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Hires, Promotions, Appointments

Craig W. Douglas, of Harpswell, has been elected president of the New England Water Works Association, the region’s largest and oldest nonprofit organization of water professionals.

Douglas is the district engineer for the Brunswick & Topsham Water District, where he oversees capital improvement projects, the geographic information system, asset management and facility planning.

A member of the New England Water Works Association for 14 years, Douglas is chairman of the Lifetime Achievement Award and A.C. Pipe Committees, and is a member of the Nominating, Planning, and Sustainability Committees. He also served as Maine state director and member of the Executive, Water Resources, Site Selection, Planning, and By-laws Review Committees.

Rebecca Hobbs has been hired by Family Crisis Services of Portland as the new executive director, replacing Lois Reckitt, who retired after 36 years at the helm.

Hobbs has been engaged in efforts to end domestic violence in Maine since 1993, working at Spruce Run Association in Penobscot County and, more recently, as the executive director of Next Step, the domestic violence resource center in Washington and Hancock counties.

Jonathan Culley, of Redfern Properties in Portland, has been appointed to the board of directors at Avesta Housing. The nonprofit affordable housing provider is headquartered in Portland.

The Maine Center for Creativity announced that its new executive director will be former United Nations Peace and Development Advisor Craig Collins. Collins takes over from interim executive director David Swardlick. The Maine Center for Creativity is a nonprofit founded in 2005 that develops projects and programs that support the growth of creative industries and the arts.


For nearly 20 years, 88-year-old June Cassidy has volunteered at the Scarborough Library in a unique, specialized way: mending books. Because of her commitment to give back to the community, Scarborough Terrace Assisted Living is presenting her with the Scarborough Terrace Senior Service Award, which comes with a $500 gift for both the library and Cassidy. Scarborough Terrace presented the checks to both recipients at a special ceremony held late last month. Cassidy has spent nearly 1,000 hours volunteering her time to repair more than 7,000 books.

Hilary Schneider of Brunswick was recognized as the country’s top government relations professional by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network for her outstanding efforts advocating for legislative initiatives in the fight against cancer. ACS CAN, the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, presents the award each year to a government relations professional who works endlessly to make sure cancer is a top priority for lawmakers. As part of her role, Schneider is the chairwoman of the Maine Tobacco Policy Committee, which unites stakeholders from all over Maine to defend and strengthen tobacco control policies across the state.

Giving Back

U.S. Cellular has donated $2,500 to the Cumberland County 4-H Club in Portland for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, programming. The donation is part of U.S. Cellular’s $1.25 million national commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the National 4-H Council. The Cumberland County 4-H Club serves more than 390 youth in the Portland area.

Fourteen Marden’s locations in Maine raised money this summer to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association save and improve the lives of kids fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases. The MDA Summer Camp mobile program fundraiser helped send affected children to a week at MDA Summer Camp Agassiz Village in Poland, at no cost to their families.

Workers’ compensation insurer MEMIC will issue a dividend of $18 million to more than 17,000 Maine policyholders this November. The dividend will be paid to employers who buy their workers’ compensation insurance coverage from The MEMIC Group’s mutual company, Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company, based in Portland.