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Northern Light Inland Hospital has named Tim Lecrone its new director of Practices. Lecrone was formerly its manager of Patient Access at Inland for the past three years, according to a news release from the Waterville-based hospital.

Before joining Inland, he was director of Wellness and Athletics at Unity College and chief operating officer for the Alfond Youth Center. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in teaching from the University of Maine at Orono.

UScellular donates $30,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Waterville

UScellular has announced a $30,000 investment in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Waterville to provide educational opportunities and experiences to local youth. The company has invested in Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Waterville to support K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and academic enrichment programs, according to a news release from the company.

The STEM learning and experience provided is designed to prepare students for the careers of tomorrow, and according to Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth Outcomes survey, the youth at Boys & Girls Clubs display far greater interest in pursuing STEM careers than their peers nationally (52% vs. 27%).

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This year the funding will support the club to help them create a maker space by purchasing equipment, supplies and tools to increase hands-on engagement and STEM creation. The club will also purchase a 3D printer and materials and will use the funds to support field trips.

“We’ve heard from parents and students that they think STEM is good for their future careers, but 48% of students and 41% of parents don’t know enough about the opportunities a STEM education would afford,” said Tabatha McKay, area vice president/general manager for UScellular in New England. “Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Waterville provides this critical access so that we can build a future of bright and enthusiastic tech leaders.”

“We are very happy to continue this work with UScellular in order to support STEM education at the Boys and Girls Club of America,” said Ken Walsh, chief executive officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Waterville. “We know that shaping the future of young people starts with providing them access to what’s possible and with UScellular’s commitment, we are opening doors for today’s youth.”

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Tourism council elects officers to board of directors

Kennebec Valley Tourism Council has elected officers to its board of directors for a one-year term from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.

They include Mike Guarino, owner of Maine Wilderness Tours, as chair; Cheryl Nadeau, town manager of Jackman, as vice chair; and Kimberly N. Lindlof, president and CEO of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and executive director of Central Maine Growth Council, as treasurer, according to a news release from the council.

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Kristina Cannon, executive director of Main Street Skowhegan, will remain as chair of its marketing committee.

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KeyBank announces November retirement of Raymond Kelley

KeyBank market president and commercial sales leader Raymond T. “Chip” Kelley has announced his plans to retire at the end of November after more than 30 years as a commercial banking leader in Maine. A graduate of Colby College, Kelley began his professional career as a prep school teacher and coach, then transitioned to banking, joining Shawmut Bank in Boston in 1985. He later spent two years in the early 1990s with BankSouth in Atlanta, Georgia, before returning to Maine in 1992. Prior to joining Key in 2005, he spent 13 years at Bank of America in Portland as a commercial banking leader. He was appointed KeyBank market president in 2018, according to a news release from the bank.

Under his leadership, KeyBank has directed more than $436 million to Maine communities through the bank’s National Community Benefits Plan, established in 2017. Those investments have focused on affordable housing, home lending, small business lending, and transformative philanthropy targeted toward workforce development, education and safe, vital neighborhoods for underserved communities. Kelley has been an active member of the community, serving on numerous boards and associations, with particular focus on local economic development and emerging new industries throughout Maine. Those organizations include North Atlantic Venture Capital Corp., Maine International Trade and the New England Ocean Cluster. He also serves as a board member and treasurer of Maine and Co., Maine Technology Institute and Piper Shores.

“Chip has been a tremendous leader and mentor during his time at Key, effectively representing our bank in the community and unifying the go-to-market strategy of the various lines of business serving the Maine market,” said KeyBank’s New England Commercial Banking Executive James Barger. “He is a consummate banker and relationship-builder, and he has driven significant growth in our commercial banking portfolio during his tenure.” Barger will immediately commence a search for a new market president and commercial sales leader and will work with Kelley over the next few months to affect a smooth leadership transition.

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Thomas College hires new athletic trainer

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WATERVILLE — Thomas College Athletics has hired Thomas Marshall as its new athletic trainer.

Marshall will be joining Head Athletic Trainer Kyrstyn Keating, as a part of the college’s Sport Performance Team.

“We are eager to have Thomas join our department,” said Vice President of Athletics Christopher Parsons, according to a news release from the college. “The health and safety of our student-athletes is critically important, and we are excited for another addition to our team.”

Marshall most recently served as assistant athletic trainer at Colby College. He holds his Athletic Training Certificate, is licensed in the states of Maine and Pennsylvania, and is certified in ImPACT, CPR and first aid. He obtained a Master of Science degree in advanced clinical practice-athletic training from East Stroudsburg University and a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from the University of New England.

“I am very excited to be working at Thomas,” said Marshall. “I look forward to sharing my knowledge and helping Thomas’s student-athletes become the best version of themselves on and off the field.”

Marshall began at Thomas on Monday.

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Day’s Jewelers welcomes new vice president of merchandising

Day’s Jewelers in Waterville has hired Julie Collins for the vice president of merchandising position in their corporate office. She previously worked as the gemstone and watch buyer for Day’s. She has worked for the company since 2002, when she began as an office manager in the company’s Auburn location. She transitioned to office manager in the Manchester, New Hampshire, location and worked as the manager of inventory operations in the corporate office. She spent 10 years buying various categories including gemstones, watches, gold, silver fashion and giftware. Collins holds an Associate in Science degree, as well as a bachelor’s degree in business. She and her husband, Mark, recently built a new home in Sidney, where they reside with their two sons.

Julie was hired as Day’s Jewelers’ new vice president of merchandising July 14 and began the position July 25. Of being hired for the position, Julie said, “20 years ago I started working at Day’s knowing absolutely nothing about the jewelry business. This is an amazing industry with so many people willing to share their knowledge and experience. I am very excited to lead our incredibly strong and experienced merchandising team.”

In her new position, Collins will provide leadership, guidance and training to Day’s Jewelers’ 10 employees within the merchandising department. This department handles the acquisition, quality control, distribution and security of all products that are purchased or developed by the company. Additionally, she will oversee Day’s’ $15 million inventory and will be responsible for maintaining relationships with over 200 gemstone and fine jewelry suppliers worldwide, including DeBeers, the world’s largest diamond mining company. Above all else, Julie will ensure that Day’s offers the best jewelry style and quality in the industry, so that Day’s can continue to seamlessly offer the best service to their valued customers.

The company’s previous vice president of merchandising, Kathy Corey, bought Day’s Jewelers alongside her husband, Jeff Corey, in 1988 and has been a strong influence in the success of the company ever since. She will no longer be employed with the company, but will continue to serve on Day’s Jewelers board of directors.

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