Bill Hughes, son of Alfred resident Barbara Hughes, has joined Dynetics as director of its Colorado Springs operations. He most recently served as chief of the Deterrence and Strike Division at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado and in several other roles at Peterson and other Air Force bases.

Joshua Bodwell has been appointed executive director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, a 35-year-old nonprofit supporting writers and the literary arts of Maine. He most recently served as the associate editor of Maine Home + Design magazine. Before that, he was a reporter for the York County Coast Star.

David Altenburg has joined Ram Trust Services as a performance analyst. He previously worked as a senior accountant at Pacios, Rausch & Co. and as an investment adviser at CLM Capital Management.

Brandon Mitchell of Portland and Tim Gallagher of Jay have been hired by the Landry/French Construction Co. in Scarborough. Mitchell will serve as project manager and Gallagher will serve as construction coordinator.

Bobbie Parisi of Portland has been hired as director of marketing for Horny Toad. Parisi most recently worked at Keen as the driving force behind the brand’s positioning of HybridLife and the award-winning STAND campaign.


Sarah Jandreau has been named wellness manager at the Osher Inn at The Cedars in Portland. She has worked as a nurse at the Skilled Care Center at The Cedars for two years.

Brianna Grant, a licensed esthetician, has been promoted to manager of The Makeup Shop’s Freeport boutique. She has been with the company since 2006.

Jack Barnes has been named president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors for People’s United Financial Inc. He has been serving as interim president and chief executive officer since April.

Kirsten Caster of Falmouth has been promoted to client support coordinator at Mountain Ltd. She joined the company in 2007 as executive assistant.

Jen Noble, a certified temporary staffing specialist, was promoted to executive assistant at Mountain Ltd. She worked as part of the sales team for the past year.


Kathryn Callnan, president and chief executive officer of The Cedars, received the Excellence in Leadership Award from Aging Services of Maine and New Hampshire.

Suzie Berzinis received the National Young Leadership Award from the Associates of Jewish Homes & Services for the Aging at its annual symposium in Toronto. Berzinis serves on The Cedars Auxiliary Board.

Gifford’s Ice Cream of Maine took top honors at the eighth annual New Jersey Ice Cream Festival. The competition allows ice cream fans to sample and vote on offerings from local shops and national brands.

G.M. Pollack & Sons Jewelers of Scarborough was recently ranked 37th among the top 50 retail jewelers in North America by National Jeweler Magazine. The ranking is based on store count. G.M. Pollack has 11 stores in Maine and one in New Hampshire.

Emily Sabah-Maren, philanthropist, and Gary DeLong, mission executive director, will be honored by the Maine Sea Coast Mission at the seventh annual Sunbeam Awards Gala. Each year the mission honors individuals who contribute to the well-being of Down East and island communities.

Lynn Peel, president and founder of Beach Glass Transitions LLC, an elder care consulting company in Portland, was awarded the Libra Future Fund Grant for her work to address the growing economic tug of elder care demands on Maine’s work force.


GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. has been named as the geotechnical subconsultant of the Reed & Reed-T.Y. Lin International design build team for the Maine Department of Transportation’s Veterans Memorial Bridge project in Portland and South Portland.

Mary House, Woodard & Curran’s energy efficiency and sustainability service line leader, has been appointed as a technical adviser for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s tracking assessment and rating system.

Barry Gates has been elected to the board of governors of Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston. He is a member of the Kora Shrine in Lewiston, serving as its assistant rabban and member of its board of directors.