

Amy True has joined Acadia Trust, a Portland-based investment advisory and trustee firm, as assistant vice president and manager of operations. She has more than 11 years of experience in wealth management and investment operations. 

Robert Downs has been appointed to a new senior leadership position for Aetna. He has experience working with physicians, hospitals and health plans, as well as with state and local leaders. 

Christina Razzi has been hired as director of institutional giving for the Portland Museum of Art. She was previously employed as development officer at the Bowdoin International Music Festival.

PROMOTIONS

Samantha Cloutier of Rockland has been promoted to business insurance processor for Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden. She joined the company in 2008 as a front desk receptionist.

AWARDS and RECOGNITION

Storreytime LLC, a manufacturer of corporate apparel, uniforms and promotional items, was named to the Inc. 500/5000 list, a compilation of the most entrepreneurial and fastest- growing companies in America. Storreytime placed 2,016 out or 5,000. 

The Big Easy in Portland is celebrating 20 years of operation. Owner and operator Ken Bell said the music venue has featured such acts as Rustic Overtones, Twisted Roots, Gypsy Tailwind, Derek Trucks, Blind Melon, Amos Lee, Ray Lamontagne and more. 

Albin, Randall & Bennett was named as one of the 2010 Best Places to Work in Maine. 

The Maine Health Access Foundation has been named 2010 nonprofit Champion of Economic Development by the Maine Development Foundation. Award recipients are selected annually for their commitment to economic growth in Maine, ability to collaborate and create partnerships, high professional standards and capacity to embrace and promote innovation. 

The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors recognized Gene McKeever, of Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden, with a certificate honoring his 30 years of participation in advance education. 

Photographer Mary Woodman of Kennebunkport won an award in the Color Magazine 2010 Portfolio Contest for her portfolio “Sunsets over Penobscot Bay.” 

Dr. Douglas Kay received the 2010 Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding community service. He is the University of New England’s Dean of the College of Pharmacy and was selected for the award by the Maine Pharmacy Association.

GENERAL

Rist Bonnefond, headmaster of Kents Hill School since 1990, will step down at the end of 2010-2011 school year, but will continue to serve the school as headmaster emeritus and assist in fundraising efforts for future capital projects. 

Portland at-large City Councilor Jill Duson has been appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee. The committee comprises elected and appointed local officials and state representatives, as well as environmental interest groups and labor interests. 

The following businesses joined Penobscot Regional Chamber of Commerce since June: Ballou & Associates and Grand Harbor Inn in Camden; Coastal Journal Publishing in Bath; Cramer Guide Services in Union; Cushing Diesel Services in Cushing; Schoolhouse Bakery and St. George Carriage Co. in St. George; Woolley Crossing LTD in Tenants Harbor; and Ten Mile Guide Service in West Rockport. 

Linda Graham of Portland has been named to Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s board of directors.