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Giving Back

The Dead River Co. has donated $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. The donation will support the clubs’ Great Futures Capacity Campaign, a $3 million initiative to expand healthy lifestyles, educational enrichment and community engagement among Maine youth. The clubs serve more than 2,600 children and teens annually at five locations in Portland, South Portland and Lewiston/Auburn.

New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

The Milestone Foundation, a Portland-based nonprofit organization providing shelter and treatment for people with substance abuse problems, recently added four members to its staff. Robert Fowler, of Cumberland, joined the foundation as executive director. A social worker, he brings 25 years of experience in mental health and addiction treatment to his role. Jean Cameron, a registered nurse who specializes in psychiatric and addiction nursing, was hired as nurse manager of Milestone’s medically managed detoxification program. Marianne Sensale-Guerin was hired as manager of finance and administration, and Nicole Holt was named as the foundation’s development coordinator.

Libby Bischof, a University of Southern Maine history professor, has been named the newest member of the Maine State Museum Commission. She was appointed by Gov. Paul LePage to a five-year term on the 15-member panel, which has oversight of the museum’s policies and operations.

Maine Medical Center has named Dr. Douglas Sawyer chief of cardiac services and physician leader of its cardiovascular service. He will also serve as physician leader of cardiovascular service for MMC’s parent organization, MaineHealth. Sawyer previously served as physician-in-chief at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute. He earned B.S., Ph.D. and M.D. degrees from Cornell University, and completed postgraduate training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Norton Financial Services, a Cumberland-base firm offering employer-sponsored retirement plans and investment management services, has hired Dustin Fier as a retirement plan education specialist. Fier previously served for four years as a financial adviser with USAA in Colorado.

Preti Flaherty has hired attorney Elizabeth A. Olivier as a partner in the law firm’s Portland office, where she will work with its employment and health law groups. Olivier, of Cumberland, previously practiced for more than 25 years with Preti Flaherty, and is returning after a brief stint with a national firm. In addition, Preti Flaherty had named Elizabeth P. Hunt of counsel to the firm. Hunt, of Portland, is a corporate and estate planning attorney with 29 years of experience.

Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution recently promoted Lisa Upton to assistant branch manager in its Scarborough branch. Upton, of Cape Elizabeth, joined the bank in September 2001 as a teller in South Portland. Most recently, she was an officer and business operations specialist in its business loans and services department.


Portland Buy Local presented its Indie Biz Awards to nine businesses and an individual at a gala on Oct. 22. The selection was based on more than 7,500 votes that were submitted to the coalition, which comprises nearly 500 companies, organizations and individual members dedicated to local, independent business. Winners were: Buoy Local, Best New Business; Local Sprouts Cooperative, Flavor of Portland; SPACE Gallery, Artistic Leader; Garbage to Garden, Environmental Hero; Maine Surfers Union, Portland’s Best Kept Secret; Portland Trails, Community Hero; Maine Brew Bus, Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind; Karma Fair Trade, Global Hero; Rosemont Market and Bakery, Portland Icon; and Stacy Mitchell, Buy Local Beacon.

Craig W. Douglas, of Harpswell, has been elected president of the New England Water Works Association, the region’s largest and oldest nonprofit organization of water professionals. Douglas is the district engineer for the Brunswick & Topsham Water District.

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