People & Business

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Kevan Lee Deckelmann, attorney and shareholder at Bernstein Shur, recently received the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating. This is the highest level of Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review rating system; fewer than five percent of women lawyers achieve the distinction.

MetLife Auto & Home announced recently that Dick Marsh of Falmouth earned the status of leader for last year’s exemplary business performance and was recognized for outstanding sales achievement at the company’s annual sales conference.

Coastal Women’s Healthcare has received national recognition for their use of health information technology to improve patient care. The practice was honored by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Lawrence Losey, a pediatrician at Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick, was recently recognized as Maine’s Childhood Immunization Champion. Losey is the first Mainer to earn this distinction from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Martin’s Point clinicians were recently awarded renewal of both their National Committee for Quality Assurance Diabetes and Heart Stroke Program recognitions: Matt Belche, Cathra Chappelle, Patrick Connolly, Douglas Couper, Jennifer Hine, Janet Pachta, William Schirmer, John Johnstone, Eric Lindsley, Roy Nakamura, and Paul Taylor.

Advantage Home Care was recently recognized with a Best of Home Care Award from Home Care Pulse, a national company that measures client and employee satisfaction. Advantage Home Care provides non-medical home care services in Southern Maine.

The Institute for Civic Leadership graduated 34 participants from its Leadership Intensive program at a recent Portland celebration: Anne Bardaglio, Elizabeth Barrett, Nancy Berrang, Crispin Bolese, Molly Burk, Scott Carter, Brad Choyt, Jay Collins, Wendy A. Cunningham, David Daniel, Donna Gaspar Jarvis, Tara Hill, Maureen Hurley, Jan Anderson Kearce, Claudia A. King, Amelia I. Kurtz, Andy Lilienthal, Bodi Luse, Thomas Marlow, Patrick A. Morin, Carolyn Nishon, Sally Oldham, Catherine Richards Olney, Mark Pavitt, Regina Phillips, Mary Chris Semrow, Jason J. Shedlock, Sandra Stone, Thomas Stoughton, Mark Sundermann, Susan Violet, Bruce R. Walker, Warren Whitney, and Emily Wolff.


Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) was recently awarded $15,000 from People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank. GMRI catalyzes solutions to the complex challenges of ocean stewardship and economic growth in the Gulf of Maine bioregion through a dynamic fusion of science, education and community.

Senator Olympia Snowe was presented with an award for outstanding public service to Maine workers and employers at the recent annual meeting of Coastal Counties Workforce Inc.

Tucker Cole, president/CEO of Evergreen CU, received the Maine Credit Union League’s President’s Award for Outstanding League Volunteer.

Scarborough Land Trust was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Conservation Cooperator Award at the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Meeting recently held in Gorham.

At the district conference held in Freeport the Rotary Club of Yarmouth was awarded the 2012 Community Service Award, the District Literacy Award for 2011-2012, the Rotary International 2011-2012 Zone Leadership Award and the District 7780 Governor’s Embracing Humanity Award for dedication to the Rotary goal of making positive and significant change in the community and throughout the world.

Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine recently received a grant from the Maine Community Foundation for the purpose of organizing a collaborative with Rebuilding Together Lincoln County and CHIP Inc. (Community Housing Improvement Program Inc.). The purpose of the collaborative is to establish formal processes to maximize the capacities of all three organizations, to identify homeowners who need assistance, to organize volunteers to weatherize and repair homes and to share the training of volunteers to be effective in helping families with distressed homes., a Maine start-up, recently won $15k in cash and $25k in services from a Rhode Island Business Plan Competition. is comprised of Parker Wells and Stephen Hebson of Falmouth.

Kent Wommack of Yarmouth recently received the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Colby College. The award is granted to an alumnus/a who has achieved unusual distinction in his or her profession or avocation.

Youth MOVE Maine recently received a Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) ImpACT Award for “exemplifying the systematic engagement of youth ages 12-18 in decision-making and planning.”  The annual awards recognize youth and adults who are making an impact in their communities.

New Hires

Casco Systems recently hired Debbie Ivers as Business Administrator. Ivers has significant administrative experience in the engineering field.

Andrea Todd of Westbrook has joined Clark Insurance as a business insurance agent. Todd has more than 20 years of experience in the property and casualty insurance industry in both Portland and Biddeford/Saco regions.

Sarah E. Desormiers was recently hired by Macdonald Page & Co LLC, a certified public accounting firm, in their South Portland office. She has joined as a tax manager.

Beth A. Kessler has joined Mid Coast Hospital as nurse director of its medical/surgical/pediatrics unit. She has worked as a clinical nurse for more than 15 years, most recently as director of a 30-bed medical/surgical unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA.

Wright-Ryan Construction Inc. has recently hired Suzanne Benoit as their director of human resources; Jeff Heseltine, as the new general manager of field operations; and has promoted Kevin Griffeth to operations manager and safety director.


Bernstein Shur attorney and shareholder Michael Fagone was recently appointed to the American Bankruptcy Institute board of directors.

Joe Merrill of Brunswick has been recently elected to the GrowSmart Maine Board of Directors and will serve as Treasurer. Merrill has served on GrowSmart Maine’s Finance Committee since 2008.

New Practice

Gordon Clark has recently opened “SelectPsych,” an adult psychiatry practice, in Brunswick. Dr. Clark is the founder and former chief executive & medical officer of Integrated Behavioral Healthcare.


Recently The Garden Club Federation of Maine and members of Troop 1775, Junior Girl Scouts, met in Freeport to plant bulbs for summer flowers. The Garden Club Federation of Maine, a statewide organization interested in horticulture, conservation, civic beautification and education, offered to plant with the Scouts as a way to celebrate their “100” anniversary.