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Portland’s top cop to be honored

The Junior League of Portland on Feb. 6 will honor Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck with its first Award for Outstanding Community Leadership, in recognition of his commitment to the Trauma Intervention Program. Established in 2004, TIP provides trained volunteers who offer immediate emotional and practical support to victims of traumatic events. The program is co-sponsored by the Junior League, a women’s volunteer group with nearly 300 members, in cooperation with area police, fire departments and other first responders. Sauschuck is a decorated, 18-year veteran of the PPD and has served as chief since 2012. He will receive the award at the league’s Fire & Ice Fête at the Sable Oaks Marriott in South Portland.

New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

Cuddledown, a luxury bedding and home fashions retailer based in Yarmouth, has named Norma Wilkins-Gross as president. She replaces Chris Bradley, who is retiring after leading the company since 1988. Wilkins-Gross was previously vice president of merchandising. She has been with Cuddledown since 1994, after holding positions at Macy’s West, Scandia Down and The Company Store.

Portland-based law firm Bernstein Shur recently named four attorneys as shareholders: Mary E. Costigan, Caleb C.B. DuBois, Asha A. Echeverria and Kai W. McGintee. Costigan, a resident of Portland, earned her law degree at Vermont Law School and serves in the firm’s Municipal and Environmental practice groups. DuBois, of North Yarmouth, holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, and is a member of Business Law Practice Group and the Financial Services and Securities Law Group. Cumberland resident Echeverria serves in the Construction Law Group and Energy and Environmental practice groups, and earned a degree from The George Washington University Law School. McGintee is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group and Education Law Group. She holds a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law and lives in Yarmouth.

Baker Newman Noyes, an accounting and consulting firm with offices in Portland, has promoted Todd Bickford to director in the firm’s audit practice. He joined the firm in 1995, and holds an undergraduate degree from Husson College. In addition, BNN has promoted Nancy Hawes to director in its tax practice. She too joined the firm in 1995, and holds a B.S. from the University of New Hampshire.

Janice Nadeau has joined Sweetser, a behavioral health care network, as vice president of human resources. She brings to the role more than two decades of experience, most recently as human resources director for Kemp Goldberg. She also held HR positions at Citigroup and Forum Financial.

Ward Graffam Jr., of Falmouth, has been elected to the board of directors of Friends of Casco Bay, and will serve as treasurer of the South Portland-based marine conservation organization. Graffam is a senior vice president/commercial credit manager for TD Bank, and has worked in banking in the greater Portland area since 2000.

Wright-Pierce, an engineering firm with seven locations throughout the Northeast, has added two members to its Portland office: landscape architect Thomas S. Farmer and engineer-in-training Christopher M. Cronin. Farmer, of Falmouth, brings more than 25 years of experience to his new role. Cronin is a 2014 graduate of the University of Maine, with a B.S. in civil engineering.


The Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber recently honored U.S. Navy Capt. James A. Kirk, pre-commissioning commander of the USS Zumwalt, a guided-missile stealth destroyer now being built at Bath Iron Works. Kirk received the Joshua L. Chamberlain Award at the group’s Jan. 23 annual meeting in Brunswick. The award recognizes individuals whose dedication and service have strengthened the relationship between military and civilian communities in midcoast Maine.

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