People and Business

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Hires, Promotions, Appointments

Kristen Farnham is the new vice president of development at Spurwink, a mental health services provider based in Portland. She will direct development, marketing and communications. Karen Backman was hired as director of professional development.

Milestone Foundation, a substance abuse treatment agency in Portland, has hired Manuela Arundel as its new director of development.

Hannah Turnbull of Bath has earned the title of commercial lines customer service representative at Norton Financial Services, based in Cumberland Foreside and Brunswick.

Back Cove Midwives in Portland has welcomed Elsa Heros, CNM, as their newest midwife.

Several local residents were recently hired by accounting and consulting firm Baker Newman Noyes to work in the Portland office: Kelly Morris, JD, of Falmouth, was hired as a staff member in the tax practice; Jay Norris, PMP, ITIL, CISSP, of Portland, was hired as a senior in the risk and business advisory practice; Katie Tracy, of Topsham, was hired as a staff member in the tax practice; Sonya Walker, of Scarborough was hired as a staff member in the audit practice.

Bath Savings Institution President & CEO Glenn Hutchinson announced Rachel Bouchard, of Topsham, has joined the bank as the vice president of compliance. Mara Pennell, of Harpswell, joined Bath Savings in September as an assistant vice president, commercial lender. Sarah Piper, a South Portland native, has been promoted to commercial lender.

Andrew R. Price has been promoted to president and COO of Competitive Energy Services, a strategic energy advisory firm with offices in Portland and Boston. Zac Bloom has been promoted to director of Sustainability and Renewables. Sarah Snyder has been promoted to project coordinator. Linda Hyatt is now the Procurement & Client Services manager.


Oakhurst’s Fresh Heavy Cream beat out 32 entries from across the country to win first place at the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest, the leading dairy competition in North America. The win marks the second year that Oakhurst has been honored by the World Dairy Expo. Last year, Oakhurst’s Fat Free Chocolate Milk received first place in its category.

The ninth annual Planetary Chaplain Award was given to Southern Maine radio station WMPG earlier this month by The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (ChIME). In addition to training interfaith chaplains in its two year program, ChIME recognizes the work of “mid-wives of grace” in the community, and calls them “Planetary Chaplains.”

WMPG is the first organization to be honored by ChIME as a Planetary Chaplain.

Healthy Portland, a Local Healthy Maine Partnership and a program of the City of Portland’s Public Health Division, honored nine local organizations for their commitment to improving the health and wellness of their employees at a luncheon celebration earlier this month.

The city of Portland, cPort Credit Union and the University of Southern Maine completed the Gold Level recognition category, while The Cedars succeeded in achieving Silver Level recognition.

Five of this year’s participants achieved Platinum Level recognition: University of New England, MaineHealth, Maine Medical Center, Oakhurst Dairy and Cumberland County government.

New Beginnings

Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) dedicated its newest building on the Midcoast Campus in honor of major support to the campus by L.L.Bean, Inc. and Leon and Lisa Gorman.

The building, known as the L.L.Bean Learning Commons and Health Science Center, is the new hub of the campus, serving as a one-stop academic and student support center.


Midcoast Federal Credit Union has purchased 8,427-plus square feet of retail/office space at 186 Lower Main St. in Freeport for $1.5 million. The transaction was brokered on behalf of the seller, Chilton Real Estate Holding Company, LLC, by Michael Cardente, Mike Cobb and Greg Perry of Cardente Real Estate and on behalf of the buyer by John Doyon of Malone Commercial Brokers.