• Mary Jane Krebs was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook. Krebs of Standish is chief executive officer of Community Counseling Center.

• Garrett VanAtta joined Auburn Manufacturing, AMI, as vice president of innovation engineering. VanAtta managed textile operations and engineering at Polartec’s Malden Mills facilities in Maine and Massachusetts, and most recently served as president of SPX Communications Technology.

• Christina Perry joined St. Germain Collins as an environmental health and safety specialist. Perry of Westbrook was previously a project scientist with an environmental consulting firm and an environmental scientist with a national consulting engineering firm.

• Hannah Taylor, Alli Chamberlain, Georgia Gibbons and Matt Geoffroy joined Strategic Media Inc. in Portland.

Taylor was hired as a national media buyer. She was previously the experiential marketing coordinator at Zoom Media & Marketing in New York, N.Y.

Chamberlain was named a media assistant and analyst. She most recently worked for Chamberlain Homes as a special projects planner and with Scarborough’s Economic Development Corporation as a marketing and design assistant.

Gibbons was recently hired as a copywriter. Gibbons has six years of experience as a senior copywriter and more than five years of experience with marketing and advertising.

Geoffroy was hired as a marketing manager. He has more than 12 years of experience in the marketing industry.

• Joseph Sortwell joined LandVest. Sortwell has recent experience in sales and marketing at Kaplan University.

• Andrea Nemitz joined Akari as marketing director and buyer. Nemitz most recently worked at Black Parrot boutique, which she managed after a 35-year career as a newspaper editor and reporter.

• Kailyn Cimino was named salon coordinator at O2 Salon & Spa in Portland. Cimino of Portland studied at Maine College of Art. She grew up in the Boston area, where her father owned and operated a salon and her mother worked as a stylist.

• Michael Dunn joined Ouellette & Associates as director of the firm. Dunn of Gardiner previously worked for Macdonald Page and has more than 20 years of tax and business consulting experience.

• Joyce McPhetres and William Schulz joined Maine Community Health Options, a not-for-profit, consumer operated and oriented health plan that will provide health insurance to individuals and small businesses starting in January 2014.

McPhetres of Topsham was hired as chief human resources officer. She was previously vice president of human resources and organizational development at Central Maine Healthcare.

Schulz of Portland was hired as director of provider network operations. He was previously state director of Residential Resources of Maine in Scarborough.

• Tushar Meshram joined Burns & McDonnell as a project controls specialist working out of the New Gloucester office. Meshram of Portland has more than five years of industry experience. Most recently, he worked for American Tower Company as a business development intern.

• Tim Kafer joined Maine Medical Center as vice president of cardiovascular services. Kafer previously worked for WellSpan, a Pennsylvania-based health system.

• Joshua Hayward was named president of Zeomatrix. Hayward has more than 20 years of sales and business management experience.

• Rick Cormier was hired as a cost estimator for Landry/French Construction. Cormier, who has seven years of experience in the industry, formerly worked for Benchmark Construction.

• Amy Pierce Root was hired as director of development at the LifeFlight Foundation. Root of Kennebunkport has volunteered there since 2003. She has spent the past 10 years as a policy analyst for the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service.

• Bria Duncan joined Community Credit Union as a member representative supervisor. Duncan of Auburn was a new accounts representative and supervisor in the Auburn branch until 2010, when she moved to Virginia.

• Laura Rideout joined Preti Flaherty as an associate. Rideout of North Yarmouth will practice environmental law from the firm’s Portland office. She first served Preti Flaherty as a summer associate in 2010 and 2011. Before joining Preti Flaherty, Rideout interned at the United States Attorney’s Office, Appellate Division, for the District of Maine.


• Kristin Marsh and Sydney Williams joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine.

Marsh was hired as program director at the Portland Clubhouse. She has more than 15 years of youth development experience, including work at the Riverton and Sagamore clubhouses.

Williams was named a volunteer coordinator and program coordinator at Riverton Clubhouse. She joined the organization in 2009.

• Brandon Clark was promoted to general manager of Hamlin’s Marine at its Waterville location. Clark was hired at Hamilton’s in 2003 to work in the parts department.

• Ellie Baker was elected managing principal of Baker Newman Noyes. Baker’s grandfather, Richard Baker, founded the accounting firm, Baker & Adam, in Portland in 1938, and in 1995, Ellie Baker built upon that legacy by co-founding Baker Newman Noyes. An accomplished tax professional, Baker has served as vice chairman, managing principal and principal over the years.

• Heather Tiffany was promoted to tax specialist at Baker Newman Noyes. Tiffany joined the firm as a temporary employee in March 2011 and became a full-time administrative assistant soon after.


• Tom Tetreau, an environmental scientist at Stantec in Topsham, was licensed as a wetland scientist by the State of New Hampshire Board of Natural Scientists. Tetreau specializes in conducting wetland delineations, Global Positioning System surveys, vernal pool surveys and functional assessments. He also assists in the preparation of federal and state permit applications.

• Verrill Dana announced a new health care service focused on life sciences to counsel clients on a wide range of issues, including research, regulatory compliance and social media practices.

The attorneys associated with the new service have extensive experience advising companies in the life sciences industry, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. For more information about the new service and the attorneys associated with it, go to

Drouin Dance Center in Westbrook expanded its space in the Dana Warp Mill to 8,400 square feet, and added five classrooms and two large waiting rooms.


• Eleven lawyers from Perkins Thompson have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013: Timothy P. Benoit, Fred W. Bopp III, Randy J. Creswell, John A. Hobson, Philip C. Hunt, James Katsiaficas, Peggy L. McGehee, Paul D. Pietropaoli, William J. Sheils, Mark P. Snow and John S. Upton.

Perkins Thompson was also selected as a Best Law Firm by U.S. News and World Report for 2013, earning first-tier rankings in bankruptcy, real estate, creditor rights, and banking and finance.

• Avesta Housing awarded its 2012 Mike Yandell Award to the Maine office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. Avesta recognized Rural Development for its growing commitment to creating and preserving affordable housing in Maine. Avesta has partnered with Rural Development since 1973 on a total of 16 housing projects across the state.

• Broadreach Public Relations received four Golden Arrow Awards from the Maine Public Relations Council. Broadreach was recognized in the following areas:

Technology: a silver award for the Cornerstone Financial Planning website, in partnership with iBec Creative.

Media relations: a silver award for the Ashley Lauren Kerr media plan.

Citizenship: a silver award for the Maine Center for Creativity’s visibility plan, in partnership with Pennisi & Lamare

Communications campaign: a silver award for the Mercy Hospital visibility campaign.