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Updated: March 18, 2024 In Short

Newsworthy people and performances for March 18, 2024

New hires

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Gretchen Johnson

The Center for Grieving Children in Portland hired Gretchen Johnson as executive director. Johnson was previously director of strategic partnerships at Preti Flaherty.

Kennebec Savings Bank hired Aline Taylor as chief retail banking officer.

Haley Ward Inc., an employee-owned professional engineering, architectural, environmental and surveying consulting firm in Bangor, announced several new hires. In Bangor, the firm hired Ann Marceca as an interior designer, Joe Marceca as a senior project designer, William Seavey Jr. as a senior project scientist in the environmental service line, Charlie Hagan as a field technician in the environmental service line, Susan Bower as a finance specialist, Kelly Fergola as an administrative assistant and project coordinator in the environmental service line and Jacqueline Keene as an accounting specialist. In Saco, the firm hired Jacqueline Boudreau as a project scientist in the environmental service line.

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Joe Marriner

Lynch Logistics, a division of the Lynch Group in Bangor, hired Joe Marriner as business development executive.

Covetrus Inc., an animal-health company in Portland, hired Amy Sanford as global general counsel and chief human resources officer. Sanford was previously executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at U.S. Anesthesia Partners.

Verrill, a law firm in Portland, hired David Dyer as an associate, resident in the firm’s intellectual property group.

Friends of Casco Bay in South Portland hired Meghan Vigeant as communications coordinator. Most recently, Vigeant taught creative writing at the Telling Room.


Systems Engineering, a Portland-based IT strategy and managed services provider, promoted Kent Goodrow to chief information security officer.

Covetrus Inc., an animal-health company in Portland, promoted Kelly Gottfried to chief commercial officer.

Goodwill Northern New England in Gorham promoted Trendy Stanchfield to senior vice president, mission services. Stanchfield most recently served as senior vice president of advancement.

Haley Ward Inc., an employee-owned professional engineering, architectural, environmental and surveying consulting firm in Bangor, announced several promotions. In Bangor, Jason Patterson was promoted to senior project scientist in the environmental service line, Chip Haskell to senior project manager in the land development service line, Izabo Emerson to talent acquisition specialist, Jeff Weeks to project manager in the survey service line and Nathan Rice to project manager in the survey service line. In Saco, the firm promoted Drew Olehowski to project manager in the land development service line.

Maine State Credit Union in August promoted Amanda Crommett to senior vice president and chief organizational development officer and Jason Hilt to senior vice president and CFO.

Wayside Publishing in Freeport promoted Meghann Gorden to CEO.

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Don Baker

TD Bank in Portland promoted Don Baker to commercial market president of northern New England. Baker was most recently commercial market president for Vermont.

Norway Savings Bank promoted Randy Easler to senior vice president, senior retail banking officer. Easler was previously vice president, loan operations manager.

Tilson, a telecommunications infrastructure and services firm in Portland, promoted Adria Horn to president, Tim Schneider to chief legal officer, Amy Stark to vice president of human resources and talent acquisition, Jamie Schwarz to assistant vice president of telecom and Matthew Cyr to assistant vice president of the firm’s Strategic Planning and Execution Office.

The Sargent Corp., a contractor in Orono, promoted Eric Ritchie to president. Ritchie will also serve as COO.

Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution promoted Shawn Walton to market manager of its Saco branch.


Northern Light Inland Hospital in Waterville added Kelly Huggins, Bert Languet, Tonya Philbrick-Labbe, Katie Spencer White and Catherine Kimball to its board of trustees. Huggins is a CPA and tax director at One River CPAs in Oakland; Languet is a certified financial planner with Golden Pond Wealth Management in Waterville; Philbrick-Labbe is a product owner for Gainwell Technologies; Spencer White is president and CEO of Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter and Services; and Kimball is a retired family medicine physician.


Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden said that Bonnie Lewis, a member of the business insurance team in Southwest Harbor, achieved the designation of Accredited Customer Service Representative in Commercial Lines from the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury real estate company in Portland, announced it ranked No. 1 for Maine property sales over $3 million after closing 36 transaction sides in 2023.

Spurwink, a nonprofit based in Portland that provides behavioral health and education services for children, adults and families, announced that Angela Stone, founder of Maine Needs, is its “2024 Humanitarian Award” winner and USI, an insurance brokerage and consulting firm, will receive its “Corporate Care Award.”

Camden National Bank said that Marsha Osgood Connors, an advisor at Camden National Wealth Management, earned the Certified Exit Planning Advisor certification.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust recently named its “Brand Behavior Award” winners for the second half of 2023. Elizabeth Hardt and Kim Prewitt won the “Communication Award;” Krystal Jordan and Lynn Shea the “Initiative Award;” Shania Adams and Kim Pagon the “Positivity Award;” Tiana Falvey and Brian Scofield the “Professionalism Award;” Stacie Madrid and Joanne Tercho the “Quality Award;” and Jessica Hooper and Claire Ohmeis the “Teamwork Award.”

Piper Shores, a nonprofit life plan retirement community in Scarborough, announced that it became an approved externship site for the Culinary Institute of America.

Northern Light Health in Bangor named Northeastern University’s Roux Institute and its Future of Healthcare Founder Residency program as its “True North Community Partner Award” winner.

Morgan Stanley announced that Gary Bergeron, executive director and financial advisor in its wealth management office in Portland, was named to the firm’s “President’s Club.” The firm also announced that the Breakwater Group, the Doolan/Eldredge Group, the Downeast Group, the 207 Wealth Management Group and the Blakeman/Mavor Group were named to Forbes Magazine’s 2024 list of “America’s Best-In-State Wealth Management Teams.”

Murray Plumb & Murray, a law firm in Portland, announced that Maria Fox, partner, was one of 11 nominees named by Gov. Janet Mills to begin serving on the Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits Authority. Fox was nominated to serve in the authority seat reserved for a member with expertise in employment law representing employee interests.

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