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New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

Bryan O’Connor, of Cumberland, recently joined the Good Shepherd Food Bank as vice president of finance and administration. A certified management accountant, O’Connor had served for nine years at the United Way of Greater Portland, most recently as vice president of finance. Good Shepherd is the largest hunger relief organization in Maine, distributing food to 600 food pantries and other agencies throughout the state.

McTeague Higbee, a Topsham-based law firm specializing in workers’ rights, recently added attorney Samuel Riotte as an associate. Riotte previously worked for a law firm in Cleveland, and now resides in Cumberland. He holds a law degree from Case Western Reserve University, and earned his undergraduate degree at Tulane University.

Hospice of Southern Maine has promoted Jessica Duffy to clinical services director. Duffy, a registered nurse, joined the Scarborough-based hospice organization two years ago as director of its inpatient facility, Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. In her new role, she will direct all HSM clinical programs, volunteer and bereavement services. Michelle Deane will serve as interim manager of Gosnell.

Alisa Coffin, of Harpswell, has been named director of dining services at Thornton Oaks Retirement Community in Brunswick. Coffin is the founder of The Great Impasta, a popular Brunswick restaurant that she sold last year after 30 years of operation. She has served on the Brunswick Downtown Association’s board of directors and the board of the Maine Restaurant Association, and holds a degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America.

Wright-Pierce, a water and sewage engineering firm based in Portland, recently hired Michael A. Stein as a senior project engineer. Stein, a licensed professional engineer, has nearly 30 years of experience, and has worked on projects in Portland and throughout Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He is a resident of Scarborough.

Maine Medical Center, in Portland, has added Dr. Anthony Foianini to the staff of its emergency medicine department. Foianini received his medical degree from the University of Colorado and completed his residency at MMC. Most recently, he worked in the emergency department at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. His professional interests include medical education and health policy.


David Banks, a real estate broker and owner of RE/MAX By The Bay, recently received the Luminary of Distinction Award from worldwide real estate company RE/MAX. The award is given to RE/MAX associates who have earned $20 million in gross commissions over 20 years with the company. Banks, of Falmouth, is the first of the 2,700 associates in New England to receive the award, which was presented at a March ceremony in Las Vegas.

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club recently honored volunteers who made outstanding contributions during 2014 to the club’s mission of preserving the 267 miles of the trail in Maine. Among the recognitions, the MATC President’s Award was presented to two recipients. Tony Barrett, of Harpswell, received the award for his longtime service and leadership in the organization’s committees. Bill Plouffe, a South Freeport resident, was honored for donating his legal expertise on club issues. 

Peter Troast, founder and chief executive officer of Yarmouth-based Energy Circle, received the 2015 Tony Woods Award at the ACI National Home Performance Conference, held earlier this month in New Orleans. The award recognizes excellence in advancing the home performance industry. Energy Circle is a digital marketing company that exclusively serves the energy efficiency and renewable energy industry.

New Beginnings

Legal-Ease, a walk-in full-service law firm believed to be the first such practice in the state, has opened near the Maine Mall, at Mallside Plaza, 198 Maine Mall Road, South Portland. Legal-Ease, open seven days a week, is staffed by on-site attorneys and supported by a nationwide network of 150 lawyers.

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