People and Business: Dec. 30
FAME board elects
officers, approves loans
AUGUSTA — The board of directors of the Finance Authority of Maine held its annual meeting recently and elected new officers of the board and approved financial assistance for a number of Maine companies.
Elected as officers for 2010 are: Glenn Lamarr of Fort Kent, chair; Susan Snowden of Scarborough, vice chair; and Cheri Walker of Portland, treasurer.
Commercial loan insurance on two loans from Farm Credit of Maine totaling $2.15 million for LMJ Enterprises, LLC was also approved by the board of directors.
The Board also approved several proposals to assist Maine businesses, including an economic recovery loan of $500,000 to Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd. for approximately 200 miles of railway track maintenance in Maine.
A new round of investments was approved in the Borealis Fund III, LP and Coastal Ventures III, LP, for $985,000 as part of the Maine Economic Development Venture Capital Revolving Investment Fund Program.
At its annual dinner and awards program, "Showcase Maine," awards were presented to Maine business and higher education leaders. Maine College Transitions Program earned the Education at Work for Maine Award. John Burns, fund manager of the Small Enterprise Growth Fund, was awarded the Dirigo Business Award; and Camden National Bank earned the Financial Institution of the Year Award.
FAME is a quasi-independent state agency that provides financial solutions to help Maine people and businesses pursue educational and business opportunities.
VSA arts of Maine has appointed Matthea Daughtry of Brunswick as the new Curator of "A Matter of Perception," an exhibition by artists with disabilities. Matthea will oversee the two-year cycle of the forthcoming exhibit, from the January 2010 call for art through its touring, juried exhibition in 2011.
Susan Davis of Portland, executive director of the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum, was elected president of the international Society of Automotive Historians.
Richard Hobby of Yarmouth and David Luce of Harpswell have joined the board of directors of the Friends of the DaPonte String Quartet.
The Maine Chapter of the American Society of Professional Estimators has newly elected the following to its board of directors for 2010: John Brockington of Portland, Pizzagalli Construction, president; James E. Hoy of South Portland, AMEC, secretary/treasurer; George Liming of Portland, Allied Cook Construction, board member; Reggie McLaughlin of South Portland, MegGuire and Jones, board member.
Certified public accountant and executive director of Friends of Casco Bay, Cathy Ramsdell of Portland, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Maine Sea Grant Policy Advisory Committee to oversee the research, education, and outreach activities of this state–federal partnership between the University of Maine and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Jeff Clements of Peaks Island and Concord, Mass., and Sean Bergen of Yarmouth were recently elected to the board of directors of conservation organization Friends of Casco Bay.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine board of directors has named former Maine McDonald's owner and outgoing board president, Sheila Peabody of Yarmouth, vice president of the board. Roger Poulin of accounting firm Baker Newman Noyes, was named board treasurer. Newly appointed to board of the RMHC of Maine are attorney Mary Bertolet of Yarmouth and Dan Coker of Brunswick. Bertolet and Coker join board members Joe Breisacher of Brunswick and Susan Soule of Falmouth.
Peter Bennett, president of The Bennett Law Firm of Portland, was inducted as a fellow by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
Kathy Macleod of Falmouth has been appointed to the board of directors of Sweetser. Retiring from the board and receiving engraved Sweetser chairs are Richard Dalbeck of Cape Elizabeth and Patricia Small of Scarborough.
Colleen Khoury of Portland, former dean of the University of Maine School of Law, will serve as the 2010 chair of the Campaign for Justice, which raises funds on behalf of six civil legal aid providers in Maine.
Andrew Dodge of L.L. Bean Direct to Business in Freeport was elected to serve on the board of the Incentive Marketing Association.
Attorney Jeffrey A. Thaler, a partner at Portland-based law firm Bernstein Shur, was elected president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.
At the annual meeting of Yarmouth Senior Housing, Inc, newly elected board officers for 2010 are Margaret Downing, president; Rick Brackett, vice president; Gerri Prentice, secretary; and Elizabeth Rogers, treasurer. Deborah Godowsky was newly elected as a member to the board, Lynde Randall was re-elected to the board, and Laurie Totta was recognized as volunteer of the year by the board.