People & Business: June 22

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Portland woman begins reign as Mrs. Maine International

Mikell Reed Carroll, 38, of Portland, was recently crowned Mrs. Maine International 2016. Carroll will represent Maine in the 2016 Mrs. International Pageant in Jacksonville, Florida on July 22 and 23.

Carroll’s platform is the prevention of heart disease in women. She has been an official ambassador and volunteer with the American Heart Association since 2012.  Carroll said she chose the platform due to her family’s long history with heart disease: her great-grandmother and grandmother both lost their lives to heart disease, and Carroll’s mother is a two-time heart attack survivor. Carroll was recently chosen to attend the White House United State of Women Summit in Washington in mid-June for her work in women’s health and combating heart disease.

Carroll is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s College in Standish and the University of Maine School of Law in Portland. She has been a licensed attorney in Maine since 2004, and is now a stay-at-home mother to her son, Daniel, while her husband is in Afghanistan working as a diplomat for the U.S. Department of State.

She was previously employed by the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua, as well as the National Center for Victims of Crime in Washington, DC.

Carroll is looking forward to promoting her platform around the state of Maine during her reign as Mrs. Maine International. She and her family recently participated in the Southern Maine Heart Walk, which benefits the American Heart Association of Maine. In addition, Carroll was the top fundraiser in the inaugural Portland Heartstrong 10K, also benefiting the Heart Association of Maine.

Giving Back

Summit Natural Gas of Maine today announced the 2016 recipients of the company’s Community Sponsorship and Giving Program. This year the company is donating nearly $20,000 to local and statewide organizations, and festivals, including Yarmouth Education Foundation, Yarmouth Clam Festival, Yarmouth Baseball Boosters and Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine.

News from Nonprofits

The second annual Run of the Royal Corporate Canoe Challenge in May raised more than $10,000 for the Royal River Conservation Trust in Yarmouth and its plans to acquire and improve paddling access points and shoreline habitat.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick Board Chair, Jay Prindall, announced the appointment of John Burrell of Brunswick, Sue Descoteaux of Brunswick, and Thomas Mahoney of Harpswell to the board of directors. Former Maine first lady  Mary Herman of Brunswick and Tom Stevens of Bath Iron Works have been appointed to the advisory board.

On the Move

Sweetser’s office in Portland, located at 1011 Forest Ave., is relocating to 190 Lancaster St., Suite 30, in Portland Monday, June 27. There will be no interruption in services.

Hires, promotions, appointments

During Midcoast Senior College’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon on June 14, at  Bowdoin College, Howard Whitcomb of Brunswick was presented the prestigious 2016 Founders Award for his staunch support of MSC during the previous 13 years in numerous roles.

Sebago Technics, a Maine-based, engineering consulting firm, announced two recent promotions. Matthew W. Ek, PLS was promoted to the position of director of survey/GIS advancement and Charles D. Marchese, PLS, was promoted to the position of director of Survey Operations.

Jerome J. Gamache, an attorney from Cumberland Foreside, is one of three people recently added to the board of directors at the American Red Cross of Maine. Gamache has been practicing law with Ainsworth Thelin & Raftice in South Portland for more than 19 years and specializes in civil litigation, residential and commercial real estate.

Recognition

The Casco Bay Estuary Partnership luncheon June 8 honored recipients of 2015-2016 funding: Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, Royal River Alliance, Royal River Conservation Trust, Portland Water District, Cumberland County Soil and Water, Conservation District, Friends of Casco Bay, U.S. Geological Survey, South Portland Conservation Commission, Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, University of Southern Maine, Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust, Island Institute, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Bates College, Harpswell Coastal Academy and Waterfront Alliance.

During Midcoast Senior College’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon on June 14, at Bowdoin College, Howard Whitcomb of Brunswick was presented the prestigious 2016 Founders Award for his staunch support of MSC during the previous 13 years in numerous roles.

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