People & Business: Nov. 2

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Hires, promotions, appointments

Jeanine Chesley, CEO of New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Portland, recently announced Sharon Kuhrt has been appointed chief nursing officer. 

The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ and ChoralArt of Portland welcomed Brooke Hubner as their new executive director.

The Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick has hired Cheryl Gerrior as the new finance officer.

Michael McAllister is the new interim executive director of SailMaine.

Susan MacArthur has joined Strategic Talent Management as vice president.

Girl Scouts of Maine announced that Betsey Timm, of Falmouth, was elected as president of the board of directors. Other additions to the board include Caroline McAleese Riley, of Falmouth, first vice president; Janet O’Toole, of Cape Elizabeth, treasurer; Kay Henry, of Harpswell, at-large member; and Kathryn Burke Pratt, of Falmouth, at-large member.

The Cancer Community Center has appointed three new members to the board of trustees: Robin Haley, social worker and substance abuse prevention coordinator for the Falmouth School Department; Karen Bradbury, assistant vice president, head of global talent development at Unum; and Morgan Smith, audit manager at Baker Newman and Noyes accounting firm in Portland.

Delta Dental Plan of Maine announced the election of four new board directors, including information technology veteran Jason Lenardson, of Yarmouth, the chief operating officer and a partner at Winxnet, Inc., in Portland, and Jeffrey Walawender, DDS, of South Portland, the lead dentist of Community Dental’s center in Portland.

Portland-based Wright-Ryan Construction, Inc. has hired new staff: Tyler Durkee joined the firm as a commercial project manager and Erick Aitken is a new commercial superintendent.

Kevin Fletcher, associate broker for Malone Commercial Brokers, has accepted an appointment to the National Association of Realtors’ Commercial Committee. Peter Harrington, a partner and associate broker for Malone Commercial Brokers, has been elected vice president of the Maine Association of Realtors.

Albin, Randall & Bennett, a certified public accounting firm based in Portland, has recently hired Alyssa Kurtz Hemingway as manager.


Kathleen Dodge, who works in branch operations in Portland, was named Employee of the Year when Camden National Bank honored exemplary employees at the company’s annual Employee Appreciation Event in late September. 

Winxnet, a Maine-based IT outsourcing and consulting firm, was ranked fifth in the Best Places to Work in Maine Medium Employer Category (50-249 employees) at the awards celebration in October. It is the fifth year in a row Winxnet was been recognized as a top employer in the state.

Bath Savings Institution was honored at an Oct. 21 dedication ceremony at Fort Williams Park for its role in helping replace the flagpole at Portland Head Light. A portion of the proceeds from their major sponsorship of South Portland WinterFest-2016 paid for the newly installed flagpole.

United Insurance and Tim McGonagle of Portland have been named the Maine Grocers & Food Producers 2016 Associate of the Year. United Insurance works with grocers and food producers across its 14 locations throughout Maine. Tim McGonagle represents United Insurance as MGFPA Board Secretary

Islandport Press of Yarmouth announced that three of its children’s books were awarded medals in this year’s Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. “Chantarelle,” written by G. A. Morgan of Portland, won the silver medal for pre-teen fiction, fantasy.

Northeast Hearing and Speech Executive Director Laurie Mack and Tara Jacquet, clinical team leader, were chosen to present their program, “5 Books – 5 Strategies: An Innovative Approach to Phonological Awareness Training for Early Childhood Educators,” at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association national convention in Philadelphia on Nov. 18.

Giving Back

Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger announced its largest-ever commitment to fight childhood hunger in Maine, pledging a three-year $100,000 contribution to expand the school backpack and school pantry programs in Maine. The announcement included the Campaign’s first contribution of $34,000 to Good Shepherd Food Bank’s childhood hunger programs. Recently, Maine’s credit unions completed a three-year, $75,000 contribution to fight childhood hunger.

Midcoast Maine Pickleball raised $600 this fall to support summer camp scholarship funds at the Bath Area Family YMCA and Bath Parks and Recreation last month. Over 80 pickleball players from Maine and New England competed in the club’s second annual Picklefest tournament this year.

Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution recently donated $1,500 to Grahamtastic Connection, an organization dedicated to providing technology for hospitalized children in southern Maine.


Maine Initiatives, a community-based foundation, announced the 2016 Racial Justice and Equity Cohort, selected to each receive $25,000 in Maine Initiatives’ 2016 Grants for Change in recognition of their work advancing racial justice and equity in our state: In Her Presence, Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, Maine Inside Out, Maine-Wabanaki REACH, Mano en Mano, Martin Luther King Jr. Fellows, New Mainers Tenants’ Association, Raise-Op Housing Cooperative, Somali Bantu Mutual Assistance Association of Lewiston/Auburn, and Tree Street Youth.

The Cancer Community Center received a $7,500 grant from the Welch Charitable Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to expand free complementary therapies.

People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced in October that it has awarded $10,000 to Goodwill Industries of Northern New England in Portland.