Hires, promotions, appointments

University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings announced that Dmitry Bam, the University of Maine School of Law’s associate dean, has been selected as the school’s interim dean. Bam will begin his new position on July 1, the same day that Dean Danielle Conway begins her new position at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. A national search will begin this summer to select a permanent dean.

Chalmers Insurance Group, has announced the addition of Katie Piper of Cumberland as personal lines new business sales manager

Maine Cancer Foundation welcomed new members to its Board of Directors. Linda Halleran of Yarmouth, of Town & Country Federal Credit Union, has coordinated the credit union’s sponsorship with the Foundation’s annual fundraisers for the past eight years. Portland resident Justin Lamontagne, of The Dunham Group is also a new board member.

Plastic + Hand Surgical Associates in Portland welcomes Caitlin Spain, who is certified as an oncology and acne aesthetician; she most recently worked at Plastic Surgery Center and Spa in Portland.

New ventures

The Portland International Jetport announced that United Airlines will begin Saturday and Sunday service to its hub in Denver, Colorado starting June 8. The seasonal service will run through Labor Day.

Freedom Boat Club of Maine is expanding by adding a third location at the new Fore Points Marina in downtown Portland at 58 Fore St., in the spring. 


The Opportunity Alliance in South Portland, which is the Community Action Agency for Cumberland County, recently received a $1,000 grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Maine Water to provide more fresh, healthy food to families in need in the community.

Maine Healthy Food Fund grant recipients awarded $25,000 by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care include Cumberland County Food Security in Portland to expand the gleaning initiative by recruiting more farmers, volunteers and residents, and Maine Farmland Trust, which serves Biddeford, Portland, Saco, South Portland and Westbrook, for outreach for Veggies for All, a food bank farm. 

Giving back

The Greater Portland Board of Realtors presented Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland with a check for $10,880 in January from funds raised at the Harvest Fest fundraiser, which kicked in a matching grant from the Maine Association of Realtors Foundation of $3,385.

Women Who Care announce grant recipients

100 Women Who Care of southern Maine, at their annual meeting on Feb. 4, voted to award two local organizations $13,000 each. Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services in Portland, based at the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, includes a diaper bank, the only program of its kind in the area. In addition, a donation was given to McAuley Residence, a community housing program designed to break the cycle of addiction, homelessness, and poverty for single women and their children.


Junior Achievement of Maine has been awarded one of JA USA’s highest honors, the Five Star Award, which recognizes JA Areas that meet national standards in operational efficiency and strong representation of the JA brand. 

RE/MAX Shoreline’s broker/owners, Derrick Buckspan and Rachel Reed, have been named the 2018 RE/MAX New England Broker Owners of the Year.  RE/MAX Shoreline includes headquarters in Portland and an office in Falmouth.

BamSpainRachel Reed and Derrick Buckspan of RE/MAX Shoreline in Falmouth and Portland, have been named the 2018 RE/MAX New England Broker Owners of the Year.

Leather quilt artist Linda Deming of Pownal has been accepted to the 2019 Pride & Joy quilt competition at the 30th annual Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, Virginia, being held from Feb. 28 to March 3.