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February 25, 2014

Business Briefs

New program director for Coastal Connections

Coastal Connections, Inc. has announced that they have hired Obed Gonzalez as the new director of programs for Coastal Connections.

Gonzalez had previously worked for seven years at Children, Friend and Family Services in Lawrence as a senior intensive care coordinator. The skills that Gonzalez brings to Coastal Connections include his background in working with families, solving complex problems and supervising staff.

Deb Plumer, executive director of Coastal Connections, said, “Obed is a perfect match for our agency. He has an extensive background in human services and his philosophy of service to our individuals will only enhance our current programs. Obed impressed us all during the interview process when he indicated that he would always consider the individual as the center for all decision-making and that all effort should be directed to support each individual.”

He has taken the lead in some new initiatives at Coastal Connections including new program design and program enhancement.

Coastal Connections, Inc. is a nonprofit agency located on Water Street in Amesbury. Its mission is to support people with disabilities to achieve their full potential by creating personalized programs that promote living, working, playing and learning in the local community.

Cutts named VP at Institution for Savings

Nina P. Cutts has joined the Institution for Savings as vice president of Commercial Lending, announced President and CEO Michael J. Jones. In her new position she will work closely with the Institution for Savings’ commercial lending team to expand the bank’s growing commercial real estate, construction and commercial and industrial portfolio throughout Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

Cutts has more than 25 years of experience in banking, lending and financial services. Before coming to the Institution for Savings, she was the vice president of Commercial Lending at The Provident Bank in Amesbury, where she managed an $82 million commercial loan portfolio. Before that she held a similar position at TD Bank in Portsmouth.

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