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July 11, 2017

CEI Welcomes New Team Members

COURTNEY PARKER – Loan Services Administrator

Courtney has several years of experience in client facing administrative roles in the healthcare field, most recently as the audiology coordinator at the Pine Tree Society. Prior to that, she was at Martin’s Point Healthcare in Brunswick for six years as the Patient Services Representative. Courtney earned her Associates’ Degree in Liberal Arts from Northern Essex Community College.



JENNIFER KANWIT – Executive Assistant to Keith Bisson & Betsy Biemann

Jennifer has a diverse background in education, marketing and event planning, and executive level assistance. Jennifer started her professional life as a 5th and 6th grade teacher in New York City. After deciding to leave the teaching profession, she joined Reservoir Capital Group in Manhattan as an Executive Assistant, supporting three Principals. After moving  to Maine in 2012 Jennifer successfully launched her own event planning business and worked as the Marketing/PR coordinator for Hear Me Now, a non-profit that provides services for children with hearing loss. Most recently Jennifer worked remotely as the Executive Assistant at a New-York based HR Consulting firm. Jennifer holds a B.A. with a concentration in Journalism from Rutgers University, an M.A. in Early Education and an Ed. M. in Deaf Education.


NICK BRANCHINA – Associate Director, Fisheries & Aquaculture Programs

Nick brings 20 years of business development, sales and marketing experience in the private sector and as a consultant. After college, Nick launched his marketing career in Virginia and DC. After moving to Maine, Nick was a consultant at the Endurance Group in Yarmouth, Director of Marketing at Browne Trading Company and most recently was doing contract consulting work for Nick has a B.A. in Political Science from Middlebury College.


SHANNON BYERS – Business Advisor, Bangor office

Shannon will be working alongside Ann McAlhany in our Bangor office. Shannon has spent the past 17 years in various roles at the Jackson Laboratories in Bar Harbor. Most recently she managed at team of technicians in the reproductive sciences operations and R&D group. In addition to her day job at Jackson Labs, Shannon founded a mobile dog grooming business which she grew and sold in 2015, owns a dove release business, is the town animal control officer, and is a licensed vet tech. Shannon holds a B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Science from U-Maine Orono, a Master’s in Animal Science from U-Maine Orono and an M.B.A. from the Maine Business School at U-Maine Orono.


SARA CUNNINGHAM – CCML Compliance Assistant

 Sara brings several years’ experience in the financial services industry. As a Sales and Service Specialist at Bank of America, Sara was responsible for client service, product sales, regulatory compliance and audit controls, and risk management. Prior to Bank of America, Sara was a senior disability claims examiner. Sara holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maine.



After college, Ellen spent 7 years Hong Kong and Vietnam working as an economist for JP Morgan, Swiss Bank Corp, and the Vietnam Fund Management Company. Ellen returned to the U.S. in 1999 where she held senior level finance and project management roles at Ernst & Young in New York City.  In 2006 Ellen returned to her home state of Maine, moved to Brunswick and opened Purl Diva, a yarn shop. Ellen closed her business in 2013 and in 2014 was hired by the Brunswick Land Trust as their Financial and Administrative Manager. Ellen holds a B.A. in Chinese and Economics from Wellesley College and has her CFA designation.

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