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Updated: April 29, 2024 In Short

Newsworthy people and performances for April 29, 2024

New hires

Landry/French Construction in Scarborough hired Rich Pelosi as virtual design and construction manager. Pelosi was previously with Turner Construction.

Dirigo Labs in Waterville hired Mufaddal Ali as project-management specialist. Ali was previously a data scientist for Lincoln Financial Group.

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Sylvia Torti is a writer, ecologist and academic leader with 15 years of experience in higher education. 

The College of the Atlantic in Bar Habor hired Sylvia Torti as president. Torti previously served as dean of the Honors College at University of Utah.

Androscoggin Home Health Care & Hospice in Lewiston hired Mathew Collins as director of home care services. Collins most recently was co-leader of the Palliative Care Service line at Northern Light Health.

The city of Auburn hired Emily Carrington as city clerk. Carrington was previously city clerk and registrar of voters for the city of South Portland.

FocusMaine in Portland hired Mari Smith as manager of strategic communications and outreach. Previously, Smith was with the University of Maine Foundation.

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Andrew Forbes

Camden National Bank hired Andrew Forbes as chief human resources officer. Forbes was most recently chief people officer at Alcom LLC.

KeyBank Commercial Banking hired Graham Duck as senior relationship manager for Maine and New Hampshire. Duck was previously with TD Bank.

Keller Williams Realty Maine in Portland hired Robyn Aldo as assistant team leader.

Black Point Inn in Scarborough hired Michael Bergin as executive chef. Bergin was previously executive chef at Wandby Landing in Kennebunk.

Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden hired Kerin Lindahl, Sophia Picard and Angela Torell as assistants in the company’s personal insurance division.


The city of Auburn promoted Kelsey Earle to finance director. Earle was previously deputy finance director and tax collector.

Varney Agency, an insurance company in Bangor, promoted Nick Weiner to sales manager for its commercial insurance division. Weiner was previously a sale coach for the organization.

The University of Maine in Orono promoted Jennifer Baker to assistant vice president for research finance and administration. Baker was previously director of fiscal and administrative services.

Bangor Savings Bank promoted Cory Worcester to senior vice president and director of operations and Sandra Klausmeyer to senior vice president, director of strategic initiatives. Worcester was previously vice president, customer experience program manager while Klausmeyer was senior vice president, corporate communications and strategies manager. In addition, the bank added John Canders, senior vice president, general counsel; Theresa Cody, senior vice president, director of enterprise risk services and information security officer; Jaclyn Fish, senior vice president, director of marketing and community relations; Sarah Paradis, senior vice president, chief investment officer; and Worcester and Klausmeyer to its leadership committee.

KeyBank in Portland promoted Tatia Gagnon to senior vice president, senior commercial loan workout relationship management in the bank’s specialized finance group.

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Marpheen Chann

Khmer Maine, a nonprofit organization in Portland serving the Cambodian population in Maine, promoted Marpheen Chann to executive director. Chann, who founded the organization, was previously president.

Norway Savings Bank promoted Beth Garza to vice president and loan operations manager.

Curtis Thaxter LLC, a law firm in Portland, announced that Jason Theobald was elected as a member of the firm. Theobald’s practice focuses on business and commercial disputes, property disputes, land use and zoning matters, discrimination claims and administrative proceedings.


The Maine Film Association in Portland added Erik Van Wyck, Barbara Cray, Manette Pottle, Daniel Stevenson and Alessandro Chillé to its board of directors. Van Wyck is an actor, writer and filmmaker; Cray is an attorney; Pottle is a documentary film producer; Stevenson is economic development director for the city of Westbrook; and Chillé is a filmmaker, actor and marketing professional.

The Portland Water District reelected William Lunt as president, David Kane as treasurer, Donna Katsiaficas as clerk and Carrie Cote as assistant clerk while Frederick McCann was elected vice president.

The Mitchell Institute in Portland elected Tony DiSotto, Kate Wilkinson and Jonathan Moody to its board of directors. DiSotto is the Maine market president of KeyBank, Wilkinson is senior vice president and senior client advisor with Spinnaker Trust and Moody is superintendent of schools in MSAD 54.

United Way of Kennebec Valley in Augusta named TJ and Kerry Smart as campaign co-chairs for its 2024 fundraising season beginning in September. TJ Smart serves as the COO at Milestone Funeral Partners and Kerry Smart is program coordinator for the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation at Thomas College.


Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury property realtor in Portland, said that it was listed No. 404 in the “2024 RealTrends 500” national brokerage rankings and was named as a “RealTrends Verified Best Brokerage.”

The Nimble Group LLC, a human resources services company in Cumberland, was certified as a “Women’s Business Enterprise by the Center for Women & Enterprise.”

The LA Metro Chamber announced its 2024 Annual Award Winners including Mark Adams, president and CEO, Sebago Technics Inc., “Ray Geiger Chamber Champion Award;” Chantel Pettengill, founder and co-owner, Pettengill Academy, “Theresa Samson Women’s Business Leadership Award;” Mark Rodrigue, owner, Rogue Life Maine, Rogue Wear and Maine Awards, “Ken Additon Economic Development Champion;” Panolam Surface Systems leadership team (John Eberly, operations manager; Brad Trip, materials manager; and Susan Hagerstrom, human resources manager), “Leading Through Change Award;” Sonia Bermonty, founder, Operation: You Matter and Greg Whitney, president, The Drop-In Center, “Heart of the Community Award;” and Cara Cookson, director of victim services, Office of the Maine Attorney General and Neil Kiely, CEO, Androscoggin Bank, “President’s Award.”

Malone Commercial Brokers in Portland announced that it captured two “CoStar Impact Awards.” The firm was recognized as “Sale of the Year” for the acquisition of 95-97 Darling Ave. in South Portland by Fork Food Lab from East Brown Cow and “Lease of the Year” for its role in the establishment of Coastline Direct Primary Care at 144 U.S. Route 1 in Scarborough.

Jaime Hannan, a member of the personal insurance team at Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden, earned the Certified Professional Insurance Agent designation from the American Insurance Marketing and Sales Society.

UScellular recognized Amy Langley, an associate in Presque Isle, for being awarded the “President’s Volunteer Service Award” by the Office of the President of the United States for volunteering more than 200 hours in 2023.

Woodlands Senior Living said that its locations in Farmington, Hallowell, Waterville, Madison, and Hillside Terrace of Hallowell earned the Joint Commission’s “Gold Seal of Approval” for demonstrating continuous compliance with the commission’s performance standards.

Becker’s Healthcare named MaineHealth as a top place to work in the U.S. health care industry for its comprehensive benefits package, continuing education and training opportunities and its investment in community well-being.

KeyBank in Portland said it earned its 11th consecutive “Outstanding” rating from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on its most recent Community Reinvestment Act exam.

Atlantic Sea Farms in Biddeford was a recipient of the “2023 Whole Foods Supplier All-Star Award.”

Sargent Corp., a general contractor in Orono, said it was honored with an “Associated General Contractors of Maine — Build Maine Award” in the municipal/utility category for its work on the city of Portland —Back Cove West Storage Conduit.

Fathom Cos., a hospitality company in Portland, announced that Ginny Hussey, general manager of the Canopy by Hilton Portland Waterfront, was named Canopy Hotel in the Americas Region “General Manager of the Year.” In addition, the hotel received a “2023 Connie Award” as the highest-ranking Canopy Hotel in the Americas Region.

Golden Pond Wealth Management in Waterville announced that Brian Bernatchez, founder and managing director, was named to Forbes’ “Best-In-State Wealth Advisors” list for the fifth consecutive year.

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