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Updated: April 4, 2022 In Short

Newsworthy people and performances for April 4, 2022

New hires

Snow Pond Center for the Arts in Sidney hired Dylan Abbott as event and community relations specialist.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor hired Melissa Huston as executive director. Huston was previously a major gift officer at Good Shepherd Food Bank.

Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland hired Amanda Brinkley as a physician assistant at Northern Light Mercy Spine Surgery and Sorenda Muth as a physician assistant at Northern Light Mercy Orthopedics. Brinkley was previously physician assistant team lead for the Sentara Neurosurgery Specialists at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., while Muth was a clinical assistant at OA Centers for Orthopedics in Portland.

Ogunquit Museum of American Art hired Devon Zimmerman as associate curator of modern and contemporary American art. Most recently, Zimmerman was at New York City’s Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, where he was a guest curator and researcher in the department of product design and decorative arts.

Opera House Arts in Stonington hired Jenn Adams as education associate, Tegan McGuire as audience services manager and Cathy Planchart as marketing and communications associate.

Verrill, a law firm in Portland, hired Anna Mikhaylina as an associate in its employee benefits and executive compensation group.

The Maine Community Foundation in Ellsworth hired Brendon Reay as vice president of investments. Reay was most recently co-founder of HarborHouse Partners, a consulting and private equity firm in Blue Hill.

Milestone Recovery, a nonprofit in Portland working to address the problems of substance use disorders and homelessness, hired Thomas Doherty as executive director. Doherty was executive director of Ketcha Outdoors in Scarborough.

OneAmerica Financial Partners in Portland hired Joe Ingream to lead its companywide employee benefits division. Ingream was previously with Prudential Financial.

NBT Bank in Portland hired Mackenzie McHatton as treasury management sales and implementation officer.

Thompson Financial Group in Presque Isle hired E.J. Huck as CFO and financial advisor. Huck was with Defense Finance and Accounting Service.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Portland hired Maya Odlin.


The Dunham Group, a commercial real estate brokerage in Portland, promoted TC Haffenreffer and Sylas Hatch to partners of the firm. Haffenreffer specializes in industrial, office and investment properties while Hatch has a background in land development, multi-family and investment properties.

Opera House Arts in Stonington promoted Riley Getto to development associate. Getto was previously audience services manager.

NBT Bank in Portland promoted Amy Taylor to treasury management commercial product manager.

The city of Auburn promoted Jeremy Gatcomb to director and Dawna Daigle to deputy director of its recreation department.

Drummond Woodsum, a law firm in Portland, promoted George Dilworth to managing director. Dilworth is an experienced litigator, representing individuals and businesses in criminal and civil cases.

Verrill, a law firm in Portland, promoted Jillian Kanter to director of marketing and business development and Jane Rankin to director of finance.


Opera House Arts in Stonington added Michael Bloom, Galen Koch and Sarah Wilson to its board of directors.

Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center in Windham elected Casey Etter-Bobb as board president, Janis Childs as board vice president, Carissa Robb as board treasurer, and Lindsey Lombardo as board secretary. The organization also added Tara Long, senior consultant with Kymanox, and Carrie Niederman, an equine veterinarian, to its board of directors.

Franklin Savings Bank added James Eastlack to its board of directors. Eastlack owns Morton Furbish Agency in Rangeley.

The Skowhegan Regional Chamber of Commerce added Bayley Hayden, Sam Hight, Ryan Rutledge, Dan Tilton, Reid Gibson, Kayla Bess, Jennifer Hight and Bethany Shalit to its board of directors. Hayden is manager of York Signs; Hight is part-owner of the Hight Family of Dealerships; Rutledge is a lawyer at Mills, Shay, Lexier, and Talbot; Tilton is senior vice president at Skowhegan Savings Bank; Gibson is owner of Animal Medical Clinic; Bess is sales and marketing director for Maine Grains; Hight, is an accountant at OneRiver; and Shalit is director of education at Redington Fairview General Hospital. Board officers include Luke York, chair; Derek Rossignol, vice chair; Jeff Peterson, treasurer; and Hayden, secretary.

Susan Faunce was named president of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association. Faunce, an attorney at Berman & Simmons in Lewiston, leads the firm’s mass tort practice.


The University of Maine at Augusta said its was been designated as a “Military Friendly” school, achieving gold award status in the “2022-23 Military Friendly” school designation by VIQTORY. Additionally, Southern Maine Community College achieved silver award status as a “2022-23 Military Friendly” school.

Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden said that Kellie Doolen obtained her license to sell property and casualty insurance in the state of Maine. Doolen joined the company in 2019 as a scanning associate and receptionist.

The Maine Women’s Hall of Fame inducted Julia Kahrl and Jessica Meir. Kahrl is founder of Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights and Meir is a comparative physiologist and NASA astronaut.

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