• Courtney Freeman has been appointed executive director of Avita of Stroudwater, a new assisted-living community opening in Westbrook this fall. Freeman previously worked at the Oak Grove Center in Waterville, where she trained to become a multilevel administrator. She has been in the health care industry for eight years and has held managerial posts in various communities, including the Springbrook Center.
• Matthew Gagnon, LEED AP, has been hired as a project manager at Landry/French Construction Co. of Scarborough. Gagnon brings more than 13 years of experience to the position. He previously worked for the Lee Kennedy Co. in Quincy, Mass., where he managed projects at MIT and the Boston Conservatory and a Marriott Residence Inn, among others. Gagnon will assume responsibility for a $2.1 million Casco Bay ferry terminal renovation in Portland.
• Helen Sterling of Portland was hired as a member of the Bernstein Shur Business Law Practice Group, which provides strategic counseling and assistance for corporate clients on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, intellectual property development and licensing, securities regulation and general business matters. Sterling previously was a corporate associate at Brown Rudnick LLP in Boston, where she counseled domestic and global clients.
• Chiropractor Jonathan Emlet and acupuncturist and herbalist Elizabeth Doane, MS, LAC, have joined the staff at Scarborough Family Chiropractic.
Emlet is certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and has a master of science degree in nutrition and human performance from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis.
Doane specializes in a Japanese style of acupuncture known as meridian therapy. She focuses on treating the underlying causes of illness, in addition to a patient’s actual symptoms. She is also trained in diet and nutritional therapy. Doane is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and earned a master of science degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego.
• Donna L. Gosselin, RN-BC, BSN, is the new director of corporate compliance and quality for the Maine Veterans’ Homes. She oversees compliance and quality programs at the state’s six veterans’ home, composed of 462 skilled nursing and rehabilitation beds and 178 residential-care dementia beds. Gosselin, of Monmouth, was previously the director of nursing at Seaside Healthcare in Portland and served in various capacities at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion in Lewiston for 20 years, including as nursing manager, manager of health information systems and assistant director of nursing services. She also served as a nurse in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1993 to 1997.
• Terri Vieira has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Sebasticook Valley Health of Brewer. Vieira had been serving as acting CEO since April. Vieira also now becomes a senior vice president of Eastern Maine Health System. Vieira served for 13 years as vice president of operations at Sebasticook Valley Health and was previously director of diagnostic services at Central Maine Healthcare.
• The Maine Department of Corrections has promoted Scott Landry to the position of superintendent for the Maine Correctional Center. Landry brings nearly 15 years of experience working in Maine pretrial services, federal probation and state probation to the position. He has served as a regional correctional manager and administrator since 2005. Landry has a master’s degree in public policy and management from the Muskie School of Public Service.
• Sam Sezak of Blue Heron Capital and Linda Varrell of Broadreach Public Relations joined the board of the Maine Center for Creativity in Portland.
The center also elected new officers at its annual meeting in June. Katherine Greenleaf of Greenleaf Consulting was named president; Jamie Morin, senior vice president of operations at WEX Inc., vice president; Tom MacDonald, senior vice president at Mechanic Savings Bank, treasurer; and Alan Atkins of Atkins Chowdry LLC, clerk.
• Sherry Morrison, an Edward Jones financial adviser in South Portland, has received two awards from the firm for her work. Morrison received the Goodknight Plan Completion Recognition Award for her efforts to provide a greater level of service to her clients. She received the Ed Armstrong Award for her exceptional achievement in building client relationships.
• Girl Scouts of Maine has named Meredith Strang Burgess, president and CEO of Burgess Advertising & Marketing, as its 2014 Woman of Distinction. She will be honored at the 17th annual Women of Distinction Gala on Dec. 5 at the Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland. The award recognizes Burgess’ success in business, her civic leadership and her perseverance in the face of a significant personal challenge.
• Anthony Martin, director of Diversified Business Communications’ Project Management Office, has been given the Portland-based company’s Governor’s Award, its highest honor, for his role in instituting project management. Martin joined Diversified in 2007 as a project manager and was subsequently promoted to department head, tasked with developing a new discipline and department for the company.