People and Business: May 4

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Mid Coast Health Services

changes leadership

BRUNSWICK — Herbert Paris, president and Chief Executive Officer of Mid Coast Health Services, will be retiring this summer after more than 30 years of service.  

Over the years as president and CEO of Mid Coast Health Services, Paris oversaw the successful growth of the organization and its affiliates, including Mid Coast Hospital, Mid Coast Medical Group, Mid Coast Senior Health Center, CHANS Home Health Care and Hospice, and Thornton Oaks Retirement Community. He plans to stay in the Brunswick area and will continue his active involvement in numerous cultural, academic, corporate, and charitable organizations.

Lois Napier Skillings, executive vice president, has been named the next president and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, by the board of directors. Prior to Skillings’ role as executive vice president, she served as vice president of nursing and patient care services at Mid Coast Health Services.

Portland tourism

awards announced

PORTLAND — The Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau recently presented awards to six organizations and individuals for advancing the tourism industry in southern Maine.

The Casco Bay Award was given to DiMillo’s on the Water restaurant for promoting Maine as a vibrant destination, hosting travel writers and visitor information specialists, and in recognition of the enthusiasm of the staff and the generosity of the DiMillo family.

Pat Eltman was presented with The Rose Award in recognition of going above and beyond in providing outstanding service to the tourism and hospitality industry. Eltman was recognized for her role in helping start a statewide sports commission and for building and utilizing the Visit Maine website.

The Phoenix Award was given to the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences for producing the convention with the largest economic impact. NEAFCS held a 10-day convention at the  Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland. With 780 attendees and over 1,000 hotel room nights booked for the event, the convention generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for the local economy.

The Lighthouse Award was presented to the Maine Lobster Council for exemplifying outstanding leadership in promoting Maine as a tourism destination while enhancing the quality of life for Maine people.

Ambassador of the Year was awarded to Chuck O’Reilly for over 14 years of service to the CVB as an information center specialist.

Jason Briggs, V.I.P. Tour & Charter Bus Co.., was presented with the Member of the Year Award for marketing the Greater Portland and Casco Bay region. Briggs successfully lobbied to get the New England Bus Association’s 75th annual conference to be held in Maine, for the first time since its inception.

Bath museum receives

third accreditation

BATH — The Maine Maritime Museum announced Monday that it achieved accreditation for the third time by the American Association of Museums.

The museum stated in a press release that less than 5 percent of U.S. museums attain that achievement.

“The accreditation process is both lengthy and demanding, but worth doing,” said the museum’s executive director, Amy Lent. “Accreditation means Maine residents and our members and supporters nationwide can be assured and take pride that the institution is fulfilling its mission of preserving and promoting Maine’s unique maritime heritage; that it is accountable to the community, operates at the highest level of professional standards in all ways and is committed to continued improvement.”

The museum was previously accredited in 1983 and 1997. Accredited museums must go through a reaccreditation review to maintain the status.

New Hires, Promotions

Tony Payne of Falmouth has been named business development director at Clark Insurance, an independent insurance agency with offices in Portland, Saco and Manchester, N.H.

Christopher Wasileski has recently joined OceanView at Falmouth as the development project manager of their Main Lodge expansion project. 

The Portland Conservatory of Music has named Stephen Shiman as its new executive director. Previously Shiman was the director of the Newark School for the Arts for 22 years.

Yarmouth-based Fluid Imaging Technologies Inc., manufacturer of the FlowCAM imaging particle analysis system, has hired Andrew Gelinas of Portland as an industrial sales coordinator.
Verrill Dana LLP, has hired Gretchen A. Johnson as director of marketing and Aaron M. Harris as a marketing assistant.

Alice Guidi, licensed clinical social worker, recently joined True North in Falmouth as an affiliate practitioner. Guidi works with adults and adolescents using a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy approach. For more information, visit or call her Falmouth office at 3 Fundy Road at 221-6790.

Vreeland Marketing in Yarmouth has hired Stephanie Love of Windham as traffic manager/office coordinator and has promoted Jessica Stevens of Freeport from social media strategist and public relations coordinator to the position of web and social marketing manager.

Kathryn E. Cogan, LEED AP, of Portland, has recently joined PDT Architects as an architectural designer. Cogan is working on the Adams School Redevelopment project for Avesta Housing.

Garrand, Portland-based communications agency, has recently promoted Margaret Ervin to account manager of InTouch, the company’s experiential marketing division.  

Michelle T. Hayes of Scarborough has joined Drake Inglesi Milardo Inc., in Portland as vice president of human resources and business solutions.  

Yarmouth-based Patriot Insurance Co. has hired Donna Jackman as a senior commercial lines underwriter and Michelle Pettis as a senior personal lines underwriter. DeeDee Morse was promoted from underwriter to a senior personal lines underwriter.

Michael P. Bourque of Portland has been promoted to senior vice president for external affairs for the MEMIC Group.

Martin’s Point Health Care has added several new physicians and nurse practitioners to the staff at locations in Portland, South Portland and Falmouth. The following are health care providers hired for its Portland office: Timothy Gagne M.D., M.P.H., Board Certified in Family Medicine; Larisa Sememuk, N.P., certified Family Nurse Practitioner; Kate Adams M.S.N., Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner; and Jenner Greil N.P., Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Steven Edwards D.O., Family Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine specialty, and Ann Lovegren Conley A.P.R.N. B.C., Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and a Maine Registered Nurse, were hired for the South Portland office. Louis Hanson D.O., Board Certified, was hired for the West Falmouth office. All providers listed are now accepting new patients. Please call 774-5801 or 800-322-0280 to be connected to the appropriate health center.

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