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The Maine Health Access Foundation has awarded $1.54 million in new grants and renewed funding to 11 Maine nonprofits dedicated to overhauling health care delivery and payment approaches that reduce costs, maximize value and deliver better health to Maine people.

Community Financial Literacy has received a grant from the Jane B. Cook 1983 Charitable Trust to support financial literacy services in the Portland and Lewiston communities. The group is a leading organization in financial education for Maine refugees and new immigrants, offering financial literacy classes, workshops and individual counseling covering topics such as building savings and basic money management. The Jane B. Cook 1983 Charitable Trust supports a broad range of organizations in the fields of education, children and youth, health and welfare, the environment, wildlife protection and the arts in northern New England, Massachusetts and Florida.


Make-A-Wish Maine has awarded Falmouth-based Tyler Technologies with its Community Spirit Award. Tyler Technologies and its employees have donated more than $20,000 to Make-A-Wish Maine.


Parke Burmeister, Esq., assistant vice president and marketing manager for Bangor Savings Bank; Bob Dunfey, executive director of ITNPortland; and Chris Miles, CEO of Alliance Press in Brunswick were recently elected to serve on the  Susan L. Curtis Charitable Foundation/Camp Susan Curtis Board of Trustees. Camp Susan Curtis programs serve economically disadvantaged children and youth from across Maine.

Chris Neagle, of Cumberland, an attorney with Troubh Heisler in Portland was recently named to the Maine Association of Mediators Board of Governors, an organization of professionals providing mediation and other alternative dispute resolution services.

The law offices of Pierce Atwood recently announced four new partners in the firm. Michael J. Daly, originally from Newport, R.I., and now a resident of Portsmouth, R.I., joined the firm as an associate in the litigation and admiralty and maritime practice groups in 2009. Michele E. Kenney, originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., and now a resident of Portsmouth, N.H., joined the firm as an associate in the litigation practice group in 2008 after working as an associate in New York City. Lucus Ritchie, originally from Houlton, and now a resident of Portland, has been a member of the litigation practice group since joining the firm in 2005. Daniel J. Stevens, originally from Presque Isle, and now a resident of East Winthrop, has been with the firm since 1988, first as an associate and subsequently as counsel. 

The Human Resources Association of Southern Maine has elected its new officers for 2013. Lisa B. Noonan is the newly elected president of the association, having previously served on a variety of committees. Catherine MacLaren, chief operating officer of Portland-based Workforce Performance Solutions, is the newly elected president elect. Michele Whidden, currently human resources manager for Parker Hannifin’s Nichols Portland division, was elected treasurer, and Michelle Pritchard, an account manager at the Holden Agency Employee Benefits Solutions, was elected secretary. 

University of New England College of Pharmacy Dean Gayle A. Brazeau has been elected as secretary to the council of Deans of the American Association of colleges of Pharmacy. The mission of AACP is to lead and partner with members in advancing pharmacy education, research, scholarship, practice and service to improve societal health. 

Thomas C. Newman, an attorney and partner of the Portland law firm Murray, Plumb & Murray has recently received a visiting faculty appointment at Harvard Law School as a Lecturer on Law for the 2013 winter academic term. Newman will teach Trial Advocacy. Prior to this faculty appointment, Newman has served as a visiting faculty member of the Harvard Law School for 21 years.

New Hires

Garrett Adams was recently hired by Lux Realty Group as a sales agent to broker transactions as well as assist with investment analysis and business development. Adams recently earned an MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of Southern Maine.

Kathy Dyer has joined Portland’s Choice Realty as a sales agent.

Molly Gallagher Burk, of Cape Elizabeth, recently joined 317 Main Community Music Center as director of development. She will work closely with the staff and board of directors to guide fundraising activities at the Yarmouth-based nonprofit music center. 317 Main Community Music Center is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2004 with the mission of providing a welcoming environment for musicians of all ages and abilities in which to foster connections, inspire creativity, and build community. 


TD Bank in Portland has promoted Andrew W. Pease to account manager in commercial lending in Portland. He is responsible managing and growing a portfolio of existing commercial loan relationships with business clients primarily in York and Cumberland counties in southern Maine.

Sarah Coburn, an attorney with the Verrill Dana law firm, has been elected as a firm partner. Coburn joined Verrill Dana’s private clients group in February 2008 after working at another firm in Portland. 

New Ventures

Proactive Resources, a Portland-based marketing firm, recently launched Maine’s first comprehensive, online gay wedding directory, will expand within the next month to include engagement and marriage announcements.


The Mid Coast Walk-In Clinic at Brunswick Station has expanded its hours of operation to accommodate higher than expected utilization rates. In response to high patient demand and the threat of a bad influenza season, the walk-in clinic will now remain open for an additional two hours each weekend day. The new operating hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., including holidays except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.