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New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

The Maine College of Art recently added two new faculty members. Marie Shurkus has been named chairwoman of academic studies and associate professor of art history, while Joshua Reiman has been hired as an assistant professor in studio art and sculpture. Shurkus previously taught contemporary art history and media studies at Pomona College and Pitzer College. She holds a Ph.D. in humanities from Concordia University, and a master’s degree in modern art history from the Art Institute of Chicago. Reiman is an artist who works in sculpture, film, video and photography, and most recently served as a visiting professor of art at Carnegie Mellon University.

McTeague Higbee, a Topsham-based law firm specializing in workers’ rights, recently promoted attorney Benjamin K. Grant to partner. Grant joined McTeague Higbee in 2008, focusing on labor and workers’ compensation law. Prior to joining the firm, he was an aide to Maine Senate presidents Beth Edmonds and Beverly Daggett. A resident of Portland, he graduated from the University of Maine School of Law.

Kimberly Twitchell, of Cumberland, has been promoted to Maine regional president of NBT Bank, based in Portland. She joined NBT last year as a regional commercial banking manager, and has 25 years of financial services experience, including a senior lending positions with TD Bank She holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics and economics from Bowdoin College.

Midcoast Federal Credit Union recently promoted Lou-Anne O’Banyel to vice president of retail services in its Bath location. In addition, Nicole Sciascia has joined the Bath branch as retail service supervisor, Andrea Hartman has joined the Brunswick office as a financial service representative, and Chris Carrier has joined MFCU as a marketing and IT specialist.

The South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber of Commerce on July 1 named the following officers of its board of directors: president, Jane Eberle, of the South Portland School Department; vice president, Libby Reynolds, of Key Bank; and treasurer, Suzanne Cange, of Evergreen Credit Union. The South Portland/Cape Elizabeth group is one of six community chambers that make up the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Portland office of Clark Insurance has hired Zachary Henry and Andrew Shaw as associate account managers in its business insurance department. Henry, a resident of Falmouth, graduated this year from the University of Southern Maine, earning a bachelor of science degree in finance. Shaw is a 2015 graduate of Bentley University. There, he earned a bachelor of science degree in accountancy.

Dawn Marston has joined the Scarborough office of real estate agency Fontaine Family. A resident of South Portland, she brings 26 years of real estate experience to her position, and is licensed as an associate broker. Previously, she owned and operated a gymnastics center.


Atlantic Regional Federal Credit Union, of Brunswick, was recently honored with the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award. The annual award from the Maine Credit Union League recognizes a credit union that exemplifies leadership in teaching financial literacy for all ages. ARFCU staff have led roughly 100 financial education sessions for students in 11 schools and organizations throughout Cumberland County.

H.B. Fleming, a construction company based in South Portland, was honored for its workplace safety record at the recent annual meeting of The MEMIC Group, a workers’ compensation insurer headquartered in Portland. Only eight of more than 20,000 MEMIC policyholders across the country received the company’s Safety Award.

New Beginnings

City Drawers, a lingerie and bra-fitting retailer, has opened at 96 Front St., Bath. The store is the second for City Drawers, a locally owned business which opened its first branch in 2011 in Belfast.

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