NEW HIRES

Angela Cole Westhoff

The board of directors of the Maine Health Care Association has selected Angela Cole Westhoff of Sidney to be the association’s next president and chief executive. She will succeed Rick Erb, who is retiring after 20 years with MHCA. Westhoff has most recently served as executive director of the Maine Dental Association and had held a similar position with the Maine Osteopathic Association. Wanda Pelkey, chair of the MHCA board of directors, cited Westhoff’s knowledge and skills as a terrific complement to an experienced and dedicated MHCA team.

Emily Crowley

Portland law firm Curtis Thaxter has announced that Emily Crowley recently joined its litigation and employment practice groups. Experienced in litigating a wide variety of business and employment disputes before courts and government agencies, Crowley also advises employers on employment law and personnel matters. A native of midcoast Maine, Crowley was a litigator in Boston for nearly a decade prior to joining the firm.

Tarja Oliver

Lauren Stasz

Northeast Hearing & Speech has hired audiologist Tarja Oliver and speech-language pathologist Lauren Stasz. Oliver, of Alfred, earned a bachelor’s degree in speech, language and hearing sciences from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a doctor of audiology degree from Northeastern University. She completed her fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she was also a fellow at the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program. Oliver is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and currently serves as the Maine representative on its Committee of Ambassadors. Stasz, of Saco, earned a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Maine and a master of science in communication sciences and disorders from Emerson College. She completed clinical practicums at Wells Public Schools, Northeast Hearing & Speech, Center for Communication, and York Hospital prior to joining Northeast Hearing & Speech. Stasz’s areas of special interest include Autism Spectrum Disorder and cultural and linguistic diversity.

Dale Carnegie Maine is pleased to announce that Violetta Obarewicz has joined the team as an executive assistant/social media coordinator. Obarewicz is a Polish writer and photographer who joined the group after beating over 60 qualified applicants for the position. With her peaceful smile and positive outlook, she has proven herself to be quite the talented individual, exhibiting strong skills in writing, photography, videography, and of course, social media marketing. When not working, Obarewicz is most often found reading, as well as practicing her photography and spending time with family.

Perkins Thompson is pleased to welcome Jason Caron as an attorney practicing in the firm’s litigation/bankruptcy, business & corporate, and real estate law practice areas. He is a seasoned litigator who brings a wealth of experience assisting a wide range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to “mom-and-pop” businesses in lawsuits, bankruptcy proceedings, arbitrations and mediations all over New England. Caron also regularly assists clients with routine business and real estate matters, including business formation, contracts, leases and licensing.

PROMOTIONS

Jonathan Isacco

Maria Lussier

Jonathan Isacco and Maria Lussier have each been promoted by USCellular. Isacco was named retail area sales manager for the company’s New Hampshire and Greater Portland area. He is responsible for leading store associates in Manchester, Keene, Concord, Tilton, and West Lebanon, New Hampshire, as well as Scarborough, South Portland, Westbrook and Topsham. Isacco joined USCellular in 2007 and currently resides in Manchester with his wife, Anne. Lussier was promoted to agent development manager at the company’s agent retail locations in New Hampshire, Vermont and southern Maine. In this role, Lussier is responsible for leading her group of agent owners as their technology experts help customers select the devices, plans and consumer electronics to best meet their needs. She brings more than 30 years of wireless experience to her new role. Lussier lives in Bedford, New Hampshire, with her fiancé, Dr. Peter Remillard, and her daughter, Katie.

Reid Hayton-Hull

Reid Hayton-Hull has been promoted to practice group leader of Portland law firm Drummond Woodsum’s real estate practice. For over six years, Hayton-Hull has been a member of the business services group, where she focuses her practice on commercial transactions and commercial real estate. In her career, she has represented individuals, businesses, municipalities and tribes in a variety of matters. Hayton-Hull is an honors graduate of Carleton College and the University of Maine School of Law.

Emily Cooke

Portland law firm Pierce Atwood LLP has named firm partner Emily Cooke chair of the banking & financial services practice, succeeding firm partner Jack Manheimer. Cooke’s practice focuses on commercial transactions, compliance and corporate governance for a range of clients, including financial institutions, health care organizations, insurance industry participants, educational institutions, nonprofit entities and small businesses. She earned her degree from Georgetown University Law Center, is a member of the Order of the Coif, and was notes editor of Georgetown Law Journal. Cooke received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.

AWARDS & HONORS

Kristie Clark

Jaime Stone

Two Maine principals, Kristie Clark and Jaime Stone, have been honored with Principal of the Year awards. Clark, of Hall-Dale Elementary School, was named Maine’s NAESP National Distinguished Principal of the Year for 2021 and Stone, principal at Camden Rockport Middle School, has been named Maine’s NASSP Principal of the Year for School Year 2021-2022. Clark was a Teacher of the Year Nominee in 2001, received the Milken National Educator Award in 2010, and is also a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals and Association of Supervision and Evaluation, the Maine Principals’ Association. Stone received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Maine in 1998. She then went on to Johns Hopkins University, where in 2006 she obtained her Master of Education in administration and supervision.

BOARD APPOINTMENTS

Dr. Mark Fourre

Dr. Mark Fourre has been named a trustee of the Maine Community College System. Fourre is president of Coastal Healthcare Alliance and a longtime senior health care executive in Maine, and was nominated by Gov. Janet Mills to the MCCS board of trustees and confirmed by the Maine Senate. As president of Coastal Healthcare Alliance, he is the senior executive for Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital. Prior to that, he was chief medical officer at LincolnHealth. Fourre earned his doctorate from University of Minnesota Medical School and has held faculty appointments at University of Vermont School of Medicine and University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine.

Wai-Houng Leung

Wai-Houng Leung, director of information technology at InterMed P.A., has been named as a new member to the board of directors of the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.

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