Sharon Ames, Michael Morrissette, Benjamin Ouellette, Kelley Perreault and Cathy Streifel has joined Harriman, an architecture and engineering firm with offices in Auburn, Portland and Manchester, N.H., in the following positions:

Ames, senior architect, has more than 18 years of experience in architecture and historic preservation.

Morrissette, designer in the mechanical engineering studio.

Ouellette, designer in the electrical engineering studio.

Perreault, accountant, was previously an accountant at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

Streifel, lead project administrative assistant, has more than 10 years of experience.

Jenelle Vance has been hired at Landry/French Construction to oversee business development. Vance is a graduate of St. Joseph’s College in Standish with a degree in business administration.

Donna Smith has joined Gnome Landscapes, Design, Masonry and Maintenance as the bookkeeper and human resources contact.

Smith has more than 30 years of experience in accounting and finance.

Ryan Francis has been hired as an activities supervisor for the Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough. Francis, of Portland, is a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. He was previously a recreational therapist at Sedgewood Commons in Falmouth.


Timothy Kearins has been named a partner at Casco Bay EyeCare LLC. Kearins has practiced optometry since 2007. He specializes in pediatric and binocular vision at Casco Bay EyeCare’s offices at 10 Q St. in South Portland and 152 Middle St. in Portland.

Hollie Gowen has been promoted to commercial lines lead underwriter at MMG Insurance Co. in Presque Isle. Gowen began her career with MMG Insurance in 2011 as a commercial lines associate underwriter.

Runyon Kersteen Ouellette has announced the following promotions in its South Portland office: Chris Albert, Megan Hamilton and Josh Kochis, from staff accountant to in-charge accountant; and Danielle Nichols, from assistant accountant to staff accountant.


Allagash International Inc. in South Portland has received the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Exporter of the Year Award.

The J.D. Power and Associates 2013 Financial Advisor Satisfaction Study has ranked Edward Jones the highest in Employee Advisor Satisfaction among financial investment firms. This is the fifth time J.D. Power has conducted the study since 2007.

Heather Caston-Talbot of Clark Insurance has been named Insurance Professional of the Year by The Insurance Professionals of Greater Portland. Caston-Talbot, of Westbrook, has served as president of the professional group that advocates for and delivers continuing education in the insurance industry.

Marc Gup was recently recognized as a Platinum Circle Level Producer at Keller Williams Realty for 2012. Gup, an associate broker with Keller Williams Realty in Portland, was named the No. 1 producing individual agent, of the 252 agents in the company, with sales in 2012 of $12 million.

Attorney Jay S. Geller, who runs his own law practice in Portland, has been inducted as a fellow of The American College of Bankruptcy. Geller was one of 39 nominees. His practice focuses on complex bankruptcy and commercial litigation, corporate reorganizations, workouts and Chapter 11 bankruptcies.


Matthew McClenahan, a designer in the architectural studio at Harriman, has earned his professional license to practice architecture. McClenahan is currently working on projects at the University of Maine, University of Maine at Farmington, University of New Hampshire, Southern Maine Community College and Carrabassett Valley Academy.


Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Levesque has more than 32 years of experience in economic and community development, land use planning and business management services.

Jill Frame, Marc McDonald and Robert Small joined the board of directors for Day One, based in South Portland. Frame is a school counselor at Yarmouth High School. McDonald is a business intelligence team lead in informatics at Martin’s Point Health Care. Small is vice president, commercial lending at TD Bank.


Bill York, of Mechanical Services and Maine Controls, was elected to the board of directors of the Propeller Club of Portland.


Bridgton Hospital was recently named one of the HealthStrong Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the U.S. Bridgton Hospital scored best among critical access hospitals on the iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index.

The following individuals were honored with the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s Community Spirit Awards:

Brenda Garrand, president of Garrand; and Laura Peabody, chief legal counsel for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and chair of the foundation’s board of directors.

Also recognized was Karen Voci, executive director of Harvard Pilgrim Foundation; Carter Friend, vice president of Community Impact, United Way of Greater Portland and a Harvard Pilgrim Foundation board member; Elinor Goldberg, former president and chief executive officer of the Maine Children’s Alliance and a Harvard Pilgrim Foundation board member.


Putney Inc. has launched a new veterinarian-focused website that simplifies the process of learning about its growing family of FDA-approved veterinary generic medicines. The new website features Putney’s Cefpodoxime Proxetil, the first and only FDA-approved veterinary generic of Simplicef, and includes information about Putney’s products. Putney’s new website is