---- — SALEM, N.H. — The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee invites the public to be part of the Chamber’s “Business Pillar Awards.” These awards are designed to recognize the contributions of local businesses, and allow them to gain recognition as Business of the Year. To qualify, businesses and organizations must be currently active in business in the area of the Chamber’s five member towns: Atkinson, Hampstead, Pelham, Salem and Windham. Four local businesses will be honored, one from each of these categories: Small Business (less than 25 employees); Large Business (greater than 25 employees); New Business (less than three years old); and Not For Profit. Businesses will be recognized at the Chamber’s Annual Economic Development Breakfast on April 18, at Castleton Banquet and Conference Center. Nominations are due to the office by March 8. Visit gschamber.com for a nomination form or call 603-893-3177 for more information.
LAWRENCE — The U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded a grant to Beyond Soccer to support its year round soccer enrichment initiatives, especially through experiences that expose Lawrence kids to new people and places outside the city limits.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, announces that it has awarded 48 grants totaling more than $2.4 million to nonprofit organizations serving youth in underserved areas across 21 states and the District of Columbia.
LOWELL — Dotsie Corlett of Fred C. Church Insurance has been promoted to Commercial Team Leader. Corlett has been with the agency since 2007, working as a Senior Commercial Account Manager in the agency’s Lowell headquarters. She has 34 years of insurance experience, holds the CIC and RPLU designations, and is a licensed Property & Casualty Producer.
LOWELL — Fred C. Church Insurance announces that Peter Quinlan has been certified as a Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS). This insurance designation recognizes specialized expertise in construction insurance, and establishes one’s commitment to the construction industry through an ongoing continuing education component focusing on construction risk and insurance.
Quinlan, an Andover resident, has been with Fred C. Church Insurance for 22 years. He is a senior vice president with Fred C. Church and works in the agency’s Andover office. A licensed Insurance Producer since 1991, Quinlan earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 2001, and the Licensed Insurance Advisor designation in 2006.
LOWELL — Julie Price of Fred C. Church Insurance has been promoted to Commercial Team Leader. Price has been with Fred C. Church since 2008. She has her MBA, is a licensed Property & Casualty Insurance Producer, and holds the CISR and CSRM designations. She has nine years of insurance experience.
LOWELL — Jodi Colena of Fred C. Church Insurance has been promoted to Marketing Executive in the agency’s Lowell headquarters. Colena has been with of Fred C. Church Insurance since 2006, in the roles of Commercial Account Manager and Team Leader. She has 18 years of insurance experience, is a licensed Property & Casualty Insurance Producer, and holds the CIC, CISR, CSRM, and AIS designations.
LOWELL — Herman Laturnau, president of Fred C. Church Insurance, announces that Joan Quinn has been named Vice President, Personal Lines. Quinn has been with Fred C. Church Insurance for 35 years. She is a Personal Insurance Supervisor in the agency’s Lowell headquarters. Quinn is a licensed Property & Casualty Insurance Producer, and holds the CISR and CPPL insurance designations.
LOWELL — Herman Laturnau, president of Fred C. Church Insurance, announces that Karen Bevis has been named Vice President, Personal Lines. Bevis has been with Fred C. Church Insurance for 33 years. She is a supervisor in the agency’s Personal Insurance Department. She is a licensed Property & Casualty Insurance Producer, and holds the CISR insurance designation.
HAVERHILL — Charlette Weeden was promoted to senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer at Haverhill Bank recently. Weeden succeeds Patrick Dwyer who retired after nearly 17 years with the bank. Weeden, a Haverhill resident, previously held the vice president of finance position at Haverhill Bank. Prior to joining Haverhill Bank in 2011, she was employed by Holbrook Cooperative Bank as senior vice president, CFO and treasurer. She was responsible for the bank’s overall financial operations, including asset liability management and regulatory compliance and reporting. She has also served as CFO at Marlborough Co-Operative Bank and vice president at Butler Bank, Lowell.
LAWRENCE — The Guilmette Elementary School in Lawrence has been awarded $1,635 from Smart Choice to support the school’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program and add more whole grains to breakfast. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and National Football League that empowers students to eat healthy and be active.
LOWELL — Mark Cochran, president and chief executive officer of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, made the following announcements: Kathryn Dame has been promoted to vice president - branch administration. Dame has worked at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union for 17 years in many different capacities from teller, to corporate training to her current role as branch administrator, where she oversees the six branch offices of the Credit Union. Anne-Marie Bisson has been promoted to vice president - financial education. Bisson has worked at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union for 22 years in many different capacities from teller, to member service representative to her current role in financial education, where she oversees the Credit Union’s high school branches as well as all aspects of the Credit Union’s financial education efforts.
BOSTON — Lindsey Mayo, director of alumni relations at Northern Essex Community College, was honored at the Distinguished Service and Recognition Awards Reception, an annual program of District I of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), held at the Westin Copley Place in Boston. The Rising Star Award recognizes the accomplishments of new advancement professionals whose early success promises future leadership and achievement. Mayo has been the director of alumni relations in the institutional advancement office at Northern Essex Community College (NECC) since December 2011. She oversees all alumni events, activities, and volunteers including the NECC Alumni Association Advisory Board. Mayo also works with NECC students through the college’s phonathon program, as well as serving as the college representative for several state and national scholarships.
HAVERHILL — The American Legion, Wilbur M. Comeau Post 4, honored Haverhill Bank for the bank’s donation and support of the American Legion’s Veterans Day celebration. John Kazarosian, Post 4 treasurer, presented Haverhill Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Mortimer with a certificate of appreciation. “In recognition and sincere appreciation of outstanding service and assistance which contributed to the advancement of the American Legion programs and activities.”
MANCHESTER — Regina McCarthy of Methuen, assistant dean of academic student services at UNH Manchester, was the recipient of the 2013 UNH Social Justice Award.
McCarthy is a social justice educator for the university, a member of UNH Manchester’s Student Veteran Advocacy Team, and the founder and member of the college’s Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Committee. She also serves as a representative to the University Council for Inclusive Excellence and Equity and is a member of the statewide groups The NH Inclusive Learning Communities and the NH Multicultural Student Affairs Consortium. In 2012, McCarthy was also elected to serve a second two-year term as president of the Learning Assistance Association of New England.
ANDOVER — The Rev. Peter Gori, OSA, JCD, pastor of St. Augustine Parish in Andover, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Villanova University in Villanova, Pa. Father Gori was one of four new members to join the university’s 34-member board, effective Jan. 1.
A private practice Canonist, Fr. Gori has served as a member of the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Boston since 1989. He also sits on the Presbyteral Council, Archdiocese of Boston and is UNICO’s Chaplain. Fr. Gori has been actively involved on the Boards of the Steward Health Care System, currently serving as a trustee/director of Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Lazarus House Ministries in Lawrence. Following his ordination as an Augustinian priest in 1979, Fr. Gori became the parochial vicar of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish in Jamaica, N.Y. He subsequently served as parochial vicar, St. Augustine Parish, Andover; pastor, St. Augustine Parish, Lawrence,; founding pastor, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Methuen; and chaplain of the Presentation of Mary Sisters, Methuen. Fr. Gori lives in Andover.
ANDOVER — Andover resident and elder care lawyer, Karol Bisbee, attended the Senior Estate Planning Institute held in February in San Antonio, Texas. Over 50 elder law attorneys from throughout the United States met for educational and aging topics. Attendees focused on planning needs and concerns for leading age Baby Boomers and seniors, who are retired or nearing retirement.
ATKINSON — Hundreds of people turned out for a night of inspiration and to learn the secrets behind successful business leaders, that turned their passions into profitable careers. On Feb. 11, the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional Committee “HYPE” (Helping Young Professionals Excel) hosted the second annual Big Speaker Event. The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Ivan Misner, the founder and chairman of the worldwide business networking organization BNI (Business Networking International). The event also featured the success story of local entrepreneur Joe Faro. To learn more about upcoming Chamber activities or for information about becoming a member of the Greater Salem Chamber, visit gschamber.com or call 603-893-3177.
Speakers, Joe Faro and Ivan Misner with Chamber Executive Director Donna Morris, are pictured at the event.
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