New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

Maine Medical Partners, an affiliate of Maine Medical Center, has added three new physicians to its practice. Dr. Megan Abbott has joined MMP’s Portland office, specializing in otolaryngology. She completed her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, and performed a clinical research fellowship in plastic and oral surgery at Children’s Hospital there. Dr. Jessica Pollard has joined the Scarborough-based pediatric cancer program of Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Seattle Children’s Hospital and a fellowship there in pediatric hematology and oncology. Dr. Nora Ham-Ting Cheung will practice surgery as part of MMP’s Portland office. She completed an acute-care surgical fellowship at University of Michigan Health Systems, and her residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Baker Newman Noyes, an accounting and consulting firm, has added eight staff members to its Portland office. They are: Michael Bailey, Sarah Balaban-Garber, Joseph Begin, Marissa Black, Christopher Floyd, Benjamin Hubert, Dylan Moulton and Kelly Parks.

Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution recently promoted Sarah Gonneville to customer relationship officer at the bank’s South Portland branch. Joining the bank in 2012 as a teller, she was promoted to customer relationship associate earlier this year. Gonneville is a graduate of Biddeford High School, the University of Southern Maine and the University of Phoenix Online.

The Southern Maine Community College Foundation has named five new members to its board of directors. The newly members are: John Boyne, senior financial adviser at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; Eric Bruneau, owner of South Portland House of Pizza; Mary McQuillen, a partner at Verrill Dana law firm; Robin Neely, a stained-glass conservator and consultant; and Matt Wickenheiser, manager of public relations and communications at Bath Iron Works.

Eben Adams, of South Portland, and Amy Booth, of Cumberland, have been elected to the board of directors of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association, a statewide organization of commercial real estate owners, developers and service providers. Adams is a partner in Portland law firm Pierce Atwood. Booth serves as senior vice president at CBRE/The Boulos Co.


Shalom House honored three humanitarians, Cullen Ryan, Kevin Mannix and Linda Rota, with its annual Shalom House Hope Awards, presented Nov. 6 at Ocean Gateway in Portland. Mannix and Rota received the Johnson & Korda Innovations Award for their contributions to the fight against the stigma of mental illness. Mannix is a weather forecaster at WCSH-TV 6 in Portland, and his wife, Rota, is a licensed social worker at KidsPeace. Ryan, the executive director of Community Housing of Maine, received the Joseph Brannigan Community Excellence Award for his advocacy of supportive housing options for the homeless and special needs populations of Maine.

Clarence Smith, a volunteer at Beacon Hospice in South Portland, was recently honored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization at its national conference in Nashville, Tennessee. His “Volunteers are the Foundation of Hospice” Award recognizes those who best reflect the universal concept of volunteerism and serve as an inspiration to others. Smith has volunteered at Beacon since 2007, and has logged 1,200 hours in weekly patient visits.

Mitchell Ledge Farm, operated by Andy LeMaistre and his family in Freeport, was recently selected as the 2014 Outstanding Conservation Farm by the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District. The award recognizes practices the 155-acre farm, on Flying Point Road, has implemented to maintain and improve soil, water and other natural resources.

Mercy Hospital, of Portland, received an “A” grade in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of leading experts on patient safety, and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent, nonprofit industry watchdog organization.

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