Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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Lukas retired after 30 years from Spectro Inc., as chief executive officer and founder.
Graczyk is a certified public accountant and currently works as a staff accountant with Bigelow & Company in Portsmouth, N.H.
Talevi works as the bookkeeper for her family businesses of Sea-Vu and Sea-Vu South Campgrounds in Wells.
Barwise began volunteering at AWS in 1994, and was elected to his first term on the board in 1997. He served as president from 2003 to 2005 and from 2007 to May of 2013.
• Ken Bird, Shannon Eyler, Pat O'Hara and David Remick were elected stockholders of Woodard & Curran.
Bird co-founded Cummings/Riter in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1993 and has over 30 years of experience helping clients address environmentally-impaired sites.
Eyler has 19 years of experience in regulatory compliance and environmental, health, and safety management.
O'Hara is another co-founder of Cummings/Riter in Pittsburgh and a leading expert in environmental cleanup and managing the environmental impacts of shale gas exploration.
Remick is the company's chief financial officer.
• Michael Casey, Michael Mastronardi, Mike McDonald, Penelope St. Louis and Trish Weimer were elected to the board of directors for the Portland Downtown District.
The board also elected new officers: Brad McCurtain was named president; Michael Mastronardi, first vice president; Gerard Kiladjian, second vice president; and Mike McDonald, treasurer.
• Robin L. Cyr, a manager at the Portland public accounting firm Albin, Randall & Bennett, was elected to serve on the Maine Estate Planning Council's Board of Directors.
Cyr, of Biddeford, specializes in estate, gift and succession plans and in servicing clients with compliance filings. She also provides tax and consulting services. She was elected to a three-year term.
• Gail Arnold, owner and designated broker of Kennebunk Beach Realty in Kennebunk, was named Realtor of the Year by the York County Council of Realtors.
Arnold is a trustee of the York County Council of Realtors and serves as co-chair of the scholarship fundraising committee.
• Allen Insurance and Financial earned two top honors from Safeco Insurance: the Distinguished President's Award and membership in the Premier Partner Program.
An estimated 200 agencies that sell Safeco Insurance in the United States earn the president's award each year, which celebrates their success with Safeco. The premier partner distinction recognizes excellent performance as well.
• The Portland Water District was awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association. The award reflects the PWD's commitment to the highest principles of governmental budgeting.
• Dottie Moody-Lagasse, a registered nurse from Westbrook, was recognized by Fresenius Medical Care North America with its coveted 2013 Ernestine M. Lowrie Award for Clinical Excellence.
She was one of four clinical managers chosen from across the nation.
She has worked as a dialysis nurse for 19 years and brings a quiet energy and dedication to the development of her team at Fresenius Medical Care Casco Bay, the press release said.
• The Maine Small Business Development Centers selected Michael Kasputes as the 2013 State Star. Kasputes is a certified business counselor at the Maine SBDC, University of Southern Maine in Portland. Kasputes has counseled 1,307 clients in his 11 years with the Maine SBDC. He has also helped start 57 businesses, created or retained 485 jobs, and generated almost $16 million in capital.
• Gene McKeever, a commercial insurance specialist at Allen Insurance and Financial, is recognized as a "subject matter expert" for property casualty producer and consultant license exams given by the Maine Bureau of Insurance.
In June 2013, McKeever joined two of his colleagues to review questions with the test publishers. He runs Allen Insurance and Financial's in-house license education program.
• The Telephone Association of New England recently inducted FairPoint Communications Maine state president Mike Reed into its Hall of Fame.
Reed has more than 40 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining FairPoint in 2010, he worked at TDS Telecom and NYNEX Corporation.
At FairPoint, Reed is responsible for regulatory matters, governmental affairs and public relations for Maine, as well as regulatory matters and governmental affairs for the FairPoint in 14 states outside of northern New England.