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Updated: October 16, 2023

Newsworthy people and performances for Oct. 16, 2023

New hires

Kennebunk Savings hired Steven Hughes as vice president and chief technology officer.

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The Maine State Chamber of Commerce named Patrick Woodcock its president and CEO, effective Oct. 2.

The Maine State Chamber of Commerce in Augusta hired Patrick Woodcock as president and CEO. Woodcock, who was director of the Maine Energy Office under Gov. Paul LePage, most recently served as commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources under Gov. Charlie Baker.

Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington hired Ruslan Abdukalikov as a physician of pain medicine. Abdukalikov was most recently a staff anesthesiologist for Spectrum Health Care in Portland.

ERA Dawson Bradford Co. REALTORS in Bangor hired Jaime Fish Connell as a real estate broker in Rockland.

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Eric Howard is the new executive director of E2Tech.

E2Tech, the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine, hired Eric Howard as executive director.

The Central Maine Growth Council, a public-private collaborative economic development partnership in Waterville, hired Nicole Timmins as grant and finance manager. Timmins was previously director of finance at Care & Comfort.

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works hired Julie Berry as vice president, chief information officer. Berry previously worked for Steward Healthcare System LLC as chief technology officer and chief information officer.

Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland hired Joseph Young as an orthopedic surgeon at Northern Light Mercy Orthopedics in Falmouth.

New Ventures Maine in Augusta hired Oyebanjo Ogunlela, Dion Olmstead and Destin DeCambre as microenterprise specialist on its microenterprise development team.

Spinnaker Trust in Portland hired Kelsey Lowe as an ESOP account administrator in the firm’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan practice.

BroGue Insurance & Financial Services in Bangor hired Maria Cox as a sales agent. Cox was previously with Russell D. Patten Insurance Agency in Hermon.


Bangor Savings Bank promoted Laura Blake to vice president, northeast regional market manager; Mike Yerxa to vice president, senior relationship manager in Bangor and Augusta; and Jake Knight to vice president, Greater Bangor regional market manager.

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Lebel & Harriman Retirement Advisors in Falmouth promoted Nate Moody to partner. Moody is director of business development and marketing for the firm.

Baker Newman Noyes, an accounting firm in Portland, promoted Crystal Jones to billing manager in the operations department, Gregory Knight to senior manager in the health care advisory practice and Nathan Somes and Benjamin Staples to managers in the tax practice.

Gorham Savings Bank promoted Caitlin Ouellette and Ali AL Dhamen to vice president.

Morgan Stanley promoted Sundance Campbell, a financial advisor and assistant vice president in the firm’s wealth management office in Bangor, to resident manager.


Avesta Housing in Portland added Lynne Roche, a professional fund raiser for 25 years, to its board of directors for a three-year term, effective Oct. 1.


Northern Light Health in Brewer said it was recognized as a “2023 HIMSS Davies Award” recipient by Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Morgan Stanley announced that Iain Eldredge, a portfolio management director, certified financial planner and a financial advisor in the firm’s Portland Wealth Management office, was named to Forbes Magazine’s list of “Top Next-Gen Advisors Best-in-State.”

The University of Maine at Augusta said that its Nursing Program was honored with the “2023 Institutional Excellence in Holistic Nursing Education Award” by the American Holistic Nurses Association.

Camden National Bank recognized 13 Maine-based employees at its annual employee appreciation event. “Officer of the Year” was Brandon Plourde, vice president, financial planning and analysis manager, Camden; “Stakeholder of the Year,” Kendra Bergelin, commercial administration team leader, Rockport; and “Bob Daigle Award for Achievement,” Justin Keller, assistant vice president, business intelligence analyst, Rockland. “Commitment Awards” were presented to Garrett Alofs, audit and SOX compliance officer, Portland; Sydney Cough, digital banking specialist, Rockport; Victoria Foust, commercial loan administrator team leader, Rockport; Heidi Lawson, assistant banking center manager, Blue Hill; Viktorie Mathiau, sales and service program manager, Camden; Marvin Merritt, facilities associate, Ellsworth; Nashelee Monroy, customer care expert, Rockport; Greg Sirois, retail regional director, northeast region; Lori Theriault, relationship banker swing, Bangor; and Genna Williamson, retail education specialist, Rockport.

The Southern Maine Community College Foundation in South Portland announced its “2023 Light on the Point Award” winners. Recipients included Wendy Laverdiere, associate director of financial aid, and Kristen Baker, administrative specialist in the admissions office, “Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award;” Jon Smith, owner, Great Falls Construction, “Outstanding Alumnus Award;” Heather Perry, superintendent, Gorham School District, “Outstanding Business Award;” and Bath Iron Works, “President’s Award.”

The Maine Small Business Development Centers selected Anne Lancaster as the “2023 State Star.” Lancaster is a business advisor at the Maine SBDC at the University of Southern Maine.

Maine Development Foundation in Hallowell named its “2023 Champion Award” winners. The “William F. King, Jr. Downtown Champion Award” was presented to Phyllis Young, retired board chair, Heart of Ellsworth; the “Champion of Education and Workforce Development” went to Inclusion Maine and Executive Director Humza Khan; the “Champion of Rural Economic Development” was awarded to LP Building Solutions and Ryan Bushey, director of human resources and safety; the “ICL Distinguished Alum Award” went to Tony Payne, vice president of external affairs, MEMIC, and a member of ICL’s Beta Class; the “Kenneth M. Curtis Leadership Award” recipient was Claudette Ndayininahaze, executive director of In Her Presence; and the University of Maine System won the “President’s Award.”

The Maine Department of Marine Resources selected Amanda Ellis as its “Manager of the Year” and Rebecca Peters as its “Employee of the Year.” Ellis is director of the department’s aquaculture division while Peters is a scientist in the department.

Preti Flaherty, a law firm in Portland, said 10 of its Maine-based attorneys were selected for recognition by “Super Lawyers,” including five “Rising Stars.”

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