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Updated: October 18, 2021 In Short

Newsworthy people and performances for Oct. 18, 2021

New hires

The Governor’s Energy Office in Augusta named William Harwood as senior advisor for regulatory affairs. Harwood previously served as senior counsel at Verrill Dana, a law firm in Portland.

Waterville Creates hired Liz Shapiro as production manager at the Waterville Opera House, Desiree DuBois as education and outreach coordinator and Yvonne Brown as clay studio coordinator at Ticonic Gallery + Studios.

The Woodlands Club in Falmouth hired Kim DeMado as director of membership, communications and marketing and Karissa Colcord and Guy Streitburger as assistant dining room managers.

Northern Light Infectious Disease Care in Bangor hired Mark Abel as a provider.

Maine Medical Partners in Portland hired Lauren Andrade at its congenital heart division; Shiva Annamalai at MaineHealth Cardiology in Scarborough; Saeeda Fatima at Maine Medical Center, internal medicine; Marc Kimball at Westbrook Family Medicine; Christopher Stadler in the orthopedics and sports medicine division of trauma and fracture care; and Michael Tozier in hospital medicine.

The Telling Room, a Portland-based literary arts nonprofit focused on young writers, hired Kristina Powell as executive director. Powell previously managed the development team at the Center for Grieving Children in Portland.

The Penobscot Theatre Co. in Bangor hired Tony Gerow as facilities director and lighting supervisor position. Gerow was previously production manager and technical director at the Waterville Opera House.

Northern Light Urology in Bangor hired Marisa Gray and Laura Leddy as providers.

FieldStack, a Portland-based provider of retail technology solutions, hired Amanda Neuts as vice president, client success; Manny Archibald as director of human resources; and Matt Theodores as chief marketing officer. Neuts was with Peapod Digital Labs, Archibald with Preble Street and Theodores with Microsoft.

HospitalityMaine in Augusta hired Derek Fassett as director of education and workforce development. Fassett, a U.S. Army veteran, was formerly director of workforce for Military Talent Source LLC in Auburn.

Fontaine Family, an Auburn real estate firm, hired Lindsay Gagne as a sales agent in Scarborough.

Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor hired Wayne Burton as interim president for the remainder of the academic year. Burton is currently president emeritus of North Shore Community College in Danvers, Mass.


Means Wealth Management in Bangor promoted Paul Means chairman, Zachary Means president and Erin Barry to CEO. Paul Means was previously president, Zachary Means was CEO and Erin Barry was CFO.

RE/MAX Shoreline in Portland promoted Cricket Grobe to director of operations.

Knickerbocker Group, a Boothbay-based designer and builder of high-end homes and commercial spaces, promoted Danielle Betts to president. Betts, who has been with the firm for 14 years, is a licensed professional engineer with a specialty in residential land use and commercial development

Rinck Advertising, a marketing agency in Lewiston, promoted Nikki Jarvais to senior vice president, group account director. Jarvais was previously senior account manager.

Geiger, a promotional products distributor in Lewiston, promoted Chelsea Whitlock to packaging and quality control in the decoration and distribution center for Geiger Winter People. Whitlock was most recently a kitting fulfillment specialist.

Norway Savings Bank promoted Penny Anderson to market manager and mortgage loan officer in Topsham and Brunswick.

Skowhegan Savings promoted Haley Wescott to community banker in the central Maine region based out of its Fairfield branch. Previously, Wescott was a loan processor.

Verrill, a law firm in Portland, promoted Robert Wright to director of office operations. Wright, who has 20 years of experience serving in leadership roles, was previously the firm’s legal services manager.

NBT Bank in Portland promoted Senior Vice President Jeremy Deering to regional commercial banking manager. Deering, who has 20 years of experience in commercial banking, was previously senior commercial banking relationship manager.


The Institute for Family-Owned Business in Portland elected Jacques Santucci, president and founder of Opus Consulting, as treasurer and Joe Capozza III, vice president of Capozza Floor Covering Center, as secretary of its board of directors. In addition, the organization added Chris Lynch, Deirdre Wadsworth and Shae-Li Fendler as board members. Lynch is president, Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty; Wadsworth is president, Hardypond Construction; and Fendler is manager/underwriting analyst, MEMIC.

The Maine Municipal Association in Augusta selected James Bennett, city manager of Biddeford, as incoming president and Elaine Aloes, selectboard chair in Solon, as vice president of its executive committee in 2022.

American Heart Association in Maine selected Steve deCastro, president and CEO of Gorham Savings Bank, to lead the 2022 Heart Walk. DeCastro and his committee have set a goal to raise $450,000 through corporate donations and walk teams that will support the event scheduled for May 15, 2022 in Portland. Members of the Heart Walk executive leadership team include: Michael Bourque, MEMIC Group; Jeanine Chesley, New England Rehabilitation Hospital; Andrew Cook, Skowhegan Savings Bank; Robert Hatem, Hannaford Supermarkets; Amy Kivus-Rouleau, city of Auburn; David Landry, Spectrum Healthcare Partners; Cecile Plourde, Androscoggin Bank; Douglas Sawyer, Maine Medical Center; Mike Simonds, UNUM; Scott Tompkins, Cianbro; Steve Smith, L.L.Bean; and Steve Woods, TideSmart (Promerica Health).

The National Academy of Science named Sue Allen, senior research scientist at Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance in Augusta, as a member of its board on science education. The board of 15 professionals investigates how science is learned and can be taught.


Calpine – Westbrook Energy Center; D&G Machine Products, Westbrook; Microwave Techniques LLC, Gorham; Maine Medical Center Laundry, Westbrook; and SIGCO, Westbrook achieved full compliance with its industrial discharge permits for the 2020-2021 Industrial Pretreatment year, which ended on August 31.

Camden National Bank recognized 13 employees as part of its 2021 Employee Appreciation. Award winners included: “Officer of the Year,” Suzanne Cifaldo, senior vice president, retail operations manager, Rockport; “Employee of the Year,” Stephanie Angelico, customer care expert, Rockport; “CamdenCARE Award,” Amy Pierce, senior relationship banker, Camden and Randy Cruz, vice president, business banking center manager, Damariscotta; “Team Player Award,” Lisa Wilson, facilities and purchasing associate, Rockport and Chris Abbott, vice president, business banker, Portland; “Community Award,” Kim Milton, retail lending assistant, Camden Square and Chris Rugullies, senior vice president, commercial banking market manager I, Auburn; “Core Values Award,” Ryan Ford, information security analyst II, Rockport and Christopher Proulx, officer, retail loan officer I, Belfast; “CamdenCircle Award,” Nick Michaud, IT systems administrator, Rockport and Audrey Klein-Leach, senior vice president, senior trust officer and relationship manager – Camden National Wealth Management, Camden; and “Bob Daigle Award for Achievement through Innovation,” Charles Hamilton, vice president, deposit and payments assistant manager.

The University of Maine System said it retained its AA- credit from S&P Global. The rating means the organization has a “very strong capacity” to pay interest and repay principal on its outstanding debt.

Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington received its U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care 2020 Hospital Report that demonstrated the hospital’s commitment to quality improvement in maternity practices that support optimal infant nutrition. The hospital received a score of 96 out of 100 in the survey.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine said its HMO/POS plan was rated 4.5 out of 5 in the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s commercial Health Plan Ratings for 2021, tying for the top-rated health plan in the state.

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