January 2010– Avesta Housing recently awarded Ben Walter, principal of CWS Architects in Portland, the Mike Yandell Award. The Mike Yandell Award is named in honor of the late Mike Yandell who is the former Avesta board President and former Gorham Savings Bank President. The award recognizes an individual or organization for their service and dedication to the affordable housing industry. Walter was selected for his extraordinary service and affordable housing advocacy efforts. Walter is currently a member of the Cumberland County YMCA board of directors. Previous recipients of the Mike Yandell Award include Preble Street; Northern New England Housing Investment Fund (NNEHIF); David Bronson, Senior VP of TD Bank; and John Gallagher, Executive Director of Westbrook Housing Authority.