Professional Development Programs

Instructor Biographies

All of our professional development workshops and certificate programs are taught by industry professionals.


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Joe Allen, MS, CSCP, is the current president of the APICS Maine chapter.  Joe has held many positions of increasing responsibility in Supply Chain Management and Logistics. Joe also has significant work experiences in Six Sigma tools and the DMAIC process.

Karin Anderson, M.A., principal of Dala Consulting, has raised millions of dollars in her 30-year nonprofit career as an executive director, board member, and volunteer. In her consulting practice, she works with nonprofits, foundations, and their leaders, providing expertise to help move agendas forward that improve our communities and the world around us.

Stephen Andrew, LCSW, LADC, CCS, CGP trains and consults nationally and internationally, has a private practice in Portland, and has twenty-six years of experience working with chemical dependency issues. He does individual, family, and group work with adolescents, men, and couples. Stephen has worked in an array of settings, including schools and treatment facilities.

Nancy Ansheles, M.Ed., has been the owner of Catalyst & Co. for nineteen years. She provides creative learning programs for businesses and organizations in Maine, the United States, and internationally. She facilitates learning to help participants achieve results, increase satisfaction, and reduce stress. She brings energy, humor, and a wealth of real life examples to every workshop.  www.nkacatalyst.com

Kristine Avery, SPHR, has extensive experience in human resource management and is the Director of Human Resources for Saint Joseph’s College. For the past 12 years, she served as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at FISC Solutions (Financial Institutions Service Corporation) in Lewiston, a Best Places to Work in Maine company.  Kris is the 2013 SHRM MAC (Membership Advisory Council) Representative for the US Northeast Region, and  the Immediate Past State Director of the SHRM Maine State Council having served as State Director in 2011/2012, and she is the Immediate Past-President of Human Resources Association of Southern Maine. www.hrasm.shrm.org. Kris has been instructing the SPHR/PHR course since 2007. She was also named the HR Leader of the Year for 2010, and inducted into the Maine HR Hall of Fame in 2011.

Stacy Ayotte, CMA, CFM is the owner of The Back Office Expert. She provides bookkeeping, payroll, accounting and consulting services to small businesses in Southern Maine. Her clients include contractors, retail stores, restaurants, florists, and medical professionals. Stacy also teaches QuickBooks for Portland Adult Education. Stacy had over 25 years of management experience before launching her own practice in 2008. www.TheBackOfficeExpert.com

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Meret Bainbridge, L.Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist in practice at Acupuncture by Meret in Portland, Maine. She is a graduate of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Ore. with a background in acupressure and counseling psychology. Her specialties are women's health and working with stress-related and emotional conditions.

Miljan Bajic, MBA, CSP, PMP, PMI-ACP, is an experienced project manager and Agile practitioner with over a decade of project management experience in the Information Technology field. Miljan strongly believes in servant leadership, and he models the encouragement, trust, and respect that are vital to building high-performance teams. Miljan received his bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems and Communication from the Bryant University and has an MBA in Project Management from the University of Southern New Hampshire. Miljan is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM). Miljan is a member of the Maine Agile User Group and is also an active member of the Scrum Alliance, and Agile Alliance. Miljan is the current Director of Marketing of the local chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI).  

Miljan is currently employed by Portland Webworks, Inc. where he has acted as the primary Project Manager of Portland Webworks relationship with some the company’s largest clients, with particular experience in public-sector clients, including the Maine Office of Tourism, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services, and the Iowa Department of Administrative Services.

Wolfgang Bauchinger, CPIM, is a Lean Six Sigma certified Black Belt. He received his Six Sigma training through the George Group (a division of Accenture). He holds a Magister (masters) degree in Business and Computing from the University of Linz/Austria. Wolfgang’s major focus is Supply Chain Management and process improvement using Lean Six Sigma tools and the DMAIC process. Wolfgang has led Lean Six Sigma projects at multiple locations throughout the United States for a global manufacturing company. Before relocating to the United States in 2006 Wolfgang worked in IT consulting with clients in Europe and throughout North America.

Chris Beach is a Jungian psychoanalyst and graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute - Zurich, Switzerland. He has a private practice in Portland, works with individuals and dream groups, and offers courses on Jung's life and ideas, dream interpretation, ethics, Jungian psychology, and psychological type. He formerly served as a headmaster in Kenya and an assistant attorney general in Maine's Department of Human Services. Learn more at www.chrisbeachjungiananalyst.com.

Suzanne Benoit, LCSW, SPHR is author, speaker and consultant. Ms. Benoit is a human resource consultant working with companies and HR professionals; developing tools and solutions to a wide variety of employee relations problems. Strategic planning and workplace quality are specialty areas. She has a varied background in a family business, large for-profit corporation and small business. She is often called in to help shift workplace atmosphere to a healthier standard. Doing business as Benoit Consulting, Ms. Benoit develops strategies that approach a healthy workplace from the point of view of owners, customers AND employees. Striving for excellence means a no-compromise posture on workplace abuse and intimidation and creating supporting structures that reward candor, respect and accountability. Her recently released book on Toxic Employees describes how negative dynamics develop and how they can be shifted toward the positive with a strategic approach. She writes about these and other HR topics and speaks to a wide variety of business groups offering quality technical info with humor and an interactive style. Ms. Benoit can be reached at sbenoit@benoitconsulting.com. Learn more at www.benoitcentral.com.

Claudia Bepko is the former coordinator of the Co-occurring State Integration Initiative, a Federal grant project focused on encouraging Maine agencies to improve their capacity to provide integrated  substance use and mental health care. She has also practiced family therapy for over  22 years, published several books and multiple chapters and articles, and spent ten years as a social services program manager and administrator.  She is currently a student advisor for both Southern New Hampshire University and Smith College.

Daniel Bergeron, RN, BSN, MPH, is director of Nursing Informatics, Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Beth Boynton, RN, MS is national speaker, trainer, executive coach, and author of Confident Voices:  The Nurses’ Guide to Improving Communication & Creating Positive Workplaces. She is a regular columnist for the ANA-Maine Journal and publishes the “Confident Voices in Healthcare” Blog.  Her YouTube, “Interruption Awareness:  A Nursing Minute for Patient Safety” has drawn viewers in over 20 countries, and she continues to practice as a Per Diem Registered Nurse with Alzheimer’s patients. You can learn more about her work www.confidentvoices.com.

Rich Brooks is president of flyte new media, a Web design and Internet marketing firm in Portland, Maine. His monthly flyte log email newsletter and company blog are focused on Web marketing. He is currently an Expert Blogger at FastCompany.com and a regular contributor to Social Media Examiner. He is a co-founder of Social Media FTW, an organization putting on conferences and events to educate small businesses and non-profits about the power of social media marketing. He is the "tech guru" on WCSH Channel 6's evening news show, 207, and has been interviewed by the Channel 6 news team for technology reports. He is a nationally recognized speaker on web marketing topics such as search engine optimization, blogging, social media, email marketing and analytics.

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Patricia Camire, RN, MSN, MHA, NEA-BC, is Chief Nursing Officer at Southern Maine Medical Center, Biddeford. Pat has extensive experience and expertise in Health Care Management and is the Lead Instructor for the Beginning Nurse Leadership course.

Richard Cantz is currently the Director Public Policy and Advocacy at Goodwill Industries of Northern New England where he is responsible for leading various advocacy related activities that help to increase independence for people with disabilities or other challenges. Previously, Rich was the Director of the Goodwill Fund where he was responsible for corporate, individual and family giving in Maine, New Hampshire and northern Vermont. Rich also held the position of Vice President of Resource Development at the United Way of Greater Portland. Earlier in his career, Rich worked as a Case Manager and Youth Worker for homeless youth and youth in foster care at the Opportunity Alliance in Portland, Maine.

Kathleen Carnes, M.S. is currently Director of the Staff Education and Training Unit for the Department of Health and Human Services and has extensive experience in both direct service delivery and training. She presents a wide variety of programs and is certified to teach several special programs including Leader Effectiveness Training, Parent Effectiveness Training, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Ethical Fitness Seminars (Institute for Global Ethics).

Dick Cass has been a technical writer for nearly thirty years. He cut his professional teeth writing hardware and software documentation for technology giants like Apollo Computer, Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems, and Intel Corporation. After managing technical publications groups, his career evolved into publications consulting for technology projects, including project planning, staffing, and delivering written products: specifications, marketing communications, and technical documentation. He works with both small and large companies, but has a soft spot for two-people-in-a-garage companies trying to build something interesting. Doing business as Cass Communications, Inc. (www.casscomminc.com), he contracts for technical writing and publications projects, develops training programs, and delivers communications workshops for corporations and nonprofits. He also publishes freelance articles on scientific and technical subjects and has won prizes for his fiction.

Catherine S. Chichester, MS, APRN, BC, in her capacity as the Executive Director of the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine, has written, directed and participated in multiple Federal and State funded projects spanning the areas of co-occurring disorders; criminal justice diversion; suicide prevention; curriculum development; co-occurring and drug courts; integration of behavioral and physical health care; motivational interviewing and evidence-based practices for adolescents and adults. Ms. Chichester was a consensus panel member for the CSAT TIP #42 Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders, a landmark national publication. She has been a reviewer for other TIPS and TAPS. She conducts numerous workshops on co-occurring disorders throughout Maine and in other states and is an adjunct faculty at University of Southern Maine. She has offered state TA through JBS International and has completed the NIATx Coaching Academy. Trained by MINT trainers, she has provided direct coaching in MI and has organized various MI implementation projects.
Ms. Chichester is an advanced practice nurse with certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing and has a Master’s degree in Nursing Administration from Georgetown University.

Mikal Curran PMP, has instructed for over ten years on how to become PMP(®) (Project Management Professional) and CAPM (®) (Certified Associate in Project Management) certified. He has been an Information Technology Project Manager for Computer Science Corp., Wright Express, TD Bank and Hannaford Bros. Company where he managed major information technology and business projects for more than twenty years.

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Laurie Davis, MSOD, is a long-time trainer and organization development consultant and principal at Fleurish Consulting.  She gets excited about helping working professionals learn and grow through her coaching and programs in leadership development, creative thinking, group dynamics, strategic planning, and navigating change.  She has worked with countless groups and individuals to improve their skills and effectiveness.

Elizabeth Dodge, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, editor, and trainer in Portland. She has more than twenty years of experience in technical writing, marketing communications, public relations, and publishing. She has been teaching and tutoring for more than fifteen years, sharing her passion for writing with a coaching style that is sensitive to the personal nature of writing.

Mary Doyle, M.A.,   Mary’s diverse background includes organizational development, project management, sales training, strategic planning and coaching senior level executives in corporations, health care settings and non-profit organizations.  Her day to day experience as a manager in a large health care organization, motivating, and helping employees reach their potential combined with her extensive background as a group facilitator enables  her to create a dynamic learning experience.  Mary earned her B.S. degree from the University of Maine, and her M.A. in Training and Organizational Development from Emerson College.  She is also a 2010 graduate of the Hanley Leadership and Institute for Civic Leadership, Development program.

Diane Dunton, Ms has served as a coach since the early 1990's first providing career development and mentoring programs internally with a Fortune 500 company. She has been contracted by individuals and organizations to assist with helping people reach their personal and professional goals. Diane is an artist, writer, and coach and resides in the state of Maine.

Christopher Dyer M.B.A first became interested in the mechanisms of adaptive testing after taking the GMAT CAT for the first time and knowing that he could do better. By studying the test itself, he was able to re-test and dramatically improve his score. Using what he learned from his own preparation, Christopher has been helping USM students prepare for standardized tests like the GMAT CAT and the GRE since 2003. In addition to teaching test preparation classes, Christopher coaches and mentors teams of seasonal employees at L.L.Bean.

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Janet Edmunson, M.Ed.  Janet is President of JME Insights and partner in sPeak Performance providing training, consulting and presentations to industries of all types.  Janet has over 30 years’ experience in leadership in both large and small organizations. Prior to starting her consulting and training company, Janet retired in 2007 from her 12 year career at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as their Director of Prevention & Wellness.  She grew the program from two employees to a staff of 20 who worked with over 400 employer groups and a budget of over $5 million.  Earlier Janet was the Corporate Manager of Wellness Programs for a Fortune 50 company (Georgia-Pacific Corporation).  She has also been a leader in, or consultant to, small and mid-size businesses, including New England Telephone and the Boston Five Cents Savings Bank.  While still working full-time, Janet took care of her husband, Charles, during the five years he fought a rare neurological disease.  In her book, Finding Meaning with Charles, she wrote about how they strived to maintain a positive attitude throughout. Janet recently retired as chair of the Board of Directors for the national Foundation for PSP | CBD and Related Brain Diseases, having served from 2009-2013.  She is also on the Board of Trustees for the Employee Ownership Foundation.  Janet is a former President of the Association for Worksite Health Promotion and has a Master’s degree from Georgia State University.   

Keith Eustis is founder and President of Port Professional Staffing LLC a direct hire recruiting company focused on candidate searches in the professional, management and executive disciplines for New England businesses.  Keith is an executive, financial, strategic, operational and sales leader with over 20 years of progressively responsible experience at the corporate, division and operating levels in multi-location environments.  His experience includes significant contributions to high-growth and fast-paced staffing businesses as well as experience working with technology, manufacturing, engineering & construction, professional services and non-profit organizations.   

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Deborah Felder, M.P.A., is the former Executive Director of MAINE INITIATIVES where she successfully completed a 3 million dollar capital campaign and built a sustainable major donor program. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over twenty years and has broad experience in nonprofit leadership, communications and fundraising.

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Cynthia Garner Scrimshaw, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC, AHN-BC is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, advanced practice holistic nurse and credentialed in several integrative therapies. She currently works in a rural health care setting in the White Mountains region of New Hampshire, specializing in holistic behavioral health care and mind/body medicine. As health care provider, consultant, and educator, Cynthia has collaborated with numerous hospital, university, and community programs to cultivate holistic and integrative health care.

Dana Gray, CFM, FMA, CCCA, LEEDAP, EFP, is currently the Director of Engineering and Architecture Services at the University of Southern Maine. He is responsible for coordinating with university administration and industry consultants to implement physical plant capital and renovation projects. Dana is also involved in Campus Master Planning on all three of USM's campuses. He has over thirty-five years of maintenance and construction background, twenty years in the U. S. Coast Guard and the remainder in the private and public sectors. His experience spans ship construction, healthcare, retail, insurance, distribution warehousing, and education.

Jane Greer has over 20 years of experience designing and delivering both classroom and online training in the real estate, insurance and financial services industries (Coldwell Banker Real Estate, The Real Estate Learning Group, Unum, Wright Express, IDEXX, and UnitedHealthcare). She holds a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on adult education from St. Joseph’s College (2004)and an undergraduate degree in engineering from Dartmouth College (1980). She currently is studying New Media at Southern Maine Community College, and is adjunct faculty at St. Joseph’s College in the MSEd in Adult Education and Training program.

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Nancy Hathaway, LPastC, is a State of Maine Clinical Counselor, Licensed Pastoral Counselor in the Buddhist tradition and parent-educator with a private practice using the Mindfulness approach. She is a Senior Dharma Teacher of the Cambridge Zen Center and has taught meditation for more than 30 years. She interned and worked with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. at the Center for Mindfulness. Nancy's writing has been included in Your Children Will Raise You and Best Buddhist Writing 2006 published by Shambhala Publications.

Troy Henderson is a person who works for Motivational Services at the LINC Wellness and Recovery Center in Augusta as the Senior Peer Coordinator. He uses a humanistic approach to connect with others as he shares the self-help tools that have worked well for him and many peers. Troy facilitates Living Well with Chronic Conditions and Pathways to Recovery, both are holistic self-help strengths approaches to wellness. Non-Violent Communication, mindfulness and the work by Byron Katie have helped him challenge his thinking and step outside a story that once defined him. He is trained in Maine’s Intentional Peer Support. As an advocate, leader and educator, Troy is involved in multiple systems transformation initiatives and directs peer to peer activities across Maine. A frequent speaker and educator, Troy has presented and educated on peer to peer activities and values across Maine and nationally. Previous to his contribution in the Peer recovery movement, Troy was a stay at home parent for 15 years raising his three daughters. With his free time he and his partner Debbie, of 24 years, enjoy cooking, gardening, volunteering, fishing, riding motorcycle, hiking, snowshoeing, boating, kayaking, and spending time with their four grandchildren.

Howard F. Herodes, CPA, has over 25 years of professional experience including 12 years as Founder and President of Herodes Financial, 9 years in “Big 4” public accounting in audit, tax and business consulting, and 6 years at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in financial analysis, management reporting, cost and budget.  He is able to distill complicated financial and tax concepts into digestible pieces, and effectively communicate with clients to improve results. 

Michele Hylen, LCSW, CCS, is executive director of SequelCare of Maine, a home health and behavioral health agency. She has over twenty years of varied experience in management, supervision, clinical social work, and staff training in areas of mental health, substance abuse, behavior change and motivational interviewing.

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Gale Johnsen, PhD, MSN, is a family nurse practitioner living in western Maine. She has extensive experience in geriatrics both in family practice and long-term care settings. She has taught at the graduate level for Simmons College, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the University of Southern Maine and regularly conducts workshops and seminars on geriatric topics.

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Dee Kelsey has been facilitating groups since her teenage years. She turned her early interests into more formal work both as a trainer and personnel representative at Hewlett Packard and as a mediator and trainer of mediators for the city of Palo Alto, California. In addition to her work with Great Meetings! Inc, she has been principal of Dee Kelsey and Associates since 1985. She has worked nationally to provide organizational development, facilitation, process consultation, mediation, and training services to hundreds of clients ranging from small work groups to large corporations.

Robert Kenney, Ph.D., is president of a training firm based in Lynchburg, Va. Bob delivers workshops through numerous centers for continuing and executive education at major universities such as Duke University, and the Universities of Virginia, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh.

Diane Kenty Esq., is director of the court ADR program for the Maine trial courts, where she administers and serves on all statewide ADR rosters. She has mediated hundreds of cases over the last 15 years in a wide range of disputes, including commercial, family and divorce, small claims and community conflicts. Diane speaks and writes about mediation frequently and teaches the ADR survey course as adjunct faculty at Maine Law School. Formerly an attorney in private practice in Boston, she has volunteered as a consultant on mediation to the courts of Jordan and Odessa, Ukraine.

Paul Kiley brings to the Portland community over twelve years of academic teaching experience with the California and Minnesota College and University Systems. He currently teaches “Public Relations and Social Media” at USM. He has twenty-five years of communication experience planning and implementing complex communication initiatives to raise awareness, build reputation and differentiate clients from competitors.

Susan Knapp, Ph. D., has over 25 years of experience as a manager and trainer and has been a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, universities, government agencies, hospitals and the United States Air Force. She has SPHR certification and received her Six Sigma Black Belt training through Acuity and the Ohio State University.

Sarah Kotzur, ND earned her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in 2006. She has practiced Naturopathic medicine in Maine since 2007.  Dr. Kotzur specializes in drug-free treatments for mental and emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, memory difficulties, and cognitive decline due to neurological disorders. She has experience treating gastrointestinal disorders such as chronic constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. In addition, Dr. Kotzur treats musculoskeletal pain and tension using gentle Naturopathic Manipulative Techniques.  She lectures regularly at Maine Medical Center and at regional conferences for health professionals.

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Fran Liautaud is a Communication and Leadership Coach, supporting business leaders by helping them build productive relationships through strong communication skills. Fran teaches a powerful technique called Dialogue, and specializes in empowering individual leaders, and helping teams to overcome relationship challenges in order to be productive at work. Fran has led teams and projects in the past 25 years for numerous Fortune 500 companies, such as McDonald's, United Airlines, Fisher-Price and Anheuser-Busch.  Fran specializes in leadership, teamwork and conflict resolution, and earned her Dialogue certification through the elite development program at the Option Institute.

Sandra Lipsey is a Professional Certified Coach, who works with business owners and nonprofit executives to help them be more effective in their work. She has worked with executives in corporations, non profits, and government agencies. Currently, she manages her own business here in Maine.

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Katherine Maloney, M.B.A., is an accomplished coach, program manager, facilitator, and consultant with over 25 years of experience in Human Resources helping individuals and teams connect with success in health care, financial services, and higher education organizations. Workplace affiliations and clients have included Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Fidelity Investments, Bank of Boston, and Babson and Emmanuel Colleges.  Currently, Katherine provides career coaching for individuals and organizational consulting focused on building positive workplaces through her firm, WorkPaths Consulting.

Gail Marchigiano, CCRN, M.S.N., has been a nurse educator and critical care nurse for over twenty years. Her area of expertise is in adult health, and her major area of research and publication relates to medical surgical nursing. Gail maintains her clinical expertise in the intensive care unit of a tertiary care facility. She has presented at regional and national conferences.

Debbie Mattson, M.S.W., www.mediateresources.com, serves nationally as a mediation consultant and trainer. In Maine, she provides practice supervision to community mediators. She serves as a CADRES mediator from Augusta to Calais and was active in the special pilot project involving Child Protective Mediations. She serves as adjunct faculty for the University of Maine School of Social Work and worked for many years as an educator using an outdoor experiential format.

Dr. Richard Maurer is a naturopathic doctor in Greater Portland Maine; he specializes in natural therapies for metabolic conditions including type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes and thyroid conditions. Through effective diagnosis and treatment, he helps people reverse the metabolic condition behind weight problems, migraines, cholesterol and other heart disease risks. In kids, issues of growth and development like ADD and autistic spectrum disorder can be caused by reversible metabolic problems. Dr. Maurer authors dietary guidelines at www.FatBackDiet.com and established the new www.MaineMetabolism.com .

Jim Milliken has provided management and communication consultation to business, industry, and nonprofits throughout the United States since 1986. His specialties include project management, in which he holds the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, problem solving and delegation, business writing and advertising, and negotiation and presentation skills. His work combines organizational skills with nearly thirty years' experience as a newspaper editor.  www.millikenproject.com

Michael Mitchell, LCSW is the clinical director of Crisis and Counseling Centers, in Augusta, Me.  He brings over twenty seven years of clinical and administrative experience, focusing on intervention and program development in areas of risk assessment, trauma, and criminogenic change.  Mike integrates these “real-life” experiences as the foundation for his extensive experience as a presenter and educator in the behavioral health field.  Mike criminal justice experience includes playing a significant role in the development of Kennebec County’s Criminogenic Addictions Recovery Academy (CARA) and author of the PATHWAYS curriculum addressing entrenched criminal behavior. He also provides behavioral health consultation for the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Homeland Security in Maine. 

Leigh G. Mundhenk, PhD.,  has eighteen years’ experience in career and organizational development as a consultant, career coach, trainer and professor. She earned her BS from Duke, MS in Organizational Dynamics from Penn, and Ph.D. in Psycho-Educational Processes from Temple University. Her primary interest -- understanding how individuals and organizations foster self-reliant behavior in times of transition -- informs her scholarship and work. Mundhenk's main focus is in career development. She coordinates and teaches the career development course series and runs the Internship program at University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn College.  Prior to her teaching career at the University of Southern Maine, she worked in private practice as a career coach and organizational development consultant.

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Margaret Page has over thirty years of management experience in several industries, with the last ten years focused on managing the learning function and learning design. A past president on the Maine Chapter of ASTD, Peggy also presents on training design and eLearning at the national ASTD TechKnowledge Conference. In her current role, Peggy manages the training design team at TD Bank, where eLearning and the virtual classroom play a central role in educating a geographically dispersed and growing employee population.

Jessica Palladino SPHR has over 10 years of HR experience. Jessica has lead numerous study groups for HR Professionals who are interested in obtaining PHR/SPHR certification. Jessica is currently the HR Manager for Formed Fiber Technologies. She has also held HR roles in the finance and healthcare industry. Jessica is the past President of the Central Maine Human Resource Association and Co-Chair for the Best Places in Maine campaign. She is a member of Human Resource Association of Southern Maine. Jessica has successfully sat and passed both her PHR and SPHR exams.

Raymond Paré  For over twenty years, Raymond Paré has provided business management, process improvements, and technological consulting services to clients in a number of fields including training, health care, food service, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, veterinarian services, and construction. His professional mission is to help organizations achieve or exceed their operational goals. With a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology, and an MBA in Health Care Financial Management, is certified to teach college level 100 – 400 Business and Information Technology courses. He is currently recently running his own consulting business providing interim IT development , senior management support, financial management, and fund raising.

Marc Pitman, An international nonprofit organizational development coach and fundraising trainer, Marc A. Pitman is the author of Ask Without Fear! and Google + for Nonprofits, and founder of FundraisingCoach.com, a website dedicated to practical ideas for fundraising more effectively. Marc coaches nonprofits to more effective fundraising and individuals to career advancement and reduced stress. Because of his dynamic trainings, Marc speaks to thousands each year at events like the World Fundraising Summit in Mexico, trainings in New Zealand, and even the International Bowling Expo. His experience and balanced commentary cause him to be featured in books and articles around the world and be sought out as a guest on TV and radio shows as diverse as Al Jazeera and Fox News. Committed to making it easy for volunteers and nonprofit staff to get fundraising training, Marc continues to strive to make it ridiculously easy to find fundraising training. He was also chosen as one of Maine's first "40 Under Forty" honoring Maine's emerging generation of leaders. If you drive past him, you’re likely to be seeing him singing 80’s music loud enough to embarrass his family.

Pamela Plumb discovered during her years as a City Councilor and Mayor of Portland that effective meeting planning and facilitation made a big difference in meeting outcomes. In 1991, she created Pamela Plumb & Associates which serves a wide range of non-profit organizations, businesses and government organizations with process design, facilitation, training and organizational development. She is known internationally for her process work and training in municipal governance.

Julie Poulin, CFRE, is currently the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Jobs for Maine's Graduates (JMG), where she is responsible for overseeing all of the development and fundraising activities for the organization. From 2002-2010, Julie was Director of Development at Opportunity Farm for Boys and Girls. Julie sits on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northern New England Board of Directors and volunteers for several non-profit organizations.

Kandyce Powell, R.N., M.S.N., is executive director of the Maine Hospice Council, which provides education and advocacy to improve the quality of life for the dying and bereaved. She serves on and provides leadership to many advisory groups, including the Maine Cancer Pain Initiative, the Bureau of Health's Palliative Care Workgroup, and the New England Nursing Ethics Network.

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Tove Rasmussen, MBA, CMA, has over 20 years’ experience interpreting financial data to develop and modify effective business strategies, developing and implementing the supporting budgets and managing effective banker relationships during growth and turn-around situations.  Ms. Rasmussen is President of Partners Creating Wealth, which offers significant business strategy, financial analysis and market research capabilities to companies wanting to take their businesses to the next level. She is a Certified Management Accountant and earned the Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, the top business school in Canada.

Caroline Raymond MSW, LADC, CCS is the Director of Substance Abuse Treatment for the Youth Development Centers for Day One. She is also the Co Occurring Consultant for Day One's Residential Treatment Program. She has been in the field for over 15 years and is passionate about the integration of services.

Jonathan Reitman Esq., is a founding partner in Gosline & Reitman, a mediation, facilitation, training and consulting practice. He practiced law in Maine for 12 years before becoming a full-time ADR practitioner in 1990. He is a frequent lecturer and author on ADR topics and has trained participants from 15 different countries in Bosnia, Italy, Israel, and England. For the past 5 summers he has taught Arab and Jewish and Israeli graduate students Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Management, where he also trained Arab and Jewish mediators in Multi-Party Mediation. He co-taught the ADR course at the University of Maine School of Law for 9 years. Jonathan is former chair of International Sector of the Association for Conflict Resolution. He has facilitated strategic planning events for several national organizations and served as the neutral facilitator for more than 25 multi-party stakeholder processes and negotiated rulemakings on a variety of public policy issues. He has mediated or arbitrated more than 1,000 cases on a wide array of complex civil matters in the public and private sectors.

Lynne Richards, M.B.A., www.leadinggenerations.com, is a member of the National Speaker's Association, and author and founder of Leading Generations, a training and leadership development firm. Lynne specializes in helping people develop their leadership and presentation skills. With over 20 years of experience in management and training, she brings a wealth of practical experience to the classroom.

Judy Ringer www.judyringer.com, provides conflict resolution, team building, and communication training throughout the United States and Canada. The author of Unlikely Teachers: Finding the Hidden Gifts in Daily Conflict, her unique workshops are based on mind/body principles from the martial art Aikido, in which she holds a black belt.

Sarah Ruef-Lindquist, Esq., CTFA is a graduate of the Institute for Civic Leadership and a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor ("CTFA"). She has practiced law, was Vice President for Southern Maine at the Maine Community Foundation and Sr. Administrative Trust officer at Union Trust Company, and most recently Sr. Gift Planning Consultant for Planning for Good, which she also founded.  As of April 2012, she serves as the CEO of the Maine Women’s Fund. She is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of trust and estate planning, charitable gift planning and planned giving.   She is a board member of the Maine Planned Giving Council, Friends of Mid Coast Maine and Unity College.

Nicolas Ruf, MA, LADC has been working in the field of substance abuse since 1974. He worked with the State's impaired driver countermeasures programs (DEEP) for over 20 years, and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in substance related issues as well as presenting workshops to treatment providers, educational, medical, and civic groups from Maine to the Caribbean to Hawaii. He currently teaches at the New England Institute of Addiction Studies' Summer School and is an adjunct faculty member at UMO, Johnson State College, and University of Southern New Hampshire

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Joanna Salamone RN, MS is Director of Inpatient Services at Southern Maine Medical Center, Biddeford.

Cynthia Garner Scrimshaw, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC, AHN-BC is a holistic nurse practitioner and therapist with a private practice specializing in wellness counseling, body-oriented psychotherapy and mind/body medicine. She is a consultant, trainer and group facilitator, and co-founder of Awakening Connections, an organization focused on compassionate and conscious living, based in New Hampshire. Cynthia has integrated complementary therapies into her clinical practice for over 30 years.

John Settelen, Jr, CMA, has almost 30 years of experience in the energy and utility industries, including senior management positions with American Water Works, Exelon and Constellation Energy. John's financial management experience includes roles in planning, budgeting, forecasting, performance reporting, as well as accounting and control. In addition, John has led significant business transformation efforts involving process improvements, system implementations and change management. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants.

Jack Smith, M.P.A., is a nationally recognized grant writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1987, his consulting practice has provided grant-writing services to more than 150 organizations, including the Huntington's Disease Society of America, Catholic Charities of Greater Atlanta, Y-Clubs of Georgia, Century Pacific Housing, and the Maine Center for Community Dental Health. He has taught grant-writing skills for the state governments of Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Vermont and for agencies and clients of the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Cherokee Nation. Each year, more than 1,000 participants attend one of his full-day classes. He serves as adjunct instructor at the University of Georgia, Emory University, Duke University, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Management Institute.

June Stark, R.N., B.S.N., M.Ed., is director of case management, quality support services at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, and an associate consultant for The Center of Case Management in Natick, Massachusetts.

Stephen Stofanak is the Operations Director for Work it UP.Stephen also co-developed and teaches a certificate program in project management for the Continuing Education Programs at the University of New England and the University of New Hampshire.  Stephan provided the research, case studies, and initial prototypes for launching IT Harmony’s Business Change Management solution suite. Stephan has delivered project and change management consulting and coaching to senior executives in companies such as Fairchild, The Jackson Laboratory, American Electric Power, and Cornell University. Previously, Stephan spent 23 years with Digital Equipment Corporation where he was instrumental in developing Digital’s Program Management Methodology used to plan and manage customer systems integration programs. As Change Management Consultant for Worldwide Manufacturing and Logistics at DEC, he established the program office that was responsible for twelve worldwide re-engineering and SAP software implementation projects that significantly reduced expenses and improved customer satisfaction. He has managed groups of four to 130 people and consulted with companies ranging in size from entrepreneurial start-ups to the Fortune 100. He has a keen understanding of how to help organizations, from the factory floor and field offices to senior management teams, implement change and create high performance results.

Natasha Turner Stout, M.S., is a training and development professional who is currently working with Work it UP as a training advisor and as the Member Services Coordinator. Natasha has developed and delivered training for Work it UP and is working to enhance the Work it UP curriculum and delivery strategies. Natasha has a Master’s degree in Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, as well as a Certificate in Human Resource Development.  As the Director of Organizational Learning for the Louisiana Department of Revenue, Natasha developed a training and organizational development unit that became a key resource for the Louisiana Department of Revenue, assisting with organizational change initiatives, increasing employee development opportunities, and continuously improving training strategies to align with the department’s dynamic organizational changes.

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Adam Taylor Esq., a founding member of Taylor, McCormack & Frame, LLC, practices in a variety of areas and assists employers state-wide. Adam advises and represents employers in all areas of labor and employment law and has successfully defended business, large and small, in both state and federal courts and frequently appears before federal and state administration agencies.

Bill Taylor is President of Work it UP. He has been an entrepreneur and private equity investor for more than 25 years. From 1999 -2006 Bill was a Principal at FPj Investments, a private equity firm based in New Haven, Connecticut. From 2000-2008 Bill was Chairman of New Leaf Investments, a private small business incubator with operations in five states that specialized in the launch and growth of several successful start-ups.  Bill is President of Alpha Project Management Group in Portland, Maine, a for-profit company he has owned since 1991. Alpha specializes in project management solutions for private equity investors.  Alpha Projects has been the sustaining resource of Work it UP since 2010 when it established the Alpha Projects Mentorship Program (APMP).

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Paul Unni is a certified trainer and certified professional coach, who owns and operates 180Training and Coaching, a firm dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners with their training and coaching needs. Paul has provided training and development services in a variety of settings including fortune 500 companies, universities, human service agencies, and churches. He has been an adjunct instructor for the USM Center for Continuing Education for the past ten years and is also employed at United Healthcare, in a training and development role.

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Brian Viele RN, BSN,CCRN is Director of Intensive Care Unit and Cardio Pulmonary at Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick.

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Val Walker, M.S., has facilitated grief support groups as well as groups for coping with illness and major life changes for 17 years. Previously a rehabilitation counselor, she now writes and speaks about comforting people through loss and transition, and develops training programs for counselors, healthcare and pastoral care providers, human resources managers, and family caregivers. She is the author of The Art of Comforting: What to Say and Do for People in Distress (Penguin, 2010). Her articles and interviews about comforting have appeared in Good Housekeeping Magazine, Time, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Marie Claire, AARP Bulletin, and Whole Living Magazine. She has been a guest on radio programs such as the Unexpected Caregiver in Minnesota, The Positive Parenting Show, The Bill Moller show in Chicago, AARP Prime Time nationwide, and NPR affiliates including All Sides with Ann Fisher in Ohio, and The Jefferson Exchange in Oregon.

Kay Whitmore, SPHR, ACC is vice president of Human Resources at Acadia Insurance Company. She has an extensive background in all aspects of HR, having worked with organizations during times of significant change impacting every aspect of the employment relationship - from employee benefits and compensation to employee relations.  Kay is an Associate Certified Coach, a certified trainer in Crucial Conversations and in Social and Emotional Intelligence.  She is a graduate of the Maine Development Foundation's Leadership Maine program and is a Portland Symphony Orchestra trustee.

Deborah Whitworth SPHR, Senior Associate at Mercer, Inc., brings over 25 years of human resources management experience with her as she consults with for-profit and non-profit organizations. Deb guides clients through compliance issues, comprehensive human resources audits, and advises on all other HR topics as well. 

Michelle G. Winn, CPLP, SPHR, currently serves as the Director of Training for Acadia Insurance and is the only person in Maine to have successfully completed the requirements to earn the Certified Professional of Learning and Performance (CPLP) designation from the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD).   In addition to earning the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation, she was named a Distinguished Teacher by the US Presidential Scholars Program and is a recipient of the Aegis Excellence Award from the Navy for her work designing e-learning.  Michelle has approximately 20 years of experience in the field of learning and development, and she currently serves on Board of Directors for the Maine Chapter of the ASTD.  

Peter Wohl MA, LADC, CCS, is the Director for Outpatient Services with Crisis & Counseling Centers, Inc., Augusta, ME. He provides planning, development and oversight for outpatient and intensive outpatient services, as well as the enhancement of co-occurring services.

Amy Wood, Psy.D. - Through speaking, training, consulting, and one-on-one sessions, psychologist Amy Wood has helped countless adults from all walks of life and work to articulate and accomplish their own versions of success. Known for her pragmatic optimism, she believes that every human being is a unique and valuable individual with the inner resources necessary to overcome any challenge. Dr. Wood earned her doctorate from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, is certified by the College of Executive Coaching, and is based in Portland, Maine. Dr. Wood is the author of Life Your Way: Refresh Your Approach to Success and Breathe Easier in a Fast-paced World an award-winning personal improvement book that surpasses quick-fix self-help rhetoric with a sustainable program for adapting to our perpetually hectic age.   She is a co-founder of SPeak Performance, a training and development boutique of women authors.  Dr. Wood co-hosts the Boston-based radio show Your Money & Your Life, is The Boomer Brief self-help columnist, and is often called on for her expert opinion by media ranging from local newspapers to Parade Magazine.   To learn more about Dr. Wood, visit her websites at amywoodpsyd.com and speakperformance.net.

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June Zellers. J..D., is a retired attorney and former owner of Common Ground Mediation Services in Lewiston. She currently serves on the CADRES Professional Development Team and is the co-author, with Jacqui Clark, of Choice Points: The Guide to Peer Consultation for Mediators. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern Maine, and also teaches the Kids First Program for divorcing parents in various locations.

Melinda Zimmer-Rankin, R.N., M.S., CCRN, CSC has many years' experience in critical care nursing and as a nurse educator. As founder of Nurse Consultant Services (NCS), she serves as a nurse consultant/educator for various health care agencies throughout New England.

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