• Laura Fortman was named executive director of the Frances Perkins Center.

Fortman had previously served as Maine Commissioner of Labor for seven years.

She is also the former executive director of the Maine Women’s Lobby and Maine Women’s Policy Center.

• Jeff McCarthy joined Maine Fiber Co. Inc. as vice president of business development.

He most recently worked for Fairpoint Communications.

• Steve Gilbreath joined the Patriot Insurance Claims Department as a senior appraiser.

Gilbreath had worked for Hanover Insurance Co. for the past 17 years.

• Kyle Miller joined Winxnet, a Portland-based IT solutions provider, as a help desk technician. Miller has four years of experience in technical support. Most recently, he was a computer diagnostician for the University of Maine at Farmington.

• Steven Byrnes joined Kennebunk Savings as executive vice president and chief sales officer.

Byrnes spent most of his career at Maine National Bank and its successors, Fleet Bank and Bank of America.

• Bridget Burke was hired as a tax specialist at BerryDunn, CPAs and Management Consultants.

Burke was previously employed by The Fusion Group Inc. 

• James Cuss of Bath joined Priority Group in Topsham as vice president of its EB-5 Management Group, LLC, a subsidiary of Priority Group.

Cuss is an international sales executive with experience in professional services, time-critical transportation, health care and technology start-up companies.

• Deborah Turcotte is the new public information manager for Maine Housing (Maine State Housing Authority).

She is replacing Dan Simpson, who retired in July.

She was previously a public relations representative at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

• Barry L. Kohler joined Androscoggin Bank as a senior vice president and director of trust & investment services.

Kohler had worked previously at BerryDunn Wealth Management, an affiliate of Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker.

• Christopher Berry joined the law firm of Judith Berry, Esq., in Gorham. Chris practices contract, construction, tax and business law. The practice will expand to offer these services.

• Stacie Johnson was named a senior radiation therapist at the Cancer Care Center of York County.

Johnson was previously with Genesis Cancer Care in Davenport. 

• Michael Guerrette joined Norton Lamb & Company in Falmouth as a systems engineer.

Guerrette’s experience includes systems deployment, application development, systems administration and technical field service.

• Catherine Wygant was named executive director for the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce.

Wygant previously worked as director of business development for Hurley Travel Experts in Portland.


• Michele Collins of Holden was promoted to director of marketing at Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway.

Collins was previously the direct mail manager at Hollywood Slots. She began working there in July 2009. 

• Rachel Bailey was promoted to director of finance at Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway.

Bailey has more than 20 years of accounting and financial experience.

She began working for Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway in 2005.

• David Johnson was promoted to lead solution architect at Norton Lamb & Co. in Falmouth.

Johnson has been a member of the NLC team since 2007.

• Joyce Cotton was promoted to chief clinical and nursing officer at Spring Harbor Hospital.

Cotton joined Spring Harbor in 2001 as an educator in staff development.

In 2002 she was promoted to associate chief of nursing and director of admissions.

• Donna J. Millett was promoted to a financial adviser at Robinson Financial Associates in Portland.

Millett has worked there since 2008.

Prior to joining the firm, she spent eight years in the financial services industry, mostly working with Fidelity Investments in New York City and Boston.


• Cindy Gray of Gorham recently won a truck championship offered by the International Food Service Distribution Association.

Gray, a driver for Hannaford Supermarkets, edged out 53 drivers to win the 5-axle, daily delivery competition. She is the first woman to win the association’s championship.

• Laurie Inness, executive meeting manager at Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, was honored with the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce’s Volunteer of the Year Award.

Inness, a member of the chamber’s events committee since 2003, was recognized for her enthusiasm and commitment to events such as holiday festival and Business after Hours.

• Breast Care Specialists of Maine, an affiliate of Mercy Health System of Maine, was honored recently at the Cure Breast Cancer for Maine Luncheon with the organization’s outreach and education award. The award recognizes outstanding leadership in promoting awareness of breast health in Maine.


• Mary Noyes of Freeport was appointed to the board of directors for the Maine Center for Creativity.

Noyes serves on several boards in Maine and Colorado, including Coastal Studies for Girls, Portland Ovations, True North and Steadman Phillippon Research Institute.

• The board of directors for Frannie Peabody Center recently named its officers for 2012:

Mark Register of Ogunquit will serve as president; Daniel D’Entremont of Biddeford will serve as vice president; Fernando de Leon of Portland will serve as treasurer; and Perry St. Louis of Portland will serve as secretary.

Chad Latham of Westbrook was recently appointed to the organization’s board of directors.

• Lisa Villa, a selectman from Harrison, was named Cumberland County Finance Committee chairwoman by the selectmen, town and city counselors from across Cumberland County who make up the committee.

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