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Chamber announces appointment of Deborah Neuman as president and chief executive officer

BANGOR - The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce announced recently that it has appointed Deborah Neuman as its new president and chief executive officer. "We are excited that she will bring her unique combination of experience as a business owner and business advocate to the position,' says Renee Kelly, chair of the Chamber's Board of Directors. 'She not only understands the needs of our member businesses, but also sees the opportunities for growth in the Bangor region. She is recognized as a go-to resource in the region for small businesses and entrepreneurs."

Neuman brings to the position a long history of working to support and advocate on behalf of businesses in the state of Maine. She has served as deputy commissioner for the Department of Economic and Community Development, director of the University of Maine's Target Technology Center and as a business lender and counselor with the Eastern Maine Development Corporation.

Neuman spotlights Maine businesses through her "Back to Business" radio show on WVOM and WABI TV, in the Bangor Daily News and Bangor Metro Magazine. A resident of Bangor, Neuman is a former business owner and has prior experience with the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce as a past Board member and Bangor Region Leadership Institute graduate.

Neuman says, "I'm excited and grateful for the opportunity to bring my experience and passion for promoting and advocating on behalf of Maine businesses to serve the Chamber and the region in this leadership role. I look forward to working with the Board, staff, partners and members to continue to support and grow the region's businesses and economy." Neuman will assume her position Jan. 4.

UMF employee Lois King named Hospice Volunteer of the Year

FARMINGTON Lois King, UMF employee since 1979 and volunteer with Beacon Hospice in Augusta, has been selected from hundreds of nominations across 34 states as Hospice Volunteer of the Year. Kelly Herlihy, volunteer coordinator at the Augusta facility, an Amedisys company, made the memorable announcement at UMF's University Store where King is employed.

King started volunteering for the hospice organization several years ago after her mother, a dedicated volunteer herself, required hospice care. A great lover of poetry, her mother had an extensive collection of poems she would share with friends and loved ones in her personal correspondence.

Wanting to see her mother's caring legacy continue, King started a Bereavement Poetry program with Beacon Hospice where she shares her mother's poetry to cheer and console bereaved family and friends of hospice patients.

'Lois is not your typical direct care volunteer,' said Herlihy in her nomination letter of King for the hospice award. 'What a great way to honor and carry her mother's traditions with her than to use her mom's stationary to send a small token from the heart to bereaved families.'

King received a commemorative plaque, flowers and a $2,500 check. Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president, also gave her a book of poetry by Wes McNair, Maine Poet Laureate.

In addition to her poetry program, King gave over 100 hours creating more than 25 Chart a Life boards for individuals in hospice care. These collages of patients' personal experiences and things they loved help care givers get to know and interact with a patient and are given to the family afterwards as a keepsake.

'Hospice is a wonderful organization,' said King. 'They provide comfort, companionship and support for patients and their families when they need it the most. I love what I'm doing.'

Dr. James F. Conneely to lead University of Maine at Augusta

AUGUSTA University of Maine System Chancellor James Page announced recently that Dr. James F. Conneely will be the new President of the University of Maine at Augusta. With campuses in Augusta, Bangor and University College Centers in eight rural or underserved communities, the University of Maine at Augusta has a statewide mission of expanding access to higher education for learners of all ages, locations and backgrounds.

Dr. Conneely was selected as a finalist for the presidency following an extensive national search process that resulted in an applicant pool of more than 70 candidates and campus visits earlier in the fall when students, staff, faculty and community members engaged in discussions with three presidential finalists that significantly shaped the outcome of the selection process.

Dr. Conneely will begin work on Jan. 19, 2016. In addition to serving as the president of UMA, he will join the leadership team of the University of Maine System as a valued partner in the work to establish One University for all of Maine. The One University effort is a pioneering initiative that seeks to ensure that all Maine's public university resources can be brought to bear in support of every Maine student, business and community.

'Together we chose Dr. Conneely as our new leader through a collective understanding of where UMA is in its 50-year evolution as an institution of higher learning and our shared agreement that we must work even harder to assist those who have the farthest to go to reach their desired destination,' said Marjorie Medd, chair of the UMA Presidential Search Committee and a member of the UMS Board of Trustees.

'The faculty and staff at UMA and the University College Centers understand and have embraced the idea that every learner can succeed,' said Chancellor James H. Page. 'Any review of Dr. Conneely's credentials and accomplishments makes it clear he is ready to lead this university. He has built a 30-year career identifying, enrolling, supporting and graduating the very same students we work so hard to reach here at UMA.'

'The University of Maine at Augusta is building a national reputation as a leader in helping students achieve regardless of age, background or location thanks to the dedication of its talented faculty and staff,' said Dr. Conneely. 'It is a privilege to bring my experience in expanding access and passion for student service and success to a university so focused on helping learners of all types and from all corners of Maine think bigger and achieve more. UMA and the stories of its students are inspiring, and I am grateful for the opportunity to join a statewide team of educators with an unmatched commitment to helping students reach new opportunities through higher education."

Michael Whelan named vice president of Facilities and Supply Chain

BREWER EMHS president and CEO, M. Michelle Hood, FACHE is pleased to announce Michael Whelan has joined EMHS as the first system vice president of Facilities and Supply Chain.

In this new role, under the office of the chief financial officer, Whelan will oversee all of facilities and supply chain management, real estate, security, environmental services, biomedical engineering, construction and renovation projects. In addition, he will serve as chair of the EMHS Environment of Care Team (safety committee) and will direct the overall maintenance and repair operations for EMHS. Michelle Hood commented, 'We look forward to the talent and skill that Michael will bring to our team. His broad based experience as a senior facilities support services executive will serve EMHS well as we look to more fully align and strengthen our facilities operations across EMHS.'

Whelan is a trained clinical engineer and experienced in change management. He received his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and Master of Science in clinical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Whelan's more notable achievements include negotiating a memorandum of understanding with the State of Massachusetts that allowed the University of Massachusetts Medical Center to construct its first new building since the hospital's original construction and creating a nationally recognized support services response center at the Henry Ford Health System. In his current role at St. Peter's Health Partners, Mike is proud of the level of 'system integration' his team has achieved following their merger of three health systems in Albany, New York.

Whelan commented, 'I am looking forward to moving to Maine and becoming a member of the EMHS team. By working collaboratively with my new colleagues, I feel my contributions can make a difference in helping to provide a safe and effective care environmentone that improves the experience of both the patients and caregivers.'

Whelan will assume this role on Feb. 15.

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