August 15, 2013

On the Move

NEW FACES

The Very Rev. Alexander Henderson Webb has been named academic dean of the Logos House of Theological Studies of Ellsworth-Portland.

Dr. Webb brings a strong academic background to the position. He has a doctor of ministry degree in marriage and family counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a master of divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary in New York and a bachelor of arts degree from Amherst College.

Webb has been a priest for more than 35 years and has served numerous parishes in the Anglican Church. He is currently a dean in the Diocese of the Northeast of the Anglican Church in America, chairman of the diocese's Board of Examining Chaplains, and rector of St. Luke's Anglican Church in Amherst, N.H.

He also serves on the executive council of the Anglican Church in America.

Webb's primary near-term objectives will be a review of the academic programs offered by the Logos House seminary, expansion of the faculty and care of the seminary's wide range of national and international students.

The seminary's board of trustees also welcomed two new members, Dr. Richard Legault and Peter Thomas.

Kathleen Pinard joined the Maine Women's Fund staff in Portland as a development coordinator.

More recently, Pinard supported the development efforts of LightHawk, a nonprofit that advances conservation efforts in North America and Central America through the perspective of flight.

She currently serves on the board of directors of City Theater in Biddeford, where she is often seen working backstage and performing onstage. Pinard also teaches baking and culinary arts courses for Old Orchard Beach-Saco Adult Education.

• Jo-Ann Neal joined Allen Insurance and Financial as an employee benefits account manager in the company's Camden office. Neal brings 10 years of human resources and benefit administration experience to the position.

Winxnet, a Portland-based IT solutions provider, announced four new hires recently. Kristin Gooch joins Winxnet as a marketing director with nearly 20 years of experience in technology and services solutions development, consulting and marketing. John Fitzpatrick joins as a network support specialist with more than 14 years of professional technology experience. Shannon Fournier joins Winxnet as a project coordinator with more than 18 years of professional telecommunications and information technology project management experience. And Cormac Frost joins as an application developer.

Jenna Mehnert, MSW, has been hired as executive director of the Maine Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the statewide advocacy organization for people affected by mental illness. Mehnert brings a diverse background as an advocate, policymaker, administrator, service provider and network builder to the position. 

Mehnert previously served as the executive director of the New England Institute of Addiction Studies and spent six years leading the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She was named the NASW Chapter Executive Director of the Year in 2011.

Mehnert has extensive policy and operational experience, including her service as executive policy specialist with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. She also has worked for the offices of the mayor in both New York City and Washington, D.C.; as director of program management and development in the New York City Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator; and as chief of staff for the Washington, D.C., Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice. Mehnert began her career in direct-service settings, including as a child welfare worker in Lewiston/Auburn and rape crisis hotline supervisor in Portland. 

For the past 10 years, Mehnert has taught graduate and undergraduate social policy, juvenile justice and women's studies courses. She currently serves as an adjunct Gender Studies professor at the University of Maine and as an elected school board member. 

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