• The following people joined the nonprofit, affordable-housing developer Avesta Housing:
Nicole DiGeronimo was hired as a foreclosure prevention housing counselor in the Avesta HomeOwnership Center. Previously, she worked at York County Community Action in Sanford.
Todd Rothstein was hired as director of construction services. Previously, he worked for Great Falls Construction. In addition, Shreya Shah and Brooks More were hired as development officers. Shah was previously working as an analyst at Carthage Advisors in New York City.
Avesta also hired Nathan Eaton and Kevin Leavitt as accounting specialists. Previously, Eaton worked at Clark, Friel and Joyce PA, and Leavitt had worked for the Institute for Financial Literacy.
The following people were hired as property managers: Abdi Sharif, Heidi Beaulieu and Patty Carson. In addition, Dan Demmons was hired as a maintenance technician.
Megan Look was hired as office manager. She previously worked at the Christmas Tree Shops. Felicia Mathews was hired as a receptionist. Previously, she worked as a receptionist for Casey Family Services in Portland.
• Eva McVicar was named assistant director of admissions and international counselor at Unity College.
McVicar most recently served as admission coordinator and regional manager with Gioba Education of Portland and Prague, Czech Republic.
• Marcus Gray was also hired as assistant director of admissions at Unity College.
Most recently, Gray served as coordinator of science-based programs and research for the Safari Club International Foundation in Washington, D.C.
• Jay McCormick and Denise Miller were hired at Macpage LLC, a certified public accounting firm.
McCormick joined the firm as a tax staff accountant. He recently received his Juris Doctor, with honors, and a certificate in tax law from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He lives in southern Maine.
Miller was hired as a consultant with the information assurance services team. Previously, she was a tax examiner at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
• Jennifer Bailey and Aly Stanton joined Diversified Communications.
Bailey was hired as director of creative services. She previously worked at Morgans Hotel Group in New York.
Stanton was hired as group show administrator. Most recently, she worked for The Pulse Network in Canton, Mass.
• David Wacker joined Life Safety Specialists Inc. as a safety and health consultant/trainer.
Wacker recently retired as the director of the Workplace Safety & Health Division of the Maine Department of Labor.
• Michael Brown, M.D., a radiation oncologist, joined the staff at Central Maine Medical Center.
Most recently, Brown practiced with the University of Washington at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, where he served as a clinical assistant professor.
He lives in Yarmouth and is currently working at CMMC’s Cynthia A. Rydholm Cancer Treatment Center.
• WBRC Architects Engineers promoted Mark Chambers, Michael Johanning, Laura Adcock and Mat Ward to senior associates and shareholders. Paul Monyok and John Kenney were promoted to associates.
Chambers, a Bangor-based senior engineering designer, is a 30-year veteran of WBRC.
Adcock joined WBRC in 2005 and was named an associate in 2011.
Johanning joined WBRC in 2000 and became a licensed architect in 2007.
Ward joined WBRC in 2007 with 11 years of experience in architecture.
Kenney worked nine years as a wildlife biologist before joining WBRC. Kenney became a licensed professional engineer in 2008. Monyok became a licensed professional engineer in January of 2009, and later that year achieved his LEED AP certification.
AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
• Three partners at Thompson & Bowie, LLP, made the Super Lawyers Business Edition 2013.
The lawyers from the firm who made the list are: James Bowie for professional liability defense; Mark Franco for personal injury defense general; and Robert Hatch for professional liability defense.
• Jonathan Reitman, a partner with the Brunswick law firm Gosline & Reitman, was recognized for 30 years of distinguished service on the Pine Tree Legal Assistance Board of Directors.
Reitman has served on the board since 1983 and currently serves as chair of its negotiations committee. His law practice focuses on mediation, training, conflict resolution and consulting.
• Skelton, Taintor & Abbott shareholder Rebecca S. Webber was named to the 2014 Best Lawyers in America list.
Webber’s practice areas include employment litigation, civil rights litigation, employment law, counseling and compliance and employment law training. She represents individuals as well as business and municipal clients in the full range of employment law matters they encounter, such as: retaliation, whistleblower and false claims act, discrimination and civil rights and sexual harassment.
• Four Wright-Ryan Construction projects were recognized by the Maine Preservation organization at its 16th Annual Maine Preservation Statewide Honor Awards.
The firm was recognized for its work to the Colonial Inn in Ogunquit in the category of Commercial Restoration and Rehabilitation. Wright-Ryan’s exterior and interior renovations to the 1887 inn included new historic replacement windows, expanded hotel rooms, and new flooring, light and plumbing fixtures.
The firm was honored for its renovation and adaptive use of the historic Goodall Textile Mill in Sanford. The rehabilitation of the property created more than 22,000 square feet of commercial office and retail space and 36 residential units, including 9 subsidized apartments.
The third award, given to Elm Terrace in Portland, was presented for the 44,814-square-foot historic renovation of the former Children’s Hospital, built in 1909, located in Portland’s West End.
Wright-Ryan was also praised for its adaptive use of the 1920s-era brick school building, Park Street School Apartments in Kennebunk. The renovation preserved many historical elements including classroom chalkboards and coat closets, slate floors, glass-paned doors and transom windows.
• Camden Harbour Inn recently joined Relais & Chateaux, a group of select luxury hotels, villas, and restaurants around the world.
The inn is one of two Relais & Chateaux properties in Maine; the other is the White Barn Inn.
To become a Relais & Chateaux property, hotels must have the equivalent of a 4- to 5-star rating and be focused on exceeding guest expectations.