People and Business: Aug. 4

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Avesta Housing
has elected the following board members as officers at the annual board meeting: chair, Gail Kingsely, attorney at Libby, O’Brien, Kingsley & Champion, LLC; vice-chair, Neal Allen, executive director of the Greater Portland Council of Government; treasurer, Cornelia Swanson, senior vice president and regional commercial credit administration manager at TD Banknorth N.A.; and secretary, Mary Striker, retired nurse. Avesta Housing has reelected three board members, Rev. William R. Baran, retired minister; Luc Nya, multicultural services coordinator for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services; and Robert Dunfey, real estate and hotel developer. The nonprofit also newly welcomed Maine State Representative Michael Carey to its board of directors.

At the Portland Museum of Art’s annual meeting, the following new members were elected to the board of trustees: Scott M. Black, Harry W. Konkel, Samuel A. Ladd III, Frank G. McGinty, and S. Donald Sussman. The officers of the board for 2010-2011 are John F. Isacke, president; Hans Underdahl, chairman; Rosalyne S. Bernstein, vice president – collections; Anna H. Wells, vice president; Robert S. Nanovic, treasurer; William J. Ryan, Jr., assistant treasurer; James A. Houle, secretary.

Bernstein Shur attorney and shareholder Scot E. Draeger has been chosen to serve as a member of the board of advisors for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society located in Washington, D.C.

John Lightbody of Falmouth, and Kelly McDonald of Portland, attorneys with Murray, Plumb & Murray, were elected to leadership roles in the Maine Motor Transport Association. Lightbody, a 25-year member of MMTA, will serve as chairman of the executive committee. McDonald was named a director representing the service industry for MMTA.

Maine Health Access Foundation named Arabella Perez of Portland to its statewide Community Advisory Committee. Perez currently serves as the director of the Thrive Initiative.

At the 10th annual meeting of the Friends of Baxter State Park, members elected several new board directors: Donna Betts of Scarborough, development director for Hospice of Southern Maine; Lindsay Bourgoine of Falmouth, Appalachian Mountain Club; Sally Daggett of Portland, municipal law; Charlie Jacobi of Bar Harbor, natural resource specialist at Acadia National Park; Mike Stillman of Farmington, trail crew leader in Baxter State Park. Barbara Bentley, a retired teacher, and Chaitanya York, founding director of the Common Ground Country Fair, were reelected to the board.  Outgoing board member Philip Ahrens of Yarmouth was recognized for his contribuations. Officers elected included Barbara Bentley of Hope, president; Howard Whitcomb of Georgetown, vice president; Al Howlett of Yarmouth, treasurer; and Denise Clavette of Scarborough, secretary.

The Hellenic Society of Maine held its annual meeting recently in Scarborough, where they named the following members as board officers: president, Mary Snell of Gorham; vice president, Chris Ziagos of Portland; treasurer, Taxia Paras of Scarborough; secretary, Irwin Novak of Gorham. Individuals elected to the board of directors include Despina Deveres of Portland, Christos Gianopoulos of Greene, Dorothea Klimis Zacas of Orono, George Spatoulas of Scarborough, Jim Yalouris of Portland, and Miltos Zacas of Orono.

Literacy Volunteers of Maine has appointed Tod Edgecomb of Scarborough to serve on its board of directors. Edgecomb is a senior manager at Berry, Dunn, McNeil and Parker.

The Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association recently named Erika J. Waters of Freeport as president of the board for 2010. Waters is an adjunct professor of English at the University of Southern Maine, and was a former Fulbright Scholar to Finland in 2005. She is also a professor emeritus at the University of the Virgin Islands. Susan Picinich of Scarborough, professor of theatre and interim dean of USM’s College of Arts and Sciences, was newly elected to serve on the board of directors. Picinich was a Fulbright Scholar to Bulgaria in 2009.


The Society for Human Resource Management has awarded the Superior Merit Chapter designation to the Human Resources Association of Southern Maine, for its scope of work in perpetuating and supporting the mission of the organization.

Patty Medina received the runner’s up award for the 2010 Governor’s Fitness Award, for the Senior Fitness program she created with the South Portland Recreation Department called “Fit to Live”.

Richard Maiman of Portland, professor of political science at the University of Southern Maine, has been named a Fulbright Scholar to teach at the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria in South Africa from January through June 2011.

Catherine Lorello-Snow, RN, director of Spurwink’s Portland Help Center, was presented with the 2010 Sister Consuela White Spirit of Nursing Award by the Maine Chapter of the American Nurses Association, in recognition of her 30 years of service as a psychiatric nurse and administrator.

The New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland presented several awards at their annual Employee Appreciation Day celebration. Sharon Hartl of Scarborough, an occupational therapist, received the Buzz Fitzgerald Award for her extraordinary care and kindness to rehabilitation patients and their families. Annamarie Loffeld, CRRN, of South Portland received the Clinician of the Year Award, the Caregiver of the Year Award and the Sandra Marriner Certified Rehabilitation Nurse Award for her clinical knowledge, professional initiative, strong leadership skills and outstanding commitment to excellent patient care.

Several local drivers earned high marks at the Maine State Truck Driving Championship held outside Bangor. Two drivers representing FedEx Corp., took home awards. Brad Bartlett, owner of Wolfe Transportation Inc., based out of the FedEx Ground station in Portland, earned first place in the step van class, his third state title. Portland-based FedEx Freight driver John Ellingwood placed second in the twins class. Portland resident Jim Shunk, a Poland Spring tanker driver, earned first place on the written exam, and third place in the tanker class.

For the second year running, Sudzie Autowash, located at 285 U.S. Route 1 in Scarborough, was selected for the 2010 Best of Scarborough Award in the Car Washes category by the U.S. Commerce Association.




Sidebar Elements

The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce recently presented The University of New England with the 2010 Robert R. Masterton Award for Economic Development. A 2010 economic impact report conducted by Planning Decisions, Inc. of Portland assessed UNE’s total economic impact on Maine at $560 million. Additionally, UNE provides volunteerism and health care services to the state valued at more than $1 million. UNE President Danielle Ripich, pictured center, accepted the award on behalf of UNE, from Portland Chamber members, pictured from left, Jim Harnden, partner, Malone Commercial RE; Larry Wold, president, TD Bank; Godfrey Wood, CEO, Greater Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce; and Mike Burton, regional VP sales, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maine.

Swinging a hammer, cutting siding, and collecting food and clothing were just a few of the tasks undertaken by over 80 Keller Williams associates on their second annual  “Renew, Energize and Donate,” or RED Day. Volunteers helped Habitat of Humanity of Greater Portland put siding on three homes in Westbrook, collected items for Habitat’s REStore, and raised $2,400 for Habitat for Humanity.