Falmouth Historical Society recently elected a new board: Scott McLeod, president; Janice de Lima, vice president; Betsy Jo Whitcomb, secretary; Fred Howe, treasurer; and directors Polly Burke, Andi Jackson-Darling, Suzanne Geyer, Patricia Halpin, Diane Howe, Alvin H. Morrison, Mark Stevanovic and Maytha Southard. 

The Opportunity Alliance recently announced that Thomas Saturley became chairman of the board of directors. He has been a member of The Opportunity Alliance Board of Directors for several years. He is president of Tranzon Auction Properties, a Northeast regional auction company specializing in the marketing of real estate and other significant assets. He has an extensive background in real estate, investment, and was formerly assistant attorney general for the state of Maine. 


During the first annual University of Southern Maine School of Social Work community celebration, the following four members of the social work community were honored: Tonya DiMillo received the Outstanding Bachelor’s of Social Work Alumni Award. Patricia Huffman-Oh received the Outstanding Master’s of Social Work Alumni Award. Jackie Oliveri received the Outstanding Field Supervisor Award. Elizabeth Szatkowski received the Outstanding Community Advisor Award. 

The Maine Preservation organization recently presented the owners, design and construction teams of many historic building rehabilitations throughout the State of Maine with preservation awards. Wright-Ryan Construction of Portland was the recipient of three out of 11 such awards.  

The Maine Women’s Fund recently announced Anne Taintor as the 2013 Tribute to Women in Industry award recipient. The Maine Women’s Fund carries on the annual Tribute to Women in Industry award from the former Greater Portland YWCA. The award is given to a woman who is a leader in her field and who has achieved significant accomplishments as a business owner, business executive or nonprofit organizational leader. Taintor will be honored at the annual Leadership Luncheon on May 23 at Portland’s Holiday Inn by the Bay.


Avesta Housing has received the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2012 LEED for Homes Outstanding Affordable Developer Award for Oak Street Lofts, the first multi-family affordable development in the state to achieve LEED Platinum certification. 

Good Deeds

The race planning committee for the Falmouth Foreside 5K Classic recently presented a $1,000 check to the Falmouth Food Pantry. Major local sponsors for the race included Falmouth Orthopaedic Center, Bath Savings Institution, Bangor Savings Bank and several other local businesses. 

People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced recently that for the fourth quarter of 2012 it awarded $28,500 in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Maine. Seven organizations received funding in support of programs that ranged from basic needs services and affordable housing projects to education and job training programs, including Learning Works in Portland. 

New Hires and Promotions

The Maine Academy of Modern Music recently hired Katie Gilchrest. She studied human ecology at the College of the Atlantic, and later music at the University of Southern Maine, studying composition, theory and technology. She grew up playing the piano and clarinet, and the guitar. 

Margaret O’Brien and Kent White were recently promoted to partner at CBRE | The Boulos Company

People’s United Bank recently announced that Ryan J. Driscoll has been hired as vice president and wealth management advisor. He has experience in cultivating and leading strategic partnerships and developing and implementing organization change. Most recently he was a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine and the University of New Hampshire.

Baird, an international, employee-owned wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm, announced recently that it has added Baron C. Becker, vice president, financial advisor, to its Portland office. He is joined by Kim Fickett who will serve as registered client relationship associate.

Steve Bedell recently joined Winxnet, a Portland-based IT solutions provider, as a technical support specialist. After graduating from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in 1999, Bedell was an affiliate member of the Maine Computer Crimes Task Force. He worked for various technology companies during his time as a police officer before becoming a systems engineer for the local municipality’s technology department. 

Tiffany Thompson Converse has recently joined Brett Davis Real Estate in Freeport. She is an associate broker with a long career in corporate real estate.

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