The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram » People on the Move Sat, 28 May 2016 04:13:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Healthcare industry hires, promotions, etc. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 19:22:26 +0000 NEW HIRES
699733 Esther DavisEsther Davis
, a certified nurse midwife, joined the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center at Mount Desert Island Hospital.
Davis has worked in obstetrics since 1980 when she began her practice as a labor and delivery nurse at South Baldwin Hospital in Foley, Alabama.


Spurwink announces the following new hires and one promotion.
699733 PatriciaMilesheadshotPatricia Miles joined as manager of its community support program. Miles previously worked as a child protective worker for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.



699733 KiraPersonetteheadshotKira Personette was hired as an occupational therapist in the Casco and Chelsea Day Treatment Schools. Personette completed a master’s program in occupational therapy at the University of Southern Maine.



Berkeley Nappi and Jessica Conery-Poulin joined as public school counselors.
699733 Berkeley Nappi-SpurwinknewhireNappi will serve the Western Maine Region at Oak Hill High School, Lewiston High School and Thomas J. McMahon Elementary School in Lewiston.



699733 Jessica Conery-PoulinConery-Poulin was promoted. She will work with students at the Harpswell Coastal Academy. For the past three years, she was a residential clinician.



699733 Dr. Matthew PerkowskiCentral Maine Orthopaedics and OA Centers for Orthopaedics, divisions of Spectrum Medical Group, have hired Matthew Perkowski to their teams.
Perkowski specializes in interventional pain medicine and the non-surgical management of spinal disorders.


699733 Carol TreacyNew England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland has hired Carol Treacy as therapy manager.
Treacy most recently served as director of Rehab at Aegis Therapies.



699733 Diana GoodmanDiana Goodman, M.D., has joined Maine Medical Partners Neurology as a neurohospitalist.
Goodman completed her Neurocritical Care Fellowship at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.


699733 Erica Richards Erica Richards has re-joined the practice at Mercy All About Women.
She comes to Mercy from Women’s Wellness Comprehensive Care.



699733 Tammy DowTammy Dow has joined Mount Desert Island Hospital as its compensation and benefits manager in human resources.
Dow brings several years of experience, including the past 28 years in the field at The Jackson Laboratory.


699733 Aatif AnsariAatif Ansari also joined MDI Hospital as the new oral health provider at the Community Dental Center in Southwest Harbor.
Ansari received his doctor of dental surgery degree from Indiana School of Dentistry in 2015. His medical interests and expertise include hospital-based dentistry, management of medically compromised patients in both the dental clinic and hospital setting.

699733 Suzanne BerlinSuzanne Berlin, D.O., and John Paul Winters III, M.D., joined New England Cancer Specialists.
Most recently, Berlin worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she specialized in gynecologic oncology and medical oncology.

Winters joined the hematology team at New England Cancer Specialists.699733 John Paul Winters
Most recently, he was a staff physician specializing in hematology/oncology at Saint Charles Cancer Center in Bend, Oregon.



Photo of Steve Merz

The board of directors of Maine Behavioral Healthcare has tapped Stephen Merz, a health care executive from Connecticut, to be the organization’s next chief executive officer.
Merz, who most recently has led the behavioral health service line of Yale New Haven Hospital, will replace Dennis King, who retires in June.
Merz spent nearly his entire career with Yale New Haven Hospital, one of New England’s largest hospitals with more than 1,500 beds and 13,500 employees.
In his new role, Merz will lead an organization that was formed in 2014 when Spring Harbor Hospital merged with three community mental health care providers, Community Counseling Center, Counseling Services Inc. and Mid-Coast Mental Health Center.

699733 Todd ReaginTodd Reagin, of Maine Medicare Options LLC, received an award from Martin’s Point Generations Advantage as one of their Top 10 performing producers in Medicare supplement sales for Maine.
Reagin has been with Maine Medicare Options since it was founded in 2011. He assists people who are new to the Medicare system, as well as people in the community in need of guidance and advice on their Medicare insurance options.

699733 Daniel BonnerDaniel Bonner, chief operating officer for Spurwink, was recognized for his 35 years of service.
Bonner joined Spurwink in 1981 as a direct care worker and has spent his entire professional career with the behavioral health and educational services agency.


Ann Phillips, of VNA Home Health Hospice, was recently accepted as an advanced professional member of the Aging Life Care Association.
Phillips has been practicing as an aging life care professional, also known as a geriatric care manager, since 2014.

699733 Meghan HoudletteMeghan Houdlette, a senior project engineer at VHB, was named to the advisory board for the Healthy Cumberland County.



Daniel Puglisi, of Saco; and Michael Stevenson, Ph.D., of Portland, joined the board of directors for the Frannie Peabody Center, an HIV service organization in Maine.

Carrie Levine, founder and owner of Whole Woman Health in Newcastle, is partnering with Coastal Pharmacy and Wellness in Portland to offer consultations beginning April 27.
Levine opened Whole Woman Health in 2014 and offers a variety of services including comprehensive gynecology, hormone balancing, digestive health and nutrition counseling.

Michael Mullin has started a private practice and consulting business, Integrative Rehab Training LLC.
He will see clients for fitness rehab out of Back Cove Personal Fitness in Portland. Clients needing clinical athletic training services will be seen at Beyond Strength in Falmouth. He previously worked as a clinical athletic trainer at OA Centers for Orthopaedics in the physical therapy department for over 15 years prior to starting his own practice.

Linda Riddell, population health scientist/principal, Health Economy LLC, has joined the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal, Population Health Management.
The journal, published by the Thomas Jefferson University School of Public Health of Philadelphia, appears six times annually.

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New hires across Maine Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:39:12 +0000 853103 JBurrellJeffery Burrell was named general manager of the 289-room and suite Westin Portland Harborview in Portland, a Rockbridge portfolio property.
Burrell was most recently the general manager of the AAA four-diamond, Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon, Colo., which he opened in 2008.

Sebago Technics hired two design professionals to join its staff.
853103 Glissen Havu

Glissen Havu joined Sebago as a civil engineer. Havu, of Steep Falls, previously worked at the Portland Water District in a variety of roles.



853103 Tyler PeabodyTyler Peabody also joins as a civil engineer. He previously worked for a site-civil surveying firm in the Bangor area. He lives in Biddeford.



Jamie Thompson joined Diversified Communications as an email deployment administrator.
Thompson was previously employed with HIMSS Media in Portland.
Heather Laverriere also joined as a project manager.
Nathan Coffren was hired as a data analyst. Coffren previously worked for Paradigm Window Solutions in Portland.

Emma Hathaway joined Maine Maritime Academy as captain of the schooner Bowdoin.
Most recently, Hathaway captained the Seaward out of San Francisco Bay and the Unicorn, sailing from Connecticut through the Saint Lawrence Seaway to the Great Lakes. She has worked as a trainer, mentor and teacher on various ocean classroom vessels.

Katherine Lehman joined The Bowdoin International Music Festival as executive director.
For the past six years, she served as director of Tennessee’s Sewanee Summer Music Festival.

Vets First Choice, David Ball. in Portland. Photos by Brian Fitzgerald.

David Ball has joined Vets First Choice as director of business-to-business marketing and sales enablement.
Ball has more than two decades of experience in traditional and digital marketing in the hi-tech industry. He previously worked for Silicon Valley-based Cisco Systems Inc. for 15 years.


Certified Master Chef Daniel Harrison Dumont was hired as executive chef at the Black Point Inn on Prouts Neck.
Dumont will be responsible for a kitchen staff of 25 in the Black Point Inn’s two restaurants: The Point Restaurant for fine dining; and The Chart Room for more casual fare.

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Law firm news Thu, 07 Apr 2016 19:55:53 +0000 NEW HIRES

LeBlanc and Young added two new attorneys to its team.

398512 Matie NicholsMatie Little joined the firm as a partner, with a practice encompassing all areas of trusts and estates law. She was previously a partner in a Washington, D.C., law firm.



398512 Eliza NicholsEliza Nichols became an associate attorney with the firm last October and assists individuals and families with their estate planning needs, as well as trust and estate administrations. She previously practiced with a large law firm in Los Angeles.



Curtis Thaxter LLC has hired Rebecca Klotzle to join its litigation practice group.
398512 Klotzle_RebeccaKlotzle focuses her practice on civil and appellate litigation and advises clients in property disputes, intellectual property matters, zoning appeals, employment law and contract-related issues. Most recently, she was an associate attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom in Boston.


398512 amy_mcnallyAmy McNally joined the Biddeford law firm Woodman, Edmands, Danylik, Austin, Smith and Jacques as an associate.
McNally, of Arundel, focuses her practice on estate planning and administration, civil litigation and criminal defense. She previously worked at a law firm in York.


Sara Moppin was recently elected as a shareholder and director of Perkins Thompson in Portland.
Moppin will continue to practice in the areas of business transactions, commercial lending and regulatory matters.

398512 BSmith_printThe attorneys of Skelton Taintor and Abbott named Benjamin Smith as a shareholder of the firm.
Smith, of Chelsea, is a litigator and possesses extensive experience in public utility law. He was previously a staff attorney for the Maine Public Utilities Commission.


Bernstein Shur recently announced 2015 pro bono and volunteer service results. Two attorneys were honored, along with the firm’s Sunshine Committee.
Talesha Saint-Marc, member of the firm’s labor and employment and litigation and dispute resolution practices groups, was recognized with the Sumner T. Bernstein Pro Bono Award. Saint-Marc provided legal services to victims of domestic violence, including a custody trial for a mother and son.
David Soley, member of the firm’s real estate and litigation and dispute resolution practice groups, was recognized for his continued service to the American Civil Liberties Union and Maine Homeless Legal Clinic.
The Sunshine Committee, a group of Bernstein Shur’s staff that raises funds, collects donated goods, and raises awareness for the needy in our community, was recognized with the Barnett I. Shur Civic Award. The committee members are: Janet Davis, chair; Jo Dyke, Ruth Earley, Mandy Furbush, Debra Humason-Fulgham, Robin Learned, Karla Quirk, Laura Rodrigues, Angela Stewart, Michelle Thomas and Angie White.

398512 RSWProfilePicSkelton Taintor and Abbott shareholder Rebecca Webber was named president of the Central Maine Human Resources Association.
The president oversees the board of directors, presides at membership and board meetings and supervises the affairs and business of the organization.


Elizabeth High, a principal with LeBlanc & Young, was named the Portland Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year for 2016 by Best Lawyers.

398512 Sarah ChurchillSarah Churchill, a civil and criminal litigator, became a partner with Matthew Nichols to establish the law firm Nichols & Churchill, P.A.
Churchill comes into partnership after three years as an associate at Nichols’ prior firm, Nichols and Webb, P.A.398512 Matt Nichols
Her focus is advocating for clients in workplace discrimination, sexual harassment and personal injury cases.
Nichols has been in private practice in Maine since 1988.

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Real estate industry hires and promotions Thu, 24 Mar 2016 18:24:47 +0000 NEW HIRES
Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty has hired Elise Kiely as a senior vice president of its Portland office.
687483 Elise KielyKiely, of Falmouth, spent almost 10 years as a litigator in Washington, D.C., and Maine. She then started developing and investing in real estate, which led to a high-end real estate brokerage practice.



687483 stone04cChristina Stone also joined Legacy’s team as a vice president of its Kennebunk office.
Stone, who specializes in coastal locations such as Biddeford Pool, Fortunes Rocks, Granite Point and Hills Beach, has practiced real estate in Maine for more than a decade.


687483 CrossmanA(Med)PublAaron Crossman joined Legacy’s real estate team as a vice president of its Camden office.
Crossman’s real estate career started in 2002 in Camden. In 2005 he went to the Cayman Islands to work with the sales team of a new condominium development project.


687483 Kelly WebbFontaine Family real estate has hired Kelly Webb to its team in Auburn.
Webb, of Monmouth, worked as a legal secretary before starting her real estate career in 1990. She spent seven years as the office manager at ERA Webb. She joined the Fontaine team with 26 years of real estate experience.

Joyce Frost and Suzanne Lowell, previously of RE/MAX By The Bay, have joined Bean Group and will work together as a team.
They have a total of 30 years experience in the real estate market, specializing in southern Maine.

687483 Becki ThomenBecki Thomen joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northeast Real Estate.
She brings several years of experience in the industry.




Portside Real Estate Group in Portland has hired Jaye Gorham, Nancy Keast and Ben Ray.
Gorham brings more than 30 years of experience in the industry. She has owned her own appraisal company and has many years of real estate experience.
Keast joined Portside with over a decade in the business and connections in the Deering area.
Ray comes to Portside with a strong design and architectural eye. He brings years of sales experience.

687483 Karen ParenteauPortland’s Choice Realty has hired Karen Parenteau. She has been in the business since 2006 and is a native of the Biddeford-Saco area.




687483 Laura RohrerLaura Rohrer joined the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Saco as a sales associate.
Rohrer, of Old Orchard Beach, will provide residential real estate services in Saco and the communities of Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, Kennebunk, Buxton and Hollis.


Landry/French Construction Co. has promoted Mason Rowell to senior project manager.
Most recently, Rowell served as project manager on a medical office building for Western Maine Health in Norway. He currently serves as a project manager on new branch banks for Bangor Savings Bank on Marginal Way in Portland and in Brunswick, and a new facility for Allagash Brewing Co.

687483 julia bassettJulia Bassett has received the commercial broker designation from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
The course included training on valuation of commercial properties, green commercial properties and representation of buyers and sellers in commercial transactions.

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Engineers, drivers among Mainers receiving awards and recognition Tue, 22 Mar 2016 18:24:57 +0000 AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
589786 Rosemary ReidRosemary Reid of Portland, a representative of Modern Woodmen of America, was named to Modern Woodmen’s President’s Cabinet.
Reid was recognized for her high achievement in life insurance sales and ranking among the organization’s top representatives nationwide.


Harriman and The Cecil Group announced that two staff members recently earned professional certification and accreditation.

589786 Jeff LapierreJeffrey LaPierre received the Certified Energy Manager credential from the Association of Energy Engineers.



589786 Katie WiseKathryn Wise has passed the Architecture Registration Examination and is now a licensed architect.




UPS driver Ted Kalicky of Gorham was recently inducted into its Circle of Honor for achieving 25 years of accident-free driving.
Kalicky and six other elite drivers from Maine are among 1,613 newly inducted into the company’s honorary organization.
Maine has 42 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 1,142 years of accident-free driving.

Aaron Fitzgerald, manager of McDonald’s in Topsham, was selected to receive the 2016 Ray Kroc Award, which recognizes the top 1 percent of McDonald’s restaurant managers from around the world. The honor comes with a cash prize and a trophy.
Fitzgerald has been working for McDonald’s for nearly 10 years. He began his career in 2006 as a crew person at the Lisbon restaurant and was promoted to manager in 2008.
Lee Jackson was recognized as the McDonald’s Crew Person of the Year.
Jackson was one of only 25 McDonald’s employees nationwide to receive the award.

589786 Kirby LittlefieldKirby Littlefield, a longtime employee of Maine Water, was presented with the Sid Anthony Award of Merit from the Maine Water Utilities Association.
Littlefield was hired as a plant operator in May 1966 in the water treatment plant in Biddeford. He is now completing his 50th year in that role.


Sophia Rosendo, a Portland auction professional, recently received her designation as an Accredited Auctioneer Real Estate from the National Auctioneers Association’s Education Institute. Rosendo, of Cape Elizabeth, is an auction professional with Tranzon Auction Properties.

Scott Simons was named to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.
Simons is one of three Fellows in Maine and the seventh in the state’s history to receive this honor. He has practiced architecture for over 30 years.

589786 Anna MoormanAnna Moorman, of Allen Insurance and Financial, recently received an award from Martin’s Point Generations Advantage as one of their top 10 performing producers in Medicare sales for Maine.
Moorman has been with Allen Insurance since 2012. She assists people who are aging into the Medicare system.

Scott Edwards, an employee of Poland Spring, was named one of four employees to receive the Nestlé Waters North America President’s Award in January.
Edwards was recognized for his commitment to the community and dedication to Poland Spring. He lives in Harrison and has worked for Poland Spring for 22 years.

Shane Perry recently received the Accreditation in Public Relations designation, joining only about 5,000 skilled public relations professionals worldwide.

Baker Newman Noyes was recently ranked in Accounting Today’s list of the top 100 firms in the country.
The annual list ranks CPA firms by revenue. The firm received high marks for its growth of 30 percent in 2015, allowing it to enter at 96 and rank fourth in the New England region. Overall growth for the top 100 came in at 9.32 percent.

589786 Gene McKeeverThe Society of Certified Insurance Counselors recently recognized Gene McKeever of Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden with a certificate honoring his 35 years of committed professional leadership and advanced knowledge.


Donna Millett Ewert, a financial adviser at Robinson Smith Wealth Advisors in Portland, was accepted for membership in the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors.
With membership, Millett Ewert is affiliated with an organization of more than 2,400 qualified financial advisers in the nation.

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Oxford Networks, CEI fill top posts Mon, 14 Mar 2016 19:42:38 +0000 Oxford Networks recently hired several new executives and senior managers.
108284 Van Loan, MarkMark VanLoan joined as vice president, customer support.
VanLoan, of Norway, has worked in technology-related fields for more than 30 years focusing on a variety of areas including networking, telecommunications, sales engineering, project management, operations management and customer support.



108284 Flowers, WendyWendy Flowers was named a financial and business analyst in the finance department.
Flowers, of Gray, was most recently manager of network operations for Martin’s Point Health Care, and also was manager of finance and planning for Unum, where she was employed for 18 years.



108284 Pelletier, AnthonyAnthony Pelletier was hired as financial analyst in the finance department.
Pelletier, of Lewiston, was most recently at WEX, where he served as senior tax accountant. He has also served as a lead analyst at Iberdrola, as well as a staff accountant at Austin Associates.




Coastal Enterprises Inc. has hired Betsy Biemann as the organization’s next chief executive officer and Keith Bisson as its new president.
108284 Betsy BiemannBiemann currently serves as a consultant to FocusMaine and recently completed serving as a project director at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.



108284 Keith BissonBisson is CEI’s senior vice president of program management and development.
They will succeed founder, President and CEO Ron Phillips who will retire this spring after 38 years of leading the rural development organization.

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Financial industry hires, promotions, other news Thu, 03 Mar 2016 18:43:52 +0000  NEW FACES

Ocean Communities Federal Credit Union hired three employees for its team.
Stephanie Hatch was hired as a teller at the Kennebunk branch. Taylor Williams and Kristine Bernier were hired as call center representatives for the credit union’s Sanford branch.

812047_669751-Heather-Willey-Touss   Heather Willey-Toussaint, of Minot, joined TD Bank as branch manager in Portland.
Prior to joining TD Bank, Willey-Toussaint served as Tri-branded branch manager at Enterprise Holdings at the Portland International Jetport.




Chris Byrne joined Norton Financial Services as Internet technology manager.
Byrne, of Cumberland, comes to Norton with a strong IT background as founder and president of Cogent Information Systems / for 14 years. He was previously with Commonwealth Financial Network as manager of field technology.



812047_669751-Ruth-DunbarBar Harbor Bank & Trust has hired Ruth Dunbar as vice president, trust officer and John Testa as vice president, trust investment officer to Bar Harbor Trust Services. Dunbar, of Holden, began her career in banking in 1987. She previously served as senior vice president, senior fiduciary officer at People’s United Bank since 2013.
Testa has over 10 years of investment experience812047_669751-John-Testa managing endowments and foundation funds. In 2010, he joined Morgan Stanley in Hartford, Connecticut, as a registered associate.





The following people were hired at Baker Newman Noyes.
Gilda Bryand, of Portland, was hired as an administrative assistant in the tax practice. She earned a bachelor’s degree in human services from the University of Rhode Island.
Jordan Emery, of Skowhegan, joined as a staff member in the tax practice. Emery completed accounting courses at the University of Maine.
Jacqueline Guerin, of Sanford, was hired as a paraprofessional in the tax practice. Guerin attends York County Community College working toward her degree in business.
Diane Kandilakis was hired as a consultant in the healthcare consulting practice.
Kristie Krouse joined as an administrative assistant in the operations department. Krouse serves as treasurer for the Gorham Cooperative Preschool and a board volunteer for the Southern Maine Youth Hockey Association.
Lauren O’Neil was hired as an administrative assistant in the tax practice.
Roshay Reddy, of Boston, was hired as a senior in the tax practice. Reddy earned a master’s degree in accounting in 2009 from Vanderbilt University.
Nicole Shaffer, of Gorham, was hired as a proposal coordinator in the marketing department. Shaffer earned her degree in advertising/public relations and history from Pennsylvania State University.


Baker Newman Noyes recently announced 13 promotions and eight new hires in its Portland office.
Adam Aucoin, Drew Blaney, Kelly Bristol, Dan Gayer and Remy Vazquez were promoted to managers in the firm’s tax practice.
Aucoin, of Buxton, joined the firm in 2012.
Blaney, of Boothbay Harbor, earned a master’s degree in taxation from Bentley University.
Bristol, of Skowhegan, earned a master’s degree in business administration from Thomas College.
Gayer, of Cape Elizabeth, specializes in closely-held businesses, with a focus on complex federal and state tax issues.
Vazquez, of Lake Worth, Florida, is a member of the firm’s estate and gift tax practice. Vazquez specializes in income and estate tax planning and compliance.
Pamela Cook was promoted to senior manager in the health-care consulting practice. Cook specializes in reimbursement services for hospitals, rural health clinics and physician groups.
Tiffany Edwards was promoted to senior manager in the audit practice. Edwards specializes in the commercial and hospitality industries, as well as employee benefit plan clients.
Courtney Francis, of Caribou, was promoted to senior in the tax practice. Francis joined the firm in October 2014.
Josie Hajdysz was promoted to senior accounting coordinator in the finance department.
Greg Knight, of Portland, was promoted to senior in the health-care consulting practice. Knight specializes in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for hospitals.
Josh Lapierre, of Freeport, was promoted to senior manager in the tax practice. Lapierre has been with the firm since 2010, having previously interned at BNN in 2009.
Stephanie Richio and Dianne Rodrigue were promoted to managers in the firm’s health-care consulting practice.
Richio, of Cape Elizabeth, specializes in reimbursement services for hospitals, rural health clinics and physicians’ groups. She has been with the firm since 2008.
Rodrigue specializes in medical chart auditing, clinical documentation improvement and provider education.

812047_669751-Leah-PunchLeah Punch was promoted to loan servicer at Community Credit Union.
Punch was previously the new accounts member representative. She attended Central Maine Community College, New England College of Business and has completed Certified Teller Training.


812047_669751-Laurie-PelletierLaurie Pelletier was promoted to vice president of lending at Community Credit Union. She previously worked as vice president of branch operations.





Ashley Ward was named asset quality representative at Community Credit Union. Ward, of Sabattus, previously worked as a member representative.

Bath Savings Institution promoted two bank officers to senior vice presidents.
Theresa Hodge, of Topsham, was named senior vice president and senior commercial lender. She has worked for Bath Savings for more than 12 years.
Julie Wagoner, of Yarmouth, was promoted to senior vice president – community development and commercial lending. Wagoner has been with Bath Savings for 15 years.

Brian Ballute

Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution promoted Brian Ballute and Stephanie Paquet to vice presidents and DeAnn Lewis to assistant vice president.
Ballute, of Saco, joined SBSI in 2012 as an assistant treasurer. Ballute previously served as a senior associate auditor at KMPG in Boston.


812047_669751-Stephanie-PaquetPaquet, of Saco, was hired in 2009 as a retail
retirement program manager. She recently held the position of deposit support manager. She previously worked for Bangor Savings and Pepperell Bank & Trust.




812047_669751-DeAnn-Lewis-2016Lewis, of South Portland, joined SBSI in February 2015 as a general bank auditor. She previously worked as an audit analyst with Iberdrola USA and brings more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry.




812047_669751-Cote-BerniceFranklin Savings Bank has promoted Bernice Cote to assistant vice president for customer service.
Cote, of Wilton, has been a customer service officer since 2013 and also oversees the bank teller training program.




Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation named Lacey Gammon and Dennis Lajoie to its board of directors.
Gammon, of Andover, is a loan operations representative at Androscoggin Bank.
Lajoie, of Hebron, is the vice president of economic development and housing at Community Concepts Inc.

Ryan Hale, an adviser with Kennebunk Investment Services, was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 50 Bank and Credit Union Advisors for 2015 by Bank Investment Consultant. Hale lives in Kittery.

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New hires across Maine Thu, 03 Mar 2016 18:30:33 +0000 NEW HIRES

812060_741222-Michelle-WhitneyMichelle Whitney joined Huffard House, a boutique interior design firm in South Portland.
She is in charge of the company’s new Home Staging services. She is a certified home stager and redesigner. She previously worked at Diversified Communications, as well as created and owned Maisey Mae Designs.



741222 Paul_Wainman_HancockHancock Lumber has hired chief financial officer Paul Wainman.
Wainman, of Kennebunkport, has extensive experience in both finance and management with market leading brands, including Hallmark/William Arthur and Kleinfeld Paper.


741222 Annie cambridgeAnnie Cambridge has joined the University of Maine Alumni Association as its director of alumni programs.
Cambridge graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism in 2011. Most recently, she served as the membership and convention sales coordinator for the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau.

741222 Jill fioreJill Fiore also joined UMaine’s Alumni Association as its new director of strategic engagement. Fiore recently served as Husson University’s director of marketing.



Mainestream Media’s WHTP-Hot 104.7 has hired Samantha Sylvia as its new promotion director.
Sylvia was previously at WWKX (Hot 106) in Providence and WRDW (Wired 96.5) in Philadelphia.

741222 Kathy Kelly PhotoDaymark Energy Advisors has hired Kathleen Kelly as principal consultant and vice president of consulting operations.
Kelly spent 18 years with Lummus Consultants International, formerly called Stone & Webster Management Consultants, as director and practice leader of the utility management and planning practice.

SailMaine has hired Charlotte Kinkade as program director.
Kinkade grew up in SailMaine programming and has been involved with the organization for over a decade. She brings several years of project management experience in the private sector, a background in sailboat racing and dingy coaching.

The following people joined Diversified Communications:
Arien Chason joined as a member services and marketing administrator. Chason previously worked with Genesan/COR in Gorham.
Pooja Desai joined as a web support/ QA Technician. Desai previously worked for Kohl’s in Westbrook.

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Baker Newman Noyes promotes 13 and hires eight in Maine Mon, 29 Feb 2016 22:14:08 +0000 Baker Newman Noyes recently announced 13 promotions and eight new hires in its Portland office.

Adam Aucoin, Drew Blaney, Kelly Bristol, Dan Gayer and Remy Vazquez were promoted to managers in the firm’s tax practice.

Aucoin, of Buxton, joined the firm in 2012.

Blaney, of Boothbay Harbor, earned a master’s degree in taxation from Bentley University.

Bristol, of Skowhegan, earned a master’s degree in business administration from Thomas College.

Gayer, of Cape Elizabeth, specializes in closely-held businesses, with a focus on complex federal and state tax issues.

Vazquez, of Lake Worth, Florida, is a member of the firm’s estate and gift tax practice. Vazquez specializes in income and estate tax planning and compliance.

Pamela Cook was promoted to senior manager in the health care consulting practice. Cook specializes in reimbursement services for hospitals, rural health clinics and physician groups.

Tiffany Edwards was promoted to senior manager in the audit practice. Edwards specializes in the commercial and hospitality industries, as well as employee benefit plan clients.

Courtney Francis, of Caribou, was promoted to senior in the tax practice. Francis joined the firm in October 2014.

Josie Hajdysz was promoted to senior accounting coordinator in the finance department.

Greg Knight, of Portland, was promoted to senior in the health care consulting practice. Knight specializes in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for hospitals.

Josh Lapierre, of Freeport, was promoted to senior manager in the tax practice. Lapierre has been with the firm since 2010, having previously interned at BNN in 2009.

Stephanie Richio and Dianne Rodrigue were promoted to managers in the firm’s health care consulting practice.

Richio, of Cape Elizabeth, specializes in reimbursement services for hospitals, rural health clinics and physicians’ groups. She has been with the firm since 2008.

Rodrigue specializes in medical chart auditing, clinical documentation improvement and provider education.

The following people were hired at Baker Newman Noyes.

Gilda Bryand, of Portland, was hired as an administrative assistant in the tax practice. She earned a bachelor’s degree in human services from the University of Rhode Island.

Jordan Emery, of Skowhegan, joined as a staff member in the tax practice. Emery completed accounting courses at the University of Maine.

Jacqueline Guerin, of Sanford, was hired as a paraprofessional in the tax practice. Guerin is currently attending York County Community College working toward her degree in business.

Diane Kandilakis was hired as a consultant in the health care consulting practice.

Kristie Krouse joined as an administrative assistant in the operations department. Krouse serves as treasurer for the Gorham Cooperative Preschool and a board volunteer for the Southern Maine Youth Hockey Association.

Lauren O’Neil was hired as an administrative assistant in the tax practice.

Roshay Reddy, of Boston, was hired as a senior in the tax practice. Reddy earned a master’s degree in accounting in 2009 from Vanderbilt University.

Nicole Shaffer, of Gorham, was hired as a proposal coordinator in the marketing department. Shaffer earned her bachelor’s degree in advertising/public relations and history from Pennsylvania State University, where she served as a legislative fellow for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.

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New hires and promotions across Maine Tue, 23 Feb 2016 00:08:56 +0000 NEW HIRES
806279_181994-Brian-KenneyBrian Kenney joined Piper Shores as its new facilities director.
Kenney is the former facilities manager for Windham Schools and Idexx Laboratories. He will oversee a staff of nine on the 138-acre campus, which consists of two main buildings and administrative offices, over 160 residences and cottages, a wood shop and a maintenance building.

806279_181994-Katherine-E.-DrakeKatherine Drake has joined the team at Dawson, Smith, Purvis & Bassett.
Drake, of Portland, graduated in December of 2015 from the University of Maine with a degree in accounting. She completed an audit internship with another local accounting firm and joined the Dawson, Smith, Purvis & Bassett team upon graduation.

J&J Mercier Enterprises has hired Leslie Gary to manage The Lobster Cooker restaurant. She has years of experience in the food service industry.
Eric Murphy will take over the duties as manager of the Freeport Café.

Verrill Dana has hired Kelly Donahue to the firm’s intellectual property group in Portland.
Donahue was previously an associate at Locke Lord in Boston.

Baker Newman Noyes has hired 12 interns for its Portland office in preparation for tax season.
The following students will intern at the firm during the spring 2016 semester:
Jennifer Day, of West Gardiner; Addison Dunn, of Dayton; and Mikenzi Merrill, of Waterford; who all attend Thomas College.
Also joining the firm as interns are Katrina Lyons, of Cornville; Andrew Perkins, of Somersworth, New Hampshire; Benjamin Staples, of Rockland; Dylan Wetmore, of Madawaska; and Megan Wittine, of Corinth; who each attend Husson University.
Other interns include Danielle Hansen, of Portland, and Wren Saunders, of Gorham, students at the University of Maine School of Law; Nathaniel Marcet, of Gorham, a student at the University of Southern Maine; and Alexia Pappas, of Cape Elizabeth, who attends McGill University.

806279_181994-Conrad-BirkettConrad Birkett joined Norton Insurance Agency as a commercial lines assistant.
Birkett, of Portland, is a 2014 graduate of Endicott College. He previously worked for J.H. Birkett CPA, PA in Brunswick.


Emily Paul

Broadreach Public Relations has hired Emily Paul as a public relations specialist.
Paul joins Broadreach from Weber Shandwick in Chicago, Illinois.



Hospice of Southern Maine has hired Shannon Barnicle, RN, as the house manager of Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.
Barnicle was formerly the clinical director of operations for Sentry at Home Comprehensive Home Care in York. She lives in South Berwick.

806279_181994-Emma-CarmodyGawron Turgeon Architects has hired Emma Carmody to join its interiors team.
Carmody is a recent graduate of the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University. She was a recipient of the Suffolk University BFA Interior Design GPA and Portfolio Award among other academic accolades.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland has hired Molly Brake as director of family services.
Brake previously worked as the director of operations and administration at The Progress Center in Norway. Prior to that she was the director of finance and human resources for the town of Naples.

Bristol Seafood has promoted Peter Handy to president and chief executive officer.
Handy previously served as vice president of business development.

Outgoing CEO Darrell Pardy will stay on board as senior vice president of sales. Both founders, Pardy and Ray Swenton continue to be shareholders and serve on the board of directors, with Swenton as chairman.
Also promoted was Brian Pomerleau to senior vice president of operations.

Michael Geneseo

Broadreach Public Relations promoted Michael Geneseo to senior account executive.
Geneseo, of South Portland, works with clients in professional services, health care and technology sectors. He joined the firm in 2013 and was most recently an account executive.


J&J Mercier Enterprises has expanded to a third business, The Lobster Cooker and Sports Pub, on 39 Main St. in Freeport.
With this move, J&J Mercier Enterprises has promoted Jeffrey Mercier to chief executive officer. Mercier will continue his position as chief financial officer.
Amy Gilles was also promoted to general manager of both the Freeport Café and The Lobster Cooker.

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Law firms announce hires, promotions and awards Fri, 19 Feb 2016 21:00:00 +0000 NEW HIRES

 Julia Greenleaf Pitney joined Drummond Woodsum’s bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights practice group.

Pitney will be based in the firm’s Portland office. Her practice will focus on bankruptcy matters and debtor and creditor litigation. She previously spent 10 years practicing in Lewiston and Portland.

• Douglas Britton joined Verrill Dana’s real estate group in Portland.

He was previously a partner at Drummond & Drummond, LLP, where he started his practice in 1998.

 Bernstein Shur has hired John Moran to the firm’s business law practice group in Portland.

Moran was previously a business associate at a Portland law firm. He also served as a legal extern with both the Maine District Courts and the Appellate Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maine.


• Curtis Thaxter LLC has admitted Amy Devin as a member of the firm.

Devin practices in the areas of real estate, commercial and corporate law, with a particular focus on affordable housing and community redevelopment.

 John Aromando, an attorney at Pierce Atwood, was named chair of its litigation practice group. Aromando succeeds David Barry, who will become the firm’s managing partner.

Aromando has been a partner since 1993 and a trial lawyer for more than 30 years. His practice focuses on defending businesses and individuals in complex litigation, for clients in industries as diverse as financial services, energy, pulp and paper, manufacturing, insurance, and professional services. He has tried cases in both state and federal court, and argued appeals before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

 Bernstein Shur recently elected Eben Albert and Steven Gerlach as shareholders.

Albert is a member of the firm’s business, litigation and dispute resolution and technology, outsourcing and data security practice groups.

Gerlach is a member of the firm’s labor and employment and business law practice groups.


• Gerald Petruccelli, Michael Martin, James Haddow and Bruce McGlauflin, partners at Petruccelli, Martin & Haddow, LLP in Portland were named for inclusion in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Petruccelli was recognized in several areas of practice, including appellate practice, arbitration, commercial litigation, litigation – construction, litigation – mergers and acquisitions, litigation – regulatory enforcement, mediation and personal injury litigation.

Martin was recognized for his work in commercial litigation and insurance law; Haddow for litigation – municipal and municipal law; and McGlauflin for corporate law.

 The American Camp Association recognized Jack Erler of Portland with its Special Recognition Award

Erler is an attorney at Curtis Thaxter LLC. He was recognized for his efforts to promote camp on a national level.

 The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys recently published its list of nationally ranked criminal defense attorneys.

The following attorneys from Maine made the list: Edmund Folsom, of Biddeford; Jay McCloskey, of Bangor; Leonard Sharon, of Auburn; Richard Hartley, of Bangor; Sarah Churchill, of Saco; Scott Gardner, of Biddeford; Wayne Foote, of Bangor; and William Bly, of Biddeford.

 Skelton Taintor & Abbott announced that attorney Stephen Wade was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in America list.

Wade was also singled out to receive the “Lawyer of the Year” award in the area of product liability litigation.

 Maine Equal Justice Partners honored Augusta attorney Charles Dingman with its Pro Bono Equal Justice Hero Award.

Dingman, of Leeds, is a partner at PretiFlaherty in Augusta. He serves on MEJP’s Board of Directors and is a past chair of the Campaign for Justice. He also is a member of the board of the Justice Action Group and frequently serves as moderator of town meetings in Androscoggin County.


• The European Union Office in Kosovo extended the appointment of Michael Cunniff as a senior short term expert in a mission supporting the Kosovo Judicial Council and the Kosovo Prosecutorial Council.

Cunniff is a trial lawyer at the law firm of McCloskey, Mina & Cunniff, LLC in Portland and a dual citizen of the United States and Ireland. He has been involved since 2011 in international rule of law missions sponsored by the United States and the European Union in the Balkans. Currently, he is advising the councils on strategic planning and operational matters, as well as their efforts to evaluate and discipline judges and prosecutors.

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On the Move Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:17:56 +0000 NEW HIRES

n Dr. Lisa Keiski joined the staff at Bath Family Medicine, a Central Maine Medical Group practice.

She began her career at Massabesic Regional Medical Center in Waterboro, serving as an attending physician from 2005 to 2012. In 2007, she joined the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, where she served as an attending physician and medical director until 2015.

n Gentiva Home Health in Sanford has hired Dr. Philip Abraham as its new medical director.

He has worked as a private practice internist since 2003. His practice is at 25A June St., Suite 111, in Sanford.

n Kim Morrison joined Health Affiliates Maine as a licensed master social worker.

She will work in the Lewiston-Auburn and Augusta areas providing therapy for young adults, couples and the immigrant-refugee population.

n Dr. Joseph Vitterito II joined The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center as neonatology division director and medical director of its neonatal intensive care unit.

Vitterito has been a member of the MMC Division of Neonatology for the past seven years.

n Dr. Robert Galler joined the surgical practice at Maine Spine Surgery at Mercy.

Galler comes to Mercy from the Stony Brook Medicines Department of Neurosurgery in Stony Brook, N.Y. He brings more than 15 years of experience in spine surgery.

n Spectrum Medical Group has hired Ann Robinson as chief legal counsel and director of government affairs.

Most recently, she was a partner at Preti Flaherty, where she served as chair of the firm’s government affairs practice group for over a decade. She was also a member of the firm’s management committee.

n Maine Medical Center named Dr. Isabella Stumpf as the division director for palliative medicine.

She serves as the director for palliative care at MaineHealth and has held a per diem faculty position at Massachusetts General Hospital since 2014. She currently serves as the chair of Maine Medical Center’s Clinical Ethics Committee.


n Dr. Mary Harkins Becker was named fellowship director of Maine Medical Center’s Palliative Medicine Division.

She first joined the hospital as an attending physician in emergency medicine, and later served as associate residency director in the emergency department. She has experience at the health systems level, serving as the director of cardiovascular health for MaineHealth.


n Maria-Ausilia Evans, a pharmacist at Franklin Memorial Hospital, was elected to the 11-member board of directors of the Maine Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

She is the Region 2 director representing Androscoggin, Franklin, Oxford and Sagadahoc counties. She has been a member of the nonprofit organization since 2009.


n Mount Desert Island Hospital was named to the 2015 Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Hospital Honor Roll.

Harvard Pilgrim reviewed hospital performance in four categories: cardiac care, health care associated infection, pneumonia care and surgical care improvement. The results measured the quality of these processes of care and included surveys evaluating patient experience.

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Portland Water District, March of Dimes, Kids First Center announce board appointments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:08:00 +0000 Kenneth Levinsky was re-elected to the board of trustees of the Portland Water District, representing Portland for a five-year term. Levinsky ran unopposed.
Also elected was Joseph Siviski, a trustee of the water district, representing South Portland and the town of Cape Elizabeth for a five-year term. Siviski also ran unopposed.

The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development welcomed two new members to its board of directors: Jennifer Bush, chief operating officer for HistoryIT; and Brett Austin, president of Kepware Technologies.

97400 Zander AbbottMarch of Dimes has announced that Zander Abbott, vice president of the Women and Children Service Line at Maine Medical Center, was named chair for the March for Babies to be held May 1.
This year’s goal is to raise $30,000 as part of the overall goal of $160,000 on behalf of the organization’s mission to help reduce the premature birth rate and improve the health of babies.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland announced new officers for its board of directors:
John Shumadine of Murray, Plumb & Murray will serve as the board president.
Peter Tousignant of TD Bank will serve as vice president; Julie Ray of Perkins Thompson is secretary; and Jeremy Handlon of Dawson, Smith, Purvis and Bassett is treasurer.

Friends of Midcoast Maine elected three new board members to its board of trustees for three-year terms:


Valli Geiger of Rockland is a member of the City Council.





97400 Peter GrossPeter Gross of Camden is a Maine-licensed architect in Camden and owns Peter Gross Architects.




97400Ben LongBenjamin Long of Bowdoinham owns Essential Grant Writing, a freelance grant writing and management service he founded in 2005.




The Kids First Center appointed the following to its board of directors:
Kimberly Kump was appointed chairperson. She has been a board member since 2007.
Ellie Chatto is a certified fraud examiner with extensive experience working with nonprofit organizations.
Also appointed was Dana Prescott, an attorney who practices at Prescott Jamieson Murphy Law Group, who also has a doctorate in social work.

Day One in South Portland elected the following officers to its board of directors:

Dennis Carrillo

Dennis Carrillo

L. Dennis Carrillo, an attorney at the law offices of Doyle & Nelson, was named president of the board.





 Douglas Cranshaw

Douglas Cranshaw

Douglas Cranshaw, a retired professional, was named vice-president.





97400 Zander AbbottZander Abbott, vice president of the Women & Children Service Line at Maine Medical Center, was named treasurer.




97400 David MountDavid Mount, a retired professional, was named secretary.

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Bath hardware store announces sale to Rocky’s Ace Hardware Mon, 01 Feb 2016 22:23:34 +0000 97400 Rogers Ace owners; Gayle and John Hichborn congratulate the Falcone family, the new business owners.John Hichborn, of Rogers Ace Hardware in Bath, has sold the family-owned and operated business to Rocky’s Ace Hardware of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Rogers Ace Hardware has been servicing the MidCoast region for over 140 years. The business was established in 1872 and has operated at its current location, 55 Congress Ave. in Bath, since 1985. Hichborn and the Rogers family have owned and run the business for four generations.
Rocky’s Ace Hardware is also a family-owned and operated business. A press release about the sale says “there will be no interruption or change in the quality level of service. The familiar faces will remain on staff.”
Rocky’s currently operates stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and now Maine.

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New hires at Business Lending Solutions, promotions at Baker Newman Noyes and Runyon Kersteen Ouellette Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:59:08 +0000 NEW HIRES
Business Lending Solutions has hired Al Moroney as loan officer in Midcoast Maine, and welcomed back Will Hatt as senior vice president and chief operating officer.

791543_65317-Al-MoroneyMoroney has more than 30 years of banking and lending experience. He was previously a senior loan officer at Coastal Enterprises Inc.




Will Hatt 1200x1800Hatt has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He was most recently the senior vice president and senior commercial lender at Skowhegan Savings Bank.



791543_65317-Wheeler_JeffBaker Newman Noyes has elected Jeffrey Wheeler, CPA, as director of audit, effective Jan. 1.
Wheeler, a principal in BNN’s Manchester office, joined the firm nearly 14 years ago. He specializes in family businesses, private equity and venture-backed entities in the manufacturing, distribution, technology and service sectors.


Amy Chasse and Jeffrey Raab joined the partner group of Runyon Kersteen Ouellette.
791558_65317-Amy-ChasseChasse has worked at RKO for 14 years. She specializes in the tax and commercial side of the firm’s practice. She also assists the municipal department through her work with various cities, towns and school districts.



791558_65317-Jeffrey-RaabRaab joined RKO in 2011 with 13 years of experience from two different New Hampshire-based firms. He also specialized in the tax and commercial side of the firm’s practice. He has assisted with several of the firm’s nonprofit audits and employee benefit plan tax filings.



The firm also promoted the following employees in its South Portland office: Josh Kochis to supervisor; Lauren Dunn to senior accountant; Chris Healey and Jess Woods to in-charge accountants; and Eben Bradley, Nicole Favreau, Megan Story and Kate Wypyski to staff accountants.

Josh Kochis

Josh Kochis

Lauren Dunn

Lauren Dunn

Chris Healey

Chris Healey

Jessica Woods

Jessica Woods






Eben Bradley

Eben Bradley

Nicole Favreau

Nicole Favreau






Megan Story

Megan Story

Kate Wypyski

Kate Wypyski







791543_65317-Allison-V.-BishopAllison Bishop, CPA, has started a financial coaching business in Portland.
Bishop helps clients organize their personal finances and align their financial decisions with their goals. She brings 18 years of experience as a certified public accountant.

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Sotheby’s hires 3 vice presidents; other real estate news Mon, 25 Jan 2016 21:04:58 +0000 NEW HIRES
790255_609580-Linda-MacDonaldLinda MacDonald, Elise Kiely and Mary Libby have joined Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Portland as a senior vice presidents.
MacDonald, of Falmouth, has practiced real estate in Maine for more than a decade.


Kiely, of Falmouth, was a successful litigator in Washington, D.C., and Maine for 10 years. She started developing and investing in real estate, which eventually led to a high-end real estate brokerage practice.
790255_609580-Mary-LibbyBWLibby, of Cape Elizabeth, has practiced real estate in Maine for more than a decade. She has consistently been one of the top performing agents in Greater Portland with a focus on high-value properties and the coastal communities in Cumberland County.



Legacy Properties also welcomed Mary Jean Labbe to its brokerage team in York County.
Labbe, of Kittery Point, brings extensive experience with the Sotheby’s brand, luxury residential properties and global marketing venues.

790255_609580-Lucy-FlightTown and Shore Associates has hired Lucy Flight as an associate broker/owner.




Edie Fontaine

Edie Fontaine

Portside Real Estate Group has hired Edie Fontaine and Maureen Zemrak.
They brings more than 15 years of experience and consistently rank among the top in the industry.




Maureen Zemrak

Maureen Zemrak






The Manchester Team of Keller Williams Realty was recently recognized for being first in listings sold units in the New England Region for 2015.
The real estate team helped 166 families buy and sell homes in 2015 and is on track to surpass that number this year.

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GrowSmart Maine announces staff changes, board appointments Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:09:56 +0000 GrowSmart Maine, a Portland nonprofit that works to build a more sustainable future for Maine, has hired Janet Sawyer as business development director and promoted Andrew Zarro to community engagement director.
788068_609580-Janet-SawyerSawyer, of Dover-Foxcroft, previously worked as business development director for Piscataquis County Economic Development Council. She also owned her own business and managed outside sales for a Maine-based office products distributor.


609580 Andrew ZarroZarro, of Portland, was previously the development director of GrowSmart Maine. He previously led several small nonprofits working on a range of missions including as executive director of a criminal justice policy reform organization and as executive director of a Boston Main Streets District in Jamaica Plain.


GrowSmart Maine also elected Rachel Bouvier, Ph.D. and The Hon. Ted Koffman to their board of directors.
788068_609580-Rachel-BouvierBouvier is founder and principal of rbouvier consulting, a private consulting firm specializing in socio-economic analysis, market and economic research, statistical analysis and community economic development.


Ted Koffman

Koffman, who served as Maine Audubon’s executive director from 2009-2014, previously worked as an administrator at College of the Atlantic for 33 years.

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Businesses fill top posts Wed, 20 Jan 2016 22:50:50 +0000 NEW HIRES
786868_871595-Adam-ShepherdRippleffect has re-hired Adam Shepherd as its executive director.
Shepherd joined Rippleffect as director of advancement and adult programs in 2013. He later left the organization to become co-founder of Brown & Shepherd Nonprofit Consulting.



Live and Work in Maine has hired its first employee, Nate Wildes, as engagement director.
Wildes, of Harpswell, was previously an independent consultant focusing on startups, business development and e-commerce. Prior to that, he served as assistant brand manager at Eureka.

786868_871595-Heath-WeatherbeeSunday River Resort in Maine has hired Heath Weatherbee as its new director of group service within its conference and wedding department.
Weatherbee brings over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry to Sunday River\. Weatherbee spent the past six months backpacking across Asia.


786868_871595-kristen-wellsAroostook Aspirations Initiative promoted Kristen Wells to serve as executive director.
Wells, of Hodgdon, joined the organization in April of 2015 as director of advancement. In August, she was named interim executive director.



786868_871595-Dr.-Lisa-LarsonThe Board of Trustees of the Maine Community College System has appointed Lisa Larson as president of Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor.
Larson, vice president for academic and student affairs at Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota, will assume her new post this spring.
Larson brings more than 20 years of community and technical college experience to EMCC. From 2013 to 2015, she served as interim president of North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. She was selected from a field of 30 candidates following a national search. She will succeed Lawrence Barrett who left EMCC this past summer to become president of Florida Gateway College.

786868_871595-Renee-KellyRenee Kelly, director of economic development initiatives for the University of Maine, was elected director of The First Bancorp and its banking subsidiary, The First, N.A.
Kelly joined the University of Maine in 1997 and serves as a liaison to the state’s economic development community and identify opportunities for the university to partner with national, state, regional and local organizations to improve Maine’s economy.

Ellen Russell joined the American Cancer Society as senior director for Relay For Life for Maine, New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts.
Russell, of Cape Elizabeth, brings over 25 years of nonprofit leadership and partnership experience to the organization. She was formerly with the American Red Cross Blood Services.

Steve Lovejoy, a business adviser for Maine Small Business Development Centers, was recently named center director at its Portland office.
Lovejoy has been a business adviser with the Maine SBDC for over four years, most recently serving the York County area. He brings more than 20 years of experience in banking and finance.

786868_871595-carol-holtCarol Holt joined the Salvation Army of Northern New England as director of donor relations.
Holt brings a background in fundraising, communication and customer service skills. She has 11 years of marketing and professional development and fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector.

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Awards and recognitions for Maine businesspeople Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:57:09 +0000 Fluid Imaging Technologies was named a winner in the laboratory equipment category in Algae Industry Magazine’s 2015 International Reader’s Poll.
The Scarborough-based company was recognized for its FlowCam dynamic imaging particle analyzer technology.

121955 Dan Libby Dan Libby, plant operator at the Camden and Rockland Division of Maine Water Co., recently graduated from the Management Candidate School, a program that prepares drinking water and wastewater personnel for career advancement in utility management.
Libby and 16 other water and wastewater professionals attended this yearlong program to enhance their skills in personnel management, supervisory skills, labor relations, budgeting and engineering basics.

The New England Board of Higher Education will honor Cianbro and the University of Maine at Presque Isle with excellence awards during a ceremony in March.
Cianbro will be recognized with a Business Contribution to Higher Education Award. Cianbro has partnered with various higher education institutions including Eastern Maine Community College, Husson University, Kennebec Valley Community College, St. Joseph’s College and the University of Maine at Augusta. Through these partnerships, Cianbro employees can pursue degree programs through seamless pathways and receive customized training opportunities.
The personalized learning program at University of Maine at Presque Isle will receive a Maine State Merit Award. The program offers a personalized approach to delivering instruction and assessing student learning.

121955 Jeff MonroeCapt. Jeffrey Monroe, director of education and training for the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives, was awarded the Meritorious Public Service Award and Medal by the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Monroe was presented the award at his final meeting as chairman of the secretary of Homeland Security’s National Maritime Security Advisory Committee. He was recognized for “notable services that have assisted greatly in furthering the aims and functions of the U.S. Coast Guard.”

The American Institute of Architects Maine Committee on the Environment recognized Harriman with a special citation for historic adaption for its work on the renovation and addition at Good Will-Hinckley Moody School.
The school was constructed in the early 1900s and designed by the architectural firm of William R. Miller of Lewiston, replacing an earlier structure destroyed by fire.
The building is designed to an energy usage level approximately 30 percent less than a conventional building. This is achieved through the use of energy-efficient mechanical and lighting systems.

121955 Kim Carignan Kim Carignan of the Maine Real Estate Network was awarded the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation by the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of Realtors.
Carignan joins a specialized group of only 1 percent of real estate professionals in North America who have earned the designation.


Landry/French Construction Co. was named as the 2015 fastest growing company in Maine in the medium company category by Mainebiz.
The firm was one of three finalists selected in the mid-sized category with 26 to 74 employees.

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Barnes recertified Fri, 15 Jan 2016 20:04:41 +0000 Robert N. Barnes, a funeral director at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home in Portland for over 40 years, was recertified with the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

Barnes, vice president of the funeral home, has been a member in good standing with the academy, and has been honored for his dedication to continuing education for over 37 years.

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Biddeford gear maker wins award Fri, 15 Jan 2016 17:49:51 +0000 Hyperlite Mountain Gear, a manufacturer of ultra-lightweight outdoor equipment, was named the overall winner of the fourth-annual American Made Outdoor Gear Award.

The Biddeford-based company makes ultralight packs, shelters and accessories using Dyneema Cuben fiber in Biddeford’s Pepperell Mill.

Over the past four years, the awards program has received 290 entries from domestic manufacturers. Past overall winners have included Liberty Bottleworks, Benchmade Knives and Sterling Rope.

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Maine businesses announce new hires, promotions Wed, 13 Jan 2016 20:44:29 +0000 NEW HIRES

782768_899241-Megan-CrowderMegan Crowder joined Nancy Marshall Communications as an account coordinator.
Crowder, formerly of Michigan, will work on social media campaigns and strategies for the firm’s clients. She lives in Gardiner.


782768_899241-Jason-SulhamBroadreach Public Relations has hired Jason Sulham as a senior strategist.
Prior to joining Broadreach, Sulham founded North Public Affairs and has directed projects for a diverse list of clients that include corporations and nonprofit organizations, as well as numerous federal, state and local electoral campaigns and issue advocacy initiatives. He lives in Cumberland.

782768_899241-John-CharlesMarket Decisions Research in Portland has hired John Charles as a research assistant.
Charles will be aiding the senior research staff in getting scientific truths from raw data and drawing meaningful inferences about populations’ parameters. In 2014, he won the outstanding student in statistics award at the University of Southern Maine. Currently, he is enrolled in the master’s program in statistics at USM.

782768_899241-E.J.-FechendaE.J. Fechenda joined the Portland Press Herald’s advertising team as lead generation, sales.
Fechenda brings several years of experience in media advertising and marketing both in digital and print. She was previously an advertising sales manager for the Verde Valley Newspapers in Arizona, marketing manager for Axon Design and Marketing in Portland, and held roles as a sales manager and audience data manager at HIMSS Media.

782768_899241-Krissy-WilliamsonKristina Williamson has joined the on-air lineup for Mainestream Media’s WHTP-Hot 104.7
Williamson be on air from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. She was previously at 103.3 Amp Radio in Boston. She also worked at Kiss 108 and Jam’n 94.5 in Boston as well as Fun 107 in New Bedford.


Ryan Deelon, program director for Hot 104.7, is now hosting the morning show where he’s joined by mid-day host Hayley Smith-Rose from 5 to 10 a.m.

782768_899241-monica-sandersMonica Sanders was hired as senior vice president, operations and planning of United Way of Greater Portland.
Sanders has held leadership positions at Siemens, 3M Health Information Systems, Health Dialog and Humana.


782768_899241-Fiona-RobinsonUnited Way of York County recently hired Fiona Robinson as manager of communications and donor development.
Robinson is responsible for overseeing all facets of United Way’s communications and marketing efforts, including print, digital, and social media. In addition, she will assist with enhancing current and building new donor relationships and connections. Most recently, she was the editor and associate publisher of SeaFood Business magazine for 17 years.

Krysta Lilly was hired as director of communications for The Maine Heritage Policy Center.
Lilly, of Arundel, previously worked with the National Rifle Association – Institute for Legislative Action. During her tenure, she fought for second amendment rights in over 25 states and was involved in the passage of Constitutional Carry in Maine and the defeat of the bear hunting referendum in 2015.

The Bowdoin International Music Festival has hired Casey Oakes as public relations and marketing coordinator.
Oakes brings a background in theater work, having previously worked at Cape May Stage in Cape May, New Jersey, and Gloucester Stage in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

782768_899241-Mark-NoyesMarket Decisions Research in Portland has promoted Mark Noyes to full-time research analyst.
Noyes joined the firm as a part-time employee in 2013. He taught the use of the research software, SPSS, at the University of Southern Maine.



Sea Bags promoted Laura Hnatow to vice president of marketing and e-commerce.
Hnatow joined Sea Bags in 2013. She previously worked in similar leadership roles at Cuddledown and L.L.Bean.

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Health care industry news Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:08:17 +0000 NEW HIRES
781462_139192-josephine-conteJosephine Conte, D.O., joined Central Maine Medical Center as a faculty member for its residency program.
Conte, a graduate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, brings experience working as a personal trainer, a childbirth educator and wellness educator.


781462_139192-thomas-hokeThomas Hoke, M.D., joined the staff at Central Maine Sports Medicine, a Central Maine Medical Group practice in Lewiston.
Hoke recently completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland. He serves as team physician for both the Lewiston/Auburn Fighting Spirit juniors hockey team and Poland Regional High School.



Dr. Radis

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital hired Charles Radis, D.O., and David Engelbrecht, M.D., specialists in rheumatology. Both will see patients in the Mary Dow Center.
Radis previously practiced at Rheumatology Associates in Portland for 23 years. He recently retired from full-time practice, but continues to see patients in the Ellsworth region.


Dr. Engelbrecht

Dr. Engelbrecht

Dr. Engelbrecht previously practiced in New York for 25 years.





Spurwink has hired the following people:
781462_139192-Jessie-GrahamJessie Graham joined as lead speech language pathologist. Graham comes to Spurwink from Vermont, where she worked for 25 years providing speech/language and child development services.



781462_139192-Sharon-BolducSharon Bolduc joined Spurwink’s finance department in Portland as a billing clerk. Bolduc previously worked at BMS Practice Solutions in Saco.




781462_139192-Samantha-LeemanSamantha Leeman joined as a public school counselor in Sabattus and Litchfield Primary Schools. Leeman was previously the assistant director for children’s behavioral health services at Centro Las Americas in Massachusetts.



Three new physicians joined Maine Medical Partners.
781462_139192-Golden.Heidi_Heidi Golden, M.D., joined its endocrinology and diabetes center. Golden is fellowship-trained in endocrinology and will specialize in general endocrinology, diabetes, thyroid and parathyroid disease, osteoporosis, pituitary disease and adrenal disease.



Christine Kleinman

Christine Kleinman

Christine Kleinman, D.O., and Kathryn Brouillette, M.D.C.M, joined its hospital medicine department.
Kleinman will work at Maine Medical Center and Stephens Memorial Hospital, and teach for its family medicine program.
Brouillette completed her residency at MMC, where she is a clinical

Kathryn Brouillette

Kathryn Brouillette

associate with Tufts School of Medicine.





781462_139192-Finn_AlyAly Finn has joined the American Red Cross as its new disaster program specialist.
Finn joins the Maine team from the Florida Red Cross, where she was a community outreach and disaster education specialist.
Previously, she served as an assistant team leader with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, FEMA, in Sacramento, Calif.


781462_139192-Michael-Vinograd-M.Bridgton Pediatrics has hired Michael Vinograd, M.D., to join its Central Maine Medical Group practice at Bridgton Hospital.
Vinograd comes to Maine from Brooklyn, New York, where he spent the last three years completing his medical training at New York Methodist Hospital, also in Brooklyn.


781462_139192-Clarke-BaxterMaine Coast Memorial Hospital and Southwest Harbor Medical Center hired Clarke Baxter, M.D., as a primary care physician.
Baxter is relocating to Southwest Harbor from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he taught and practiced family medicine for several years before opening a private practice in 1994. In June of 2011, he associated his practice with the Mercy Health System.


781462_139192-Robin-FisherMount Desert Island Hospital has promoted Robin Fisher to director of medical imaging.
She joined the organization in 2013 as the CT/X-ray supervisor.




Two nurses at Maine Medical Center were recognized by the American Nursing Association – Maine.
781462_139192-Wiggins.Marge_Marjorie Wiggins, senior vice president of patient care services at MMC, received The President’s Award for being “instrumental in promoting professional nursing practice at MMC, Maine and nationally.”



781462_139192-Bachand_DeborahDeborah Bachand, a nursing director, was recognized with the Agnes Flaherty Leadership Award, which recognizes “a registered nurse leader who demonstrates leadership, courage and dedication in his or her interactions with patients and families, staff and coworkers, the profession and the community.”



781462_139192-Carol-BultCarol Bult, Ph.D., a cancer researcher at The Jackson Laboratory, was appointed to the Knowlton Family Chair, an endowed professorship newly established by Winthrop Knowlton, chairman emeritus of the laboratory’s board of trustees.
Bult, who joined the JAX faculty in 1999, has been a principal investigator in the Mouse Genome Informatics consortium, building the genetic and genomic databases. Bult is deputy director of the Laboratory’s National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, and scientific director of the PDX/Cancer Avatar program, leading the study of human tumors and their response to treatment on the platform of special, immune-deficient mice.

Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor was recognized for achieving the Gold Star Standard of Excellence from the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network for its effort to create a tobacco-free environment and support tobacco-free lifestyles.

781462_139192-Steve-KelleySteve Kelley, a certified vision rehabilitation therapist, has received the Thomas Caulfield Award.
Kelley, a professional at The Iris Network in Maine, was recognized for sharing his expertise in access technology both statewide and nationally through speaking engagements, published articles and his website.


Hospice of Southern Maine elected the following new officers and board members to its board of directors.
Edward McGeachey III, president of Southern Maine Health Care, was named board chairman; Gayle Brazeau, Ph.D., professor and dean at University of New England, College of Pharmacy, was named vice-chair; Kevin Montminy, director of audit and compliance at MaineHealth, was elected treasurer; Maryanna Arsenault, a health care consultant, was named secretary; and Miriam Leonard, vice president of value improvement at MaineHealth, was named past board chair.
Elected to the board were Laurence Gross, executive director of Southern Maine Agency on Aging; Heidi Hanson, principal of HN Hansen and Co.; Angela Orr, owner and director of Good for All Pharmacy and independent distributor for Jeunesse Global; Adam Walker, funeral director and owner of Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Homes and Cremation Services; and Paul Wolf, president of Kennebunk Investment Service, who served as an interim director. All will serve a three-year term.

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Financial industry briefs Wed, 06 Jan 2016 23:12:48 +0000 NEW HIRES
778741_578098-Jennifer-Mirabile-1People’s United Bank has hired Jennifer Mirabile as senior vice president and wealth management adviser.
Mirabile brings more than 29 years of banking and wealth management experience at Key Private Bank.



Tom Manning, CEO, F.L. PutnamF.L. Putnam Investment Management Co. in Portland has appointed R. Thomas Manning Jr. as chief executive officer and president.
Manning succeeds John Carberry, the firm’s president, who is retiring after 15 years.
Manning has more than 25 years of experience in leadership positions in the investment management industry. Most recently, he was chief investment officer and a member of the executive committee at Boston Private Wealth LLC, the wealth management division of Boston Private Bank & Trust Co.

Danielle Gerber joined Macpage LLC as a marketing coordinator.
Gerber previously worked as an artist’s assistant and exhibition coordinator in southern Maine. She also works as a freelance artist, creating jewelry, sculptures and paintings out of her studio apartment in Portland.

Andrew Kalloch was also hired at Macpage LLC as an audit associate.
Kalloch, of South Portland, is a 2015 graduate of University of Southern Maine. He previously worked as a tax intern at a CPA firm in Portland.


Al Moroney

Business Lending Solutions has hired Al Moroney as loan officer in Midcoast Maine. Will Hatt also rejoined the firm as senior vice president and chief operating officer.
Moroney has more than 30 years of banking and lending experience. Previously, he was a senior loan officer at Coastal Enterprises Inc.
Hatt has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently, he was senior vice president and senior commercial lender at Skowhegan Savings Bank.

Taylor Aisenson joined Cornerstone Financial Planning as the office manager.
Aisenson, of Gray, will work at the firm’s new Union Wharf location in Portland, where her responsibilities will include managing the payroll, accounting, tax preparation and some marketing functions. She previously worked for almost 10 years as an office manager for a family-owned business.

778741_578098-Dan-TiltonDan Tilton joined Skowhegan Savings Bank as senior vice president of sales and customer relations.
Tilton, of Detroit, joins the bank with over 18 years of sales management experience. In this role, he will oversee both the commercial and retail lending teams.
Most recently, he worked for Blackstream Creative, based out of McMinnville, Tennessee.

778741_578098-KS-Alyson-GraybillKennebunk Savings has hired Alyson Graybill as vice president, retail market manager for the York branches.
Graybill, of South Berwick, will be responsible for lending in the York market, overseeing the two York branch offices and the overall performance of those branches.


778741_578098-KS-Bill-DehaisWilliam Dehais also joined the organization as senior vice president, chief credit officer.
Dehais, of Cumberland, has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry. Most recently, he was director of residential mortgage and business banking credit administration.


 Norton Financial Services has hired Renée Greatorex as group benefits account specialist.
Greatorex previously served as account manager at Kilbride & Harris in South Portland.



778741_578098-Dennis-Wheelock-CropDennis Wheelock was named senior broker at Magnusson Balfour Commercial and Business Brokers.
Wheelock joined the firm in October of 2012 after owning and operating his own business, Dennis’ Pizza, for 30 years.



778741_578098-CNB_Elliott-BarryCamden National Bank announced the promotion of Elliott Barry to senior vice president, commercial banking officer in Portland.
Barry joined Camden National Bank in September 2012 as vice president, commercial banking officer in Portland.



778741_578098-Kandy-Moreau-InfinitInfinity Federal Credit Union has named Kandy Moreau the new chief lending officer.
Moreau, of Raymond, has been with IFCU since 2012, and has more than 42 years of experience in the financial services industry. Previously, she served as director of lending services.


Biddeford Savings promoted the following individuals on its staff.
778741_578098-ArsenaultAbi Arsenault was named manager of the bank’s branch on Main Street in Biddeford.
Arsenault, of Saco, has over seven years of experience with Biddeford Savings, most recently as assistant branch manager in Biddeford.



778741_578098-HebertRhonda Hebert was promoted to vice president and business banking officer at the Kennebunk branch.
Hebert, of Kennebunk, was formerly the branch manager and residential loan officer in Kennebunk. She has been a member of the Biddeford Savings team for over 14 years and has over 25 years of experience in banking.


778741_578098-BuzulchuckMarcus Buzulchuck, of Sanford, was named assistant vice president, branch manager and loan officer of the bank’s Kennebunk branch. He has been with the Kennebunk branch since the office opened in 2011.



778741_578098-ParisNaomme Paris was hired as assistant vice president, portfolio manager of the bank’s office located at 234 Main St. in Biddeford.
Paris, of Wells, brings to the bank over 20 years of banking experience, most recently as a credit analyst for People’s United Bank.



778741_578098-Pete-St.John_Katahdin Trust Co. recently promoted Peter St. John to executive vice president, commercial services.
St. John, of Winterville Plantation, has 35 years of banking experience. He joined Katahdin Trust in 1995 as vice president and senior commercial lender. In 1999, he was promoted to senior vice president, commercial services.


778741_578098-Heather-ClarkHeather Clark, assistant vice president, marketing officer at Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, has received her Certified Financial Marketing Professional certificate from the American Bankers Association.
Clark, of Gorham, joined SBSI in 2004 and has been in her current role since 2006.


Gorham Savings Bank recently recognized employees Laura Mingione and Samantha Croteau with the 2015 Gorham’s Greatest Customer Service Award.
Mingione is a data processing specialist at the bank’s operations center in Gorham. Croteau is an administrative assistant at the main office in Gorham.

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Carl Chatto takes lead at Baker Newman Noyes as managing principal Mon, 04 Jan 2016 23:12:34 +0000 Baker Newman Noyes announced Monday that Carl Chatto has officially taken the lead as managing principal of the growing accounting firm.

Chatto has succeeded Eleanor “Ellie” Baker, managing principal and a founding member of the firm, who will work closely with Chatto over the next several months to ensure a smooth transition before retiring this summer.

Chatto will be based at the firm’s headquarters in Portland. He previously served as director of audit and currently provides audit and advisory services to a broad spectrum of clients. He is actively involved in several professional and community organizations, including the Maine Historical Society.

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Drummond Woodsum names 5 shareholders, launches new consulting business Mon, 04 Jan 2016 21:51:11 +0000 Drummond Woodsum named five new shareholders: Adrianne Fouts, Rodney Lake, Laurel McClead, Keriann Roman and Christopher Stevenson.

777582_202190-Adrianne-FoutsFouts joined the firm in 2012 and is a member of its trial services group. She works primarily in the area of commercial litigation, representing clients in both federal and state trial and appellate courts. She also advises the firm’s higher education clients with respect to student affairs and Title IX compliance issues.


777582_202190-Rodney-LakeLake is a tax and business lawyer, who represents businesses and owners in transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, financings, restructurings and dispositions, as well as in tax controversies before taxing authorities.



777582_202190-Laurel-McCleadMcClead is a member of the firm’s labor and employment group. She counsels public and private employers on compliance with state and federal employment laws.



777582_202190-Keriann-RomanRoman joined the firm in 2012 and practices in the firm’s municipal and trial services groups. She works with numerous municipalities on a variety of issues including land use matters, municipal finance, tax abatements, town warrants and employment matters.



777582_202190-Christopher-StevensoStevenson joined the firm in 2008 and practices with the firm’s business services and public sector groups. He specializes in the areas of tax and employee benefits law.



Drummond Woodsum also launched a new consulting business, Drummond Woodsum Strategic Consulting.
Toby McGrath, former deputy chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Angus King, was named managing director of DWSC.
McGrath brings 15 years of experience in the legislative and electoral process to assist clients in achieving their legislative, organizational, public policy and electoral goals.
The business offers services including government affairs, organizational development, grassroots organizing and campaigns.

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Law firm briefs Mon, 04 Jan 2016 17:31:36 +0000 NEW HIRES
777377_114530-Alison-TozierAlison Tozier joined Taylor, McCormack and Frame LLC to practice in the areas of civil and criminal litigation, labor and business law, landlord/tenant disputes and family law.
Tozier, a Falmouth High School graduate, graduated from the University of Maine School of Law. She is licensed to practice in Maine and Massachusetts.


Portland law firm Murray Plumb & Murray has hired attorney Amy Phalon to focus on special education matters.
Phalon, of York, previously worked as an attorney at Gibbons Stevens Law Office in Kittery, specializing in special education law, estate planning, family member guardianship, and real estate and land use law.



Pierce Atwood added two people to its government relations team: Elizabeth Frazier, a recent graduate of the UMaine School of Law, is the firm’s newest associate, and Megan Sanborn, who has worked in Maine politics for eight years, joins the firm as a government relations specialist.



Frazier will be advocating on behalf of Pierce Atwood clients in Maine’s Legislature and regulatory agencies. She previously she served as Rep. Chellie Pingree’s scheduler and executive assistant until 2012 when she returned to Maine to pursue her law degree.



777377_114530-Aromando_John_largeJohn Aromando, a firm litigation partner at Pierce Atwood, was named litigation practice group chair.
Aromando succeeds David Barry, who will become the firm’s managing partner. He has been a partner since 1993 and a trial lawyer for more than 30 years. His practice focuses on defending businesses and individuals in complex litigation, for clients in industries as diverse as financial services, energy, pulp and paper, manufacturing, insurance and professional services.


The Berman & Simmons law firm was recently selected as a Tier 1 law firm for its core practice areas, the highest possible achievement, in rankings announced by U.S. News – Best Lawyers.
The firm received Tier 1 rankings in commercial litigation, medical malpractice law for plaintiffs, and personal injury litigation for plaintiffs. Berman & Simmons has been featured in the directory since 2010.

New England Super Lawyers also selected 11 Berman & Simmons attorneys for its 2015 directory.
Attorneys Craig Bramley, Benjamin Gideon, Daniel Kagan, Jodi Nofsinger, Steven Silin, Jack Simmons and Julian Sweet were recognized for excellence in representing clients in personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Attorneys Travis Brennan, Alicia Curtis, Susan Faunce, and Timothy Kenlan were recognized as Rising Stars.

The firm of Skelton Taintor & Abbott received a Tier 1 ranking for the Portland metropolitan region in the U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers 2016 “Best Law Firms” rankings.
The practice areas are insurance law, labor law/union, litigation/tax, product liability litigation/defendants, tax law and trusts and estates.
Eight lawyers from the firm were also named to The Best Lawyers in America: Jill Checkoway, Bryan Dench, Ronald Lebel, Michael Poulin, Norman Rattey, Alan Stone, Stephen Wade and Rebecca Webber.

Jacqueline Moss


Jacqueline Moss and Beth Valentine were named fellows at the first legal incubator in the state of Maine, the Maine Community Law Center, founded by Elizabeth Stout, an established family law practitioner.



Moss will focus her efforts on family, elder and education law. Valentine will focus on food, environmental, estate planning and elder law.
For more information about the program, go to

Attorneys Tom Douglas and Anne Schools, partners at Douglas McDaniel Campo and Schools, were recognized by New England Super Lawyers as top attorneys in Maine.
Douglas was selected as a Super Lawyer for business litigation. Schools was named Rising Star for family law by the industry publication.


The Westbrook law firm also hired Kristen Dorion, a 2015 Maine Law School graduate. During school, Dorion worked for the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project as a family law advocate and for the Cumberland County District Attorney as a student prosecutor. She will practice personal injury law, family law and criminal law.

Attorney Ben Leoni, of Curtis Thaxter, was named a 2015 Rising Star in the area of general litigation by New England Super Lawyers, and Stephanie Albert was recognized as a Rising Star in the area of Real Estate. Attorney John Gleason of Curtis Thaxter was once again recognized by New England Super Lawyers in the area of Health Care.

The Maine State Bar Association Board of Governors named the second annual class of its Leadership Academy.
Members of the class of 2016 include: Alexander Chaiken of Portland; Katherine Griffin of Portland; Robert Hayes of Portland; Scott Lever of Augusta; Matthew Libby of Portland; Andrew Mason of Augusta; Shannon Merrill of Portland; James Mundy of South Berwick; Tina Nadeau of Portland; Taylor Neff of Portland; and Joshua Randlett of Bangor.

777377_114530-Michael-PoulinMichael Poulin, a shareholder at Skelton Taintor & Abbott, was recognized by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers.
Poulin’s practice focuses on corporate and business, healthcare and hospital law, employment law and labor law.


NJR_44 lrg neg new 2012Shareholder Norman Rattey also made the 2016 Best Lawyers in America list.
Rattey’s practice areas include a diverse range of transactional and litigation services. He represents buyers, sellers and lenders in commercial and residential real estate transactions.


Stone, A#7 BW 5x7Alan Stone, a shareholder and former trial practice group leader, made the list again. Stone’s practice areas include energy and public utility law, administrative law, personal injury and general civil and criminal litigation.

Peter Schroeter was named president of the Maine Association of Mediators.
Schroeter, of Shaheen & Gordon, has an AV pre-eminent peer review rating in ADR from Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in Mediation since 2009 and selected to the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

EileenEileen M.L. Epstein and Dennis J. O’Donovan, partners at Epstein and O’Donovan LLP, were named to the 2016 Lawyers of the Year list. TheyDennis O' Donovan 5x7 were recognized for trusts and estates law. O’Donovan was also listed for litigation in trusts and estates.

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Mainers recognized for their hard work Wed, 23 Dec 2015 22:53:04 +0000 AWARDS and RECOGNITION

772037_6920-Laura-HoneyLaura Honey was recognized with the Life Membership Award in the New England Inns & Resorts Association.
The award is given to active members of the association for a minimum of 10 years and have retired from the inn-keeping business.
Honey, of Boothbay, worked for Fisherman’s Wharf Inn in Boothbay Harbor for 50 seasons before retiring in 2014.


Eileen Skinner was recently recognized with the 2016 Women of Distinction Award.
Skinner is president and chief executive officer of Mercy Health System of Maine. The award is given annually to a woman who exemplifies accomplishment, leadership, community involvement and is a role model for girls and young women.

Ed Leveque, former owner of Twin City business and a SCORE volunteer-emeritus, was recognized for his decades of public service by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Leveque was presented with a certificate of appreciation for his 33 years of volunteer service to the Lewiston-Auburn small business community. He owned Jimmy’s Gas stations and diners, eventually operating 11 gas stations, a heating oil storage and delivery service, and two diners, including the landmark Jimmy’s Diner on Minot Avenue in Auburn. Leveque sold the business in 1981, and began his long career as a SCORE volunteer in 1982.

772037_6920-Jane-LafleurJane Lafleur, executive director of Friends of Midcoast Maine and The Community Institute, received the Professional Planner of the Year Award from the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association and from the Maine Association of Planners.
Lafleur was recognized for her 35 years of professional work in community planning and her service to the profession.


Portland wealth management firm R. M. Davis was ranked No. 5 nationally in Bloomberg Markets Top 50 list of registered investment advisers.
R. M. Davis was rated higher than any other firm in New England at $2.8 billion in assets under management and a 25 percent change year over year from June 3, 2013.

772037_6920-perryVan Perry, a representative for Modern Woodmen of America, attained the Fraternal Insurance Counselor designation.
Perry lives in Scarborough. The FIC title is an educational designation that can be earned by career life insurance representatives associated with fraternal insurance societies.


772037_6920-carmen-fortin-newsCarmen Fortin, a registered nurse clinical educator at Central Maine Medical Center, was presented the Maine Emergency Nurses Association Special Merit Award for her work on behalf of the professional organization.
Fortin, of Harpswell, has been an active member of the Maine Emergency Nurses Association for more than 30 years and serves as chair of the organization’s Pediatric Committee.
She has some 35 years’ experience as a practicing emergency nurse.

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Cross Insurance announces six new hires, promotes two Fri, 18 Dec 2015 19:00:35 +0000 769531_19123-Jennifer-ReckmeyerJennifer Reckmeyer joined Cross Insurance as a senior commercial lines account manager.
Reckmeyer has more than 20 years insurance experience at both the agency and company level. She is pursuing her Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation.


769531_19123-Vuthi-RoeunVuthi Roeun recently joined the firm’s Portland branch as a claims manager and will assist with insurance placement for large accounts.
Roeun was previously with United Insurance for 12 years.




769531_19123-Megan-HezlepMegan Hezlep joined the firm as a personal lines producer. Hezlep has more than five years experience in the insurance business. She previously worked for a smaller agency.



769531_19123-Shane-RileyShane Riley was hired as a personal lines account manager. He started in the insurance industry in 2011. He spent the past three years assisting clients with writing new policies and servicing existing policies.



769531_19123-Jessica-ReedJessica Reed joined its Portland branch as a personal lines account manager. She previously worked for Varney Insurance Agency.




769531_19123-Melissa-SousaMelissa Sousa joined the firm as a senior commercial lines account manager.
Sousa has more than 15 years in the insurance industry. She previously worked for Maritime Program Group as manager of recreational marine operations. She holds multiple insurance industry designations and credentials.


769531_19123-Kari-CyrKari Cyr was recently promoted to an assistant personal lines manager. She joined Cross as a personal lines producer in February of this year. Cyr joined the firm with 18 years of personal lines experience.



769531_19123-Kim-PerreaultKim Perreault was promoted to account manager for small business accounts at Cross Insurance. Perreault was previously a team leader for personal lines.

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Businesses move, change hands Wed, 16 Dec 2015 22:03:28 +0000 POC Collision Inc. recently announced it has acquired Sebago Lake Collision from Windham’s pre-owned automotive dealership, Sebago Lake Automotive.
POC will retain Sebago Lake Collision’s staff.

Jared and Kelly Laflin, principals of Laflin Properties LLC, announced the acquisition of The BeachFire Bar & Grill located at 658 Main St., Ogunquit.
The couple purchased the restaurant from Bill Doherty last month. Jared Laflin has been acting general manager of the Route 1 restaurant since March 2015.
The restaurant retained many of the existing staff members.

Lipman & Katz announced it will move its law firm to 5 Community Drive in Augusta.
The firm will officially open at its new location on Jan. 15, 2016.

Rock Lobster Gourmet Popcorn Co. recently opened at 481 Main St. Unit 2 in Springvale Village. In addition to gourmet popcorn, Rock Lobster also sells Haven’s Chocolate’s, Stonewall Kitchen, Hot Sauces made in Maine and bin candy by the pound.

Bill Clifford

Bill’s Original Kitchen is now open in Kittery Foreside at 1 Government St. in Kittery.
Operated by chef and owner Bill Clifford, the 16-seat restaurant features a menu of small plates, a hand-selected wine list and local beer.
Clifford has more than 20 years of food and wine experience.


Earle W. Noyes & Sons Moving Specialists in Portland received the 2015 United Van Lines President’s Quality Award.
The company is a two-time winner of the award, receiving the first in 2009. It was recognized for its quality service as measured by data generated through a survey completed by customers after the move.

Fringe Hair Art in Kennebunkport was recognized by Elle Magazine as one of the top 100 salons in America.
This is the fifth consecutive year that the salon has received the national magazine’s top 100 distinction.

Spurwink, a nonprofit in Portland that provides behavioral health and educational services for children, adults and families throughout Maine, announces that its Portland Help Center is a winner of the Maine Psychological Association 2015 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award.
For 25 years, the clinic has been providing integrated community-based outpatient psychiatric treatment, assertive community treatment and clinical community support to adults with serious mental illness and chemical dependencies.

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Businesses across southern Maine announce new hires Mon, 07 Dec 2015 22:48:04 +0000 NEW HIRES
763265_374271-Karen-ChasseBiddeford School Department hired Karen Chasse as the director of community outreach and development.
Chasse brings more than 17 years of communications, marketing and fundraising experience to her new role. She previously worked for Southern Maine Health Care for 23 years, most recently as the community outreach and development manager.

Regan Flaherty

Regan Flaherty joined the Rogers/Norton Wealth Management Group of Raymond James in Portland as a registered sales associate.
Flaherty, of Portland, graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in financial management.



763265_374271-Mike-DeLucaVets First Choice has hired Michael DeLuca as the company’s new director of integrative medicine programs.
DeLuca, of Arundel, brings more than 20 years experience in development, manufacturing and marketing of holistic and integrative health products.


Competitive Energy Services in Portland recently hired two new associates.
Nate Niles joined as an energy analyst. He was an intern at CES over the summer after he graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in environmental studies and earth and oceanographic science.
Greg Attra was hired as a software developer. He previously worked in politics as a legislative aide for the Maine House of Representatives and as an assistant in the U.S. Senate for Sen. Angus King.


763265_374271-Eric-ThistleElias Law Offices of York has hired Eric Thistle as an associate attorney.
Thistle participated in the criminal law clinic of New England School of Law, and gained experience practicing in courts throughout the Boston area. He now offers legal services in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury and family law in York and Cumberland counties.


763265_374271-Melissa-WinneMelissa Winne joined E2Tech as a project associate, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northern New England under the Technology Occupations through Pathway Strategies grants.
She was previously an intern with E2Tech as a research assistant.


Kristine Richardson joined Diversified Communications as a search engine marketing specialist.
Richardson previously worked for Auto Europe in Portland.
Erin Prunty was also hired as a customer service representative. Prunty was previously employed with OA Centers for Othopaedics.

Thomas College has hired Jill Spencer and Chris Toy as the project managers for the Maine Center for Innovation in education.
Spencer bring more than 30 years of teaching social studies, language arts and technology integration at a middle school. She works with educators internationally, most recently presenting at the Association of International Schools in Africa’s annual conference in Cape Town.
Toy has more than 30 years of experience as a high school teacher, high school assistant principal, middle school principal, university instructor, consultant, presenter and writer. He has worked with educators in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia.

763265_374271-Amanda-JohnsonAmanda Johnson joined Visible Logic as a marketing communications specialist.
Johnson is the newest member of the Visible Logic team. Her previous experience includes more than 10 years of sales outreach, managing social media campaigns and email marketing working in-house at several firms.


763265_374271-Fiona-RobinsonUnited Way of York County recently hired Fiona Robinson as manager of communications and donor development.
Robinson previously worked as a freelance writer and editor. Most recently, she was the editor and associate publisher of SeaFood Business magazine for 17 years. She serves on the board of directors of SeaShare, a Seattle nonprofit that works to provides seafood to food banks nationwide.


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Whitney Harvey

Town & Shore Associates in Portland has hired Whitney Harvey and Lynn Hallett as associate brokers/owners.





Lynn Hallett

Lynn Hallett


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Maine business news and notes Mon, 07 Dec 2015 21:28:46 +0000 0, 07 Jan 2016 16:35:13 +0000 Channel 8 WMTW welcomes new meteorologist Fri, 04 Dec 2015 21:42:47 +0000 761753_374271-WMTW_TedMcInerney_Meteorologist Ted McInerney joins Channel 8 WMTW in January.
McInerney brings eight years of forecasting experience to Maine’s Total Weather Team. He previously worked for television stations in Illinois and Alabama.
He will be delivering the eight-day forecast to Mainers across the area.

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True North announces changes Wed, 02 Dec 2015 18:07:52 +0000 True North announced that as of Jan. 1, 2016, its practitioners will no longer provide health care services to patients in its location on Route 1 in Falmouth.

Rather, it will begin to collate its findings and document the experience of running a nonprofit organization founded to change health care and encourage individuals to live healthier lives through integrative care, education and research, according to a release from its executive director.

Dr. Miles Simmons will continue his psychiatric practice and relocate to a new office in the Portland area. Allie Knowlton and Evelyn Rysdyk of Spirit Passages will continue their shamanic healing practice in Yarmouth. True North will continue to provide supplements through its store.

Family practice doctors Reuben Bell, D.O., and Charles de Sieyes, M.D., and gynecological specialist Bethany Hays, M.D., are retiring as of Jan. 1 and closing their practices.

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Financial institutions across Maine announce new hires, promotions Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:29:19 +0000 NEW HIRES
700718 Kirstyn BirkbeckCommunity Credit Union has hired Kirstyn Birkbeck as a member representative.
Birkbeck has one year of experience working at another financial institution. She lives in Sabattus and attends Central Maine Community College.


700718 Mark StasiumCamden National Bank has hired Mark Stasium as senior vice president, commercial real estate lending officer in Portland.
Stasium, of Portland, was previously a senior loan officer in commercial lending at TD Bank.


700718 Morin, Jennifer-CNBJennifer Morin also joined Camden National Bank as vice president, commercial banking officer.
Morin has 16 years of banking experience and a strong history of partnering with Maine’s businesses.
Morin was previously vice president, senior relationship manager for Bangor Savings Bank.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACynthia Smith joined Portland Integritas Advisors LLC as a financial planner.
Smith brings three years of financial service experience at National Life and Morgan Stanley. She previously worked and consulted with the fishing industry and related regulatory agencies at the state and federal levels.


700718 Peter Nicholson 2015The First N.A. and its parent company, The First Bancorp, has hired Peter Nicholson as vice president, portfolio manager for First Advisors, operating as the investment management and trust division of the bank.
Nicholson most recently worked as a trust investment officer at Bar Harbor Trust Services in Ellsworth. He lives in Bar Harbor.

George Carr joined R. M. Davis as vice president of its firm headquartered in Portland
Carr brings five years of leadership experience in the field. He previously served as senior client adviser for Federal Street Advisors in Boston.

700718 Kathy Joy Anderson Watkins InsuranceAnderson-Watkins Insurance in Westbrook has hired Kathy Joy as a commercial account customer service representative.
Joy previously worked at Averill Insurance Agency, Peerless Insurance and Commercial Union Insurance in several customer focused positions. She brings 27 years of insurance experience to the firm.

Dean Michaud joined Macpage LLC as a manager.
Michaud, of Scarborough, previously worked as a consultant, controller, corporate accounting manager, and an auditor in public accounting.

Allie Ordway of Freeport joined the firm as an audit associate.
Prior to joining the firm, Ordway worked at various retail outlets and at a large energy corporation in Maine.

Mishaela Albright also joined the firm as an audit associate.
Prior to joining the firm, Albright worked in the hospitality industry and also interned with Macpage. She lives in South Portland.

Abby Boissonneault joined Macpage as an audit associate.
She lives in Saco and previously worked as an office manager at a community club in Maine.

700718 Matt GrenierSaco & Biddeford Savings recently promoted Matt Grenier to assistant branch manager of the Scarborough branch.
Grenier, of Saco, started at SBSI in 2008 as a full time teller in Old Orchard Beach. Most recently, he worked as a supervisor at its Biddeford branch.


Camden National Bank promoted Nancy Tracy to senior vice president, retail banking, for central and western Maine.
Tracy will oversee 19 branches from Greenville to Auburn. She joined Camden National Bank in July 2011 as vice president, retail regional manager, for the southern/central region. She has more than 21 years of experience in the banking industry.

Ashley Shawley, assistant vice president at KeyBank, was named manager of its Windham branch.
Previously, Shawley was manager of the Augusta branch in Maine. She joined KeyBank in 2012 as a relationship manager. She lives in Farmingdale. An active member of the community, she serves on the board of Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers.

Salem Advisory Group LLC of Wells announced two promotions.
Kevin Colley was promoted to president, chief compliance officer and portfolio manager. He joined the firm in June of 2009, and most recently served as vice president and portfolio manager.
Prior to joining Salem Advisory Group LLC, he was president and owner of Lighthouse Investments and Financial Services P.A. He lives in Wells.
Jennifer Arps was named the new executive vice president. She has over 23 years of management experience, 16 in the banking/lending and financial services industries. She joined the firm in 2012 as vice president. She previously managed banking offices of both Sovereign Bank and The Bank of Maine (formerly Rivergreen Bank).

700718 janet-audettePerry, Fitts, Boulette and Fitton CPAs recently promoted Janet Audette to senior accountant.
Audette joined PFBF CPAs in 2011. She works closely with nonprofit organizations, small businesses and individuals. She lives in Winslow.


Clint Blood celebrated his 40th anniversary as a financial representative of Northwestern Mutual in Portland.

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Year-end accolades, promotions and new hires Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:50:46 +0000 NEW HIRES
MaineToday Media announced two new hires.
755741_413922-Shamus-AlleyShamus Alley joined the Web development team as director of digital design.
Alley is an artist, interactive Web designer and Web developer. He has experience in digital agencies, with roles such as creative director, front end developer and art director. He was a staff writer/interactive creative director for Rescue Magazine. Most recently, he was a front end developer/designer for Page One Web solutions.
755741_413922-Jason-PafundiJason Pafundi joined the Kennebec Journal as a reporter.
Pafundi has several years of experience in news and media. Most recently, he was a reporter for the Daily Journal corporation in Los Angeles. He was a freelance writer for the Portland Press Herald before being hired at the KJ.




Sage Data Security has appointed Jockel Carter to senior information security adviser.
Carter brings more than 20 years of experience in information technology, including eight years in cybersecurity. Most recently, he worked for Agero as a principal security engineer and the organization’s PCI master.


755741_413922-Jane-BoppJane Bopp joined the team of human resources consultants at KMA Human Resources Consulting of Falmouth.
Bopp, of Falmouth, has more than 15 years of experience in human resources. She will provide consulting and organizational development services to clients throughout Maine and northern New England.


755741_413922-Peter-HarrimanThe Maine Small Business Development Centers has hired Peter Harriman as a business adviser in its Portland office at the University of Southern Maine.
Harriman will provide business advising to new and existing entrepreneurs and small businesses in Cumberland County. Most recently, he worked as a loan specialist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


755741_413922-Karen-Dow-ButlerKaren Dow-Butler joined Chalmers Insurance Group York as a personal lines insurance account manager.
She brings over 30 years of client service experience to the firm. She previously worked as an account manager for notable agencies across New England. She is a home and auto coverage expert.


755741_413922-Rachel-BouchardBath Savings Institution announced the hiring of two new bank officers.
Rachel Bouchard of Topsham joined the bank as the vice president of compliance.
She previously worked for Douglas Title Co. and H&D Title and Closing Services.


755741_413922-Mara-PennellMara Pennell of Harpswell joined as an assistant vice president, commercial lender.
She started in the banking industry in 2002 and brings a broad spectrum of banking experience.



755741_413922-Sarah-PiperBath Savings Institution has promoted Sarah Piper to commercial lender.
Piper, of South Portland, was previously a commercial lending assistant. She joined Bath Savings as a teller in 2013.



The Maine Small Business Development Centers named Steve Lovejoy to center director at its Portland office at the University of Southern Maine.
Lovejoy has been a business adviser with the Maine SBDC for over four years, most recently serving the York County area. He specializes in small-business banking, finance and marketing.

755741_413922-Stephanie-DunnStephanie Dunn was promoted at Unum to a marketing consultant in its Portland office.
She previously worked as a sales coordinator, and most recently as a market specialist in Quote Unum. She lives in Portland.


SmartCatalog in Westbrook has promoted Christine Cook to business manager.
Cook was previously a bookkeeper. The company recently moved into newly renovated offices at the Dana Warp Mill and maintains an office in Washington, D.C.

755741_413922-Michelle-RaberMichelle Raber, owner of the Raber State Farm Insurance Agency in Scarborough, earned the Chartered Financial Consultant designation awarded by the American College of Financial Services.
Raber, of Scarborough, received the designation following completion of an extensive educational program for financial services professionals. She has been with State Farm for 22 years.

State Sen. Rebecca Millett of Cape Elizabeth was named to the Maine Alliance for Arts Education board of directors.

The Center for Guardianship Certification announced that Teri McRae is now a National Certified Guardian.
McRae, of Portland, has provided guardianship services for seven years and serves anyone with fiduciary or guardianship needs. She served four years as registrar of probate in Cumberland County before starting her own practice.

Adele Nichols, a senior account manager at Clark Insurance of Portland, was recently was named Insurance Professional of the Year at the Maine State Council Annual Meeting of the International Association of Insurance Professionals.
Nichols has worked in the insurance industry since 2003.

Tedford Housing recently elected two new officers to its board of directors.
Sally Loving of Brunswick is a self-employed communications consultant for advocacy groups in Washington, D.C., and New York.
Joyce McPhetres of Topsham is the chief human resources officer at Community Health Options.

755741_413922-Jillian-RichThe Junior League of Portland recently announced the appointment of Jillian Rich as president for 2017-18.
Rich, of Portland, has been an active member of the Junior League of Portland for over five years and held multiple leadership roles. She currently serves on its board of directors as vice president of the mentoring and placement council. She spent the past four years working as a marketing and community relations at Bangor Savings Bank, where she currently serves as assistant vice president and senior marketing coordinator.

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Mitchell & Associates, PDT Architects expand staff; architects recognized Wed, 11 Nov 2015 19:50:46 +0000 NEW HIRES
749009_663028-Seth-KimballSeth Kimball, a landscape architect, recently joined the staff at Mitchell & Associates Landscape Architects in Portland.
Kimball brings more than 12 years of design experience and project management to M&A. Most recently, he was a project manager at Michael Boucher Landscape Architecture in Freeport and worked as a designer at Gawron Turgeon Architects in Scarborough.


Adam McKinnon

PDT Architects has hired Adam McKinnon as a project manager for multi-family housing and K through 12 school projects.
McKinnon comes to PDT from Blackney Hayes Architects in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was a project architect and technology manager. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Drexel University since 2013, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in BIM/Revit software.

749009_663028-Carol-GillisThe American College of Healthcare Architects has announced that Carol Gillis, principal at Harriman Architects and Engineers, has earned her board certificate in health care architecture.
Gillis has more than 20 years of experience in health care design and leads Harriman’s Healthcare Design Studio.


Alpha One and the American Institute of Architects, Maine Chapter recently celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by honoring Maine’s top examples of accessible architecture.
Two top awards, called the Honor Awards, were awarded. The first went to Bucksport architect John Gordon for the design of 363HOUSE for his client and daughter Jessica. Jessica is a C6/C7 quadriplegic – paralyzed from mid-chest down with limited use of arms and hands. The design mandate for 363HOUSE was to support Jessica’s abilities and minimize barriers to an accessible life.
The second award went to WBRC Architects ∙ Engineers for their renovation of the Cross Insurance Arena. The renovations were designed to attract and accommodate larger shows and events, while offering visitors safer and equal access to Portland’s premier sports and entertainment venue.

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Maine financial advisers, bankers take on new roles Mon, 09 Nov 2015 21:07:26 +0000 NEW HIRES

• Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has hired Jeff Charland as vice president, regional relationship manager.

Charland, of Rockport, will work from the Rockland branch, 245 Camden St. He was previously with athenahealth as manager of credentialing services.

• Howard Strang recently joined Academy Mortgage as manager of its Portland branch.

Strang has more than 10 years of experience in the mortgage business. He brings experience as a loan originator for Pelican Capital, Arian & Associates and NE Moves Mortgage LLC.

• Jay Flower joined H.M. Payson in Portland as a portfolio manager.

Flower brings over 15 years of experience in portfolio management and investments. Most recently, he was a vice president and portfolio manager with Old Port Advisors in Portland.

• Emma Church joined Charter Oak Capital Management LLC as a registered investment adviser.

Church began her career as a financial adviser with Morgan Stanley. In her new role she will be a financial planner for the firm’s clients. She also serves as a member of the board of directors for Caring Unlimited.

• Peter Nicholson joined The First, N.A. as vice president, portfolio manager for First Advisors, operating as the investment management and trust division of the bank.

Nicholson most recently worked as a trust investment officer at Bar Harbor Trust Services in Ellsworth.

He lives in Bar Harbor and has an office there.

• Abraham Dugal joined Allen Insurance and Financial as a financial adviser.

Dugal, of Camden, worked in the financial services industry in the Boston area for almost 10 years before returning home to Maine. He previously worked for Cambridge Associates as director of U.S. investment operations.

• D. Robinson Snow joined Bangor Savings Bank as vice president and senior fiduciary officer of the bank’s wealth management group.

He has worked in the trust and financial services industry for over 25 years. He joined the bank from Concord Trust Co. in New Hampshire, where he managed its client relationship team.


• Scott Kenney was promoted to director of wealth management for Bangor Savings Bank.

Kenney, of Hampden, joined Bangor Savings in 1999 and has served in various roles in the wealth management department. Most recently, he was senior vice president and chief investment officer.

• cPort Credit Union recently promoted Theresa Bliss to senior member service representative.

Bliss joined cPort in 2013 as a member service representative with 21 years of banking experience.

• cPort also promoted Alicia Roberts to human resources coordinator.

Roberts began her career at cPort in 2013 as executive assistant.

• TD Bank has promoted Andrew Love to branch manager at 95 Main St. in Gorham.

Love, of Portland, has 10 years of retail banking experience. He joined TD Bank in 2011 as assistant branch manager at the Maine Mall Road location in South Portland. Most recently, he served in a similar role in the store at One Portland Square in Portland.

• Kennebunk Savings recently announced executive management promotions.

Dennis Byrd was promoted to senior executive vice president. Byrd, of Gorham, is the bank’s chief operating officer and oversees information technology strategy and deployment, corporate facilities administration, deposit services and credit administration. He has been with Kennebunk Savings since 2007.

Lynn Howe was promoted to executive vice president and named the chief sales and delivery officer. She began working for Kennebunk Savings in 1998 as a commercial lender and was later promoted to corporate lending team leader. She lives in Arundel.

Jill Peter was promoted to executive vice president. Peter, of Gorham, is the company’s chief risk officer. She joined Kennebunk Savings in 2009 as the bank’s senior vice president of credit administration.


• Katahdin Bankshares Corp., parent company of Katahdin Trust Co., announced the retirement of board director Robert Anderson, of Bangor.

Kimberley Niles, of Scarborough, was elected to fill Anderson’s unexpired term.

Niles, of Scarborough, is the managing director and chief financial officer for Constant Energy Capital Management in Portland. She is also a founder and consultant for VC CFO Services LLC, a financial consulting firm in Scarborough.


• Bath Savings Institution recently honored employees for their commitment to exceptional service and customer relationships at the 2015 Employee Recognition Night in Bath.

The winners include Julie Chew, of the South Portland office, who was recognized as an exceptional customer service representative.

Emmie Carrigan, a teller in Yarmouth, received the exceptional teller award. Sarah Peters, assistant branch manager in Damariscotta, received the neighbor-to-neighbor award for her commitment to community service. Hope Rainey was voted as most helpful internal support person. She is a deposit services clerk II in Bath. The Damariscotta Branch was awarded the 2015 Relationship Builder Award.


• SIS Bank donated $450 to the Sanford-Springvale YMCA through its promotion, “SIS Touchdowns for Good” initiative.

In partnership with WBLM-FM of Portland, SIS Touchdowns for Good gives $50 to a local non-profit organization for every touchdown thrown by the Patriots’ quarterback throughout the regular season. The donation will support the YMCA’s efforts in developing the potential of kids, improving individual health and well-being, and giving back to and supporting our neighbors.

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Construction industry hires, promotions Tue, 03 Nov 2015 02:00:00 +0000 NEW HIRES
Landry/French Construction Co. added four people to its staff.
743604_548394-Chuck-Pollock-1Chuck Pollock joined the company as superintendent. He brings nearly 30 years of experience in commercial construction, including 28 years with a local contractor.



743604_548394-Nick-Duncan-1Nick Duncan joined as assistant project manager.
Duncan brings five years of industry experience, most recently working for PC Construction and Consigli.



743604_548394-Jim-GardnerJim Gardner was hired as director of preconstruction services.
He has 30 years of experience in the commercial construction industry, most recently as senior estimator at Consigli.



743604_548394-Jon-Sirois-1Jon Sirois joined as project manager.
Sirois has more than 12 years of project management experience specializing in health care, commercial and municipal projects. He previously worked for a national contractor in Virginia working on projects at The Pentagon, U.S. Naval Academy and Andrews Air Force Base.

Chase Custom Homes & Finance Inc. of Westbrook recently announced two new hires.
548394 Liz PrybyloLiz Prybylo joined as marketing manager. She has been working in real estate and development for more than nine years, most recently as a marketing coordinator in greater Boston.


Kathy Hallee

Kathy Hallee joined as administrative coordinator. Most recently, she provided support services to the SAD17 school system.



Chase Custom Homes & Finance Inc. of Westbrook promoted two on its staff.
743604_548394-Eric-HalleeEric Hallee was promoted to president. Hallee owned his own successful construction company for many years before joining the Chase Custom Homes.



743604_548394-William-NooneWilliam Noone was promoted to sales manager. Noone has several years of experience in new construction and sales.



The redevelopment of an abandoned mill building in Sanford was recognized with a Phoenix Award celebrating outstanding execution in cleaning up a former brownfield site and transforming it into a significant community asset.
The redevelopment of Sanford Mill took seven years from start to finish, according to Josh Benthien, a partner at Northland Enterprises. The mill is a mixed-use development that includes residential units, office and retail space.

National Association of Women in Construction Maine Chapter 276 recently inducted a new board of officers and directors.
The board of officers include: Robin Wood, of Reed & Reed, who will serve as president; Heather Berlinski, of Kleinfelder, as vice president; Bethany Martin, of Reed & Reed, as treasurer; Mackenzie Kersbergen, of the Maine Department of Transportation, as recording secretary; and Lori Gile, of Auburn Concrete, as corresponding secretary.
The board of directors includes: Margo Walsh, of Maine Works; Rachel Theriault, of All States Asphalt Inc; Brooke Glidden, of Kleinfelder; and Kyla Magnusson, of Preferred Construction Management.

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Spurwink announces new hire, promotions and award Fri, 30 Oct 2015 18:42:06 +0000 Spurwink, a nonprofit that provides behavioral health and educational services, has hired and promoted the following people:

741839_548394-Abby-PeckAbby Peck joined as director of annual giving and special events. Peck came to Spurwink from New York City, where she served as director of special events at Hetrick-Martin Institute, a youth agency serving 2,000 LGBTQ young people annually. Prior to that, she was the marketing manager at Women Make Movies, a documentary film distribution and production company.

741839_548394-Misty-MarstonMisty Marston was promoted to program director for Spurwink at Cornville. Marston previously worked as the associate program director of residential treatment for Spurwink.


Whitney Taggart

Whitney Taggart was promoted to assistant program director – residential at Spurwink’s Chelsea program. Taggart, who received a master’s degree in social work at Boston College, has worked at Spurwink since 2003 in a variety of roles, most recently as a clinician at the Chelsea location.

Spurwink also announced that its Portland Help Center was recognized by the Maine Psychological Association with its 2015 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award.
The center is a mental health clinic in downtown Portland that provides integrated community-based outpatient psychiatric treatment, assertive community treatment and clinical community support to adults with serious mental illness and chemical dependencies.
The awards program recognizes organizations that make a commitment to programs and policies that foster employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance and productivity.

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United Nations to honor ‘kayaking grandmother,’ one of six Rotary Global Women of Action Thu, 29 Oct 2015 21:49:47 +0000 Deb Walters

Deb Walters

Deb Walters, a member of the Rotary Club of Unity who is on a solo kayak expedition from Maine to Guatemala to raise awareness for Safe Passage, was chosen as one of six Rotary Global Women of Action.
She will be recognized on Nov. 7, World Rotary Day, at the United Nations in New York for her service to the people of Guatemala and her efforts to help break the cycle of multi-generational poverty.
Walters, a retired cognitive scientist, currently serves on the board for the Yarmouth-based non-profit Safe Passage (Camino Seguro). The organization provides education, health care, counseling, nutrition and community services to the children and families living in the Guatemala City garbage dump community. Working with other Rotarians, Walters has helped provide funds, leadership and hands-on service to that community. Most recently, she set out to complete a solo kayak expedition from Maine to Guatemala to raise $425,000 for Safe Passage’s programs, which serve nearly 2,400 students and their families—both young and old— every day.
“I am humbled that my service in Guatemala is being recognized by Rotary International and the United Nations,” said Walters said in a press release. “Achieving this level of recognition on the world stage will go a long way to bringing international attention to the plight of so many families in need. Through global collaboration, together we can lift these families out of chronic poverty and offer them hope for the future.”

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Maine Medical Center, other health care providers, announce staff changes Wed, 28 Oct 2015 21:27:38 +0000 NEW HIRES

David Burke

David Burke, M.D., a surgeon with more than 20 years of experience, joined the staff of Central Maine Surgical Associates in Lewiston.
Burke brings more than 10 years of service as a general and trauma surgeon, and as a critical care physician at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
For the past five years, he served as EMMC’s trauma medical director and co-director of the intensive care unit.



Maine Medical Center added three new physicians to its staff.
740539_830605-Ferguson.Michael.15Michael Ferguson, M.D., has joined the MMC’s Department of Pediatrics. Most recently, he was a Pediatric Critical Care Fellow at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.





740539_830605-Conroy-KelleyKelley Conroy, M.D., has joined Maine Medical Partners – Women’s Health Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Conroy recently completed a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at Tufts, while also focusing on clinical research.





740539_830605-London-GenevieveGenevieve London, M.D., has joined MMP – Westbrook Pediatrics. London was previously a pediatric hospitalist at Central Maine Medical Center.






740539_830605-Derek-AhlThe Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership has hired Derek Ahl as a new facilitator-trainer and executive coach.
For the past 20 years, Ahl has been working with leaders across a variety of industries including health care, to drive individual and organizational effectiveness through the implementation of systems thinking, applied learning and interpersonal behavior practices and solutions.


Maine Medical Center has promoted Baird Mallory, M.D., to surgical specialty medical director and associate service line physician leader.
A former primary care and emergency medicine physician, Mallory is board certified in general and pediatric surgery. He joined MMC in 2005, most recently serving as division director of Maine Medical Partners – Pediatric Surgery.

Maine Medical Center’s Weight & Wellness Program was recently awarded a Comprehensive Center accreditation, as earned from the American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.
This recognition highlights the program’s commitment to providing and supporting quality improvement and patient safety efforts for metabolic and bariatric surgery.

740539_830605-Carl-DeMarsCarl DeMars, M.D., a primary care physician with Mid Coast Medical Group in Bath, recently completed the fundamentals of value-based health care certificate program with The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.
The year-long training provides insight and skills to improve health care delivery. DeMars, who is also the senior medical director of the hospital’s accountable care program, plans to integrate the strategies and concepts learned through the Dartmouth Institute program to help navigate the challenges of patient-centered, high-value health care.


David G. Fitz, M.D.

David Fitz, M.D. is planning to retire Nov. 1 after 28 years of practice as a plastic surgeon with Plastic & Hand Surgical Associates.
Fitz has also served as a member of the teaching faculty of the Lahey Clinic, and as an assistant clinical professor at Maine Medical Center for Tufts University School of Medicine.





Dr. Brian Boynton

Dr. Brian Boynton

Dr. James Pound, a dentist who has practiced in Gray Center for 20 years, is making a transition to retirement.
He sold his dental office, formerly known as Total Family Dentistry, to Dr. Brian Boynton, of Cumberland. As part of the sale, Boynton changed the name of the practice to Patriot Dental.
Pound and Boynton will work together over the next two years, as Pound transitions to part-time work.
Boynton and his wife Marcy have been operating Yarmouth Dental for the past 17 years.

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Law firms announce hires, attorneys recognized Mon, 26 Oct 2015 19:55:22 +0000 NEW HIRES
739057_329652-Jordan-PayneSkelton Taintor & Abbott has hired Jordan Payne as an associate attorney.
Payne will practice in the areas of employment law, labor law, family law, commercial litigation and civil rights litigation. Most recently, she worked as a legal intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office Civil Division in Portland and as judicial intern for the Honorable Norman H. Stahl of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.


739057_329652-TSmallTed Small also joined the firm as a shareholder.
Small’s practice will include complex commercial and business litigation and arbitration, construction law, real estate litigation, and municipal and government law. Prior to joining Skelton Taintor & Abbott, Small was associated with another Maine law firm.

739057_329652-Ann_M_FreemanAnn Freeman joined Bernstein Shur in Portland as a counsel attorney in the firm’s municipal and governmental services and labor and employment practice groups.
Freeman previously served as associate corporation counsel for the city of Portland, as ethics and compliance manager for Bath Iron Works, and as a litigation associate at a Portland-based firm.

739057_329652-Rachel-SearsAttorney Rachel White Sears joined Murray Plumb & Murray in Portland, where she will focus on commercial transactions and commercial litigation.
Most recently, Sears worked as a law clerk to Judge John Woodcock Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine. She lives in Portland.

739057_329652-Susan-BryantSusan Bryant joined Verrill Dana’s Portland office as counsel in its business and corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities law groups.
Bryant previously practiced at her own boutique firm, Bryant Law PC, since 1997.



Martha Gaythwaite

Martha Gaythwaite

Verrill Dana attorneys Martha Gaythwaite and Karen Frink Wolf were named to the fourth edition of Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation for the second consecutive year.
Gaythwaite and Frink Wolf joined Verrill Dana in the firm’s 2013 merger with Friedman Gaythwaite Wolf.

Karen Wolf

Karen Wolf

Gaythwaite now serves as the chair of the firm’s litigation and trial group. Frink Wolf is chair of its professional liability group.






Three lawyers at Berman & Simmons were named as “Lawyer of the Year” for their practice areas, in a report issued this week by Best Lawyers in America 2016.
Steven Silin was recognized for his work in medical malpractice law for plaintiffs.
Benjamin Gideon was recognized for personal injury litigation for plaintiffs.
Daniel Kagan was recognized for product liability litigation for plaintiffs.
In total, six Berman & Simmons attorneys were individually selected for inclusion in the publication.
Gideon for his work in civil rights law, medical malpractice, personal injury and product liability; Kagan for medical malpractice, personal injury and product liability; Jodi Nofsinger for medical malpractice; Silin for medical malpractice and personal injury; Jack Simmons for bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, medical malpractice, personal injury, and product liability; and Julian Sweet for medical malpractice and personal injury.

Drummond Woodsum announced that seven of its attorneys were selected by their peers as “Lawyer of the Year” for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America.
Attorney Jerrol Crouter was recognized for litigation, construction law; Melissa Hewey for employment law; Michael High for closely held companies and family businesses law; Benjamin Marcus for bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights, insolvency and reorganization law; William Plouffe for litigation, land use and zoning law; Daniel Rose for labor law, management; and Amy Tchao for education law.
In addition, 30 of its attorneys were named to The Best Lawyers in America list.

Jill Checkoway

Skelton Taintor & Abbott shareholder Jill Checkoway was named to the Best Lawyers in America list.
Checkoway has more than 30 years of experience. Her practice focuses on probate administration, wills and trusts, estate and gift tax planning and pre and post marital agreements.
The law firm’s chairman of the board of directors


Bryan Dench

Bryan Dench was also named to the list for the 18th time.
Dench’s practice includes mergers and acquisitions, administrative law, business, collective bargaining, corporate real estate, entity formation, estate planning and family business planning.

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Sea Bags named official partner of 2016 Atlantic Cup Mon, 26 Oct 2015 18:04:22 +0000 Sea Bags, designers and manufacturers of handmade items from recycled sails, was named an official partner of the 2016 Atlantic Cup.

The event, presented by 11th Hour Racing, spans 1,000 nautical miles and is the longest offshore race on the Eastern seaboard. The fifth edition of the race will start May 28 in Charleston, South Carolina. Teams will sail to New York for a brief stopover, then compete in the second leg of the race, 350 nautical miles to Portland, home-base for the Sea Bags business. The race ends with two days of inshore racing on Casco Bay.

“We’re so proud to be a part of the Atlantic Cup race,” Beth Shissler, president of Sea Bags said in a press release. “Its mission of being the most environmentally sustainable sailing race in the U.S. aligns perfectly with our own brand, which was founded on the principles of recycling and promoting a more sustainable way of life, in order to preserve our oceans for generations to come.”

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Berman & Simmons, Bernstein Shur among those recognizing ‘Super Lawyers’ and ‘Rising Stars’ Fri, 23 Oct 2015 19:57:01 +0000 AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
The following Berman & Simmons attorneys were recognized as New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars:
Attorneys Craig Bramley, Benjamin Gideon, Daniel Kagan, Jodi Nofsinger, Steven Silin, Jack Simmons, and Julian Sweet were recognized for excellence in representing clients in personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Attorneys Travis Brennan, Alicia Curtis, Susan Faunce, and Timothy Kenlan were recognized as Rising Stars.

Bernstein Shur recently announced that 27 of its attorneys were named to 2015 New England Super Lawyers. Of those ranked, 13 were named Rising Stars.
The following attorneys were recognized as super lawyers by practice area: Patrick Scully, of Portland, was recognized for his practice in administrative law; D. Sam Anderson, of Yarmouth; and Robert Keach, of Falmouth, for bankruptcy business; Andru Volinsky, of Concord, New Hampshire; Paul McDonald, of Cape Elizabeth; Daniel Mitchell, of Scarborough, for business litigation; George Burns, of Falmouth, for construction litigation; Edward Shumaker, III, of Concord, New Hampshire; Patricia Peard, of Cumberland Foreside; and Ronald Schneider Jr., of Wells, for employment and labor: Michael Hodgins, of Pittsfield, for general litigation; Kenneth Lehman, of Cumberland, for health care; Emily Gray Rice, of Concord, New Hampshire, for professional liability, defense; and Charles Miller, of Portland, for real estate.
The attorneys named as rising stars include: Helen Sterling Coburn, of Cumberland, for business/corporate; Asha Echeverria, of Cumberland, for construction litigation; Steven Gerlach, of North Yarmouth for tax; Molly Barker Gilligan, of North Yarmouth, for health care; Katherine Joyce, of Scarborough, for energy and resources; Kathryn McGintee, of Yarmouth, for employment and labor; Shoshana Cook Mueller, of North Yarmouth, for state/local/municipalities; Edward Sackman, of Concord, New Hampshire for business litigation; David Schneider, of South Portland, for employee benefits; Joshua Silver, of Cumberland, for technology transactions; Hawley Strait, of Yarmouth, for real estate; and Kathryn Wallace, of South Portland, for estate and probate.

Attorneys Rebecca Webber and Stephen Wade, of Skelton Taintor & Abbott, were named New England Super Lawyers.
Webber was recognized for her work in employment and labor. Wade was recognized for his work in personal injury general: plaintiff.

Thompson & Bowie, LLP in Portland announced the following attorneys were named New England Super Lawyers:
James Bowie was recognized for his work in professional liability, defense; Mark Franco for personal injury general, defense; Robert Hatch for professional liability, defense; and Leonard Langer for transportation/maritime.
The firm also announced that the following lawyers were chosen as rising stars: Hillary Bouchard for civil litigation, defense; Twain Braden for transportation/maritime; Jason Donovan, professional liability, defense; Sarah Yantakosol Gayer, professional liability, defense; and Rosie Williams, for civil rights.

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Maine Medical Partners adds 4 physicians Wed, 21 Oct 2015 20:06:27 +0000 Maine Medical Partners, an affiliate of Maine Medical Center, added four physicians to its practice.

Joseph Rappold

Joseph Rappold, M.D., and Jaswin Sawhney, M.D., joined its surgical care acute care surgery team.
Dr. Rappold was previously an associate professor of surgery at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He’s a retired U.S. Navy captain with 29 years of active service and multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.


Jaswin Sawhney

Dr. Sawhney completed a fellowship at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he worked in surgical critical care. His experience also includes seven years in a rural surgery practice in Minnesota.




Nicole Geissen

Nicole Geissen, D.O., and Michael Robich, M.D.,joined the cardiographs surgery team.
Dr. Geissen completed her general surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Horizon, where she was chief resident in the department of general surgery and department of medical education. She completed her cardiothoracic surgery residency at Rush University Medical Center.


735765_290364-Michael-RobichRobich completed his residency in general surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He completed a research fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Brown University, and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.



Amanda Foster

Bedard Pharmacy & Medical Supplies has hired Amanda Foster as a pharmacist.
Foster is a 2015 graduate of the University of New England College of Pharmacy, where she was a member of professional pharmacy fraternity Lambda Kappa Sigma. Originally from Epping, New Hampshire, she will work in the Lewiston-Auburn community.


290364 Melissa O’NealResources First Foundation has hired Melissa O’Neal as director of development and outreach.
O’Neal brings more than 25 years of experience in public affairs, political outreach, legislative initiatives and fundraising. She spent the last 12 years at Preti Flaherty as special projects coordinator for its energy and telecommunications department.


735765_290364-Plimpton-SarahSarah Plimpton has joined Waynflete as director of development.
Plimpton, of Portland, was previously vice president at CCS, an international fundraising consulting firm. While at CCS, she led major capital campaigns for a number of Maine nonprofits including Hospice of Southern Maine, the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, Eastern Maine Medical Center, the Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges and the Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship and Research Institute.

735765_290364-McKinnon-AdamPDT Architects has hired Adam McKinnon as a project manager for multi-family housing and K-12 school projects.
McKinnon previously worked at Blackney Hayes Architects in Philadelphia, where he was a project architect and technology manager.


Andrew Kalloch has joined Macpage LLC as an audit associate.
Kalloch, of South Portland, is a 2015 University of Southern Maine graduate with degrees in accounting and finance. Prior to joining the firm, he was a tax intern at a CPA firm in Portland and as an accounting intern at a major communications company.

735765_290364-Lauren-KlibanskyLauren Klibansky joined the team of consultants at KMA Human Resources Consulting of Falmouth.
Klibansky, of Falmouth, has more than 10 years of human resources experience in the fields of higher education and financial services.




Tom Morse joined Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine as a sales and development representative for southern Maine.
Morse, of Peaks Island, has worked as both art director and copywriter at an advertising firm in Portland; creative director at McDonald/O’Meara Communication in Portland, and as an agency principal and creative director at Woodbury & Morse Advertising, which he will continue to lead.

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Clark Insurance elects board officers; Mainers recognized Tue, 20 Oct 2015 21:00:20 +0000 BOARD APPOINTMENTS
Clark Insurance elected new officers to its board of directors.
658245 Ken RossKenneth Ross of South Portland was elected chairman of the board. He joined the agency in 1989 and has served as the agency’s president since 2010.





658245 G. Jeffrey ShawG. Jeffrey Shaw of Saco was elected president. Shaw joined the agency in 2004 and most recently served as executive vice president and sales manager.





658245 Jeffrey LindJeffrey Lind of Limington was elected executive vice president. He has served as a vice president and currently serves as treasurer. He joined the agency in 1993.





Maine Maritime Museum has elected William Gemmill and Jennifer Yahr to its board of trustees.
658245 Bill GemmillGemmill spent 15 years as an owner of small-business franchises and served as a financial adviser with Ameriprise. He is also a maritime historian who lives in Wiscasset.




658245 Jennifer YahrYahr, of Falmouth, is a psychotherapist, facilitator, consultant and educator. She is a practitioner with 202 Behavioral Health, principal with DBT Maine LLC and partner in Brunswick Psychotherapy Associates.




658245 Bernard (Bernie) WymanBernard Wyman Jr. joined the board of directors of Plant Memorial Home in Bath.
He retired from Bath Iron Works in 1995 with more than 36 years of service.




Delta Dental Plan of Maine recently elected Audree Park, DDS, to its board of directors.
Park is the primary dentist and owner of MDI Dental Arts PC in Bar Harbor. She is also the co-founder of Caring Hands of Maine Dental Center in Ellsworth. She currently provides services through its mobile dental clinics to rural and island communities.

James Delamater, former president of Northeast Bank and Northeast Bancorp, joined the board of directors for Spinnaker Trust.
He is an accomplished business and banking leader with extensive financial services experience. He is a partner with Delamater/Farris and president of Delamater Financial Consulting Group.

658245 Deb WentworthDeborah Wentworth of Clark Insurance has earned the insurance designation of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter.
Wentworth, of Falmouth, is the agency’s director of business insurance services in three states.




658245 Kerry Dor.

Kerry Dor

Kerry Dor and Donna Spencer, both of Saco, were named “Caregiver of the Month” for August by Comfort Keepers, a provider of in-home support services for older adults in southern Maine.

Donna Spencer

Donna Spencer












Jason Foster trialDeputy District Attorney Meg Elam was assigned to spearhead prosecutions of sex trafficking and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation in Cumberland County.




658245 Susan McPartlan

Susan McPartlan joined the Portland Chapter of SCORE as a volunteer mentor.
McPartlan, of Portland, brings a range of financial planning experience, with a focus on small-business issues.




Lighthouse Foot and Ankle Center in Portland has moved to a new location, 23 Spring St., Suite B, in Scarborough.

Community Concepts Finance Corp. has provided Argo Marketing Group the financing needed to expand in Maine.
Argo made news recently by being named the 2014 fastest growing private company in by Inc. magazine. With the acquisition of its newly acquired iYogi contract, Argo is expected to hire another 200 skilled employees.

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New program director for UMaine Alumni Association Tue, 20 Oct 2015 08:00:00 +0000 658245 Annie CambridgeAnnie Cambridge joined the University of Maine Alumni Association as director of alumni programs.
Cambridge, of Bangor, was previously the membership and convention sales coordinator for the Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau.



658245 Conor BeliveauConor Beliveau joined Northland Enterprises as development officer.
He was previously the marketing director at a commercial mill property in southern Maine. He’s a licensed real estate broker.




The following people joined Diversified Communications:
Stephanie Gildart joined as a marketing coordinator, digital and events. She previously worked for Kennebunk Savings.
Heidi Weeks joined as a sales representative.
Glenn Dulberg joined as an account executive. He was previously with JD Media in New York.
Patrick Rudman joined as lead web designer. He was previously with CD&M Communications in Portland.

658245 elizabeth-limerickThe University of Maine School of Law hired Elizabeth Limerick as director of advancement and external affairs.
She served for more than 10 years as director of planned giving at Bates College. Most recently, she was director of development and outreach at Hospice of Southern Maine.



658245 Dr-Rodney VoisineRodney Voisine, M.D., was appointed to the office of associate chief medical officer at Community Health Options.
He is board certified in anesthesiology and obesity medicine. He maintains an active practice in South Portland and Augusta.



658245 Kevin CerroniPeoplesChoice Credit Union in Wells recently hired Kevin Cerroni as assistant branch manager.
He brings more than 13 years of finance experience, previously holding a leadership position with The Bank of Maine.




658245 Marjorie LoveIsland Nursing Home has hired Marjorie Love as its new administrator.
She is a licensed, multilevel long-term care administrator who has worked at nursing homes in Saco, Mechanic Falls and Farmington. She also has more than 40 years of experience managing Maine nonprofits.
She succeeds Marc Plourde, who retired last month.


658245 Bernard OuelletteBernard Ouellette joined Thomas College as the new executive vice president.
He joins the college after a long career with Hannaford supermarkets, where he most recently served as director, retail strategy implementation. He has extensive experience in strategic development and planning, change management leadership and collaborative leadership.



658245 Brooke Butler

Brooke Butler

Brooke Butler and Erin Burgess, of Dehler Animal Clinic in Westbrook, have earned their associate degree’s in veterinary technology from Penn Foster College.

They will now advance in their careers from veterinary assistant to veterinary technician.




Erin Burgess

Erin Burgess

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People On the Move: Oct. 15 Thu, 15 Oct 2015 18:56:12 +0000 NEW HIRES
890899 Dr. Edward GilmoreMDI Hospital has named Dr. Edward Gilmore as its first chief medical officer.
He will serve as a liaison between the medical staff, the administration and the hospital’s board of trustees. He will also work to represent the hospital’s medical staff and provide physician input regarding budget issues and other administrative concerns. He will continue to serve as the hospital’s chief of medicine.


890899 Manuela ArundelMilestone Foundation has hired of Manuela Arundel as new director of development.
She brings more than 10 years of experience in nonprofit social services, housing and education sectors. She previously served as director of development for the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, and as an associate for philanthropic equity for the Housing Partnership Network. She also served as general manager of ITNAmerica, a nonprofit transportation service for seniors in the Greater Portland area.

20120727 Head shots of Mike Stair and Dale Stair at their home in Cumberland on 7/26//2012. by M.KATHLEEN KELLY/FOR STAIR

Michael Stairs was named chief operating officer of Care & Comfort.
He brings nearly 30 years of business, financial, IT and operational management experience. He previously worked for Seniors Plus/Elder Independence of Maine. Most recently, he was chief operating officer of a company that provides direct home health care services.



890899 peter higginsDr. Peter Higgins, an interventional cardiologist, joined the staff at Central Maine Medical Center.
He is practicing with Central Maine Heart Associates, a comprehensive cardiology practice with its main offices at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute in Lewiston.



Island Nursing Home has hired Marjorie Love as its new administrator.
She is a licensed, multilevel long-term care administrator who has worked at nursing homes in Saco, Mechanic Falls and Farmington. She also has more than 40 years of experience managing Maine nonprofits.
She succeeds Marc Plourde, who retires Friday after more than 11 years at the helm.

Matthew Perry was promoted to community education and communications coordinator at Family Crisis Services.
He has worked as a trained domestic violence advocate for Family Crisis Services since 1999. He was the first man in Maine to staff one of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence 24-hour domestic violence crisis hot lines. He has facilitated over a thousand programs to more than 100,000 community members over his 16-year tenure.

Spurwink has announced that it will honor the Volk family of Scarborough for their autism awareness advocacy.
Derek Volk has recently written a book, “Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Autism Spectrum.” He is president and co-owner of Volk Packaging Corp. in Biddeford. Amy Volk is the state senator for District 30, which includes most of Buxton and Scarborough and all of Gorham. Dylan Volk, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of 8, has joined his father in speaking publicly about autism and contributed to his father’s book. Daughters Mariah, Lilly and Serena Volk will also be among the honorees.

Kenneth McCall III was recognized by the Maine Pharmacy Association with its Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding community service.
He is an employee of the University of New England. He is actively involved in the pharmacy profession and is known for putting patient care first. He is a leader in legislative affairs affecting pharmacy on the state and federal level.

Cunningham Prosthetic Care LLC has opened a new prosthetic and orthotic practice in Wells for patients in southern Maine and New Hampshire.
Services include artificial limbs, skeletal bracing and diabetic wound care.
Cunningham has been a board-certified prosthetist-orthotist since 2005.

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On the Move: Sept. 29, 2015 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:32:16 +0000 NEW HIRES
Taylor Belanger, Sarah Bird, Tony Bird, Cathy Brezinski, Kevin Gove and Hannah Rheaume joined Rinck Advertising.
713686 taylor belangerBelanger of Lewiston joined as an administrative assistant.



713686 Sarah BirdSarah Bird of Turner joined as social media manager.




713686 Tony BirdTony Bird of Turner joined as an account executive.




713686 Cathy BrezinskiBrezinski of Portland joined as traffic manager. She previously worked at CD&M Communications in Portland.


713686 Kevin GoveGove of Bowdoin joined as manager of public relations. Most recently, he was chief content officer at Nancy Marshall Communications.



713686 Hannah RheaumeRheaume of Lewiston was hired as a public relations specialist. She began at Rinck as a public relations intern.





Baker Newman Noyes hired the following people in its Portland office:
Sierra Leonard of Lyman joined the staff in its audit practice. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in business administration from Husson University.
Kelly Morris of Falmouth joined its tax practice. Morris focused on estate planning in law school and is a member of the private client services practice at BNN.
Jay Norris of Portland joined as a senior in the risk and business advisory practice. He serves as president of the board of the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization and as an active member of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, Portland Trails and Friends of the Eastern Promenade.
Marcus Pratt of Standish was hired as a staff member in the tax practice. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting, from Thomas College.
Tyler Stephens of Saco was hired as an intern in the tax practice. He is working toward his master’s degree in accounting at St. Joseph’s College.
Katie Tracy of Topsham was hired as a staff member in the tax practice. She will soon begin working toward her master’s degree in accounting at St. Joseph’s College.
Sonya Walker of Scarborough joined the audit practice. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration from Husson University.
Sarah Warner of Winthrop also joined its audit practice. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maine.

713686 Christina CarterChristina Carter was promoted to executive vice president at Community Credit Union.
Carter of Winthrop joined the credit union two years ago as vice president of lending. She has 14 years of credit union experience.




The following board members for the Maine Estate Planning Council were elected as officers:
Jennifer Kruszewski of Epstein & O’Donovan LLP was named president. Stephanie Strouse of Drummond & Drummond LLP was named vice president. Robin Cyr of Albin Randall & Bennett was named treasurer; and Kerry Peabody of Clark Insurance was named secretary.
The immediate past president is Kenleigh Nicoletta of Brann & Isaacson. Each officer will serve a one-year term.

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice opened a new drop-off site for staff in Manchester in July.
This new location is designed to enhance the agency’s efficiency to provide high quality home care, home hospice care and supportive care services to its patients throughout the Greater Augusta area.

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