Steven Hewins was appointed executive director of Portland’s Downtown District.

Hewins had served as interim executive director since August. He has been involved in downtown Portland’s business and hospitality community for more than 30 years. 

Nicholas Labbe joined Northeast Security Systems as general manager and vice president of sales.

Most recently, Labbe was the deputy director of the public works department for the City of Auburn. 

Dorothy Moreau was hired as the human resources director for Community Partners Inc.

Moreau was previously the human resources director at Profile Bank in Rochester, N.H. 

Atoka Dumont, human resources director at Volk Packaging in Biddeford, joined the board of directors for Community Partners Inc.


Galan Williamson was promoted to regional correctional administrator for Region II – Juvenile for the Maine Department of Corrections.

Galan began his career with the Department of Corrections in 1997 as a juvenile caseworker. Most recently, he has served as a manager for Region III – Juvenile. 

Stacy Rodenberger was named interim director of learning and interpretation at the Portland Museum of Art.

Rodenberger has been at the museum since 2001. She has served as a project manager on the development of K-8 arts-integrated curricula based on the PMA’s collection, including the award-winning “Looking to Learn” and “Look at ME.” Rodenberger also develops classroom resources and professional development workshops for teachers.

She was honored with the 2011 National Art Education Association’s Eastern Region Museum Education Art Educator award and the 2010 Maine Art Education Association’s Art Advocate award.


Putney Inc., a pet pharmaceutical company, has ranked number 290 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500.

The company qualified for the recognition as a biotech/pharma company using its proprietary intellectual property in developing FDA-approved veterinary generics to drive revenue growth of 304 percent.

Company officials say the ranking recognizes the scientific expertise and marketplace innovation that drives its commercial success. 

The University of Southern Maine’s School of Business was named “best choice for Portland-area professionals” for the second consecutive year, according to The Princeton Review.

The USM School of Business is one of 78 schools in the Northeast and the only school in the state of Maine to be selected. 

Holly Hill-Coombs, Meesha Luce, Leann McKusic and Chris Wilson, who work at Allen Insurance and Financial, recently achieved the designation of Accredited Customer Service Representative from the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America.

They all work in the company’s Rockland office.


Volunteers of America Northern New England made the following changes to its board of directors.

Sarah Davies of Harpswell was named chairperson. She had served as vice chairperson for the past two years and chairperson of its development advisory council. She has been an IT recruiter for more than 12 years in Connecticut and Maine, working with local and national candidates to find the right resources for clients.

Cindy Namer of Bowdoin was named vice chairperson of the board. She has more than 20 years’ experience in planning, developing and managing programs and grants for affordable housing and homeless initiatives. 

Susan Barnicle of Scarborough was elected president of the Portland Ballet Board of Directors.

Barnicle is vice president of wealth management at Key Bank and is certified as a financial planner and wealth strategist. She has served on the board since 2008.

Melissa Lin of Portland was elected vice president of the board. She is a senior consultant with Stroudwater Associates.

Byron Bartlett of Portland was elected treasurer. He is vice president of business continuity and incident management with TD Bank.

Christine Atwood of Portland was elected secretary. She is a learning design consultant with L.L. Bean.

Other board members include Bridget Surber of Portland; Suzanne Roberge of Gorham; Stuart Nudelman of Ogunquit; Jeanne Shrum of Portland; and Eugenia O’Brien of Portland, artistic director.

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