NEW FACES

• Whit Mitchell joined Diversified Business Communications as a senior accountant/treasury analyst.

Mitchell was previously employed with Baker Newman Noyes in Portland.

Jenna Grant joined Diversified Business Communications as a marketing coordinator.

Grant was previously employed with Mainebiz, Portland. n Karen Burns has joined the Island Institute staff as the new community and economic development director.

Burns will be responsible for overseeing program development to address island and remote coastal communities’ priorities related to strengthening diverse community, economic and workforce development initiatives. A graduate of Amherst College, Burns also holds a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Maine. She previously served as Vinalhaven School’s high school English teacher.

PROMOTIONS

Diana Scully has been appointed executive director of the Maine Bar Foundation of Augusta, following the retirement of longtime executive director Calien Lewis.

Scully has worked with both government and private nonprofit organizations advocating on behalf of people who are poor, elderly and/or have a disability. She founded the Thomas P. Downing Fund in 1985 to recognize and reward those who work tirelessly in the field of low-income law.

Scully formerly was senior director for State Services, National Association for States United for Aging and Disabilities, based in Washington, D.C., a director of Maine’s Office of Elder Services, executive director of the intergovernmental Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission and owner of Vantage Point consultant services.

Eric Gadbois was appointed as commercial deposit officer at SIS Bank of Sanford. The position recently was established to better serve the cash management and Automated Clearing House needs of business customers and to help the business community transition to SIS Bank’s array of digital banking options.

Gadbois previously served as an SIS electronic banking specialist.

Tanya Hussey has been promoted to financial services manager, AVP, to the People’s United Bank.

Hussey will be responsible for the overall management of branch sales, service, customer relationship building, portfolio growth and profitability of the South Berwick office.  

Hussey began at People’s in 2006. She has held several positions including customer service manager, AVP, and lead customer service associate. 

David Hamilton has been named sales manager of the Clark Insurance Employee Benefits Group for Maine and New Hampshire.

Hamilton, a vice president and stockholder in the agency, has more than 25 years of experience in designing health and benefit plans for large and small employers. He will lead a 10-person team that has experienced dramatic growth in recent years.

Shawn R. Leger has been named store manager of TD Bank’s One Portland Square branch. As vice president, Leger is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel and overseeing the day-to-day operations.

Amy Maheux has been named customer service manager at People’s United Bank. Maheux oversees the Portland branch in Maine, where she coaches and trains the staff in customer service skills. She is responsible for the daily operations of the branch as well as maintaining procedures and policies in the branch.

BOARD APPOINTMENTS

The following individuals were elected to the Maine Real Estate & Development Association’s board of directors for the 2013/2014 fiscal year: president, Drew Sigfridson of CBRE|The Boulos Co.; vice president, Anne Littlefield of Dead River Properties; vice president, Michael O’Reilly of Bangor Savings Bank; vice president, Paul Peck of Drummond & Drummond; treasurer, William Shanahan of Northern New England Housing Investment Fund; assistant treasurer, James C. Otis of Otis|Atwell; secretary and registered agent, Jaimie Schwartz,of Bernstein Shur; and assistant secretary, Shelly R. Clark of MEREDA.

Dick Prentice of Yarmouth was elected to the board of directors of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association, a statewide organization of commercial real estate owners, developers and related service providers.

Prentice has nearly 35 years’ experience in law practice. He joined Pierce Atwood in 2000 as a partner in the Real Estate Group. He previously worked for the firm of Drinker Biddle and Shanley LLP of New Jersey, and Estroff, Waldman & Poretsky and the firm of Pavia & Harcourt, both of New York City. 

AWARDS

Goodall Hospital Emergency Department Director Dr. Andrew Powell and Emergency Department Nurse Manager Cherie Monson recently were recognized with the Counseling Services Inc. Kudos! Award for their community service work in developing special tools and methods to treat patients with mental health issues.

Maine Machine Products of South Paris, Cianbro Equipment of Pittsfield, OneSteel Recycling of Bangor and Lovell Lumber of Lovell have earned the Maine Department of Labor Commissions’ Safety and Health Achievement Recogintion Program Awards for their individual efforts to make their workforce and facilities adhere to stricter health and safety standards.

Kelly McDonald has earned the Maine State Bar Association’s Vincent L. McKusick Award for 2013 for his article, “Attachment on Trustee Process: A Primer for the Practitioner.”

McDonald is an attorney at Murray, Plumb & Murray. He serves as chair of the MaineShare board, chair of the Police Citizen Review Subcommittee for the city of Portland and is a member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine Legal Panel and the Maine Motor Transport Association board.