People & Business: March 2

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Hires, Promotions, Appointments

Scott Simons, of Scott Simons Architects in Portland, has been elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for making a significant contribution to design excellence in the profession at both the state and national level. One of only three Fellows in Maine and only the seventh in the state’s history, his firm created award-winning designs for the Portland Public Library, Casco Bay Ferry Terminal and the Waynflete Arts Center. A resident of Freeport, Simons will be honored in Philadelphia in May at the national AIA convention.

The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, along with its partner, the University of Maine, named members of the Portland Top Gun Maine 2016 Class: Ben Davis, True Course Yachting; Mike Mwenedata, Rwanda Bean Co.; Kurt Shisler, FoodHEALTH; Joe Walsh, Green Clean Maine; Amanda O’Brien and Pete Dubuc, Eighteen Twenty; Alexandra Johnson and Dan Johnson, RoboJoe; Troy Locke and Rick Hollen, Spring Point Solutions The Clothesline Club; Ryan Beaumont, Mobility Technologies; Aron Semle, Semle Inc.; David Higham, Red Door Network; and Mark Hews, Total Crowd Solutions. Top Gun is an annual program for competitively selected entrepreneurs that combines mentoring with high-impact weekly meetings in Portland, Bangor and Rockland. 

Albin, Randall & Bennett, a public accounting firm based in Portland, announced that David V. Jean has been selected from among a national pool of construction professionals to serve on the inaugural Certified Public Accountant Advisory Council to the National Association of Surety Bond Producers.

Megan Houdlette, senior project engineer at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. in South Portland, was appointed to the advisory board for Healthy Cumberland County, which educates the public about building healthy communities.

Norton Financial Services of Cumberland Foreside has hired Chris Byrne of Cumberland to be the new IT manager at the company, which specializes in business insurance and employee benefits. Pam St. Clair of Freeport has joined the company as an account executive, while Conrad Birkett of Portland is the new Commercial Lines assistant.

Spectrum Medical Group of South Portland announced Ann R. Robinson has joined the administrative team as chief legal counsel and director of government affairs.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland has hired Molly Brake as the nonprofit’s director of Family Services, responsible for managing family and homeowner relationships.

Julia Pitney of Yarmouth has joined Drummond Woodsum law firm’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights and Trial Services Groups. She will be based in the Portland office.

TD Bank has named Heather N. Willey-Toussaint as manager of the location at 481 Congress St. in Portland.

Piper Shores, a nonprofit retirement community in Scarborough, has hired Brian Kenney as the new facilities director.

Hospice of Southern Maine recently added Shannon Barnicle to the organization as the house manager of Gosnell Memorial Hospice in Scarborough, where she will oversee hospice services.

Dr. Andrew deBethune has recently joined Brown Chiropractic in Yarmouth and is accepting new patients.


U.S. Sen. Angus King visited the Maine Street branch of Norway Savings Bank in Brunswick Feb. 5 to present a Congressional Record statement in recognition of the bank’s 150 years of service to Maine communities.

Giving back

Norway Savings Bank recently presented Seeds of Independence with a pledge for $9,000 in support of the nonprofit organization’s capital campaign. Located at Brunswick Landing, Seeds offers after school enrichment and homework supervision for middle school youth from Brunswick, Topsham and Freeport.


Brad Wise, who retired as president of Hannaford Supermarkets in June following a 30-year career in the supermarket industry, has joined business and strategy consulting collective pro-voke, llc, as partner and chief insights officer. Wise will develop new business opportunities, consult on restructuring strategies and conduct effectiveness assessments.

New Ventures

Alicia Romac recently established Legacy Images of Maine, a new video recording and editing business in Bath. The previous owner of Legacy Images of Vermont, LLC, she specializes in recording significant lifetime events and life stories.

A grand opening celebration at Avalon Healing Arts, 98 Middle Bay Road in Brunswick, will be held 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, March 11, with giveaways, snacks and drawings.

Lisa and Sheldon Perkins of North Yarmouth have been granted a utility patent  for an innovative new pet comb. The CoatHook is manufactured in Maine, and plans are underway to develop a wholesale network this year.


The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project recognized nearly 200 volunteers last month, including, from left, Mary Allen Lindemann from Coffee By Design; Sue Roche of ILAP; Skeek Frazee, a representative of U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree’s office; and Mark Swann of Preble Street Resource Center. ILAP helps Maine’s immigrants keep their families together, gain protection from persecution and domestic violence, attain residency and work authorization and become U.S. citizens.