Erinn Tardiff was recently promoted to personal lines account executive at Norton Insurance. Tardiff has more than 10 years of experience in the insurance industry and has been with Norton as a personal lines customer service representative for the past seven years.

New Hires

Drummond Woodsum recently welcomed Michael Buescher to the firm’s trial services group. Buescher previously worked as a litigation associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York City. He also served as a law clerk for Chief United States District Judge Loretta Preska in the U.S. District Court for the southern district of New York.

Wilhelm Friess will be the new director of the University of Maine’s new Brunswick Engineering Program. He has been teaching mechanical engineering for the Rochester Institute of Technology at its campus in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, since 2009. Friess will direct the innovative Brunswick Engineering Program, located at the newly renovated Brunswick Landing.

Ross H. Cunningham was recently named practice manager of Mid Coast Medical Group – Women’s Health Care. As practice manager, Cunningham will oversee the daily operations of the Women’s Health Care practice, which consists of a team of board-certified OB/GYN physicians, certified nurse midwives and nurse practitioners.

The Norway Savings Asset Management Group recently hired D. Robinson Snow as its new vice president and senior trust officer. Snow brings over 22 years of wealth management experience to the asset management group.

Coastal Women’s Healthcare recently hired Amy Haris as a certified nurse midwife. She will provide a wide array of family planning services.

BerryDunn recently hired Colleen Oakley as a technical writer in the firm’s marketing department. She will focus her work on editing and business writing for the firm. Prior to joining BerryDunn, Oakley taught writing at universities in New York City and New Jersey, served as a managing editor in financial publishing at Bear Stearns and helped establish YARN, an online magazine.

The Morrison Center recently hired Mark Ryder and Meghan Smith. Ryder joined as the agency’s new executive director. He has more than 15 years of experience in developing schools and educational programs for public and private agencies throughout New England. Smith has been hired as the agency’s new development coordinator. She previously served as the campaign coordinator for Maine’s Campaign for Justice.

RE/MAX Heritage recently hired Joi Kressbach and Harper Lee Collins. Kressbach joined the office as a Realtor serving the greater Yarmouth area. Collins is a licensed associate broker and currently holds the distinguished buyers representative designation and is a certified negotiation specialist as well as a certified new homes specialist.

Good Deeds

On Valentine’s Day, Make-A-Wish volunteers, Crusher from the Red Claws and Maine Mall employees delivered handmade valentines to seniors at the Scarborough Veterans Home and St. Joseph’s Residence and Rehabilitation Center. The valentines were made by shoppers and volunteers during a three week valentine drive at the Maine Mall.

Bank of America recently donated a $10,000 grant to support the Community Financial Literacy general operating budget. Community Financial Literacy is committed to serving refugees and immigrants with targeted culturally-appropriate financial literacy courses.

The Hannaford Charitable Foundation recently donated $10,000 to the Morrison Center to improve emergency preparedness and safety equipment throughout their building.

The Institute for Humane Education recently received a total of $40,000 in grants from three foundations to support its programs. The Bay and Paul Foundations awarded the Institute for Humane Education $25,000 to expand its resources for teachers and to provide scholarships for teachers to participate in workshops and online courses. The Dorothy-Ann Foundation granted the program $10,000 to be used for website upgrades and leadership training. The New Visions Foundation granted $5,000 to be used for general operating support.


Jeffrey Morris of Pierce Studio in Brunswick recently won several print awards at the Maine Professional Photographers Association convention. His image of Sir Bentley, a Westfield Terrier, received a blue ribbon and won the Miller’s Professional Imaging award for Best Color Portrait. Morris also received six other print awards for family portraits, high school senior portraits and several other images of local interest.


Maine Home Realty recently announced that Terry Driscoll has successfully completed educational requirements and obtained her broker license. She has been a Realtor with the company for the past five years.

Holbrook at Piper Shores recently received a 5-Star Ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Best Nursing Homes. The rankings highlight top-rate homes in all 50 states and guide families and healthcare providers caring for people in need of nursing homes.

Nicholas J. Morrill was recently elected partner with the law firm of Jensen Baird Gardner & Henry. He is a member of the firm’s real estate and business services practice groups. He focuses his practice on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions including acquisitions.

Friends of Casco Bay recently wrapped up its 20th year assessing the health of Maine’s coastal waters from Cape Elizabeth to Phippsburg. Several volunteers with the program also celebrated significant milestones in this year. Andrew Bertocci of Yarmouth was honored as the first person to complete 20 years of monitoring for Friends of Casco Bay. He started sampling as a volunteer in 1992 and was later hired to expand the sampling program. Ed Benedikt and Rick Meisenback both celebrated 10 years of water quality monitoring. Jan and Tom Brudzinski, Hugh Huleatt, JB Kavaliaskas, Deborah McCoy, Jo McCartan, Russ Pinizzotto and Katie Rawls all celebrated five years of water sampling. Finally, Kathryn Reid celebrated 10 years of service on the Friends of Casco Bay board.


Sweetser recently elected Margaret Shepp, Robert Lobis and William Zafirson as new board members. Shepp has been practicing internal medicine for 31 years in Portland. She is now semi-retired, teaching and working for Mercy Hospital providing assessments of surgical risks. Lobis has been in the field of psychiatry for over 40 years and has also served as an instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is currently retired and enjoys painting and writing. Zafirson is the managing director of mortgage banking at The Bank of Maine. He is returning to Sweetser’s board after a year-long hiatus.

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