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Updated: July 24, 2023

Newsworthy people and performances for July 24, 2023

New hires

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury real estate company in Portland, hired Kristi Jacoby as an associate broker in Northeast Harbor.

Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland hired Kendra Andrews and Kate Delewski as specialists at Northern Light Mercy Ear, Nose, and Throat Care in Portland.

Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice in Lewiston hired Carol Weir as chief clinical officer.

Northern Light Cardiothoracic Surgery in Bangor hired Christopher Wigfield. Wigfield specializes in thoracic surgery, including robotic thoracic surgery.

Northern Light Women’s Health in Bangor hired Deidre Heber as an OB/GYN.

The Maine Community Foundation in Ellsworth hired Matt Grondin as senior director of communications and marketing. Grondin, who will be based out of the organization’s Portland office, was most recently director of communications at ecomaine.

Consumers for Affordable Health Care, a nonprofit health advocacy organization in Augusta, hired Monica Clark as a HelpLine advocate. Clark is a licensed clinical social worker.

Androscoggin Bank in Lewiston hired Johanna Lloyd as assistant vice president, retail manager for its Sabattus and Lisbon Street branches in Lewiston. Lloyd most recently banking center manager in Brunswick for Northeast Bank.


Atlantic Federal Credit Union in South Portland promoted Lucy Ditzel to chief people officer and Jenn Benn to vice president of member experience.

Franklin Savings Bank in Farmington promoted Sherri Lewis to branch manager in Skowhegan. Lewis was previously assistant vice president, assistant branch manager.

Bangor Savings Bank promoted Michael O’Connor to CFO and treasurer. O’Connor was previously senior vice president and controller.

United Way of Southern Maine promoted Cameron Peden to senior vice president, people and resource development and Ninette Irabaruta to senior director, community engagement and outreach. Peden was senior director, human resources while Irabaruta was director, public policy and advocacy.

Littler, an employment and labor law practice representing management, selected Asha Santos as office managing shareholder of the firm’s offices in Portland, Boston and Providence, R.I.

Landry/French Construction in Scarborough promoted Nick Gaddar to senior project manager.

Maine Water promoted Joseph Dignam to chief operator of the company’s Saco River Drinking Water Resource Center. Dignam was previously responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Berwick Water System.


Northern Light Health in Brewer elected John Ryan as chair and Julie Dawson Williams as vice chair of its board of directors, each for a one-year term. Ryan serves as executive vice president and chief counsel at Temple University Health System in Philadelphia, Pa. while Dawson Williams is broker, owner and CEO of Dawson Inc., a family of companies including ERA Dawson Bradford Co. Realtors, Dawson Commercial Brokers and Dawson Insurance Agency.

Bernstein Shur, a law firm in Portland, elected Joel Moser and Pete Van Hemel out of its Portland office and Jim Merrill from its New Hampshire office to serve on its board of directors. Moser is a shareholder and co-chair of the firm’s environmental and energy practice group and chair of the firm’s property tax and valuation team, Van Hemel is a shareholder and co-chair of the firm’s real estate practice group and Merrill is a shareholder and managing partner of the firm’s New Hampshire office.


Murray Plumb & Murray, a law firm in Portland, said six of its attorneys were selected to the “2023 Maine Super Lawyers” list while two others were named “2023 Maine Rising Stars.”

The Maine Potato Board in Presque Isle announced that Gregory Porter, UMaine professor of agronomy, was selected to receive the “Maine Potato Industry Recognition Award.”

Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington announced that Taffy Davis was been awarded certification in nursing informatics by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The certification is designed for registered nurses who have a strong background in both nursing and informatics.

Maine Emergency Medical System for Children recognized Maine Medical Center as the first hospital in Maine to achieve the “Maine Always Ready for Children” standards in assessing, treating and stabilizing pediatric medical and traumatic emergencies.

Three Maine breweries were recognized at the 2023 Craft Beer Marketing Awards. Allagash Brewing Co. in Portland won at “Gold Crushie” in the Best Can Design/Collaboration (all sizes) category for Cur-8: Batson River Brewing in Kennebunk won a “Platinum Crushie” in the Best Can Design/16 - 20oz (473 - 592ml) category for Loon Call Pilsner; and Rupee Beer in Portland won a “Global Crushie” in the Best Can Design/16 - 20oz (473 - 592ml) category for Rupee Premium Lager.

Luke’s Lobster and Machias Savings Bank were jointly awarded the “2023 Imagine Portland Collaborator Award” during the Portland Regional Chamber’s Annual Imagine Portland Event.

John Muzzy, retail division human resources manager at Hancock Lumber, was named to the inaugural class of the “LBM 40 Under 40” by LBM Journal, the leading media company serving the lumber/building material industry.

Rinck Advertising in Lewiston said it received widespread recognition for its work across several industries, as well as internal practices. The agency was honored for its work by the Maine Ad & Design “Broderson Awards,” “Hermes Creative Awards,” Maine Public Relations Council “Golden Arrows” and the Maine Public Health Association.

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