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Updated: November 2, 2020 In Short

Newsworthy people and performances for Nov. 2, 2020

New hires

Clark Insurance in Portland hired Curtis Pratt as safety and risk consultant in its safety and risk consulting team.

OTELCO, a wireline telecommunications company, hired Thomas Gilbert as director of network architecture and Jennifer Novicki as a sales account executive it its New Gloucester office and Adam Harper as an ISP engineer in Portland.

Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland hired Jodi Newcombe as a primary care provider at Northern Light Mercy Primary Care in Yarmouth and Corinna Campbell as a nurse practitioner at Northern Light Mercy Primary Care in Windham. Newcombe was previously with Central Maine Medical Center in Topsham while Campbell was with St. Mary’s Regional Hospital in Lewiston.

Northern Light Pediatric Primary Care in Bangor hired Kate Hentschel, Yorgo Zahlanie and Ann Waitt as providers.

The Maine Tourism Association in Hallowell hired Tim Gatz as membership sales manager. Gatz was previously director of membership for Visit Portland.

Sebago Technics, an employee-owned engineering consulting firm in South Portland, hired Chris LaMotte as a senior surveyor, Francine Nason as a billing and contracts specialist, Jeffrey Pollard and Aaron Radziucz as civil engineers, Oscar Keydel as a surveyor and Christopher Taylor as senior project engineer.

RE/MAX Shoreline in Portland hired Rebekah Cousins as an agent.

Fontaine Family – The Real Estate Leader in Auburn hired Melissa Cutler-Rinaldi as a sales agent.


The city of Bangor promoted Amanda Smith to director of water quality management. Smith previously served as acting director of water quality management.

James W. Sewall Co., an engineering and consulting firm in Old Town, promoted Charles Nadeau to president. Nadeau most recently served as the CFO and COO.


Jon Mason, vice president human resources for General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, was named to the board of directors of Jobs for Maine’s Graduates.

Sweetser, a nonprofit community mental health provider in Saco, elected Brynn Riley as chair, Jessica Demers as vice chair and Michele Del Tergo as treasurer and reelected William Zafirson as secretary of its board of directors. Riley is clinical quality program director at Anthem, Demers is an attorney at Jessica A. Demers LLC, Tergo is senior vice president and senior portfolio manager at Bangor Savings Bank and Zafirson is vice president and chief lending officer at Bellwether Community Credit Union in Manchester, N.H.

The Independent Community Bankers of America elected Craig Garofalo to its federal delegate board. Garofalo is executive vice president and COO at Kennebec Savings Bank.


Bristol Seafood in Portland announced that it earned a place on SeafoodSource’s “Top 25 North American Seafood Suppliers” for sustainability and conservation.

The Winter Harbor Agency, an insurance agency in Gouldsboro, announced that Tara Tabbutt completed and passed all required courses and exams to become a Certified Insurance Counselor.

RE/MAX Shoreline in Portland said Stephen Peck, agent and interior designer, received the International Interior Design Association’s “Northern New England Residential Interior Design Award” for its Goose Pond residence project, a modern home interior.

The Maine Municipal Association in Augusta recognized annual reports from the municipalities of Freeport, Vassalboro, Mount Desert, Alna and Swan’s Island as “Supreme” in its annual report competition.

Skelton Taintor & Abbott, a law firm in Auburn, said attorney Stephen Wade was included on the 2020 New England Super Lawyers list in the area of personal injury general, plaintiff. Attorneys Braden Clement, Amy Dieterich and Jordan Payne Hay were named “Rising Stars.”

Berman & Simmons in Lewiston was recognized as a “Highly Recommended” law firm by Benchmark Litigation. In addition, attorneys Benjamin Gideon, James O’Connell and Steven Silin were named “Local Litigation Stars,” Jodi Nofsinger was identified as a “Future Star” and Susan Faunce was selected as a “Distinguished Lawyer.”

Brown, Holmes & Milliken Agency, an Ellsworth insurance agency, said Melanie Wyman completed and passed all required courses and exams to become a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter.

Preti Flaherty, a law firm in Portland, said six of its Maine-based attorneys were included on the 2020 New England Super Lawyers list, while 10 others were named “Rising Stars.”

The National Association of State Boards of Education announced that Maine State Board of Education Chairman Wilson Hess was one of three national recipients of its “2020 Distinguished Service Award.”

Amanda Peterson, business leadership instructor at United Technologies Center in Bangor, was named the “2020 Maine Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year” by the Maine Administrators of Career and Technical Education.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust in Camden honored Steve McAllister with its “Lifetime Achievement Award.” He has served as board president, stewardship volunteer, committee member, advisor and chair for the Ducktrap River Watershed campaign.

AARP Maine in Portland said that Star Pelsue was the winner of the “2020 Andrus Award.” She volunteers for Ronald McDonald House, AARP Maine, Wayside Food Programs, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Victoria Mansion.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins received the “Friend of the Farm Bureau Award” from the Maine Farm Bureau.

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