Junior Achievement of Maine announced the addition of Caroline Blanchard and Abby rioux to its organization.
Blanchard joins as the program coordinator, implementing and managing the day-to-day operations of program recruitment, implementation, retention, data management and evaluation. She has worked in schools and with families specifically to improve education systems and promote youth empowerment.
Rioux joins as the development coordinator, establishing partnerships and business relationships that ensure the achievement of the organization’s strategic and funding objectives. She comes with training in nonprofit development and experiential education for young people. Rioux is passionate about providing unique learning opportunities for children and young adults and developing their leadership skills.
Woodman Edmands Danylik Austin Smith & Jacques PA is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Zdunczyk joined the firm as a partner, essentially merging his practice, Zdunczyk Law Office and Kennebunk Title Company, with the firm. Zdunczyk has practiced at Kennebunk for over 20 years, focusing on real estate, estate planning and administration, as well as corporate and business law.
Nick galanin of Portland has joined Miller Law & Mediation as a partner and will be based in its Portland office. Galanin is a graduate of the University of Maine Law School and Colgate University, was called to the Bar of Maine, and is a member of the Maine Bar Association. He is fluent in French and Spanish, and his multinational experience and talents will allow Miller Law & Mediation to broaden his scope of practice to serve the firm’s international and foreign clients. Prior to joining the firm, Galanin worked as a trial assistant in a criminal defense firm in Portland covering a wide range of issues, from theft and YES to arson and homicide.
Norm O’Reilly, professor and former assistant dean at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, has been appointed dean of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Maine. O’Reilly is a leading sports researcher; in 2018 he founded the International Institute for Sport Business & Leadership, a global research center and think tank at the University of Guelph. As a teacher and a CPA, he teaches courses in sports management and accounting. O’Reilly has expertise in a range of business topics including analytics, marketing, sponsorship, social media, sports finance, social marketing, physical activity, and management training. He is the author or co-author of 16 books, including the second edition 2020 of “Sports Business Management: Decision Making Around the Globe”, with George Foster and Tony Davila.
Portland-based affordable housing developer Avesta Housing has announced the following staff hires:
André Altmaier joined the property management team as Senior Regional Property Manager. Altmaier most recently served as Managing Director of Realty Resources Management at Rockport. Rod Harmon joined the advancement team as communication manager. He most recently served as Communications and Fundraising Coordinator for Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership in Falmouth. Karissa miller joined the information system team as a technology support specialist. Miller most recently served as an IT Support Technician for Spaulding Academy & Family Services in Northfield, New Hampshire. Nick ridley joined the information systems team as a technological systems administrator. Ridley has 10 years of experience in information technology, specifically in the field of managed service providers.
Migis Hotel Group has promoted Landace Porta to the director of operations. Porta is the General Manager of the Black Point Inn, operated by Migis for over 10 years, where she has been instrumental in the growth of the historic beachfront property. Since 2011, she has served as Deputy General Manager and Sales and Events Manager at Black Point Inn, having worked in the hospitality industry since 2007 after starting her career as an event planner at Pineland Farms in Gray.
The Board of Directors of the Interfaith Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (ChIME) is pleased to announce that Lisa Steele Maley of Edgecomb will assume the role of Dean. She joined the ChIME staff as Alumni Affairs Coordinator several months after graduating from ChIME in 2019, then served as Director of Programs and Acting Dean. In her previous work, Steele-Maley served as a freelance organizational consultant, advanced Kieve Wavus Education’s camp and leadership programs in many roles, and helped manage a residential field science program, among other experiences. .
Avesta Housing has announced the following promotions for staff: Molly duda was promoted from senior property manager to regional property manager. Amanda gilliam has been promoted from Senior Regional Property Manager / Acting Property Management Manager to Director of Property Management. Amy Grant Thurlow moved from regional real estate director to director of development and training. Jessica hinze was promoted from regional property manager to senior regional property manager.
APPOINTMENTS TO THE BOARD
Machias Savings Bank announced seven new companies at its annual meeting: Marci Kiosk of the LIHC investment group in Portland, Seraphina erhart sea vegetables from the coast of Maine to Hancock, Luke Holden from Luke’s Lobster in Portland, Cathy Manchester from Keller Williams Realty in Portland, Paul Paradis Paradise True Value in Bar Harbor, Hugh reynolds green lobster in Stonington and Drew Sigfridson, SIOR of The Boulos Company in Portland. All seven have been passed and approved by the existing companies of Machias Savings Bank.
Milestone Funeral Partners, the first privately funded, New England-based funeral and cemetery acquisition company, was launched in late May by Michel Martel Auburn and Timothy Intelligent Oakland. The two founded the company after more than 25 years of running funeral homes, cemeteries and crematoria (for a large consolidator) in the Northeast, including the Portland area. Martel, CEO of Milestone, is a Lewiston-Auburn native residing in Auburn with his wife, Jennifer, and having worked with funeral homes in the area. Smart, the company’s chief operating officer, is an Oakland resident with his wife, Kerry. They lived and managed a funeral home in the Waterville area for many years.
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