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New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel has appointed Timothy Labonte as executive chef. Labonte previously was executive chef of The Portland Harbor Hotel, and held similar positions at The Bradley Inn, in New Harbor, and at restaurants in Rockland and in Key West, Florida. He was trained at the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University.

College Guild, based in Brunswick, has hired Pat Friedman as its new administrator. The nonprofit, volunteer-driven guild is the country’s only provider of free, nontraditional education for people who are incarcerated – regardless of their background, crime or sentence. Friedman is a certified educator with experience in marketing communications and journalism.

Creative Work Systems, a Portland-based, nonprofit rehabilitation agency that supports adults with disabilities, recently promoted Mary Jo Marquis to director of social enterprise and community partnerships. Marquis has served with CWS for over three years as director of its YES Art Works program.

Maine Medical Partners, a physician group affiliated with Maine Medical Center, has hired Dr. Maureen Sauvage as part of its geriatric medicine practice. Sauvage is board-certified in internal medicine, and completed a geriatrics fellowship at MMC. She received her medical degree from the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Family Chiropractic Associates has added Dr. Amanda Davis and Dr. Mike Hurley to its practices in Scarborough and Falmouth, respectively. Both Davis and Hurley earned their doctor of chiropractic degrees from Logan University, in Missouri. Both are certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Cornerstone Financial Planning recently hired Marina Frederick as an administrative and financial planning assistant in its Portland office. She previously worked as a wellness coach at Women’s Health Network and as a long-term disability benefits specialist at UNUM. A Portland resident, Frederick earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Vermont.

Barns, Greenfield & Thornton, a Falmouth-based law firm, has hired attorney Katherine M. Littlefield as an associate. Previously, Littlefield worked at a large California law firm and successfully ran her own practice in South Portland, focusing on estate planning and elder law. Littlefield is a graduate of Loyola Law School and American University.


The National MS Society recently honored South Portland department store Bob-Ton with the society’s Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence. Bon-Ton, at the Maine Mall, offered support to the Greater New England Chapter of the society even before the store’s opening in 2013. Since then, it has been a presenting supporter for the annual MS Harborfest Auction, and was the presenting sponsor for the first-ever MS Fashion Plates Fashion Show last fall.

Portland real estate agent Deborah Meek has earned the professional designation of certified luxury home marketing specialist from the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. Active in the real estate field since 2004, she is a member of the Tru Brit Realty Group of Saxby, Meek & Coward at Keller Williams Realty.

Verrill Dana, a Portland law firm, received two awards for its pro bono legal services at the Maine State Bar Association’s annual meeting in January. The firm was honored with a Volunteer Lawyers Project Pro Bono Publico Award for donating the most “lawyer-of-the-day” hours of any Maine law firm, and also with the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project’s Pro Bono Firm of the Year Award.

New Beginnings

Lush Blow Dry Bar opened earlier this month at 8 Exchange St., Portland, formerly the site of The Gourmutt Beastro & Barkery. Owned by Liza Gonzaga, Lush is believed to be the first “blow-dry bar” in Maine, specializing in blow drying, “blow-outs” and hair treatment for women.

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