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The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants recently appointed Merrill Barter as one of 10 national members of the State and Local Taxation Technical Resource Panel through September 2013 year. Barter is a certified public accountant and a senior manager in Baker Newman Noyes’ tax division. He specializes in corporate and shareholder taxation, with a focus on multi-state tax issues. The AICPA’s State and Local Taxation Technical Research Panel is responsible for numerous state and local tax issues, including monitoring legislative and regulatory activity regarding state and local taxes, suggesting ways to simplify and clarify the state and local tax rules, and setting up task forces to work on joint projects with several national tax organizations.


The Scarborough Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors recently announced the recipients of the 2012 Outstanding Scarborough Business awards. Recipients include: James A. McBrady Inc. as Outstanding Legacy Business; Mainely Wraps as Outstanding New Business; Katahdin Analytical Services as Outstanding Technology Business; Nonesuch Oysters as Outstanding Micro Business; Scarborough Community Chamber for its Outstanding Contribution to Community; and Partners for World Health as Outstanding Nonprofit Award.

KeyBank recently selected Susan Doliner, vice president for development at Maine Medical Center, to receive the Key4Women Achieve Award. The award is part of KeyBank’s Key4Women program, which has been recognized by the Kauffman Foundation as a “best practice” for financial institutions serving women business leaders. 

Ann Tracy, who considers herself a digital alchemist, has won the Best Use of Sound award in the Sacramento Center for Contemporary Art’s Open Reel Competition at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento. Her three-minute video “In the Blood” was submitted in the Open Reel’s 3 Minutes in 30 Days event. Tracy is a member of the Maine Artists Collective and has work exhibited at Constellation Gallery in Portland. 


Add Verb Productions, a nonprofit program of the University of New England, has been recognized by the magazine staff of Teaching Tolerance for their book, “Out & Allied,” an anthology of performance pieces written by lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and queer youth and allies. Teaching Tolerance listed “Out & Allied” as a best pick in culturally aware literature and resources for professional development and teachers of all grades in their fall 2012 edition. “Out and Allied” was edited by Add Verb Director Cathy Plourde along with Meghan Brodie, Ph.D., from the University of Southern Maine, Add Verb AmeriCorps Vista volunteers and youth interns.

Tracey Stevens, of Freeport, has earned the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk, which is awarded by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. The institute grants the designation only to those municipal clerks who complete demanding education requirements; and who have a record of significant contributions to their local government, community and state. The International Institute of Municipal Clerks, founded in 1947, has 10,300 members throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries. The mission of this global nonprofit corporation is to enhance the education opportunities and professional development of its diverse membership. 

New Hires and Promotions 

BerryDunn recently announced that Rebecca Isaacs has been hired as a tax manager in the firm’s tax consulting and compliance group. Isaacs is a graduate of the University of Southern New Hampshire with a degree in accounting. Prior to joining BerryDunn, she was employed by Gibbons & Kawash.

Fluid Imaging Technologies recently hired Regina Farren, of Portland, as office manager for the Yarmouth-based tech firm. Prior to joining Fluid Imaging Technologies, Farren worked at FetchDog in Portland where she was a catalog project manager and image asset manager. Prior to that, she served as the studio manager for a commercial photography studio that grew from 3 people to 25 people during her tenure.  

Lisa Magnacca recently joined Drummond Woodsum after graduating from the University of Maine School of Law. Her law practice will focus primarily on business and commercial law matters, including commercial lending, community development and real estate matters. While in law school, Magnacca served as a judicial extern with Judge Kermit V. Lipez of the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, and as an extern with the United States Attorney’s Appellate Division in Portland.  In addition, she served as articles editor for the Maine Law Review, and as a legal writing teaching assistant, instructing first-year law students in oral advocacy and legal research and writing. She was also a member of the Women’s Law Association and the Maine Association for Construction and Real Estate Law. 

Good Deeds

Putney Inc., a pet pharmaceutical company focused on the development and sale of generic prescription medicines for pets, recently organized a group of local veterinarians to provide free wellness checkups for dogs participating in the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland’s annual fundraiser, Paws in the Park. Local veterinarians who donated their time to provide the free examinations are: Doug Andrews from Falmouth Veterinary Hospital in Falmouth,  Alden Chadbourne from Brackett Street Veterinary Hospital in Portland, Sara Leven from Casco Bay Veterinary Hospital in Portland, and Nellie Savage from Brackett Street Veterinary Hospital in Portland. 

The Schnitzer Steel Industries Racing to Stop Hunger Foundation has made a $11,000 matching grant to Preble Street food programs to help feed hungry people throughout southern Maine. A newly created philanthropy, the Racing to Stop Hunger Foundation, coordinates and supports connections between Schnitzer Steel employees and their local communities. The donation to Preble Street provides an important investment in food supplies for Preble Street emergency food programs, where more than 30,000 meals each month are distributed to people struggling with poverty and homelessness, people who have no resources or must give up meals because they can’t make ends meet with their limited resources.