NEW FACES

• Jeff Blackwell joined the Portland Press Herald as an online content producer.

Blackwell, of Yarmouth, is an award-winning multimedia journalist. He comes to the Press Herald from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, a Gannett Co. He was also a sports writer for USA Today in Washington, D.C, a bureau chief at The Leader in Corning, N.Y., and a reporter for the Topics Suburban Newspapers in Indianapolis.

• Amy Bowen was hired at Allen Insurance and Financial.

Bowen joined the firm’s Belfast branch with a focus on business insurance. Most recently, she was an assistant branch manager at Bangor Savings Bank in Belfast. 

• Lindsay Brockett and Crystal Card joined People’s United Bank in Brunswick.

Brockett was hired as a customer service manager.

Card was hired as a financial services manager. She is studying marketing at St. Joseph’s College of Maine and volunteers at the Freeport Community Center.

• Sandy Couch-Kelly was named president of the Junior League of Portland.

Couch-Kelly, of Falmouth, is co-founder of the Maine Neurotherapy Center and has over 20 years of experience as a clinical social worker. She serves on the Colby-Sawyer College President’s Alumni Advisory Council and is the former president of the board for the Westbrook Community Food & Resource Center.

AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS

Baker Newman Noyes’ managing principal, Ellie Baker, was recognized last week with the University of New England’s 52nd Annual Deborah Morton Award for “her demonstrated leadership as a Maine businesswoman and as a role model for future generations,” the news release said.

Baker is co-founder of Baker Newman Noyes and is an active member of the Maine community, serving as trustee on numerous boards.