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Stacey Schmidt was hired at Mid Coast Health Services as an asthma educator. Schmidt is a registered respiratory therapist with more than eight years experience educating and treating people with heart and lung disease. In her new role, Schmidt will be spearheading Mid Coast’s Asthma Education Program.

Michael Towle and Brendan Poutre joined DoubleTree by Hilton Portland.

Towle, a 35-year hospitality veteran, was appointed general manager. He was previously a general manager with GF Management and URGO Hotels. 

Poutre was appointed director of sales and marketing. He was most recently director of sales with Maine Course Hospitality Group.

Renee Charlton joined Patient Advocates as a customer service representative. Charlton, of Gray, has six years of experience working for private medical offices and a national insurance company.



Dayton Benway and S. Andrew Smith, senior managers with Baker Newman Noyes, were named principals.

Benway (far left), of Freeport, was named principal in the healthcare management consulting division. He joined the firm in 2000.

Smith (near left), of North Yarmouth, was named tax principal. He began his career as an intern at Baker Newman Noyes and was hired in 1998.

Marcia Hartt was named director of marketing for United Insurance. Hartt joined United Insurance as part of the Hayden Perry office in Presque Isle in 2003. She also worked as a commercial lines account manager and as a PR media coordinator for the company.

Chris Stawasz was promoted to general manager of American Medical Response’s Maine and New Hampshire divisions. Stawasz joined AMR in 2011. He previously served as the executive director for Rockingham Ambulance for 25 years. 

Peter Clavette, senior vice president and managing partner of the United Insurance Ezzy Agency in Madawaska, joined the companies’ ownership team. Clavette, of Madawaska, joined the agency in 2005 as a manager following several years of sales and management experience with Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Ontario, Canada.

Pamela Taylor was hired as director of the Bureau of Labor Standards of the Maine Department of Labor.  Taylor has several years of experience dealing with labor and human resource issues. She served as the bureau’s deputy director for the past six months. She previously spent 14 years interpreting and enforcing labor laws as a wage and hour technician with the U.S. Department of Labor in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.



William Harwood, a partner in Verrill Dana’s Portland office, will serve as chair for the 2013 Campaign for Justice. Funds raised through the campaign are used to support six civil legal aid providers across the state: Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Legal Services for the Elderly, Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project, Maine Equal Justice Partners and the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project. Harwood is chair of the board of directors for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. He is former chair of the American Bar Association’s Special Committee on Gun Violence and past president of the Maine Bar Foundation.

The Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau recently announced their newly elected board of directors. Newly appointed members are: Mike Dyer, of Cross Insurance Center; Tracy Willette, of the City of Bangor Parks & Recreation; Christine Parker, of BangorMetro and Real Maine Weddings; Elizabeth Hansen, of the Bangor Daily News; Kim Reid, of the Bangor Mall; Mark Stephens, of The Brewster Inn; Chris Torrey, of The Fairfield Inn; Kelly Cotiaux, of Sephone Internet Solutions; F. David Walker, of Rudman & Winchell; and Sue Hawes, member at large.  

CoWorx Staffing Services was named to Inavero’s 2013 Best of Staffing Client list of award winners. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, the list identifies CoWorx Staffing Services as one of the best staffing agencies for companies to call when they are looking to hire temporary or permanent employees, the press release said. The firm received satisfaction ratings of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 67.1 percent of their clients, significantly higher than the industry’s average. Employees in its Saco office are Amy Whipple, Ellen Rizeakos, Leanne Payeur and Elizabeth Russell.



Benjamin Grant, an attorney at McTeague Higbee, is now practicing workers’ compensation under the State Workers’ Compensation and Federal Longshore Acts in central and midcoast Maine.
Grant has been recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyers Rising Star of New England for the last two years. Prior to joining McTeague Higbee in 2008, he worked in state government and electoral politics as an aide to State Senate Presidents Beth Edmonds and Beverly Daggett. He currently serves as the chair of the Maine Democratic Party.

The Inn at Sunrise Point in Camden was selected as a Top 10 Romantic Inn at BedandBreakfast.com.
The inn is also a member of BedandBreakfast.com’s Diamond Collection, an exclusive group of professionally inspected and guest-reviewed luxury inns.

The Animal House in Damariscotta expanded their delivery service to the Portland area. Their service area will now cover from Portland to Thomaston, and include the Boothbay and Bath and Brunswick regions. The deliveries to Portland will be included on the Tuesday route, which includes Bath, Brunswick, Wiscasset, Harpswell, Georgetown, Freeport and surrounding communities. For more information, go to



Fisher & Phillips LLP, a national labor and employment law firm with offices in Portland and Boston, announced it has opened an office in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus is the firm’s 28th office.

Bridges Home Care opened a second office in Waterville at 58 Elm St. Bridges is a division of Spectrum Generations, Central Maine’s Area Agency on Aging and Aging and Disability Resource Center. Bridges Home Care offers care at home for elderly and disabled adults.


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