Founding member Eleanor “Ellie” Baker retired in June from Baker Newman Noyes after 40 years of service.

During her tenure as managing principal from 2003 to 2008, and again from 2012 to 2015, Baker helped direct BNN’s expansion in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, which earned the firm national recognition as one of Accounting Today’s fastest-growing firms in the United States. In 2014, Baker was named one of Maine Magazine’s “50 People Shaping Our State.” Baker is widely recognized as a leading voice in the community, and has received multiple distinguished service awards from the Maine Society of Certified Public Accountants, University of Maine School of Law Alumni Association, Kennebec Council of Girl Scouts, YWCA, Junior Achievement, the American Heart Association, and University of New England. Baker also serves as trustee of the University of Maine School of Law Foundation, and as chairwoman of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

Baker previously spent 18 years in the Portland office of KPMG, one of BNN’s predecessor companies.

The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine announced the ordination of five local Interfaith Chaplains in the Class of 2016 at the 13th annual Ordination on June 5: Cheryl Cuddy and Aria Tuki, of Portland; Catharine Payson, of Cape Elizabeth; and Karen Orr and Myra Robinson, from Scarborough.

News from Nonprofits

Preble Street announced earlier this month that a new board president and three new members of the board of directors were elected. Incoming President Herb Janick, of Cape Elizabeth, is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP in Portland. Board member Stephen Pryor, of Yarmouth, is the complex director at RBC Wealth Management in Portland. Jennifer Wilson, of Yarmouth, is the corporate merchant for women’s apparel at L.L. Bean and the controller for the Forest Avenue Veterinary Hospital in Portland. She is also the vice chairwoman of the L.L. Bean board. John Roberts, of Falmouth, is the retired president and CEO of Assurant Employee Benefits.

Spurwink has hired Sara Masse as controller. Masse previously worked at Baker Newman Noyes in Portland.

Giving Back

Bill Sowles, president of Falmouth-based Morong Motors and his wife, Valerie, recently returned from completing the Everyone Loves Kids Charity Challenge, during which they raised $70,000 for three children’s charities.

The ELK Charity Challenge is an interactive car rally which pits philanthropic motorists against one another in a seven-day journey through seven cities where the only known destinations are the start and finish lines. Contestants have to decipher clues to make their way. Winning teams are awarded $10,000 at the end of each day for their respective children’s charities. The Sowles chose The Shriners Hospitals for Children, St. Jude’s, and Texas Equusearch, an organization based in Texas that searches for missing children all over the world.

At the 23rd annual Downeast Energy Golf Classic in June at the Brunswick Golf Club, 28 teams raised $10,000 to support Tedford Housing’s mission to find solutions to the challenges of homelessness. The golf classic has raised nearly $300,000 since its inception.

Through the efforts of Fontaine Family-The Real Estate Leader, with offices in Auburn and Scarborough, a wish will be granted for a child battling serious illness in Maine. The real estate agency recently raised $8,023 in a Bid for Wishes online auction to benefit Make-A-Wish Maine.


Maine Technology Institute approved five new grant applications this spring totaling $21,303 in awards to advance new product and process development in aquaculture and marine technology, precision manufacturing, environmental technologies and information technology. The awards leveraged $27,876 of matching contributions from the following recipients: Casco Bay Butter Company of Scarborough; Colby College in Waterville; ImageWorks of Portland; Delta Dewatering of South Portland; and Montalvo Corporation in Gorham.


Dr. David Moyer, an oral surgeon who practices in South Portland and lives in Cape Elizabeth, has been recognized by the Maine Dental Association with inclusion on its Honor Wall, which recognizes “those who have given extraordinary service to the Maine Dental Association.” Moyer has been practicing at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates in South Portland since 1989.

Sherry Morrison of the financial services firm Edward Jones in South Portland recently won the firm’s exclusive Spirit of Caring Award, designed to recognize financial advisers who exemplify the values, culture and spirit of giving back.

On the Move

CLYNK, a Maine-based bottle redemption company, announced major expansion plans to double in size. CLYNK now operates in 49 Hannaford supermarkets in Maine. In partnership with Hannaford supermarkets, the company will open CLYNK drop locations across the greater Albany and Schenectady areas of New York. 


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