Kasia Park and Liam Paskvan joined Pierce Atwood’s Portland office.

Park joined the firm’s litigation group. In law school, she served as a judicial intern for Kermit V. Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She also interned at the International Association of Privacy Professionals and was a student attorney for the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic in Portland.

Paskvan joined the firm’s energy group. In law school, he served as a faculty research assistant and interned at the Conservation Law Foundation. In 2011, he worked as a summer clerk at Perkins Thompson PA.

Rita Furlow joined the Maine Children’s Alliance as a senior policy analyst. 

Furlow spent the past two years working as an advocate in the Office of Advocacy in Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services. She also worked as a civil rights attorney for the Disability Rights Center.

As an attorney in private practice, she advocated for children with disabilities and represented many individuals in special education matters.

Susan Paul, M.D., an internist, joined the medical staff at Bridgton Hospital. She is practicing with Bridgton Internal Medicine.

Prior to joining the practice, Paul worked as a contract physician on assignment at various health care practices throughout the United States. She lives in Naples.

Ernie Whitehouse was named chief operating officer of the Maine Real Estate Network.

Whitehouse, of East Boothbay, previously owned the real estate brokerage firm Coldwell Banker Harnden Beecher.

Dr. Jon Connolly was named vice president and dean of academic affairs at Kennebec Valley Community College.

Connolly, of Sheridan, Wyo., has more than a decade of leadership experience at colleges in Wyoming, Texas and Maine. Since 2009, he has served as vice president of academic affairs at Sheridan College and Gillette College of the Northern Wyoming Community College District.

Connolly replaces Karen White, who is retiring in October after 32 years working for KVCC.


Kathleen Fleury was named editor-in-chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine.

Fleury is the fifth editor-in-chief in the magazine’s nearly 60-year history, and the first woman to fill its top editorial position. She had served as managing editor for the past two years. She was hired there six years ago and has covered the Maine food scene extensively, including television appearances on “Throwdown with Bobby Flay,” as well as “Food Wars” as a celebrity judge.

Paul Doiron, who served as editor-in-chief for the past eight years, was named editor emeritus. Doiron started at Down East in 1999.


Diane Atwood, a former health care professional and television health reporter, was honored by the New England Society for Healthcare Communications with a Gold Lamplighter Award.

Atwood was recognized for her health and wellness blog, Catching Health with Diane Atwood.

Atwood began writing the blog in 2011. The Bangor Daily News carries the blog and she is a community blogger for WCSH6. In 2011, the Maine Public Relations Council recognized Catching Health with a Golden Arrow Award.

Androscoggin Bank was again recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Maine.

The bank excelled in this statewide survey and awards program that honors the best places of employment in Maine. It’s one of the 60 companies on this year’s list. The final rankings will be announced next month.


Robert Lynch, D.C., a clinic director at Lynch Chiropractic Arts Center in South Portland, was appointed by Gov. Paul LePage to the Maine Chiropractic Licensing Board.

Lynch has practiced in South Portland since 1976 when he established his practice with his father.


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