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New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

The Portland Museum of Art recently hired Louisa S. Donelson as associate educator for youth learning. Donelson earned a B.F.A. in painting with a focus on community arts from Rhode Island School of Design, and completed coursework in politics at Brown University. She previously worked as an educator at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine.

Mid Coast Health Services has named Kristin Sims as chief nursing officer and vice president for nursing and patient care services. She has more than 30 years of leadership and clinical experience in health care, and most recently served as chief nursing officer at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Michigan.

Judiann Ferretti Smith, of Yarmouth, was recently named executive director of the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership, in Portland. Her experience includes more than 18 years with Spurwink, a statewide behavioral health care provider, and served there as vice president of strategy and government relations. She holds an undergraduate degree from St. Bonaventure University and a law degree from Suffolk University.

The City of Portland has named Gina Tapp as director of human resources. She has more than 25 years experience in related roles, and most recently served as director of human resources for Samaritan Health Services in Oregon. She earned a bachelor’s degree and a certificate in HR management from the University of Maine.

Gelato Fiasco, the Brunswick-based creator of artisanal gelato and sorbetto, has hired Lila Wilmerding as director of perfection development, a role in which she will be responsible for product quality control. Wilmerding, of Portland, is a graduate of Bates College. She recently interned at Fairway Market’s corporate headquarters in New York, and was employed by Gelato Fiasco’s Portland store.

WHTP-FM 104.7, based in Scarborough, recently hired Miguel “Mijo” Irizarry as an on-air personality and music director. Irizarry previously worked as a radio broadcaster for WIRED-FM 96.5 in Philadelphia and WWKX-FM 106 in Providence, Rhode Island.

Baker Newman Noyes, an accounting and consulting firm, has added 13 interns to its offices in Portland and Manchester, New Hampshire, for the tax preparation season. They include Megan Elliott, of Brunswick; John Finegan, of Yarmouth; and Katie Tracy, of Topsham.


The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum, in Portland, recently received a $1,500 from the Amherst (Massachusetts) Railway Society to help restore “Rangeley,” the museum’s 1901 parlor car. Rangeley is believed to be only 2-foot-gauge parlor car ever built in the United States, and is one of the the museum’s most popular attractions.


The Maine Restaurant Association has named award recipients who will be honored at the industry group’s annual dinner later this month. Among them, the 2015 Allied Member of the Year is Micucci Wholesale Foods, of Portland. Christopher Bassett, executive chef at Azure Café in Freeport, has been named Chef of the Year. The 2015 Restaurateur of the Year Award is shared by Brad Monarch, Kai Adams and Tim Haines, the partners of Sebago Brewing Co., whose locations include Portland and Scarborough. The year’s Rising Star Award will go to Chris Tyll, owner of Pat’s Pizza/Old Port in Portland, and Easy Day Family Food & Fun, in South Portland.

New Beginnings

Three Crows Healing has opened at 1 Forest Ave., Suite 2A, Portland, directly above the Nagaloka Buddhist Center. Tina D’Amore, owner of Three Crows, practices shamanic medicine and animal whispering. She previously completed a shamanic apprenticeship and worked as an elementary school teacher.

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