People and Business

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New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

Tammy Volock, a resident of Portland, has been named controller at Clark Insurance. Volock has more than 18 years of experience in accounting, with nine serving the insurance industry. Volock joined the insurance agency in 2013, and is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine.

Arthur Colvin has joined ecomaine, a nonprofit recycling and waste-to-energy provider that serves 25 percent of Maine’s population, as a landfill manager. Colvin comes to ecomaine with more than 25 years of experience in surveying and engineering, most recently as a regional office manager at Horizons Engineering. He lives in Freeport.

Hilary Laramore-Jones has been hired as a commercial banking administration officer at NBT Bank, based in its regional headquarters at 254 Commercial St., Portland. Laramore-Jones has 14 years of experience in the financial services industry, and previously served as commercial services manager at Northeast Bank in Portland.

Elena Brandt has joined The Cedars, a Portland retirement communtiy, as chief development officer. She brings to her role over 25 years of experience in philanthropy and nonprofit management. Previously, she was the principal of Brandt Associates and former executive director of the University of Maine School of Law Foundation.

Fiona Ferguson, of Yarmouth, has been named president-elect of the Maine Association of Medical Staff Services. Ferguson is employed by Spectrum Medical Group, where she directs credentialing and privileging operations for 300 medical practitioners across more than 30 New England health care sites. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an associate’s degree from Southern Maine Community College.

Cumberland resident Craig Bramley has been promoted to managing director of Berman & Simmons, a personal injury and medical malpractice law firm with offices in Portland. Bramley specializes in malpractice and is recognized as a leader in the use of computer technology for case preparation. He joined the firm in 1996 and has been a partner since 2007.

Kate Guare has joined MaineHealth, an integrated health care system serving southern, western and central Maine, as manager of marketing and communications. Most recently, she served as a communications and research consultant for Crescendo Consulting Group.

Educate Maine, a business-led education advocacy organization, has hired Edmund Cervone as executive director. Most recently, he served as director of operations at the Denver Preschool Program in Denver, and also was the president and chief executive officer of the Maine Development Foundation. He holds a master’s degree in ecology and environmental science with honors from The University of Maine, and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

Giving Back

Berlin City Auto Group last week donated $50,000 to 27 New England public schools through its “Drive for Education” charitable program. The program, which has awarded over $300,000 to local schools since 2011, contributed grants of up to $3,500 to: Brunswick and South Portland high schools; East End, Howard C. Reiche and King elementary schools, in Portland; and Brown and Skillin elementary schools, in South Portland.

The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, recently donated nearly $20,000 to local charitable organizations. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine received a contribution of $5,000 to support its Junior Staff Program, which provides job training skills for teens and pre-teens. Tri-County Literacy, in Bath, received a grant of $3,000, which will help provide free, confidential literacy tutoring to residents of Cumberland, Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties. The Good Shepherd Food Bank was awarded $10,000 to fund mobile food delivery to low-income Maine residents.

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