Midcoast Leadership Academy graduates, from left, are Megan Brackett, Penson Bartlett, Amy Smith, Abbie Leonard, Maggi Blue, Jake Miller, Denise Pease, Jodie Miller, Kristin Collins, Stephanie Griffin, Kim Wilson-Raymond, Kristin Flynn, Alyssa Ames, Ken Gross, Amy Levine, Lisa Phillips, Karla Doremus-Tranfield. Not pictured: Wyatt Philbrook.
By Staff / Village Soup
Midcoast Leadership Academy and the University of Maine Hutchinson Center have announced completion of the academy’s seventh program year and the July 2 graduation of 18 current and prospective community leaders.
Graduates this year were Alyssa Ames, practice manager at Waldo County General Hospital; Penson Bartlett, North Region manager, Jobs for Maine Graduates; Maggi Blue, freelance artist and designer/marketer; and Megan Brackett, finance director, Town of Rockport.
Also, Kristin Collins, operations director, Island Institute; Karla Doremus-Tranfield, global director, water treatment, Gulbrandsen Technologies; Kristin Flynn, owner, Kristin Flynn Photography; Stephanie Griffin, special business accounts, Allen Insurance & Financial; and Ken Gross, assistant director, Camden Public Library.
Also, Jodie M. Heal, president, CPA, MAFM, Heal Accounting Solutions, PC; Abbie Leonard, harbormaster, town of Rockport; Amy Levine, library director, Rockland Public Library; Jake Miller, VP/branch manager, First National Bank; and Denise Pease, sales and marketing director, Quarry Hill.
Also, Wyatt Philbrook, vineyard and property manager, Cellardoor Winery; Lisa Phillips, AVP, banking center manager, Camden National Bank; Amy Smith, assistant director for academic and student services, Hutchinson Center; and Kim Wilson-Raymond, conference coordinator, Hutchinson Center.
Guest speaker at the graduation was Tom Peaco, executive director of Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce and a graduate of MLA 6.
Modeled after successful community leadership programs held throughout the country, MLA7 was run as a partnership between the University of Maine Hutchinson Center and Midcoast Leadership Academy. Guest faculty are drawn from academia, business, government, consulting and the nonprofit sector.
Bangor Savings Bank, lead program sponsor, has been a multi-year supporter of the program’s mission of building relationships that will help create stronger, healthier and more prosperous communities.
MLA8 will begin in September and recruiting for the program will begin later this month. More information can be found at MidcoastLeadershipAcademy.org or hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu.