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New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

The League of Women Voters of Maine, at its biennial convention last month, elected Jill Ward of South Portland as the organization’s president. Ward, a consultant who has held senior policy positions with nonprofit groups, previously was the Maine league’s vice president. Among others elected by the May 1 convention at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick were Polly Ward, of Freeport, as vice president, and Cathie Whittenburg, of Portland, as secretary. Portland residents Joanna Bowers, John R. Brautigam, Stephanie Philbrick and Colleen Tucker were elected as directors, as well as Freeport residents Barbara Kaufman and Sarah Skillen Woodard. The league is a nonpartisan, grassroots political organization open to men and women.

Opus Consulting Group, a Portland-based management consulting firm, recently added Aaron Schneckloth as a consultant. He specializes in assisting businesses with strategic operations to align management and financial performance. A certified public accountant and a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Schneckloth brings 10 years of experience to his role.

The Yarmouth Historical Society has named Katie Worthing as program director. She previously served as site manager at Victoria Mansion in Portland, and currently also teaches art history at Southern Maine Community College. A resident of Portland, she holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Glasgow.

Perry, Fitts, Boulette and Fitton, a certified public accounting firm with offices in Bath, recently promoted Jessica Marin to senior accountant. Marin, who received her CPA license in January, began serving with the firm in 2011 as an intern. She is a graduate of Thomas College.

The Portland Symphony Orchestra has hired John Elliott as director of education and community engagement, responsible for programs that encourage youth to take interest in symphonic music. Elliott holds a bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, and has served as principal tubist with the South Bend and Honolulu symphonies. He also has worked with Austin Soundwaves, a youth orchestra program serving low income, at-risk children in Austin, Texas.


The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office honored outstanding personnel in a May 21 ceremony at the Maine Military Museum in South Portland. Among the recognitions were: Civilian of the Year, Julie Kilbride; Deputy of the Year, Cole Chandler; Corrections Officer of the Year, Christopher Beal; Supervisor of the Year for Corrections, Sgt. Kieran Sheehan; Supervisor of the Year for Law Enforcement, Lt. Kerry Joyce; The Lt. Charles R. Elliott Award, Detective John Fournier; The Sheriff’s Award, Lt. Donald Foss; and The Chief Deputy Award, Detective Cheryl Holmes.

Giving Back

More than 2,500 walkers turned out May 17 on Portland’s Back Cove Trail to participate in the Southern Maine Heart Walk, sponsored by the American Heart Association. The event raised $260,000 to fund research and advocacy against heart disease and stroke. Top fundraising company teams came from Hannaford Bros. Supermarkets, Unum, Maine Medical Center and FairPoint Communications. The top individual fundraising walker was Bob Hatem, of Hannaford, who raised $7,200.

New Beginnings

TechPlace, an “incubator” for technology businesses in Brunswick Landing, opened May 28 with a ribbon-cutting attended by Gov. Paul LePage. TechPlace consists of shared office and manufacturing space at 74 Orion St., on the site of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. Fourteen businesses are now housed there.

Rosemont Market recently opened its fifth store, at 40 Pine St. in Portland’s West End. The grocery chain, which specializes in locally sourced food, also includes stores on Brighton Avenue and Commercial and Congress streets in Portland, and on Main Street in Yarmouth.

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