People and companies: December 1

Dempsey cancer care center has new chief at the helm

A woman with more than a quarter of a century of experience in the public, private and social sectors has been chosen as the new CEO and President of the Dempsey Center.


Cara Valentino is a Certified Executive Coach and Organizational Development Consultant who most recently served as Director of Consulting at The Clearing in Washington, DC

In a prepared statement, Valentino said she wanted to be part of the meaningful work taking place at the center to provide support to those affected by cancer.

Chairman of the Board Tim Griffin said the hiring of Valentino represents a defining moment for the organization.

“Her vast experience in coaching individuals and teams, her passion for the job, her deep curiosity and nuanced understanding of the human experience of change make her an outstanding next leader for the Dempsey Center”, Griffin said.

Valentino will assume the role held by Wendy Tardif, who has served as CEO and President for the past 11 years.

The Dempsey Center, which has locations in South Portland and Lewiston as well as a virtual center, Dempsey Connects, was founded by an actor and native of Maine. Patrick dempsey.

Hires, promotions, appointments

Five new professionals were welcomed to Sebago Technics, a Maine-based engineering and land use planning consultancy.


Dana burbank joined as a 3D modeler / CAD technician. After working for almost a decade in education as a school counselor, he decided his interest was in design. David Jacques, who has over 30 years of surveying and GIS mapping experience, joins as a Project Surveyor. Andrew Tufts is a new landscaper. Tufts has worked for the City of Portland for the past few years as a town planner and has been running his own landscaping business in the Brunswick area since 2009. Savannah smith joined as a survey technician and has a master’s degree in mathematics. Caitlyn abbott joins Sebago Technics as project delivery coordinator. She has over 11 years of experience in civil engineering and project management roles.

Physicians with expertise in cardiovascular surgery and pediatrics have joined Maine Medical Partners.


Ansar Hassan, MDCM, Ph.D., joined Maine Medical Partners – Cardiovascular Surgery in Portland. His clinical interests include minimally invasive heart surgery, robotic heart surgery, and mitral valve repair.

Sarah Elizabeth Deery, MD, MPH, who joined Maine Medical The partners – Vascular Surgery, was a Vascular Surgery Fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. His clinical interests include aortic disease, peripheral artery disease, carotid artery disease, and thoracic outlet syndrome.

Kathryn Hurst, MD, joined Maine Medical Partners – Pediatric Specialty Care in the Developmental / Behavioral Medicine Division and is Board Certified in Pediatrics. His clinical interests are Autism Spectrum Disorders, Complex ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Anxiety, and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.


Jessie Kerr, MD, joined Maine Medical Partners – Pediatrics in South Portland. His clinical interests are trauma-informed care, developmental disabilities and autism, Native American health, health disparities, and parenting support.

Kirsten Orloff, MD, joined pediatric intensive care at Maine Medical Center. She was a resident and chief resident at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She is certified in pediatrics. His clinical interests are health equity, pediatric acute respiratory distress syndrome, and medical education.

Grant Oakley, DO, joined Maine Medical Partners – Nephrology. He was a member of Maine Medical Center and received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pennsylvania.

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