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Hires, Promotions, Appointments

Safe Passage, a Yarmouth-based nonprofit group that assists and helps educate at-risk children in Guatemala, recently hired Matthew Wolcott as director of development and U.S. director. Wolcott has worked in development for nearly 10 years, most recently with a private school in New Hampshire. He also has worked in marketing and communications for a Fortune 1000 company near Boston.

The YMCA of Southern Maine recently appointed James Dowd as chief financial officer. Dowd was previously CFO for a public relations and strategic communications firm in Washington, D.C. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University, and holds two master’s degree, including an M.B.A. from Georgetown University. The YMCA of Southern Maine provides recreation and health activities at four branches, including ones in Freeport and Portland.

Harper Lee Collins, of North Yarmouth, was recently named president of the board of trustees of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. A real estate agent with RE/MAX Heritage, she has served as a trustee since 2005. In addition, three new trustees have been named: Helaine Ayers, a retired investment banker who lives in Portland; Mary B. Neal, a physician and former partner at Spectrum Medical Group at Maine Medical Center; and Jennifer Segal, a Cumberland resident and former marketing executive for Citigroup Private Bank.

The Maine Maritime Museum, in Bath, has elected William “Bill” Gemmill and Jennifer Yahr to its board of trustees. Gemmill, a maritime historian and U.S. Navy veteran, has worked in international marketing and as a small business owner. Yahr, a psychotherapist from Falmouth, is an avid sailor and former commodore and chairwoman of the Portland Yacht Club.

TD Bank has promoted Nicholas J. Weightman, of Portland, to vice president in commercial lending. Weightman joined TD Bank in 2011 as a commercial credit analyst, and most recently served as a relationship manager. In addition, Robert Small was promoted to senior relationship manager in commercial lending. Small, a South Portland resident, has more than 20 years of experience in financial services. He joined TD Bank in 2010 as a commercial loan officer.

Norton Financial Services, an employee benefits and investment management firm based in Cumberland, recently hired Amy Montefusco as a group benefits account specialist. Montefusco, of Portland, served for 11 years as a senior account service representative with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. She previously worked for eight years as a marketing analyst at Patriot Mutual Insurance Co.

Winxnet, a Portland-based technology outsourcing and consulting firm, has hired Al Ghanekar as a senior field technician. Ghanekar previously worked for two years as a network administrator at Systems Engineering Inc., and has over 10 years of experience in the field. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science.


Catholic Charities Maine on July 26 presented its Matthew 25 Award to The Parish of the Holy Eucharist, which includes churches in Falmouth, Freeport and Yarmouth. The parish received a $3,000 grant with the award to help develop an “Aging Friendly Parish Community.” This program will offer educational and spiritual support for older residents, as well as outreach services such as snow removal and transportation help. The parish was one of six throughout Maine to receive the award, which has been given annually since 2011. Catholic Charities Maine is one of the largest social service organizations in the state.

In recognition of her professional service, Evelyn “Mitzi” Duff, of Cumberland, was recently named Caregiver of the Month by Comfort Keepers, a Scarborough-based provider of in-home support services for older adults.

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