People and Business: June 29

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New hires, promotions

SPACE Gallery in Portland has hired Nick Rosenblum as its new Events Programmer. In the position, Rosenblum will be responsible for programming concerts, theater performances, readings, presentations, and anything else that falls into SPACE’s mission of presenting contemporary and emerging arts, artists, and ideas. Rosenblum, 30, has lived in Portland since 2006. He has previously worked with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network as a web producer and has coordinated events for underground venues in both Portland and Providence, R.I. He is a 2004 graduate of Brown University.

Berry Dunn McNeil & Parker is pleased to announce that Kristen Lynds has joined the firm as a Staff Accountant. Lynds is a graduate of Husson University with a bachelor’s in Accounting and a master’s in Business Administration.

Michael J. Neff of South Portland has been promoted to branch manager for KeyBank’s Cape Elizabeth branch at 1234 Shore Road in Cape Elizabeth. Previously, Neff was relationship manager for KeyBank. Prior to joining Key in 2010, he was personal banker for Bank of America in Portland, where he had also been a sales and service specialist, teller and client integration and sales specialist.

Attorney Emily L. Cooke of Cape Elizabeth joins Pierce Atwood as an associate in the firm’s business practice group in the Portland office. Cooke comes to Pierce Atwood from a law firm in Washington, D.C., where she focused on corporate and financial transactions. She also has experience in financial regulation. Cooke earned her law doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.

The Maine Conservation Corps has hired Ariel Lewis of Freeport for the summer as a team member and AmeriCorps volunteer. She is a 2005 graduate of Freeport High School and a 2009 graduate of Eckerd College, where she studied chemistry and math. Lewis will help with several trails projects across the state of Maine.

The University of Southern Maine has hired Tracy St. Pierre of Portland as the school’s new director of marketing and brand management. St. Pierre joins USM after an eight-year stint with the education-publication firm EPS in Cambridge, Mass. 

Bowdoinham resident Suzanne W. Zimmerman, a certified nurse midwife, has joined Mid Coast Medical Group and will work from her office in Brunswick. Zimmerman most recently worked at Mile Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta. Zimmerman is a graduate of SUNY-Buffalo and the Frontier School of Midwifery in Hyden, KY. Suzanne is accepting new patients, and can be reached at 721-8700.

Stacy O’Reilly has been hired as general manager for the Hampton Inn Portland/Downtown-Waterfront hotel, under development at 209 Fore St. and scheduled to open this year. A resident of Gray, O’Reilly has worked at the Embassy Suites hotel in Portland, where she held the position of general manager for the past 2 years.

Certified ayurvedic lifestyle consultant & Ayurvedic yoga specialist Colleen M. Taylor recently joined Sanctuary Holistic Health Center in Yarmouth. Taylor is a graduate of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda in Lenox, Mass., with earned certifications as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Ayurveda Yoga Specialist. Taylor has experience in using Ayurvedic skills to manage chronic pain and surgeries after an accident. Contact Taylor at 846-1162 ext. 7 or email

New Ventures

Original Computing has opened its new headquarters in Fort Andross at 14 Main St. in Brunswick. The company provides many tech services, from custom programming and web development to on-site hardware and network support as well as free home computer analysis.

Following the success of their shopping-bag printing business, Scarborough firm Fun Management Group has launched, a niche website offering custom-printed water bottles. The website features a wide assortment of custom water bottles for fundraisers, promotions and resale.

A new alternative-healing space, The Awake Collective, has opened at 509 Forest Ave. in Portland. The collective provides massage, as well as yoga, dance and meditation classes. The Awake Collective was founded in 2009 and operated in the East End in Portland. The new location sports more than 3,500 square feet for health, as well as offices and workspace available for use by the hour, or on a regular basis.

Conor Kelly, a 2010 graduate of Brunswick High School, is offering SAT test preparation to area students this summer. Kelly is working for Revolution Prep’s Ivy Insiders program, which claims to improve SAT scores by as much as 300 points. Kelly, who is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, said he is excited to have the chance to give back to his community. Kelly scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and has a background in academic tutoring. Classes and individual and small group tutoring will begin in early July. Interested students and parents may contact Kelly at 766-8390 or visit

South Portland entrepreneur Stephanie Hedlund has launched a new farm-to-dinner table business, the Clara Burke Kitchen. Hedlund hopes the business will fill the void between restaurant take-out and grocery stores by offering prepared meals and catering services featuring ingredients from Maine farms. The kitchen offers online ordering and delivery to homes and offices in Portland, South Portland, Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth, Freeport, Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough. Hedlund named the company after her grandmothers, who cooked for their large families on their farms, and often uses modern versions of their recipes.

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