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Pierce Atwood partner James Erwin was recently appointment to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees. He was nominated by Gov. Paul LePage and confirmed in September by the Maine Senate. The board consists of 16 members, and members are appointed for a five-year terms.


The Gelato Fiasco was recently named to the 2012 Empact100 list by Empact, an organization that focuses on making entrepreneurship a career option for everyone around the world. The award recognizes the Top 100 Companies Started by Young Entrepeneurs and was granted to founders Joshua Davis and Bruno Tropeano at a ceremony at the White House. The Gelato Fiasco is one of New England’s premier creators of artisanal desserts, with stores in Brunswick and Portland and gelato sold at more than 200 grocery stores and restaurants throughout New England. The company was founded by Davis and Tropeano in Brunswick in August 2007.

New hires and promotions

Putney Inc., a rapidly growing pet pharmaceutical company focused on the development and sale of generic prescription medicines for pets, has filled three positions in product development. Simon McGurk has been promoted to senior director of product development, and is responsible for scientific review of new products and the execution of external manufacturing partnerships. Ben Moses joins the team as manager of nonclinical studies, where he will logistically manage, evaluate and ensure the quality of Putney’s bioequivalence studies. And as the new associate of product development, Amy Radke will assist Putney’s product development and regulatory teams by supporting manufacturing, bioequivalence, project management and administrative activities.

Melissa Hackett, recently joined St. Mary’s Neurology Associates. Hackett is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester with a master’s in nursing, family nurse practitioner. She received her certificate of completion in registered nursing from the graduate school of nursing at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, and her Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center recently hired Teresita Maguire. Maguire is an infectious disease specialist. For the past few years, she has been a consultant for St. Mary’s and Central Maine Medical Center. Maguire will see patients in the hospital and on an outpatient basis at Sabattus Street Primary Care. Maguire earned her medical degree from the University of the Visayas- Gullas College of Medicine, Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines. She completed residencies in medicine at the Department of Medicine, Cebu City Medical Center, Cebu Doctor’s College of Medicine Consortium, Cebu City, Philippines and at the Department of Medicine, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. She completed her fellowship at the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

New Location

Passionflower Farm recently announced its return to downtown Bath with a new location at 72 Front St. Located in the Sagadahock Building, the new space is now the home of Passionflower Farm’s floral design studio.

The team at Opus Consulting Group, a management consulting firm recently announced moving to a new location on the second floor at 130 Middle St., in Portland, to accommodate our current growth and expansion. Opus Consulting Group helps businesses on their path to success by offering corporate renewal, financial management, exit strategy and turnaround services.

BerryDunn is recently announced that Kristan Drzewiecki has been promoted to manage its Government Consulting Group. Drzewiecki focuses her work on health care reform, health insurance exchanges, Medicaid and health information technology. She has extensive experience working with state government leaders to plan for and comply with complex federal health care policy and regulations such as the Affordable Care Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  

Good Deeds

In the 2011-2012 academic year, more than 1,800 University of Southern Maine students logged a record 71,780 hours of volunteer community service. Another 3,176 students contributed 298,802 hours of work through unpaid internships with local companies or service learning courses that combine community service work with classroom instruction. These nearly 5,000 students provided more than 370,000 hours of service to businesses and nonprofits valued at more than $6.2 million in 2011-2012. That figure is calculated using a formula developed by the Independent Sector, a nationwide coalition of nonprofits, foundations and corporate giving programs.

Sidebar Elements

Representatives from the Maine Red Cross Midcoast Chapter, serving part of Cumberland County and all of Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties, recently joined with the state’s four additional chapters and representatives from the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger at the 9/11 Memorial in Portland. The Campaign, which has raised $4.3 million since 1990 including a record-setting $447,000 in 2011, recently distributed funds to emergency food relief efforts across Maine.