Jim Hanna of Portland was named a program manager for the Cumberland County Food Security Council. Hanna was previously an independent food system consultant, most recently creating the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project.

Christian Pieri, a senior at the University of Maine in Orono, is the summer intern at Allen Insurance and Financial. Pieri, 22, is a 2008 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School where he played basketball, baseball and lacrosse. Pieri applied to the Allen Insurance and Financial internship program after attending a job fair in Orono.

Colin Hay, Mathew Todaro and Joanna Taatjes joined Verrill Dana, LLP as summer associates. Hay will begin his third year in the fall at Boston University School of Law. Todaro will begin his third year in the fall at Boston College Law School. Taatjes will begin her third year in the fall at University of Connecticut School of Law.

Jonathan Grace was hired as a consultant at BerryDunn and will work with the firm’s government consulting group. Grace worked previously for Harris Computer Systems, Lawson Software and Tyler Technologies.

Kyle Solebello of Westbrook, Kate Leveille of Casco and Kelly David of Greene joined the staff at Maine Education Services. Solebello was hired as a finance accountant in April 2012. He spent the past five years at a local real estate management company. Leveille was hired as an outreach director in May 2012. Before joining MES, she served as the director of college counseling at Bridgton Academy. David was hired as a marketing coordinator in May 2012. Most recently, she worked in the development and community relations department at Tri-County Mental Health Services.

Elaine Zei-Hayman joined Dr. Newton’s Naturals as the human resources recruiting specialist. Zei-Hayman has more than 24 years of recruiting experience.

Beth Kessler joined Mid Coast Hospital as nurse director of its medical, surgical, pediatrics units.   Kessler has worked as a clinical nurse for more than 15 years, most recently as director of a 30-bed medical surgical unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa.

Crossroads recently hired eight people.

Howland Bickerstaff of Windham; Cynthia Torres of East Waterboro; Beata Wiktor of Naples; Jennifer Anderson of Portland; Charles Schneider of Cape Elizabeth; and Bryce Libby of Lewiston joined Crossroads’ outpatient clinical team. For their full biographies, go to

Cindy Curtis of Standish was hired as a cook for Crossroads’ residential rehabilitation program in Windham.

Vivian Trott of New Gloucester was hired as an accountant for Crossroads’ administrative services in Scarborough.

Jeffrey Hicklin and Jacqueline Lynch were hired at Dawson, Smith, Purvis & Bassett, P.A., an accounting firm in Portland. Hicklin graduated from Wilmington University with majors in accounting and finance. He is a 12-year Army veteran. Lynch recently graduated from Husson University with a masters in business and bachelor of science in accounting.

Bruce Johnson was hired as a business development executive for Brooklin Boat Yard, Front Street Shipyard and Rockport Marine. Johnson, former president of Sparkman & Stephens, was hired to represent each boat yard in seeking new construction projects. Johnson’s role will be to promote their capabilities and craftsmanship to people who are considering new builds and major refits.


• Geoffrey Alexander was named president of R.M. Davis Inc., a wealth management company in Portland. Alexander has been with the firm since 1997 as vice president and portfolio manager. He is one of eight owners and has served on the executive committee for eight years.

Chris Ryan, an employee of Maine Coast Construction for 13 years, was recently promoted to project manager. Ryan of Belmont joined Maine Coast Construction in 1999 and is now overseeing the popular Handyman Division.

Julia Dalphin was appointed director of accreditation and regulatory affairs at Maine Medical Center. Dalphin joined the hospital in 2005 as a data analyst and moved to the department of accreditation as a project manager in 2008.


• Mike Sabo, director of hospitality services for Southern Maine Medical Center, was named Caregiver of the Year. Sabo spent 13 years as a regional training chef across the East Coast before joining SMMC in 2003.

Susan Pye, a wealth management adviser at Merrill Lynch, recently earned a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst Designation. Pye of Portland joined Merrill Lynch in 2004.

John Karp of the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership was awarded his black belt in Innovation Engineering. He is Maine’s first certified Innovation Engineering black belt instructor. Black belt certification represents the highest level of professional training in the Innovation Engineering Management System.

St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion in Lewiston recently earned the prestigious 2012 Innovation Award from Leading Age. St. Mary’s was recognized for its efforts to reduce patient readmissions to the hospital. Its rehospitalization rate went from 16 percent in 2010 to 8.12 percent in the first quarter of 2012.

Mattaeus Schkrioba, a chef at the Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland, earned the certified sous chef designation from the American Culinary Federation Inc. Schkrioba of Windham is a member of the ACF Casco Bay Culinary Association of Portland.

The following were recognized by the Maine Real Estate & Development Association at its annual real estate spring conference on May 17.

MEREDA’s leadership chose five notable development projects for 2011 that were deemed significant.

The honorees included Opechee Construction Corp. for the Hampton Inn/Sebago Brewing in Portland; Waterfront Maine for Merrills Wharf/Pierce Atwood building in Portland; Mattson Development LLC for the MaineGeneral Medical Center Musculoskeletal Center in Augusta; Community Housing of Maine for Maine Hall, Affordable Housing for Seniors in Bangor; and Developers Collaborative for Gilman Place in Waterville.


• Joe Merrill of Brunswick was elected to tGrowSmart Maine’s board of directors and will serve as treasurer. Merrill has served on the organization’s finance committee since 2008. He is the finance manager for the Maine and Vermont chapters of The Nature Conservancy.

Meredith Hamer of Yarmouth, Phyllis Kamin of Cumberland Center, Ruth Riddick of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Tim Sample of Portland joined Crossroads’ board of directors. Hamer is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice. Kamin, a former director of several women’s health programs, is retired. Riddick is a senior project consultant and recovery educator at Donnybrook Enterprises. Sample is a humorist, author, illustrator and former senior correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning.


• Kemp Goldberg Partners, an advertising, public relations and interactive agency, was selected by RCS Logistics as its agency of record.

Visibility, a shop for color and style consultations, skin care and jewelry, has added hair services and yoga classes to its offerings. Visibility has moved to 1041 Washington Ave. and is online at