Michael Murray joined Drummond Woodsum’s business services group. Murray, of Portland, has a background in immigration law. 

Patti Thibeault joined Sanford Institution for Savings as a residential mortgage consultant. Thibeault, of Alfred, was previously an office administrator at Edward Jones. 

Michael Bracher joined Allen Insurance and Financial as a voluntary benefits associate. Bracher, of Hope, will work with the company’s Medicare division, assisting individual health and short-term medical clients, as well as group and voluntary insurance enrollments. 

Michelle Hayes joined Drake Inglesi Milardo Inc. in Portland as vice president of human resources and business solutions. Hayes, of Scarborough, had worked for Hannaford supermarkets for the past 25 years. She worked closely with the senior leadership team, providing strategic human resources counsel and directing restructuring initiatives.

Denise Greye and Stephen Puff joined the sales team for Day’s Jewelers in South Portland. Greye has seven years of jewelry experience and previously worked for G.M. Pollack & Sons Jewelers. Puff has 28 years’ experience in the jewelry industry, and was previously the assistant manager at Jared’s in South Portland. 

Christopher Hyfield joined ecomaine as an account representative. Hyfield, of South Portland, has experience with the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority. 

Chris Chapman joined USI New England as vice president of property and casualty insurance. Chapman studied business at Southern Maine Community College and was previously with Liberty Mutual selling personal lines of home, auto and life insurance. 

Dan Kelley was named a vice president of Woodard & Curran. He will be responsible for coordinating power generation and energy utility engineering work. Kelley has 18 years of experience working with clients in the industry. 

Alec Porteous rejoined Sen. Susan Collins’ staff as state office representative in Portland. Porteous previously served in Collins’ Washington office as a legislative assistant for transportation and housing issues. Porteous recently worked as a policy adviser at the Washington office of the law firm Gibson Dunn. 

Jason Todd joined GreenHomes America as a home performance training manager. Todd will be based out of the company’s offices in Auburn. 

Ruth Copeman was named executive director of McLaughlin Garden. Copeman has an extensive background in launching, managing and growing nonprofits. She was previously the executive director of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Janice Bourgault and Leo Beaucage joined Onpoint Health Data. Bourgault, of Old Orchard Beach, was named director of data quality and applications. She previously worked at SMMC PrimeCare Physicians. Beaucage, of Westbrook, was named systems analyst. He previously worked at iMANY as a data architect and senior systems analyst. 

Tom Ahlers joined Falmouth Veterinary Hospital as a staff veterinarian. Ahlers, of Falmouth, was previously an employee and owner of Forest Avenue Veterinary Hospital in Portland for 26 years. He is also an owner and board member of the Animal Emergency Clinic in Portland. 

Rebecca W. Wright joined Southern Maine Medical Center as a development director. She has more than 30 years of philanthropy experience. She was previously director of development at Central Maine Medical Center’s Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing. 

Emma Lishness joined Tilson Technology Management as manager of marketing and communications. 

Jon Paul has joined Clark Insurance as a personal lines insurance agent. Paul has several years of industry experience and lives in Portland.


Deborah Dutton was named vice president for development and alumni relations at Colby College. Dutton had been an associate vice president for college relations for the past five years and has been interim vice president since the summer. 

William Winslow was named sales manager for the U.S. Cellular retail store in Westbrook. Winslow, of Portland, joined U.S. Cellular five years ago, starting as a part-time wireless consultant in the company’s Bangor retail store. He was later promoted to sales manager at the Brewer and Waterville locations. 

Rebecca Launer and Eleanor Swain were promoted at Bath Savings Institution. Launer, of Brunswick, was promoted to senior vice president of branch administration. She has more than 20 years of experience in all areas of retail banking, including mortgage lending and branch management. Swain, of Brunswick, was promoted to vice president and loan department manager. Swain joined Bath Savings in July 2000. 

Nora Healy became a partner at Verrill Dana. Healy, of Freeport, works in Verrill Dana’s Portland office and is a member of the firm’s water and wastewater utilities and energy groups. She has worked at the firm for the past seven years. 


The Saint Joseph’s College admissions video received a bronze award from the 26th Annual Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by the Higher Education Marketing Report. The video describes campus life and culture at the college, on Sebago Lake in Standish. 

The Portland Water District was awarded a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association. The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. 

Jean Hoffman, CEO and founder of Putney Inc., was recognized with a 2011 Women to Watch Award from Mass High Tech. Hoffman was one of 22 entrepreneurs recognized this year for demonstrating leadership abilities and for thinking creatively to develop new business opportunities. 


Tom Lizotte was elected chair of the board of directors of the Maine Humanities Council. Lizotte, the director of marketing and community relations at Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, has been associated with the council since 1997. 

The staff and supervisors at SeniorsPlus Care Management and Community Services received the Chronic Care Professional certification. The certification prepares the staff to work more effectively with the needs of people dealing with long-term chronic conditions. 

Portland Internal Medicine at Baxter Boulevard, formerly State Street Internal Medicine, has opened its doors to existing and new patients at 43 Baxter Blvd. The Baxter Boulevard practice has been designed to enhance patient flow, privacy and overall efficiencies. 

Zander Abbott, Samantha DePoy-Warren and David Mount joined the board of directors at Day One, a local adolescent substance abuse treatment and prevention agency. Abbott is an associate Internet technology training specialist at Maine Medical Center. DePoy-Warren is director of the Bureau of Education and Outreach for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Mount is a retired marketing and business professional. 

Matt Jancovic, director of marketing and customer service for Oxford Networks, was named to the board of directors for TechMaine. Jancovic, of Gray, has worked in the telecommunications and Internet industries for more than 14 years. Before joining Oxford Networks, he owned Waterville Online. 

The York County Renewable Energy Initiative has changed its name to the York County Organization for Renewable Energy. The name was chosen from the results of an electronic survey to its 50-member mailing list. YCORE is a new partnership of volunteers working to reduce York County’s dependence on foreign oil. 

Brian Quigley of Day’s Jewelers achieved the prestigious JA Certified Master Bench Jeweler designation. This is the highest level of the JA Professional Bench Jeweler Certification program. Quigley is a national award-winning jewelry designer with more than 34 years of bench experience.