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September 18, 2017


New hires

Drummond Woodsum, a law firm in Portland, hired Michael-Corey Hinton as an associate to its Indian law practice group and Erick Giles as a member of its service group for tribes. Hinton was previously an attorney at Akin Gump in Washington, D.C., while Giles was with the Indian Land Tenure Foundation.

Waterville Creates!, an arts and cultural organization in Waterville, hired Serena Sanborn as education and outreach coordinator.

Coastal Enterprises Inc. in Brunswick hired Nick Branchina as associate director, fisheries and aquaculture programs; Shannon Byers, business advisor (Bangor office); Sara Cunningham, CEI Capital Management LLC compliance assistant; Jennifer Kanwit, executive assistant; Courtney Parker, loan services administrator; and Ellen Rodgers, treasurer.

The Maine Department of Corrections hired Caroline Raymond as superintendent of Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland. Raymond was previously CEO at Day One in South Portland.

Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington hired Marni Mishler-Stietzel and Stacey Gutman as members of the medical staff of Franklin Health Surgery and the hospital. Mishler-Stietzel recently completed a five-year surgical residency at Northwell Health General Surgery while Gutman completed a five-year surgical residency at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

Fuseideas, an advertising agency in Portland, hired Jill Atwood as account director, Amber Caron as public relations director, David Goldberg as senior vice president strategy, Traci Greer as account director, Michelle LeBlanc as social media strategist, Alex McManus as associate media director and Dan Ventura as senior vice president interactive services. Five of the new hires came from the Portland ad agency Industrium, where Goldberg and Ventura were principals, Caron was director of public relations, LeBlanc was social media strategist and McManus was media supervisor. Atwood and Greer both came from CIEE, where Atwood was director of marketing for study abroad programs, while Greer was director of marketing for exchange programs.

Bar Harbor Trust Services in Ellsworth, a subsidiary of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, hired Kenneth Huitt as vice president, trust administrative officer. Huitt was most recently vice president of trust and investment administration at Idaho Trust Bank.

Final Draft CAD LLC, a BIM and CAD firm in Portland, hired Eric Rudolph as project coordinator. Rudolph was previously with the Maine Department of Transportation as an assistant engineer and underwater bridge inspector.

Portside Real Estate Group in Falmouth hired Tyson Wilkins as a Realtor and rental agent and Susan McPartlan and Amanda Johnson as Realtors.

Bigelow Investment Advisors in Portland hired Benjamin Flood as vice president and senior advisor. Most recently, Flood was a financial advisor with Key Investment Services LLC.

Landmark Realty in Portland hired David Jackson and Jesse Desper as agents.

Fluid Imaging Technologies, a laboratory instrumentation manufacturer in Scarborough, hired Nicole Gill as laboratory technician and Sam Foster as technical customer support associate. Gill was previously a fisheries biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, while Foster was an engineering project assistant at Old Town Canoe.

Bowdoin College in Brunswick hired Mary Baumgartner as executive director of communications and public affairs. Baumgartner was a partner and the chief strategy officer at GarrandPartners, a marketing and communications firm in Portland.

Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden hired Wendy Byrd as an account manager in the firm's insured benefits division.

SIS Bank in Sanford hired Catherine Buffum as a commercial lender.

Androscoggin Bank in Lewiston hired Ben Geci as chief lending officer and executive vice president. Geci was previously director of southern commercial banking and senior vice president for Cumberland and York counties at Camden National Bank.

Maine GOP in Augusta hired Rebecca Telega and Justin Davis as regional field directors for the 2018 Cycle. Telega was a field director for the Maine Republican Party in the 2016 Cycle while Davis served as clerk on the House Committee on Natural Resources in Washington, D.C.

Norway Savings Bank hired Andrea Wallace as assistant vice president, mortgage loan officer in Gorham and Standish.


New Dimensions Federal Credit Union in Augusta promoted Danielle Farmer to branch manager. Farmer was previously head teller and lending consultant.

Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington promoted David Rice to interim lead hospitalist. Rice was providing weekend coverage at hospital in addition to providing patient care at Franklin Health Intown Medicine, which will continue.


Matthew Bell was named to the National Small Business Association Leadership Council. Bell is co-founder, owner and operator of Northeast Pellets LLC in Ashland and immediate past president of the Maine Pellet Fuels Association.

North Yarmouth Academy appointed Christopher Lorenz, Barbara Marr, Drew Oestreicher and Betsy Tod to its board of trustees. Lorenz is president of Pine Capital Asset Management, Oestreicher is vice president, senior client advisor at Spinnaker Trust and Marr and Tod are parents of academy students.

Pine Tree Society, an organization in Bath serving Maine children and adults with disabilities, named Chris Comora to its board of directors. Comora is operational effectiveness director at Unum.

The Maine Bankers Association in Boothbay Harbor elected Andrew Silsby as chairman and Patricia Weigel as vice chair. Silsby is president and CEO of Kennebec Savings Bank and Weigel is president and CEO of Norway Savings Bank. In addition, elected to the executive committee for three-year terms expiring in June 2020 were: Lawrence Barker, president and CEO of Machias Savings Bank; Scott Conant, president and CEO of Damariscotta Bank & Trust Co.; and Charles Petersen, president and CEO of Biddeford Savings Bank.


The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor announced that its 2017 Wabanaki Artist Fellows are Donna Brown of the Penobscot Nation and Jeremy Frey and Geo Neptune, both of the Passamaquoddy tribe.

Bergen & Parkinson LLC, a law firm in Kennebunk, announced Susan Driscoll, Leah Rachin and Durward Parkinson were recognized in “The Best Lawyers in America,” 2018 edition. Driscoll was recognized for both commercial and municipal litigation, Rachin for municipal law and land use and zoning law and Parkinson for municipal law and municipal litigation.

Preti Flaherty, a law firm in Portland, announced that 42 of its attorneys were named to the “The Best Lawyers in America,” 2018 edition. The firm had 22 lawyers from its Portland office and eight from its Augusta office recognized on the list.

Bar Harbor/Oceanside KOA and Saco/Old Orchard Beach KOA Holiday were among 97 Kampgrounds of America affiliates to receive 2017 Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

Rudman Winchell, a law firm in Bangor, announced that 10 of its attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America,” 2018 edition.

The Women's Transportation Seminar, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, presented U.S. Sen. Susan Collins with its 2017 “Woman of the Year” award.

Maine Maritime Museum in Bath honored the trade association Maine Built Boats and the state's boat builders as a whole with the annual “Mariners Award,” presented to an individual or organization that has made extraordinary contributions to Maine's maritime heritage and significantly impacted the state's culture and economy. Past honorees have included the shipping company Eimskip USA, which has a major presence in Portland; William E. Haggett, former Bath Iron Works president and current CEO of Pineland Farms; and Linda Greenlaw, fishing captain and best-selling author.

iBec Creative, a digital agency in Portland specializing in website development, design and data-driven digital marketing, was awarded top honors in digital marketing by several New England associations for its role in Gorham Savings Bank's “Make Cents Checking Account” launch. The agency took first place in “Digital Marketing” from the New England Financial Marketing Association; gold in “Creative Excellence, Interactive Marketing — Social Media Campaigns” from the New England Direct Marketing Association; and silver in “Creative Excellence, Interactive Marketing — Banner Ads” from the New England Direct Marketing Association.

The Cardinal Health Foundation awarded Penobscot Community Health Care in Bangor grant funding from its Generation Rx Best Practices in Pain Management program. The health care organization was one of 10 to receive a one-year grant to create measurable action plans designed to modify opioid prescribing, increase patient engagement and improve outcomes for patients suffering from chronic, non-cancer pain.

Verrill Dana, a law firm in Portland, announced that 60 of its attorneys were included in “The Best Lawyers in America,” 2018 edition. In addition, 12 attorneys from the firm were named “Lawyer of the Year,” a recognition for only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area.

Debby Schling, a real estate broker with Newcastle Realty in Damariscotta, was named the “2017 Realtor of the Year” by the Lincoln County Council of the Merrymeeting Board of Realtors.

The Maine Windjammer Association selected Capt. Jim Sharp as its “2017 MWA Lifetime Appreciation Award” winner. Sharp was honored for preserving maritime history and tradition through his many boat restorations, published works, years as a windjammer captain and most recently as the founder of the Sail, Power & Steam Museum in Rockland.

Berman & Simmons, a law firm in Lewiston, announced that six of its attorneys were included in “The Best Lawyers in America,” 2018 edition.

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