• Victoria Kuhn has joined Dirigo Design & Development Inc., leading its strategy, media and content division. She recently left
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield after 12 years, where she was most recently the director of marketing.

• Renee Lizotte has been hired as the wellness program manager for Patient
Advocates LLC. She has a professional background in rehabilitation, clinical exercise physiology, health coaching and employee wellness.

• Shannon Gorman has been hired as director of education and conferences at the Maine Insurance Agents Association. She previously worked as a small-business marketing representative for OneBeacon Insurance.

• Creative Work Systems of Portland welcomes Laura Marston as team leader, Alana Foley as operations manager, Connie Picard as janitor, and Gregory Abbot, Tiffany Crockett, Sara Margo, Margaret Pizzo and Aaron Wallace as life skills coaches.

• Russell Andrews has been hired as sales engineer and project manager for Oxford Networks. He previously served in the Air Force, working as a chief operations officer and chief network operations officer.

• Tom McGintee has joined Paquin & Carroll, bringing to the agency eight years of experience in the insurance industry as an actuary and underwriter with MEMIC, Travelers Insurance and Royal & Sun Alliance.


• Brian Gardiner has been promoted to senior vice president, commercial services officer, at Katahdin Trust Co. He has been with the company since 2002.


• Sharon Foerster, executive staff member of SeniorsPlus, has been awarded a fellowship from the Practice Change Fellows Program to improve the lives of people with dementia. She has been director of Elder Independence of Maine for the past seven years.

• Leslie Morissette, founder of the Maine-based nonprofit Grahamtastic, is the latest TD Bank Home Court Hero. She was recognized for her efforts in providing laptops and Internet access to more than 300 children in 40 states in the past 13 years through her organization.

• Aaron Libby, of Libby & Son U-Picks in Limerick, was selected to attend the U.S. Apple Association’s launch of a new industry program, the USApple Young Leader Initiative. He was one of 10 young apple growers from across the country selected to attend.

• Pender Lazenby has been named Volunteer of the Year by the Portland chapter of the SCORE Association. He is Northeast Bank’s chief risk officer and was recognized as a presenter for the organization.

• Gifford’s Ice Cream will be featured on the Food Network’s “Unwrapped” series, with the episode scheduled to air at 8:30 p.m. April 12. Lindsay Gifford, vice president of sales, was named as one of The Griffin Report’s “Women of Influence in the Food Industry.”

• DennyMike’s is featured in the March issue of Fancy Food & Culinary Products, the magazine of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade. In addition, the company’s Pixie Dust and Sublime Swine barbecue rubs were featured at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ official New York Oscar Night Party.

• Sullivan Harbor Farm’s smoked Maine shrimp, smoked scallops and smoked salmon were named top picks in March by the national food specialty magazine The Nibble.

• Cold River Vodka cocktails were featured during New York Fashion Week’s “Green Shows.”


• Bruce Hyman has been elected to the St. Lawrence Arts Center’s Board of Directors. He is a transportation and community planner and the owner of Bruce Hyman Planning based in Portland.

• Dennis King, CEO of Spring Harbor Hospital, recently became a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for health care leaders.

• Darlene Stromstad, president and CEO of Goodall Hospital in Sanford, has been elected to the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Board of Governors. She will serve a three-year term.

• The Farnsworth Art Museum has formed an alliance with New York City’s Lincoln Center Institute, becoming one of only eight sites worldwide to host the institute’s International Educator Workshop.

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