People & Business: June 8

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Giving Back

Atlantic Sportswear of Portland, which has enjoyed 32 years of success, in turn started Maine Unites as a way to give back to nonprofit organizations all over Maine. Each nonprofit comes up with a design for a T-shirt. The production facility at Atlantic Sportswear prints 400 T-shirts with the nonprofit’s logo. If the nonprofit sells all 400 shirts within two months, Atlantic presents the organization with a check for $10,000. So far this year, two checks have been presented: 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth received a check in January, and Maine Audubon in Falmouth received a check in April. The June nonprofit is Maine Huts and Trails.

Hires, Promotions, Appointments

Father Matthew Gregory, a native of South Portland who attended Cheverus High School in Portland, was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert P. Deeley May 28, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

Maine Medical Center has named new co-directors of the hospital’s Breast Care Center in Scarborough. Paige Teller, M.D., is a fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist, and Chiara Battelli, M.D., is a fellowship-trained medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer.

The Salvation Army welcomes Majors Raphael and Sandra Jackson as the newly appointed leaders of the Northern New England Division. They are responsible for all aspects of The Salvation Army’s ministry and service in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Maine Association of Nonprofits has selected Jennifer Hutchins as the new executive director. Hutchins most recently headed Creative Portland. She is replacing Scott Schnapp, who is stepping down after 14 years of service. Hutchins will join the organization July 18.

Luke Reinhard, a private wealth adviser with Ameriprise Financial in Portland, earned membership in the company’s Diamond Ring Club. Advisers earn the distinction by achieving years of consistently high performance.

Roger P. Asch joined the Portland law firm of Drummond & Drummond, LLP May 31. Asch, of Portland, focuses his practice on estate planning and probate, business planning and organizations, and taxation.


South Portland native Marcelo Lopes, culinary professional at the LongHorn Steakhouse in South Portland, was recognized as the regional winner of the company’s first-ever Steak Master Series competition. He is one of just 60 team members from nearly 6,000 in the company to achieve this distinction. Marcelo will compete for a chance to be one of seven division finalists, who will travel to LongHorn Steakhouse headquarters in Orlando, Florida, to compete for the title of Steak Master Series Champion.

Kristen Levesque, of the Maine Public Relations Council, recently earned her professional public relations accreditations, receiving the Accreditation in Public Relations designation. Levesque is principal of Kristen Levesque PR & Marketing in Portland.

Falmouth’s Monica Byrne, owner of Monica Byrne Studio, will be in residence as an instructor at the American Board of Certified Haircolorists Energizing Summit in Los Angeles June 12 and 13.  Byrne will be joining the nation’s best colorists, stylists, and salon technicians in Los Angeles for the nation’s premiere hair-coloring educational event. Byrne, the only ABCH certified and Chromastics Master Colorist in Maine, will be teaching two techniques in high demand.

Grants & Awards

The Maine Women’s Fund, the only Maine foundation focused exclusively on advancing economic security for women and girls, recently received a $25,000 grant from a private foundation to support three additional grants in 2016, for a total of $136,400 in grants to 15 organizations.

New Ventures

FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars has expanded its footprint within Maine to include a new location at 90 Maine St. in Brunswick, and relocated its Freeport store to 88 Main St. The entrance into Brunswick marks FIORE’s fourth retail destination to open since it was founded in Bar Harbor in 2009.

In honor of National EMS week, OceanView at Falmouth staff and residents thanked Falmouth’s public safety professionals with a delivery of chili and cornbread muffins made by Executive Chef Chris Ventimiglia, at right. With the chef is Falmouth Police Lt. John Kilbride.