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Updated: July 8, 2024 In Short

Newsworthy people and performances for July 8, 2024

New hires

Norway Savings Bank hired Amy Fox as vice president of human resources.

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Scott Wood

The University of New England hired Scott Wood as director of the Portland Laboratory for Biotechnology and Health Sciences. Wood, a biomedical engineer, was previously an associate professor of nanoscience and biomedical engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Reveler Development, a real estate investment, development, construction and management company in Portland, hired Jonathan Diggs as finance director. Diggs most recently served as senior financial officer for the indirect consumer lending portfolio at Truist Financial.

The University of Maine at Augusta hired Erin Fogg as vice president of advancement and alumni relations. Most recently, Fogg was vice president of Good Shepherd Food Bank.

Lebel & Harriman Retirement Advisors in Falmouth hired Garrett Duchesne as a financial advisor on its personal financial services team.

Sheridan Construction in Fairfield hired Jake Lapierre to oversee IT and site layout, Dylan Copeland as a sales assistant and Chris Beaman as fabrication manager.

InterMed in Portland hired Richard King to provide consultative care and general surgery. In a collaborative arrangement, King will also be seeing Northern Light Mercy Hospital surgery patients in Portland.

Malone Commercial Brokers in Portland hired Nick Malone as a sales agent.

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Jim Hoppe

Bowdoin College in Brunswick hired Jim Hoppe as senior vice president and dean for student affairs. Hoppe was previously vice president and dean of campus life at Emerson College in Boston.

Maine State Archives in Augusta hired Sarah Hansen as director of special projects for the Maine Semiquincentennial Commission. Hansen was previously executive director of Greater Portland Landmarks.

Pierce Atwood LLP, a law firm in Portland, hired Beverly Uhlenhake as a government affairs consultant in its government relations and lobbying practice group.

Hancock Lumber in Casco hired Mark Smith as general manager of its Damariscotta location.

Fontaine Family, an Auburn real estate firm, hired Melinda Cote as an associate broker.


Maine Savings Federal Credit Union in Hampden promoted David Sayers to chief strategy officer and Erin Campbell to CFO. Sayers was previously CFO while Campbell was senior vice president of finance and accounting.

CPort Credit Union in Portland promoted Alicia Walsh to senior vice president of human resources, Chris Mbalazamo to assistant branch manager, Charlie Emple to manager of FP&A, Zeke Ventura to IT manager, Mathew Nichols to branch manager, Christen Cascella Chen to director of lending, Aissa Edora to branch supervisor and Shae-Lynn Fortier to member care manager.


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Nate Moody, Lebel & Harriman

Nate Moody, a partner at Lebel & Harriman Retirement Advisors in Falmouth, was nominated by Gov. Janet Mills and confirmed by the Maine Senate to serve on the Maine Retirement Savings Board.

Dan Wildes, president of Sheridan Construction in Fairfield, was appointed to the Butler Manufacturing Advisory Council.

Partners Bank in Sanford added Keriann Roman to its board of directors. Roman is an attorney at Drummond Woodsum, a law firm in Portland, and specializes in the areas of municipal law, environmental and natural resources, and land use and conservation.

Maine Hospital Association in Augusta elected Christina Maguire as chair of its board. Magquire is president and CEO of Mount Desert Island Hospital. In addition, Steven Littleson of Central Maine Healthcare was named chair-elect; Nate Howell, CEO of MaineGeneral Medical Center, treasurer; and Patrick Taylor, CEO of York Hospital, secretary.

Machias Savings Bank added Doug Abbott, Andy Odeen, Troy Pearl, Marcus Sibley, Jonathan Smith and Briana Warner as corporators. Abbott is senior vice president and CFO at The Jackson Laboratory, Odeen is president and owner of Freshwater Stone & Brickwork, Pearl is owner of Renewal by Andersen of Greater Maine, Sibley is owner and president of Sibley & Sons Construction Inc., Smith is president and co-owner of Great Falls Construction and Warner is CEO of Atlantic Sea Farms.


Aaron Johnson, systems engineer III at Norway Savings Bank, received the American Heart Association in Maine’s “2024 AHA Lifestyle Change Award.” The award recognizes individuals who have made or have encouraged others to make positive changes to improve the quality of their life and health.

Maine Development Foundation in Hallowell named LuAnn Ballesteros its “2024 Kenneth M. Curtis Leadership Award” winner and Carolyn Nishon the “2024 ICL Distinguished Alum Award” recipient. Ballesteros is vice president of external and government affairs at The Jackson Laboratory. Nishon is executive director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden said that Jeremy Pickford, an account manager on its business insurance team, earned the Certified Professional Insurance Agent designation from the American Insurance Marketing and Sales Society.

Verrill, a law firm in Portland, said nine of its Maine-based practice groups were rated as a “Leading Firm” as evaluated by London-based Chambers & Partners. In addition, 23 of its Maine-based attorneys were also individually recognized.

The MEMIC Group, workers’ compensation insurance specialists in Portland, named L.L.Bean the winner of the “MEMIC Award for Excellence in Safety” and Cynthia Murphy, senior program manager for Coastal Enterprises Inc.,. as the “MEMIC Award for Workforce Partnership” winner.

VIP Tires & Service in Auburn announced that John Bemis, a technician in Bangor, reached the status of “World Class Technician” from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Bar Harbor Bankshares, the parent company of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, announced that it was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s “Best-In-State Banks” for the third consecutive year. The bank was selected for the honor based on customer feedback and is one of only 185 banks to be recognized, representing just 4% of all U.S. banks.

The Trauma Response Team at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston was presented this year’s Maine Hospital Association’s “Caregiver of the Year Award” for the care it gave victims of the mass shooting in Lewiston on October 25.

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