Simone Grimes

Simone Grimes has been appointed chief financial officer of Acadia Insurance in Westbrook. She succeeds Charlie Hamblen, who will retire later this year. Grimes has diverse senior leadership experience in the worlds of finance and insurance, previously working at PricewaterhouseCoopers, then as a regional vice president at a national insurance carrier and most recently serving as the deputy chief operating officer and senior strategy executive at the Federal Housing Finance Agency in Washington, DC.

Eric Rasmussen

Hilary Ward

Gawron Turgeon Architects, of Scarborough, has announced two new hires to its team. Eric Rasmussen has joined the company as a project manager. He has over two decades of experience in a diverse range of markets including senior living, assisted living, residential, educational, healthcare, commercial and historic preservation. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College and a Master of Architecture degree from Boston Architectural College. Hilary Ward has been hired as a project architect. Over the past 20 years, Ward has applied her design expertise to senior living, residential, energy-efficient, commercial, federal and state projects. Her immediate focus will be on the senior living market. Ward holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Jennifer Baldwin has joined Maine Medical Partners – Hospital Medicine. After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Maine, she went on to earn her master’s in zoology and her osteopathic medical degree at the University of New England. Baldwin’s clinical interests include medical education and perioperative medical management.

Dr. Edward Bender has joined Maine Medical Partners – Pediatrics as its collaborative care, child and adolescent psychiatrist. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rochester, where he was also a Take Five scholar in German opera. Bender went on to earn his master’s degree from the University of Rochester Medical School, while serving as a tobacco dependence counselor.

Dr. John Ogorek has joined Maine Medical Partners – Women’s Health in the division of urogynecology.  After earning his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Samford University, he went on to complete his medical degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Ogorek then went on to complete his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

Dr. Hadi Anwar has joined Maine Medical Center – Pediatric Hospital Medicine. After earning his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia, he went on to earn his medical degree there. He then completed his residency in pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Deqa Dhalac 

Sister Judith Carey 

Dr. Jen Palminteri 

Victoria Morales

Northern Light Mercy Hospital has announced that Deqa DhalacSister Judith Carey, Dr. Jen Palminteri and Victoria Morales have joined its board of trustees.

Dhalac is the family engagement and cultural responsiveness specialist for Maine Department of Education and is the co-founder of Cross-Cultural Community Services, where she and her colleagues provide cultural competency trainings to organizations in Maine to better understand the challenge immigrants go through.

Carey is a member of the Sisters of Mercy and is a facilitator and organizational consultant. She has retired as the vice president of mission integration at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. She has received degrees from Diocesan Teachers’ College in Madison, Connecticut, St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Connecticut, and the University of Connecticut.

Palminteri, who has been practicing in Maine since 2011, is board-certified in internal medicine, critical care and pulmonary diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is also vice president of the Mercy medical staff. Palminteri attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed both her residency and fellowship at Maine Medical Center.

Morales is the executive director of Quality Housing Coalition and has spent most of her professional life working within communities to find practical solutions to shared challenges. Before joining Quality Housing Coalition, Morales co-founded the Maine Youth Court, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing school suspensions and youth incarceration through restorative practices.


Jeff Thaler

David Van Slyke

Jeff Thaler and David Van Slyke are the only Maine attorneys named in the nation’s 500 leading environmental and energy lawyers, resulting from two years of research by Lawdragon, a national legal media company. Thaler, a professor of practice at the University of Maine School of Law, is one of only 37 law professors selected for the honor. He is also associate university counsel for the University of Maine System. Previously, he was a partner in private law firms and a staff attorney at Maine Audubon Society.

Van Slyke is the managing partner of Portland law firm Preti Flaherty and a former chair of the firm’s environmental practice group. Prior to joining Preti Flaherty in 1991, he had a distinguished career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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