Meservier new Franklin Chamber director

Penny Meservier had been named executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

Meservier is an advertising sales associate at the Franklin Journal and has been interim director at the chamber for the last three months, according to a press release from the chamber.

She was chosen from a competitive field of 20 applicants for the position partly because of her knowledge of the functions of the chamber and the direction the chamber is headed, the release said.

“I look forward to making a positive impact as the executive director and assist the chamber in the goal of promoting the area and member businesses,” said Meservier in the release.

Chamber President Glenn Kapiloff said he looks forward to working with Meservier because of her experience, education and enthusiasm. Two upcoming projects to that showcase Franklin County and what the area business have to offer are the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Welcome Guide and the Home and Leisure Show on March 21.

Meservier graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta with a degree in financial services. She has lived in Farmington for eight years. She is married and has two sons.

Sheepscot Valley Health gets new provider

Amber Shepherd, family nurse practitioner, will join Sheepscot Valley Health Center in Coopers Mills this month.

Shepherd will provide medical care to patients of all ages, according to a press release from the practice.

Shepherd brings nursing experience in school and residential settings assisting children with psychiatric issues, according to the release, which said her philosophy of care is to provide “holistic and wellness-focused care.”

Because of her background in psychiatric nursing, she is interested in mental health in the primary care setting. Other areas of clinical interest include women’s health and chronic disease management.

“I believe Sheepscot will be a wonderful place to begin my practice,” she said in the release. “Particularly important to me is the ability to develop long-term relationships with my patients and their families. I look forward to becoming a part of this community.”

Shepherd will join physicians Roy Miller and Kathryn Wistar, physician assistant Alison Jankowski, family nurse practitioners Deirdre Vander Schaaf and Colin McCabe as well as clinical social worker Judith Day, who provide primary care and behavioral health services. The practice, which is part of HealthReach health centers, serves about 4,000 people from Coopers Mills, Jefferson, Somerville, Washington, Whitefield, Windsor and surrounding communities.

Shepherd recently completed the George Washington University Family Nurse Practitioner Program in Washington, D.C. and is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She earned an undergraduate nursing degree at University of Vermont in 2012.

Silsby named KSB president and CEO

Andrew Silsby has been named president and chief executive officer of Kennebec Savings Bank, Richard D. O’Connor, chairman of the board, announced. Silsby has been president of the bank since June and is the institution’s 13th leader since its founding in 1870, according to a press release from the bank.

This title change completes a carefully planned leadership succession strategy in preparation for former president Mark Johnston’s upcoming retirement in June, according to the release. Johnston remains clerk of the bank until then.

“The Board is pleased with the vision and leadership Andrew has exhibited during his tenure with the bank,” O’Connor said in the release. “Under Andrew’s guidance, the bank retains institutional knowledge, is protected from uncertainties and poised for growth — offering authentic and dependable service to our three core constituencies; our customers, employees and our community.”

O’Connor said Silsby was born and raised in central Maine and has worked for the bank for 21 years.

Johnston added, “He has a deep understanding and appreciation of our community’s history and the needs of the people who live here.

“Together, we led the bank through unprecedented growth. I am confident his leadership style, sense of organizational stewardship and drive to strengthen opportunities for economic growth will sustain and promote Kennebec Savings Bank’s success.”

Before he became bank president and CEO, Silsby was executive vice president and chief operating officer, responsible for the bank’s operations, finance and technology divisions. For seven years, he served as the bank’s senior loan officer before becoming bank treasurer. Silsby was also instrumental in establishing the bank’s wealth management division, Kennebec Wealth Management, according to the release.

Silsby earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maine, and is a graduate of the National School of Banking and alumni of the Kennebec Leadership Institute.

Franklin Hospital’s Adams cardiac certified

Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington has announced that cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation nurse Vicki Adams, RN, has passed the Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional examination from the American Academy of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

FMH Cardio/Pulmonary Manager David Ames said in a press release the credential is new within the cardiac rehabilitation profession and is the only comprehensive professional certification in cardiac rehabilitation.

“Vicki’s hard work, study and perseverance has helped her achieve a significant goal — recognition of her skills and knowledge as a cardiac rehabilitation professional,” Ames said in the release.

Adams is among the first 166 cardiac rehabilitation professionals in the U.S. to earn the honor, Ames added.

Doc Hollandaise restaurant open in Augusta

Doc Hollandaise has opened in the building that housed Danny D’s restaurant on Civic Center Drive.

Doc Hollandaise features an extensive breakfast menu, including fried-to-order homemade doughnuts. There is also a large variety of eggs benedict to choose from.

Owners John and Ann Maglaras owned The Kennebec Cafe in Fairfield for many years. The restaurant is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 6 am to noon and Saturday and Sunday 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the winter.

Bar Harbor Bank and Trust China branch of ribbon-cutting set

A ribbon cutting will be held for the South China branch of the Bar Harbor Bank and Trust Thursday.

The the celebration at the newly renovated branch at 368 Route 3 will be at 11 a.m. Those planning to attend should call Erin Connor at 888-853-7100, ext. 2100.