Criterium Engineers, a consulting engineering company, has hired three new staff members.

John Holt Jr. was appointed chief operating officer. Holt has more than 30 years’ experience in marketing, strategic sales, advertising and operations. He also co-founded a firm that specialized in marketing analysis, brand development and business planning for clients worldwide.

Sara Hyland joined as national sales and marketing director. She brings over 20 years of marketing experience, including 10 years focusing on consulting engineering.

Asbed Sayadian joined as an engineering field technician servicing clients on the East Coast. Sayadian brings several years of experience as a project engineer in the building industry.

Erin Pike has joined St. Germain Collins as an environmental specialist.


Pike has nearly 10 years of experience in environmental consulting in New England. Her work will include conducting soil and groundwater sampling, underground storage tank removal inspections and environmental site assessments.

Troy Hendrickson joins Gorham Savings Bank as assistant vice president, senior business officer of its Scarborough branch.

Hendrickson brings more than 10 years of banking experience, most recently as vice president, banking center manager at The Bank of Maine. He is active in the community and serves on the board of River Tree Arts in Kennebunk.

Dan Morin recently joined MaineHealth as director of government affairs.

Morin, of Scarborough, comes to MaineHealth from the Maine Turnpike Authority. Before that, he was director of government affairs for the Kansas Medical Society, representing over 4,000 physicians.

Rachel Green joins Preti Flaherty’s business law group in Portland.


She focuses her practice on a wide range of matters, including corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and other transactions. Before joining the firm, Green practiced with a firm in New York. She lives in Portland.

Kate Domenico joined the Maine Veterinary Referral Center.

Domenico has been practicing small-animal medicine and surgery for more than 10 years. Before joining the Maine Veterinary Referral Center team in March 2014, she was a medical director of two veterinary hospitals in New Jersey.

Christopher Ryer joined the firm of Desmond & Rand P.A. in Westbrook.

Ryer’s practice includes the areas of real estate, business law and estate planning. Most recently, he worked for Seaborn Associates P.A. in Portland for 16 years.

Nina Edwards, M.D., a general surgeon, joins the medical staff at Central Maine Medical Center. She is practicing with Central Maine Surgical Associates in Lewiston.


Edwards specializes in minimally invasive surgery, also called laparoscopic surgery. Edwards previously worked for more than eight years at York Hospital in York. There, she served as chairperson of the breast committee and was medical director of Breast Care.

Kyle Johnson will join EMHS as vice president and chief information officer.

Johnson was previously vice president, chief analytics and integration officer of Trinity Health/CHE, based in Livonia, Mich. He has more than 30 years of experience in health care, including 16 years with Trinity Health/CHE, which serves communities in more than 20 states.

Todd Belanger was hired as new executive chef at CVC Catering Group in South Portland.

Belanger received his first executive chef position at The Deck House Cabaret Theater in Mount Desert Island. From there, he worked as sous chef at the Feather Falls Casino in Oroville, Calif. He spent the last two summers at Tides Beach Club in Kennebunkport. He cooked for former first lady Barbara Bush and former President George H.W. Bush.



Attorney Dale Gavin was elected partner of Thompson & Bowie LLP.

Gavin has been with the firm for over 10 years and practices employment and workers’ compensation law. Before joining the firm, Gavin worked for six years at the Maine Public Utilities Commission as a staff attorney and hearing officer.


Don Hanson, co-owner and director of behavior counseling and training at the Green Acres Kennel Shop in Bangor, was recertified as a professional dog trainer by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

Hanson recertified with 174 hours of continuing education.



Brain Injury Voices, a volunteer group based at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland, is being honored with a 2014 Hospital Award for Volunteer Excellence by the American Hospital Association. It’s one of only four programs chosen for this honor from nominees across the United States.

Members of Brain Injury Voices are brain injury survivors. The group works to educate medical professionals and the public about brain injuries; advocates for the importance of brain injury rehabilitation; and supports survivors and families through peer mentoring. Members of the organization have volunteered nearly 5,000 hours.

The Portland Water District was recently awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association.

The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. This is the 16th year in a row that the PWD has received this award.

Maine Float Rope, home of Down East Doormats, was recognized in Yankee magazine’s March/April issue with the “Editors’ Choice Home & Garden Award.”

This designation recognizes Yankee’s editors’ favorite New England home and garden shops, public gardens, garden ornaments and furniture, garden accessories and restaurant gardens.

The Junior Achievement Maine Business Hall of Fame laureates for 2014 include: Alan Ordway, director and owner of Winona Camp for Boys, posthumous; Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce; John Ryan, president of Wright-Ryan Construction Inc.

The induction ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. May 7 at the Marriott Sable Oaks in South Portland.

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