• Dr. Joseph W. McDonnell was appointed dean of the University of Southern Maine’s College of Management and Human Service. He previously served as research professor and interim dean at the College of Business at Stony Brook University in New York. 

John Giuliano joined SymQuest Group as account executive in document solutions. Giuliano will be responsible for providing document solutions to clients throughout the company’s Maine territory. He was formerly with Northeast Copier Systems in Milford, Mass. 

Noel Young was hired by The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project as its asylum coordinator attorney. Prior to joining ILAP, Young was a corporate attorney in the Boston office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where she also represented asylum seekers pro bono and supervised other attorneys working on asylum matters. 

Dr. Richard Birkel was appointed director of the Cutler Institute of Health and Social Policy at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service.

Birkel is a psychologist and national expert on long-term care, family caregiving, and the implementation of evidence-based health and mental health programs.

Most recently, he was chief executive officer of the Rosalynn Carter Institute and the Pope Distinguished Chair in Caregiving at Georgia Southwestern State University. 

Chelsea Callanan joined Murray, Plumb & Murray as an associate attorney. Callanan, of Portland, was most recently an associate attorney at Furman Gregory Deptula in Biddeford. Prior to that, she was a member of the business and intellectual property groups at Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios LLP in Portland. 

Jim Hubbard was named a delivery and transport manager for Downeast Energy’s South Portland and Yarmouth offices.

Hubbard, of Gorham, has more than five years of experience in the energy industry. 

Joi Kressbach joined Legacy Properties Sothebys International Realty as a real estate agent serving the Yarmouth market.

Kressbach has several years of experience in the real estate industry, purchasing and selling both residential and commercial properties and managing vacation properties.

She lives in Yarmouth with her husband and together they own Maine Lobster Direct, a company that ships Maine seafood throughout the United States.

Custom Disability Solutions has promoted Roxanne Bergland to vice president, business development; Shawn Dutremble to vice president, underwriting; and Tony Michaud to vice president, client support services.

Bergland joined the company in July 2006, spending her previous 18 years at ING.

Dutremble was hired in July 2006 and has 15 years of underwriting experience.

Michaud was hired in April 2006 and has held several leadership positions in his 20 years in the industry. 


Robert Dube Jr. was promoted to a director at Macdonald Page & Co. LLC. Dube has worked as a senior manager since 2007. He joined the firm in 1999 and became a certified public accountant in 2003. 


Kimberly Sinclair of Portland was recently presented with the University of Southern Maine’s distinguished professional staff award. Sinclair is USM’s interim director of International Programs. 

Three midcoast businesses and initiatives received recognition from the Friends of Midcoast Maine at its annual meeting in June.

The annual Smart Growth Awards were given to Lyman Morse for the proposed mixed-use five-story building in downtown Rockland; The Village Cafe and Bakery in downtown Waldoboro; and to the 15 Gateway 1 communities in midcoast Maine for continuing their collaboration in planning in transportation issues. 

Lyn Alleborn, a senior associate with AspenCross Financial Group, a member of the John Hancock Financial Network, was presented with the Long Term Care Insurance Leader award by AspenCross Financial Group. Alleborn, of Wayne, also received the John Hancock Financial Network ACE Best in Class distinction. 


Keith Jacques, an attorney at Woodman Edmands Danylik Austin Smith & Jacques in Biddeford, was named chairman of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Committee on Infractions. Jacques has served on the committee since 2009. 

Bill Plouffe, an attorney with Drummond Woodsum, was elected vice chair of the board of directors for The Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Plouffe has practiced environmental law for the past 20 years. He is president of the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust and has served on the board of directors for the Appalachian Mountain Club. 

The Maine Real Estate & Development Association board of directors elected the following officers:

Thomas N. Lea of Peoples United Bank was named president.

Anne Littlefield of Dead River Properties was named vice president.

Drew Sigfridson of CB Richard Ellis/The Boulos Co. was named vice president.

William Shanahan of Northern New England Housing Investment Fund was named treasurer.

James C. Otis of Otis|Atwell was named assistant treasurer.

Dennis C. Keeler of Pierce Atwood LLP was named secretary/registered agent. 

Three people joined the board of directors for the Maine International Trade Center: Dennis Leiner, chief technology officer of Lighthouse Imaging; Kelly L’Heureux, manager at OCEANAIR; and Kent Peterson, chief executive officer of Fluid Imaging Technologies. 

Three people joined the Maine Philanthropy Center board of directors: Frank Douglass of Wright Express Corp.; Janet Wyper of L.L. Bean; and Peter Taylor of Maine Community Foundation.

Taylor is vice president for program development and grant-making services for the Maine Community Foundation.

Douglass is the assistant treasurer for Wright Express Corp.

Wyper is the community relations manager at L.L. Bean.

The board also approved new officers. Martha E. Greene of the John T. Gorman Foundation was named chair. Barbara Leonard of the Maine Health Access Foundation was named vice chair. John Kuropchak of the United Way of Eastern Maine was named secretary. Linda Roberts of BerryDunn was named treasurer. 

Michael Manos of Edward Jones was named chair of the Heart of Biddeford’s Business Enhancement Committee. 


P&C Insurance, a Biddeford-based insurance agency that has served southern Maine for more than 100 years, has acquired another Biddeford agency, Ruben Insurance, which was founded in 1900. Ruben Insurance, which is located across the street from the main office of P&C Insurance in Biddeford, will relocate to P&C’s main office.