Niedner named Franklin Savings Bank VP, Coolidge, Jackson promoted

Franklin Savings Bank has brought up a veteran branch manager to mange its main office, in Farmington, and promoted two other lenders.

Lorna Durrell Niedner has been named vice president, retail and consumer lending, and branch manager at the bank’s main office, said Shelley Deane, senior vice president, human resources and administration, in a press release from the bank.

Niedner, who lives in Livermore, has been with Franklin Savings Bank for 28 years, progressing from positions in the loan department and customer service to becoming a lender and, eventually the manager of the Jay branch.

“We are so thrilled to have Lorna in this position,” said Deane. “Her experience ties together the lending and deposit operations in Farmington in a way only a branch manager could. The bank started integrating its lending and customer service activity two years ago and having a single person coordinate those efforts just makes sense.”

Franklin Savings Bank has also promoted Lindsay Coolidge to loan officer in the Farmington office.

Coolidge, of Wilton, earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Maine in 2005. She started working at the bank in 2002 as a customer service representative.

She progressed through various loan positions until becoming, most recently, a loan interview clerk, according to the release.

“She’s a great asset to Franklin Savings Bank,” said Deane.

Lender Diane L. Jackson will replace Niedner as Jay’s branch manager. Jackson has been with Franklin Savings Bank nearly nine years. She came to the bank with a strong banking and management background. She manages and serves as the underwriter for the bank Home Equity Loan Program, which is serviced at the Jay branch.

Jackson is a member of the Jay, Livermore, Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce and an active volunteer for many FSB-sponsored community events. She is a graduate of the New Tribes Bible Institute in Michigan and numerous professional training programs.

Kennebec Savings Bank promotes Winthrop’s Charest

Marie Charest has been named vice president, compliance and community reinvestment act officer, Andrew Silsby, president and CEO of Kennebec Savings Bank has announced.

Charest began her career at the bank in 1999 as a lending and loan operations manager, then became a loan software programmer before taking a position in compliance and community reinvestment.

“Marie has been a dedicated employee at KSB for more than 15 years,” said Dave Roy, senior vice president and chief risk officer. “She’s worked in a variety of positions, willingly taking on new tasks and responsibilities.”

With the dual role of compliance and CRA officer, Charest helps oversee compliance processes, online employee training programs and maximizes the bank/s community reinvestment activities, according to the release.

Charest lives in Winthrop with her husband, Rick, and their son, Wyatt.

Kennebec Savings Bank has offices in Augusta, Waterville, Winthrop and Farmingdale.

Redington-Fairview’s Blanchette gets specialty accreditation

Chris Blanchette, PA-C, employed by Redington-Fairview General Hospital, is one of 240 certified physician assistants nationally to recently earn a Certificate of Added Qualifications from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, according to a press release from the organization.

Blanchette was awarded a CAQ in emergency medicine, earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing an exam in the specialty, according to the release. He is one of 20 certified PAs in Maine and approximately 800 nationally to earn a CAQ since the program’s inception in 2011.

“Certified PAs are in high demand because they are valued as medical providers who deliver quality care to the patients they serve,” said Dawn Morton-Rias, president and CEO of NCCPA.

CAQs are offered to certified physician assistants in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, nephrology and psychiatry, and for the first time in 2014, hospital medicine and pediatrics, according to the relase.

Charlotte White Center earns three-year CARF accreditation

The Charlotte White Center has been accredited for a second consecutive three-year period for its residential brain injury services by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, according to a release from the center.

The accredidation comes after an extensive review covering more than 600 standard areas and requiring high quality performance in order to achieve a three-year certification, according to the release.

Charlotte White Center provides community health and social services for adults, children and families affected by cognitive or developmental disabilities, behavioral or mental health challenges, domestic violence, or acquired brain injuries, according to the release, and has locations in Waterville, Dover-Foxcroft and Bangor. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization, according to the release.

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