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Maine Specialty IPA, a Maine independent practice association representing over 250 physicians, recently announced the addition of Allergy & Asthma Associates of Maine, Eyecare Medical Group and Maine Center for Cancer Medicine to its membership. Maine Specialty IPA also includes Chest Medicine Associates, Coastal Women’s Health Care, Plastic & Hand Surgical Associates, Portland Gastroenterology Associates, OA Centers for Orthopaedics and Spectrum Medical Group.

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England recently announced the grand opening of a new Goodwill Donation Express in the Hannaford Shopping Plaza in Scarborough. At 2,800 square feet the new express model increases accessibility and convenience for donors and provides increased space for employees to sort and process donations.


KeyBank recently named Stephen Krolikowski sales leader, business banking for the Maine district. He is responsible for providing management leadership and driving the sales results of the business banking team, which provides expertise and financial solutions to small business clients that generate annual revenues up to $10 million. He will be based in the Maine district headquarters building at One Canal Plaza in Portland.

Verrill Dana recently announced that attorney Tim Shannon was elected a partner of the firm. Shannon joined Verrill Dana in 2010 after working for a large firm in Boston. He works in Verrill Dana’s litigation and intellectual properties groups. Additionally, Verrill Dana promoted Anne Birgel Cunningham to counsel, serving in the firm’s labor and employment group. David Boise was also promoted to chief operating officer.

New Hires

Body Symmetry Pilates & Personal Training Studio recently announced that Michelle Cromarty joined its staff for both Pilates and spinning.

Putney Inc., a pet pharmaceutical company, recently hired Ted Smolenski as vice president of strategic portfolio planning. In this role he will lead Putney’s portfolio process to analyze and recommend drug products for development, license and acquisition.

Mercy Falmouth recently hired Daniel Merson to practice internal medicine and Rhonda Kroll to practice general internal medicine with a focus in geriatrics. Merson recently worked at his own well-established private practice in Portland and was active with the teaching program at the University of New England. Kroll brings 25 years of clinical experience to the practice.

New Business

Matt and Lisa DiBaise recently opened Landing Real Estate alongside business partner Tyler Karu who opened Landing Design and Development. The businesses are located in downtown Portland and are committed to full service real estate, from sales and acquisitions to interior design and renovations.


Melissa Duffy, managing partner at Duffy Anderson Investment Management LLC in Cumberland, recently attended the annual Barron’s Winner’s Circle Top Women Advisors Summit. The invitation-only summit promotes best practices in the industry and helps to generate new ideas across the industry. Attendees attended workshops exploring current issues from business development ideas, managing high-net-worth accounts and families, to portfolio management and retirement planning.


Best Lawyers recently named senior partner Gerald Petruccelli as its 2012 Arbitration Lawyer of the Year. This award is based on an in-depth peer-review survey of Maine lawyers as to his legal ability, professionalism and integrity. Michael Martin was also named 2012 Insurance Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers.

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine recently received gifts from the John T. Gorman Foundation and The Robert and Dorothy Goldberg Charitable Foundation. Both of the grants will provide vital support for the museum and theatre’s present and future work to inspire learning through play.

Brenda Vitali, communications director for the American Heart Association (AHA) in Maine, recently received the AHA’s Rome Betts Award of Excellence for communications. Recipients of the award are recognized for leadership, professionalism and dedication.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) recently received $1,000 from the Alfred M. Senter Fund to upgrade outdated computer equipment.


Gorham Savings Bank in Falmouth recently earned LEED Gold Certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design New Construction Program.


Charles F. Dingman was recently appointed chair for the Campaign for Justice, which brings together lawyers from around the state to raise funds on behalf of six civil legal aid providers in Maine.

The Junior League of Portland recently announced that Sandy Couch-Kelly of Falmouth has been chosen to serve as its president.

Wayside Food Programs recently named Mary Zwolinski as its executive director. With this move John Leeming will move into Zwolinski’s former post as board president and Don Morrison will become operations manager.

Good Deeds

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine received more than 220 holiday gifts for the children and teens of their Portland, Riverton Park and Sagamore Village Clubhouses.

The Scarborough Community Chamber recently met its goal of raising $7,500 for the Scarborough Fuel Assistance Program.

Team Dignity, the Tour de Cure team from Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, recently raised $4,111.25 for the American Diabetes Association.