Laura Hiestand joined Bar Harbor Bank & Trust as vice president and residential lender. She will be based in its Main Street office in Topsham.

Hiestand, of Bath, has 22 years of mortgage banking experience, most recently at Primary Residential Mortgage in Bath.


Geoffrey Aleva was promoted to vice president, structural engineer and senior project engineer at Civil Consultants in South Berwick.

Aleva joined the firm in 1996 as a staff engineer. He currently leads the structural department.


Joel Merry, sheriff of Sagadahoc County, was elected chair of the State Board of Corrections.

Merry has served as the sheriff of Sagadahoc County since 2009. He was appointed to the board in April.

Paul Nelson, a junior at the University of Southern Maine, was selected to serve on the board of trustees of the University of Maine System.

Nelson is majoring in political science and minoring in business at USM. He graduated from Old Town High School in 2012, and then joined the 101st Air Refueling Wing of the Maine Air National Guard.

Kim True, BikeMaine ride director for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, was selected to join the board of directors of the National Bicycle Tour Directors Association.

The Maine Health Access Foundation elected three new members to its board of trustees and six new members to its community advisory committee.

The new trustees are: John Benoit of Scarborough, president, employee benefits solutions at the Holden Agency; Deborah Deatrick of Freeport, senior vice president for Community Health at MaineHealth; and Catherine Ryder of Windham, executive director of Tri-County Mental Health Services.

The new members of the community advisory committee: Lisa Belanger of Yarmouth, director of health and counseling services at the University of Southern Maine; Robert Davis of Harpswell, business development officer at Mechanics Savings Bank; Ann Gahagan of Caribou, a registered nurse at Pines Health Services; Holly Gartmayer-DeYoung, chief executive officer at Eastport Health Care, Inc.; Meg Haskell of Stockton Springs; a communications specialist at The Jackson Laboratory; and Marjorie Withers of Cooper, a director at Community Caring Collaborative.


Gary LaPlante was named director of security for the Maine Department of Corrections.

LaPlante started his career as a guard at the Maine State Prison in Thomaston and held several positions there and at the Bolduc Correctional Facility. He was director of security for the Maine Correctional Center and in 2011, director of security for the department. He became the senior deputy in 2014 at the Maine Correctional Center.