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Updated: April 19, 2021 In Short

Newsworthy people and performances for April 19, 2021

New hires

Maine Medical Partners in Portland hired Brian Lee at Maine Medical Partners in otolaryngology in Biddeford, Heidi Miller at Maine Medical Partners in the Casco Bay surgical care unit, Eric Shurtleff at Maine Medical Partners in the division of acute care surgery, and Josh Vaughn at Maine Medical Partners in orthopedics and sports medicine, a division of orthopedic trauma and fracture care.

Landry/French Construction in Scarborough hired Bert Kiesow as project development executive. Kiesow has 25 years of experience in construction management.

Maine Community Foundation in Ellsworth hired Michele Camarco as vice president of finance and CFO. Camarco was previously director of finance and operations at Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity Inc. in Indianapolis.

Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden hired Sheila Lowe as an account executive in the company’s benefits division. Lowe previously represented AFLAC on the midcoast.

Norway Savings Bank hired Larissa Darcy as vice president, commercial lending in Portland. Darcy has 20 years of community banking experience.

Northeast Hearing & Speech in Portland hired Tarja Oliver as an audiologist, Lauren Stasz as a speech-language pathologist and Barbara Hamilton as administrative assistant.

Maine Outdoor Brands, a nonprofit outdoor alliance in Portland working to strengthen Maine’s outdoor recreation economy, hired Brian Threlkeld as marketing and membership director.

DuBois Realty Group of Keller Williams Realty in Auburn hired Amy Landry as a sales agent. Landry most recently served as CEO of Maine Optometry.

The city of Bangor hired Courtney O’Donnell as assistant city manager. O’Donnell was previously town manager for Casco.


The town of Old Orchard Beach promoted Diana Asanza to interim town manager. Asanza was finance director and treasurer.

Luke’s Lobster in Portland promoted Virginia Rector to COO. Rector was previously vice president of operations.

Camden National Bank promoted Nate Cotnoir to senior vice president and northern Maine director of commercial banking based in Bangor.

Haley Ward Inc., an engineering, environmental and surveying consulting firm in Bangor, promoted Jon Whitten Jr. to senior project manager.

Northeast Hearing & Speech in Portland promoted Alyssa Bourque to office manager. Bourque previously served as assistant billing manager.


The Maine Community College System in Augusta added Mark Fourre to its board of trustees. Fourre, who was nominated for the position by Gov. Janet Mills and confirmed by the Maine Senate, is president of Coastal Healthcare Alliance in Belfast.

The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers voted Ken Bloch as president-elect. Bloch is Maine PTAC program director for Eastern Maine Development Corp.


Waterville Creates said it received the “2021 Excellence in Arts Advocacy Award” from the Maine Art Education Association.

Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington was named to Newsweek’s 2021 list of “Best Maternity Care Hospitals” for providing exceptional care to mothers, newborns and their families. Hospitals were recognized based on the results of the 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Survey conducted by The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit that monitors the quality and safety of hospitals.

RE/MAX Shoreline in Portland announced that Dawn Marston, John Robinson, Mary Roy and Karen Thompson received the “100% Club Award” for 2020 and Jeremy Bennett, Richie Garrett and Jane Leonard were presented the “Executive Club Award” for 2020.

Preti Flaherty, a law firm in Portland, announced that David Van Slyke and Jeffrey Thaler were named to “2021 Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Environmental and Energy Lawyers” list. Van Slyke is managing partner and a former chair of the firm’s environmental practice group while Thaler is an energy and environmental lawyer and a member of the New England Aqua Ventus floating off-shore wind project team. In addition, the firm was named “2021 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine” by Benchmark Litigation.

Thomas College in Waterville said the team of students Tiffany White, Steele Young and Chris Paradis were named the “Society for Advancement of Management International Collegiate Business Skills Champions” in the open division at the 76th Annual Society for Advancement of Management International Business Conference.

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor announced that its structural heart team completed their 500th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement procedure in February.

The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce in Augusta recently presents its annual “Kenney Awards. Winners included Woodlands Senior Living, “Large Business of the Year;” Sprague and Curtis Real Estate, “Small Business of the Year;” Augusta Food Bank, “Community Service Award;” Gosline Insurance Group, “President’s Circle Award;” and Shawn Mclaughlin, “Cynergy Young Professional Award.”

Camden National Bank said it was the only Maine-based bank to be recognized as one of the “50 best-performing U.S. community banks with assets between $3 billion and $10 billion during 2020” by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

The New England Railroad Club executive committee presented its “Vincent R. Terrill Lifetime Achievement Award” to Patricia Quinn for exemplary commitment to passenger rail service in New England and beyond throughout her career. Quinn is executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority in Portland.

Caldwell’s Auto Sales and Service in Fort Fairfield was presented with a “Customer Service Award” by the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce.

The Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands announced that Northeast Pellets LLC, a wood pellet manufacturer in Ashland, achieved “Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Certification.” The company said it is the first such certified pellet manufacturer in the state of Maine and one of the first heating pellet firms nationally to achieve the certification.

Bridgette Vermette, a broker/realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Portland, said she was named as “Top Individual Agent” and “Platinum Award” winner for 2020.

ERA Dawson Bradford Co. in Bangor said that Corenna Quirk was nominated for “Rookie of the Year” honors by ERA Real Estate. Quirk was one of three finalists for the honor after guiding more than $8 million in sales with more than 30 clients in her first year of work. Quirk, The Rock Team and Gus Ofili were also named to the firm’s “Leaders’ Circle” for 2020; “Circle of Achievement Awards” were presented to Andy Nadeau and Bruce Bragdon, Bob Marcoux, Marianna Reeves, Quirk and Nancy McKechnie; and “Circle of Honor Awards” went to Aimi Baldwin, Carol Brooks, John Birmingham, Joe Lawlor and Ashlee MacDonald.

Eastern Maine Development Corp. in Bangor announced that Ken Bloch received the “2021 Betty McDonald Outstanding Member Achievement Award” from the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers. Bloch is the corporation’s Maine PTAC program director.

The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce named Fred Ehrlenbach as its for “Citizen of the Year.” Ehrlenbach served 12 years on the chamber board, the last two as president.

Haley Ward Inc., an engineering, environmental and surveying consulting firm in Bangor, said that Drew Olehowski passed the state of Maine Licensure for Professional Engineers examination. Olehowski is a civil engineer in the firm’s Saco office.

Spurwink, a Portland-based nonprofit that provides mental health, education and residential services for children, adolescents, adults and families, named Cullen Ryan as its “Humanitarian Award” winner and provided special recognition to its Frontline Heroes as part of its annual Humanitarian of the Year event. Ryan is executive director of Community Housing of Maine in Portland.

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