Business/professional briefs

Tony C. McKim, president and CEO of First National Bank and its parent company, The First Bancorp, recently announced four staff promotions.

At First National Wealth Management, Peter Nicholson has been promoted to senior vice president, senior portfolio manager. He began his career at the bank in 2015 as portfolio manager. Nicholson is part of the Hancock County team and is based in Bar Harbor.

Lorraine Ouellette has been promoted to senior vice president, senior administrative and compliance officer. She has been with the bank and First National Wealth Management since 2011 and is based in Ellsworth.

Christopher Shelton has been promoted to assistant vice president, portfolio manager. He began at the bank in 2019 as portfolio manager. An Ellsworth native, Shelton graduated from the University of Maine in Orono and was previously in wealth management for seven years in the Portland area.

In First National Bank’s Branch Administration Division, Kyle McKim has been promoted to branch manager. He joined the bank in 2013 and has been the assistant branch manager in Ellsworth since 2018.

First National Bank is an independent community bank with 16 offices in Lincoln, Knox, Hancock, Washington and Penobscot counties.

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park has announced the appointment of Peter Nelson as forest ecology director. Nelson expands the institute’s capacities to understand the causes and consequences of environmental change.

Nelson will oversee an assessment of the current health of forests in Eastern U.S. parks from Maine to Virginia. his assessment, expected to be completed in 2021, will inform a conceptual model to guide forest management decisions into the future across eastern parks and beyond.

Nelson previously served as associate professor at the University of Maine-Fort Kent, where he expanded a research program focused on new methods for quantifying forest resources using a wide variety of remote sensing approaches and platforms, from drones to fixed-wing aircraft to satellites.

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