People and Business: June 10

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Portland Museum of
Art elects new board

PORTLAND — The Portland Museum of Art named three new members to its 2009-2010 board of trustees. New members are Linda L. Baker, museum docent president; Selma Botman, president of the University of Southern Maine; and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.

Elected officers for the board are James L. Moody, Jr., retired chairman, Hannaford Bros., president of the board; Hans Underdahl, senior vice president, RBC Wealth Management, chairman of the board; Beth L. De Tine, interior designer, Beth Laurie Interiors, first vice president; John F. Isacke, vice president for Administration and CFO, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, vice president for finance and treasurer; Robert S. Nanovic, former partner, Wilkens & Nanovic Investment Associates, assistant treasurer; Leonard M. Nelson, partner, Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, secretary.

Petersen named Maine
Med president, CEO

PORTLAND — Richard W. Petersen of South Portland was named president and chief executive officer of Maine Medical Center and will begin immediately.

Petersen was serving as the interim president and chief executive officer. Previously, he was the chief operating officer at Maine Medical Center for ten years.

Gorham Bike and Ski
earns industry award

PORTLAND — Gorham Bike and Ski was named one of the country’s “2009 Top 100 Retailers” by Boulder Sports Research.

The top 100 retailers are chosen by votes made by industry sales representatives who nominated stores in their territories based on market share, community outreach, and store appearance.

Owner Jamie Wright recently moved the store from its original Portland location to 693 Congress St. Gorham Bike and Ski also has a store in Saco. 


The Compass Project of Portland has recently received grants totaling $20,000: $5,000 from the TD Charitable Foundation for its Youth Apprentice Program; $5,000 from the Leonard C. and Mildred F. Ferguson Foundation for its Interdisciplinary Boat Building Program for elementary school students; and $10,000 from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for its Boat Building and Rowing Programs.

Pownal Elementary School and Riverton Elementary School in Portland were each awarded $1,000 from Hannaford Bros., through its Hannaford Helps Schools program.

Ruth’s Reusable Resources of Portland received a $3,000 grant from the Rural Grants Fund of Maine Community Foundation to support its Collaborative Backpack and School Supply Donation project. 

The Frannie Peabody Center
was awarded a one-year grant by United Way of York County to support its HIV prevention and education program. 

The Bowdoin International Music Festival has received a Meet the Composer grant of $1,000 from the New England Foundation for the Arts to support the residency of composer Don Freund from June 27 to July 17. Freund will premier his Summer Music, “String Quartet #4, during the Festival’s Upbeat! concert series. 

Reiche School in Portland received a $5,000 donation from TD Banknorth in celebration of National Library Week. The funds will be used to purchase new library books and technology resources, and to support existing library programs.

Family Focus of Bath received a Community Development Block Grant planning grant through the city of Bath to conduct a child care survey assessing the needs of Bath area families and to develop a strategic plan around child care and early learning.  

The Maine Center for Enterprise Development received a $2,500 grant from the Maine Community Foundation for its Applied Entrepreneurship program.

Portland’s Preble Street Resource Center received a $1,000 donation from Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook in honor of Spring Harbor Hospital’s nurses and in celebration of Nurse’s Week.  

Maine’s credit unions, through the Maine Credit Unions’ campaign for ending hunger, made its largest, one-time donation to the Good Shepherd Food-Bank for $19,000 in memory of JoAnn Pike, the founder of the Good Shepherd Food-Bank. 

Altrusa International, Inc. of Portland donated $880 to American Red Cross of Southern Maine at a recent celebration of Altrusa’s 80th anniversary.  

Volunteers raised $3,000 in pledges and donations for the Coastal Humane Society at the annual Pup’sicle Plunge held at Reid State Park to support the welfare and medical needs of animals living at the shelter. 

More than $58,000 was raised by volunteers participating in the fourth annual Relay For Life at Bowdoin College in support of the American Cancer Society

The Southern Maine Home Brewer’s Club presented the Good Shepherd Food Bank with a $1,000 donation from the proceeds from the Third Annual New England Home Brewers Regional Competition held in Acton last fall.  

The Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation has named 10 recipients of its Hospitality Scholarship Awards for 2009 in support of the Tees & Textbooks scholarship program, totaling $8,000.  

Planet Dog sponsored the Habitat for Humanity Pet Walk and raised $15,000 in support of Habitat for Humanity projects in the greater Portland area.  

New Hires/Promotions

McClain Marketing Group, a Portland-based strategic marketing solutions firm has hired Samuel Brewster as associate director of new media and Erik Neilson as production manager. Travis McClain was promoted from operations manager to director of interactive development and Cara Ragucci was promoted to account executive, having previously served as account coordinator.

Yarmouth-based Patriot Insurance Company has promoted Rachel S. Bannister to personal lines marketing manager and Melissa Pineau to personal lines underwriter. 

Robert E. Hirshon, former president of the American Bar Association, has joined the litigation and trial department of Verrill Dana law firm in Portland. 

Rob Schreiber of South Portland has joined Living Wealth Partners, LLC, an agency of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, New York, N.Y. as a field representative.

Jenn Vogel of Cumberland has joined Weichert Realtors – Waterglen Group as a licensed sales agent.

Baker Newman Noyes, a Portland-based CPA and business consultants firm, has hired Carol Cherry, RN, as senior consultant in its healthcare management consulting division.

Licensed massage therapist Cathy Cryvoff has joined the Hara: A Center for Balance & Wellbeing in Falmouth. She specializes in prenatal and postpartum massage and also offers Swedish, deep tissue and neuromuscular massage.
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