• Ben Millick and Anthony Inverso joined Cross Insurance.
They will work in commercial lines production out of the firm’s Congress Street office in Portland.
• Jaime McLeod joined Preble Street as a communications manager.
McLeod, of Lewiston, has 15 years of journalism and public relations experience. Gregory Perchik also joined Preble Street as teen services coordinator.
He brings nine years of social work and health care experience to his position. He was previously a clinical manager for the Boston Public Health Commission.
• Paul Letalien was named director of Baker Newman Noyes Healthcare Management Consulting Practice.
Letalien previously served in this role during the firm’s founding in 1995.
• Jimmy Perkins was promoted to finance coordinator at Preble Street.
Perkins, of Biddeford, joined Preble Street in 2012 as an accounting associate. He is responsible for overseeing the agency’s financial records, including tracking, reporting and monitoring compliance with federal and state grants.
• Maine Savings recently selected three people to open its new branch on College Avenue in Old Town.
Josh Howes was named branch manager. Howes lives in Bangor and joined the credit union nine years ago. Karen-Ann Ellis of Carmel was named a member service representative/loan officer. Kristen Brasslett of Brewer was also named a member service representative/loan officer. She began her career with the credit union in 2010 as a teller.
AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
• The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top hospitals in the country for pediatric diabetes and endocrinology care in the new 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.
The pediatric diabetes and endocrinology program at BBCH was ranked 35 overall in the national survey.
• Allstate exclusive agency owner Amy Alward, of the Amy Elizabeth Alward Agency, was designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2014.
The agency designation is bestowed on less than 48 percent of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country.
• Don Harden, director of elder services at Catholic Charities of Maine, received the 2014 Joseph D. Kreisler Community Impact Award.
The award, named for Preble Street’s late founder, honors a community member who shares Kreisler’s passion for human dignity and social justice.
• The Maine Homeless Legal Project received the Preble Street Community Partner Award.
David Soley, who leads the real estate litigation group at Bernstein Shur, accepted the award on behalf of the effort launched by Preble Street, The Volunteer Lawyers Project, Pine Tree Legal Assistance and The American Bar Association.
Partners include Bernstein Shur, Thompson Bowie, Murray Plumb & Murray, Petruccelli Martin & Haddow, The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, Drummond & Drummond, Pierce Atwood, Verril Dana, Richardson Whitman Large & Badger, Curtis Thaxter, SOLOS Group, Unum, Drummond Woodsum and Norman Hanson & DeTroy.
• Lin Lisberger, an art lecturer at the University of Southern Maine, was honored as Preble Street’s Volunteer of the Year.
Lisberger, a community volunteer for more than 25 years, was recognized for her compassionate, uplifting spirit.
• Edie White, a social worker with Hospice of Southern Maine, was recognized as Preble Street’s Board Member of the Year for her leadership and commitment to the agency’s mission.
• Chef Shannon Bard was recently named one of 50 people shaping the state of Maine in the July issue of Maine magazine.
The list recognizes 50 bold thinkers and spirited people, who have contributed to their communities in deep and lasting ways.
Bard is the executive chef at Zapoteca in Portland and Mixteca in New Hampshire.
• Wells-Ogunquit Community School District recently recognized nine staff members who are retiring. The district also recognized four staffers who reached the 20-year milestone in their service to the district.
Those retiring are: Victoria Asquini, who served 35 years in the school district; Arlene Haskell and Lucille Pisano, who each served 32 years; Jacqueline Sukalas, who served 31 years; Barbara Stirk and Linda Tipping, who both served 25 years; Rachel Kilbride, who served 21 years; Raylene Grant, who served 18 years; and Carol Perry, who served 13 years.
Rachel Kilbride, Lillian Lagasse, Sally Marchand and Diane Norton were recognized for 20 years of service each.
• Jerry Dewitt, a vista volunteer at Tri-County Mental Health Services, was recognized by the American Legion as its “Humanitarian of the Year.”
As a volunteer, he helps veterans and families apply for benefits, completes referrals for counseling, and partners with other community organizations around homelessness, substance abuse and mental health issues.
• The town of Fort Kent was recently named Maine’s newest “Certified Business-Friendly Community.”
Fort Kent joins 26 other Maine cities and towns that have earned the status.
• The Thomas Plant Memorial Home of Bath announced five new appointees to its board of directors:
Lisa Gellatly is an occupational therapist with CHANS Home Health in Brunswick. Connie Jones is the director of the Area Agency on Aging Programs for SeniorsPlus, in Lewiston.
Linda MacMillan served as director of sales and marketing for The Highlands in Topsham. Carol Wark-Bijhouwer is a care coordinator at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. Lisabeth Wyman is vice president/banking center manager for The Bank of Maine in Bath.
The board of directors include: Dan Daggett, president; Carl Young, treasurer; Amy Brewer, secretary; Brigit Cavanaugh; and Bob Curtis, governance committee chairman.
• Michael Simonds, president and chief executive officer of Unum U.S., was chosen to lead United Way’s Campaign and Resource Development Council.
As chairman, Simonds will lead in the development and implementation of United Way’s campaign and year-round resource development strategies.
• William Robitzek, a partner at the law firm Berman & Simmons, announced he is leaving the firm at the end of this year.
Robitzek has practiced at Berman & Simmons since 1979. He has represented clients in more than 200 jury trials. He represented 500 wild blueberry growers in a historic class-action and antitrust lawsuit against three Down East blueberry processors. In 2003, a jury in Knox County awarded $56 million to the plaintiffs after agreeing that the processors conspired to fix prices in the late 1990s.
• Vinal Doody, principal and director of Baker Newman Noyes’s health care management consulting practice, announced he is retiring after 30 years. Doody will continue to serve clients in his role as principal until December.
• Summit Springs Golf Course in Poland is under new ownership and management, and will now be called The Clubhouse at Summit Springs. Dr. Stephen Kinney bought the golf course and will manage the property.
• CES Inc. recognized Nathan Gustafson and Andrew Weston for becoming licensed professional engineers.
WRFR, community radio for the Rockland-Camden area, and Maine Coast TV, Knox County’s community television station, announced they will be sharing space this fall in the new renovated Lincoln Street Center in Rockland.