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New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

Northeast Hearing and Speech last week appointed Laurie Mack as executive director, replacing Nancy Steeves, who retired after 29 years of service to the Portland-based hearing and speech therapy provider. Mack joined NHS in 1990 as a speech-language pathologist and became associate director in 1993.

Drummond Woodsum, a Portland-based law firm, has hired Toby McGrath as a non-lawyer consultant in its Government Relations & Campaigns practice. McGrath previously served as deputy chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, and also was chief of staff for both the speaker and the majority leader of the Maine House of Representatives. A resident of Brunswick, he holds an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and earned a master’s degree in organizational psychology and change leadership from Columbia University.

Island Treasure Toys recently hired Jennifer Friant as manager of its Freeport store. She brings more than eight years of retail management experience to the position. Island Treasure, a family-run children’s toy retailer, also operates stores in Bath and Yarmouth.

Shelley Taylor, of Bath, has been hired as student services coordinator for the University of Maine’s University College at Bath/Brunswick. Taylor previously served as midcoast regional manager at the Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community. She also has provided career and personal finance coaching for over 13 years. She holds a master’s degree in adult and higher education from the University of Southern Maine and an undergraduate degree from the University of Maine at Farmington.

Matthew Holbrook, of South Portland, has been promoted to vice president of information technology at The MEMIC Group, a workers’ compensation insurer based in Portland. Holbrook joined MEMIC in 1996 as an information systems representative, and previously worked for May Department Stores and for Capgemini. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University.

Salt Pump Climbing Co., a climbing and fitness facility scheduled to open this summer on Haigis Parkway in Scarborough, recently hired Vince Schaefer as program director and Alison Krayer as assistant manager. Schaefer previously managed an outdoor production company in Boston. Krayer worked as assistant director for a major climbing gym in Maryland.

The state office of AARP, in Portland, has hired David Torresen as senior operations associate. For the past 11 years, Torresen held positions including vice president of finance and operations at the Center for Advancing Health, a nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he worked for 12 years as administrator and operations manager at The Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest LGBT newspaper.

The Ski Museum of Maine recently elected Gerry Thompson, of Falmouth, as secretary of its board of directors, and Vito Courtney, of Freeport, as treasurer of the board. The museum, in Kingfield, was founded in 1995 to preserve the history of Maine skiing.


Dr. Roger Inhorn, director of oncology and hematology at Mercy Hospital in Portland, was recently named a recipient of The Founder’s Award from the Cancer Community Center, based in South Portland. The center’s board of directors presented the award in recognition of Inhorn’s leadership of the CCC Advisory Board for the past decade. The award has only been given to four other recipients in the center’s 17-year history.


The Bath Housing Authority, a nonprofit group that works to enhance housing stability in the greater Bath area, has received a $2,000 grant from the Maine Municipal Association to improve workplace safety. The funding was part of $150,000 in Safety Enhancement Grants awarded by the association so far this year, after receiving more than 170 applications.

New Beginnings

Lighthouse Family Foot and Ankle has moved from its office in Portland to 23 Spring St., Suite B, Scarborough. The new facility is recently renovated and three times of the size of the previous space. Lighthouse is podiatry practice owned by Dr. Michele Kurlanski.

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