Names to Know: Updates on Maine Association of Realtors, Piscataqua Savings, On Belay

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Maine Association of Realtors has new president

Madeleine Hill
Madeleine Hill

AUGUSTA, Maine — Madeleine Hill has begun her term as president of the Maine Association of Realtors for 2022.

Hill is the Designated Broker for Roxanne York Real Estate on Bailey Island and a coastal Maine native with 15 years of real estate experience throughout the mid-coast area. She served as the Maine Association of Realtors President Elect and First Vice President and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Maine Real Estate Information System, Inc. dba Maine Listings. She also serves the real estate industry nationally as Maine’s representative on the National Association of REALTORS® Safety Advisory Committee.

The Maine Association of Realtors represents 6,200 Realtors statewide involved in all aspects of residential and commercial real estate and 400 affiliated professionals involved in real estate transactions such as lenders, closing agents, title agents, appraisers, building inspectors, and surveyors. In 2020, Maine’s real estate industry accounted for $12.6 billion or 19% of Maine’s Gross State Product.

Bergen & Parkinson announce new partner

Sarah B. Neault
Sarah B. Neault

SACO, Maine — Sarah B. Neault has become a partner at the regional law firm of Bergen & Parkinson. Neault resides in Biddeford with her husband and children and has deep and longstanding personal and professional ties to the Saco-Biddeford region. She will continue to practice from the firm’s Saco office primarily in the areas of estate planning and probate and trust administration.

Neault is a graduate of Northeastern University and the New England School of Law and is admitted to practice in Maine, Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In addition to advising those with complex estate planning issues, Sarah has long held an interest in helping veterans maximize their VA benefits, as well as helping parents structure plans for children with special needs.

Bergen & Parkinson provides a full range of legal services to clients throughout York County and Southern Maine from its offices in Kennebunk and Saco.

Piscataqua Savings Bank welcomes George Rooney

PORTSMOUTH — Piscataqua Savings Bank has announced the appointment of George Rooney as Portfolio Manager in its Trust & Investment Department.

Rooney, an experienced investment professional, has served in various capacities in both institutional asset management and wealth advisory roles. Most recently, he held the position of Chief Investment Officer with Collaboration Capital, a Houston-based wealth advisor that focused on traditional and sustainable investment practices. Prior to his CIO post, He spent more than ten years at UBS Global Asset Management in New York City where he served as Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager. His background also includes a Portfolio Manager appointment at Standish, Ayer, and Wood, Inc. in Boston, MA. “We are very excited to have George join our team. His core values, ties to the community, and Investment experience make him a perfect fit for our culture and what we stand for,” remarked the bank’s President, Joan Gile.

He is a CFA charterholder and member of the Boston Security Analysts Society. He holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business in Finance/International Business and Management. He graduated from Providence college with a B.A. in Psychology.

Rooney, his wife and their five children live in North Hampton.

Madeline Brooks joins On Belay as new Executive Director

NEWMARKET — After an extensive search, The On Belay Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Madeline Brooks as their new Executive Director. Brooks has worked almost exclusively for non-profit organizations throughout her career, with a focus on youth programs and development. On Belay builds community among youth who have or have had a family member with cancer by using adventure-based programs that encourage participants to uncover their inner resilience.

Over the past seven years, her non-profit work experience has given her a deep understanding of the inner workings of a successful non-profit as well as firsthand experience working directly with youth facing challenging life situations. She has worked with children as young as four years old to teenagers facing extremely difficult life situations. Throughout her career, she has seen the benefits adventure activities can provide youth during some of the most challenging times in their lives.

“With both an MBA and MSW, Madeline has the perfect blend of practical business knowledge and heart. She is a seasoned adventure trip leader having led many trips in Colorado. She understands firsthand the positive impact a program like On Belay has on kids. Working with her over the transition period has reinforced that she is the right fit for On Belay. She has a love for youth programming and is strongly grounded in the business of non-profits.,” said parting Executive Director Stephanie Beck.

Brooks' goal is to increase awareness of On Belay throughout Southern New Hampshire, Southern Maine, and the North Shore of Massachusetts, while forming new relationships with families affected by cancer and the outdoor industry across the region. While there are other programs that exist to support children during a family members battle with cancer, On Belay is unique in that it offers an opportunity to cope and perhaps heal through adventure, play and time away from dealing with their family members illness.

This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Updates on Maine Association of Realtors, Piscataqua Savings, On Belay new hires

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