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Updated: November 27, 2023 In Short

Newsworthy people and performances for Nov. 27, 2023

New hires

Northern Light Inland Hospital in Waterville hired Brian Abbott, as a non-surgical orthopedic and sports medicine physician at Northern Light Orthopedics, and Sheena Henry, as a rheumatologist at Northern Light Rheumatology.

Hospice of Southern Maine in Scarborough announced several new hires. Emily Dowd, Angela Esposito, Arin Hersom and Sarah Twomey were hired as hospice aides and Summer Nicklasson as clinical nurse manager in the organization’s home program; Tammy Nava was hired as a hospice aide and Anne Hardy and Kristina Stanley as chaplains at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House; Rachel Potter was hired as a RN case manager in the home hospice program; Jillian Tolman was hired as annual fund and events coordinator; and Amanda Wozich was hired as HR director.

Avesta Housing, a Portland-based provider of affordable housing, hired Ryan Fecteau as senior officer of policy and planning. Fecteau is a former speaker of the Maine House of Representatives.

Ryan Fecteau standing outside with a duplex house in the background, in Biddeford
File photo / Jim Neuger
Ryan Fecteau, former speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, has been named senior officer of policy and planning at Avesta Housing, a Portland-based nonprofit.

United Insurance in Portland hired Jim Darroch as director of marketing and community engagement. Darroch was previously the founder of Lift Point, a marketing and communications consulting firm.

The County Federal Credit Union in Caribou hired Brad Wolverton as CFO. Previously, Wolverton was plant controller for Huber Engineered Woods in Easton.

The University of Maine System hired Seth Goodall as CEO of Maine Center Ventures, which includes serving as the executive director of the University of Maine System’s Graduate and Professional Center. Goodall was executive vice president of corporate social responsibility for Santander US in Boston.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury real estate company in Portland, hired Ryan MacGlashing as a real estate professional in Camden.

OceanView at Falmouth hired Tim Walker as transportation coordinator.

Androscoggin Bank in Lewiston hired Kate Rush as executive vice president and COO.


Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution promoted Bill Kany to executive vice president, chief risk officer and Matthew Cyr to senior vice president, chief banking officer.

Norway Savings Bank promoted Amanda Drouin to branch manager in Saco and Cooper Winslow to branch manager in Kennebunk. Drouin was a customer relations representative in Saco and Kennebunk with Winslow was a junior mortgage loan officer in Portland.

Franklin Savings Bank in Farmington promoted Beckie Bowering to assistant vice president, cash management officer. Bowering has been with the bank for 23 years.

Sebago Technics, an employee-owned engineering firm in South Portland, promoted Daniel Riley to senior vice president of engineering. Riley was previously vice president of engineering.


The Maine Service Employees Association, Local 1989 of the Service Employees International Union, elected Mark Brunton as president and Kevin Russell as vice president, effective Jan. 1. Brunton is a comprehensive health planner for the Office of Aging and Disability Services within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services while is an eligibility specialist for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

The Maine Community Foundation in Ellsworth added Andrea Weisman Summers, Susie Guthro and Lado Lodoka to its Cumberland County Grantmaking Committee. Summers is director of foundation for Portland Public Schools, Guthro is with The Opportunity Alliance and Lodoka is a community builder.

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art added Colin March, Matt McTighe and Nan Ramsey to its 2024 board of directors. March runs the commercial banking division of KeyBank in Maine, McTighe is a political and philanthropic advisor and Ramsey is a retired educator at Berwick Academy.


The Maine Association of REALTORS in Augusta selected Laura Pellerano as its “REALTOR of the Year Award” winner for 2023. Pellerano is a broker at Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Northeast Harbor.

Maine Water in Saco received the “Utility of the Year Award” from the New England Water Works Association.

Crooked Face Creamery, a producer of handcrafted artisan cheese in Skowhegan, said that its Lemon Fennel Ricotta won “Bronze” at the World Cheese Awards 2023.

The American Heart Association in Portland announced that Katie Rooks, charitable and community relations manager with M&T Bank, and Albert Swallow III, CFO with MaineHealth, will receive its “2024 Crystal Heart” awards.

Words@Work, a marketing firm in Portland, was approved as a resource consultant for the Maine Entrepreneurial Resource Corps. program at Maine Technology Institute.

AARP Maine named Age-Friendly Sullivan in Hancock County its “AARP Maine Beacon Community Award” winner and Deb Alford and Ruby Parker as recipients of its “Steadfast Advocates Award” for 2023.

MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta and Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor both earned the top grade of “A” on the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.

The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce in Rockland selected Maritime Energy as the winner of its “Family-Owned Business Award,” Lyman-Morse as its “Business Expansion & Renovation Award” winner and John Bird as the recipient of its “Heritage Preservation Award.”

The city of Portland announced its Annual 2023 Business Awards winners. The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine won the “Economic Development Achievement” award; Bissell Brothers Brewery, “Business of the Year;” Bangs Island Mussels, “Small Business of the Year;” Portland Food Co-op,PDC Client of the Year;” and Intermed, “Legacy Award.”

Allagash Brewing Co. in Portland announced that Jeff Pillet-Shore, marketing director, was selected as an “Ad Age Breakout Brand Leader” for 2023.

Fitch Ratings, one of three credit reporting agencies in the U.S. covering the higher education sector, affirmed the University of New England’s strong financial positioning, upholding the university’s “A+” issuer default rating and upgrading its financial outlook from “stable” to “positive.”

Thomas College in Waterville said that Katie Rybakova, professor and chair of the Peter and Paula Lunder School of Education, was notified that her academic paper was accepted for presentation into the top education research conference in the nation, the American Educational Resource Association. Rybakova’s paper, focused on the impacts of open education resources on student learning and supporting first generation college students, is also a finalist for the best AERA Technology as an Agent of Change in Teaching and Learning paper of 2024.

The University of Maine at Farmington was named a “Green College” by the Princeton Review in the 2024 edition of its annual Guide to Green Colleges.

Pierce Atwood, a law firm in Portland, earned metropolitan “Tier One” in the 2024 Best Lawyers Best Law Firms Report for Closely Held Companies/Family Business Law and Banking and Finance Litigation. Overall, the firm received a total of seven national and 74 metropolitan recognitions in 48 practices in offices across the firm.

Preti Flaherty, a law firm in Portland, said it had 42 attorneys recognized, including one “Lawyer of the Year” honoree, listed in the 2024 Best Lawyers Best Law Firms Report. In total, the firm received 33 “Best Law Firm” awards, including 13 “Tier 1” awards.

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