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Updated: June 10, 2024 In Short

Newsworthy people and performances for June 10, 2024

New hires

The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor hired Mary Dickinson as executive vice president and chief scientific officer. Dickinson, a globally recognized geneticist, developmental biologist and bioengineer, was previously senior vice president and dean of research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and co-principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health-funded Knockout Mouse Phenotyping Program.

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Michael Adams

Bangor Savings Bank’s Wealth Management Group hired Mike Adams as vice president, senior fiduciary officer and counsel.

The city of South Portland hired Robert Nadeau as director of human resources and Jessica Hughes as clerk and registrar of voters. Previously, Nadeau was vice president of human resources for Twin Rivers Paper while Hughes was a private sector analyst and at Williams-Greco PA, a law firm in Saco.

St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston hired Jill Rollins as vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. Rollins was previously vice president of nursing and patient care services at Bridgton Hospital.

Evergreen Credit Union in Portland hired Amanda Peacock as vice president of member experience and engagement.

Hospice of Southern Maine in Scarborough announced several new hires including Jamie Cyr as finance manager, Timothy George as a chaplain, Karen Page as donor relations officer, Stacy Paradis as clinical operations director and David Patterson as IT manager. In the organization’s home hospice program Laurie Fougere and Toby Sifton were hired as registered nurse case managers; Monica Carver and Alexis Harris as hospice aides; Keirsten Littlefield and Christine Turner as clinical nurse managers; Nancy Pezzullo as a team support nurse; Anne Taylor as a registered nurse; and Heather Rogers as a social worker. At Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, Evelyn Morey was hired as a hospice aide and Lydia Pepi and Bryndi Richards as registered nurses.

The Alliance for Addiction and Mental Health Services, Maine, a statewide association based in Augusta that is dedicated to advancing quality mental health and substance use treatment, hired Adam Bloom-Paicopolos as executive director. Bloom-Paicopolos was previously an analyst at ATI Advisory.

Cousins Maine Lobster in Portland hired Marion Thomas as senior vice president of marketing and Lindsay Herberger as director of franchise development.

Girl Scouts of Maine in South Portland hired Cheryl Sommer as vice president of finance and Deirdre Clifford as vice president of development. Sommer was with Albin, Randall, & Bennett CPAs while Clifford was most recently with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine.

Waterstone Properties Group hired Abigail Worthing as events manager at Rock Row in Westbrook. Worthing was most recently as executive events manager for Thompson’s Point.


Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden promoted Brandy Schofield to director of its benefits division. Schofield was a benefits account manager.

The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine in Orono promoted Christina Cash to executive director. Cash was previously interim director.

Cousins Maine Lobster in Portland promoted Shaun Higgins to president. Higgins was previously head of franchise development.

Waterstone Properties Group promoted Andy Gendron to director of marketing, Jennifer Murphy Aubin to associate director of marketing and Lynda Adams to operations and property manager at Rock Row. Gendron was events and sponsorships manager, Adams was community and government relations manager and Murphy Aubin was community engagement manager for Waterstone Properties New Hampshire properties portfolio.

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With Jessica Estes, left, stepping down as president, Boulos Co. promoted Christopher "Topher" Stephenson to managing director and Micki Francombe to senior VP of administrative operations.

The Boulos Co., a commercial real estate brokerage in Portland, promoted Christopher Stephenson to managing director and Micki Francombe to senior vice president of administrative operations. Stephenson was previously vice president of marketing and operations while Francombe was vice president of administrative operations. They were promoted with the resignation of Jessica Estes, who had served as president. 


Hospice of Southern Maine in Scarborough added Kimberly Giamportone, Susan Hall Dreher and Cecilia Caldwell to its board of directors. Giamportone is an assistant professor of social work at the University of Southern Maine, Hall Dreher has 42 years of human services administration and education combined experience in health care and social services and Caldwell is a physician, formerly practicing obstetrics and gynecology. In addition, the organization elected Mark Jones as chair, Patricia Weigel as vice chair and Moya Elliot as secretary. Jones is president of Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, Weigel is retired president and CEO of Norway Savings Bank and Elliot is senior vice president of Cambridge Trust Co.

Girl Scouts of Maine in South Portland reelected Patrick Morin as treasurer of its board of directors and chair of the finance audit committee. Morin is principal of the information systems risk and assurance practice at Baker Newman Noyes, an accounting firm in Portland. In addition, Julia Clukey, Tiffany Dembowski, Colleen Golden and Winter Williams were added as at-large members of the organization’s board of directors. Clukey is vice president of people and engagement at MMG Insurance, Dembowski is Maine state counsel and vice president for the FNF Family of Cos., Golden is director of ecommerce applications at L.L.Bean and Williams is a student at Thornton Academy.

The Maine Tourism Association in Hallowell elected Troy Munford to its board. Munford is international tour and travel sales manager for Sunday River.


The Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce presented its “March Customer Service Award” to Neighborhood Books in Presque Isle.

Patti Bailie, associate professor of early childhood education at the University of Maine at Farmington, received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Maine Environmental Education Association.

Pierce Atwood, a law firm in Portland, said that the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission selected attorney Peter Guffin to serve as an arbitrator for the EU – U.S. Data Privacy Framework. Those selected to serve as arbitrators are among the leading privacy law scholars and practitioners in the U.S. and Europe. Guffin is co-chair of the firm’s privacy and data security practice.

A study released today by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University ranked U.S. Sen. Susan Collins as the most bipartisan senator for the ninth time in 11 years.

Rinck Advertising in Lewiston was honored with an “Award of Excellence” from the Public Relations Society of America for its behavioral change work with the Maine CDC on its Sipping Point Campaign.

Murray Plumb & Murray, a law firm in Portland, said 10 of its attorneys were named “2024 New England Super Lawyers,” including three who were selected as “2024 Rising Stars.”

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Dirigo Labs in Waterville as a “Stage One” winner for the 2024 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The organization received a $50,000 cash prize for its approach to nurturing a collaborative national innovation ecosystem to advance small business research and development from ideas to the market.

The Maine Tourism Association in Hallowell inducted Don Kleiner into its Hall of Fame. Kleiner, who owns and operates Maine Outdoors, has been serving clients with guided fishing and canoe trips for 38 years.

Bixby Chocolate in Rockland said its Organic Belize 70% Dark Chocolate Bar won the “Gold Award in the Chocolate” as part of the Specialty Food Association’s 2024 sofi Awards.

Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington presented its nursing excellence and care partner awards as part of National Nurses Week. Keelin Trask and Ashley Provencher won the “Nursing Excellence Award” while Lisbeth Pratt and Madison White captured the “Nursing Care Partner Award.”

Morgan Stanley announced that Gary Bergeron, Jeremiah Burns, Jay Cross, Todd Doolan, Mark Leighton, Brian Mavor, Richard Rosu-Myles and Andrew Thomas in its Portland wealth management office and Jeffrey O’Sullivan in the firm’s Bangor wealth management office, were named to Forbes Magazine’s 2024 list of “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors.”

Haley Ward, an employee-owned professional engineering, architecture, environmental, and surveying consulting firm in Bangor, said it was honored with a “Notable Project Award” from the Maine Real Estate & Development Association for its work on the renovation of the Northeastland Hotel in Presque Isle.

ClimateWork Maine announced the winners of its 2024 Climate Action Awards. The “Climate Catalyst Award” went to ReVision Energy, Wyman’s Blueberry Farms received the “Climate Performance Award” and the “Climate Innovation Award” was awarded to Tanbark.

Northern Light CA Dean Hospital in Greenville and Northern Light Mayo Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft announced the recipients of its 2024 awards for nursing excellence. At CA Dean Hospital, Naomi Trepanier was named “Exceptional Nurse of the Year” and Trevor Guay was the “Exceptional CNA of the Year.” At Mayo Hospital, Jessica Thibodeau was the “Exceptional Nurse of the Year” while Macee Grant was the “Exceptional CNA of the Year.”

The Maine Small Business Development Centers, a statewide program that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, recognized Chase Nelson and Jodi Cordes for receiving their Core Competencies Certification from the New England Professional Development group. Nelson is a certified business advisor hosted by the Northern Maine Development Commission while Cordes is a program director and certified business advisor for CEI’s Women’s Business Center Southwest.

Mainely Home Watch in South Portland said it earned accreditation from the National Home Watch Association.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust recognized Kevin Harwick, senior vice president asset liability manager, and Sonya Mitchell, senior vice president managing director of Bar Harbor Financial Services, with the “Chairman’s Award,” the bank’s highest honor, during its annual Chairman’s Dinner and Celebration. In addition, “Emerging Leader Awards” went to Kirstie Carter, corporate clerk and director of environmental, social and governance; Rebecca Emerson, vice president, branch relationship manager in in Blue Hill and Deer Isle; Shelly Griswold, vice president, branch relationship manager in Claremont, Hillsborough and Newport, N.H.; Jamie Haining, vice president, merchant services team lead and treasury sales officer; Jared Petrizzi, financial consultant at Bar Harbor Financial Services; and Jacklyn Sinclair, assistant branch manager in Ellsworth.

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