Mitchell Clyde Thomas joined the Franco Center as its new executive director.

Thomas, of Durham, is currently on the staff at The Chapman House in Auburn and previously served 14 years as communications director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine. He is also an adjunct professor in the humanities and social sciences departments at Central Maine Community College, and the choir director and organist at Calvary United Methodist Church in Lewiston.

n Karen Duddy joined Portland Monthly magazine as an advertising account executive.

Duddy was previously an account executive for Biddeford-Saco newspapers with Current Publishing and Mainely Media LLC. Prior to that, she was the executive director of the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Chamber of Commerce.

Christopher Riccardo of Portland joined the magazine as an advertising account executive, specializing in client relationships.

Most recently, he worked for the Muskie School of Public Service. He was also a freelance photographer.

 Michael Miller joined MaineToday Media as the assistant to Cliff Schechtman, executive editor of the Portland Press Herald.

Miller comes to the Press Herald after serving in the Army. He was stationed in Indianapolis and spent five years as a training and administrative supervisor. He was then selected to be the executive administrator to five commanding officers; providing high level executive administrative support, a role he held for four years. He received a Purple Heart in 2007.

 Jennifer DePrizio joined the Portland Museum of Art as the Peggy L. Osher Director of Learning and Interpretation.

Since 2006, DePrizio has served as director of visitor learning at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. She has taught museum education programs and art history courses at Tufts University’s museum studies graduate program, College of the Holy Cross, Anna Maria College and the Worcester Art Museum.

DePrizio will start Sept. 8.

 Nicki Noble Bean was hired as the director of marketing at The Nonantum Resort.

Bean has extensive experience in the tourism industry, ranging from international travel to destination marketing to hotel sales.

She previously worked as a tourism manager for the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce in New Hampshire, where she oversaw the city’s destination marketing efforts and co-founded Restaurant Week Portsmouth. She also spent four years working in downtown Boston at the Omni Parker House, one of Top 10 Historic Hotels in America.

n Bonnie Deveau was named director of quality and risk management at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland.

Deveau has experience in acute care hospital settings in Massachusetts and Maine. She has worked in a number of different roles that include nursing leadership, business development, marketing, community relations and most recently in quality and patient safety.


• Bob Gurry was promoted to director of marketing operations at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland.

He has worked there since 2010. He brings 20 years of marketing and health care management, public relations and business development experience.


• Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice recently presented the Robert D. Turcotte Award to three volunteers.

The 2014 award recipients are:

Melanie Lee, a volunteer since March 2007, who provides one-on-one therapeutic harp music to dying patients and for patients and families in the Rotunda. She lives in Auburn.

Bob Oliver of Lewiston, a volunteer since October 2005. He is known for helping up to five patients at one time. All the patients he visits are in a home setting and receive one of the following services: hospice, skilled home care, compass care or the community care team.

Cyndi Robbins of Poland, who became a volunteer after her husband, Mel, died in 2007. She is generous with her time, her finances and her resources.

 Wild Acres RV Resort and Campground, together with Sun RV Resorts, recently celebrated the resort’s 85th birthday. It’s one of the oldest campgrounds in Old Orchard Beach.

Wild Acres promotes traditional comforts like heated swimming pools and spas, planned activities and a video arcade. The resort also features an aerial adventure park that offers two ropes courses and a zip line.

 S. W. Cole Engineering Inc. celebrates its 35th anniversary.

What began as a three-person, one-office operation in Bangor has since become a 80-person, eight-office multidisciplinary company performing geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and special inspections, geoenvironmental services and ecological consulting throughout all of New England.

 Yarmouth Boat Yard achieved a Five Star marine industry certified status.

The dealership was recognized for its “exceptional sales and service experience for consumers.”

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