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Updated: November 14, 2022

Noteworthy people and performances for Nov. 14, 2022

New hires

Murray Plumb & Murray, a law firm in Portland, hired Ellen Masalsky as an associate attorney focusing on litigation, criminal law and family law.

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park hired Chris Nadeau as climate change adaptation scientist.

ClimateWork Maine in Portland hired Jeff Marks as executive director. Marks was previously with E2Tech.

Caleb Johnson Studio and Woodhull, a residential and commercial architecture, construction and millwork firm in Portland, announced numerous new hires including Johan Kinnucan and Dustin Tisdale, project managers, residential studio; Anna Pajulo, architect, commercial studio; Shawn Couture, Hobson Bradford, Chris Kerns, Matt Perry and Mike Weston, project superintendents in commercial construction; and Timm LaCasse and Chris Roy, cabinet makers. In residential construction Evan Bradstreet was hired as carpenter; Ben Brown, lead carpenter; Will Farrell, project superintendent; Tom Lesch, apprentice carpenter; Rachel Murello, project engineer/estimator; Molly Perry, construction administrator; and Tim Russell, project manager.

Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden hired Greg Karlik as a producer in individual and group health insurance.

The city of South Portland hired Eva Shepherd as economic development associate.

Landry/French Construction in Scarborough hired Justin Lyons as project executive. Lyons previously worked for Consigli and Turner Construction Co.

The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals in South Windham hired Peg Keyser as advancement director. Keyser was previously a contributor to NewscenterMaine’s “207” magazine show.

Portland Water District hired Seth Garrison as general manager. Garrison was previously a management consultant in the water and wastewater sector.

Healthy Communities of the Capital Area in Gardiner hired Courtney Whitney as SNAP-Ed nutrition educator and Shelley Lewton as communications and events coordinator.

Dirigo Labs, a startup accelerator in Waterville, hired Jeremy Barron as entrepreneur-in-residence. Barron was previously cofounder and chief customer officer at 3Play Media.

Geiger, a promotional products distributor in Lewiston, hired Jonna Demeo as director of marketing for its Crestline division.


Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution promoted Mike Rague to branch manager and Tyler Lebel to assistant branch manager in Old Orchard Beach. Rague was previously assistant branch manager while Lebel was a customer relationship associate.

Goodwill Northern New England in Gorham promoted Rick Kadlec to vice president risk management; Ann Parks to general office clerk; Beth Cradock to human resources operations assistant; Michelle DiSotto to talent acquisition manager; Kim Watson to senior director, compensation, HRIS, HRBP; Carmen Chabot to director, HRBP; Dina Chen to HRIS senior analyst; Vinny Whiting to human resources operations and systems administration; Pamela Meader to store manager in Waterville; and Alysia Dorr to store manager in training in Brewer.

KeyBank promoted Tony DiSotto to market president for Maine. DiSotto, a Key Private Bank market leader, will continue to lead the bank’s wealth management teams in Maine and Vermont.

RE/MAX promoted Sandy Jamison to vice president of region development for the Northeast Region. Jamison, who previously served as area vice president for West Region, will now oversee regional operations in 14 states, from Ohio to Maine, as well as Washington, D.C.


ClimateWork Maine in Portland announced its board of directors including officers Doug McKeown, chair, strategic advisor and chair of Woodard & Curran board of directors; Lydia Covert, vice chair, corporate sustainability director, Unum; Kevin Gildart, treasurer, retired executive; and Megan Hellstedt, secretary, sustainability advisor. Board members include Christine Baillargeon, COO, Alodyne LLC; Kristina Egan, executive director, Greater Portland Council of Governments; Eric Fitz, co-founder and CEO, Amply; Cathy Lee, owner, Lee International: Climate Change Legal Services Consultant; and Barry Woods, senior director of eMobility, ReVision Energy.

Maine Association of Nonprofits in Portland added Kate O’Halloran, Gabriela Montoya-Eyerman and Justin Strasburger to its board of directors. O’Halloran is executive director of LifeFlight Foundation, Montoya-Eyerman is finance director of the Sunrise County Economic Council and Strasburger is executive director of Full Plates Full Potential.

Heart of Ellsworth added Lucille Poulin and Tracy Scheckel to its board of directors. Poulin is a hospice nurse while Scheckel is marketing and advertising manager at the Ellsworth American.

VIP Tires & Service in Auburn announced that Gary MacCausland was elected as a board member of the Tire Industry Association. MacCausland, who will serve a three-year term, is senior vice president of operations and merchandising.


The city of Portland announced that Jeff Tarling, city arborist, was named a Paul Harris Fellow, the Rotary’s highest honor.

Jennifer Goodrich, vice president of finance and physician practice operations at Northern Light CA Dean Hospital in Greenville and Northern Light Mayo Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, became a fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

Katahdin Trust in Houlton named Patricia Hersey, vice president, cash management and business development officer, as its “Top of the Mountain Commitment to Community Award” winner. The bank also recognized several employees for their years of service including Nancy Hersey, community banker, 45 years; Annette Beaton, vice president, community banking officer, 35 years; Cindy Boot, assistant vice president, commercial services officer, and Danielle Brewer, community banker, 20 years; Aaron Cannan, senior vice president, commercial services officer; Alison Gould, assistant vice president, commercial services officer; Brad Berthiaume, senior vice president, financial consultant; Cale Burger, vice president, commercial services officer; Jessica Weeks, assistant vice president, deposit operations supervisor; Lisa Willigar, community banker; and Sarah Gardiner, assistant vice president, senior credit analyst, 15 years; and Crystal Gastia, community banker; Crystal Wright, loan operations clerk; Eunice McAfee, branch manager and community banking officer; and Lita Madore, community banker, 10 years.

Julie Rosenbach, sustainability director for the city of South Portland, was a recipient of the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s “2022 Conservation Leadership Award.”

Berman & Simmons, a law firm in Lewiston, said Benchmark Litigation gave the firm a “Highly Recommended” rating. In addition, attorneys Steven Silin and James O’Connell were named “Local Litigation Stars” while attorneys Susan Faunce and Jodi Nofsinger were recognized as “Future Stars.”

The Maine Crafts Association in Gardiner announced that Ayumi Horie was the recipient its “2022 MCA Maine Craft Artists Award.” Horie is a full-time studio potter based in Portland.

Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland announced Margo Walsh, founder and CEO of MaineWorks, as the recipient of the “2022 Forsley Award,” named in honor of longtime Gary’s House champion Fred Forsley.

The University of Maine at Farmington said it was named one of the nation’s “most environmentally responsible colleges” by the Princeton Review in its Guide to Green Colleges: 2023 Edition.

Leann Cailler, a personal insurance account executive with Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden, earned the Safeco Insurance “Award of Distinction” and was named a producer of the year for 2022.

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