People & Business: March 30

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The American College of Bankruptcy announced that Roger A. Clement Jr. of the Verrill Dana law firm in Portland has been inducted as a Fellow. The ceremony took place March 18 in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian.

The Fontaine Family -The Real Estate Leader of Auburn and Scarborough bestowed the following honors during an awards banquet at the Muddy Rudder in Yarmouth: Sales Leader, Clayton Larochelle; Peak Producer, Bill Bergeron; and Outstanding Achiever, Pat Long-Cressey. 

CHANS Home Health Care received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The rating is based on data collected in a nationally standardized survey that asks patients about their recent experiences with CHANS. In related news, CHANS Home Health Care now offers Telehealth services, technology that allows patients to monitor their health at home. 

Giving Back

ReVision Energy, an installer of solar energy systems located in Portland, will donate a 5.3 kilowatt grid-tied solar electric installation to one Maine-based nonprofit organization this spring. The 20 panel system, to be installed in June, will be awarded based on applications received through April 30 and evaluated on a number of qualifiers. Apply at

A group of employees from Portland-based CPA firm BerryDunn participated in the WinterKids Downhill 24, a 24-hour team relay ski race at Sugarloaf. Proceeds were donated to WinterKids, a Maine nonprofit whose mission is to help kids develop healthy lifelong habits through fun outdoor winter activities.


Brian M. Curley has assumed the role of president and managing principal of PDT Architects of Portland, succeeding David C. Webster, a founding principal who led the firm for 38 years. Webster will continue in an advisory role, running the federal and veterans affairs health care market sector, while Curley heads the corporate, financial and housing sectors.

Putney, Inc., a pet pharmaceutical company based in Portland, announced an agreement to sell the company to Dechra Holdings US Inc. of the United Kingdom for $200 million.

Hires, promotions, appointments

Nicolle Nici Carbone, Esq. has been hired as the new executive director of the Kids First Center, a local nonprofit agency in Portland that helps children and parents cope with the effects of separation and divorce.

Pastor Jonathan Larssen has joined the Spiritual Care program at Mid Coast–Parkview Health. In his new role, Larssen joins a team of five professional chaplains, providing spiritual care for the patients, families, and staff of Mid Coast Hospital, Mid Coast Senior Health Center, and CHANS Home Health Care.

Cape Elizabeth native TC Haffenreffer has joined the Dunham Group in Portland, which provides commercial real estate services.

Suzanne M. Rende has been hired as senior vice president and wealth management officer at People’s United Bank.

Bath Savings Institution announced the following promotions: Marcia Wallace to AVP Mortgage Processing and Underwriting department manager; Megan Smith-Pinkham to Loan Servicing manager; Paul Cole, Information Technology manager; Michelle Dickinson, Human Resources manager; Daniel Wilson, Deposit Operations manager.

Gawron Turgeon Architects of Scarborough has welcomed Rebecca Dillon as the new principal and vice president of architecture.

Fontaine Family – The Real Estate Leader has added Jacqueline Wing to the staff. Wing will work primarily in the  Scarborough location.

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees has approved tenure for four faculty members: Kelly Hrenko Ph.D., Yuseung Kim Ph.D, Alexander Lapidus Ph.D. and Peter J. Woodruff Ph.D.

W. Bradford Willauer of Prouts Neck was installed as the vice commodore of the Cruising Club of America at its annual meeting March 4, at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.

BerryDunn CPAs of Portland has several new hires: Christina Dalessio, marketing manager; Alex Gagnon, PC support technician; Adam McNally, Content Marketing manager; Jennie Palermo, CPE and training coordinator; David Andrus, staff accountant; Kimberly Brandt, senior consultant; Amanda Findlay, consultant; Michael Martel, senior consultant; Meagan Shelton, consultant; Kathy Bennett, manager.

New Ventures

Bryan M. Dench, of Falmouth, chairman of the Board of Directors of Lewiston law firm Skelton Taintor & Abbott, has debuted the first in a series of six books that explain complex legal subjects to lay people.  “How to Work with Your Lawyer Book One: The Law in Six Minutes Series” covers how to build an effective working relationship with an attorney.

The Eide family of Portland hit the jackpot at Whole Foods in Portland in the Egg Hunt for 50 Golden Eggs hidden inside UnReal’s Easter Candy. The family, including, from left, Connor, Logan and Addysen, won a day of fun and chose to spend it at a resort and water park in North Conway, New Hampshire.