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GrowSmart Maine announces election of two new board members

PORTLAND
- GrowSmart Maine, a statewide non-partisan non-profit with offices in Portland, is pleased to announce the recent election of Ethan Boxer-Macomber and Bruce Kidman to their board of directors.

Ethan Boxer-Macomber, LEED AP has 18 years experience in real estate, housing and community development. During seven years with Avesta Housing, he successfully led multiple large-scale residential development projects across southern Maine. In 2013, he started Anew Development, LLC, a Portland-based real estate development company dedicated to residential infill that provides highest, best community value by adhering to principles of quality urban design, smart growth, and sustainability.

Boxer-Macomber formerly held positions as City Planner in Davis, California and Portland, Maine and as Portland's CDBG and Housing Program Manager. He earned a BS in Natural Resources & Ecology from UMaine, Orono and an MS in Community Planning and Development from the University of California, Davis. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and was formerly certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He is a passionate advocate for smart growth and can be found regularly volunteering time to programs and policy initiatives relating to bicycle / pedestrian, housing and land use matters.

Bruce Kidman served as director of External Affairs for The Nature Conservancy in Maine for nearly 20 years, overseeing public policy, stakeholder relations and communications. In that position he worked with a wide spectrum of interests such as municipalities, sporting organizations, state and legislative leaders, forestry representatives, land trusts and environmental advocates. He took particular pride in forging successful Land For Maine's Future bonding campaigns and obtaining a variety of federal grants, altogether directing well north of 100 million public dollars to conservation projects in Maine.

Kidman had previously worked for The Maine Chamber of Commerce, Westbrook College and the State's Office of Manpower Planning. He holds degrees from Colby College and the Maine College of Art and served, along with his wife Joan, as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia.

David Webster of PDT Architects and GrowSmart Maine Board Chair said, "We are tremendously pleased to have both Ethan and Bruce joining our Board. With such a wide range of expertise, skills and passions, they will bring great energy and insights to GrowSmart Maine."

The Mission of GrowSmart Maine is to build lasting prosperity without sacrificing the quality of life that defines Maine. GrowSmart Maine's goal is to create a robust economy, vibrant communities and a healthy environment for generations to come through advocacy, education, projects and strategic partnerships. For more information, please visit www.growsmartmaine.org.

Dawn DeBois joins Realty of Maine

BANGOR - Dave Sleeper, designated broker/owner of Realty of Maine is pleased to announce that Dawn DeBois of Hermon has joined the Realty of Maine team as their director of Business Development and Marketing. 'Dawn comes to us from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine with experience not only building community relationships, recruiting and marketing; but also maintaining website and social media platforms. Dawn is going to be an integral part of the Realty of Maine continuing to not only lead the Bangor market; but to also build on and develop the relationships that will be essential for our statewide growth in the coming years.'

'Realty of Maine recently was voted Best Real Estate Agency of Greater Bangor 2015 by Market Surveys of America. To be invited to join this amazing team is an honor,' says DeBois. She graduated from the University of Maine and will work out of Realty of Maine's 458 Main St. office in Bangor.

Jeffrey Doran joins EMHS

BREWER EMHS president and CEO, M. Michelle Hood, FACHE is pleased to announce Jeff Doran has joined EMHS as the system's first vice president of System Clinical Services.

In this new role, under the office of chief medical officer Robert Thompson, MD, MBA, Doran is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of EMHS' system clinical services with a focus on achieving the Triple Aim plus onean excellent experience for our patients, improving the health of our communities, and lowering the cost of care, while providing a great environment for providers and employees to contribute to our work. Michelle Hood commented, 'We look forward to having Jeff join our EMHS team. His extensive expertise in hospital and health system leadership, strategic planning, operations in support of population health, and finance will serve EMHS well as we look to more fully align our services and provide our patients with a seamless experience throughout our care continuum.'

Spending most of his professional career in the Boston region, Doran was involved in many early population health initiatives with Massachusetts being the first state to pioneer healthcare reform in 2006 before it became national law in 2010. He says, 'I have had the opportunity to see the positive effect healthcare reform has had for many uninsured Massachusetts residents. In my new role, I hope to build upon EMHS's successes and continue to support the integration of systems that will lead to improved population health management.'

Throughout his professional career, Doran has led many successful collaborative projects, including transitioning Quincy Hospital from a struggling city-owned hospital to a privately owned hospital with a comprehensive academic and clinical affiliation with Boston Medical Center. During the strategic repositioning process, he built strong community partnerships and maintained the trust and support of the medical staff and workforce colleagues. In recognition of this success, Hood noted, 'His team-based approach to leadership and his ability to collaboratively drive results will be key to our success as we continue on our journey of becoming a model of excellence in healthcare by 2020.

Doran received his MA in health services administration from George Washington University in Washington, DC, as well as a BS in health services administration from Providence College in Rhode Island.

Doran assumed this role on Aug. 17.

EMMC welcomes new senior vice president and chief operating officer

BANGOR Eastern Maine Medical Center recently welcomed Donna Russell-Cook, FACHE, back to the organization in her new role of senior vice president and chief operating officer. She previously worked at EMMC between 2006 and 2009, serving as the administrator for the Heart Center and Critical Care Services.

'I love it here in Maine,' says Russell-Cook. 'I am really pleased to be back working alongside the wonderful people here at EMMC and EMHS. I am honored to be a part of the remarkable leadership team, working to provide high quality, compassionate care for our patients.'

Since departing EMMC in 2009, Russell-Cook has served as chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Heart Institute-Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, president of St. Elizabeth Hospital, and service line executive for Franciscan Health System in Washington State.

As senior vice president and chief operating officer, she will guide operations at the hospital, embracing the rich history of Eastern Maine Medical Center while also working to integrate innovation to help ensure our community and patients receive excellent care.

BBBS names Malsbury new KV school-based manager

AUGUSTA -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine, which serves youth facing adversity in Knox, Lincoln, Kennebec, Penobscot, Somerset and Waldo Counties, has hired Will Malsbury of Gardiner as its new school-based manager to serve Kennebec Valley. In this position, he will be responsible for recruiting, interviewing, screening and training prospective new high school students to serve as mentors (Big Brothers and Big Sisters) for elementary and middle school students. He will coordinate School-Based Mentoring in Kennebec and Somerset Counties and provide match support as Bigs and Littles develop their relationships. He will work out of BBBSMM's Augusta office.

Prior to coming to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Malsbury worked as an AmeriCorps member for City Year Boston, serving in a 4th grade classroom as a tutor, role model and mentor for students in all subject areas, behavior management and attendance coaching. He also coordinated an extended day learning program for 30 students by writing curriculum and facilitating activities. Before that, he served as a Youth Outreach Specialist/Therapeutic Mentor for Riverside Community Care in Needham, MA, where he mentored young adolescent men with mental disabilities.

He received a MA in teaching (elementary education) from Northeastern University, and a BA in sociology with a minor in non-profit organization management from Gordon College. While attending Gordon College, Malsbury was selected to be the Service Learning Trip Leader, for a service trip to the CICRIN Orphanage in Ometepe, Nicaragua. In that role he interviewed and selected a team of 11 peers who completed physical service projects on orphanage grounds.

'Will's background working with youth and knowledge of non-profit organizations will be a big asset for Big Brothers Big Sisters,' says Alex Gaeth, BBBSMM's CEO. 'We're excited to have him join our team and help us grow our program in Kennebec Valley.'

"I am very excited to be working among such passionate and dedicated people at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid Maine! It is an honor to be doing good work to help sustain and grow such an impactful program in the community that I now call home," Malsbury said.

If you are a local high school student who would like more information about becoming a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine, contact Malsbury at 592-4606 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Big Brothers Big Sisters changes the lives of almost 800 children in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset and Waldo Counties facing adversity for the better, forever by providing strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships. By partnering with parents, volunteers and organizations, children in the program have higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoid risky behaviors and achieve educational success. Visit bbbsmidmaine.org or find BBBS on Facebook.

Radio Station 93.7FM The Wave' announces new general manager

AUGUST Radio Station 93.7FM 'The Wave' has named its morning personality Paul Dupuis as new General Manager, Chuck Begin, owner of the station, announced today.

In addition to continuing as on-air host of 'The Morning Wave, Dupuis will also now be responsible for all revenue-related duties at the radio station. Dupuis will hire and train all advertising representatives, and work to market and promote the station to Downeast businesses.

Dupuis brings many years of radio experience to the job, having worked in broadcasting for over 25, all of it in the State of Maine. His background includes a highly-rated and popular morning show from his time at a radio station in Bangor, where Dupuis won numerous awards from the Maine Association of Broadcasters, including 'Radio Personality of the Year,' 'Best On-Air Radio Contest' and 'Best Radio Commercial.'

Dupuis also has an extensive track record of success in media advertising sales, as well as commercial voiceovers, professional speaking, marketing and event-planning. Additionally, Dupuis has taught broadcasting skills for over 15 years at the New England School of Communication, where he created and designed some of the courses he taught completely from scratch.

Said Wave station owner Begin, 'Finding someone with Paul's level of credentials is hard enough, but to have a professional who is so familiar with Downeast Maine and already a part of our growing team is a big bonus! As we continue to expand as Maine's Fastest Growing Radio Station, having Paul coach and mentor our advertising sales team, and create growth strategies for us is absolutely fantastic!'

Dupuis currently resides in Veazie with his wife, Sherry, and their two sons.

Broadcasting from state-of-the-art studios in beautiful downtown Bar Harbor, and serving the communities of Milbridge, Bar Harbor, Ellsworth, Bangor and all of Downeast Maine, 93.7FM The Wave is the state's only Refreshing and Relaxing Music station. The Wave plays a mix of music from yesterday and today that's specially-customized to appeal to adult listeners in the area.

Call The Wave at (207) 812-3878, or toll-free at 855-937-WAVE (9283).

Big Brothers Big Sisters names community-based manager

BANGOR - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine (BBBSMM) has hired Melanie Morse of Waterville as its new Community-Based Manager for Penobscot County. In this position, she will be responsible for recruiting, interviewing, screening and training prospective new mentors to serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters. She will also be matching these screened Bigs with children (ages 5-14) from the community (Littles) and working with the matches to provide ongoing match support as they develop their relationships. She will work out of the BBBS office located at the Bangor YMCA on Second St.

Before joining BBBSMM, she worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/Metrowest in Framingham, MA, as an AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring & Interview and Match Support Specialist. In this position, she developed strategies to effectively recruit and retain volunteer mentors, and coordinated three site-based youth mentoring programs. She was also responsible for maintaining and updating the agency's social media pages, blog posts and e-newsletters. Prior to that position, she served as the Communications and Event Planning Intern for JDRF in Hamden, CT and also worked as an Office Assistant/Public Relations at the Albert Schweitzer Institute in Hamden.

She graduated from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT with a bachelor's degree in communications, and was a staff writer in the Arts & Entertainment Department for the university's online independent student newspaper, the Quad News.

Originally from Waterville, she worked as the front desk assistant and Recreation Leader for the Waterville Parks & Recreation Department while attending school there.

Alex Gaeth, CEO for BBBSMM says, 'Melanie has Big Brothers Big Sisters agency experience and will bring solid match support skills and marketing abilities to her new position. She is excited to return to Maine and make the Bangor region her new home.'

'After serving with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/Metrowest and witnessing the impact the Program has made in so many lives, I am more than excited to have the opportunity to continue working within this organization,' Morse says.

Big Brothers Big Sisters changes the lives of almost 800 children in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset and Waldo Counties facing adversity for the better, forever by providing strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships. By partnering with parents, volunteers and organizations, children in our program have higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoid risky behaviors and achieve educational success. To learn more about how you can change a child's life, please contact Morse at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 941-2808 x 254 today. Visit at bbbsmidmaine.org or on Facebook.

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