NEW HIRES

Kneka Smith

Kneka Smith has been appointed vice president of operations for academic affairs at MaineHealth and Maine Medical Center. Smith brings over two decades of academic affairs and healthcare educational leadership experience to this new role, most recently serving as associate dean of academic affairs at A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. Smith also held a leadership role at University of New England, where she supported the launch of the College of Dental Medicine in Portland, and was director of the From the First Tooth initiative at MaineHealth.

Lucas Chapman

Lucas Chapman has joined the horizontal infrastructure assessment group at Wright-Pierce. He will be responsible for performing field investigation services to support municipal clients in sustainable, cost-effective management of wastewater collection, stormwater sewers and water distribution system assets. With more than 12 years in the public and private sectors, he will help clients take a predictive approach to making infrastructure improvements.

Nathan Colannino

Boyle Associates has hired Nathan Colannino as a project scientist in their Portland office. Colannino is a graduate of Bowdoin College and has experience in renewable energy.

Johnathan Jenkins has joined OTELCO as a senior network architect in its Portland office. Jenkins worked previously at Consolidated Communications as a network architect and lives in New Hampshire.

Michael Blaich has joined OTELCO as a technical support technician in the Bangor office. Previously, Blaich worked in IT for the University of Maine and most recently was the New England field technician for Ericsson. Blaich lives in Old Town.

John Felger has joined OTELCO as a technical support technician in the Bangor office. Felger spent a decade working at Texas State University, where he managed technical support and computer lab maintenance and administrated within the chemistry department. He is a resident of Bangor.

PROMOTIONS

Pierce Atwood LLP has named Sarah B. Tracy and Kris J. Eimicke co-chairs of the firm’s energy infrastructure project development and finance practice group. Tracy advises generators, utilities and large commercial energy users on state and federal energy issues. Eimicke focuses on complex business transactions, with an emphasis on those involving federal and state tax credits, including renewable energy tax credits and other economic development programs, such as opportunity zones and new markets tax credits.

BOARD APPOINTMENTS

Krystal Williams

Burak Sezen

KinoTek Inc has appointed Krystal Williams and Burak Sezen to the company’s inaugural board of directors, joining KinoTek co-founder Justin Hafner. Williams was a water sanitation technician in the Peace Corps. She spent a decade in senior management roles at John Deere and practiced as a transactional and regulatory attorney before founding her own firm. She is director and equity officer for the Maine ACLU and director for the Lerner Foundation. Sezen is a partner and co-founder at 6ixth Event, an investment firm focused on early-stage startups and alternative assets and markets. He also co-founded two healthcare technology startups.

Daniel Strader and Michael Hernandez

Pierce Atwood employment attorney Daniel Strader has been named vice chair of the impact investment committee of the Brick & Beam Society, and firm intellectual property and trademark attorney Michael Hernandez has joined The Summit Project board of directors. Brick & Beam’s impact investment committee is responsible for soliciting and evaluating grant applications, and then deciding how to invest the membership’s funds. The Summit Project is a living memorial that honors the memories of Maine’s post-9/11 fallen soldiers, “through education, fellowship, and physical activity.” Surviving families unearth and donate stones that uniquely represent their loved ones.

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

Kate Swayze

Kate Swayze of Phi Builders + Architects in Rockport has passed her exams to become a certified interior designer. After graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, Kate moved to Maine and began working at Phi Builders + Architects with designers and builders who helped hone an understanding of construction methods and a practical application of design theory.

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