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New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

Hospice of Southern Maine, a nonprofit hospice organization based in Scarborough, has hired Heidi Farber as its annual fund and events coordinator. Farber previously served as development director for ITN America, a national nonprofit providing transportation services to seniors and persons with visual disabilities.

The Coastal Humane Society recently hired Chris Wolff as director of programs and community relations. The position is a new one for the Brunswick-based animal shelter. Wolff, of Topsham, most recently served as a program officer for the Maine Community Foundation. She also worked for nine years at the Island Institute as community development director and fellows program director. 

Christopher Joy, of Portland, has joined Clark Insurance in the newly created position of director of employee benefits. He brings more than 15 years of benefits experience to his role. Joy will work in Clark’s Portland office, one of five offices the insurance agency operates in Maine and New Hampshire.

MaineHealth, the parent company of Maine Medical Center in Portland, recently named Al Swallow as executive vice president and treasurer and Dr. Christine Irish as medical director of telehealth. A resident of South Portland, Swallow previously served as senior vice president of finance, and has more than 20 years of leadership experience at MaineHealth. He previously worked for local accounting and consulting firms. Irish, of North Yarmouth, is a physician who previously served as medical director of emergency medicine at MMC. She is also director of the Peer Support Program at the hospital, where she has practiced for more than 20 years.

Andrew M. Cook has been named assistant vice president and manager of Key Bank’s Falmouth branch. He previously served as manager in the bank’s Gorham branch, and also worked as a client services associate for Gorham Savings Bank. Cook attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Olivier te Boekhorst has been named to the board of directors of Portland Ovations, an 84-year-old nonprofit organization that brings performing arts to Maine. Te Boekhorst, of Cape Elizabeth, is corporate vice president at IDEXX Laboratories, where he has worked in global business development for 10 years.


The Patten Free Library, in Bath, recently received a $3,500 grant from The Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust. The library will use the grant to expand its young adult collection, including graphic novels, animé, manga, audio books, nonfiction items and DVDs for youth visiting the library’s Teen Space.


Mercy Hospital this week is scheduled to present its inaugural Forsley Award to Fred Forsley, president and co-founder of Portland-based Shipyard Brewing Co. The award is intended to honor leaders in the hospitality industry who make significant differences in the community. At press time, Mercy planned to present the award at its Gourmet Gala, an April 16 fundraising event for Gary’s House, a residence for families of hospital patients. Forsley has been a supporter of Gary’s House since its establishment nearly 20 years ago.

The Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau recently gave its 2015 Member of the Year Award for Leadership and Innovation to the Amtrak Downeaster train service and the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority. The award, which recognizes member efforts to market the greater Portland region, was presented at the bureau’s annual meeting on April 7.

Midcoast Federal Credit Union, based in Bath, was honored in March with a Diamond Award from the Credit Union National Association. Awards were presented to CUNA members in 29 categories of marketing and business development. Midcoast won the Diamond for branding and corporate identity work, recognizing the credit union’s new logo and marketing materials.

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