People and Business

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Giving Back

The Maine Women’s Fund, a nonprofit organization which works to advance economic security for women and girls, recently received a $15,000 grant from the Quimby Family Foundation to support the creation of new communication materials. They will include short films, interviews and a website revealing the economic barriers women and girls face in Maine. The grant was awarded at a foundation luncheon Aug. 22 at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport.

New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

Portland law firm Bernstein Shur has added Richard D. Prentice to its real estate law practice. Previously a partner at the firm of Pierce Atwood, he joins as a shareholder. Prentice holds a J.D. from Fordham University and is a resident of Yarmouth.

Norton Financial Services, of Cumberland, recently promoted Nathan Waller to insurance and investment service representative. Waller, a resident of South Portland, has been with Norton since May as a securities clerk. Prior to that, he served for three years with Key Bank.

Portland Buy Local, a 500-member organization supporting locally owned, independent businesses, has named new officers to its board of directors. Tony Cox, co-owner of Casco Bay Frames and Gallery, is the new president. Danielle Marks, an event marketer for The Smithers Group, will serve as vice president. Debra Tenenbaum, owner of Front Porch Public Relations, was named secretary, and Norman Patry, founder of Summer Feet Cycling, is treasurer.

Maine Medical Partners, a multi-specialty medical group affiliated with Maine Medical Center, has expanded its practice with two new physicians. Matthew R. Sanborn joins the group, specializing in neurosurgery and spine care. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University. David Chalmers also begins work with the practice, specializing in urology. He earned his M.D. from Wake Forest School of Medicine.

The YMCA of Southern Maine has appointed Jan DiMauro as its human resources director. She brings over 15 years experience in HR management and supervision, in both for-profit and nonprofit settings. A resident of Scarborough, she holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of Maine.

First Protection Services, a private security and patrol firm covering Maine and New Hampshire, has hired Michael Laurence as director of business development. He comes to the firm with many years of account management experience within the security industry, and most recently served as a full-time law enforcement officer.


Portland Country Club, in Falmouth, has again earned designation as a “Certified Cooperative Sanctuary” from Audubon International. The designation recognizes golf courses that maintain a high level of environmental quality, under criteria including water conservation, chemical use reduction and safety, and wildlife and habitat management. The club’s course is one of only two in Maine, and fewer than 1,000 in the world, to receive the honor. The club has held the designation since 1997.

Michael Pinette, a physician and the medical director of maternal-fetal medicine at MaineHealth, will be honored by the March of Dimes’ Maine Chapter at its Greater Portland Signature Chefs Auction on Oct. 2. The annual gala, held this year at DiMillo’s on the Water in Portland, recognizes individuals who have contributed to the health of mothers and babies in Maine.

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