People & Business: Dec. 13

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Hires, promotions, appointments

Sebago Technics, an engineering and surveying consulting firm, announced Kylie Mason has been promoted to vice president of Project Delivery. In her role, she will oversee the company’s project delivery team, including engineers, permitting specialists, and CAD personnel. Rick Meek and Craig Burgess, senior project engineers, will lead civil engineer design teams. Paul Ostrowski has been promoted to senior project engineer and will lead a team of civil engineers. Mark Lozoraitis has been promoted to CAD coordinator. Rebecca Gabryszewski has been promoted to permitting coordinator. 

Spectrum Healthcare Partners has announced the promotion of Julie Wheeler to chief human resources officer. In her new role, Wheeler will continue to develop human resource strategy along with overseeing marketing and public relations.

Recent University of Maine School of Law graduate Mike Scully, who earned a Juris Doctor with a certificate in information privacy, has joined The Northcross Group as a senior analyst. Scully will be supporting data security and privacy at the Portland-based integration and security firm.

The Diocese of Portland has named John Fencik as the new director of cemeteries. Most recently, Fencik was the director for Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services for the Diocese of Spokane in Washington. 


Portland-based Cultivating Community will receive a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to train and help support the growth of New American and veteran farmers in Maine. The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant will be used to provide land access, new opportunities for product diversification and market access, and four levels of training. This project builds on programs supported by BFRDP grants in 2014 and 2009 that created 52 new farm businesses. By project end, the grant will mean 30 more new farm businesses, and will provide support to 12 farmers, and services 490 farmers and people exploring farming.

SPACE Gallery in Portland announced it has awarded a total of $65,000 to 13 independent, artist-organized, Maine-based projects for its 2018 cycle of The Kindling Fund. The Kindling Fund is one of 11 nationwide re-granting programs established by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This year’s grantees are Yoon S. Byun, Mali Mrozinski/Doublet Design, Cody Ross, Jenna Crowder/The Chart, Michael Gorman, Deborah Wing-Sproul, Alexis Iammarino, New Fruit collective, Juliette Walker and Devin Shepherd, Sarah Baldwin, Jessica Hankey, Pilar Nadal/Pickwick Independent Press, and Myron M. Beasley.

The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association was one of seven recipients to receive a grant from the The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The $100,000 in funding will drive the organization’s mission of working to identify and foster ways to restore the fisheries of the Gulf of Maine and sustain Maine’s fishing communities for future generations.


Abenaki Retirement Investment Services of Topsham has announced a name change to Atlantic Financial Services. The new name is a result of strong ties with Atlantic Federal Credit Union. 

Bank of New Hampshire has opened a new Business Development Office in Falmouth and held a ribbon-cutting at 12 Northbrook Drive on Dec. 12.


Senate Assistant Majority Leader Amy Volk, R-Cumberland, was recognized at a University of Southern Maine Works for ME event for her efforts to expand public postsecondary engineering education.

Save the date

On Thursday, Jan. 18, more than 700 people from one of Maine’s most economically powerful industries will gather in Portland.

The MEREDA Forecast Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is available at and is expected to sell out. Builders, developers, brokers, attorneys, architects, engineers, municipal leaders and retailers and others managing large swaths of real estate are welcome and encouraged to attend.

“According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis’ most recent annual figures, real estate is the second most important driver of Maine’s GDP, behind only health care. The Maine Real Estate & Development Association will gather next month to hone in on the health of the industry, hearing from more than two dozen industry leaders,” said Paul Peck, president of the board at MEREDA. 


Maine DEP Commissioner Paul Mercer visited Sevee & Maher in Cumberland to present the 2017 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence to James Atwell of Falmouth. Atwell, a senior project manager with the consulting engineering firm, was recognized for achievements attained during his 50-year career. From left are John Sevee, Paul Mercer, Atwell, Peter Maher and Guy Cote.