, Newburyport, MA

March 4, 2014

Business Briefs

Newburyport Daily News

---- — GEA Niro Soavi hires Yeremian Associates

Yeremian Associates, of Newbury, has been assigned to handle the communication, advertising and public relations program for GEA Niro Soavi North America, an international leader in the field of high pressure homogenization.

GEA Niro Soavi is based in Parma, Italy, and is part of the GEA Process Equipment Group with its corporate headquarters in Germany.

The agency will be implementing a targeted advertising, public relations and conducting a series of direct marketing programs.

Yeremian Associates is a fully integrated marketing/advertising/public relations agency servicing business-to-business clients worldwide for corporate branding initiatives by utilizing its creative service capabilities in advertising, direct marketing and public relations.

Align Credit Union hires new home financing consultant

Align has announced that Louise Murphy has joined the mortgage team as a home financing consultant.

Murphy brings more than 20 years of experience in the real estate, mortgage and insurance industries. Her diverse background gives her a unique understanding of both the buying and selling process. As a real estate agent in the Greater Newburyport and Amesbury area for 10 years, she was consistently a top seller, pairing over 600 buyers with new homes. She also assisted with business development, training and managing sales staff. After that, she transitioned to the mortgage business, working to secure loans for a diverse range of buyers and properties.

Murphy will primarily be working out of Align’s newest branch at 19 Haverhill Road in Amesbury to deliver a variety of home financing solutions, including new loans and refinances as well as home equity loans and lines of credit.

“Louise has been a great addition to the Credit Union,” said Align President Ken Del Rossi. “At Align, we focus on creating customized financing solutions, working tirelessly to secure the right product for each member who walks through the door. Louise brings vast knowledge of the entire process, making her a tremendous asset for any buyer or existing homeowner.”

Port resident named director at Foundation for Art & Healing

The Foundation for Art & Healing (FAH) announces the appointment of Executive Director Liz Desmarais, Esq.

An attorney who has devoted substantial time and expertise to the nonprofit sector throughout her career, Desmarais joined FAH in January of this year, bringing with her a strong background in operations management, capacity building and development. As executive director of FAH, Desmarais will lead FAH’s efforts to grow and expand its impact both nationally and globally.

“I met FAH Founder Dr. Jeremy Nobel over a year ago, and our conversation about the mission and strategic plan of FAH resonated instantly,” said Desmarais. “When Jeremy contacted me recently and told me about the opportunities he and his team had worked so hard to bring to FAH, we both knew the time was right for me to come aboard. The fit with FAH was already undeniable. I could not be more excited for this opportunity.”

“Liz brings to FAH great personal interest and extensive experience working with nonprofits at their tipping point, poised for growth and increased relevance,” said Nobel. “Her professional, creative and leadership skills could not be a better match for FAH as we enter this exciting phase of expansion.”

Prior to joining FAH, Desmarais served as executive director of Medical Missions for Children, Inc. (MMFC), an international nonprofit providing free surgical and dental care to impoverished children and their families, and education and training to local medical professionals all over the globe, including China, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Tanzania and Ukraine. Desmarais continues to serve on MMFC’s Board of Advisors.

She is also a former president of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, a Massachusetts-based domestic violence nonprofit recently profiled in the The New Yorker (July 2013) for its groundbreaking work in homicide prevention.

Desmarais served as president during a critical time for the crisis center when it embarked on a transition from a grass-roots organization to what it is today, a nationally recognized leader in the domestic violence field.

Desmarais graduated summa cum laude from UMass Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.

She received her juris doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in Boston where she graduated cum laude.

Desmarais lives in Newburyport with her daughter.


We want to publish news about your business — new contracts, new hires, promotions and events that are open to the public. Send a brief notice with the basics. Please be clear about the person’s connection to the region. Include the name and phone number of someone we can call if we have any questions. Send your news by mail to The Daily News, 23 Liberty St., Newburyport, MA 01950; fax to 978-465-8505 or email