Randall B. Hobbs, grandson of founders Frank Hobbs Sr. and Elizabeth Hobbs, joined the staff at the Hobbs Funeral Home as a practitioner trainee. His father, Jeffrey Hobbs, is president and owner.

Hobbs, of South Portland, is working full time while completing his degree in funeral service at Mount Ida College. Once graduated, he will complete his apprenticeship and take his state and federal certification board examinations.

 Norton Insurance Agency has hired Katie Piper as a personal insurance account executive and Nicole Goodrich as a commercial lines producer.

Piper, of Casco, has 12 years of experience in the insurance industry, most recently serving as a commercial lines account manager with United Insurance, Bradish-Young in Falmouth. Prior to that, she was a personal lines account manager with United Insurance Haley Agency.

Goodrich, of Freeport, previously served as account executive at Cross Insurance, with a division formerly known as Willis of Northern New England. Prior to that, she was an account manager with United Insurance Group.

 Competitive Energy Services, a strategic energy consulting firm in Portland, has hired Linda Hyatt as a pricing and products manager.

Hyatt previously worked for BlueTarp Financial in Portland as a member of its Dealers Services Group.

 Diversified Communications announced the following hires:

Lauren McDermott joins as a marketing and sales administrator. Most recently, McDermott worked for CeQur Corp. in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Lora Burns was hired as a conference coordinator. Burns was previously with the University of New England in Portland.

David Cohen joins as a conference attendee and sponsorship sales representative. Cohen was previously with Hammond Lumber Co. in Brunswick.

Emily Steele joins as an attendee sales representative. Steele was previously employed with WEX Inc. in South Portland.

Krista DeMario joins as a customer service representative. DeMario was previously employed with CIEE in Portland.

Josh Frautten was hired as a help desk technician. Frautten was previously with Anthem in South Portland.

Kerry Gross joins as a market research analyst. Gross previously worked for Digital Research Inc. in Kennebunk.

Susan Quinn Seavey joins as a receptionist.

 Monaghan Leahy LLP has hired Nicholas Loukes as an associate.

His primary areas of practice are in commercial lending, real estate and corporate law. Loukes is admitted to practice in all Maine state courts as well as the U.S. Federal Court for the District of Maine.

Hurley Solutions, a technology company, has added Erin Hurley as a principal.

Hurley brings 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.

 The Portland Museum of Art has hired Sarah Drake as a development operations coordinator.

Drake most recently worked as assistant to the director and as membership coordinator at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. She also worked as an administrative assistant and receptionist at Dietz Associates Inc. and as a volunteer/intern at the Kennebunk Historical Society.

 USI Insurance Services has added three personal lines account managers to its South Portland office.

Kristan Brown brings five years of experience in personal lines customer service and new business. Prior to USI, she worked for AAA Northern New England in Portland. Pamela Singer has 11 years of experience with a background in commercial insurance. Her experience includes working with trusts, high value homes and surplus lines. Sam Atwood joins USI with three years of experience. Prior to joining USI, Atwood worked at AAA Northern New England.


 Paul Doughty was promoted to service operations manager for Siemens Building Technologies in Scarborough.

Doughty has more than 25 years of experience working in the commercial building service industry.

 Rebecca Winslow was promoted to senior vice president, director of sales at Gorham Savings Bank.

Winslow previously served as regional vice president, senior business officer. He has more than 25 years of experience in retail banking and business development.

 Johanna Szillery, an environmental scientist at CES Inc., was appointed to the Maine State Board of Certification for Geologists and Soil Scientists.

Szillery joined the firm in 2013 and is a Maine Certified Soil Scientist and has served as president of the Maine Association of Professional Soil Scientists.


 The Maine Cancer Foundation recently announced officers to its board of directors.

David Mitchell will serve as president for a two-year term. Mitchell is vice president of investments at the Portland Harbor Group of Raymond James in Portland. He joined the board in 2007 and was appointed to a second term in 2010.

Chip Harris was elected vice president for a two-year term. Harris, of Cumberland, is currently a principal at Kilbride & Harris Insurance Services in South Portland.

Peter Rinck was named secretary. Rinck, of Buckfield, is president of Rinck Advertising, Inc. in Auburn.

Matt Jacobson was named treasurer. Jacobson is an independent consultant specializing in business development, M&A, operations, IT, logistics and government affairs.

Tim Mellen joined the board. Throughout his career, Mellen worked for various financial institutions to restructure and provide profitable strategic alternatives. In recent years, he has volunteered for the local Habitat for Humanity group and enjoyed participating with other volunteers on construction and rehab projects. He also volunteers with SCORE and a number of community organizations.