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Updated: January 24, 2022 In Short

Newsworthy people and performances for Jan. 24, 2022

New hires

WoodenBoat School in Brooklin hired Eric Stockinger as director. Stockinger was previously with Brooklin Boat Yard.

The Maine Monitor, an investigative news organization in Augusta, hired Renée Johansson as development director. Previously, Johansson was executive director of Sustainable Harvest International.

Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington hired Kary Franchetti as senior director of practice operations. Franchetti was previously director of geriatrics and palliative medicine at Maine Medical Center.

Morgan Stanley hired Jane Stevens as a financial advisor with the Breakwater Group in the firm’s wealth management office in Portland. Stevens was with Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co.

Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden hired Houston McGuirk as a member of its personal insurance team.

Murray Plumb & Murray, a law firm in Portland, hired Maria Fox and Heather Whiting as partners. Both attorneys worked most recently at MittelAsen, a law firm in Portland.

Landry/French Construction in Scarborough hired Kevin Freeman as director of business development. Freeman has 30 years of experience in the construction industry.

Fontaine Family, an Auburn real estate firm, hired Rebecca Ricker as a licensed sales agent.

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor hired Todd Heaton as a provider at Northern Light Pediatric Surgery and Manpreet Kaur Arora as a provider at Northern Light Internal Medicine.

Partners Bank in Sanford hired Richard Goodenough as a commercial lender. Most recently, Goodenough was a commercial lender at Kennebunk Savings Bank.

InterMed in Portland hired Roger Poitras as CEO. Poitras, who has 35 years of combined clinical, operational and business development experience, most recently served as a chief strategy officer for Ascension Health in Florida and Alabama.

Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County hired LeeAnna Lavoie as director. Most recently, Lavoie was program director of the Maine CDC Tobacco and Substance Use Prevention Control Program.

The American Heart Association hired Anna DeLuca as development director for Maine. DeLuca most recently worked for the American Red Cross.

Preti Flaherty, a law firm in Portland, hired Jeffrey Thaler as a member of its climate strategy practice group. Thaler was previously with the University of Maine and a professor at the University of Maine School of Law.


Mainebiz promoted Andrea Tetzlaff to associate publisher. Tetzlaff was previously advertising sales director.

Preti Flaherty, a law firm in Portland, promoted Kristin Collins and John Cronan III to partner. Collins is one of the principal attorneys in the firm’s municipal law and finance practice group and co-chair of the municipal broadband group while Cronan is a member of the firm’s workers’ compensation practice group and a trial lawyer in the litigation practice group.

Sheridan Construction Corp. in Fairfield promoted Daniel Wildes to president. Wildes, who has also assumed ownership of the Sheridan Cos., previously served as senior vice president.

Bar Harbor Savings and Loan Association promoted Dawn Nason to assistant vice president, compliance officer and information security officer and Rhonda Sawyer to assistant vice president and loan officer.

InterMed in Portland promoted Stephanie Mills to chief legal and compliance officer.

Bergen & Parkinson, a law firm in Saco, promoted Sarah Neault to partner. Neault practices primarily in the areas of estate planning and probate and trust administration.

Gorham Savings Bank promoted Jane Stack to CFO. Stack was most recently senior vice president, controller.

Drummond Woodsum, a law firm in Portland, named Isabel Ekman and Kellie Fisher shareholders and promoted Penelope Wheeler-Abbott and Mark Gallagher to senior consultants. Ekman represents school districts on issues including special education and disability law, student rights, student discipline and Title IX issues; Fisher represents secured and unsecured creditors, equity holders, debtors, liquidating and litigation trustees, DIP lenders and official and ad hoc committees of creditors and equity holders in many aspects of restructuring and insolvency, including litigation; Wheeler-Abbott works with schools and municipalities as a non-lawyer consultant and advocate; and Gallagher is a non-lawyer, senior consultant who advises corporations, nonprofits, advocacy organizations and electoral campaigns on a broad range of energy, regulated substances and health care matters.

Kennebec Savings Bank in Augusta promoted Heather Knowles to assistant vice president and controller and Jennifer Bechard to assistant vice president and human resources managing officer.


InterMed in Portland said Michele Delenick was elected chief of internal medicine. Delenick is board-certified and a member of the American College of Physicians.

Franklin Savings Bank in Farmington elected Peter Judkins as chair of its board of directors. Judkins retired as president and CEO of the bank in 2017.

The Greater Portland Board of Realtors appointed Julia Bassett Schwerin as its representative on the Maine Association of Realtors board of directors. Schwerin is a broker with Coldwell Banker Reality in Cape Elizabeth.

Maine Association of Realtors announced that Madeleine Hill will serve as president of the organization in 2022. Hill is the designated broker for Roxanne York Real Estate on Bailey Island.

The LA Metro Chamber of Commerce elected John Rice, director of operations at Schooner Estates Senior Living, as chair of its board of directors. The organization also added new board members Mark Adams, president and CEO, Sebago Technics Inc.; Betsy Sibley, vice president of marketing, Community Credit Union; Elise Johansen, executive director, Safe Voices; Alyson Daniels, executive assistant to the president, Central Maine Community College; Sophia Bailey, owner, Caribbean Life Grocery & Gift Shop; and Gael Karomba, co-founder and CFO, Happy Haven LLC.

Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce in Waterville announced its board officers for 2022 including Joy McKenna, chairperson; Michelle Joler-Labbe, first vice chair; Mike Guarino, second vice chair; Bruce Harrington, treasurer; Greg Zimba, director-at-large; and Gary Levesque, past chair. In addition, Chuck Hays, Karen Normandin and Gary Poulin were added to the board. Hays is president and CEO at MaineGeneral Health, Normandin is interim president at Kennebec Valley Community College and Poulin is a media consultant for Mix Maine Media.

Portland Ovations added Sayad Moudachirou to its board of directors. Moudachirou is a managing consultant at London Economics International LLC.

Piper Shores, a nonprofit lifecare retirement community in Scarborough, said that Dawn Harmon, Michael Wood, Kim Donnelly, Adrian Kurre and Stephen Brooks joined its board of directors. Harmon is an assistant vice president and legal counsel in Unum’s employment law group, Wood is vice president and portfolio manager at R.M. Davis, Donnelly is executive vice president and director of wealth and business services at Gorham Savings Bank, Kurre is a retired hospitality executive and Brooks recently retired from the pharmaceutical industry.


The Finance Authority of Maine in Augusta honored state business, educator and lenders with its annual “At Work for Maine Awards.” Winners included Arctaris Impact Investors LLC, “Business at Work for Maine Award;” Rosa Redonnett, associate vice chancellor for student success and credential attainment, University of Maine System, and Janet Sortor, vice president and chief academic officer, Maine Community College System, “Education at Work for Maine Award;” Farm Credit East, “Lender at Work for Maine Award ($1.5 billion or more in assets);” Skowhegan Savings, “Lender at Work for Maine Award (less than $1.5 billion in assets);” Bath Savings, “Lender at Work for Maine Award (most increased partnership);” John Burns, former managing director at Maine Venture Fund, and Steve Levesque, former executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, “Dirigo Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Verrill, a law firm in Portland, announced that Anya Endsley was accepted into the inaugural class of the New England Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Endsley is a partner at the firm who focuses her practice in all aspects of estate planning, probate administration and trust administration and educates clients on tax planning, charitable giving and wealth transfer strategies.

Ben Sullivan, communications and marketing manager for Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice in Lewiston, was named the 2021 recipient of the “Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine Media Award.”

The Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust named Penny Asherman the “2021 Bates Conservation Awardee.” The award recognizes efforts of local individuals, groups or companies to preserve special sites within the two communities and to improve the quality of place to the benefit of families that call Chebeague and Cumberland home. Asherman, an environmental lawyer, has been a member of the trust board of directors since 2003.

R.M. Davis, an investment firm in Portland, said it was ranked No. 51 on the “2021 CNBC Financial Advisor 100 List.”

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