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Updated: August 21, 2023 In Short

Newsworthy people and performances for Aug. 21, 2023

New hires

Community Concepts Inc., a Community Action Agency and nonprofit organization in Lewiston, hired Danielle Parent as senior director of strategic initiatives and Arin Angell as asset manager. Parent was previously chief growth officer at Sweetser and Angell has worked in the affordable housing industry since 2014.

KFS Mortgage Co. LLC, the Waterville-based lending corporation that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kennebec Savings Bank, hired Sabrina Johnson as director of mortgage production.

BroGue Insurance & Financial Services in Bangor hired Elaine Allen as a personal lines account manager.

Verrill, a law firm in Portland, hired Erik Peters as partner in the firm’s labor and employment group.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services in Augusta hired Puthiery Va as director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, effective Aug. 28. Va is currently director of the Division of Public Health in Chinle, Ariz., serving the population of the Indian Health Service Navajo Area Chinle Service Unit.

Rinck Advertising in Lewiston hired Karli Wedge as social media manager.

New England Cancer Specialists in Scarborough hired Elizabeth Dennis to lead its new High-Risk Cancer Genetics Program and Seth Blanchard as director of marketing and communications.

St Germain, an environmental, EHS compliance and engineering firm in Westbrook, hired Isaiah Bates as an environmental scientist.

The Brunswick Downtown Association hired Lynn Mansfield as executive director.

Maine Association of Nonprofits in Portland hired John Clark as program coordinator and Anna Overstrom-Coleman as membership manager. Clark was most recently with Windham Parks and Recreation and Overstrom-Coleman was a philanthropic advisor.

Franklin Savings Bank hired Meg Loubier as vice president, commercial loan officer.

Penobscot Financial Advisors in Portland hired Rebecca Schuman as an associate advisor.

Sevee & Maher Engineers in Cumberland hired Stephen Dyer and Jaime Madore as engineers and Nicholas Sabatine and Aaron Martin as geologists.


Norway Savings Bank promoted Kimberly Bean to trust associate of its asset management group. Bean was previously a customer relations representative in the Bank’s Portland market branches.

Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership in Augusta promoted Jim Fay to president, effective Nov. 20. Fay currently serves as operations manager.

Indigo Arts Alliance in Portland promoted Jordia Benjamin to executive director. Benjamin was deputy director.

Rinck Advertising in Lewiston promoted Libby Belanger to assistant project manager. Belanger was a project coordinator.

Kaplan Thompson Architects in Portland promoted Adrienne Stauffer to principal.

Franklin Savings Bank in Farmington promoted Cortany Tinker to consumer loan officer.

Opus Consulting, a business performance consulting group in Portland, promoted Nick Des Lauriers to COO. Des Lauriers was previously a senior consultant with the firm.


American Council of Engineering Companies of Maine elected officers for its board of directors. Theresa Patten of Credere Associates was named president; Mark Adams, Sebago Technics, president-elect and alternate national director; Andy Blaisdell, GZA GeoEnvironmental, treasurer; Kevin Cooley, Kleinschmidt Associates, secretary; and Dan Diffin, Sevee & Maher Engineers, immediate past president and national director. Elected as state directors were Andrea Dickinson, Haley Ward; Peggy Duval, Kleinfelder; Paul Godfrey, HNTB Corp,; Theresa McAuliffe, McFarland Johnson; Lauren Meek, Stantec Consulting; Mike St. Pierre, S. W. Cole; and Ryan Wingard, Wright-Pierce.

Bath Housing added Roberta Jordan, Toby Gabranski and Erik Nelson to its board. Jordan was a librarian at the Patten Free Library and school manager at the K-8 Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, Gabranski is owner and founder of Tobias Gabranski/Architects and Nelson is an associate professor of economics at Bowdoin College.

The Maine Mutual Group in Presque Isle elected Donald Perkins and Jon Prescott to three-year terms on its board of directors.

The National Association of Secretaries of State selected Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows as a volunteer representative on the Election Infrastructure Subsector Government Coordinating Council for the 2023-2024 term.

Verrill, a law firm in Portland, said that Jonathan Dunitz was one of five attorneys in the state appointed as a member of the State of Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s Access to Justice Tax Credit Committee. He will serve until December 31, 2027.


Trekkers, a youth mentoring organization in Rockland, said it is now certified by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition, in partnership with MENTOR, to run mentoring programs, activities and events that are inclusive to youth, volunteers and staff with disabilities.

Katahdin Bankshares Corp., the parent company of Katahdin Trust Co. in Houlton, said it was named one of American Banker’s “Top 200 Community Banks in the U.S.” based on financial performance for the fourth consecutive year.

The Maine Film Center in Waterville named “We Are the Warriors” as its Tourmaline Prize for best feature film, “See You In April” its Tourmaline Prize for best short film and “What I Want You to Know” as its Audience Favorite Award winner at the 26th annual Maine International Film Festival.

UScellular announced that, for the fourth year in a row, it received a top score of 100 on the Disability Equality Index and has been recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.”

RE/MAX Shoreline in Portland said that for the second quarter agents Harper Lee Collins, Erin Finley, Dawn Marston, Tom Ranello, Nick Guerrette and Scott Sheppard were included amongst the “Top-10 RE/MAX Individual Agents for 2023 YTD.”

Jeffrey Talbert, chair of Preti Flaherty’s environmental law group, was invited to become a Fellow in the distinguished American College of Environmental Lawyers. Attorneys selected for admission are considered to be the best environmental lawyers in each state or jurisdiction of the U.S., exhibiting substantial experience in environmental law for at least 15 years.

U.S. News & World Report named Maine Medical Center in Portland as “Best Regional Hospital” in Maine for 2023-2024 for an 11th straight year. The hospital was also rated as high performing in 13 common procedures and conditions as well as in the specialty of urology. The report also named Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland as a high performing hospital for back surgery, hip replacement and knee replacement, the highest distinction a hospital can earn for “Best Hospitals Procedures & Conditions” ratings.

The Portland Water District was recognized by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies with its “2022 Peak Performance Award” for the Cape Elizabeth Wastewater Treatment Facility and the Westbrook/Gorham Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility. The district also announced that Moody’s Investment Services confirmed its credit rating of Aa3 water bonds, Aa1 wastewater bonds, citing a well-managed district with sound debt service coverage, manageable debt profile and very strong liquidity.

Kate Dickerson, executive director of the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor, was selected as one of six inaugural liaisons for the American Association for the Advancement of Science Local Science Engagement Network.

Wreaths Across America named City of Portland Police Officer Kevin Haley as the “Chief Janine Roberts’ Leadership Award” winner for exemplifying unwavering service to their community and dedication to the organization’s year-round mission to Remember, Honor, Teach.

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