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Updated: November 30, 2020 In Short

Newsworthy people and performances for Nov. 30, 2020

New hires

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor hired Hannah Livingston as a provider at Northern Light Internal Medicine.

Coastal Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Physical Therapy in Brunswick hired Michael Carl as a member of its interventional pain management practice and Michael Kulju as a fellowship trained primary care sports medicine provider.

Sea Bags, a designer and manufacturer of bags, totes and accessories made from recycled sail cloth, hired Melissa Kenison as wholesale account manager and Shelly Afthim as non-profit manager.

OTELCO, a wireline telecommunications services company in New Gloucester, hired Stacey Hassan as director of marketing. Hassan was previously marketing director at Atlantic Broadband. The company also hired Benjamin Austin as a system administrator and Rose Giasson as a customer service representative in New Gloucester and Anthony Julian as a technical support technician and Jordan Shain as an OSP field technician in Bangor.

The Portland Housing Authority hired Rob Parritt III as resident transition and stability specialist. Parritt was the city of Portland’s homeless services consultant.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Portland hired Jessica Falcone as a vice president.

Eastern Maine Development Corp. in Bangor hired Anna Stockman as community planner with its community and business services team, Kim Smith as loan officer with its business lending team and Morgan Rocheleau as a procurement counselor with its Maine PTAC team.

Fontaine Family – The Real Estate Leader in Auburn hired Melissa Guimond.

Casco Systems, a control and automation solutions company in Cumberland, hired Brent Willett as a senior technician in its industrial automation group. Willett is an engineer with 35 years of experience in industrial automation systems and process controls.


The Portland Housing Authority promoted Latoya Hunder to director of resident services. Previously, Hunder was a resident transition specialist.

The Lewiston-Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority promoted Travis Peaslee to general manager. Peaslee previously served as assistant superintendent and interim superintendent.

Sea Bags, a designer and manufacturer of bags, totes and accessories made from recycled sail cloth, promoted Tara Knupp to merchandising and product development director and Nicole Hardy to regional manager of retail sales. Knupp was previously product line manager while Hardy was wholesale manager.

Machias Savings Bank announced several promotions. Christian Lyford was promoted to chief banking officer, Nicole Pellenz to chief data analytics and product officer, Peter Greene to COO and Nate Martell to chief risk officer and general counsel. Additionally, Jonathan Alley was named a senior vice president in the Downeast and northern markets, including Washington and Aroostook counties; Jill Saucier a senior vice president in the Midcoast market, including Hancock, Knox and Waldo counties; Dean Clark a senior vice president heading up the central market, including Penobscot County; Kari Reynolds a senior vice president leading a new relationship support department; and Lucas Morris was promoted to senior vice president, senior credit officer.


Julia Bassett Schwerin was elected as a director of the Greater Portland Board of Realtors, a chapter of the Maine Association of Realtors. Schwerin leads the Maine Green Broker team in Cape Elizabeth.

The Maine Council on Aging elected Leah Graham as chair of its board of directors. Graham is manager of external and government affairs for Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor.

The Maine Community Foundation in Ellsworth elected Lili Pew to its board of directors. Pew works for The Knowles Co., a real estate agency in Northeast Harbor.


Peter Crichton, former Auburn city manager, was named the recipient of the “2020 Linc Stackpole Manager of the Year Award” by the Maine Town, City and County Management Association.

Geiger, a promotional products distributor in Lewiston, announced that Laura Levine and Nikki Craig achieved Certified Advertising Specialist certification while Jennifer Haupt, Ronald Seguin and Kathy Timms earned the certification of Master Advertising Specialist.

The Portland Water District said it captured the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” from the Government Finance Officers Association for its annual budget for fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

Waynflete, a private school in Portland, announced that Hilary Huber Holm received “2020 Drake Award” for outstanding service to the school. Holm has served on the school’s board of trustees for nine years.

GrowSmart Maine announced the recipients of its third annual Smart Growth Awards. Port Property Management and Consulting Partners won the “Outstanding Project Award” for 82 Hanover Redevelopment in Portland; Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corp. was the “Demonstrable Commitment to Smart Growth” award winner; Great Falls Construction captured the “Outstanding Project Award” for Station Square in Gorham; CWS Architects was the winner of the “Outstanding Project Award” for the Bangor Savings Bank Operations Center; Raise-Op Housing Cooperative was the “Demonstrative Commitment to Smart Growth” award winner; and Mark Eyerman, planner, won the “Demonstrable Commitment to Smart Growth” award.

Maine Preservation presented Chris Glass with its “Lifetime Dedication Award” after spending 45 years supporting the organization in various leadership capacities. The organization also presented its “Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Preservation Champion Award” to the Maine Steeples Fund for its support of communities’ efforts to save the irreplaceable reminders of the state’s architectural and social heritage. In its annual “Honors Awards” winners included the Central and Erskine buildings at Stevens Commons; St. John’s Catholic Church, Bangor; Harvey Block / Morris Povich Building, Bath; Medanick Building, Bath; Brooklin IOOF Hall; Boody-Johnson House, Brunswick; St. Patrick’s Convent / Sophia’s House, Lewiston; Bates College Chapel/Peter J. Gomes Chapel, Lewiston; Lisbon High School/Lisbon Village School Apartments; and York Manufacturing Mill No. 3/Run of the Mill Lofts and York Manufacturing Mill No. 4/Saco Mill No. 4, Saco.

College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor said it was named the country’s No. 1 green college on the Princeton Review’s “Top 50 Green Colleges” ranking list for the fifth year in a row. Colby College in Waterville was listed 14th on the list.

Trail Runners of Midcoast Maine and the Midcoast Chapter of the New England Mountain Biking were selected as winners of the “Connecting Nature & Community Award” by Coastal Mountains Land Trust in Camden.

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get with The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.” The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Bigelow Laboratory in East Boothbay said Douglas Rasher, senior research scientist, captured an “Individual Award in Field Biology” from the Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation. As part of the award, Rasher received $100,000 to pursue his research.

Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington earned the “Go Clear Award” from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses for eliminating hazardous smoke caused by the use of lasers and electrosurgery devices during its surgical procedures.

Norway Savings Bank was recognized as a “Best Wellness Employer” by Wellness Workdays, in collaboration with Harvard Medical School, for the second straight year.

Machias Savings Bank was named one of the “Best Banks to Work for” by American Banker, ranking No. 4 out of 85 banks that were recognized, for the sixth year in a row.

Skelton Taintor & Abbott, a law firm in Auburn, said it was named a “Tier 1 Metropolitan Best Law Firms” for family law and for medical malpractice law – plaintiffs by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in 2021.

Verrill, a law firm in Portland, said 14 of it’s Maine-based attorneys were recognized as “Super Lawyers” and another eight as “Rising Stars” in the 2020 edition of New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. The firm was also named as a “Ceiling Smasher” as one of the top law firms in the country for female attorneys in Law360’s annual Glass Ceiling report. The firm has the third highest percentage of women in its equity partnership in the country, as compared to firms of a similar size, and was ranked ninth overall in its size category for the percentage of both female equity partners (39.6%) and female attorneys across levels (41.2%).

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