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Updated: January 8, 2024 In Short

Newsworthy people and performances for Jan. 8, 2024

New hires

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Tripp Harrison

Goodwill Northern New England in Gorham hired Tripp Harrison as president and CEO. Harrison was formerly president and CEO of Goodwill of South Mississippi.

cPort Credit Union in Portland hired Gina Pansire as director of training and development.

St.Germain, an environmental, EHS compliance and engineering firm in Westbrook, hired Jim Greer as a civil designer.

Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland hired Brandon Chiu as a board-certified otolaryngologist at Northern Light Mercy Ear, Nose, and Throat Care.

The American Heart Association in Portland hired Tim Gatz as a development director in Maine. Gatz was previously executive director for the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and Yarmouth Clam Festival.

The Professional Logging Contractors of the Northeast in Augusta hired Ben Grant as deputy executive director of legislative and public affairs and Renee Wright as membership services coordinator.

person in green blouse smiling
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Cassadi Chase

The Boulos Co. in Portland hired Cassadi Chase as an office assistant. Previously, Chase was a technology specialist with TalentLaunch.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust hired Kaleb Davis as branch relationship manager in Brunswick. Davis most recently served as branch manager and mortgage banker at LeaderOne Financial.

Maine Savings in Hampden hired Erin Campbell as senior vice president of finance and accounting.

Machias Savings Bank hired Kyle Taylor as assistant vice president, branch manager in Presque Isle. Taylor was with The County Federal Credit Union.

MaineHealth in Portland hired Britt Crewse as regional president overseeing operations at Maine Medical Center in Portland and Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford and Sanford. Crewse was CEO of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury real estate company in Portland, hired Catharine Buck as a real estate agent in Portland and Judy McGeorge as a real estate professional in Northeast Harbor.

Healthy Communities of the Capital Area in Gardiner hired Mallory Siddiqui as tobacco prevention coordinator. Siddiqui is a recent graduate with a master’s of science in global health from Northwestern University and a master’s of education from Arizona State University.

Northern Light Cancer Care in Brewer hired Khalil Kamar, Deepali Pandey and Alexander Wu as oncologist/hematologists. All three doctors are board certified in internal medicine and board eligible for certification in Oncology and Hematology. Wu is also board certified in Palliative Care.

InterMed in Portland hired Karen Emery, David Clark and Joana Kang as physicians.

Rudman Winchell, a law firm in Bangor, hired Ryan Lizanecz as an associate attorney in the firm’s municipal practice group, Deven Soondar as an associate attorney in the firm’s litigation practice group and Scott Lever as an of counsel attorney focusing on corporate law and commercial real estate transactions.


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Colin March

KeyBank in Portland expanded Colin March’s role to include leadership of commercial banking and payments solutions activities throughout the bank’s northern New England region, including Boston. March serves as Maine commercial banking sales leader.

Town & Country Federal Credit Union in Scarbough promoted Heidi Olson to vice president of member engagement, digital services and payments and Jennifer Johnson to vice president of accounting and finance. Olson was member relationship manager and Johnson was accounting manager.

Thornton Academy in Saco promoted Jennifer Day as director of development. Day was previously associate director of development.

The Professional Logging Contractors of the Northeast in Augusta promoted Jessica Clark to deputy executive director for membership and operations. Clark was member services manager.

Camden National Bank promoted Geoffrey Grayson to senior vice president, director of retail sales strategy and Christopher Byron to vice president, retail regional director. Grayson was retail regional director while Byron was vice president, banking center manager in Brunswick.

Health Affiliates Maine in Auburn promoted Michelle Elwell to director of human resources. Elwell was previously assistant director of human resources.


Deborah Ellwood
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Deborah Ellwood

Deborah Ellwood, president and CEO of Maine Community Foundation in Ellsworth, was appointed by Gov. Janet Mills to the Maine Climate Council, an assembly of scientists, industry leaders, bipartisan local and state officials and engaged citizens charged with developing and implementing Maine’s plan to address the impacts of climate change, build resiliency to climate effects, and meet state statutory targets to reduce carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 and at least 80% by 2050.

Bath Housing announced that Betsey Greene Glazier, who was appointed by the Bath City Council, and Phyllis Bailey joined the Bath Housing Authority board of commissioners.

The Finance Authority of Maine in Augusta said that Jennifer Lanphear, education programs manager, was elected president of the National Association of State Student Grant & Aid Programs.

Portland Water District announced that Dustin Price, chief wastewater treatment plant operator, was appointed to the Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee board of directors; Scott Firmin, director of wastewater services, was elected to a three-year term on the North East Biosolids Residuals Association board of directors; Roger Paradis, water distribution system manager, was elected to the New England Water Works Association board as the Maine state director; and Seth Garrison, general manager, was selected to be vice president of the New England Section Board of the American Water Works Association.

Brett Danforth, general manager and vice president of Danforth’s Down Home Supermarket in Pittsfield and Hermon, was named to the Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital a board of trustees.

The American Heart Association in Portland announced that Charlie Therrien, senior vice president of Northern Light Health and president of Northern Light Mercy Hospital, will chair the 2024 Maine Heart Walk being held May 19. Therrien and his committee have set a goal to raise $545,000 through corporate donations and walk teams. Heart Walk executive leadership team members include: Sarah Belliveau, Berry Dunn; Dustin Brooks, Unum; Andrew Cook, Mascoma Bank; Catherine Graham and Thomas Morrione, Encompass Health; Rob Hatem, Hannaford Supermarkets; Nab Kundu, New England Rehabilitation Hospital; David Landry and Nathalie Voisine, Spectrum Healthcare Partners; Beth LeBlanc, L.L.Bean; Denise McDonough and Brenda Williams, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield; Jagtar Narula and Garnet Valliere, WEX; Douglas Sawyer, MaineHealth; Scott Tompkins, Cianbro; and Steve Woods, Tidesmart.


Central Maine Growth Council and KV Connect presented its “2023 Emerging Leader of the Year Award” to Churchill Elangwe-Preston, founder of Mbingo Mountain Coffee.

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program recognized Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington as one of 78 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals that achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2022.

BroGue Insurance & Financial Services in Bangor announced that Zachary Hackett was recognized by Safeco Insurance with the “Award of Distinction,” as one of the top producers of the year for northern New England.

The Maine Psychological Association in Saco named Rae Egbert as its “Psychologist of the Year.”

Rudman Winchell, a law firm in Bangor, said that it earned metropolitan “Tier One” in the “2024 Best Lawyers: Best Law Firms Report for Employment Law – Management and Real Estate Law.” In addition, the firm had 12 attorneys recognized in the “2024 Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” reports.

Hannaford Supermarkets announced that it received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality.

Norway Savings Bank received an “Outstanding” rating on its latest Community Reinvestment Act evaluation administered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

MaineHealth in Portland announced that Maine Medical Center in Portland was named a “Top Teaching Hospital” and Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick was named a “Top General Hospital” by the Leapfrog Group, a national evaluator of hospital quality and safety.

Deer Brook, a certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business in Portland that provides cyber security services, received a gold “2023 HIRE Vets Medallion Award” from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The New England Convenience Store and Energy Marketers Association recognized Kathy Irazzary, Rusty Lantern at Irving Cooks Corner in Brunswick with a “Food Service” award and Candace Choate, Nouria Energy in Lewiston with a “Community Service Award” during its annual Operator of the Year Awards.

Maine Outdoor Brands named the recipients of its “2023 Trailblazer Awards.” Hearty Roots, Taproot Therapeutic Adventure program was named the “Outdoor Innovation Award” winner; Kristina Cannon, president and CEO, Main Street Skowhegan, was the “Outdoor Industry Leader of the Year Award” recipient; Mahoosuc Guide Service and Penobscot Guides, Way of the Wabanaki, captured the “Outdoor Brand Collaboration Award;” and Brant & Cochran was the “MOB Member of the Year.”

City of Portland Mayor Mark Dion announced that he was selected as one of 27 newly elected U.S. mayors to participate in the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University’s Program for New Mayors: First 100 Days, delivered in collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.

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