People & Business

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Scarborough’s Acapello Salons was recently named to the Salon Today 200 by Salon Today Magazine. The magazine’s 15th annual Salon Today 200 issue profiled the selected salons in its January 2012 edition. The 200 salons were selected for their best business practice from applications submitted by readers.

Terry Driscoll, broker and owner at Maine Home Realty, recently completed a specialized course in short sales and foreclosures conducted by the Council of Residential Specialists of the National Association of Realtors.

New Hires

Jason Tomasacci and Nick Sikorski were recently hired by Winxnet. Tomasacci was hired as a technical support specialist. He most recently served as TruChoice F.C.U.’s IT administrator and brings more than 15 years of network engineering and technical support experience. Sikorski was hired as a sales representative and brings with him years of sales experience, most recently working for CBE Technologies.

People’s Securites Inc. recently announced that Robert Vail has joined the team as a financial advisor serving southern Maine and New Hampshire. He will offer assistance in helping individuals reach their retirement, financial and education goals.

The United Way of Greater Portland recently made several new hires. Alice Kornhauser was hired as vice president of marketing and communications. She was previously the director of marketing and communications at the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Dan Coyne was hired as director of public policy. He previously worked as the legislative director of the Maine Center for Economic Policy. Suzi Piker has been hired as engagement specialist and chief story teller. She most recently worked as the digital content producer for the Portland Press Herald. Valerie L. Yates was hired as an executive assistant coming from a commercial sales assistant position at TD Bank. Melodye K. DeBeradinis was hired as finance specialist. She was previously the director of finance for the Institute For Financial Literacy. Rhiannon Robnett was hired as relationship manager and came from a position as creative project manager with Pierce Promotions. Michelle Ramirez was hired as an administrative assistant for community impact. Erica Paradis was also hired as an administrative assistant and finance associate. She was previously a teller at University Credit Union.


Mercy Hosptital’s CEO, Eileen Skinner, was recently honored with the American Heart Association’s 2012 Crystal Heart Award for her continued support and promotion of the organization’s mission. Skinner’s involvement with the American Heart Association began in 2009 when she chaired the Southern Maine Heart Walk.

Oakhurst Dairy was recently recognized for its best-in-class sustainable business practices. At a ceremony in Washington D.C., Bill Bennett, president of Oakhurst Dairy, accepted an honorable mention for Outstanding Dairy Processing & Manufacturing. The award, given as a part of the inaugural U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards, recognizes dairy farms, dairy companies and collaborative partnerships for efforts that advance the sustainability of the dairy industry.

The Good Table Restaurant recently defended its crown at Maine Restaurant Week’s Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off. The restaurant has taken home the people’s-choice award for the past two years with its Creme Brulee French Toast.

The 2012 eco-Excellence awards, given annually by ecomaine, were recently distributed. Falmouth’s Elementary School Design & Building Group, nominated by the town’s Recycling & Energy Advisory Committee, won the town’s community award for their success in building a “green” school while remaining financially responsible. The Falmouth business award went to Gorham Savings Bank’s Route One branch. The Recycling & Energy Advisory Committee nominated the bank for its dedication to becoming a responsible environmental citizen through its efforts at waste reduction, energy efficiency, green building practices and community outreach efforts. Freeport’s Royal River Natural Foods won the Freeport business award. The business is one of only 13 grocers in the state to earn the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Leader certification.


Karen Milliken, a vice president at R.M. Davis Inc., recently assumed the title and responsibilities of Portfolio manager. In her 15 years with the company her primary focus has been researching stocks for inclusion in client portfolios, in addition to economic forecasting and analysis. More recently she has combined these research skills and her 30 years of broad investment experience with her desire to work one-on-one with individuals and nonprofits, helping them achieve their financial goals.

Sharon Hartl was recently named director of therapy operations at New England Rehabilitation Hospital. She has been working at the hospital since 2003 in several positions including occupational therapist, stroke program leader and occupational therapy clinical leader.

Jacquelyn Cawley was recently promoted to the newly created position of associate chief medical officer at MaineHealth. For the past three years, Cawley has served as senior medical director for clinical integration at MaineHealth, where she focused on ambulatory care and preventative health.

Sidebar Elements

Directors, volunteers and friends of the Scarborough Land Trust recently honored former executive director Marla Zando for her work with the trust. Zando started as a part-time stewardship coordinator in 2005 and during her six years with Scarborough Land Trust she assumed a number of additional responsibilities, including communications development, finance and administration and was promoted to executive director in 2011. She will continue her role as founder and chair of Citizens for a Green Scarborough.