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Updated: May 1, 2023

Newsworthy people and performances for May 1, 2023

New hires

Maine Medical Partners in Portland hired Rhianon Liu in its palliative care department; Tiffani McDonough and Catherine Monigan at the Neurology practice in Scarborough; Katherine McDonald for the Women’s Health, Division of Urogynecology, in South Portland; Lindsay Dale at Women’s Health, in the obstetrics and gynecology department; and Lily Wang at the Urology practice.

Shaheen & Gordon, a law firm in Portland, hired Teresa Farley as an attorney focusing on divorce and family law.

Preti Flaherty, a law firm in Portland, hired Timothy McCormack as an attorney in its litigation practice group. McCormack is experienced in the field of whistleblower litigation and is an accomplished mediator.

Constant, a loan management software fintech in Portland, hired RuthAnn Riggs as chief growth officer. Riggs previously served as COO at Credit Union Loan Source.

The city of Portland hired Elisa Marr as city assessor. Marr was previously assessor with the town of Windham.

Pierce Atwood, a law firm in Portland, hired Peter Hale as an attorney. Previously, Hale was a shareholder and former co-chair of the labor and employment group at Bernstein Shur.

BGA Financial in Lewiston hired Noah Murray as a financial and client services associate.

Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland hired Anthony Pastore as a primary care physician at Northern Light Mercy Primary Care in Windham.

Norway Savings Bank hired Douglas Gross as assistant vice president, trust officer of the Asset Management Group. Gross has 15 years of experience in tax and financial planning.

Aroostook Regional Transportation System Inc. in Presque Isle hired Micah Desmond as executive director.

Agri-Access, a national provider of secondary market financing for agriculture, forest products and rural real estate, hired Matthew Senter as vice president of lender relations serving the Maine and New England market.

Casco Bay Island Transit District in Portland hired Laurie Bowie as director of finance and human resources. Bowie was previously director of finance and administration at the Maine Development Foundation.


CUSO Home Lending, a licensed mortgage company in Hampden, promoted Lori Michaud to president and CEO. Michaud had been serving as interim CEO since September.

Constant, a loan management software fintech in Portland, promoted Lindsay Wescott to senior vice president, customer delivery and Nicole Cluff to vice president, head of customer success and services.

Sevee & Maher Engineers Inc. in Cumberland promoted Huqiu Zhang, a regulatory compliance and sustainability expert, to principal.

Goodwill Northern New England in Gorham promoted Kathy Despres to executive director of disability services. Depres was previously a workforce program manager.


Zachau Construction in Freeport named Catherine Cloudman, president, CHC Advisors LLC; Liza Fleming-Ives, executive director, The Genesis Foundation; Steve Mills, CEO, Maine Beer Co.; Adam Nappi, president, Bow Street Beverage/Bow Street Market; Brian Noyes, board chair, R.M. Davis Inc.; Seth Parker, vice president of development, Silver Street Development Corp.; and Brad Wise, president, Pro-voke LLC, to its newly created advisory board.


Five Maine construction projects were selected for the “2023 Build Maine Awards” organized by Associated General Contractors Maine. Winners included Veranda Street Bridge Replacement, Cianbro Corp., “Bridge Division;” Peaks Renewables, N S Giles Foundations Inc., “Energy Division;” Paul J. Schupf Fine Arts Center, Landry/French Construction, “Building Division;” Building 12, Consigli Construction Co. Inc., “Building Renovation Division;” and Route 1 Emergency Large Culvert Replacement, Soderberg Construction Co., “Highway Division.”

BGA Retirement Advisors in Lewiston was named to the National Association of Plan Advisors’ list of the nation’s top defined contribution advisor teams with assets under advisement over $100 million.

The Inn at Diamond Cove in Portland said it was inducted into “Historic Hotels of America,” the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Maine Office of Tourism announced its 2023 award recipients. Winners included Paul Coulombe, “Governor’s Award for Tourism Excellence;” Husson University, “Leadership & Growth Award;” Schoodic National Scenic Byway Committee, “Innovation & Creativity Award;” and Maine Crafts Association, “Collaboration Award.”

RE/MAX Shoreline in Portland said it was included in the 2023 RealTrends 500 national brokerage rankings.

Bangor Savings Bank said that its customers awarded the bank the highest score in New England in the “J.D. Power 2023 U.S. Retail Banking Satisfaction Study.”

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury real estate company in Portland, said it was included in the 2023 RealTrends 500 national brokerage rankings.

Malone Commercial Brokers in Portland announced it received a 2023 CoStar Impact Award for “Sale/Acquisition of the Year” for the sale of Union Station Plaza to MaineHealth and for “Lease of the Year in Portland/South Portland” for the New England Cancer Specialists’ lease of a five-story, 200,000 square-foot medical office, currently under construction, that will anchor the Rock Row medical research campus in Westbrook.

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor received several accreditations from the Surgical Review Corp., a nonprofit patient safety organization. The hospital’s hernia and robotic surgical teams received recognition as a “Center of Excellence in Hernia Surgery” and a “Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery;” Daniel Hetherman, Matthew Sharbaugh and Michelle Toder earned “Surgeon of Excellence in Robotic Surgery” designation; Hetherman and Sharbaugh earned “Surgeon of Excellence in Hernia Surgery” designation; Zina Black, coordinator, hernia and heartburn program, received “Hernia Care Specialist” designation; and Jude Tardy, surgical specialists, achieved recognition as a “Robotic Care Specialist.”

Bar Harbor Bankshares, the parent company of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, said it was one of 75 banks in the U.S. to be recognized by Forbes as one of the “World’s Best Banks,” based largely on service and trust metrics.

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