William S. Harwood, a  partner in Verrill Dana’s Portland office, will serve as chairman for the 2013 Campaign for Justice. The campaign, now in its 10th year, is a fundraising effort of the Maine Bar Foundation and Maine State Bar Association. Funds raised are used to support civil legal aid providers including Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Legal Services for the Elderly, Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project, Maine Equal Justice Partners and the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project. These organizations provide legal assistance to an average of 30,000 adults and children annually. Harwood has served as adjunct professor of law at the University of Maine School of Law, teaching utility regulation and administrative law and has been nationally recognized not only for his legal talent, but also for his commitment to public service. 

Mid Coast Health Services is pleased to welcome asthma educator Stacey Schmidt to its Community Health Education team. A registered respiratory therapist, she brings more than eight years experience educating and treating people who are suffering from heart and lung disease. In her new role, Schmidt will be spearheading Mid Coast’s Asthma Education Program with the goal of helping asthma sufferers manage symptoms and improve their lifestyles. The program is coordinated with a patient’s primary care provider and offers guidance on a variety of topics including detection of asthma symptoms, how to avoid triggers, and use of available medications that can lessen the effects of asthma.

The Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine recently elected Cianbro’s Chad Allen, Central Maine Power’s John Carroll, Pierce Atwood’s William Taylor and MacPage’s Brad Weller to its board of directors. The elections expand the board to 17 directors.


New England-based Baker Newman Noyes, one of the nation’s top 200 accounting and consulting firms, announced Dayton Benway and S. Andrew Smith have been named new principals to the Portland office. Benway, of Freeport, has been named principal in the health care management consulting division. He joined the firm in 2000 and since that time has built a successful practice in Medicare and Medicaid consulting, specializing in hospital and RHC reimbursement. Smith, a CPA from North Yarmouth, has been named tax principal. He began his career as a Baker Newman Noyes intern, and was hired full time in 1998.

New Hires

Physician’s assistant David Ghiorse joined Martin’s Point Health Care cardiology team at the organization’s Portland health care center. Ghiorse has been in practice for more than seven years. 

Winxnet, a Portland-based IT and outsourcing firm recently announced the  additions of Gary Lowell, Jeremy Hutchinson, Becca Campbell and Douglass Cuffman to the firm.

Stacey L. Welner has joined the sales team of North East Security Systems as a market promotions councilor. Welner has a degree in graphic design and a minor in business administration from Frostburg State University. Her prior work experience has included the federal government, print shops, a graphic design company, book publishing and the newspaper industry. Welner also volunteers and participates in many Harpswell community fundraisers and events.

Yarmouth-based, Fluid Imaging Technologies recently hired Maksim Ferros and Patrick Fitzgerald.


The Maine Real Estate & Development Association, known as MEREDA, has named Avesta Housing President and CEO Dana Totman the 2012 recipient of the Robert B. Patterson Jr. Founder’s Award. MEREDA presented the award at its annual forecast conference and member showcase Jan. 24 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland. Totman is a longtime association supporter, and is a board member and a member of its legislative affairs committee. This career recognition award acknowledges members of MEREDA who have distinguished themselves by making significant contributions to the real estate industry and the association over many years. 

Cindy Halpin, a third-grade teacher at St. Brigid Catholic School in Portland, was recently selected as a nominee in Coast 93.1’s Teacher Appreciation Month Competition.

Portland attorney Jennifer A. Archer has been awarded Maine Equal Justice Partners’ prestigious Equal Justice Hero Award, which honors legal professionals who have made a significant contribution to strengthening access to justice in Maine during the past year. Archer was honored for her work with MEJP and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine Foundation on a federal class action case seeking to guarantee access to critical health care services for legal immigrants living in Maine and to ensure that they are treated equally under the law.

Breast Care Specialists of Maine was recently recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by Breast Care Specialists of Maine to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in their community and puts Mercy on track to become certified as a Breast Center of Excellence.

Good Deeds

Katherine Gadbois, of Scarborough, and Grace Dancoes, of Falmouth, recently completed a weeklong service trip to Guatemala sponsored by Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. In cooperation with Partners in Development of Ipswich, Mass., three faculty members and a 20-member student team volunteered in a village three hours west of Guatemala City. Nursing students helped to staff the medical clinic, while others built a concrete-block emergency house for a homeless family of seven and a multi-family concrete-block latrine for local villagers. The group also ran a children’s program for 150 participants and distributed about 1,250 pounds of humanitarian supplies. Saint Joseph’s College has sent volunteer teams to Guatemala for the past nine years.


Simmons Ardell, a South Portland-based design and marketing firm, was recently engaged by both Good Shepherd Food Bank and Grace Restaurant to provide branding and design services. 

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