NEW HIRES

Sheila Menair joined Casco Bay Wealth Advisors as a financial adviser in its Brunswick office.

Menair brings over a decade of industry experience to the firm. Previously, she was a financial adviser at Key Investment Services. She holds securities licenses 7, 6, 63 and 65, as well as State of Maine Life and Health Insurance.

Laurie Hurd was named executive director of the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England.

Hurd returns to New England after four years at the Oldfields School in Maryland, where she was director of development. Previously, she served as a consultant to ISANNE, helping to launch its ISANNELeads Program.

John Van Lonkhuyzen joined Verrill Dana as a partner.

Van Lonkhuyzen will practice in the firm’s litigation and trial and health care groups; and serve as the chair of its criminal defense, white collar and government enforcement group. He brings nearly 20 years experience with the United States Department of Justice, where he worked with the antitrust, criminal and national security divisions.

Evan Crawley joined the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel as a sports reporter and assistant sports editor.

Crawley will work closely with Bill Stewart and will be based at the KJ. He will replace Gary Hawkins, a KJ sports reporter and deputy sports editor, who will be retiring this summer.

Most recently, he was assistant editor of sports and sports reporter for Southern Rhode Island Newspapers, which publishes weekly papers and a daily paper.

PROMOTIONS

Bill Stewart was promoted to sports editor of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel.

Stewart has been a sports reporter for the newspapers since 2007. Before that, he was a sports reporter for newspapers in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and an editor at the Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Mass.

Pamela Smith of North Yarmouth was promoted to regional director of development and leadership gifts for Central Maine Medical Center.

Smith previously had been director of development and community relations at Bridgton Hospital. She has been with the system for 23 years.

G. Jeffrey Shaw of Saco has been named executive vice president at Clark Insurance. Shaw also is a shareholder and director of the agency.

Shaw joined the agency in 2004. Under his leadership of the sales force, the agency has experienced four record-breaking new-business years since 2009.

AWARDS

Jeffrey Morris, a photographer at Pierce Studio in Brunswick, won numerous print awards at the Maine Professional Photographers Association convention, held Feb. 28 through March 3 in Brunswick.

Morris received four print awards for images of local interest including a Maine State Music Theatre portrait and a DaPonte String Quartet image. His image of Ollie, a local rescued dog, was the highest scoring image of a pet or animal.

AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS

Verrill Dana attorney Elizabeth Connellan Smith was inducted into the American Bar Association College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.

Smith is the first and only fellow inducted into the College from Maine. Her practice focuses primarily on defending claims brought against Maine employers.

Sen. Jim Boyle, D-Gorham, was named the 2014 Clean Energy Champion by the New England Clean Energy Council.

Boyle, a small business owner, is president of Boyle Associates, an environmental and land-use consulting company. He also serves as the Senate chair of the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

CERTIFICATIONS

Jennifer Davis, a complex rehabilitation equipment specialist at Bedard Medical Supplies, has earned the Assistive Technology Professional certification by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America.

Davis joins almost 4,000 rehabilitation engineers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, suppliers and educators.

BOARD APPOINTMENTS

Nancy Carleton, owner of Carleton Realty in Bath and Wiscasset, was recently elected president of the board of directors for Tedford Housing.

Tedford Housing provides emergency homeless shelter in Brunswick, and low-income supported housing apartments in Brunswick, Bath, Lewiston, Auburn and Augusta.

RETIRING

Richard Sawyer, founder and past president of Norton Financial Services, announced his retirement.

Sawyer co-founded Norton Financial Services in 1988 with Norton Insurance Agency. He is a Chartered Life Underwriter, Licensed Insurance Consultant, Chartered Financial Consultant, and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary. Sawyer has been a qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table, the Premier Association of Financial Professionals since 1979, and has achieved 13 Court of Table honors.

Sawyer and his wife live in Scarborough.

Stephen Hinds announced his retirement as fire chief with the Bath Fire and Rescue Department, effective April 15.

Hinds has served as Bath’s fire chief for the past 12 years. He began his career in the fire service in 1976 in Lewiston, and was hired as a Bath firefighter in 1981. After serving several years as deputy chief, he was promoted to chief in 2002. Most recently, Hinds, along with Capt. Chris Cummings and firefighters Joe McCole, Clifford Newell and Shaun Riley, were honored by the City Council for their efforts during a February fire on South Street, which resulted in the successful rescue of a 4-year-old boy and his father.

GENERAL

Bernstein Shur law firm has expanded its long-standing, multi-state property tax and valuation team.

The team members, all of whom are attorneys, have extensive experience in local property taxation, including the methodologies and appraisal science that local assessors use to determine a property’s assessed value.

The tax and valuation team includes the following attorneys: Lee Bragg, Robert Crawford, chair; Joan Fortin, municipal and regulatory practice group leader; N. Joel Moser, co-chair; Shana Cook Mueller; and Roy Tilsley Jr. and Andru Volinsky, both of the Manchester, N.H. office.

RollEase Inc., a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of custom window treatments, is opening a new product innovation center at Brunswick Landing. The move is expected to lead to the creation of up to 12 new jobs.

The company was founded in 1980 in Stamford, Conn.