People & Business: Dec. 1

Dempsey cancer care center has new leader 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.


Valentino’s way is a certified executive coach and organizational development consultant who most recently served as Director of Consulting at The Clearing in Washington, D.C.

In a prepared release, Valentino said she wants to be part of the meaningful work taking place at the center to provide support for people affected by cancer.

CEO Tim Griffin said hiring Valentino is a turning point for the organization.

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

Valentino takes on the role of Wendy Tardif, who has served as CEO and president for the past 11 years.

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

Hiring, promotions, appointments

Five new professionals have been welcomed to Sebago Technics, a Maine engineering and land development consultancy.


Dana Burbank starts working as a 3D modeller/CAD technician. After working in education as a school counselor for nearly ten years, he decided his interest lay in design. David Jacques, who has more than 30 years of experience in surveying and GIS mapping, joins as project surveyor. Andrew Tufts is a new landscape designer. Tufts worked for the City of Portland as a city planner for the past several years and has had his own landscape design firm in the Brunswick area since 2009. Savannah Smith starts work as a surveyor and has a master’s degree in mathematics. Caitlyn Abbott rejoins 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., has joined Maine Medical Partners – Cardiovascular Surgery in Portland. His clinical interests include minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotic cardiac surgery and mitral valve repair.

Sarah Elizabeth Deery, MD, MPH, who joined Maine Medical Partners – Vascular Surgery, was a vascular surgery fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. Her 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 Division of Developmental/Behavioral Medicine and is board certified in pediatrics. Her clinical interests include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Complex ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Anxiety, and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.


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

Kirsten Orloff, MD, joined Pediatric Critical Care at Maine Medical Center. She was a resident and principal resident at the Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC. She is certified in pediatrics. Her clinical interests are sound justice, pediatric acute respiratory distress syndrome and medical education.

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

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