People and Business

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Hires, Promotions, Appointments

Manomet, a Brunswick-based nonprofit group promoting conservation, business sustainability and science education, recently hired Danielle Sarmir as senior program associate and Lora Winslow as program associate. Sarmir has more than 15 years of experience in marketing, government affairs and public relations, most recently for The Smithers Group. Winslow brings to Manomet more than a decade of experience in the sustainability and environmental field, and previously led marketing and sustainability initiatives for O’Naturals, a regional organic restaurant chain.

Landmark Realty, based in Portland, recently hired Brian Wilson as a real estate agent. Wilson has over four years of residential real estate experience, and is a member of the national, state and Portland real estate associations. He specializes in serving buyers and sellers throughout southern Maine.

Maine Medical Partners, a physician practice affiliated with Maine Medical Center in Portland, recently added four surgeons to its staff. Dr. Joseph Rappold has joined the acute care surgery practice; previously, he was an associate professor of surgery at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, where he also received his medical degree. Dr. Jaswin Sawhney has also joined as a member of the acute care surgery team. He recently completed a fellowship in surgical critical care at Brown University, previously practiced surgery in Minnesota, and attended Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Nicole M. Geissen is a new member of the cardiothoracic surgery team. She is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed her cardiothoracic surgery residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Michael P. Robich also joined MMP, specializing in cardiothoracic surgery. He earned his medical degree at Wright State University School of Medicine, and completed his residency in general surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

KeyBank has promoted Drew Patterson, of Scarborough, to manager of its Freeport branch. Patterson began his career at Key as relationship manager in Augusta, and most recently served as a personal banker in Portland. Prior to joining Key, he worked as a personal banker for Bank of America. He holds a degree in business management from Thomas College.


At its annual appreciation event on Sept. 4, the Cambodian Arts & Scholarship Foundation presented its Lotus Award to longtime board member, Shawna Ohm, for her hard work and dedication to educating Cambodian girls. The Cambodian Arts & Scholarship Foundation, based in Portland, works to improve the lives of poor, at-risk Cambodian girls through education.

Avesta Housing, a Portland-based, nonprofit developer of affordable housing, recently honored four employees with its Core Value Awards, which recognize employees who demonstrate the organization’s fundamental qualities. The award winners were: Greg Payne, development officer, the Humanity Award; Todd Rothstein, director of construction services, the Stewardship Award; Emily Kosnow, property rehabilitation manager, the Relationships Award; and Dennis Burnham, facilities manager, the Quality Award.

New Beginnings

Anchorpak, a manufacturer of carry-all bags, has opened for business at 11 South St., Portland. The bags feature a patented, ergonomic design that distributes load in line with the body’s natural weight-bearing ability. Freeport native Colin Sullivan-Stevens, an artist and designer, founded the company after making a prototype from movie screen fabric.