May 22, 2018
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Maine hirings, promotions and accolades

By Whit Richardson, BDN Staff

New Hires

Central Maine Orthopaedics recently hired Bonney Starbird and Melanie Siegle as perioperative nurses in its Ambulatory Surgical Center and Kim Gallant as team leader, revenue cycle operations. Starbird has more than 30 years of nursing experience in the Lewiston-Auburn area; Siegle recently graduated from the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions. Gallant will be responsible for the day-to-day monitoring of the revenue cycle operations, including patient accounts, patient services, compliance, coding and mentoring of staff.

Bath Savings Trust Co., the trust and investment management subsidiary of Bath Savings Institution, recently hired Kenneth Bray as vice president, trust officer. Bray has more than 25 years of trust, investment and tax consulting experience.

Norton Insurance and Financial Services, headquartered in Cumberland Foreside, recently announced three new hires: Emily Getchell as a securities account manager, Anne Waloven as a human resources generalist and Brandon Cohen as employee benefits producer.

Maine Medical Center recently hired Dr. Michael Baumann as chief of emergency medicine. Baumann, who is the president-elect of the Maine Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and serves on the finance committee of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, joined Maine Medical Center in 2000 as an attending physician in the Emergency Department and became its medical director in 2002. He was named associate chief of emergency medicine in 2003.

Starboard Leadership Consulting, an affiliate of Rudman Winchell law firm in Bangor, recently hired Noreen Norton as an economic development consultant. Norton has more than 20 years of economic development experience in the public and private sectors.

Eastern Maine Development Corp. recently hired Jerry Hayman as CFO, Crystal Ellis as staff accountant and Kole McBreairty as junior accountant. Hayman spent 13 years with Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems Healthcare Charities as the director of philanthropy services. Ellis arrives with experience from BerryDunn’s tax accounting division and Miller Drug. Prior to his hire, McBreairty was with Hawkes & Quirk CPA in Ellsworth.

BerryDunn, a CPA and management consulting firm in Portland, recently hired Allison Perry, Erin Doucette, Frank O’Connor, Lindsay Spain, Michael Regan, Oksana Shevchuk, Ted Murray and Rachael Siegfriedt as staff accountants. The new hires will all provide audit and accounting services.

Landry/French Construction recently hired Larry Ross as a site superintendent. Ross, previously with Wright-Ryan Construction, is working on the Bangor Savings Bank Operations Center in Augusta.

Community Counseling Center, a nonprofit family service agency in Portland, recently hired Marianne Tarraza, administrative psychiatry director; Kelly Cignoli, board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner; Dr. Will Leschey, licensed psychologist; Joyce Perrey, individual and group therapy; Mary Williams, licensed therapist and Dr. Heidi Spencer, mental health clinician.

Preservation Management Inc., a residential property management firm headquartered in South Portland, recently hired John Isacke as CFO. Isacke, who most recently was vice president for administration and CFO of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, is a CPA and currently serves on the boards of the Portland Museum of Art and The Woodlands Club.

Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, headquartered in Saco, recently hired Brian Ballute as assistant treasurer. Ballute, a member of the American Institute of CPAs, was previously a senior associate auditor at KMPG in Boston.

Career Management Associates, a human resources services firm headquartered in Portland, recently hired Mike Scarpone as an executive coach. Scarpone is a consultant and trainer in strategic planning, leadership development, organizational behavior and change management.

Penobscot Community Health Care recently hired Dr. Rachel Thrift as a pediatric dentist. Thrift, a member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recently completed a pediatric dental residency with Lutheran Medical Center.

Thompson-Hamel LLC, a financial services firm in Presque Isle, recently hired Bryan Thompson as an associate. Thompson, currently serving in an elected capacity as a city councilor for Caribou, was previously with the Defense Finance & Accounting Service Center in Limestone.

Mercy Health System recently hired Judi Hawkes as vice president of physician practices. Hawkes, previously the vice president of practice management at MaineGeneral Health in Augusta, will provide the operational and strategic leadership for Mercy’s 27 physician practices.

The Maine Health Management Coalition recently hired Susan Schow as its Pathways to Excellence program director. Schow, currently the epidemiologist for the Maine Health Data Organization, will be working to expand the breadth and depth of public reporting initiatives.

Winxnet, a Portland-based IT service provider, recently hired John Schnauck as the southern New England regional vice president and general manager. Schnauck, who has more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry, recently served PulseLearning as their senior vice president.

Coastal Enterprises Inc., a nonprofit rural Community Development Corporation and Community Development Financial Institution based in Wiscasset, recently hired Victoria Burpee as a loan development specialist for business development, credit analysis and financial packaging. Previously, Burpee was vice president, senior business banker for People’s United Bank’s Northern Maine Division.

Vreeland Marketing & Design, a marketing and public relations agency in Yarmouth, recently hired Shireen Shahawy, account executive; Erich Pobatschnig, digital and social media manager; and Betty Turina, office coordinator.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury property company, recently hired Heather Shields as a vice president at its Portland office. Shields is the president of the Greater Portland Women’s Networking Group and serves as a member of the Brookside Condominium Association Board of Directors.

Portland Public Schools recently hired Glenda Klein as human resources director and Sharon Pray as the district’s special education coordinator. Klein previously was human resources manager for Deutz Corp. in Norcross, Ga. Previously, Pray served as the director of special services in the Rochester, N.H., School Department.

Kemp Goldberg Partners, an advertising and public relations agency in Portland, recently hired Diana Ichton Nelson as senior account executive. Nelson was previously a reporter and anchor for the Portland CBS network affiliate WGME-TV.

BerryDunn, a CPA and management consulting firm in Portland, recently hired Joshua Clark as a consultant in the firm’s management information technology group. Clark will specialize in the health care and information technology sectors.

KeyBank recently announced that Kevin Barnes has been hired as manager of its Caribou branch. Barnes was previously a farm loan officer for U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency.

Penobscot Community Health Care recently hired Shannon Piner as a member of the medical staff of Extended Care Services. Piner, a registered nurse for five years, will be responsible for geriatric medical care in the nursing home setting.

Avesta Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing developer in Portland, recently hired Mindy Woerter as communications manager. Woerter, previously an online editor at Mainebiz, will oversee the organization’s media relations, online presence and branding initiatives.

CBREThe Boulos Co. recently hired Mackenzie Simpson as associate in the Portland office. Simpson, who previously served as treasurer of the Maine Association for Construction and Real Estate Law for two years, will assist with brokerage-related duties on the brokerage team.


Clark Insurance, an employee-owned insurance agency headquartered in Portland, recently announced that Gail Lind has been promoted to senior vice president. Lind, a chartered property casualty underwriter and accredited adviser in insurance, currently serves as agency manager.

Hunter Panels LLC, a manufacturer of polyisocyanurate roof insulation headquartered in Portland, recently announced that Jim Whitton was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing. Whitton, a member of the Roof Consultants Institute and a director for the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association, was previously a manager for NRG Barriers.

Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, headquartered in Saco, recently announced the promotion of Wanda Wilson to customer service representative. Wilson was previously a teller at the bank’s Old Orchard Beach branch.

BerryDunn, a CPA and management consulting firm in Portland, recently announced that Kristan Drzewiecki was promoted to manager and Chad Snow to senior manager in the firm’s government consulting group. Drzewiecki focuses her work on health care reform, health insurance exchanges, Medicaid and health information technology. Snow has experience assisting government clients with project management, technology planning, business process improvement, system implementation and design.

Yale Cordage, a custom and specialty rope manufacturer in Saco, recently announced that Bill Putnam has been named president. Putnam was previously executive vice president.


Pierce Atwood, a law firm based in Portland, recently announced that partner James Erwin was appointed to the board of trustees of the University of Maine System. Erwin, who was nominated by Gov. Paul LePage and confirmed by the Maine State Senate, joins 15 other board members who have full legal responsibility and authority for the university system.

The Heart of Biddeford recently announced that Holly Culloton has been appointed the board president. Culloton previously served as a volunteer and chairwoman of the design committee.

Christopher Sullivan recently joined the faculty at Saint Joseph’s College with a joint appointment in fine art and communications. Sullivan was previously director of exhibits and operations at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine in Portland.

North Yarmouth Academy Board of Trustees recently elected Steve Bachelder as president. Bachelder is a partner in the Portland law firm of Bachelder & Dowling. Elected to the board were Carrie Lonsdale, Alison Prawer and David Williams.

Down East Enterprise Inc. recently announced that Thomas Giovanniello Jr. has been appointed associate publisher of the company’s flagship title, Down East: The Magazine of Maine. Giovanniello has served as the magazine’s advertising director since joining the organization.

The Institute for Civic Leadership recently appointed Heather Sullivan and Daryl Fort as new members of the board of directors. In addition, the following officers were elected: chair, Pete Thaxter, Curtis Thaxter; former chair, Jamie Morin, Wright Express; vice chair, Pat Palmer; secretary, Paul Delva, Fairchild Semiconductor; treasurer, Michael Stillings, Baker Newman Noyes. Members elected include: Richard Abbondanza, Hopkinson & Abbondanza; Edgar Anderson, human resources consultant; Edmund Claxton, Central Maine Medical Center; Andrew Colvin, office of Chellie Pingree; Stephen Eddy, investment management and consulting; Thomas Francoeur, Woodard & Curran; Michael Gendreau, Mercy Health System of Maine; Larry Henry, Martin’s Point Health Care; Marie McCarthy, L.L.Bean; Barbara Nash, Unum; Glenn Rudberg, Ethos Marketing and Design; Linda Mae Ruterbories, OA-Centers for Orthopaedics; Dominic Suru, 211 Maine and Kari Sides Suva, Konbit Sante.

Alison Hagerstrom, executive director of the Greater Franklin (County) Development Corp., was recently elected president of the Economic Development Council of Maine through June 2014. Other elected officers are: first vice president, John Holden, Eaton Peabody Consulting Group; second vice president, Jason Simcock, Androscoggin Bank; secretary, Renee Kelly, University of Maine; and treasurer, Michael Duguay, city of Augusta.


Project Canopy, the Maine Forest Service’s community forestry program, will award $100,000 in grants to local governments and municipalities, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations that support community efforts to develop and maintain long-term community forestry programs.

Project Canopy, a cooperative partnership between the Maine Forest Service and GrowSmart Maine, encourages communities to develop project proposals that support sustainable community-forestry management, increase awareness of the benefits of trees and forests, and increase the health and livability of communities through sound tree planting and maintenance.

Funded by the U.S. Forest Service, the Project Canopy grants are available in two categories: planning and education grants; and tree planting and maintenance grants. About $20,000 in grant funds is also available specifically for projects in the Presumpscot watershed.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the total economic impact of the horticulture industry in Maine is $286 million annually, and the industry supports 7,826 jobs. Since 2003, Project Canopy has awarded more than $1.2 million in funding for community forestry projects. The average grants range from $6,000 to $8,000 and require a 50 percent match of cash or in-kind services. To be eligible to apply for a grant, all applicants must attend a workshop before submitting an application. Details on the workshops can be found at Deadline is Oct. 22.

Company News

Village Consignment of Yarmouth recently held a grand reopening. The remodeled store, under the new ownership of Shelly Cunningham, carries consigned, quality brand-name women’s clothing, shoes and accessories.

A charitable campaign sponsored by Hannaford Supermarkets, headquartered in Scarborough, recently contributed more than $250,000 in product and cash donations to food banks and food pantries in Maine, the company recently announced.

Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems recently announced that the TD Charitable Foundation, funded by TD Bank, awarded the Youth Healthy Lifestyle Program with a $50,000 grant. The program was created in 2008 as a childhood obesity prevention project.

Fluid Imaging Technologies, a laboratory instrumentation manufacturer in Yarmouth, recently sold and installed four new FlowCAM particle imaging analysis systems in the Republic of South Africa. One system was installed at The University of Venda in Thohoyando, South Africa, and others were sold to governmental agencies responsible for environmental monitoring of coastal waters and numerous reservoirs that serve as drinking water and recreational facilities.

Cary Medical Center in Caribou recently announced that the Jefferson Cary Foundation has received more than $152,000 in donations for the new Women’s Imaging Center scheduled to be completed this fall. The project also recently received a $30,000 donation from KeyBank.

The College of the Atlantic recently announced the creation of The Lisa Stewart Chair in Literature and Women’s Studies. The chair, which endows a current faculty position, is being funded by a $1.25 million gift from the Stewart family, longtime Northeast Harbor residents. This chair is part of a $32 million fundraising effort to add new disciplines, create more scholarship funding and build information technology capacity.

United Realty, an independent real estate agency based in Belfast, announced it set a record for sales in fiscal year 2011-2012 of $7.38 million.

The First N.A., a subsidiary of The First Bancorp Inc. headquartered in Damariscotta, announced that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency recently approved The First’s purchase of a branch at 63 Union Street in Rockland from Camden National Bank and currently operated by Bank of America. The First also received approval from the OCC to open a de novo branch at 145 Exchange St. in Bangor in a building it is purchasing from Camden National.

Central Maine Power Co., a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, recently marked a milestone in its Maine Power Reliability Program as construction crews set the 2,000th transmission structure in Lewiston. The company will erect more than 5,000 structures by the time the project is completed in 2015. The 2,000th structure was set by crews from Irby Construction working for CMP at a site near Old Webster Road. The 120-foot weathering-steel structure supports a 345,000 volt transmission line.

The Bangor Symphony Orchestra and Penobscot Theatre Co. recently received a combined $25,000 grant from the Quimby Family Foundation to strengthen their programs and offerings. These two organizations are founding members of Bangor Arts.

The Maine Women’s Fund, dedicated to expanding opportunities for women and girls in Maine, recently opened an office at the Knox Mill Center in Camden.

Derek Volk, owner of Volk Packaging Corp., recently began hosting a new radio talk show called “Box Talk Radio” on WLOB 1310 AM and streamed live at The show, which will feature informative interviews and discussions with Maine’s business leaders and entrepreneurs to help promote and grow Maine businesses, airs Saturday mornings from 8-9 a.m.

U.S. Cellular recently announced new cell sites in Kingfield, Portland, Baileyville and South Thomaston to improve coverage in those areas.

Daigle Oil Co., a heating, cooling and alternative energy products company in Aroostook and Penobscot counties, recently announced it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire Maine Potato Growers Energy. DOC will take on MPG Energy’s petroleum division only, which makes up the heating oil, propane, diesel, gasoline and service portion of the business.

Rosscare’s Lifeline Medical Alert Service program officially transitioned to LiveSAFE Response Service recently. The service provides a one-button system in a subscriber’s home that dials an operator at a central call center based at The Aroostook Medical Center to respond to emergencies.

Blue Marble Geographics, a mapping software company in Gardiner, recently announced the release of the latest version of the Blue Marble Desktop v2.5. The release introduces new geodetic tools, time dependent transformations and file formats.

Verrill Dana, a law firm with offices based in Portland, was recently recognized for being the first firm to reach and exceed its 2012 Campaign for Justice fundraising goal at the Maine Bar Association’s summer bar meeting. The firm has raised more than $30,000 for Campaign for Justice, exceeding its fundraising total from last year by more than 20 percent.

Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems recently announced it will work with Geisinger Health Plan to administer health benefits for employees and their dependents beginning in 2013. Geisinger Health Plan is the insurance component of Geisinger Health System, a Pennsylvania-based integrated health services organization. The company will establish an office in the Bangor area and have staff on-site to support the program.


Northeast Delta Dental was recently honored with the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for its use of flexibility to increase business and employee success. Part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, the award recognizes employers of all sizes and types in northern New England and across the country.

emg3, a Maine experiential marketing agency in Falmouth, was recently named to Event Marketer Magazine’s “It List,” for the eighth consecutive year. Affiliates Promerica Health and Sumerian Sports & Entertainment also made the list highlighting the top 100 marketing agencies in the country.

Wilson Lake Inn, a lodging facility in Wilton, was recently honored as a Top Business 2012 by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. The accolade honors hospitality excellence in establishments that achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

The University of Southern Maine was recently named one of the best colleges in the Northeast, according to the The Princeton Review.

Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington recently announced the first-ever certification of its Cardiac Rehabilitation Program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The association recognized the hospital for its commitment to improving patients’ quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

MaineGeneral’s Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care recently announced that Dr. Ambreen Ijaz, a medical oncologist, has been named as one of two national chairs of the bladder disease committee for Via Pathways. The committees, such as the one co-chaired by Ijaz, are disease-specific and include physician experts who use Via Pathways.

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