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Updated: October 19, 2020 In Short

Newsworthy people and performances for Oct. 19, 2020

New hires

Atlantic Federal Credit Union in hired Jessica Scamman as a commercial lender.

Casco Systems, a control and automation solutions company in Cumberland, hired Christopher Ellis as a senior engineer. Ellis is an electrical engineer specializing in control system design.

MMG Insurance Co. in Presque Isle hired David McPherson as senior vice president of operations.

WordLab, a state-accredited apprenticeship program in Portland and sister company to Broadreach Public Relations, hired Katie Krott.

St. Germain, an environmental, EHS compliance and engineering firm in Westbrook, hired Kyle Jacobson as project manager and civil engineer, Gabriel McGinn is an environmental scientist and Eugene McKeen is a project manager and EHS Specialist.

Northern Maine Development Commission in Caribou hired Brandon Hussey as loan portfolio manager in its business finance division.

Milestone Recovery, a Portland-based nonprofit working to address the problems of substance use disorders and homelessness, hired Oliver Bradeen as executive director. Bradeen, a licensed clinical professional counselor, most recently worked as substance use disorder liaison for the City of Portland Police Department.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Portland hired Ashley O’Neil as a member of the firm’s Kennebunk office.


Norway Savings Bank promoted Dan Walsh to president. Walsh, who has been with the bank for 23 years, was previously executive vice president, commercial lending.

Final Draft CAD LLC, a BIM and CAD consulting firm in Portland, promoted Tim Estabrook to BIM/CAD designer. Estabrook was previously a BIM/CAD technician.

Bangor Area Staffing Solutions promoted Christopher Avery to staffing specialist. Avery was previously administrative assistant.

WordLab, a state-accredited apprenticeship program in Portland and sister company to Broadreach Public Relations, promoted Sacha Kiesman.


Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland added Paul Lones to its board of directors. Lones is currently a management consultant.

Educate Maine in Portland announced that Amy Boles, Michael Cato and Ellen Halliday joined its board of directors. Boles is director at Hancock County Technical Center, Cato is senior vice president and chief information officer at Bowdoin College and Halliday is superintendent of RSU #29.

Skelton Taintor & Abbott, a law firm in Auburn, said that attorney Jordan Payne Hay has joined the board of the Maine Women’s Network – Androscoggin Chapter.

ConnectMaine Authority in Augusta appointed Nick Battista, senior policy officer at Island Institute, as board chair. In addition, Susan Corbett, director of the National Digital Equity Center, was reappointed to the board and Jasmine Bishop, director of telehealth with MaineHealth, was appointed to the board by Gov. Janet Mills.

Ted Wright was elected to serve a three-year term on the Forest Stewardship Council U.S. Board of Directors. Wright is executive director of both the Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands in Augusta and the Northeast Master Logger Certification Program, which the trust oversees.

Clark Insurance in Portland elected Scott Twitchell to its board of directors. Twitchell is executive vice president of sales for the agency.

Maine Municipal Association in Augusta elected James Gardner Jr., town manager in Easton, as president and James Bennett, city manager in Biddeford, as vice president of its executive committee. In addition, Robert Butler, chair of select board in the town of Waldoboro; Terry Helms, selectperson in the town of Grand Isle; and Diane Hines, manager of the town of Ludlow and Reed Plantation, were added to the association’s board.

Suzanne Strachan, president of Cheney Insurance in Damariscotta, was elected to the Maine Insurance Agents Association board of directors.


The University of Maine at Farmington was named as a 2020 Money’s “Best College for Your Money.” Additionally, U.S. News listed the university No. 4 as a “Best Value” for students based on academic quality and cost, No. 5 in “Top Public Colleges” and No. 6 in “Best Regional College Public and Private” in its classification of Regional Colleges in the North. The publication also listed the school No. 2 for “Best College for Veterans” and No. 6 as a “Top Performer in Social Mobility,” a ranking that recognizes how well schools graduate students from lower family incomes. Finally, Washington Monthly listed the university No. 9 out of 248 public and private bachelor’s colleges in the U.S.

The University of Maine at Presque Isle said it was named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for and achieved the distinction as a “2020 Honor Roll Institution,” according to the 2020 survey by The Great Colleges to Work For program. The university was included in the small universities category with 500 to 2,999 students.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented Shari Venno of Littleton with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for a career or life devoted to protecting the New England environment as part of its New England office 2020 Environmental Merit Awards. Other recipients included “Enviro, Community, Academia and Nonprofit,” Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission, Saco; and in “Business,” Pottle’s Transportation LLC, Herman and Agri-cycle Energy, Scarborough.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission in Hallowell said that Maria Jacques, emergency services communication bureau director, was recognized by the Maine Division for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened during its 29th Annual Award Ceremony and Tea.

Northern Light Pharmacy in Brewer said it achieved Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust announced it received the Independent Community Bankers of America’s “2020 National Community Bank Service Award” for extraordinary efforts to help small businesses, consumers and its communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Portland Water District said that Crystal Cooper and Evan Johnson completed the Wastewater Operator School offered through the Maine Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee in conjunction with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Maine Water Environment Association.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Augusta named Scott McClellan, a wildlife biologist in Greenville, its “Kenneth Anderson Award” winner, given annually to the member of the department who has made exemplary contributions towards the enhancement of the state’s inland fisheries and wildlife. In addition, Mike Coulombe, Courtney Moulton, Matt Lubejko, Merry Gallagher, David Russell, Sarah Spencer and the hatcheries section were also recognized for their work with the department.

Camden National Bank named its 2020 Employee Award winners including “Officer of the Year,” Dave Ackley, director of information security and risk management, Rockport; “Employee of the Year,” Craig Blackwell, relationship banker, Portland; “CamdenCARE Award,” Macie Cote, relationship banker, Bangor: Union St., and Crystal Spear, banking center manager II, Waldoboro; “Team Player Award,” Megan McCullum, mortgage loan processor III, Kennebunk, and Jeffrey Rhoads, operations specialist, Manchester; “Community Award,” Diane Marion, senior deposit services specialist, Rockport, and Nicole Gogan, treasury management sales advisor, Camden Main Office; “Core Values Award,” Caity Chubbuck, customer care assistant manager, Rockport, and Tom Mailloux, senior systems engineer, Gardiner; “CamdenCircle Award,” Katie Dickinson, digital banking systems administrator, Rockport, and Barbara Raths, treasury management sales advisor II, Portland; and “Bob Daigle Award for Achievement through Innovation,” Chris Winters, information technology systems administrator.

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