Credit union amasses $10,294 to fight hunger

OTIS Federal Credit Union in Jay raised $9,820 for the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger over the course of the 2018 calendar year, according to a news release from the bank.

Among all participating credit unions, OTIS placed 21st statewide for total funds raised, and 22nd in per-member contributions. Because OTIS placed among the state’s top 25 credit unions in fundraising overall, the Maine Credit Union League has contributed an additional $474 to the OTIS total. Consequently, the credit union will have $10,294 at its disposal to distribute to community food banks of its choice within its field of membership.

Participating credit unions in Maine collectively raised a record-breaking total of $787,360.68 for Ending Hunger in 2018, over $40,000 more than they had raised in 2017.


Dr. Thomas Pulling Photo by James Daigle

Pulling becomes aviation medical examiner

Dr. Thomas Pulling, a member of the Franklin Memorial Hospital medical staff in Farmington, has completed the Federal Aviation

Administration Aviation Medical Examiners Course successfully to be an authorized aviation medical examiner for second-class and third-class examinations.

Pulling will provide FAA pilot medical exams one day per month in the FMH Occupational Health department located on the second floor of the Mt. Blue Health Center on the hospital campus. This is a new service provided by the Occupational Health department.

The goal of the aviation AME certification program is to protect pilots, air travelers and the public. Aviation medical examiners are trained in evaluating airmen for physical and mental conditions, as well as screening for substance- or alcohol-related conditions.




Lorna Niedner Photo by Jaime Ranger

Franklin Savings promotes Niedner to senior VP

Lorna D. Niedner has been promoted to senior vice president and director of residential and consumer lending at Franklin Savings Bank. In that role, Niedner oversees all residential and consumer lending functions at the bank, according to a news release from FSB.

Niedner, who joined the bank in 1986, is tasked with ensuring customers are cared for efficiently and appropriately and that all lending practices are in compliance with banking regulations. She oversees a staff of seasoned lenders and underwriters.

In her time at Franklin Savings, Niedner has progressed from positions in the loan department and customer service through to becoming a lender and manager of the Jay branch.





Sharon Reishus Photo courtesy of Unity College

Reishus becomes Unity College board chairwoman

Sharon Reishus was welcomed Feb. 22 during the Unity College board of trustees meeting as its new chairwoman. In addition to her new role on the board, Reishus, who previously was the board vice chairwoman, is a strategic advisor to the electric power sector and has been a chairwoman of the state regulatory agency that oversaw electricity, natural gas, water, and telecommunications in Maine, according to a news release from the college. Early in her career, she was an intelligence briefer to President Ronald Reagan while serving as senior duty officer in The White House Situation Room.

The board voted to move forward with a formal agreement to keep Unity College President Melik Peter Khouryin his role for at least the next six years, in order to see the new strategic plan, currently titled Unity College 2025, to fruition.

While the board and the President agreed in principle on his commitment in September, this move makes it official, ensuring that Khoury will stay for at least six more years, and leaving the option for him to remain in that role as far beyond should he so choose.


Compiled from contributed releases




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