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Updated: April 3, 2023

New hires, promotions and achievements for April 3, 2023

New hires

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Safa Zaki will take the reins as president of Bowdoin College on July 1.

Bowdoin College in Brunswick hired Safa Zaki as president, effective July 1. Zaki is currently dean of the faculty and the John B. McCoy and John T. McCoy professor of psychology at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.

Maine Medical Partners in Portland hired Marie Audett and Kathreen Lee at its Surgical Care Casco Bay unit; Jordan Malenke at the Otolaryngology unit in Scarborough; and Christopher Tuohy at MaineHealth Cardiology.

Covetrus Inc., an animal-health technology company in Portland, hired Matt Yordy as president of Covetrus, North America and Scot Gillespie as chief technology officer in the company’s global technology solutions group. Yordy was most recently president, strategic accounts, and senior vice president, U.S. operating strategy for McKesson Corp. while Gillespie was executive vice president and general manager at Salesforce Inc.

Northeast Bank in Portland hired Stevan Stromsky

Northeast Bank
Stevan Stromsky

as senior vice president of the community banking development office.

St.Germain, an environmental consulting firm in Westbrook, hired Gordon Lane and Jesse Millen-Johnson.

The Landing School in Arundel hired Peter Worthington as a marine systems instructor and Reis Hagerman as admissions manager.

The John T. Gorman Foundation in Portland hired Kristen McAuley as senior program associate. McAuley was previously director of public health planning at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland hired Aline Iskandar and Adam Karpman at Northern Light Mercy Cardiovascular Care in Portland. Iskandar specializes in comprehensive cardiology care while Karpman specializes in outpatient and inpatient clinical cardiology.

Kennebunk Savings hired Jason Errington as assistant vice president, branch manager in Sanford.

Lark Hotels, a hotel development and management company with numerous properties in Maine, hired Alison Briggs as vice president of human resources. Briggs, who is based in Scarborough, has 25 years of experience in human resources, 17 of those years within the hospitality industry.

Verrill, a law firm in Portland, hired Norman Belanger and Betts Gorsky as counsel. Belanger joined the firm’s corporate and health care groups while Gorsky join its private clients and fiduciary services group.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury real estate company in Portland, hired Susan Peterson as a Real Estate Professional in Damariscotta.

Earle W. Noyes & Sons Moving Specialists Inc. in Portland hired James Belanger as vice president of operations.


Kennebunk Savings promoted Becky Noyes to vice president, commercial processing and closing manager; Erica Place to vice president, branch manager II in Eliot; Heather Legere to assistant vice president, branch manager I in North Berwick; Matthew Beatrice to officer, commercial relationship manager I; and Steve Oertel to vice president, commercial relationship manager IV.

Franklin Community Health Network and Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington promoted Barbara Sergio to president. Sergio was previously COO and interim president.

Camden National
Kathleen Bellmore

Camden National Bank promoted Kathleen Bellmore to senior vice president, talent acquisition and diversity, equity and inclusion officer.

Haley Ward Inc., an employee-owned professional engineering, environmental, and surveying consulting firm in Bangor, promoted Andrea Dickinson, project manager and project engineer, environmental service line; Dave Hopkins Jr., regional manager and senior project manager, environmental service line; and Jessamine Pottle, marketing director, to vice presidents.

Gawron Turgeon Architects P.C. in Scarborough promoted Deirdre Pio and James Pratt to associate positions. Pio is director of interior design and Pratt is a project architect.

Sheridan Construction in Fairfield promoted Gilbert Thibeau to senior vice president of construction and Wilbur Ferland to senior vice president of sales. With the promotions both also became part of the company’s ownership group.


The Maine Sports Commission added Marc Gosselin to its board of directors. Gosselin is executive director for sports tourism and community partnerships for the city of Auburn.


RE/MAX Shoreline in Portland said that Nick Guerrette, Lauren Kane McDermott, Karen Thompson and Crystal Tropeano were entered into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.

Fontaine Family, an Auburn real estate firm, hosted its annual awards ceremony. Winners included Bruce Mason, Dustin Larochelle, Tiffany Poland, Gail LaPrino and the Rondeau Team, “Bronze” level award winners; LeAnn Payne, Chad Doucette and Dave Foster, “Silver” level awards; Teri Campbell, “Gold” level award; and Cindy Morin, Charmaine Raby, Maria Morrissette, Kelly Webb-Quinn, Clay Larochelle and Bill Bergeron, “Platinum” level awards. Payne was named the “Rookie of the Year Award” winner, the “Brenda Fontaine Leadership Award” went to Morin; “Milestone” awards were given to LaPrino, Paul Rondeau and Nick Trider; and special recognition was given to Sally Christner, Megan Trundy, Crystal St. Hilaire, Dustin Larochelle and Hannah Levesque.

Ironman 70.3 Maine ranked as the fifth “Best Swim Course in North America” based on athlete surveys from all races across North America in 2022.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury property company in Portland, announced that it achieved annual property sales of $845 million in 2022, totaling 949 sides and a record-breaking average sales price of $890,000. The firm also said it ranked No. 1 for luxury property sales in Maine after closing 250 transaction sides over $1 million in 2022; ranked No. 1 in the state in the $650,000, $2 million, $3 million and $4 million sales price categories; ranked No. 1 for waterfront property sales in Maine in 2022 after it closed 278 waterfront property transaction sides, totaling over $360 million in property value; and was listed as the No. 3 residential real estate company in Maine.

Norway Savings Bank recognized numerous employees at its Annual Employee Awards Banquet. Missy Babineau, regional vice president, retail and commercial deposit officer and cash management manager, won the “President’s Award;” Jamie Toohey, vice president, learning and development manager, “Employee of the Year;” Mikko Liimatta, electronic services representative, “Best Supporting Role Award;” Melissa Rock, vice president, marketing and communications officer, “Culture Champion of the Year;” Matt Brady, Paul Gimlewicz, Randy Saunders and Chris Wilcox, “Communication Awards;” Shawn Baldwin, Andrea Jordan, Janice de Lima and Kim Bean, “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Awards;” Amanda Burhoe, Darcy Coslet, Elizabeth Gemme and Cooper Winslow, “Hunger for Excellence Awards;” Barbara Berinato, Denise Brown, Anita Hamilton and Joy Willard, “Leadership Awards;” Autumn Dennison, Andy Esty, Emily McDonnell and Cari Morrissette, “Team Member Experience Awards;” and Vicky Libby and Chuck Williams, “Outstanding Leading Role.” “Length of Service Awards” went to Deb McPhail, 40 years of service; Tricia Brooks and Andrea Osgood, 35 years; Karen Hakala, Dan Walsh and Jackie Morin, 25 years; Heather Adams, Joy Hutchinson, Chris Martin, Jesse Shand, Brian Shibles and Pam Veilleux, 20 years; Janel Danforth, Ryan Dillingham, Kyle Hodgkins, Jessica Lilly, Sacha Marston, Todd Schryer and Alicia Taylor, 15 years; Missy Babineau, Sharon Breytenbach, Randy Easler, Maria Edwards, Jason Fitzgerald, Peter Horr, Joe Leland and Heather Taylor, 10 years; and Heidi Brooks, Rusty Clark, Katie Cutter, Tyler Davison, Pam DiPietro Hale, Sarah Durkee, Courtney French, Elizabeth Gemme, Abby Hodgkins, Timothy Leach, Jillian McTiernan, Robin Reed, Melissa Rock, Brian Siebert, Peter Simonitis, Shannon Smith and Whitney Ward, five years.

Rinck Advertising in Lewiston announced that it received two “Healthcare Digital Marketing Awards” for campaigns that support and MaineGeneral Health’s orthopaedic and surgery services.

The Maine Nurse Practitioner Association and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners awarded a nurse practitioner recognition for excellence to Nataliia Iantsevych and the nurse practitioner advocate recognition awarded to Julie Jenkins.

The York Region Chamber of Commerce announced its 2022 business, volunteer and citizens of the year awards. The “2022 Business of the Year” was Warrens Lobster House in Kittery; Sandy Hill Farm, Eliot; Stage House Inn, South Berwick; and York Harbor Inn, York. “2022 Volunteers of the Year” were Seacoast Community Fridge, Kittery; Josie Ouellette, Eliot; Bridget Pote, South Berwick; and Kathleen Kluger, York. “2022 Citizens of the Year” were Dianne Fallon, Kittery; Claudia Kaerner, Eliot; John Kareckas, South Berwick; and Diana Marzinzik, York.

Keith Bodine, winemaker, distiller and co-owner of Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery in Union, was selected to judge the 14th Concours International Wine, Beer and Spirits Competition in Lyon, France.

Lepage Bakery in Lewiston was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as one of 86 U.S. manufacturing plants that earned the agency’s “2022 ENERGY STAR certification.”

Katahdin Trust Co. in Houlton said it earned the designation as a “2023 Best Place for Working Parents.”

Spurwink, a behavioral health and education services nonprofit organization based in Portland, said it will name Mufalo Chitam, executive director of the Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, its “Humanitarian Award” winner and KeyBank as its “Corporate Care Award” winner.

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that Carolyn Delaney, owner of Journey Magazine in Portland, was selected to receive the U.S. Small Business Administration’s “2023 Small Business Person of the Year Award for Maine.” Other Maine award winners included Brodis Blueberries, Hope, “Maine and New England Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Business of the Year;” Kidz Go Eco Nature School, Saco, “Maine and New England Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year;” Perry Home Naturals, Oxford, “Maine Home Based Business of the Year;” GoGo Refill, South Portland, “Maine Woman Owned Small Business of the Year;” Elissa Nally, Something to Wag About, Ellsworth, “Maine Young Entrepreneur of the Year;” Tealight Studio, Portland, “Maine Minority Owned Small Business of the Year;” Singing Pastures LLC, Newcastle, “Maine Micro-Enterprise of the Year;” Mom’s Organic Munchies, Freeport, “Maine Small Business Manufacturer of the Year;” and CEI, “Maine Financial Services Champion of the Year.”

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