NEW HIRES

• Nicole Dumont, Elizabeth McKinney and Jamie Frick joined KPI Direct, an integrated direct marketing and brand management agency.

Dumont joined the firm as an order flow manager. She was previously with Order Logix, formerly Online Technologies, as a customer support representative.

McKinney joined the company as a business analyst and worked previously in the same role at Intelemedia Communications.

Frick joined the firm as a customer experience analyst. She was previously an assistant office manager at O’Hare Associates, CPA. 

Elizabeth Wall, DO, and Carolyn Millhouse, NP, joined the primary medical staff at Mercy Hospital’s Yarmouth offices.

Wall spent the past five years in private practice in Warren before joining Mercy in 2011. She is board certified in family practice and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Osteopathic Association.

Millhouse worked previously in the student health center at the University of Southern Maine. 

Thomas Prouty joined Chase Custom Homes and Finance Inc. as a senior vice president. Prouty will oversee the day-to-day operations of the company and coordinate sales. He has more than 10 years of experience in residential construction and more than 25 years in real estate sales. 

Jim Bentley joined Winxnet, a Portland-based IT solutions provider, as a technical support specialist. Bentley has more than 10 years of professional IT experience and was previously a sales production support specialist at Hannaford Brothers Corp. 

Thomas White joined the University of New England as vice president for communications. White will oversee all aspects of UNE’s strategic communications. White previously managed the communications programs at three major universities. 

Sally Struever was hired by the The Portland Museum of Art as manager of its museum store. She has operated the innovative design store Eli Phant for the past three years. 

The following individuals joined SeniorsPlus in Lewiston: Rachel Middleton was named member services specialist II. Andrea Smith joined as care management supervisor in Bangor. Hodan Haji-Hersi has accepted the position of care coordinator. Nathan Miller accepted the position of care coordinator and Stephanie Gagnon has accepted the position of skills trainer coordinator. 

Dennis Carter joined the Maine Red Claws as an account executive. Carter was previously with the AAA affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, the Salt Lake Bees, and has also worked for the Utah Jazz. 

Paul Gilman joined Clyde Bergemann Bachmann Inc. as a project manager based out of its Auburn office. Gilman has an extensive background in engineering and manufacturing in the custom machine tool industry. He was previously with Magnum Integrated Technologies, of Ontario, Canada.

Lydia Howes was hired at the firm as a communications specialist. Howes has extensive experience in communications and marketing, including working in an engineering and manufacturing environment. 

The following individuals joined P&C Insurance, a Biddeford-based insurance agency:

Gisele Roy joined the company as a claims administrator. Roy, of Biddeford, has 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, including the last 20 years as a claims adjuster for All State Insurance.

Pam Duranceau of Saco joined P&C Insurance as a marketing coordinator and account executive.

Owen Foss of Portland was hired as an accountant and for internet technology support. 

Karen MacDonald joined the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine as chief operating officer. MacDonald will oversee the operations of the five clubhouses in Portland, South Portland and Lewiston/Auburn. She has more than 20 years of youth development experience, and most recently served as vice president of program and youth development services at its national headquarters in Atlanta. 

PROMOTIONS

Austin Smith and Chris Berry became partners in the firm Scott Simons Architects.

Smith, of Portland, has been a project manager for the firm’s major projects, including the Portland Public Library renovation, the Waynflete Arts Center, and the Tilton Academic Building. He has been with the firm for the past 16 years.

Berry, of Portland, is the firm’s business and marketing manager and has been with the firm for seven years. 

Margaret Schick of Topsham has been named director of annual giving and alumni development at the University of Southern Maine. Schick, of Topsham, has served as USM’s interim director of annual giving since December. She previously worked as a consultant for developing and marketing events. 

Kennebunk Savings announced the following promotions:

Linda Chisholm was promoted to vice president of deposit operations. Chisholm has worked for Kennebunk Savings for more than 25 years and manages the deposit services team and oversees operations for 15 branch locations.

Kevin Gray was promoted to vice president. Gray, of Berwick, has worked for the bank since 2007 and is the branch manager in Eliot.

Andrew Lederer was promoted to vice president of business processing. Lederer, of Sanford, was previously assistant vice president and branch automation and delivery administrator for the bank.

Julie Perreault was promoted to vice president. Perreault, of Eliot, manages Kennebunk Savings’ Kittery office and was formerly the assistant manager of the York office on Woodbridge Road.

Toby Boyd was promoted to assistant vice president. Boyd, of Shapleigh, has worked for Kennebunk Savings since 2004 and is the accounting manager and financial reporting administrator.

Sharon Royce was promoted to assistant vice president. Royce, of Berwick, joined Kennebunk Savings in 2005.

Paul Dewhurst was promoted to a commercial credit officer. Dewhurst joined Kennebunk Savings in 2009 as a commercial credit analyst and has more than 15 years in banking.

Adam Mumm was promoted to business systems analyst. Mumm joined Kennebunk Savings as a web delivery analyst, and later, held the position of systems analyst. 

AWARDS

Heather Correia, AmeriCorps volunteer for Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, received the National Service Volunteer Award. Correia, of Biddeford, was recognized for her work in managing a mentoring program for 13- to 17- year-old at-risk youth. She has organized career workshops and mentor appreciation events. She also served as an employment counselor for Goodwill. The award program is administered by the Maine Commission for Community Service. 

The following businesses will be recognized with the 2011 Maine International Trade & Investment Awards on May 20 at the Marriott-Sable Oaks in South Portland:

Cozy Harbor Seafood in Portland for Exporter of the Year; Council for International Educational Exchange in Portland for International Service Provider of the Year; Artel in Westbrook for International Innovator of the Year; and Sappi Fine Paper North America in Skowhegan and Westbrook for International Investor of the Year. John Gulliver, of Portland, received the President’s Award. 

Dennis Sherman, creator of the DennyMike’s line of sauces and rubs, recently won a handful of awards at the 2011 National Barbecue Association’s 20th anniversary conference. He won awards for his rubs, sauces and packaging — finishing among the leaders in total medals awarded. 

LINE-X Protective Coatings in Portland won the 2011 Excellence Award for volunteering their services as part of the crew of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” on a project in Hampton Roads, Va.

Greg Legnard, the owner of the company, donated his time and crew to help apply LINE-X spray-on insulation Foam-Guard and Aspart-X floor coating to provide a more efficient and cost-effective home environment for the featured family. 

Charles F. Dingman, an attorney for Preti Flaherty, was named a 2011 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America for his work in administrative and regulatory law in Augusta. Dingman focuses his practice on addressing reimbursement, regulatory, and government contracting issues with a particular concentration on the health care sector. 

Douglas Bousfield, a chemical and biological engineering professor at the University of Maine, received the Dr. Joseph Genco Award for industry support from UMaine’s Pulp and Paper Foundation.

Teacher of the Year awards were presented to Annette Giardin of Jay High School and Sasha Alcott of Bangor High School.

Jeff Dutton, president and CEO of Twin Rivers Paper in Madawaska, and former president and chairman of the foundation, received the foundation’s Honor Award. 

GENERAL

David Millar was elected president of the Maine Insurance Agents Association. Millar, of Freeport, joined Riley Insurance Agency in 1995 and became a partner in 2000. In 2006 he succeeded his father to become the sixth generation owner of the agency, which was established in 1853. 

Yarmouth Boat Yard received the Gold Flagship Dealer designation from Pursuit Boats. The Flagship Dealer program recognizes and rewards exceptional performance in the areas of dealership sales, marketing and service. 

Susan Baracco was appointed to KeyBank’s national Key4Women Advisory Board.

Baracco will join 22 other new advisory board members to form the 2011 board, comprised of women business owners, leaders and experts from a cross section of industries across Key’s footprint.

She is founder and president of Echelon Circles, a private membership organization for women business leaders which provides mentoring and is developing an angel network. She is also the founder of the Maine Million Dollar Women’s Forum event and ongoing public roundtables. 

The University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation and the Maine Pulp and Paper Association elected the following new officers:

Barbara Hamilton, of Emerson Process Control, was elected chair of the foundation. John Wolanski, vice president of Savage Safe Handling, was elected president.

John Donahue, vice president of Sappi North America, was elected secretary. Dennis Castonguay, manufacturing support manager of Verso Paper, was appointed to the executive committee.

The following individuals were elected to the foundation’s board of directors: Lee Cyr, manager of customer service and production planning of Twin Rivers Paper; Luke Czarnecki, national sales manager of Bercen; John Desjardins, New England sales manager of Buckman USA; Michael Reider, general manager of Katahdin Paper; and Tom Ramundo, president of New England Controls.