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Updated: February 19, 2024 In Short

Newsworthy people and performances for Feb. 19, 2024

New hires

Varney Agency, an insurance firm in Bangor, hired Vuthi Roeun as division leader for its New Jersey and New York City team.

The city of Bangor hired Jennifer Gunderman as director of Bangor Public Health & Community Services. Gunderman was previously director of the Maine Area Health Education Center.

OceanView at Falmouth, a retirement community, hired Aleks Kazimierczak as director of assisted living for Falmouth House and Legacy Memory Care. Kazimierczak was nurse manager at Falmouth House Assisted Living.

Defend Our Health, a nonprofit public health and social justice organization in Portland, hired Emily Carey Perez de Alejo as president and CEO. Carey Perez de Alejo has 15 years of experience in environmental public health.

Penobscot General Contractors in Falmouth hired Lawton Powell as senior project manager. Powell has 10 years of industry experience.

Northern Light Primary Care, Hampden hired Lara Kirkpatrick as a certified menopause society clinical practitioner.

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Christine Bishop

Androscoggin Bank in Lewiston hired Christine Bishop as vice president, government banking services officer.

Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland hired David Lloyd Ghiorse as a physician assistant and Leana Maria Thomas as a board-certified adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner at Northern Light Mercy Cardiovascular Care. Ghiorse was previously with Martin’s Point Health Care while Thomas was with Wentworth Douglass Health Partners in Dover, N.H.

Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce in Waterville hired Jamie Feyler as customer service/bookkeeper.

Ecomaine in Portland hired Jamie Garvin as director of communications and public affairs.

Volk Packaging Corp. in Biddeford hired Joe Curesky as COO. Curesky was formerly with Westrock, Southern Container and Weyerhaeuser.

Hancock Lumber in Casco hired Anna Russo as chief people officer.

Aroma Joe’s, a Scarborough-based coffee shop chain, hired Courtney Cheever as director of operations.

Starboard Leadership Consulting, an affiliate of Bangor law firm Rudman Winchell, hired Paul Howe as vice president.


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Lynne Coy-Ogan will assume her new role as president of Husson on July 1.

Husson University in Bangor promoted Lynne Coy-Ogan to president, effective July 1. Coy-Ogan is currently senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Penobscot General Contractors in Falmouth promoted Joe Campbell to director of preconstruction and Michelle Gaboury to senior project manager.

Competitive Energy Services LLC, a private energy consulting firm in Portland, promoted Matthew Gamache to COO and Eben Perkins to chief strategy officer. Gamache was previously vice president, analytics and operations while Perkins was vice president, consulting.

Norway Savings Bank promoted Darci Hamm to executive vice president, COO; Talley Estes to assistant vice president, commercial administration team lead; Beth Garza to assistant vice president, loan operations servicing assistant manager; Jessica Lilly and Christine McMann to vice president, applications analyst III; Corey McEntyre to assistant vice president, software engineer III; Kerry Millett to vice president, facilities and purchasing manager; Duncan Mixer to assistant vice president, commercial lender; Dylan Mooney to vice president, senior investment and treasury officer; Jennifer Piper to vice president, compliance and risk officer; Brian Siebert to vice president, commercial loan officer; and Shannon Smith to assistant vice president, CRM and marketing database specialist.

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Sam LeGeyt

The Dunham Group in Portland promoted Sam LeGeyt to partner. LeGeyt, who specializes in the industrial, office and investment markets, is a broker with the firm.

New Dimensions Federal Credit Union in Waterville promoted Tanya Verzoni to vice president of human resources and talent development. Verzoni was director of financial education and staff development.

Verrill, a law firm in Portland, promoted Danielle Starr to partner. Starr is a member of the firm’s family law practice group.

Maine State Credit Union in Augusta promoted Lavetta Denson to vice president, regional retail manager; Jennifer Chipman to vice president, new business development manager; Hillary Jackson to branch manager in Rockland; and Michele Lyons to branch manager in Waterville.

Albin, Randall & Bennett, an accounting and business advisory firm in Portland, promoted John Hadwen and Benjamin Lord to principals. Hadwen specializes in tax consulting, planning and compliance for businesses and ownership groups while Lord specializes in providing consulting, tax and accounting services to clients in the construction, real estate development, manufacturing and distribution industries.

Spinnaker Trust, a financial planning firm in Portland, promoted Caitlin DiMillo to principal. DiMillo was senior vice president and client advisor.


The Institute for Family-Owned Business in Portland elected new board officers: Joe Capozza, Capozza Floor Covering Center, as chair; Dottier Chalmers Cutter, Chalmers Insurance Group, as past chair; Deirdre Wadsworth, Hardypond Construction, as vice chair; and Jeff Messer, Messer Truck Equipment, as secretary. New board members include Mike Anderson, Malone Commercial Brokers; Gary Bergeron, the Breakwater Group at Morgan Stanley; and Chris Wasileski, Sea Cost Management Co. Additionally, Lindsay Skilling of Gifford’s Ice Cream moved from the organization’s board to its advisory board.

The Independent Community Bankers of America in Washington, D.C., announced that Craig Garofalo, executive vice president and COO of Kennebec Savings Bank, was elected to its Federal Delegate Board.


Funtown Splashtown USA in Saco announced that its Whispering Pines Haunted Hotel was named one of the “Top 10 Best New Theme Park Attractions” in the 2023 USA Today’s 10 Best Reader Choice Travel Awards.

Anchour, a branding and marketing agency in Lewiston, said it was No. 3 on Ad Age’s “Best Places to Work 2024” list for marketing agencies in the U.S.

Champion the Cure Challenge announced its 2024 Honorees including Gillian Rose, honorary chair; Betsy Vickery, vice president, W.S. Emerson Co. in Brewer, “Terry Fox Award;” the Stone Doctors, “Community Champion;” Jason’s Pizza, “Corporate Champion;” Julie Tribou, “Employee Champion;” Brian Scofield, “Volunteer of the Year.”

Berman & Simmons, a law firm in Lewiston, announced that nine of its attorneys were named to the “National Trial Lawyers Top 100” list.

BauerFinancial Inc., a national bank rating firm, announced that Norway Savings Bank earned the “Best of Bauer” distinction, reserved for banks that have earned and maintained its “5-Star Rating” for 25 years or longer. The bank has held the rating for 136 consecutive quarters (34 years), with the latest rating assigned in January 2024.

Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine awarded Kenneth Albert, president and CEO of Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice in Lewiston, its “2023 Distinguished Service Award” and Barbara Gavin was named its “2023 Volunteer of the Year Award” winner.

Premier Pools & Spas in Lewiston won the “2023 National Builder of the Year — Small Market” at the annual Premier Pools and Spas Awards Conference.

Gov. Janet Mills announced the “2023 Governor’s Awards for Business Excellence.” Elmet Technologies LLC, a metal manufacturer in Lewiston, won the “Heritage Industry Award;” Compotech Inc., a composite manufacturer in Brewer, the “Innovation Award;” Main Eco Homes, a general contractor in Bridgton, the “Rural Revitalization Award;” and TimberHP, an insulation contractor in Madison, the “Climate Leader Award.”

The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce presented its annual “Kenney Awards.” Winners included Charlie and Nancy Shuman, “Lifetime Achievement Award;” J.S. McCarthy Packaging & Print, “Large Business of the Year;” Kennebec Cabin Co./The Woodshed, “Special Service Award;” Gallant Therapy Services, “President’s Circe Award;” Kieran Kammerer, “Community Service” award; and Heather Hemphill, “Cynergy Professional Award.”

SageStone Consulting in Portland achieved the School Project Designers & Owner’s Project Managers Certification from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General.

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