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November 16, 2015

Newsworthy people and performances for Nov. 16 issue

New hires

Benchmark Real Estate in Portland hired Erik Carlson, Joshua Caron, Tom Caron, John Golden, Scott Huska, Eileen Levesque, Diane Maines, Emily Nichols and Christopher Pagli as real estate agents.

The Portland Chapter of SCORE, a business resource and mentoring organization, hired Susan McPartlan as a certified SCORE volunteer mentor.

Bernstein Shur, a law firm in Portland, hired the Hon. Louis H. Kornreich as of counsel in the firm's business restructuring and insolvency practice group. Judge Kornreich was a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge of the District of Maine for 14 years. The firm also hired attorneys Kevin Decker, Conor Shankman and Ari Solotoff. Decker joined the firm's litigation and dispute resolution, energy, and municipal and governmental services practice groups; Shankman joined the litigation and dispute resolution practice group; and Solotoff joined the business and corporate governance practice groups.

Eaton Peabody, a law firm in Bangor, hired Nathaniel Fenton as a real estate and transactional lawyer. Fenton will practice from the firm's Ellsworth office.

VHB, an engineering and planning firm in South Portland, hired Meghan Houdlette as a transportation engineer. Houdlette previously worked in the firm's Boston office.

The Baker Co. Inc., an air containment, contamination control and controlled environments solutions firm in Sanford, hired Kara Held as science director. Held was most recently lab manager and safety officer at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute in Cambridge, Mass.

The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce hired Amy Rollins as member services director and Elizabeth Burrell as operations manager and volunteer coordinator. Rollins was previously marketing director for The First Bancorp while Burrell was with Samoset Resort.

PORTopera hired Caroline Koelker as managing director. Koelker most recently served as event coordinator and development manager for Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Mass.

The Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership in Portland hired Derek Ahl as facilitator-trainer and executive coach.

Pen Bay Healthcare and Waldo County Healthcare hired Joy Osterhout as regional director of community health and wellness. Osterhout was previously the healthy living resource center program leader at MaineGeneral Health in Augusta and the owner of Health & Education Communication Consultants in Berkeley, Calif., and Koloa, Hawaii.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in Rockland hired Jeff Charland as vice president/regional relationship manager. Previously, Charland was with Athena Health as manager of credentialing services.

Machias Savings Bank hired Nicole Pellenz as senior vice president of deposit relationships and Nate Martell as senior vice president of risk management.

The University of Southern Maine hired George Campbell as vice president for advancement and president and CEO of the USM Foundation. Campbell currently serves as vice president of services for the consulting firm Louis Berger and as a partner at Lexden Capital New England.

Spurwink, a nonprofit in Portland that provides behavioral health and educational services, hired Abby Peck as director of annual giving and special events. Peck was previously director of special events at Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City.

Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick hired Shannon Coray as director of volunteer services. Coray has more than 25 years of experience in account management, marketing, sales, customer service and fundraising.

Friends of Casco Bay, an environmental organization in South Portland, hired Ivy Frignoca as Casco baykeeper. Frignoca was most recently with Conservation Law Foundation.


TIQA, a restaurant in Portland, promoted Patrick Morang to general manager. Morang was the beverage manager.

The city of Portland promoted Sally DeLuca to director of recreation and facilities management and Toho Soma to director of public health. DeLuca was interim director of recreation and facilities management while Soma was acting director of the public health division.

TD Bank in Portland promoted Andrew Love to store manager in Gorham. Love was previously assistant store manager at One Portland Square in Portland.

Spurwink, a nonprofit in Portland that provides behavioral health and educational services, promoted Misty Marston to program director for Spurwink at Cornville and Whitney Taggart to assistant program director – residential at Spurwink's Chelsea program. Marston was previously associate program director of residential treatment while Taggart was most recently a clinician at the Chelsea location.

Cross Insurance, a subsidiary of Cross Financial Corp. in Bangor, promoted Gary Heaslip to president of Cross Insurance Inc. – Rhode Island, in East Providence, R.I. Heaslip was previously an executive at the office.


The Maine AFL-CIO elected Cynthia Phinney as president and re-elected Patrick Carleton as vice president. Phinney is a meter reader for Central Maine Power Co. while Carleton is a papermaker at the Sappi mill in Hinckley.

Tedford Housing, a nonprofit in Brunswick working to find solutions to end homelessness, elected Sally Loving and Joyce McPhetres to its board of directors. Loving is a self-employed communications consultant for advocacy groups in Washington, D.C., and New York. McPhetres is the chief human resources officer at Community Health Options.

Maine Association of Nonprofits in Portland elected Hayden Andersen, Jayne Crosby Giles, Vernon Moore and Ken Stafford to its board of directors. Anderson is executive director of the Maine Humanities Council, Crosby Giles is CEO of Mainestream Finance, Moore is a retired University of New England professor and Stafford is founder of StaffordAdvisors. In addition, the organization re-elected its officers including Doug Woodbury, president; Ted Scontras, vice president; Stephanie Eglinton, secretary; and Joan Smith, treasurer.

James Eaton and Keri Seitz were elected to the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership board of directors. Eaton owns Little Harbor Window Co. Inc. in Berwick while Seitz is a consultant to the medical technology industry.

Katahdin Bankshares Corp., the parent company of Katahdin Trust Co. in Houlton, announced the election of Kimberley Niles as board director, filling the unexpired term of retiring director Robert Anderson after nearly 20 years of service. Niles is the managing director and CFO for Constant Energy Capital Management, an investment capital management company in Portland, and is founder and consultant for VC CFO Services LLC, a financial consulting firm in Scarborough.


The Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association in Augusta named Goggin's IGA in Randolph as its 2015 Grocer of the Year.

The new edition of “2015 New England Super Lawyers” includes numerous mentions of Maine attorneys. Verrill Dana in Portland has 52 of its attorneys on the list. Eaton Peabody in Bangor says 12 of its attorneys were named. Berman & Simmons, a law firm in Portland, has 11 attorneys listed, while Skelton Taintor & Abbott, a law firm in Auburn, reports that Rebecca Webber and Stephen Wade were named to the “super lawyers” list.

Spurwink, a nonprofit in Portland that provides behavioral health and educational services for children, adults and families, announced that its Portland Help Center won the Maine Psychological Association 2015 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award.

Guilford Select Board member and Chairman William Thompson received the Ethel Kelley Memorial Award at Maine Municipal Association's 79th annual Convention. The award recognizes community service.

Town & Country Federal Credit Union in South Portland said its new administrative center was recognized as among “Outstanding Businesses of 2015” by the Scarborough Economic Business Development Corp. Separately, it was ranked 12th out of 45 U.S. credit unions in the “Best Credit Unions to Work for 2015,” which is produced by the Credit Union Journal. It also placed first in the New England Financial Marketing Association's Financial Marketing Awards? in the public relations category for its 2014 Money Conference.

Jeff Howell, a purchasing manager for Verso Corp's Androscoggin Mill, received a service award from the Franklin Community Health Network/Franklin Memorial Hospital board of directors for 11 years of board involvement.

Maine Medical Center's “Weight & Wellness Program” was awarded a comprehensive center accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

Patriot Subaru in Saco was named the No. 6 dealership in North America by Automotive News' “Best Dealerships To Work For” and noted that the dealership has an on-site organic garden. Patriot jumped from No. 55 in the 2014 ranking.

Martin's Point Health Care in Portland announced that its Generations Advantage Prime and Value plans earned five stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for 2016.

Portland Buy Local named its 8th annual Indie Biz Award winners including: best new business, Portland Patisserie; flavor of Portland, Portland Food Co-op; creative crusader, One Longfellow Square; environmental hero, We Compost It!; Portland's best-kept secret, Letterpress Books; out of sight, not out of mind, Garbage to Garden; Portland beacon, Standard Baking Co.; Portland icon, Longfellow Books; best neighborhood, West End; and Buy Local champion, Bill Duggan.

Verrill Dana presented its Roger A. Putnam Award for service to the community to partner William S. “Bill” Harwood.

The Maine Forest Products Council, in Augusta, nominated Richard Wing & Son Logging in Standish for the Northeastern Region Outstanding Logger Award, presented by the Forest Resources Association.

The American Canoe Association awarded the Maine Island Trail Association in Portland its “2015 Green Paddle for Waterway Conservation” award.

Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington were recognized for patient safety by being awarded an “A” grade in the “Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score” by The Leapfrog Group. The score rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. Pen Bay Medical Center was also honored for never receiving a grade lower that A since the program launched in 2012.

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