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New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

The Friends of Casco Bay recently named Dr. George L. Higgins III as a member of its board of directors. Higgins previously served as president of the board from 2002-2005. Higgins will now assist the board in recruiting a replacement for the marine conservation organization’s first Casco Baykeeper, Joe Payne, who retired last fall. Higgins, a resident of Peaks Island, is former chief medical officer of Maine Medical Center and now serves as a professor at Tuft University School of Medicine. 

Winxnet, a Portland-based technology outsourcing and consulting firm, has hired Kemal Azis as an application consultant and Suzanne Murphy as a marketing assistant. Prior to his new position, Azis worked as web developer while attending the University of Maine. Murphy served as a marketing coordinator for a technology start-up in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Norton Financial Services, a Cumberland-based investment management firm, has promoted Kaili Thorp to marketing specialist. Thorp, a resident of Portland, joined Norton in 2013 as a group benefits marketing assistant. Previously, she had served as a legal assistant at the Portland law firm of Jensen, Baird, Gardner & Henry.

TD Bank has promoted Wendy L. Blackwell-Moore to retail market president of its Northern New England and Upstate New York region. Based in Falmouth, she will lead the bank’s 173 branches across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and upstate New York. Blackwell-Moore, a Portland resident, has 13 years of experience at TD Bank, and previously served as a senior vice president in its Retail Sales Strategy Group.

Giving Back

Freeport retailer L.L.Bean Inc. recently contributed $100,000 to the Maine Island Trail Association and its Wild Islands Campaign. The campaign establishes an endowment to support the association’s protection of the Maine Island Trail, a 375-mile recreational waterway connecting more than 200 coastal islands and mainland sites throughout the state. With the L.L.Bean gift, the campaign has raised $900,000 for island stewardship.

Pape Subaru, a South Portland automobile dealership, recently donated more than $17,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. The funds were raised late last year as part of nationwide Subaru campaign, which pledged a charitable contribution of $250 for each vehicle bought or leased. Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine provides recreational, educational and other support at five clubhouses for more than 2,600 young members a year.

On March 10 in Portland, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheon raised over $257,000 from donors and attendees to advance the AHA’s public health efforts in Maine. To recognize the work of individuals in promoting cardiovascular health locally, Crystal Heart Awards were presented at the event to Dr. Robert McAfee, former president of the American Medical Association, and to Danielle Ripich, president of the University of New England.


The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development in March named Abigail Barnes as the recipient of its Victoria Hilliard Donovan Award, which recognizes women entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers. Barnes is the chief executive officer and founder of Allergy Amulet LLC, a start-up company developing a rapid, portable food allergen detection device.

Portland Water District employee Steve Sloan, of Cumberland, received the William D. Hatfield Award at the New England Water Environment Association’s annual conference in January. The award recognizes wastewater treatment plan operators for outstanding performance and professionalism. Sloan is plant manager of the district’s East End Wastewater Treatment Facility in Portland.

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