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Updated: May 13, 2024 In Short

Newsworthy people and performances for May 13, 2024

New hires

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust hired Nickol Daigle as a mortgage loan originator in Cumberland County. Daigle was previously virtual digital payment advisor at TD Bank.

Rudman Winchell, a law firm in Bangor, hired Ben Worrell and James Driscoll as associate attorneys. Worrell will work primarily in family law and criminal defense and Driscoll will work as part of the firm’s transactions practice group with a focus on estate planning and real estate.

Sevee & Maher Engineers Inc. in Cumberland hired Ron Lessard as a workplace safety and sustainability expert on its environmental consulting team. Lessard is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional with 35 years of specialized professional experience.

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Nancy Mather has been hired as chief operating officer of Uprise Partners.

Uprise Partners, a tech firm in Portland, hired Nancy Mather as COO. Mather has two decades of experience in project management and operations in the technology industry.

Machias Savings Bank hired Barbara Durr as senior vice president, government banking relationship manager in Portland. Previously, Durr was vice president, government banking, relationship manager III at TD Bank.

Camden National Bank hired Garrett McKnight as executive vice president, managing director of Camden National Wealth Management. McKnight most recently served as senior vice president and senior managing director of The Northern Trust Co.

Northern Light Vascular Care in Bangor hired Samuel Hui as a surgeon. Hui has a special interest in limb preservation, chronic venous hypertension of the lower extremities and thoracic outlet syndrome.

The John T. Gorman Foundation in Portland hired Elyse Pratt-Ronco as director, stakeholder engagement and James Patefield as grants and data associate. Pratt-Ronco was assistant director for the TRIO Upward Bound program at the University of Maine at Farmington while Patefield was a project associate at the Mitchell Institute.

Keller Williams Realty in Portland hired Zachary Milliken as a sales agent in Bangor and Wendy Cortese as director of operations for its Lifestyles Properties team.

 Jenna Candusso
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Jenna Candusso

Rinck Advertising in Lewiston hired Jenna Candusso as associate creative director. Previously, Candusso was associate creative director at Hunt, Gather in Austin, Texas.

The Maine Credit Union League in Westbrook hired Elise Baldacci as president, effective June 3. Baldacci was previously deputy chief of staff for the office of Governor Janet T. Mills.

Kennebec Savings Bank hired Michael Pietroski as vice president and retail regional manager - Central Region.

The Maine Community Foundation in Ellsworth hired Liz DeLois as director of philanthropy, Nathan Finberg as philanthropy associate and Amy Minton as director of prospect research.

The Maine Sports Commission hired Amanda Royce as sports development director. Royce was previously events director for the New England Mountain Bike Association.


Maine State Credit Union in Augusta promoted Bruce Harrington to senior vice president, commercial lending and Brandon Clark to assistant vice president, commercial lending.

UScellular promoted Dallas Phillips to retail area sales manager for the company’s southern New England territory, including Auburn, Scarborough, South Paris, South Portland and Westbrook. Phillips most recently was a store manager in Auburn.

Malone Commercial Brokers in Portland promoted Carly Saunders to broker assistant on the Joe Malone Team and Alexia Fornaro to broker assistant, supporting the Karen Rich & Cheri Bonawitz team and Mike Anderson. Saunders was previously a broker assistant while Fornaro was an operations assistant.

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Meghan Myers

Brann & Isaacson, a law firm in Lewiston, named Meghan Myers as a partner. Myers provides estate planning and estate and trust administration services to individuals and families throughout Maine.

Health Affiliates Maine in Auburn promoted Kate Marble to clinical director. Marble was most recently case management program director.


The Finance Authority of Maine announced that Mary Dyer, the organization’s financial education programs manager, was selected to serve on the National Jump$tart board of directors. Dyer currently serves in the role of president of the Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, an all-volunteer nonprofit coalition whose mission is to improve the financial knowledge of Maine citizens by providing training and support to Maine personal finance and economics teachers.

Chelsea Demmons, vice president of retention and engagement for Bison USA, was elected chairwoman of the Maine Motor Transport Association.

Dirigo Labs in Waterville named Bob Martin and Jeff Marks as executives-in-residence to drive cleantech innovation. Martin is the former president of Maine Technology Institute while Marks is executive director of Climate Work Maine.

Farm Credit East, a customer-owned cooperative lender and financial services provider in Enfield, Conn., elected James Robbins II to its board of directors. Robbins, who was elected to a three-year term in the Eastern Region, is co-owner and president of Robbins Lumber Inc. in Searsmont.


Malone Commercial Brokers in Portland said that Jennifer Small, partner, earned Certified Commercial Investment Member designation.

The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its inaugural 2024 WE Rock! Awards, honoring female professionals who have made an impact on their community. Claudette Ndayininahaze, executive director of Portland nonprofit In Her Presence, won the “She Empowers Award;” Susan Doliner, chief development officer at MaineHealth and vice president of philanthropy at Maine Medical Center, was named the “She Inspires Award;” and Margaret Angell, head of partnership and strategic activities at Northeastern University’s Roux Institute, captured the “She Unites Award.”

The Associated General Contractors of Maine recognized four major projects as part of its 2024 Build Maine Awards. CPM Constructors won the “2024 Highway/Bridge Division Award” for its Exit 45 Interchange Project, Sargent Corp.’s Back Cove West Storage Conduit Project captured the “Municipal/Utility Award,” PC Construction was recognized for the USM Portland Commons Residence Hall & McGoldrick Center for Career & Student Services Project with the “Building Division Award” and N.S Giles’ Danforth Fishway project to help restore the Penobscot River won the “Specialty/Subcontractor Award.”

Anna Moorman and Jo-Ann Neal, agents at Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden, were recognized with a “Bronze Level Award for Medicare Sales in 2023” by Anthem. Moorman and Neal specialize in Medicare insurance.

Saco Main Street, a nonprofit organization dedicated to small business and downtown revitalization, said that board members Christopher Talbot and Elizabeth Gummere received the “Presidential Volunteer Service Award” for their commitment to service and making a positive impact in their community.

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