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Updated: November 25, 2019 In Short

Newsworthy people and performances for Nov. 25, 2019

New hires

The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development’s Office of Business Development hired Mary Grace Schley as large business development manager. Schley was previously director of government relations for the National Alliance of Forest Owners in Washington, D.C.

Geiger, a promotional products distributor in Lewiston, hired Elizabeth Fagan as director of marketing for its Crestline division and Isaac Wildrick as customer care and support manager for its corporate programs division.

Maine Behavioral Healthcare in South Portland hired Michele Rock as medical director of its Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders. Rock is a developmental behavioral pediatrician who has provided care for youth with developmental disorders in Maine for 10 years.

Blaze Partners, an advertising agency in Yarmouth, hired Eliza Hill as senior media strategist. Hill was previously an associate director at Havas Media Group in Boston.

Bernstein Shur, a law firm in Portland, hired William Wahrer as an associate. Wahrer joined the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution and labor and employment practice groups.

Fluid Imaging Technologies Inc., a laboratory instrumentation manufacturer in Scarborough, hired Savannah Judge as sales coordinator. Judge was most recently a marine resource education program assistant and LabVenture educator at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland.

RE/MAX Shoreline in Portland hired Ash Oberholtzer at its Falmouth office.

Skowhegan Savings hired Andrew Cook as senior vice president and regional market manager. Most recently, Cook was senior vice president and business banking team leader for the state of Maine at People’s United Bank.

Eastern Maine Development Corp. in Bangor hired Tom Stewart as loan officer and credit analyst. Stewart has 20 years of industry experience.

Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington hired Trampas Hutches as president. Hutches, who is currently serving as president and CEO of Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke, Colo., will begin his duties at the start of the calendar year.

Fontaine Family – The Real Estate Leader in Auburn hired Brad Marshall as an agent. Marshall was previously with Verso Paper Mill in Jay.

MaineStream Finance in Bangor hired Rebecca Grant as financial coaching and savings coordinator and Tiffany Browning as loan administrator.


Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution promoted Kathy Verrill to senior vice president, director of risk management. Verrill was previously project manager.

Western Maine Health, which includes Stephens Memorial Hospital and other healthcare providers in the greater Norway area, promoted Andrea Dodge Patstone to president. Patstone currently serves as COO and will assume the new position in the new year.


Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn added David Reifschneider and Christopher Rogers to its board of directors. Reifschneider recently retired as an economist with the Federal Reserve Board while Rogers is managing director and senior vice president, investments, at the Portland Harbor Group of Raymond James.

University of Maine Farmington elected Miriam Leonard, COO of Franklin Community Health Network, and Jonathan Moody, assistant superintendent for Maine School Administrative District 54 in Skowhegan, to its board of visitors for 2019-20.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland announced its new board officers including Julie Ray, Perkins Thompson, president; Lex Meagher, Kennebunk Savings Bank, vice president; Jeremy Handlon, Marcum LLP, treasurer; and Christine Hume, Kennebunk Savings Bank, secretary. In addition, Lisa Bellefleur was added to the board.

Gorham Savings Bank named Catherine Cloudman to its board of directors. Cloudman is an owner and former CFO of Village Fertility Pharmacy.

College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor announced that Professor Jodi Baker was appointed the inaugural holder of the Woodward-Newman Chair in the Performing Arts, an endowed faculty position. Baker has been a member of the faculty since 2012.

Members of the Maine State Employees Association, Local 1989 of the Service Employees International Union, elected Dean Staffieri as president and Allison Perkins as vice president effective Jan. 1, 2020. Staffieri, who served as the union’s vice president since 2016, is a rehabilitation counselor for the Maine Department of Labor while Perkins, a chief steward for the union and a member of its board of directors, is an eligibility specialist in the Office of Family Independence within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.


Roast magazine named Coffee By Design in Portland its “2020 Roaster of the Year” in the Macro Roaster category.

Murray Plumb & Murray, a law firm in Portland, said five of its lawyers were selected for inclusion in the “2019 New England Super Lawyers” list and two others were included on the “Rising Stars” lists. The firm also announced that Andrew Helman, partner, was named to the American Bankruptcy Institute’s 2019 “40 Under 40” list of Emerging Leaders in Insolvency Practice.

Preti Flaherty, a law firm in Portland, said five of its Maine-based lawyers were selected for inclusion in the “2019 New England Super Lawyers” list and 10 others were included on the “Rising Stars” lists.

Skelton Taintor & Abbott, a law firm in Auburn, said Stephen Wade was selected for inclusion in the “2019 New England Super Lawyers” list and Braden Clement, Amy Dieterich and Jordan Payne Hay were included on the “Rising Stars” lists.

Geiger, a promotional products distributor in Lewiston, announced that Madison Sawyer, Jennifer Dye, Scott Harriman, Pam Morris, Beverly Hemond, Chris Gagne, Scott Smith, Heather Cote, Kasey Plourde, Scott Stowe, Sean Berce and Kathy Cloutier earned Certified Advertising Specialist designation while Casey Conroy, Rachel Varela, Allen Whitman, Andrea Sands, Celeste Gravel, Amy Rioux, Kimberly Haseltine, Kim Dionne, Jon Assam, Maria Hoffman, Julie Rheinhart, Jennifer Gendron-Assam, Priscilla Thoreson and Lisa Johnson earned Master Advertising Specialist certification. The company also said Jason Linneken, systems analyst in the accounts receivable department, and Sam Stewart, key customer specialist, were selected quarterly “Geiger Star Awards” winners.

Portland Buy Local announced winners of its “2019 Indie Biz Awards.” Recipients included “Make Local,” Suger; “Shop Local,” Pinecone + Chickadee; “Sustain Local,” Portland Gear Hub; “Sweat Local,” Lila East End Yoga; “Eat Local,” My 3 Sisters Italian Cookies; “Portland’s Best Kept Secret,” City Deli — One City Center; “Experience Local,” Portland Paddle; “Give Local,” Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center; “Dwell Local,” Maine Hardware; and “Drink Local,” Rising Tide Brewing Co. In addition, Holy Donut was inducted into the Indie Biz Hall of Fame.

The city of Westbrook won two “Gold” awards for Excellence in Economic Development by The International Economic Development Council. The city was recognized in the category of Digital Media for the Westbrook Works for You Campaign and in the category of Multimedia/Video Promotion for the Westbrook Ice Disk Video.

Husson University in Bangor honored five individuals as part of the university’s Alumni Hall of Fame awards ceremony. Michelle Osgood Montgomery was a “Young Alumna and Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee.” Albert Allen and Karen Clements were “Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees.” Larry Homsted won the “Presidential Outstanding Service Award” and Dewey Martin was an “Honorary Alumnus and Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee.”

Kirsten Ismail, vice president of wealth management at Bridge Financial Advisors/UBS Financial Services Inc. in Bangor, was named to Working Mother magazine’s “Top Wealth Advisor Moms for 2019.”

Harvest on the Harbor selected Jessica Werthen from Chebeague Island Inn as “The Maine Lobster Chef of the Year,” judges’ choice winner, and Thomas Barthelemes from Central Provisions as “The Maine Lobster Chef of the Year,” people’s choice winner.

Berman & Simmons, a law firm in Lewiston, said attorney Elizabeth Kayatta addressed the Maine Trial Lawyers Association 2019 fall seminar with a presentation: “Wrongful Death or Sudden Death: How Probate Code Changes Impact Beneficiaries in Wrongful Death Cases.”

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program in Brunswick said it was recognized as the “2019 Service Enterprise of the Year” at the Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism.

Bangor Municipal Golf Course retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.

The TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race in Cape Elizabeth announced it was recognized with “Evergreen Certification” by the Council for Responsible Sport for its commitment to sustainability.

Bar Harbor Catering Co. in Bar Harbor received the “Business of the Year Award” from the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

Gov. Janet Mills and Commissioner Amanda Beal presented the “2019 Commissioner’s Distinguished Service Award” to John Bunker. Bunker is a farmer, author, artist, historian, educator and mentor to many aspiring and established apple growers, and both home and professional cider makers.

College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor was listed as the most environmentally responsible college in the nation in Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges: 2019 Edition.”

Leap Inc. was named “Business of the Year” at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce annual awards. Other winners included Franklin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, “The Community Service Award of the Year;” Farmington Underground, “The Rising Star” award; and Farmington Fire Rescue Department, “President’s Award.”

AARP Maine named Sammee Quong as the winner of the “2019 Andrus Award,” which celebrates and honors individuals who make a difference in the lives of others. Quong currently serves as chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Viles Arboretum and is a champion of many environmental causes.

Maine Department of Corrections said that the Maine State Prison and the Bolduc Correctional Facility passed the American Correctional Association’s reaccreditation audit, both with scores of 100%.

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