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Macauley Kenney, of North Yarmouth and a 2009 graduate of Catherine McAuley High School, was the winner of the Institution of Engineering and Technology Americas regional Present Around the World competition, in Toronto. She will represent the IET Americas Region at the Global Final in London in November.

New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

People’s United Bank named Daniel P. Thornton president of its southern Maine market. Former president Samuel A. Ladd, is now vice chairman of Maine. He will continue to represent the bank in business development and be involved in the community. Thornton, who joined the bank in 2011 as senior vice president and senior lender in commercial banking, is responsible for all aspects of the bank’s functions from Kittery to Brunswick. He is also the president of the board of Ronald McDonald House of Portland and director at The Institute for Family Owned Business. Thornton brings nearly three decades of experience in commercial lending to Maine businesses and institutions.

Ruth A. Summers was appointed as the new director of admissions at Cheverus High School in Portland. Long-time director of admissions Philip Dawson will become special assistant to the president for admissions and alumni affairs. Summers was formerly executive director of the Education Foundation of Portland, the nonprofit component of Education Management Corporation. From 2002 to 2012, Summers was responsible for raising and awarding more than $1 million in yearly scholarships and was considered a visible advocate of the foundation’s goals. During 2010 and 2011, Summers served as the president of the Junior League of Portland, working to promote the development of women, volunteerism, the League members’ civic leadership skills and through them, the community.

Michael Pulaski has been promoted to senior associate and Abigail Dowd has been promoted to office manager at the Portland office of Thornton Tomasetti, a global engineering design firm.

Chris Newell, of Cape Elizabeth, has joined the Fusion Team in Wilmington, Mass. Newell, owner of Infinity DTG Printers, joined Fusion bringing along his knowledge in the direct-to-garment industry. Newell will be in charge of the Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont sales territories. 

Mathew Hincks has been named nurse director of Mid-Coast Hospital’s medical/surgical/pediatrics department. Hincks has worked at the hospital since receiving his bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Southern Maine, where he graduated with high honors. He received his certification in emergency nursing in 2011, and became a unit coordinator at the Mid-Coast Hospital Emergency Department shortly thereafter.

Susan Joakim has been selected as the new director of the Portland
Public Schools’ West Program. Joakim has served since 2012 as a special education team leader for the Portland Public Schools.  She has 15 years of experience working with special education students with all types of disabilities. While working in Biddeford, Joakim successfully designed and implemented an all-school behavior program that reduced the number of behavior plans needed for students, from 75 to five in a single year. She later developed the KidsShine program for the Kennebunk schools that received a WCSH6 Schools That Shine award.


North Yarmouth residents Ursula Howe Baier and Bob Geyer will be recognized as the town’s 2013 Distinguished Citizens at the town’s bandstand following the 9 a.m. Fun Day parade Sept. 21. The award was created by the town’s Events Committee to recognize residents who have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the community.

The Portland-based David Banks Team of RE/MAX By The Bay was ranked 16th of the top 100 RE/MAX teams in the nation. The team has consistently ranked among the top 100 RE/MAX teams in the nation over the last decade, and this is the highest ranking it has ever achieved.

Hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency personnel will be recognized for their dedication and self-sacrifice at the annual Blue Mass at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. Attending members of the public safety community, proudly wearing their uniforms, will process from Federal Street to the cathedral.