Preble Street, a Portland-based social service agency with programs throughout the state, earned the highest score of any charitable organization in Maine in a recent analysis by Charity Navigator, the country’s largest evaluator of such organizations. Receiving an overall average of 99.17 points out of a possible 100, with a perfect score in the area of “accountability and transparency,” Preble Street ranked among the highest-scored nonprofits in the country. The agency, which advocates for and empowers people dealing with homelessness, hunger and poverty, was also recognized for fundraising efficiency and revenue growth. Preble Street was awarded Charity Navigator’s top rating, four stars, for the ninth consecutive year, a distinction achieved by only 1 percent of more than 8,000 public charities evaluated.
Dr. Alyson Maloy has joined the Portland psychiatry practice of Maine Medical Partners, a physician group affiliated with Maine Medical Center. Maloy is board-certified in psychiatry, neurology and integrative holistic medicine, and comes to MMP from Mid Coast Medical Group Neurology. Her training includes a double residency in psychiatry and neurology at New York University Medical Center-Bellevue Hospital, and she holds a medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine.
Aaron P. McMorrow has been made a vice president of Kilbride & Harris Insurance Services LLC, where he is now responsible for the development of its employee benefits division. McMorrow has been with the South Portland-based insurance firm since 2005.
Jeanne Carpentier, of Emerald Hospitality Associates in Freeport, has been re-elected to a second term as chairwoman of the Maine Innkeepers Association. In addition, Chip Gray, of the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, has been elected an at-large member of the executive committee for the group, which represents 700 members of the Maine lodging industry.
The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, a Portland-based business incubator, has named six members to its board of directors. The members are: Jim DaSilva, vice president business development at GW & Wade LLC; Charlie Emmons, senior commercial loan officer at the Finance Authority of Maine; Sam Fratoni, board chairman at Envision Maine; Fletcher Kittredge, chief executive officer of GWI; Becky McKinnell, president of iBec Creative; and Chris Sauer, president and chief executive officer of Ocean Renewable Power Co.
The Environmental Health Strategy Center, a Portland-based nonprofit group dedicated to promoting human health in a sustainable economy, has named Charlotte Mace as director of its Sustainable Economy Program. Mace graduated from Bowdoin College with a dual degree in biochemistry and environmental studies, and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Southern Maine.
Norton Financial Services, a retirement and investment planning firm in Cumberland, has hired Dan Sullivan as a clerical assistant. Sullivan, a Scarborough resident, recently earned a bachelor’s degree in financial economics from the University of Southern Maine.
The American Academy of Nursing has appointed Katherine Simmonds, a resident of Peaks Island in Portland, as one of six Jonas Health Policy Scholars. Simmonds is a nurse practitioner who serves as clinical assistant professor of nursing at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston. As a Jonas Scholar, she will work over the next two years with leading nursing experts to develop solutions to major health policy issues. She holds a master of science degree in nursing from the institute, and a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University.
The National Endowment for the Arts recently awarded grants totaling $190,000 to eight Maine arts organizations for fostering artistic creativity and innovation in their communities. Among the recipients were Portland Stage Co. and Topsham-based Maine Fiberarts, which each received a $10,000 award.
Seth Webber, principal and Valuation Group head at BerryDunn, a Portland-based accounting and consulting firm, has earned designation as a Chartered Financial Analyst. The professional accreditation is based on completion of nearly 1,000 hours of graduate-level study.
Kermit Stanley, a broker with Portland’s Choice Realty, has earned the real estate agency’s Top Producer Award for the fourth quarter of 2014. Stanley, a resident of Falmouth, has worked in real estate sales since 2004.
Susan Kane, a certified hypnotherapist, Reiki master teacher, and master instructor in Integrated Energy Therapy, has opened an office at Meadow Winds, 100 Gray Road, Falmouth.