Central Maine Business Notes: Northern Light Inland Hospital Appoints Tim Lecrone as Practice Director

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Northern Light Inland Hospital has named Tim Lecrone its new Chief Practice Officer. Lecrone previously served as its director of patient access at Inland for the past three years, according to a press release from the Waterville-based hospital.

Prior to joining Inland, he was Director of Wellness and Athletics at Unity College and Chief Operating Officer of Alfond Youth Center. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Maine at Orono.

UScellular donates $30,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Waterville

UScellular announced a $30,000 investment in Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Waterville to provide educational opportunities and experiences for local youth. The company has invested in Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Waterville to support K-12 science, technology, engineering, math and academic enrichment programs, according to a company press release. .

The STEM learning and experience provided is designed to prepare students for the careers of tomorrow, and according to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Youth Outcomes Survey, youth in Boys & Girls Clubs are showing much interest greater at pursuing STEM careers than their peers nationally. (52% versus 27%).

This year, the funding will support the club to help create space for creation by purchasing equipment, supplies and tools to increase hands-on engagement and STEM creation. The club will also purchase a 3D printer and equipment and use the funds to fund field trips.

“We heard from parents and students that they think STEM is good for their future career, but 48% of students and 41% of parents don’t know enough about the opportunities a STEM education would provide “said Tabatha McKay, UScellular’s Vice President/General Manager in New England. “The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Waterville provide this essential access so that we can build a future of bright and enthusiastic technology leaders. »

“We are very pleased to continue this work with UScellular to support STEM education at the Boys and Girls Club of America,” said Ken Walsh, general manager of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Waterville. “We know that shaping the future of young people starts with giving them access to what’s possible, and with UScellular’s commitment, we’re opening doors for today’s young people.”

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The Tourism Council elects officers to the Board of Directors

The Kennebec Valley Tourism Council has elected officers to its Board of Directors for a one-year term from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

They include Mike Guarino, owner of Maine Wilderness Tours, as president; Cheryl Nadeau, City Manager of Jackman, as Vice President; and Kimberly N. Lindlof, president and CEO of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the Central Maine Growth Council, as treasurer, according to a press release from the board.

Kristina Cannon, executive director of Main Street Skowhegan, will remain chair of its marketing committee.

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KeyBank Announces November Retirement of Raymond Kelley

KeyBank Market President and Commercial Sales Leader Raymond T. “Chip” Kelley announced his intention to retire at the end of November after more than 30 years as a commercial banking leader in Maine. A graduate of Colby College, Kelley began his professional career as a prep school teacher and coach, then moved into banking, joining Shawmut Bank in Boston in 1985. He then spent two years in the early 1990s with BankSouth in Atlanta, Georgia, before returning. in Maine in 1992. Prior to joining Key in 2005, he spent 13 years at Bank of America in Portland as a commercial banking manager. He was named chairman of KeyBank Market in 2018, according to a press release from the bank.

Under his leadership, KeyBank has directed more than $436 million to Maine communities through the bank’s National Community Benefits Plan, established in 2017. These investments have focused on affordable housing, home loans, small business loans and transformative philanthropy targeted at workforce development, education, and safe and vital neighborhoods for underserved communities. Kelley has been an active member of the community, serving on numerous boards and associations, with a particular focus on local economic development and new emerging industries throughout Maine. These organizations include North Atlantic Venture Capital Corp., Maine International Trade, and the New England Ocean Cluster. He is also a board member and treasurer of Maine and Co., Maine Technology Institute and Piper Shores.

“Chip has been a tremendous leader and mentor during his time at Key, effectively representing our bank in the community and unifying the go-to-market strategy of the various lines of business serving the Maine market,” said the director of KeyBank’s New England Commercial Bank. James Barger. “He is an accomplished banker and relationship builder, and has driven significant growth in our commercial banking portfolio during his tenure.” Barger will immediately begin the search for a new Market President and Head of Commercial Sales and will work with Kelley over the coming months to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

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Thomas College hires a new sports coach

WATERVILLE — Thomas College Athletics has hired Thomas Marshall as their new athletic coach.

Marshall will join head athletic coach Kyrstyn Keating, as part of the college’s athletic performance team.

“We look forward to Thomas joining our department,” vice president of athletics Christopher Parsons said, according to a college press release. “The health and safety of our student-athletes is of paramount importance, and we are delighted to have a new addition to our team.”

Marshall most recently served as an assistant athletics coach at Colby College. He holds his athletic training certificate, is licensed in the states of Maine and Pennsylvania, and is certified in ImPACT, CPR, and first aid. He earned a Master of Science in Advanced Clinical Practice-Athletic Training from the University of East Stroudsburg and a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of New England.

“I’m very happy to work at Thomas,” said Marshall. “I look forward to sharing my knowledge and helping Thomas’ student-athletes become the best version of themselves on and off the court.”

Marshall started at Thomas on Monday.

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Day’s Jewelers Welcomes New Vice President of Merchandising

Day’s Jewelers of Waterville has hired Julie Collins to serve as vice president of merchandising within its head office. She previously worked as a gemstone and watch buyer for Day’s. She has worked for the company since 2002, when she started as an office manager at the company’s Auburn location. She transitioned to office manager in Manchester, New Hampshire, and worked as an inventory operations manager at the corporate office. She spent 10 years buying various categories including gemstones, watches, gold, silver and fashion items. Collins holds an Associate of Science degree, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce. She and her husband, Mark, recently built a new home in Sydney, where they reside with their two sons.

Julie was hired as the new Vice President of Merchandising at Day’s Jewelers on July 14 and began the role on July 25. After being hired for this position, Julie said, “20 years ago I started working at Day’s knowing absolutely nothing about the jewelry industry. It’s an amazing industry with so many people willing to share their knowledge and experience. I am very pleased to lead our incredibly strong and experienced merchandising team.

In her new role, Collins will provide leadership, guidance and training to Day’s Jewelers’ 10 employees within the merchandising department. This department manages the acquisition, quality control, distribution and safety of all products purchased or developed by the company. Additionally, she will oversee Day’s $15 million inventory and be responsible for maintaining relationships with more than 200 gemstone and fine jewelry suppliers globally, including DeBeers, the world’s largest miner. diamonds in the world. Above all, Julie will ensure that Day’s offers the best style and quality of jewelry in the industry, so that Day’s can continue to provide the best service to its valued customers.

The company’s former vice president of merchandising, Kathy Corey, bought Day’s Jewelers alongside her husband, Jeff Corey, in 1988 and has been a strong influence on the company’s success ever since. She will no longer be employed by the company, but will continue to serve on Day’s Jewelers’ board of directors.

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