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Updated: April 17, 2023

Newsworthy people and performances for April 17, 2023

New hires

Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce hired Everal Eaton as executive director. Eaton was previously senior director of operations for the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Bridgton Academy hired Diana Gleeson as head of school effective July 1. Gleeson was previously assistant head of school for external affairs at Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pa.

Maine Medical Partners in Portland hired Jeffrey Howard at Maine Medical Partners – Urology in South Portland, Elizabeth Linnell at Maine Medical Partners – Women’s Health and Meredith Baker at Maine Medical Partners – Pediatric Surgery.

Malone Commercial Brokers in Portland hired Susan Sawicki as an executive assistant.

Keller Williams Realty in Portland hired Melanie Crane as assistant team leader.

The University of Southern Maine in Portland hired Georita Frierson as provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective June 1. Frierson most recently served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.

Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington hired Ian Dickey as an orthopedic surgeon providing patient care at Franklin Health Orthopedics and orthopedic surgery at the hospital. Dickey was most recently an orthopedic surgeon at Anschutz Medical Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs at Eastern Colorado Health Care.

Maine Seacoast Mission in Northeast Harbor hired Simone Babineaux as the Sunbeam nurse to provide care on Maine’s outer islands and help connect island residents with doctors and specialists. Most recently, Babineaux provided home health assessments with individuals with multiple complex health care needs.

Town & Country Federal Credit Union in Portland hired Paul Musgrove as senior vice president and CFO and Michael Jackson as senior vice president and chief innovation officer.

The Dunham Group, a brokerage firm in Portland, hired Bryan Plourde as broker/sales agent and Jim Harnden as broker and partner. Plourde was previously a commercial real estate appraiser at Maine Valuation Co. while Harnden was president of Harnden Commercial Brokers.


FocusMaine, an economic development organization based in Augusta, promoted Laura England to communications and outreach manager.

University of Maine in Orono promoted Jason Harkins to executive dean of the Maine Business School. Harkins, an associate professor of management at the school, had been serving as interim executive dean since July.

Camden National Bank promoted Brandon Boey to senior vice president, general counsel and director of compliance.

InterMed PA in Portland promoted Theresa Falcon to COO and Wai-Houng Leung to chief information officer. Falcon was interim COO while Leung was director of information technology.

Goodwill Northern New England in Gorham promoted Jeff Purdy to senior manager, HR field ops; Nick Sands to help desk tech II; Ryan Anderson and Jenny Ardito to senior program managers, quality assurance; Keeley Moseley to quality assurance specialist; Caitlynn Chubbuck to workforce services program manager; Melissa Booker and John Diowo to residential program managers; Alice LeBlanc and Seka Heka Leon Muhizi to health services program coordinator I; April Wheeler and Elaine Strub-Shank to regional program managers; Derek Rosborough to shift supervisor in Ellsworth; Kieshia French to shift supervisor in Waterville; and Isis Truman to senior manager, Augusta.

Sebago Technics, an employee-owned, creative engineering collective in South Portland, promoted Brian Williams to project surveyor; John Claytor to survey CADD coordinator; Scott Morneau to senior survey technician/field systems coordinator; Mike Celeste, Brian Cook and Oscar Keydel to senior surveyors; Alex Jakubowski to surveyor/survey construction services coordinator; and Tarah Doh to surveyor. In the firm’s project delivery team, Caitlyn Abbott was promoted to director of project delivery; Henry Hess, Aaron Hunter and Chris Taylor to project managers; Paul Ostrowski and Brandon Blake to project delivery engineering and design managers; and Kendra Ramsell and Matt Orr to team leads.

Kennebec Savings Bank promoted Heather Dutill to assistant vice president and director of loan operations; Andy Rhoades and Lydia Tuttle to assistant vice president and loan officer; and Marco Stigling to assistant vice president and residential and consumer lending manager.

The Boulos Co., a commercial real estate firm in Portland, promoted Kendra Hardesty to marketing manager.


Piper Shores, a lifecare retirement community in Scarborough, said that Philip Jean, CEO, was elected to serve on the American College of Health Care Administrators board of directors.

Gov. Janet Mills nominated Carolyn Gilbert, an expert on renewable energy policy and economics, to serve on the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Gilbert works at Daymark Energy Advisors, a leading national energy consulting firm in Worcester, Mass.

Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman, a law firm in Portland, announced that Sanchita Mukherjee was elected to the Board of Governors of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association. Mukherjee practices family law, works on a variety of civil litigation cases and represents victims of traffic trauma.

Drummond Woodsum, a law firm in Portland, elected Michael-Corey Hinton and re-elected Joanna Brown Tourangeau to serve on its board of directors. Hinton is leader of the firm’s tribal nations practice group while Tourangeau is leader of the firm’s environmental and natural resources practice group.


Compotech, a defense technology company in Brewer, said it was recognized by Composites World as one of the top shops in the world for 2022.

Sheridan Construction in Fairfield was recognized as the Butler Manufacturing “2022 Builder of the Year.” The construction firm said it is the oldest Butler dealer in North America and recently surpassed the $100 million dollar threshold for product sales.

Benchmark Litigation named Preti Flaherty, a law firm in Portland, as “2023 Litigation Firm of the Year” in the state of Maine.

Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden was selected as the “2023 Employee-Owned Company of the Year” by the ESOP Association’s New England Chapter. The agency also said Anna Moorman was recognized with a “Gold Level Award” for Medicare supplement sales in 2022 by Anthem, one of the largest Medicare supplement carriers in the state of Maine.

The Alzheimer’s Association and its advocacy arm, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, named U.S. Sen. Susan Collins as its “2023 AIM Humanitarian of the Year Award” winner during the 35th Annual Alzheimer’s Association AIM Advocacy Forum. In addition, the Council of State Community Development Agencies recognized Collins with its first-ever “Congressional Partnership Award” and Collins received the “Inaugural Mary Tyler Moore Award” from JDRF for her support of the Type 1 diabetes community.

Thomas College in Waterville announced that students Daniel Brewer, Gwyn Perlmutter, Grace Johnson, Tanner Herrick, Dmitry Hodsdon and Addison Landon finished third in this year’s Society for the Advancement of Management International Business Conference held in Nashville, Tenn. The team placed first in the written case study competition and third in the knowledge bowl and the case study presentation competitions. Additionally, Hodsdon placed second in the virtual business pitch competition and Brewer was third overall in the individual competition.

The University of Maine at Augusta said it received certification as a NAADAC Approved Educational Provider for the Graduate Certificate in Substance Use Disorders program. Academic programs with this credential are assured that the credits provided will be accepted toward national credentialing by the NAADAC Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals as well as by many of the individual state licensing/certification bodies in the addiction and other helping professions.

The Lewiston Recreation Department announced that Alyssa Clark, recreation coordinator, was named the 2023 recipient of the Maine Recreation and Park Association’s “Dr. Bill Eckart’ Young Professional of the Year Award.”

Pierce Atwood, a law firm in Portland, recognized attorneys and staff for their pro bono and community service efforts. Award winners included: Olga Goldberg, “Lancaster Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award;” Daniel Bailey and Halli Marshall, “McKusick Community Impact Award;” and James Erwin and Bev Doucette, “Scribner Firm Impact Award.”

RE/MAX Shoreline in Portland announced that numerous agents were recognized as “2022 RE/MAX Brand Top Producers for the State of Maine.” Harper Lee Collins was listed as the No. 1 “Individual RE/MAX Agent in Maine” while Nick Guerrette, Crystal Tropeano, Peter Hawkes, Erin Finley, Scott Sheppard, John Robinson and Karen Thompson were all ranked among the “Top 25 Individual Agents.”

Celent, an international research and advisory firm focused on technology for financial institutions, recognized Bangor Savings Bank with its “Model Bank 2023 Payments Innovation” award for the FinTech Switch, the bank’s programmable payments technology. The technology enables cardholders to select multiple funding sources for a single transaction in the future, ultimately leading to faster and more convenient payments.

Words from the Woods, an advertising agency in Portland, said it was named a “Gold Best Advertising Agency” in Portland Radio Group’s “Best of the 207” awards.

Parker Demelia, Samuel Tjalsma, Ben Cushman, Joseph Elliott and Isaac Young from Poland Regional High School won the Thomas Cup, a statewide overnight IT and innovation competition held at Thomas College in Waterville. Each team member received a $10K scholarships to the college.

Hannaford named Paul Messer, District 1, Bangor; Moe Bilodeau, District 2, Turner; Patrick Doak, District 3, Bar Harbor; and Mike Ruel, District 4, Saco, as “District Store Managers of the Year.”

The Boulos Co., a commercial real estate firm in Portland, said that Drew Sigfridson was named it’s “2022 President’s Award” as broker of the year in its Portland office and Kendra Hardesty, recently promoted to marketing manager, was “Most Valuable Boulian” for 2022 in Portland.

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