People & Business: Aug. 15

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Mad Horse director steps down, new positions announced

After serving as artistic director of the company since 2008, Christine Louise Marshall is stepping down from the position before the 2018-19 season.

Marshall will now steer the theater program at Cape Elizabeth High School, developing the new Dirigo Talent Agency with partner David Timm, and focusing on film work. She will continue to serve on the board of Mad Horse Theatre Company and will direct the production “Deer” by Aaron Mark in January.

Effective this summer, long-time company member Mark Rubin will serve as the new artistic director. Rubin has been a company member since 2013 and theatergoers will recognize him from his many roles on the Mad Horse stage.

Nick Schroeder, a company member since 2014, will serve in the position of executive director. Schroeder is a founding member of Portland theater collective Lorem Ipsum and a producer and board member with the Theater Ensemble of Color. 

Mad Horse has also added the position of company manager, which will be filled by Jake Cote, a company member since 2016.


Alison Siviski, community and communications manager at the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute, was named the first Young Professional of the Year at the second annual Ignition Awards hosted by PROPEL and the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce this summer. Siviski also volunteers as the chairwoman of the public relations committee for the Junior League of Portland and coaches varsity cheerleading at Deering High School. In addition, four local businesses were recognized for their growth and contributions to the community: High Roller Lobster Co., Mast Landing Brewing, Revision Energy and Certify.

Hires, promotions, appointments

Joyce McPhetres, chief human resources officer at Community Health Options, was elected to president of the board at Tedford Housing. Roger Brodeur, social service supervisor quality assurance in the Office of Child & Family Services, was elected to vice president. Nonny Soifer, an attorney in Brunswick, was re-elected to secretary and Sarah Piper, commercial loan officer at Bath Savings Institution, was elected to treasurer. In other news from Tedford, Danielle Triffitt, of Topsham, was promoted from office manager to business manager and Director of Operations Giff Jamison, of Brunswick, was appointed to the Sagadahoc County Board of Health.

The Beacon at Gateway, a luxury apartment community at the corner of Haigis Parkway and Payne Road in Scarborough, has welcomed Dena Stockman as on-site property manager. Stockman has more than 20 years in property management and real estate and is a certified apartment manager with the National Apartment Association.

Town & Country Credit Union has promoted Kori Kaloyares of Scarborough to manager of indirect lending. Kaloyares joined the credit union’s indirect lending team in 2014 and has been instrumental in helping Town & Country become No. 1 in credit union auto lending in Southern Maine.

Raymond “Chip” Kelley of Cape Elizabeth has been named Maine market president at Key Bank, in addition to his role as commercial sales leader for Maine, New Hampshire and eastern Massachusetts. Kelley will serve as the external executive face of Key.

Preti Flaherty announced that Mariana Baron has joined the firm. Baron practiced with a top law firm in Argentina before moving to the United States and earning a Master of Laws in Business and Commercial Law from Boston College Law. She also holds a master’s in international tax law and has several years of experience advising international clients on tax matters.

Christine “Chris” Munroe has accepted the position of market manager of the Maine Street and Cooks Corner Brunswick offices of Norway Savings Bank. Munroe has also volunteered as the assistant drama director for Yarmouth High School for the past two years.

New Ventures

Macpage LLC has joined Wipfli, one of the top 20 accounting and consulting firms in the United States, effective Aug. 1. As part of this combination, nearly 100 Macpage professionals will join more than 2,000 professionals at Wipfli. The firm’s two full-service offices in South Portland and Augusta will expand Wipfli’s presence into the New England area of the United States. Moving forward, the firm will do business as Wipfli/Macpage in New England. “By joining Wipfli we can now provide our clients with the wide range of audit, tax and consulting services and industry specialists of a national firm,” said Graham Smith, managing principal of Macpage.


Scarborough-based Southern Maine Agency on Aging has received a $2,200 grant from Meals on Wheels America to support The Best Friend Fund at SMAA. The fund helps pay for veterinary and other pet-related costs for low-income seniors who cannot afford it, including vaccinations and dental work. In the past year, SMAA has served 17 seniors and their pets through the program.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, announced that Bowdoin College will receive almost $90,000 in federal funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct seminars for teachers called “Teaching the Holocaust through Visual Culture.” In addition, the Maine State Library in Augusta was granted $127,000 to complete the Maine Digital Newspaper Project.