People and Business

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Hires, Promotions, Appointments

William Hall has been named manager of marketing and communications at Apothecary by Design, a Portland-based pharmacy that provides specialty, compounded and retail medications and nutritional products. Hall previously worked as a reporter, contributing writer and copy editor at The Forecaster, as well as a freelance writer. For 20 years, he also held senior agency and in-house corporate communications positions in New York City and Boston. A resident of Yarmouth, Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature and creative writing, magna cum laude, from Princeton University.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court in July appointed attorney Victoria Powers, of Portland, as chairwoman of the state Board of Overseers of the Bar, which governs the conduct of lawyers as officers of the court. Powers is a shareholder in the firm Toole and Powers, and a frequent lecturer on the issues of elder law and ethics. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire and the University of Maine School of Law, she has served as president of the Maine Bar Foundation and is a longtime member of the Justice Action Group.

The University of Maine School of Law, in Portland, recently hired Elizabeth Limerick as director of advancement and external affairs. Limerick’s experience includes serving for more than 10 years as director of planned giving at Bates College. Most recently, she was director of development and outreach at Hospice of Southern Maine.

Norton Insurance Agency, based in Cumberland, has hired Andrew Wright as a marketing assistant. Wright, a Portland resident, previously worked in sales at The Orvis Co. and as a financial analyst with Globe Energy Services. He graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and business.

Dawn Post recently joined Abenaki Insurance Services as a customer service representative. She brings more than 25 years of experience to the role. Abenaki is affiliated with Atlantic Regional Credit Union, of Brunswick, and Norton Insurance Agency, of Cumberland.

Real estate agent Karen Dempsey Carney, of Falmouth, has joined Prouts Realty Group. Carney has over 30 years of experience in residential real estate, and formerly was with The Maine Real Estate Network. She holds real estate licenses in Maine and Massachusetts.

Dr. Rodney J. Voisine, who practices medicine in South Portland, was recently named associate chief medical officer at Community Health Options, a nonprofit, consumer-operated health insurance plan. Voisine is board-certified in anesthesiology and obesity medicine. He formerly served as medical director for peri-operative services at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

Giving Back

The State of Maine Fraternal Order of Eagles recently donated $33,600 to The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, at Maine Medical Center in Portland. The funds were raised through the sale of t-shirts, a golf tournament, a motorcycle ride and a raffle, and also included a grant from the Eagles’ national organization.


Michele LaForge, head of school at Portland’s Baxter Academy for Technology and Sciences, was named in August one of 10 “Game Changer” educators throughout the country by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a Boston-based educational publisher. Recipients of the inaugural Game Changer Awards were charter-school personnel nominated by their peers, and selected on the basis of the originality and impact of their contributions to student learning. Baxter opened in 2013 and will graduate its first class in 2016.

The Cape Elizabeth office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage named Molly McGuire as Broker of the Month for July in recognition of her sales performance. A resident of Scarborough, McGuire has worked for the real estate agency since 2003.

Deborah Wentworth, of Falmouth, recently earned the professional designation of chartered property casualty underwriter. Wentworth serves as director of business insurance services at Clark Insurance, based in Portland. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Husson University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.