People & Business: Nov. 16

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Shalom House honored Portland Police Department’s Behavioral Heath Coordinator, Jo Freedman, and the Portland Recovery Community Center at its annual Shalom House Hope Awards on Nov. 3 at Ocean Gateway. Freedman received the Johnson & Korda Innovation Award for her work as the head of the Behavioral Health Unit of the Portland Police Department. The Portland Recovery Community Center received the Joseph Brannigan Community Excellence Award for providing a safe haven for people in addiction recovery. 

The Shalom House Hope Awards are named after the organization’s founders Birger Johnson and Thor and Connie Korda, who helped spearhead the first group home in Maine, which is now part of Shalom House’s 26 properties and support services for people with serious mental illnesses.

Catherine Lorello-Snow, PMHRN-BC, director at the Spurwink Mental Health Center, received the Agnes E Flaherty Leadership in Nursing award from the American Nursing Association of Maine this fall at the OMNE/ANA-Maine annual conference held in Freeport.

Girl Scouts of Maine announced that Kim Block, news anchor at WGME-13, will be honored at the 20th Annual Women of Distinction Gala on Dec. 1, in South Portland.

Baker Newman Noyes recognizes Senior Manager Melinda Irish, CPA, who has been selected as one of Maine Society of Certified Public Accountants 2016 Women to Watch. 

The Veterinary Clinic has been selected for the 2016 Best of Brunswick Award in the Veterinarian category by the Brunswick Award program.

Hires, promotions, appointments

The Bowdoin International Music Festival welcomed Laura Chaney as the festival’s new director of development. Chaney returns to the Brunswick area, having begun her development career as a Development Office Fellow at Bowdoin College.

SPACE Gallery’s Board of Directors announced the appointment of Gibson Fay-LeBlanc as interim executive director. Fay-LeBlanc, Portland’s poet laureate, is the former executive director of the Telling Room.

Danielle Hansen, JD, of Portland, was hired as a staff member in the tax practice at Baker Newman Noyes, and Jane Rankin, CPA, MBA, of North Yarmouth, was promoted to manager in the audit practice.

Stephanie Keith joined Winxnet, a Portland-based IT outsourcing and consulting firm, as a project manager.

Cheri Bonawitz, of Higgins Beach in Scarborough, has joined the team at Cardente Real Estate in Portland as a full service commercial broker.

Yarmouth-based Islandport Press announced that Anna E. Jordan of Brunswick has joined the staff as an editor and special projects coordinator.
Eaton Peabody welcomed Micah Smart to the firm’s Portland office as an associate in the Business Practice Group.
Verrill Dana recently added Anya Endsley to the firm’s Private Clients & Fiduciary Service Group in its Portland office.
Portland law firm Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman announced that attorneys Emily Atkins and Stephen Koerting, both 2016 magna cum laude graduates from the University of Maine, School of Law, have joined the staff.
Diane Churchill of Cape Elizabeth is the new office administator at Malone commercial brokers of Portland. 

Professional development

Applications are now being taken for Top Gun, an entrepreneurship acceleration program sponsored by The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development and its partners, the University of Maine, MaineStream Finance and the Lewiston/Auburn Economic Growth Council. Top Gun accelerates the progress of Maine’s most promising early stage, high-growth potential companies through a combination of mentoring, learning sessions and community. The highly selective Top Gun Program will accept about 40 companies in total; online applications and materials are due Jan. 12. The program begins Feb. 8, and runs through June.

New Ventures

Dr. Tarryn MacCarthy of Falmouth and Dr. Meghann Dombroski of Freeport have opened a new practice called mBrace Orthodontics in Falmouth.

Andy and Hester Mishkin, owners of Centerpoint Martial Arts, have opened their new studio at 65 Gray Road in Falmouth. Centerpoint offers classes in traditional martial arts programs for all ages, as well as fitness kickboxing, self-defense, health and family programs.

Mergers and acquisitions

Apothecary By Design, a Portland-based distributor of specialty pharmaceuticals and a BelHealth Investment Partners portfolio company, has acquired Village Fertility Pharmacy of Waltham, Massachusetts. The transaction was completed Oct. 26; terms were not disclosed. Fertility care is a core focus of ABD’s business, with much of its pharmacy services devoted to patients who face challenges conceiving children. Village is dedicated exclusively to this specialty.

On the Move

Nine Stones Spa in Portland is moving to a custom-designed spa space designed by Brewster Buttfield of Prospect Design. The current location at 250 Commercial St. will close Nov. 28 and the new location at 185 Fore St. will open Dec. 2.