NEW HIRES

Robert Holt joined Regional Excess Underwriters in Westbrook as a branch manager and broker.

Holt has more than 15 years of experience in insurance, including E&S brokerage, underwriting, and retail sales and marketing experience. He has earned the CPCU designation and holds a broker’s license.

Lynne Gawtry joined KMA Human Resources Consulting of Falmouth.

Gawtry, of Yarmouth, has nearly 20 years of experience in the areas of recruiting, outplacement and career counseling; benefits administration and disability management; and employee relations, training and development.

Mark Hardin joined the Portland Press Herald as digital sales manager in advertising.

Hardin, of North Yarmouth, has several years of experience in media sales and marketing, including account executive roles at WCSH6, WPXT/WPME and News 8 WMTW. Most recently, he worked in multimedia sales for the Bangor Daily News.

Pam Boucher rejoins the advertising team at the Kennebec Journal as an account executive and media consultant.

Boucher, of Litchfield, worked for the company from 2007 to 2012 as an account executive, but left when she relocated to Florida. There, she worked as an advertising sales executive for the Daily Sun and Turner Publishing.

PROMOTIONS

Martha-Velerie Wilson, Ph.D. was appointed dean of the University of New England’s College of Graduate Studies.

Wilson joined UNE in 2004 as director of its School of Social Work. She has 11 years of online education experience. In 2009, she developed the first fully asynchronous accredited online master of social work degree in the United States. In 2012, she was instrumental in establishing UNE’s Office of Online Worldwide Learning, a business-oriented unit for the marketing, recruiting, and retention of online students that utilizes nationally accepted best practice standards.

AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS

Consigli Construction Co., Inc. was ranked 77th among the top 400 construction management firms in the nation by Engineering News-Record magazine.

Consigli also ranked 97th in the top 100 Contractors by New Contracts, and 38th in the Top 50 in Domestic General Building Revenue.

The Maine Women’s Fund will recognize the following individuals at its 2014 Leadership Luncheon, held May 21 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.

The 2014 award honorees are:

Mary Bonauto, a Maine lawyer and gay rights activist, will be presented with the Tribute to Women in Industry Award. Bonauto was lead counsel in legalizing same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, and led the challenge that brought down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. She is regarded as “the country’s most powerful lawyer in the marriage equality fight” by The Advocate.

Fatuma Hussein, founder and director of Lewiston’s United Somali Women of Maine, will receive The Sarah Orne Jewett Award.

Hussein came to the U.S. at age 12 after living in a Kenyan refugee camp during the Somali civil war. She relocated to Maine in 2001 and set out to help fellow Somali refugees by helping provide translation, transportation and healthcare assistance.

The Samantha Smith Award will be presented to Chloe Maxmin, a Damariscotta native, Harvard College junior, and youth activist, whose work has been recognized nationally and internationally. In 2011 she received the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, awarded to the top 10 youth activists in the U.S. Her activism was a feature of the Sundance Channel’s award-winning eco-documentary, “Big Ideas for a Small Planet.” Recently, she was awarded the Brower Youth Award, which recognizes six environmental leaders each year.

The Visionary Partner Award will be presented to Maine Boys to Men, a Portland-based organization, whose mission is to reduce interpersonal violence, specifically male violence against women and girls; and support the development of emotionally fluent, civically engaged boys. In 2010, Boys to Men was one of 23 first-time grantees to receive a prestigious grant from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.

Three of Deering Lumber’s stores have earned the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award, bringing Maine’s total SHARP worksites to 69.

The Springvale location is receiving its first SHARP Award. The Biddeford location has re-earned its original certification, and the Kennebunk location is renewing its existing SHARP certification.

Sarah Vasil, RN, a sexual assault forensic examiner in the emergency department at Mercy Hospital, was presented with this year’s SAFE Award at the annual Blaine House Tea held in April.

Vasil oversees the SAFE program and resources that support patients who have been victims of sexual assault. She was recognized for her leadership in the workplace, her nursing practices that improve the quality of care for victims of violence, and her encouragement and support of nurses in-training through mentoring and teaching in the clinical setting, the press release said.

BOARD APPOINTMENTS

Steve Sudduth was named president of the board of directors for the American Camp Association, New England.

Sudduth longtime resident of Denmark, has been involved with the ACA New England since 1999, and has advised the organization on legislative matters since 2008. He is the owner and co-director of Wyonegonic Camps, where he has been for 30 years.