People & Business: Dec. 19

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Maine Health Partners announces new hires 

John Lowery, D.O., Ph.D., has joined Maine Medical Partners in Falmouth Family Medicine as an attending physician, associate medical director, site leader and residency co-director. Lowery received his medical degree from University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and his post-doctorate from University of Maine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He completed his Family Medicine residency at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, where he was the medical director and faculty for its Family Medicine Residency program. His clinical interests include osteopathic manipulative medicine, sports medicine and preventative care.

Other recent hires by Maine Medical Partners include the following: Elizabeth Seiverling, M.D., Maine Medical Partners, dermatology; Monica Thim, D.O., Maine Medical Partners, hospital medicine; Sei-Gyung Sze, M.D., Maine Children’s Cancer Program; David Polisner, M.D., Maine Medical Partners, geriatric medicine; Bram Geller, M.D., MaineHealth cardiology; Matija Burtis, D.O., Maine Medical Center’s Weight & Wellness program; Kimberly Malka, M.D., Ph.D., Maine Medical Partners, surgical care; Andrew Schwartzman, M.D., Maine Medical Partners, MaineHealth cardiology; Zhyldyz Kabaeva, M.D., Maine Medical Partners, Cape Elizabeth Internal Medicine; Adam Normandin, M.D., Portland Family Medicine; Melanie Leu, M.D., FAAFP, FACMG, pediatric specialty care, division of genetics; Stephen Tuohy, M.D., Maine Medical Center, MaineHealth cardiology; Rebecca Kalman, M.D., Maine Medical Center’s palliative medicine program; Kiranjot Gujral, M.D., Maine Medical Partners, endocrinology and diabetes; Lauren Del Prato, D.O., Maine Medical Partners, neurosurgery and spine; Nicholas Colacchio, M.D., Maine Medical Partners, orthopedics and sports medicine; Christina Mimikos, D.O., Maine Medical Partners, otolaryngology; Ross J. Feller, M.D., Maine Medical Partners, orthopedics and sports medicine’s hand and upper extremity surgeon; Amy Mayhew, M.D., M.P.H, Department of Psychiatry at Maine Medical Center, division of child and adolescent psychiatry.

Hires, promotions, appointments

Seth Wilschutz of Cumberland has been named an associate at Scott Simons Architects in Portland. Wilschutz joined SSA in October 2017 after working for Hartmann-Cox in Washington, D.C., for 12 years. Wilschutz has extensive experience in civic projects, including libraries, courthouses, and museums.

SPACE awards grants to local artists

SPACE Gallery announced it has awarded $5,000 grants to several independent, artist-organized, local projects through The Kindling Fund, nationwide re-granting programs established by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Experience Broker Adriane Herman received funding for Emotional Value Auction, where no money changes hands; written statements of interest and desire take the place of financial bids. EVAs will be held at affordable senior housing facilities Bayview Heights (Portland), Fay Garman House (Peaks Island), and Westrum House (Topsham).

Portland-based artists Isaac Jaegerman, Franklin Ahrens, Henry Austin, Alice Jones, Hector Magaña and Cody Stack were awarded $5,000 for establishing New System Exhibitions, a space to exhibit contemporary art in West Bayside for emerging artists.

Derek Jackson was awarded for Maine Center for Blah Blah Blah, a multi-media installation that mimics institutional structures while disrupting the systems of oppression that guide them, with an exhibit planned on Congress Street. Caroline Losneck and collaborators Kelly Sue Rioux and METRO bus riders will compile Bus Stop Stories, a mobile public storytelling project. The Film Exhibition Grant will fund a series of showings, talks and festivals at the Apohadion Theater in Portland throughout 2019.


The Brunswick Downtown Association has announced the winners of Downtown Brunswick’s Holiday Window Decorating Contest that best reflected this year’s theme, Children’s Literature. Best Interpretation was awarded to Lemongrass Vietnamese Restaurant; Overall Presentation went to Timeless Cottage, and Most Creative Use of Merchandise was awarded to Berrie’s Hearing & Optical.


Greater Portland Landmarks has received a total of $30,000 in funding to support education, outreach and advocacy efforts in 2019, including $10,000 from the Rines Thompson Fund towards training 62 volunteer docents at the Portland Observatory and expanding educational programs and walking tours. The Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust awarded $15,000 to support those efforts and recognize the retirement of Landmark’s Executive Director Hilary Bassett. A $5,000 grant from the Phineas W. Sprague Memorial Foundation will support preservation advocacy and outreach efforts. 

People’s United Community Foundation awarded $58,500 to Maine to nonprofits during its third grant cycle of 2018, including Mid-Coast-based Coastal Enterprises, SCORE Portland and Jobs for Maine’s Graduates.


Jeff Shaw, president of Clark Insurance, on Dec. 13 received recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow from the Saco Bay Rotary Club. The award recognizes many years of fundraising efforts for Rotary that helped provide 30 scholarships.