• Frank Gallagher joined ecomaine as communications director.
Gallagher has 16 years of experience in journalism and public relations. He was recently proprietor of F.J. Gallagher & Associates and is a graduate of the University of Maine in Orono.
• Garret Barcheski and Marie O’Brien joined the Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk.
Barcheski, of Old Orchard Beach, was hired as a youth humane educator. He previously worked for Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association in Ledgewood, N.J.
O’Brien was hired as a volunteer coordinator. She previously worked for the Saco Museum and the Eastern Trail Alliance.
• Joseph Cassidy, an attorney and longtime member of the Washington County Community College faculty, was appointed president of the college. Cassidy, of Calais, has taught education at the college for the past nine years. He also teaches a class in special-education law at the University of Maine at Machias.
• S. Donald Sussman, founder of Paloma Partners, a billion-dollar-plus investment fund based in Greenwich, Conn., was recognized with Hedge Funds Review’s lifetime achievement award.
Paloma was one of the first hedge funds to use computer technology and quantitative techniques to invest in the 1980s and has a long history of backing talented managers with fresh ideas, a news release said.
Sussman has been managing hedge fund investments for more than 30 years. He is the majority share owner of MaineToday Media, which owns the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, the Morning Sentinel in Waterville and other media outlets in Maine.
• Two doctors from Maine Medical Center were recently honored by Tufts University School of Medicine and its medical students.
Dr. Virginia Eddy, a trauma and critical care surgeon at MMC, was awarded the Outstanding Teaching in the Clerkship Years Award by the senior class of Tufts University School of Medicine.
Eddy was recognized for her concern for students and her ability to share knowledge effectively.
Dr. Debra Rothenberg was honored with the Milton O. and Natalie V. Zucker Clinical Teaching Prize for Outstanding Innovation in clinical teaching from Tufts University School of Medicine.
Rothenberg is a family medicine physician at MMC. She was selected for designing and teaching the scientific foundation of social and behavioral medicine course in Maine.