• Waynflete School hired the following people:

John Thurston was named director of college counseling. He brings 21 years of experience on both sides of the college admissions process. He comes from Bowdoin College, where he served as associate dean of admissions. He also served as associate director of college counseling at Brown University for seven years.

Sarah DeBenedictis joined as director of development.  She comes to Waynflete with 11 years of experience in fundraising. Most recently, she was director of annual giving at New Hampton School in New Hampshire.

They begin in their new positions July 1.

• Clark Insurance hired three people:

Diana Miville of Poland was named training and education director. She has 21 years of experience working with insurance underwriters and staff.

Carol Sulides-Yerxa of Scarborough was named an account manager in the business insurance department. She has more than 25 years of experience in insurance and risk management.

Nicole Robitaille of Portland joined as a business insurance account analyst. She is a graduate of Smith College.

 Sarah Doughty, an English major at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, joined Just Write Books’ publishing team as an intern for the publisher Nancy Randolph. Doughty, of Gorham, is on track to earn her bachelor of arts degree in December of 2015.

 Kathy Reynolds joined the Morning Sentinel as an account executive and media consultant in advertising. Reynolds, of Vassalboro, brings several years of sales experience as a Realtor for Century 21 in Waterville. She has been recognized many times as top seller of the month and top listing agent.

• Chelsea Diana joined the Portland Press Herald as a summer intern. She is a recent graduate of Boston University’s School of Journalism. She brings experience as a city desk intern with the Albany Times Union, a reporting intern at the West Roxbury/Roslindale Transcript, Alertnet intern at Thomson Reuters in London, and a newscast intern at 90.9 WBUR in Boston. She also served as city editor for the school’s award winning, independent student newspaper, The Daily Free Press, in 2011. In 2012 she was named editor-in-chief.

 Lorena Coffin joined Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. in Bath as executive director. He brings extensive experience in preservation and development.

 Jay Wilcox joined Winxnet as a senior technical support specialist. Previously, he was a systems administrator at Kennebunk Savings Bank.

 Doug Jones joined Biddeford Savings to further develop its commercial real estate and small-business loans portfolio in the Portland, South Portland, Scarborough, Gorham and Westbrook markets. Jones has more than 20 years of experience in the local banking industry, most recently with Peoples United Bank.

 Brian Wickenden joined Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty as senior vice president and office manager. Wickenden, a longtime resident of Camden, is the president of the Coastal Mountain Council of the Mid-coast Board of Realtors.

 Samantha Hill joined The First N.A. as vice president, business relationship officer, in Rockland’s Union Street office. She recently served as assistant vice president, branch manager, at Key Bank in Camden Square.


• Gilles Letourneau, co-founder and chief technology officer of InterSpec Inc., was named president and chief executive officer.

Letourneau has more than 30 years’ experience within the AEC industry. He was appointed by the board of directors to lead and sustain strategic development. He has a strong and long-standing background in architecture and computer programming.


• Dr. Mark Henschke was recognized by the Consumers’ Research Council of America as one of “America’s Top Physicians,” and will be listed in the prestigious “Guide to America’s Top Physicians” 2014 edition. He is a board-certified physician in internal medicine and medical management. He has a hospital-based practice in York. He’s also a clinical assistant professor in internal medicine in the osteopathic medicine program at the University of New England in Biddeford.

 Tammy Soucy, of Fontaine – The Real Estate Leader, recently earned her state sales agent license. She joined the company in 2012 and serves as field coordinator, preparing photographs, signage and lock boxes for each agency listing.

 Pam Dodd, of Pamela A. Dodd Agency, and Paul Parolin, of Paul Scott Parolin Agency, were designated Allstate Premier Agencies for 2014.

The Allstate Premier Agency designation is bestowed on less than 48 percent of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country. Dodd and Parolin were recognized for their “outstanding business performance and commitment to putting customers at the center of their agency’s work,” the news release said.

• Winxnet, an IT outsourcing and consulting firm in Portland, was named to the Ingram Micro 2014 SMB 500. The annual list recognizes the top 500 fastest-growing Ingram Micro U.S. channel partners serving the small and midsize business market. This is the third year in a row that Winxnet has received this recognition.


• Marcia Weeks of Portland was elected treasurer of the Northeast District Chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization Sisterhood.

Weeks joined PEO in 1989 and is a founding member of Chapter L-Maine. As treasurer for the Northeast District Chapter, she will serve 43 chapters in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, with a sisterhood totaling more than 1,300.

 Bernstein Shur attorney George Burns was elected by his colleagues to serve on the firm’s board of directors for a three-year term. He is recognized by Best Lawyers in America and listed as a New England Super Lawyer, as well as AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell for more than 25 years.