BOARD APPOINTMENTS

Patsy Aprile

Partners Bank has announced that its board of directors has brought on Patricia Aprile as its newest member. Aprile, of York, currently serves as chief operating officer of Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford. She brings a wealth of knowledge and business experience to the bank, having served as a top-level official in the health care industry for over two decades. For more than three years, she has served on the Sanford Legacy Foundation, the last year and a half as president. Aprile has also been vice president for the MaineHealth Care at Home board and a director since 2012.

NEW HIRES

Sara Casale

Cornerstone Financial Planning recently hired Sara Casale to the firm’s Union Wharf location in Portland. Prior to joining Cornerstone, Casale worked in Albany, New York, as a registered investment adviser where she provided clients with comprehensive financial planning services. She graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Brian O’Coin

Brian O’Coin has joined Gorham Savings Bank’s commercial banking team as vice president, commercial loan officer. O’Coin has more than 16 years of expertise in commercial lending, having worked with customers across southern Maine and New Hampshire, from small, local businesses to regional middle-market companies. O’Coin most recently worked as vice president and senior business banking relationship manager at KeyBank, and prior to that was commercial workout officer for TD Bank N.A. in Portland. He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Maine. O’Coin and his wife, Julie, live in Falmouth with their two kids.

Anne Fleming

Diana Grandoni

Harpswell Capital Advisors added two new employees to its New Gloucester-based team; Anne Fleming and Diana Grandoni.

Fleming will work as compliance and marketing director. She previously practiced law in Massachusetts and worked in client/attorney relationship management in New York City. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector and currently serves as chair of the Yarmouth School Committee. Fleming earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bowdoin College and her juris doctor from Suffolk Law School.

Grandoni, client relations manager, will lead client onboarding, manage non-investment related client services, and support business development. Her prior experience is in nonprofit resource development, relationship-building, and marketing in Maine and beyond. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Simmons University and a master’s in policy, planning and management from the University of Southern Maine.

Sister Christianna Hamman

Sister Francesca Silver

Sister Christianna Hamman and Sister Francesca Silver will join the staff at Saint Dominic Academy as teachers while also overseeing and enhancing campus ministry on both the Auburn and Lewiston campuses starting in 2021-22.

Sister Christianna is currently a mathematics teacher and campus minister at Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon. She is proficient on the piano and organ and has a strong background in music, including as a music ministry leader at St. Thomas More Catholic Student Parish in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Sister Francesca is currently a middle school Spanish and religion teacher at St. Bridget School in Cheshire, Connecticut. In addition to her classroom experience, for the last decade she has been a program facilitator for Franciscan Land-Based Experiences, which facilitates and conducts day camps for children that introduce them to outdoor exploration, gardening, caring for animals, and team building. She also spent five years as a teacher and naturalist at Great Smoky Mountains Institute in Townsend, Tennessee.

Dustin Mallar

Dustin Mallar, named 2018 Associate of the Year during his six-year tenure with Walmart Distribution Center 7014 in Lewiston, has joined Auburn-based Maine Source Homes & Realty as an associate broker/realtor. Hailing from Litchfield, Mallar is a graduate of Oak Hill High School and Lewiston Regional Technical Center, where he focused on accounting, entrepreneurship and JROTC (U.S. Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps). Mallar has also served as a volunteer at the Brunswick Area Teen Center and Midcoast Humane Society.

Good Shepherd Food Bank is pleased to announce its recent hire of Meg Brown, Jenny Jones, Heidi Krieger and Joe Rice.

Brown will be nutrition and education coordinator, providing nutrition resources, support and education for the Food Bank’s nutrition and education program, partners, and clients.

Jones is the community resource representative for eastern and northern Maine. In this role, Jones provides customer service, education, and support to Good Shepherd Food Bank’s partner agencies and retail store donors.

Krieger joined the Good Shepherd Food Bank team in January as the community resources manager. She supervises, coaches and mentors the remote team of community resource representatives, providing support in network compliance, professional development and performance management.

Rice joined Good Shepherd Food Bank in the summer of 2020 as a volunteer. Previously, he volunteered for many years at the Preble Street resource center. Rice joined the supply chain’s operations team as an inventory and quality management specialist last fall and by early 2021, he was offered and accepted the Auburn distribution center supervisor position.

HONORS & AWARDS

Kathleen Delehanty and Sheila Sylvester

Sheila Sylvester of Lewiston and Kathleen Delehanty of Auburn were recently honored with the 2021 Margaret Ross Award for their nine years of volunteering in the education center at SeniorsPlus. The annual award recognizes that the two women have made significant contributions to the agency and the larger community. SeniorsPlus is the designated Area Agency on Aging, serving Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties. Forming a cohesive volunteer team, Sylvester tackles the paperwork while Delehanty completes data input. When the pandemic hit, the two became the first Friendly Caller Program volunteers, connecting with clients to help decrease social isolation.

Meesha Luce

Meesha Luce of Allen Insurance and Financial recently earned the certified professional insurance agent (CPIA) designation from the American Insurance Marketing and Sales Society. The CPIA designation emphasizes critical skills in insurance underwriting, coverages marketing and client services. Luce is a member of the MIAA Young Agent Committee, and was named Maine’s Young Agent of the Year in 2017. She joined Allen Insurance and Financial in 2006. A graduate of Medomak Valley High School, Luce resides in Hope.

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