Islander People

Four on USM dean’s list

PORTLAND — Four Mount Desert Island residents were named to the most recent dean’s list at the University of Southern Maine.

Rhiannon Vonder Haar of Bar Harbor, Logan Kendzierski MacDonald of Bass Harbor, and Emily Dunbar and Amanda MacLeod of Southwest Harbor earned the honor.

To be named to the dean’s list, full-time, undergraduate degree students must have a GPA of 3.4 or above, excluding developmental course credits.

Three given UNH honors

DURHAM, N.H. — The following students were named to the dean’s list at the University of New Hampshire for the spring semester of the 2015-2016 academic year.

Amelia Kief of Bar Harbor earned high honors. Nicholas Shaw of Bar Harbor earned high honors. Donald Hanson of Seal Harbor earned honors.

Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors, and students whose grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.

Erickson Honored

MILTON, Mass. — Hannah Erickson of Mount Desert was named to the dean’s list at Curry College for the spring semester. To qualify for the dean’s list, full-time students must earn a 3.30 GPA, have no incompletes and have no grade lower than a C for the semester.


Colburn promoted

BAR HARBOR — Jacquie Colburn was recently promoted to the position of compliance officer at Bar Harbor Savings and Loan.

Colburn’s responsibilities include monitoring and implementing internal controls, including policies and procedures to assure compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations and third party guidelines. She also is responsible for responding to requests for information from regulatory bodies and performing due diligence reviews of vendors to protect the interests of the bank and its customers.

Colburn received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Connecticut and lives with her husband in Bar Harbor.

Bar Harbor Savings and Loan has its office on Main Street in Bar Harbor and serves Mount Desert Island and Hancock County. It was established in 1902. Call 288-3685 or visit the website at

Iannelli joins BHB&T

BAR HARBOR — Josephine Iannelli was recently hired as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Bar Harbor Bankshares and Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and its subsidiary Bar Harbor Trust Services.

Iannelli most recently served in similar positions at Berkshire Hills Bancorp in Pittsfield, Mass. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Baldwin Wallace University.

Her career has taken her from KPMG to several regional financial institutions to owning her own consulting company serving both national and international clients. In these roles, Iannelli’s experience includes all the necessary responsibilities of finance leadership including accounting policy, financial planning and analytics, treasury, investor relations, SEC and regulatory reporting, investment management, tax and mergers and acquisitions.

“As we … integrate Lake Sunapee Bank, Josephine will be a critical leader for our company, and her experience will make her a key member of our senior executive team,” said Curtis Simard, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust president and CEO.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Iannelli will relocate to the Mount Desert Island region with her husband, Gerry, and their young son, Joseph.

New director at Birch Bay Village

BAR HARBOR — Paula LaVasseur was recently hired as the new executive director of Birch Bay Retirement Village.

LaVasseur will oversee operations of the 55-acre retirement community in Hulls Cove.

LaVasseur has worked in the health care field for over 20 years and has experience in primary and specialty care, and skilled nursing and long-term care. She has a master’s in healthcare administration with a focus on senior care. She has lived in Maine the majority of her life and has been married to her husband, Stephen, for over 30 years. She and her husband have two adult sons.


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