NEW FACES

Maureen Keeley has joined Professional Disability Associates as a senior vice president of operations and customer value. Keeley has more than 17 years of experience in disability claims, management and customer service. She was previously at Unum, where she served as vice president in the claims organization.

Teresa Cowdrey has been named vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at Colby College in Waterville. Cowdrey previously held the same position at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. At Colby, she will oversee enrollment planning, student recruitment, admissions and financial aid.

Melissa Innes of Yarmouth has joined Maine Green Energy Alliance as a community outreach coordinator for the Yarmouth and Cumberland area. Innes is helping residents find ways to conserve energy by using rebates and tax incentives through Efficiency Maine.

Ground Round Sports Grille in Hallowell has opened inside Sparetime Recreation Bowling Center, next to the Kennebec Ice Arena on Whitten Road. Andy Couture, a Ground Round franchisee, owns the local sports grill.

Lewis Payne has joined Katahdin Trust Co. as vice president and commercial loan officer. Payne, who has more than 35 years of experience in the commercial banking industry, was recently with Merrill Bank in Bangor.

Peter Bernier has joined Hancock Lumber as vice president and regional general manager for the midcoast area. Bernier was previously with Downeast Building Supply.

Nathan Lewis and Christopher Pickles have joined MACTEC Engineering and Consulting Inc. in Portland as engineers.

Lewis is a recent graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University, where he earned a degree in civil engineering.

Pickles is a recent graduate of the University of Texas and has a degree in civil engineering. He has experience in performing site surveys, testing materials and design work.

PROMOTIONS

Joanne Small has been promoted to business manager at WCSH-TV (Channel 6) in Portland and WLBZ-TV (Channel 2) in Bangor. Small, of South Portland, joined WCSH in 2006 as accounting manager.

AWARDS and RECOGNITION

Terrence Garmey, a partner at Smith, Elliott, Smith & Garmey, was named lawyer of the year for Portland in the area of personal injury law by Best Lawyers in America. Garmey is one of only two lawyers in the state to receive the honor in personal injury law.

The Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce honored Yes! Marketing Group with the 2010 Beacon Award for Business Leadership. The company was recognized for making a positive contribution to the Yarmouth community.

Gregg Frame, a partner at Taylor, McCormack and Frame LLC, was named Maine’s Rising Star in the field of employment litigation by New England Super Lawyers magazine. It’s the second year Frame has received the honor.

Jack Simmons, an attorney with Berman & Simmons PA, was named the 2011 Central Maine Personal Injury Litigator of the Year by Best Lawyers in America. Simmons was recognized for receiving the highest marks from his peers for his abilities, professionalism and integrity.

Lisa Clark and Kristin Winston, faculty in the University of Southern Maine’s occupational therapy program, were recently recognized by the Maine Occupational Therapist Association Conference for achievements in the field.

Winston received the president’s award for performing her duties for the association with the “utmost level of professionalism.” She has more than 25 years of experience.

Clark, an occupational therapist for 30 years, was named the “Occupational Therapy Practitioner of the Year.” She was recognized for her “extraordinary commitment to the professional growth and development of other therapists.”

GENERAL

Wayne Ross of South Portland was elected vice president of the Portland Water District Board of Trustees. Ross has served on the board and its administrative committee for more than a year. He represents South Portland and Cape Elizabeth.

Don Boutin, Jacque Carter and David Eagleson were named to the board of directors for United Way of York County.

Boutin is senior vice president of the national client group at Unum. He serves as chair of United Way’s Community Review Team and a member of its community impact council.

Carter is provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of New England and leads United Way’s annual campaign at UNE.

Eagleson, president of The Baker Co.and a longtime supporter of United Way, will chair the 2011 United Way of York County Campaign.

Maine Medical Center’s Lifeline Workplace Wellness Program launched a new website: www.mmc.org/lifeline wellness. Lifeline offers wellness services and programs for regional employers of all sectors and sizes.

Gary Kessler, director of training and curriculum development at BitSec Global Forensics, has earned his doctorate in computing technology in Education from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

Pen Bay Women’s Health received its accreditation in obstetric and gynecologic ultrasound. Since 1998, Pen Bay Women’s Health has successfully completed the application process for obstetrical and gynecological ultrasound practice accreditation.

Dave Perry, vice president of sales for Nappi Distributors Inc., retired after 16 years with the company. A press release said Perry, 72, of Cape Elizabeth, played a big role in the company’s “400 percent growth and the building of a great sales team.”

Lennie Burke, vice president of regional operations at Downeast Energy, was named to the board of directors for the Maine Energy Marketers Association. Burke has been with Downeast for more than 30 years and will serve a three-year term on the board.

Kristine Avery, a senior vice president of human resources at FISC Solutions, was elected director of the Society of Human Resource Management of the Maine State Council.

As director, Avery will provide a structure for members to meet and discuss the affairs, activities, needs and challenges of the profession.

Office Environments of New England has acquired Business Interiors, a furniture dealership based in Williston, Vt., and Westbrook. Jim Baker, a 25-year veteran in the industry, will lead the northern New England territory.

According to a press release, Office Environments of New England “helps clients create high-performance solutions that integrate furniture, audiovisual technologies and architectural solutions.”

Arthur Marshall, a senior manager at Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker, was awarded the Accredited Senior Appraiser designation by the American Society of Appraisers. Marshall has more than 10 years of experience in business valuation, providing services in financial reporting, gift and estate taxation, and expert witness testimony.