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People and Business

New Hires, Appointments and Promotions

Pierce Atwood LLP hired Lee Cullivan as its new director of information technology. He will be responsible for technology management and strategic planning, vendor negotiations, business continuity and continuous research in technology trends that will improve attorneys' services to clients. Cullivan's office will be in the firm’s Portland office, but will work across all of its regional offices. Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Cullivan worked at Boston Medical Center as an IT engineering manager and network manager. He has nearly 15 years of information technology management, design, build and operational experience, and a diverse IT background spanning the medical, financial and digital marketing fields.

Kippy Rudy, a Bath resident who has had long, successful career in arts management and fundraising in southern Maine, is the new development officer for the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Rudy was most recently the executive director of Portland’s One Longfellow Square.

Suzette Cyr, a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, joined the staff at Coastal Women’s Healthcare. Cyr joined the organization to develop an integrated behavioral health program specializing in mental healthcare for women during all stages of life. Coastal Women’s Healthcare is one of the only private, specialty practices in  Maine to integrate these services.

Ralph I. Lancaster Jr., of Pierce Atwood LLP, was named chairman of the Supreme Court Historical Society Board of Trustees at its annual meeting. Lancaster is a member of the firm’s litigation group, where he tries both civil and criminal cases locally, nationally and internationally. He has been appointed a special master by the justices of the Supreme Court of the United States on three different occasions. The society, a private nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of the United States Supreme Court.

Midcoast Federal Credit Union hired of Joe Gervais as its new CEO to replace Gail Richardson, who retired in June. Under Richardson's 31 years of leadership, Midcoast credit union grew to more than $130 million in assets while serving the Bath community with a history of solid financial performance.  

Jed Harris of Falmouth was elected as board member of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association, a statewide organization of commercial real estate owners, developers and related service providers. Founded in 1985, MEREDA promotes responsible development and ownership of real estate in Maine through legislative advocacy, educational programs and professional networking opportunities. Harris began his career on Wall Street working for J.P. Morgan in mergers and acquisitions and later iFormation, a venture capital firm. He moved to Portland in 2004 and following a lifelong passion for real estate opened his own real estate investment firm, North Atlantic Properties

Good Deeds

The Falmouth branch of Bangor Savings Bank presented a check for $5,000 to the Maine Cancer Foundation as one of eight $5,000 Community Matters More grant recipients. The foundation has been funding the fight against cancer in Maine since 1976, providing grants for cancer research, education and patient support programs.

Dedications

Scarborough Land Trust held the dedication and official naming of Elaine Stimson Warren Woods on June 1. The land trust purchased the 156-acre parcel from Harvey Warren, of Scarborough, in December. Warren Woods is located on Payne Road, near Scarborough schools, with frontage on the Nonesuch River, the largest source of fresh water for the Scarborough Marsh. A new kiosk was unveiled at the event. The property is named for Warren’s late wife, who was a former director and treasurer of the land trust. Their daughter, Becky Seel, of Belgrade, was a founding director.

Recognition

Mary Beth Turcotte, of Old Orchard Beach, director of human resources at Portland-based law firm Bernstein Shur, was named the 2013 Maine HR Leader of the Year at the annual HR Convention in Rockland. Turcotte is an active volunteer in the community, helping Windham Correctional Facility inmates develop interview skills, providing ski lessons for the Maine Adaptive Handicapped Program and serving as co-chair of Maine’s Diversity Hiring Coalition.

Andrea Thompson McCall, of South Portland, the founding director of Community Service Learning at the University of Southern Maine, was presented the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award by Maine Campus Compact, in a ceremony held in the State House Hall of Flags in Augusta. McCall, who joined USM 19 years ago, also has held positions at community colleges  and has served concurrently as the university interfaith chaplain. She retired as director June 28.

Portland Public Schools Transportation Director Kevin Mallory won a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in reducing pollution from the school bus fleet and raising awareness about the benefits of greener school transportation. More than a decade ago, Mallory began working to reduce exposure to school bus diesel emissions that can accumulate in and around idling buses and pose a significant health risk, especially to children. The award was presented June 26 in a ceremony at the EPA’s Boston office.

The Portland Corps of the Salvation Army presented David Machesney and Pratt Abbott Cleaners an Others Award for their efforts with supporting the 30-year-old Coats for Kids program. The award is the highest recognition a local unit of the Salvation Army can give to a citizen or group that demonstrates concerns and commitment in serving others in the community. Machesney is a long-time supporter and advisory board member of the Salvation Army. Last year, more than 25,000 coats were donated to the program for distribution throughout Maine, with Pratt Abbott collecting and cleaning donated coats. The company is storing all coats not given to families until next winter.

Events

Community Financial Literacy held its annual celebration June 10 at the Portland Public Library. The event was a chance to recognize the accomplishments of the organization over the past year, and thank those who have supported their work. Economist Charles Colgan of the University of Southern Maine delivered the keynote speech.