Five win promotions at OTIS credit union

OTIS Federal Credit Union in Jay recently promoted five of its staff members.

Darice Dubreuil was promoted from vice president of lending to vice president. Dubreuil has been a part of the credit union industry for 31 years, spending six months working at a credit union in Virginia and the remainder of her career at OTIS FCU. Prior to attaining her former position as vice president of lending, she worked as a receptionist, teller, loan processor, collector, teller supervisor, computer operator and accountant at OTIS.

Jamie Turcotte was promoted from loan officer to loan manager. Turcotte has been with OTIS for 20 years. She spent the first five years of her career working as a teller and as backup teller supervisor. She then transitioned into roles in the loan department, first working as a loan processor and then as a loan officer.

Lindsay Sirois was promoted from loan processor to loan officer. Originally hired as a teller in December 2016, Sirois was later promoted to cards specialist and then was again promoted to her former position of loan processor.

Josie Metivier was promoted from teller to loan processor. Metivier has been with the credit union since September 2017.

Kimberly Couture was promoted from teller to collector. Couture has been with the credit union since June 2018.

Maine Children’s Home attains top evaluator rating
Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers has earned it a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, recognizing its financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
This is the fourth consecutive time that Maine Children’s Home has earned this top distinction, according to a news release from the Waterville organization.
“Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. … Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support Maine Children’s Home,” said Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator, according to the release.
Maine Children’s Home’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free on More-detailed information about Maine Children’s Home’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

Harvard Pilgrim foundation 2018 grants total $1.25M

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation awarded more than $1.25 million in grants to 885 nonprofit organizations in more than 350 communities in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire in 2018. Since its inception in 1980, the foundation has granted more than $150 million in funds throughout the four states, according to a news release from the foundation based in Wellesley, Mass.

The foundation helps build healthy communities by investing in programs that provide low-income families with access to fresh, healthy food, and supports Harvard Pilgrim employees as they invest their time and talents across the region.

In 2018, more than $925,000 in grants was distributed to the Foundation’s Healthy Food Fund initiatives within the region, with funds supporting programs that grow and distribute fresh food for families and communities across the region.

A summary of some of the foundation’s 2018 major grant recipients in Maine totaling $181,231 included:

• $50,000 — St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center (Lewiston/Auburn) and Cultivating Community, Good Food Bus Mobile Farmers’ Market

• $25,000 — Healthy Communities of the Capital Area (Southern Kennebec County), expand gleaning and food processing through Restorative Community Harvest Program

• $25,000 — Maine Farmland Trust (Biddeford, Portland, Saco, South Portland, and Westbrook), SNAP incentives at Farmers’ markets, CSA programs, food hubs, co-ops

• $25,000 — Wolfe’s Neck Center Foundation (Greater Bath and Brunswick), Teen Agriculture Program; cooking and nutrition programming

• $24,681 — Cultivating Community (Portland), Expand CSA shares; cooking and nutrition classes

• $10,000 — Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute (Portland), Girls Leadership program

• $5,000 — Children’s Museum of Maine, Fundraising Campaign


Uplift LA to host Magnetize Maine Summit on March 29

Uplift LA, in conjunction with the Realize Maine Network and sponsorship from the Maine Development Foundation and the LA Metro Chamber, will host Magnetize Maine 2019 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29 at the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch, at 14 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn.

The Magnetize Maine Summit aims to stimulate conversation about how companies and employees can increase collaboration, creativity and connectivity in the workplace to keep younger employees actively engaged in their industry. With many members of Maine’s workforce on the brink of retirement, the opportunity to transform Maine’s work environment and inspire younger workers to remain in the state is a priority.

The cost to attend is $25. Registration is available at

For more information, call the LA Metro Chamber at 783.2249 or visit


Tammy White

White appointed breast care support nurse in Farmington

The Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center in Farmington has announced the appointment of Tammy White, a registered nurse, as the breast care support nurse. In her new role, White will coordinate prompt follow-up of abnormal mammograms and guide patients through the screening, diagnosis and, if necessary, the treatment process.

White received her associate’s degree in nursing from the University of Maine at Augusta, followed by a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Western Governors University. She has 18 years of extensive nursing experience, most recently in Franklin Memorial Hospital’s Day Surgery Unit in Farmington.


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