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Updated: January 25, 2021 In Short

Newsworthy people and performances for Jan. 25, 2021

New hires

Versant Power in Bangor hired John Flynn as president. Flynn previously led strategy and public affairs work for Vermont Electric Co.

Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland hired Stephen Rodrigue and Bruce Gomberg as joint replacement specialists and Scott Collins, Anne Rolfson and Cody Bothel as physician assistants at Northern Light Mercy Orthopedics in Falmouth. The hospital also hired George Tuchsen as a general surgeon at Northern Light Mercy Surgery.

Chase Custom Homes & Finance in Westbrook hired Amanda Murray as marketing manager. Murray was previously with Townsquare Media in Portland.

RE/MAX Shoreline hired Reilly Kons as an agent in Portland. Kons is also the founder of SubLocal, a startup that helps small businesses in Maine get predictable, recurring, upfront revenue.

HeadInvest LLC, a registered investment advisor in Portland, hired Corey Buzzell as senior vice president/wealth advisor.

Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn hired George Fox as assistant vice president of supply chain, Courtney Holub as major gifts officer and Kaitlyn Myers as development operations assistant.

Skowhegan Savings hired Nate Archibald as an assistant vice president and commercial lender.

OTELCO, a wireline telecommunications company in New Gloucester, hired Stephen Collins as an OSP project manager/analyst in New Gloucester; Karl Clapp and Johnathan Jenkins as senior network architects in Portland; and Michael Blaich and John Felger as technical support technicians in Bangor.

Northern Light Health in Brewer hired Scott Melton as an infectious disease care physician at Northern Light Infectious Disease Care in Bangor, Nicole Lebo as a head and neck surgeon at Northern Light Ear, Nose, and Throat Care in Bangor and Ahmed Messahel as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Northern Light Surgery and Trauma in Bangor.

Keller Williams Realty|Magnusson Balfour Commercial and Business Brokers in Portland hired Daniel Azer as a business broker and Brady Stebbins as a commercial broker.

Northern Light Acadia Hospital in Bangor hired Anthony Ng as medical director of community services and director of neuromodulation. Ng most recently served as the east regional medical director for Hartford Healthcare.

Engine, an arts nonprofit in Biddeford, hired Jessica Muise as executive director, effective Feb. 1. Muise previously led data and partnership efforts for the creative economy team at the New England Foundation for the Arts in Boston.

Machias Savings Bank hired Jack Lufkin as regional senior vice president in the Southern Market, which includes Cumberland County. Lufkin most recently worked as vice president, senior commercial relationship manager at NBT Bank.

Community Concepts Finance Corp. in Lewiston hired Nate Libby as president. Libby, who has represented Lewiston for eight years in the Maine Legislature, was worked with the firm as a consultant on two wellness shelter projects since April.

Sebago Technics, an engineering consulting firm in South Portland, hired Terry Bennett as vice president of survey-geomatics.

Northern Light Allergy and Immunology in Bangor hired Rung-chi Li as an allergist. Li is board certified from the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

Troubh Heisler LLC, a law firm in Scarborough, hired Jessica Maher as an attorney. Maher’s practice focuses on civil litigation, labor and employment, municipal, estate planning and probate, corporations/LLCs, and real estate.

Criterium Engineers in Freeport hired Ethan Field as senior project engineer. Field most recently worked as a senior associate at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates.

Bergen & Parkinson LLC, a law firm in Kennebunk, hired Thomas Miscio as an attorney in the litigation department of the firm’s Saco office.

HNTB Corp., an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm in South Portland, hired Kristina Brown as project engineer and Brandon Havu as senior staff engineer.

Hospice of Southern Maine in Scarborough hired Stewart Steel as information technology director. Steel was previously IT director for B2B solutions for Gannett GateHouse Media.


The Diocese of Portland promoted Michael Sevigny to director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry.

Sunday River Resort in Newry promoted Meredith Harrop to vice president of lodging. Harrop was previously assistant director of the resort’s SnowSports School.

Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn promoted Raymond Wacome to systems support specialist and Tom Steinmetz to senior systems specialist. The organization also announced that Kathy Helming transitioned from vice president of community partnerships to an employee experience specialist in human resources, Kai Loundon from community resource representative to research coordinator in research and evaluation, Dawn DiFiore from community resources manager to director of community partnerships and Kristen D’Eramo from community resources coordinator to community health and hunger program coordinator.

Katahdin Trust in Houlton promoted Sam Clockedile to assistant vice president, marketing officer. Clockedile was previously marketing officer.

Camden National Bank promoted James Adsit to senior vice president, Southern Maine director of commercial banking based in Portland. Adsit was previously Northern Maine director of commercial banking.

Great Falls Construction in Gorham promoted Karen James to director of preconstruction and estimating services. James most recently served as senior project manager.

Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington promoted Barbara Sergio to COO. Sergio, who has leadership and management experience across different types of care settings, was previously senior director of quality and safety.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust promoted Tim Kelly to assistant vice president, mortgage loan originator with its residential lending team. Kelly was previously assistant vice president, branch relationship manager at the bank’s Main Street Bangor branch.

Preti Flaherty, a law firm in Portland, promoted Sara Moppin, Laura Rideout and Emily White to partner. Moppin is a member of the firm’s business law, banking and financial services, and cannabis business practice groups; Rideout is a member of the employment law and litigation practice groups; and White is a member of the business law and taxation practice groups.

Rudman Winchell, a law firm in Bangor, promoted Caitlyn Smith and Mark Laverdiere to partner. Smith focuses her practice on litigation, primarily in the areas of family and criminal law, while Laverdiere is a business and real estate attorney in the firm’s business group.


Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn added Claudette Ndayininahaze and Kate Rush to its board of directors. Ndayininahaze is executive director of In Her Presence while Rush was most recently senior vice president and director of community relations at Bangor Saving Bank. The organization also said Jessica Donahue, marketing and communications manager, was appointed to the Public Relations Society of America Yankee Chapter board of directors and Sam Michaud, director of facilities and safety, was elected president of the Maine Volunteers Organized Active in Disaster board of directors.

The Maine Real Estate & Development Association in Portland announced that Benjamin Brennan, was named as co-chair of its DevelopME Committee. Brennan is a sales executive for KONE Elevators.

Maine Community Bank President and CEO Jeanne Hulit was selected to join the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s board of directors.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Portland said that Christopher Lynch was selected to join the Board of Directors for Lee Auto Malls. Lynch is president and founder of the agency.

The LA Metro Chamber of Commerce added Steven Littleson and Christopher Rugullies to its board of directors for one initial, two-year term. Littleson is president at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston while Rugullies is senior vice president, commercial banking officer at Camden National Bank. In addition, the chamber said Jessica Donovan of Lucro Management will serve as board chair in 2021.

KinoTek Inc., a digital health company in Portland, appointed Krystal Williams and Burak Sezen to its inaugural board of directors. Williams currently serves as a director and equity officer for the Maine ACLU and as a director for the Lerner Foundation in Portland while Sezen is a partner and co-founder at 6ixth Event/Cataclysmic Capital, an investment firm in Portland.


The Maine district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration presented its annual SBA lender awards. Winners included Bangor Savings Bank, “Leading SBA 7(a)” lender based on total number of loans; Gorham Savings Bank, “Leading SBA 504 3rd Party” lender based on total number of loans; Infinity FCU, “Leading SBA Credit Union” lender; Granite State Development Corp., “Maine’s Leading Certified Development Company” in both numbers and total dollars; and Coastal Enterprises Inc., “Maine’s Leading SBA Microlender.” In addition, Franklin Savings Bank received the “SBA District Director Award,” in recognition of the efforts taken by the bank to greatly increase the use of administration programs in the bank’s lending portfolio and James Lacasse, vice president and community banking relationship manager at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, was named the “2020 STAR Award” winner for supporting the administration’s programs and services.

Marina Holdings LLC, holding company for Yarmouth Boat Yard, Moose Landing Marina and Freedom Boat Club of Maine, said it was listed No. 9 on the “Top 100 dealers in North America” list by Boating Industry, a trade publication for marine businesses.

Camden National Bank announced its “2020 Leaders & Luminaries Awardees” including Doris Dennee, board treasurer, The Iris Network; Jackie Studer, board president, Classical Uprising; Ray Gerbi, board treasurer, Pejepscot History Center; and Robert Holmberg, president and founder, Community Compass. In addition, Evelyn Kieltyka, board chair of Medical Care Development Inc., was named the “2020 Spotlight Award” winner. The bank also said it was one of seven U.S. banks to be named a “Customer Experience Leader for 2020” in retail and small business banking by Greenwich Associates, an independent research firm.

Greater Portland Landmarks announced its first “Legacy Business Awards” winners including Bangor Savings Bank, HM Payson, J.B. Brown & Sons and Springer’s Jewelers. The organization also presented its “Preservation Award” to the Cummings Family in recognition of their efforts in restoring the Abyssinian Meeting House in Portland.

Portland Monthly said its Winterguide 2020 and September 2020 covers were recognized for design excellence at the 2020 American Graphic Design Awards sponsored by Graphic Design USA.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust recognized employees during its Employee Appreciation Week. Recipients included: Tiffany Ash, regional retail operations manager, and Melissa Case, assistant vice president branch relationship manager in Brandon, Vt., “Communications Award;” Jeff Charland, vice president regional relationship manager, and Beverly Veilleux, senior wealth administrator, “Professionalism Award;” Nichole Lee, branch relationship manager in South China, and Jarmila Silva, branch relationship manager in Concord, N.H., “Initiative Award;” Emily Gerrard, staff account, and Cody Mundy, customer service representative in Concord, N.H., “Quality Award;” Tiffany Law, vice president community banking relationship manager in Nashua, N.H., and Lindsay Moore, commercial lending assistant, “Positivity Award;” and Shania Adams, personal banker, and Katherine Paine, assistant branch manager in New London, N.H., “Teamwork Award.”

The TD Beach to Beacon 10K said it was voted the No. 1 race in America among road races 10 miles or less in BibRave’s Top-100 U.S. Race List. The event also received a “Green Lion Award,” which recognizes running events that have integrated sustainable environmental practices into its race operations.

Marshall Communications in Augusta announced that The PR Maven Podcast, hosted by Nancy Marshall, was listed among Podchaser’s “Best Podcasts for PR Professionals.”

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