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Giving Back

The Alfred M. Senter Fund, a private charitable trust, is seeking to make financial grants to public charities that promote the cultural, educational, environmental or general welfare of residents in seven Maine communities. The fund, named for the former owner of a Brunswick department store, awards annual grants to organizations serving Bath, Brunswick, Durham, Harpswell, Lisbon, Topsham and West Bath. In 2012, it provided a total of nearly $150,000 to 34 charities, out of 69 applicants. More information is available at

New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

Bill Whitmore, of Falmouth, has been promoted to regional vice president of sales at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In his new position, he will lead Anthem’s sales efforts throughout Maine. With nearly 25 years experience at the insurance company, Whitmore most recently led underwriting operations in the state.

The Bath Housing Authority has hired Amy Carmichael as a resident service coordinator. In this role, she will work to help residents access services and resources to enhance their self-sufficiency. Bath Housing is a nonprofit agency that owns and manages affordable housing for 160 local families.

Maine Medical Center recently named Kristen Sihler as its trauma medical director, a position in which she leads Maine’s only Level 1 trauma program. Sihler has been a surgeon at MMC since 2010, and previously served as an attending surgeon at the University of Michigan. Since 2011, she has served as an assistant clinical professor in the Tufts University School of Medicine. She earned her medical degree at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Kyle S. Benner has been named a partner at Casco Bay EyeCare, where he has practiced optometry since 2009. A diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, he received his doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Florida. Practicing at Casco Bay EyeCare’s offices in Scarborough and Portland’s West End, he specializes in glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and dry eye.

The law firm of Monaghan Leahy has hired Nicholas R. Loukes as an associate. He will practice primarily in the areas of commercial lending, real estate and corporate law. A resident of Portland, he holds a law degree, cum laude, from the University of Maine.

Terry Seavey has joined Norway Savings Bank as southern regional vice president. She will oversee sales, operations, customer service and other functions for 13 bank branches throughout southern Maine. Seavey brings more than 30 years of management experience to her new role. Most recently, she served with People’s United Bank, where she managed five branches in the Portland area.

The Portland Museum of Art has appointed Andrew Eschelbacher as the Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art. A specialist in 19th- and early 20th-century European art, he brings to the PMA experience both in the museum field and in academia. Most recently, he served as an assistant professor of art history at the Virginia Military Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Maryland. In addition, the museum has hired Sarah B. Drake as development operations coordinator. She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Maine, and has worked as assistant to the director and as membership coordinator at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.


Inc. magazine has named Maine Media Collective to its list of the “Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America.” One of only 14 companies from Maine that made the prestigious national ranking this year, Maine Media Collective publishes the magazines Maine and Maine Home & Design. From 2010-2013, the company’s revenues grew 83 percent.

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