Jess Townsend named executive director of Midcoast Humane



Engineering and surveying firm Haley Ward Inc. has hired three employees in its Saco office:

Ron Willy

Ron Willy joined the company as a senior project manager and project engineer. Willey brings over 25 years of mechanical engineering experience in the healthcare, cleanroom, natatorium, criminal justice and government industries.

Justyna Cybowicz

Justyna Cybowicz was hired as a mechanical designer. Cybowicz brings experience in the design of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, and has extensive experience with Revit and AutoCAD.

Michael McCormick

Michael McCormick joined the company as an environmental technician. McCormick’s professional experiences include geological mapping, lithogeochemical sampling and analysis, petrography, geochronology and geophysical surveys.

Sara groves

Sara groves joined the Maine Federation of Humane Societies as administrative and program manager. Groves, of Portland, brings several years of nonprofit experience and working with animal organizations.


Jess Townsend

Jess Townsend was promoted to executive director of Midcoast Humane in Brunswick. Townsend is an animal welfare professional with 15 years of experience. She had previously served as interim chief executive since October.

Portland law firm Drummond Woodsum has announced four new shareholders and senior consultants.

Isabelle Ekman

Isabelle Ekman was made a shareholder. Ekman primarily represents school districts on issues such as the Special Education and Disability Act, student rights, student discipline, and Title IX matters. She also advises healthcare providers on HIPAA compliance.

Kellie Fisher

Kellie Fisher represents secured and unsecured creditors, equity holders, debtors, liquidation and litigation trustees, and more. Fisher also represents stakeholders in Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13 bankruptcy cases and other restructuring transactions.

Penelope Wheeler-Abbott

Penelope Wheeler-Abbott was appointed senior consultant. She works with schools and municipalities as a non-lawyer consultant and spokesperson providing advice on education and human resources issues.

Marc Gallagher

Marc Gallagher was also appointed senior consultant. Gallagher is a non-lawyer who advises corporations, nonprofits, advocacy organizations, and election campaigns on a range of energy, controlled substances, and healthcare issues. He has nearly 28 years of experience in the legislative and electoral process.

Alison Bromsky

The Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute has promoted Alison Bromsky to associate director of community and communications. Bromski has worked with the institute since 2016 as a consultant, community engagement specialist, and community and communications manager.


Renee Lewis

Renee Lewis joined the board of the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute. Lewis, of Hollis, is a senior partner and director of Bloomfield Capital in Portland, which manages more than $500 million in investments.

The Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences has appointed four new members to its Board of Directors:

Marc Abbott most recently he served as president and director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and is now president emeritus.

Pierre Handy is president and CEO of Bristol Seafood in Portland. In addition, he serves on the boards of Maine Public Radio and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine.

Randall Jeffrey had a 20-year career in radio station mergers and acquisitions. He is passionate about preserving our oceans and marine life and is a 100 ton captain in the US Coast Guard.

Dimitri Michaud has nearly two decades of financial and business strategy experience with leadership roles in the public and private sectors. He is currently Chief Operating Officer of Gorham Savings Bank.

The Portland Conservatory of Music announced the addition of two new board members:

Nancy Mervin is Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Advance, a private media, communications, entertainment and technology company. Merwin specializes in employment law and compliance and is responsible for corporate ethics.

Chris Kuchuris recently retired from a 30-year career as a professor of philosophy at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. Kuchuris has been active on boards in Las Vegas and Traverse City, Michigan, and has worked with community music organizations such as Blues In The Schools in Las Vegas.

Midcoast Humane has appointed five new members to the Board of Directors: Beth Chiquoineof Harpswell, is a retired academic administrator. Jennifer Jonesof Falmouth, is a Registered Clinical Social Worker. Kathy Hirtof Harpswell, is a biostatistician and retired from George Washington University. mason palm treeof Brunswick, owns the Little Dog Coffee Shop. Julie Beaneof Brunswick, works at the Maine Development Foundation.

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