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New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

David Wedick, of South Portland, has been named chief financial officer of Coastal Enterprises Inc., a community development corporation that supports rural business throughout Maine. Wedick previously served as director of strategic operations for MicroVest Capital Management. He hold a master’s degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland.

The Portland Public Library has selected Sarah I. Campbell as its new executive director. In July, Campbell, currently associate director, will succeed Stephen Podgajny, who recently retired. Campbell holds an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Michigan. She has served with the PPL for 12 years.

The American Heart Association’s Maine branch, based in Scarborough, recently appointed Towle Tompkins as executive director. Tompkins has worked in marketing, production and other functions for WGME-TV in Portland, WABI-TV in Bangor and the Bangor Daily News. He also serves on the boards of several local nonprofit groups, including Maine Medical Center’s Children’s Miracle Network.

Sebago Technics, a South Portland-based engineering consulting firm, has hired Stephen D. Harding as a senior project manager. Harding, a licensed professional engineer, brings to his role nearly 30 years of engineering, permitting and project management experience, including  serving as project/client manager for three Maine municipalities.

The Portland Water District’s board of trustees in March elected Guy Cote to his third term as president. In addition, Duane Dreger was elected vice president, David Kane was re-elected as treasurer, and Donna Katsiaficas was re-elected as clerk. The PWD is a quasi-municipal authority that provides water service to Portland and 10 surrounding communities.

The Council on International Educational Exchange, based in Portland, has named Beth M. Evans as vice president of global enrollment management. With more than 25 years of experience, Evans most recently served as vice president of enrollment management at St. John’s University. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from New York University and an undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College.


The federal Rural Energy for America Program has awarded the Greater Portland Council of Governments a $100,000 grant to support approximately 300 energy projects in southern Maine. The council will use the Renewable Energy Development Assistance grant to help the region’s agricultural producers and rural small businesses incorporate renewable technologies into their operations.

The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, in March awarded a $5,000 grant to the Portland branch of Let’s Get Ready. Let’s Get Ready is a nonprofit organization that provides low-income students free SAT preparation, admissions counseling and other services needed to enter and graduate from college.


Karen Jones, a real estate agent in the Portland office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, recently was named to the company’s International Diamond Society. The honor recognizes Jones’ sales performance in 2014, and was awarded to the top 11 percent of approximately 87,000 sales associates worldwide.

New Beginnings

Organic Roots Salon & Day Spa recently opened at 545 Westbrook St., South Portland. It is Maine’s “first 100 percent vegan, cruelty-free and organic” salon, according to owner Betsy Harding. Organic Roots offers hair care, massage and other services, using plant-based products.

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