• Catherine Studley joined Home Instead Senior Care in Gorham as director of community services.
Studley previously served as executive director of hospice programs in Vermont and Maine — including Hospice of Maine. Most recently, she managed the startup of a private duty agency.
• Five educators joined the staff at Harpswell Coastal Academy, a new public charter school serving students in grades six through 12.
Carrie McColgan-Branson was named assistant head of school. She previously worked at Waynflete School in Portland as executive assistant to the head of school and the sustainability coordinator.
Byron Malcom was hired as a math teacher. Most recently, he taught math at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham.
Micah Depper was hired as a science teacher. Depper recently completed his master’s degree in environmental studies at Antioch University New England and earned a teaching certificate. He spent the past year as a teaching intern at Four Rivers Public Charter School in Greenfield, Mass.
Angelina Simmons was hired as a media studies teacher and one on one special educator. She had worked at Woodside Elementary in Topsham.
Trevor Slater was also hired as a one-on-one special educator. He has worked in leadership roles in alternative and therapeutic education at the REAL School, The Community School at Opportunity Farm in Camden, Mt. Ararat High School and King Middle School in Portland.
• Luanne Starr Rhoades was named director of outpatient therapy services at Health Affiliates. Rhoades is a licensed clinical professional counselor, a licensed drug and alcohol counselor and a certified clinical supervisor. Most recently, she worked with Maine’s National Guard as a military and family life consultant.
• Steven Hewins was appointed interim executive director of Portland’s Downtown District.
Hewins founded Hewins Travel out of his home on Munjoy Hill in 1982 and quickly relocated to Commercial Street, where it grew to become Maine’s largest travel agency. In 2007, he sold the company to AAA Northern New England, where he has served as vice president for the past six years. He will assume the position in August.
• Barry Godowsky, Becky Metivier and Adam Stevens joined at Fluid Imaging Technologies in Yarmouth.
Godowsky, of Yarmouth, was hired as vice president of industrial sales. He was previously vice president of sales at Artel, Inc. in Westbrook.
Metivier, of Gorham, was hired as vice president of marketing. Most recently, she worked as marketing manager at The Baker Company in Sanford.
Stevens, of Hollis, was hired as a field technician. He previously worked as a project manager at Contech Engineered Solutions in Scarborough.
• Terry Hackett joined the facilities management team at Cheverus High School as a custodian. Hackett comes to Cheverus with years of experience in maintenance and custodial services for The Meat House in Scarborough.
• Robert Chatfield of Cape Elizabeth was promoted to vice president of finance at Fluid Imaging Technologies in Yarmouth.
Chatfield was the company’s chief finance officer.
• The following individuals were elected officers of the Portland Museum of Art’s board of trustees.
Anna Wells was elected president; John Isacke, chairman; William Hamill and Jeffrey Kane, vice presidents; Robert Nanovic, treasurer; William Ryan Jr., vice president and assistant treasurer; and James Houle, secretary.
• The Animal Welfare Society added three new members to its board of directors. One member was named director emeritus.
Malte Lukas of Kennebunkport; Katie Graczyk of Kittery; and Molly Talevi of Wells will each begin a three-year term on the board. Stan Barwise of Kennebunkport was elected director emeritus.
Lukas retired after 30 years from Spectro Inc., as chief executive officer and founder.
Graczyk is a certified public accountant and currently works as a staff accountant with Bigelow & Company in Portsmouth, N.H.
Talevi works as the bookkeeper for her family businesses of Sea-Vu and Sea-Vu South Campgrounds in Wells.
Barwise began volunteering at AWS in 1994, and was elected to his first term on the board in 1997. He served as president from 2003 to 2005 and from 2007 to May of 2013.
• Ken Bird, Shannon Eyler, Pat O’Hara and David Remick were elected stockholders of Woodard & Curran.
Bird co-founded Cummings/Riter in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1993 and has over 30 years of experience helping clients address environmentally-impaired sites.
Eyler has 19 years of experience in regulatory compliance and environmental, health, and safety management.
O’Hara is another co-founder of Cummings/Riter in Pittsburgh and a leading expert in environmental cleanup and managing the environmental impacts of shale gas exploration.
Remick is the company’s chief financial officer.
• Michael Casey, Michael Mastronardi, Mike McDonald, Penelope St. Louis and Trish Weimer were elected to the board of directors for the Portland Downtown District.
The board also elected new officers: Brad McCurtain was named president; Michael Mastronardi, first vice president; Gerard Kiladjian, second vice president; and Mike McDonald, treasurer.
• Robin L. Cyr, a manager at the Portland public accounting firm Albin, Randall & Bennett, was elected to serve on the Maine Estate Planning Council’s Board of Directors.
Cyr, of Biddeford, specializes in estate, gift and succession plans and in servicing clients with compliance filings. She also provides tax and consulting services. She was elected to a three-year term.
• Gail Arnold, owner and designated broker of Kennebunk Beach Realty in Kennebunk, was named Realtor of the Year by the York County Council of Realtors.
Arnold is a trustee of the York County Council of Realtors and serves as co-chair of the scholarship fundraising committee.
• Allen Insurance and Financial earned two top honors from Safeco Insurance: the Distinguished President’s Award and membership in the Premier Partner Program.
An estimated 200 agencies that sell Safeco Insurance in the United States earn the president’s award each year, which celebrates their success with Safeco. The premier partner distinction recognizes excellent performance as well.
• The Portland Water District was awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association. The award reflects the PWD’s commitment to the highest principles of governmental budgeting.
• Dottie Moody-Lagasse, a registered nurse from Westbrook, was recognized by Fresenius Medical Care North America with its coveted 2013 Ernestine M. Lowrie Award for Clinical Excellence.
She was one of four clinical managers chosen from across the nation.
She has worked as a dialysis nurse for 19 years and brings a quiet energy and dedication to the development of her team at Fresenius Medical Care Casco Bay, the press release said.
• The Maine Small Business Development Centers selected Michael Kasputes as the 2013 State Star. Kasputes is a certified business counselor at the Maine SBDC, University of Southern Maine in Portland. Kasputes has counseled 1,307 clients in his 11 years with the Maine SBDC. He has also helped start 57 businesses, created or retained 485 jobs, and generated almost $16 million in capital.
• Gene McKeever, a commercial insurance specialist at Allen Insurance and Financial, is recognized as a “subject matter expert” for property casualty producer and consultant license exams given by the Maine Bureau of Insurance.
In June 2013, McKeever joined two of his colleagues to review questions with the test publishers. He runs Allen Insurance and Financial’s in-house license education program.
• The Telephone Association of New England recently inducted FairPoint Communications Maine state president Mike Reed into its Hall of Fame.
Reed has more than 40 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining FairPoint in 2010, he worked at TDS Telecom and NYNEX Corporation.
At FairPoint, Reed is responsible for regulatory matters, governmental affairs and public relations for Maine, as well as regulatory matters and governmental affairs for the FairPoint in 14 states outside of northern New England.