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Maine Community Foundation appoints Brendon Reay vice president of investments


Brendon Ray

The Maine Community Foundation has hired Brendon Ray as the new Vice President of Investments. Reay is based in the Ellsworth office and directs all aspects of the foundation’s core investment portfolio. Reay recently co-founded HarborHouse Partners, a Blue Hill-based private equity and advisory firm.

Dawn Pahel

Dawn Pahel joined Thornton Academy as Human Resources, Payroll and Benefits Manager. Pahel brings over 20 years of experience in human resources, business operations and finance. She previously worked for Ogunquit Playhouse as Director of Business Operations.

Potter Barrette

Katahdin Trust rehired Potter Barrette as Vice President, Information Security and Vendor Risk Administration. Potter served as Vice President, Commercial Services Officer at Katahdin Trust from 2006 to 2016. He is a chartered accountant and internal auditor.


Opera House Arts has announced three new recruits:

jenn adams was hired as an education associate. Adams is a theater producer, educator and community engagement facilitator.

Tegan McGuire

Tegan McGuire was hired as head of services to the public. McGuire has recently worked at local hospitality businesses including Fin and Fern in Stonington and 44 North Coffee in Deer Isle.

Cathy Planchart

Cathy Planchart was hired as a Marketing and Communications Associate. Planchart brings several decades of experience in marketing and communications.


Joe Ingream

Insurance provider OneAmerica has hired Joe Ingream, of Scarborough, as Senior Vice President. Most recently, Ingream was vice president and chief operating officer of the group insurance segment of Prudential Financial. He held several management positions there from 2013.

Paul Johnson

The Greater Portland Council of Governments has hired Paul Johnson as the new Senior Director of Economic Development. Johnson’s hiring is part of the agency’s expanded role in economic development. Johnson served on Scarborough City Council for more than three years, including two as chair. He has owned a local business for two decades.

Verrill Law Firm has hired Anna Mikhailina to join the benefits and executive compensation group of the company’s Portland office. Mikhaylina was previously a partner at a law firm specializing in veterans benefits.



Riley Getto

Riley Getto was promoted to Development Associate at Opera House Arts. She began her long working relationship with Opera House Arts in 2015, first as theatrical associate, then box office assistant and most recently as audience services manager.

Opera House Arts has announced the following new board members:

Michael Bloom

Michael Bloomof Stonington, works for a biomedical research agency, administering the review of molecular biology grant applications.

Galen Koch is a Portland-based audio producer, sound artist and writer. She has produced articles for the BBC World Service, NPR’s Morning Edition, The New York Times and various nationally syndicated podcasts. In 2021, she founded Maine Sound and Story, an online database of Maine oral histories.


Sarah Wilson is a Deer Isle native who started volunteering at Opera House Arts as a child. She took acting and dance classes at Bowdoin College, where she majored in neuroscience with a minor in education. She currently plays for the Portland women’s rugby team.

Susan Faunce

Lawyer Berman & Simmons Susan Faunce was named president of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association. Faunce, who joined the Maine-based law firm in 2006, is an accomplished medical malpractice attorney and currently leads the firm’s mass liability practice.


Americas Best Value Inn Wells, a hotel located in Wells-Ogunquit, has announced that it will operate under a new name and will be known as Anchor Inn & Cottages Wells-Ogunquit. The rebranding isn’t just cosmetic — the hotel said it invested $1 million in capital improvements and renovations.



Kenneth Carr, a Woolwich inventor, was recently selected to receive the prestigious Microwave Pioneer Award 2022 from the international IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. Carr, 90, is actively working to develop microwave-based devices to improve medical care, including a virus inactivation system that has the potential to kill bloodborne viruses.

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