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June 27, 2016


New hires

CBRE|The Boulos Co. hired Cole Smith as an associate in Portland.

Pierce Atwood, a law firm in Portland, hired Christine Burke Worthen as a partner with experience in ERISA and employee benefits, health care law and federal and state tax matters. Worthen was previously associate general counsel for Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

MAC Air Group in Portland hired Pat Reed to lead the launch of a new shared ownership program.

H&D Title & Closing Services LLC in South Portland hired Marcia Corradini. Corradini was previously an attorney with Jensen Baird Gardner & Henry.

The American Heart Association in Maine hired Rebecca Adams as a corporate events director. Previously, Adams was with Townsquare Media radio group.

The city of Portland hired Christopher Branch as public works director. Branch previously served as director of public works/services for the city of Lewiston.

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice in Lewiston hired Kenneth Albert as president and CEO. Albert recently served as director and COO for the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention.

WCSH 6 in Portland hired Adrienne Stein as executive producer of NEWS CENTER's Morning Report. Stein is an award-winning television news journalist who was an anchor/reporter for WGME in Portland.

Experience Maritime Maine, a free travel planning resource for visitors to Maine, hired Jessica Skwire Routhier to coordinate project activities through the end of 2016. Routhier, an independent museum professional, nonprofit consultant, copy editor and arts writer in South Portland, was the coordinator of the Maine Photo Project in 2015.

Diversified Communications, an international media company in Portland, hired Casey Reynolds as an attendee acquisition and development representative. Reynolds was previously with Amcomm Verizon Wireless in Waterville.

The MEMIC Group, a workers' compensation firm in Portland, hired Natalie Campaneria and Debra Willard Webb as safety management consultants. Campaneria, a physical therapist, will work in the organization's Florida territory while Willard Webb, a certified occupational health nurse-specialist, joined the firm's Maine Loss Control team.


First National Bank in Damariscotta, promoted Patti Gwara to vice president, electronic services officer. Gwara has been with the bank for 18 years and has served as the bank's operations officer since 2011.

WBRC Architects Engineers in Bangor promoted Kris Kowal, architect; Stephanie Laplant, electrical engineer; Dan Monroe, mechanical engineer; and Paul Monyok, civil engineer to senior associates and shareholders.

Androscoggin Bank in Lewiston said Britany Hustus has been promoted to vice president commercial loan processing.

PeoplesChoice Credit Union promoted Kevin Cerroni to branch manager at its Operations Center in Saco.

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Augusta promoted Francis Brautigam to Fisheries and Hatcheries Division director. For the past 13 years, Brautigam was the lead biologist in the southern Maine/Sebago region where he oversaw the management of Sebago Lake and other waters in York and Cumberland counties.

TEGNA Inc. promoted Brian Cliffe to president and general manager of WCSH 6 in Portland. Cliffe, who was previously director of sales for the television station, will also oversee WLBZ 2 in Bangor.

CES Inc., a firm of engineers, environmental scientists and land surveyors in Brewer, promoted Travis Noyes and John Pond to executive vice presidents. Noyes was most recently engineering division director and senior vice president while Pond was environmental division director and senior vice president.


United Way of York County added Michelle Boucher of Unum and Todd Cesca of Charter Oak Capital Management to its board.

David Colter was elected to serve as a director of both Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and its parent company, Bar Harbor Bankshares. Colter is president and CEO of GAC Chemical Corp. in Searsport. The bank also elected independent director David Woodside as chairman of its board. Woodside, who has been a member of the board since 2003, is president and general manager of The Acadia Corp.

Maritheresa Frain was elected to The Forum Council by the institutional members of The Forum on Education Abroad. Frain is executive vice president of study abroad for CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange in Portland.

The Alzheimer's Association in Scarborough announced Robert O'Keefe was elected to its national board of directors. O'Keefe, a North Waterboro resident, is a retired insurance company executive. Since his Alzheimer's diagnosis O'Keefe has involved himself heavily in activities of the association locally in support groups, as well as a member of the Maine Chapter Board and across the country as a member of the National Alzheimer's Association's Early Stage Advisory Group.

Michele Morrison was appointed to the Freeport Community Improvement Association as a board member. The association enhances the beauty of Freeport through the planting of trees, shrubs and flowers.


The Maine Real Estate & Development Association announced the recipients of its 2015 Notable Projects Awards at its annual spring conference in Portland. Winners included: Circular Block Building, Bangor, Robert Perry Builders; Capital Judicial Center, Augusta, Maine Judicial Branch; Press Hotel, Portland, Brady Enterprises; The Mill at Dover-Foxcroft, Arnold Development Group; West End Place, Portland, LWS Investments and Redfern Properties; and Pepperell Mill Campus, Biddeford, Doug Sanford.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry recognized Pat and Dave Thompson with its Frank Knight Community Service Award during its 2016 Maine Arbor Week Celebration. The Thompsons are Orono Tree Board members and volunteers.

The Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce announced its annual award winners including Ted Silar as the winner of the Individual Community Service Award; Community Energy Fund, Organization Community Service Award winner; Dow Furniture, Business Enhancement Award winner; and Randall Miller, Business Person of the Year.

Kennebec Valley Community College in Augusta presented Churchill Elangwe with its Distinguished Alumni Award during the college's 46th commencement exercises. Elangwe, a 2006 graduate of the college's electrical technology program, is a quality assurance engineer at Wunderlich-Malec, an engineering firm in Winslow.

The Maine Wood Products Association in Topsham announced Little Harbor Window Co. in Berwick was selected as its Pine Tree Award winner and Maine Grilling Woods LLC in Waldo as its Pine Cone Award winner.

Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden announced that Meesha Luce, Leann McMusic, Chris Wilson and Diane Zollo are now licensed to sell life insurance in Maine. All four are personal insurance account managers in the firm's Rockland office.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New England honored its top-50 affiliated sales associates, including Betsy Ames-Fitzgerald, Kennebunkport; David Gleason, Brunswick; and Bryce Hamilton, Portland.

Maine Association of Nonprofits announced the participants of its fourth annual Nonprofit Leadership Institute. The program supports new executive directors who have been on the job for three or fewer years build strategic management skills. Participants include: Nici Carbone, Kids First Center, Portland; Margaret Hoffman, Boothbay Railway Village, Boothbay; Arian Clements, Sexual Assault Support Services of Southern Maine, Brunswick; Jacob Korb, Main Street Bath, Bath; Joan Cohen, Southern Maine Community College Foundation, South Portland; Erin Meyer, Herring Gut Learning Center, Port Clyde; Cheryl Daigle, Maine Lakes Society, Belgrade Lake; Sarah Miller, Augusta Food Bank, Augusta; Jessie Davis, Friends of the Strand Theatre, Rockland; Rilwan Osman, Maine Immigrant & Refugee Services, Lewiston; Lynda Doughty, Marine Mammals of Maine, Kennebunk; Kimberly Preble, United Way of Oxford County, South Paris; Matt Dubel, Cathance River Education Alliance, Topsham; Ted Quaday, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Unity; Jennifer Fullmer, Boots 2 Roots, Biddeford; Charles Rudelitch, Sunrise County Economic Council, Machias; Kirsten Herbert, Maine Rural Water Association, Richmond; and Ian Stewart, Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Camden.

Verrill Dana, a law firm in Portland, was rated as a Leading Firm in six Maine categories and three sub-categories evaluated by Chambers & Partners, a legal research and publishing firm. A total of 39 attorneys from the firm were recognized, including 28 in Maine. The firm also announced that it was listed as a “Notable Firm” in Maine for its Intellectual Property practice in Managing Intellectual Property's 2016 IP Stars Guide. James Goggin, Tim Shannon and Thomas Newman were all individually recognized for the second consecutive year, with special recognition for a recent victory helping to cancel the trademark on the term “fire cider,” a common product made by small herb farms.

Bernstein Shur, a law firm in Portland, earned top ratings in Chambers USA, a directory of the nation's top law firms and leading business lawyers. The firm received the highest possible ranking in three practice areas: Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions, Energy and Natural Resources and Real Estate. In addition, 26 attorneys were individually recognized and eight were ranked in the top band in their areas of practice. The firm also said shareholder Anthony Perkins was awarded the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development Compass Award for his many years of mentorship through the Top Gun business acceleration and development program.

The Maine Credit Union League recently presented its annual awards. Winners included: John Doe, vice chair of the board at Eastmill FCU in East Millinocket, Alexander Ferguson Award for Outstanding CU Volunteer; Denise Dube, operations manager at Lisbon Community FCU, Jeannette G. Morin Award for Outstanding CU Employee; Scott Chretien, president/CEO of York County FCU in Sanford, James M. Gratto Award for Outstanding Credit Union CEO; Jim Lemieux, president/CEO of Sebasticook Valley FCU in Pittsfield, League President's Award; Dorna Girardin, member service phone rep at Town & Country FCU in South Portland, Diane L. Oceretko 'People Helping People' Award; and Rod Rovzar, attorney for Norman, Hanson & DeTroy LLC, League Chairman's Award.

United Way of York County presented its Elise Kittredge Award to the Hussey Family, owners of Hussey Seating Co. in North Berwick. The award recognizes a volunteer who has helped the organization effect long-lasting changes in the community.

The Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk announced that it earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator.

Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington said that Beth Hartsock graduated with a doctorate degree in nursing practice from Simmons College in Boston. Hartsock provides inpatient care at the hospital.

Kevin Hancock, president of Hancock Lumber, was selected as the 2016 Hon. Edmund S. Muskie Access to Justice Award winner. Hancock was recognized for his leadership in the community and the impact he has had in furthering access to justice in Maine and beyond.

Drummond Woodsum, a law firm in Portland, announced that the 2016 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers highlighted the firm's Indian Law practice group as a national leader for the representation of tribes. A total of 19 of the firm's attorneys where recognized in various practice areas.

Scott Balfour, president of Magnusson Balfour Commercial & Business Brokers, earned his Certified Business Intermediary designation from the International Business Brokers Association Inc.

Cushman Creative, a design agency in Port Clyde specializing in biomedical and life science marketing, won two 2016 Hermes Creative Awards for its work with the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor. The firm won gold for its 2014 annual report titled “Breaking Through” and a Platinum Award, the organization's top honor, for laboratory's case statement entitled “Catalyst for Cures.”

The Cod Cove Inn in Edgecomb announced that it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2016.

Holly Shields, a personal insurance account executive at L.S. Robinson Co. insurance in Southwest Harbor, recently achieved the designation of Accredited Customer Service Representative in Personal Lines from the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America.

Fluid Imaging Technologies, a laboratory instrumentation manufacturer in Scarborough, awarded its 2016 Aquatic Research Student Equipment and Travel Grant to Nicholas Ray, a student at Boston University, Department of Biology, Boston, Mass. under the supervision of Robinson Fulweiler. Ray's proposal, Bivalve Control of Coastal Phytoplankton Communities, was selected after a series of in-depth reviews by a panel of independent aquatic scientists.

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