Kennebec Savings Bank hires new VP

AUGUSTA – Ian McCarthy is joining Kennebec Savings Bank as its new vice president and commercial banking officer.

Ian McCarthy Contributed photo

McCarthy will be responsible for commercial lending, relationship management, and business development at the bank’s Freeport location.

Prior to joining KSB, he worked at Key Bank for 11 years, both in retail management and in commercial lending positions. McCarthy volunteers as a board member for the Pine Tree Society and as a coach for his local high school basketball team. He graduated from Winthrop High School and attended Endicott College in Massachusetts. He is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking in Philadelphia.

First Amendment Museum appoints chief development officer

Augusta’s First Amendment Museum has appointed Jamie O’Brien as chief development officer. The museum is located at 184 State St., in the former home of media titan Guy P. Gannett, and was founded by his granddaughters, Genie Gannett and Terry Gannett Hopkins.

Jamie O’Brien Contributed photo

O’Brien joins the FAM from the Colby College Museum of Art, where she served as development officer and interim director of development. Previously, O’Brien was the inaugural Manager of Development and Marketing at Ogunquit Museum of American Art. She brings 20 years of other relevant experience to her new role, having formerly worked as a journalist at Entertainment Weekly in New York and as editor-in-chief of Where Magazine, Boston. O’Brien received a BS in Journalism and Speech Communications from Ball State University in Indiana.

Kennebec Valley YMCA welcomes new board members

The Kennebec Valley YMCA of Augusta recently welcomed Beth Ashcroft and Paul Stein to its board of directors.

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Ashcroft is the State Budget Officer for the Maine Bureau of the Budget. She began her career in state government in 2005, serving as the first Director of the Maine Legislature’s independent Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability. Prior to that, she worked for Central Maine Power and its parent-companies. Ashcroft was also the president of the Downeast Maine Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors, and sat on that group’s Board of Directors for several years. She is a current member of the National Association of State Budget Officers.

Paul Stein Photo by Rene Roy

Stein is the Chief Operating Officer at MaineGeneral Medical Center, and is also the CEO of Long Term Care. In addition to serving on the Kennebec Valley YMCA board, he sits on the HealthinfoNet board as vice chair, as well as the Nordx Labs board. He brings years of experience to the table as a member of the Augusta Boys & Girls Club.

HealthReach hires psychiatric nurse practitioner

Staff and patients at three practices of HealthReach Community Health Centers will welcome Theresa Rush this summer. She is expected to offer psychiatric medication management, which includes psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and treatment at Western Maine Family Practice in Livermore Falls, Belgrade Regional Health Center, and Richmond Area Health Center. Rush will work closely with patients and their primary care providers to determine the best plan of care.

Theresa Rush

She recently obtained a Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree at Regis College, MA. In 2015 she received an Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Central Maine Community College; in 2018, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Maine-Augusta.

Rush has worked with psychiatric and neurodiverse patients in a group home setting. She spent the last three years working as a nurse care manager for the Behavioral Health Homes Program, which focuses on bridging the gap between psychiatric and medical healthcare.


District Director Diane Sturgeon, left, swears in Outreach and Marketing Specialist David Culp. Contributed photo

SBA hires outreach and marketing officer for Maine District Office

The U.S. Small Business Administration has named David Culp as Outreach and Marketing Specialist for the Maine District Office. Culp, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, joins the SBA from the Maine National Guard, where he was a civilian employee. Previously he worked at the USDA Farm Service Agency, which supports small farmers and other food producers.

Culp will be responsible for conducting training on SBA’s financial assistance, entrepreneurial development, and contracting programs throughout the state of Maine. To ensure that small businesses have access to vital financing, he will also work with local lenders.