40 Under 40 Nominees – 2017

Building LA

Laurent Gilbert, Jr.

Building LA

Audience Engagement Editor
Sun Journal

Nominators Comments:
“Larry Gilbert Jr. has one of the most vital roles at Sun Media: He is the communication pivot between our newsroom and the community via social media. Larry is actively involved in the community, helping launch L/A Greendrinks, as well as several other social media-related meetup events in the Lewiston-Auburn Area. An avid runner, Larry is an advocate for a healthy lifestyle, and participates in all of our area benefit 5Ks and the Dempsey Challenge, and he is a strong advocate for the Twin Cities at every turn. He is a Lewiston born-and-raised media talent with a long track record of local employment in that industry, and he still operates a podcast in his free time.”

Michael Malloy

Building LA

Attorney
The Malloy Firm

Nominator’s Comments:
“Michael is quiet leader who willingly lends a hand as well as his expertise to help make the LA community stronger. It is not uncommon to see a successful business, non profit, or program and learn Michael had some hand in helping them get to where they are now. Notably, Michael has helped Tree Street Youth build a strong foundation through his board work and helping in legal areas so their staff can focus on what they do best- helping our youth excel. Uplift’s amazing program Y-not, that engages youth in better understanding our communities while also encouraging civic engagement and networking, was launched under Michael’s leadership on the YPLAA board. Additionally, Michael has helped many of our New Mainers navigate the complicated asylum seeker application process through pro-bono representation. Its not uncommon for local attorney’s to give back to the their community, however, Michael does it in a thoughtful, caring way that truly helps strengthen the community around him.”

Molly McGill

Building LA

Senior Writer
The Brand Collective

Nominator’s Comments:
“Molly has been a force in the Lewiston Auburn Area for years. Her early work in developing and organizing the LA film festival and Lewiston Auburn magazine set the stage for the continuation and growth of the Emerge Festival and brought a new spotlight on the area. While raising two small children she still has found time over the years to help support the Sexual Support Crisis Center at their annual celebrity waiter dinner, as well as hosting “Maine’s Got Talent” for Sandcastle Clinical and Education Services. She works as the senior writer for The Brand Collective in Auburn and continuously has her hand on the pulse of the Lewiston Auburn area through the design and marketing of some of the areas biggest and best companies. As an Auburn native, she has decided to put her roots down in the area and looks forward to raising her two girls and helping Lewiston-Auburn grow into the place that we all know it can be.”

Misty Parker

Building LA

Econominc Development Specialist
City of Lewiston

Nominator’s Comments:
“Misty is very supportive of the endeavors of the art community such as creative crosswalks and events. I think she goes above and beyond to listen, answer questions and guide.”

Tricia Tomlinson

Building LA

Owner/Operator
Ben’s Buritto’s

Nominator’s Comments:
“Tricia grew up in the Lewiston Auburn area her entire life. She is a dear friend who has always supported local arts, agriculture, & economy. She put herself through school while raising two beautiful children and working, mostly by herself. Now that she has opened her own business she is giving back to the community in so many ways. Using locally grown food, offering free food to those who can’t afford it with the pay it forward wall. And offering delicious food and the wonderful atmosphere for everyone to enjoy burritos.”

Creative Geniuses

Alexandra Hood

Creative Geniuses

Olin Arts Center Operations Supervisor
Bates College

Nominator’s Comments:
“Alexandra Hood is a total art genius and it doesn’t take long to see why. Alexandra earned her B.A. from Elmira College, where she worked very hard, graduating in her Junior year, having been bestowed with 4 Elmira College Award Medals for her contribution to the college and community. She currently works in her hometown of Lewiston, Maine. Focusing on realistic oil paintings and graphite portraits, Alexandra frequently explores the subjects of lust, power, human connection, and emotional transparency in her work. The depiction of money flowers, a popular theme in her recent paintings, references the delicate relationship between materialism and our expressions of power and love. Alexandra’s portrait drawings manipulate the veil placed between the subject and the viewer, expressing or shielding the underlying fragments of our natural selves and peeling back the layers of personal identity. Alexandra has been included in multiple solo and group exhibitions between Maine, Upstate New York, and New York City. Alexandra currently works at Bates College as the Olin Arts Center Operations Supervisor. She works daily in the arts programs there and is part of the Arts Collaborative team.

In the past few years, Alexandra has been on the LA Art Walk 2016 Committee, has done “”Live Painting”” at local art events and was an artist on display at the following events: LA Art Walks, Area Artists Exhibit at USM LAC, For The Love of Art, The Stars Look Very Different Today, Artist of the Month Solo Show at Center Street Dental and many others.

For more information on Alexandra and her “”Art Genius,”” please refer to her website: AlexandraHood.com. She has an impressive art resume and is a fine young woman and representative of our area.”

Sheri Withers Hollenbach

Creative Geniuses

Founder/Artist
The Hive Co-Op

Nominator’s Comments:
“For constant support of local artists and artisans. Also for all the work she does with the city of Lewiston with Public art.
Sheri is committed to the accessibility of art in the Lewiston/Auburn community. She is supportive and encouraging of other artists and business owners and is an invaluable resource. Sheri is helping to build LA through public art, owning a business, being part of a co op and being involved in the community. She volunteers her time to create events and help other businesses and people in the community.
For her part in the creation of The Hive (an artist collective) as well as her engagement in community outreach and support.”

Betsy Sibley

Creative Geniuses

VP of Marketing/Business Development
Community Credit Union

Nominator’s Comments:
“Betsy joined the Credit Union in 2012 as the VP of Marketing and Business Development. Betsy’s role at the Credit Union is to manage our brand and our community commitment. Betsy truly lives out the Credit Union’s philosophy of “People Helping People” and it shows in all of her creative marketing pieces. Betsy designs the Credit Union’s advertising but also and more importantly she is always capturing the positive work that is going on in the L/A area. She always has camera in hand to capture volunteering and our outreach in the community. You will often see the Credit Union captured in local publications all because Betsy always has capturing the best of the L/A area at the top of her mind. Check out our advertising and/or community pieces and you will see firsthand the creative genius at work. Betsy loves the L/A area and is committed to sharing that through her work any chance she gets!”

Victoria Richland

Creative Geniuses

Creative Director
Anchour

Nominator’s Comments:
“Victoria, alongside her husband Stephen, started Anchour with the sole intention to build the community with a love and passion for great design & strategy. Together they have successfully rebranded countless firms in the community, provided pro-bono designs for outreach programs, along with growing their company into all areas from design, strategy, web, video production, and more. Victoria’s creative genius has been a huge part of rebrands for DaVinci’s, LA Hearing, Boba, and so many more. As Anchour’s creative director, Victoria is distinguished by her passion for function and aesthetic — she’s the rare type who enjoys looking at the bigger picture while also reveling in the details. She’s constantly inspired and challenged by the many different industries and projects we engage with – it’s part of what she loves most about working at Anchour.”

Jason Tardy

Creative Geniuses

Professional Entertainer
Self Employed

Nominator’s Comments:
“Jason has only ever worked for himself since high school. He has successfully been able to make a living with being an entertainer. He has come up with many new inventions and ideas to be fresh and new for the public to see.”

Marlo Hewitt

Creative Geniuses

Owner/Cosmetologist
Hair Station

Nominator’s Comments:
“Marlo is a creative genius and uses her creativity to help make people feel good about themselves everyday. She is kind and a silent leader. Marlo is a strong representative for our community. Marlo is the owner of the Hair station. One look at the unique establishment and you will know why she is being nominated for this category. Marlo has worked hard and has created a wonderful work place for herself and 5 employees. She is truly an inspiration to this young generation.”

Danielle Eaton

Creative Geniuses

Marketing & PR Business Partner for Clinical Lines of Service
Spectrum Medical Group

Nominator’s Comments:
“Danielle made a splash in this community right out of college. Working at Encompass Marketing and volunteering at the local film festival kept her busy. She’s very quiet about all she does. Except when she gets onstage. Danielle was amazing in Community Little Theatre’s production on Chicago. She also regularly takes part in The Thread Theater at The Franco Center. So you can see the performing arts is part of her soul and I feel the part of any vibrant community. Danielle worked at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice as the marketing Director and now works at Marketing & PR Business Partner for Clinical Lines of Service at Spectrum Medical Group. In both jobs she uses her creativity and energy to put on events and market her organizations. She just recently celebrated her birthday decided to mark the occasion by doing something truly kind and generous for others in need In lieu of gifts, she requested donations of diapers and wipes from friends and family to donate to Safe Voices. She dubbed her gift of giving mission #30gooddeeds. There are many more ways Danielle is fabulous but that’s just a few.”

Nicole Bramlett

Creative Geniuses

Hair Dresser & Dance Teacher
Cassiels Day Spa & Salon | Camire School of Dance

Nominator’s Comments:
“Nicole strives to help people to look and feel their best everyday. She helps teach children of all ages the art of dance and helps them to be able to express their emotions through body movements.”

Matthew Boutwell aka “MattyB”

Creative Geniuses

On-Air Radio Personality
Gleason Media

Nominator’s Comments:

Matty is an outstanding representative and a strong voice of L/A. I’ve interviewed with him several times on the radio, and he is one of the most professional, compassionate, and caring people I know. He has a unique talent to make “non-radio” people feel comfortable while on-air, and he can make everyone look/sound good during an on-air interview. Professionalism On Air as a Morning Radio Host and Sportscaster. He does a lot for the community through the radio station. Hearing some of the things he is able to put together at his place of work has been outstanding. MattyB recently awakened my love for local media. Since listening to his “Breakfast Club with MattyB” radio program, I have learned about many L/A business that I had no idea existed. His interviews are fun and interesting to listen to. He is a powerful voice in the community. He has also reawakened my love of sports and sports radio. Listening to a game without his voice just isn’t the same. Besides, he loves bacon and isn’t afraid to let you know it.”

Thomas Ardia

Creative Geniuses

Bar Manager
Marche

Nominator’s Comments:
“Thomas is the bartender of L/A. Working for and helping launch several establishments, including Marche, Orchid, the Vault. He also collaborates and consults to build better bar programs throughout the L/A area (Mac’s, Fuel, Rails, etc.). The man is a creative genius with what he can do with a few simple (or several) ingredients. His concoctions can bring us to another time and place. Tailoring drinks to our moods, menu selections and more! He cares deeply about the community he grew up in and uses his spot behind the bar to connect with community members. Thomas Ardia, is THE mixologist of L/A. His fresh take on simple classics is reinventing the way our community celebrates, and sips! Well done, Tom!”

Economic Development

Gabrielle Russell

Economic Development

Architect
Platz Associates

Nominator’s Comments:
“The fate of Bates Mill No. 5 had been sealed; it was going to be demolished. Enter Gabrielle Russell and her grassroots group Grow L+A. In a 2012 TedXDirigo talk, “”Envisioning the Future of a Mill City,”” Gabrielle painted a picture of innovation and possibility for a historic mill on the chopping block–a picture so compelling that it continues to fuel imagination and action. In a last ditch effort in 2013, Gabrielle and Grow L+A convinced the Lewiston City Council to grant the mill a reprieve and to allow the group six months to create a redevelopment plan for the dilapidated building.

In those six months, Russell worked with over 40 Bates College students to figure out the details of what it would take to operate a server farm out of the mill. She purchased designer Albert Kahn’s original drawings of Mill No. 5 and arranged to have them exhibited at Kimball Street Studios on the 100th anniversary of the mill’s groundbreaking. She wrote and was awarded a grant from the Sewall Foundation to conduct a feasibility study to determine whether it might be possible to locate a food co-op at the mill.

Since then, Auburn architect and developer Tom Platz has taken over and is working with the City and prospective tenants to get the old mill up-and-running in ways that no one thought possible. Platz cites the groundwork done by Russell and her group as the reason for his interest and enthusiasm. In fact, Russell’s work was so impressive that Platz has since hired her as a full-time architect in his firm, Platz Associates.

But Gabrielle’s commitment to the L-A community doesn’t stop there. Through her involvement with Grow L+A, she has embedded herself in the fabric of Lewiston-Auburn through several other projects, including the Downtown Auburn Transportation Center, the River Task Force, and Friends of Pettengill, which received approval from the Lewiston City Council to build a park on the site of the old Pettengill Elementary School. She currently serves on the Auburn Lewiston YMCA Board of Directors and in the past has served on Lewiston’s Historic Preservation Review Board, Lewiston’s Zoning Board of Appeals, and the board of LA Arts.

Gabrielle Russell has been described by many as a young visionary. Her passion about historic preservation in the Lewiston-Auburn community is palpable and her commitment to the economic and community development of the area is extraordinary. Gabrielle is a force for progressive change and inspires hope and positivity in all that she does.”

Kevin Pacheco

Economic Development

Owner
Dunkin Donuts | Firehouse Grill

Nominator’s Comments:
“He is the most driven person I have ever met, employs over 90 people and interested in knowing each and everyone of them.. He will do anything for anybody , very charitable… A good father and a good friend”

Andrew Knight

Economic Development

Owner
The Agora Grand Event Center & Inn at the Agora

Nominator’s Comments:
“Andrew has taken a huge risk in converting a prominent closed church into an event center with attached Inn. The planning, energy, and resources that has gone into this venture show remarkable personal strength and perseverance. Andrew Knight is a creative thinker and entrepreneur who had a vision for re-purposing an old, vacant, and historical church complex into a beautiful event center. Although Andrew is “from away”, he quickly embraced the people of the community, and has restored the old St. Patrick’s church, chapel, and rectory into a place of elegance for life celebrations. Andrew also serves on the Lewiston Historical Board hoping to help developers understand the issues they run into trying to save these historical buildings. He has put his heart and soul into the Agora Grand and the Inn at the Agora, revitalizing historic buildings that may have been torn down in the future. He has become a contributing member of our community in a big way and deserves to be recognized as one of our 40 Under 40 this year.”

Travis Dow

Economic Development

Marketing, Advertising & Event Planning
Dow Media, LLC

Nominator’s Comments:
“Travis is an asset to our community, he is brilliant and is constantly coming up with new ideas to promote LOCAL business, Travis started out with one idea and pursued his dream and now is a successful businessman running several businesses and other projects. Travis never stops coming up with fresh new ways of bringing business to our city! Travis Dow and his Dow Media LLC have founded the yearly Maine Home Show 5 years ago which draws thousands of visitors in March to the L/A area. He also founded Coupons in Maine, a quarterly coupon publication that promotes business in the L/A area. His company also provides advertising expertise to a wide array of local businesses.”

Shanna Cox

Economic Development

Consultant/Owner & Community Organizer
Project Tipping Point

Nominator’s Comments:
“Shanna has dedicated her time to bringing communities, groups, and leadership together to strengthen LA. Through collaboration, community engagement, and the creation of TIP LA, an 18 month leadership development course, Shanna continues to be a part of shaping our future. She takes the lead on many community boards such as Grow LA and Healthy Neighborhoods, and is consultant to many groups, businesses, and entrepreneurs through out the LA area, possibly beyond.

Shanna started her business over 1 year ago and is a great mentor helping businesses grow and determine their processes of improvement.”
I met Shanna during 2015, and quickly discovered her commitment to understanding the needs of our community AND creating solutions. She possess the heart of an advocate, tireless energy, a strong skill set which supports her efforts in designing solutions, and she displays integrity and respect in the extensive and healthy relationships she creates within Lewiston-Auburn and throughout the State of Maine. She led the effort to re-brand the Head Start Program for Androscoggin County as Chair of the Board of Directors, is president of Grow L+A Board of Directors with a passion for urban vitalization, and launched her new business – Project Tipping Point – with a goal to create future change champions of L/A, and advance and embrace collaborative approaches to transformation within our community.”

Jeremy Chapman

Economic Development

Business Owner, Real Estate Developer and Owner
4 Seasons Property Services | Chapman Real Estate Development LLC

Nominator’s Comments:
“Jeremy has been a client of mine for the past 6 years and has shown a genuine passion toward building the L/A community. When I first met Jeremy he was mainly focused on his company (4seasonsproperty) that helped served the L/A community through normal lawn care and home maintenance needs. In those six years I have seen him grow that company to have employees that he trusts to run the day to day operations so he could focus his attention on growing another passion of his which is acquiring more real estate in Lewiston/Auburn. Since then he has acquired at least four pieces of real estate (to my knowledge) with his most recent transaction being “The Professional Building” which is on Lisbon Street in Lewiston. The building is home to many local businesses in the area and he looks to continue to improve the building to provide more economic growth for L/A. I am confident that he will continue his efforts to help the L/A community through is hard work and overall love for this area. Jeremy has a genuine entrepreneurial spirit. He is driven, determined, and smart about his business moves.

Jeremy personifies a young energetic business person whose efforts improve the local economy by providing jobs, local investments and enthusiasm for our community. His recent purchases of several important properties, including the Professional Building on Lisbon Street, one of Lewiston’s iconic properties, inspire others to look twice at out community for reinvestment and jobs.
“He has a special vision for the future of Auburn/Lewiston that I find admirable.

Jeremy’s goals keep growing. He loves his hometown community of Lewiston/Auburn. He sees its great possibilities and he wants it to thrive. He is staying right here to contribute to it, work on its improvement and hopefully help expand its businesses and prosper its people. Jeremy’s life has been one of seeking and seeing the possibilities. I am proud of him, and hope you will be too.”

Nick Benoit

Economic Development

Entrepreneur
Benoit’s Orchard

Nominator’s Comments:
“Nick has been a very supportive and great landlord, he has helped me and my family put a roof over our head and not a lot of money, Nick is one of the few hard workers and good people in his generation that always look to help before his own needs”

Joshua Pritchard

Economic Development

COO & Partner
Anchour

Nominator’s Comments:
“Josh, a partner at Anchour, spearheads business development and works directly with Stephen in expanding the company’s reach. He oversees much of Anchour’s everyday operations and interfaces directly with new and existing clients. His ultimate goal is to identify the passion Anchour’s clients have for their work and then help our team make it all come to life.

Josh is the quintessential people person – he loves connecting with others and forging meaningful relationships that lead to amazing, life-changing work. His work has ensured Anchour is an integral part of our community. Josh has been a key role in the success of Anchour by leading the team to build business & in the LA area through strategic branding & design.

Josh is an inspiring leader, organizer, and community member.”

Education

Melissa Simoa

Education

Daycare Provider/Owner
Bright Beginnings Family Childcare

Nominator’s Comments:
“Melissa has owned her own successful daycare in New Auburn for 6 years. She has also more recently opened a wonderful daycare center on Center Street in Auburn and does a lot for the families and children that she cares for. As a personal friend I have been so amazed by her strength and knowledge from start to finish.”

Heidi Bisson

Education

Financial Aid Officer
Kaplan University

Nominator’s Comments:
“Volunteer for JA. Former South Lewiston LL Board Member.”

Dana Bosse

Education

Assistant Director of Enrollment Management
Lewiston Campus of Kaplan University

Nominator’s Comments:
“Dana Bosse began working at Kaplan University as an Admissions Advisor nine years ago. Dana enrolled hundreds of students into college, many of whom didn’t know if they were “college material” but with the support she provided, these people are now college graduates. In fact, Kaplan University has graduated nearly 250 students whom Dana enrolled, most of these people living and working in Androscoggin County. Dana is now the Assistant Director of Enrollment Management for the Lewiston campus and leads a Team of four Advisors who work with students from the time they enroll to the time they graduate. With Dana’s leadership, the Lewiston campus continues to offer both traditional and non traditional students an opportunity to receive their college degree.”

Corey Bouyea

Education

Senior Manager of Store Operations
L.L.Bean

Nominator’s Comments:
“Corey’s work as the Board president for the Lewiston Education Fund has been incredible! He has carefully recruited new board members, communicated with the public schools and assisted us with staying true to our mission – all while balancing family and work. His work has moved the group forward and helped us to award numerous grants, supporting our local teachers.”

Abby Dix

Education

Teacher
Farwell Elementary School

Nominator’s Comments:
“Abby dedicates her life to her 2nd grade students. Constantly pushing them outside of the box to learn through different and interactive teaching methods. Her students love her and parents are always a major fan of abby and the work she does.”

Lauren King

Education

Teacher
Geiger Elementary School

Nominator’s Comments:
“Lauren is a dedicated teacher, full of heart and ideas and commitment to her kids.”

Alli Nolan

Education

BRANCHES College Prep Program Manager
Tree Street Youth

Nominator’s Comments:
“Alli Nolan coordinates the BRANCHES College Prep program at Tree Street Youth. Daily the program serves over 50 at-risk high school seniors and supports their college application processes, career exploration, and future aspiration development. Alli has grown the BRANCHES program from serving 18 seniors her first year to now over 50. The last 2 years the program has had 100% graduation from the seniors and a 95% and 93% college acceptance rate! Alli also supports over 50 alumni of the program and over 100 elementary, middle, and early high school youth in exploring college and building their personal life paths. Each year the program serves nearly 300 youth from the Downtown Lewiston community.”

Emerging Leaders

Angie Snow

Emerging Leaders

Bank Manager
Camden National Bank

Nominator’s Comments:
“Angie works diligently to be a role model in the community. She currently serves and has been apart of the Campaign Cabinet of United Way of Androscoggin County for 7 years; serving as Cabinet Chair in 2016. In addition to being part of the group, CMMC Associates, which is a group of volunteers that focuses on fundraising for the hospital. She understands that the strength of the community comes from the strength from the people that participate and make a difference. She has worked in Lewiston-Auburn over 10 years and has a strong business sense of helping local businesses grow and sustain stability in Lewiston Auburn’s economic environment.”

Kim Sullivan

Emerging Leaders

Operations Manager
Tree Street Youth

Nominator’s Comments:
“Kim Sullivan is the Co-founder of Tree Street Youth. She was the creator of the BRANCHES College prep program that has yielded over 100 youth from the Downtown Lewiston community to graduate and go on to higher education and has continued to play a key role in not only Tree Street’s growth but a number of other initiatives in the community focused on workforce development.”

Jacob (Jake) Daniels

Emerging Leaders

Retail Wireless Consultant
US Cellular

Nominator’s Comments:
“Jake Daniels is a self-motivated young man with a strong sense of community. He has a proven track record with US Cellular, was recommended for their Leadership Enhancement Program which he successfully completed in 2016, receiving the Excellence Award for demonstrating excellence and inspiring others to perform at their best. He has been an active member of the community, organizing the US Cell booth at the home show and B2B in the spring of 2015; he was an active participant at the Build Maine conference, attends most all Chamber Breakfasts, Business after Hours, to meet and network with others and is a member of Uplift LA. Jake partnered with Jasmine Cafe’s owner and PR team, having had vision for the joint event that was a huge success and brought out over 50 that night! Jake is personable, eager to achieve, and will meet any challenge or engage in any opportunity that presents itself. For these reasons and more, I would highly recommend Jake as an emerging leader in the LA area.”

Fowsia Musse

Emerging Leaders

Community Health Outreach Worker, Healthy Homes & Lead Poisoning Prevention
Healthy Androscoggin

Nominator’s Comments:
“Fowsia has spent her entire life on efforts to better her community. Since arriving in Lewiston, Fowsia has become a trusted, energetic and engaged member of the Lewiston and Auburn communities. Her ties, both personal and professional, span a great number of individuals, organizations and professions.

Fowsia spent her early years in the U.S. working in Lewiston with the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine (formerly United Somali Women of Maine) to empower immigrant women and children, and advocating for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, family crisis and generational trauma.  She was trained to work with students identified as having special needs by the Auburn School Department as part of the Project SHIFA (Supporting the Health of Immigrant Families and Adolescents) program, which was developed to provide culturally appropriate mental health care for Somali youth and their families.  She has worked as a cultural broker at several local organizations, including Central Maine Medical Center’s Family Practice Residency Program, and has served as a licensed interpreter for the Lewiston District Court, and in the home visitor program at Advocates for Children, offering educational materials for healthy pregnancy and healthy home environments to expecting mothers and families with newborn infants.

She currently serves on the Immigrant and Refugee Integration and Policy Development Working Group that was established by the Lewiston City Council to: identify and inventory immigrant and refugee services available in the community, including referral and support mechanisms for new arrivals; identify the needs of the current immigrant and refugee community that are not being met by service providers or advocacy or community groups; identify possible funding streams from Federal and State agencies that can address on-going and unmet immigrant and refugee needs; identify and utilize city, school, and community resources, including those of the business community, to encourage employment and entrepreneurship within the immigrant and refugee community; and to make recommendations to the Lewiston City Council and to assist with policy development in relation to the tasks identified above.  Considering the current political climate in the U.S. and locally in Lewiston, these are not easy tasks.  Fowsia is an active and willing participant in group discussions, and provides insight that is both thoughtful and honest.  It is clear that she is seen as a leader in her community and a role model among young Somali women, who hang on her every word, and look to her for answers when difficult questions arise.  Her sense of humor is second to none, especially when she doesn’t realize she is being funny, and is simply “telling it like it is.”

Fowsia is as selfless as she is busy.  She never seeks acknowledgement for her actions and she provides endless support and continuous affirmation to the work of others, including myself.”

Matthew Shaw

Emerging Leaders

Business Development Officer | Front Desk Agent/Manager On Duty
Community Credit Union | Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch

Nominator’s Comments:
“I’m nominating Matt because he is involved in many Financial Literacy initiatives with Community Credit Union such as our PayDay Program at our Adopt A School Washburn Elementary, actively participates in Open Door Wednesday at Washburn Elementary monthly engaging parents in the Family Resource Center funded by a grant from Community Credit Union, Matt teaches several Keys to Financial Success classes at Central Maine Community College each semester. This is a financial literacy class geared toward college age students focusing on saving, lending, credit score, paying for college and more. He has been involved in several projects and mentoring programs with the Girls and Boys Club locally. He’s participated in the Norm Nolette Chapter of Credit Union’s Financial Fitness Fair, the LA Cash Coalition Super Saturday event as well as the 4th Grade Foresters program. He is excellent working with both adults and school aged members at these events. He values education, always looking to learn himself and encouraging others to do so and I think he’s deserving of this recognition.”

“Matt is involved in many organizations such as Auburn Business Association, Lewiston/Auburn Chamber, City of Lewiston Finance Committee, Maine Credit Union League Ending Hunger Campaign.  Matt is employed with Community Credit Union and Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch.  Matt’s interaction with the public shows his dedication to culture and restaurants awareness.  As a leader Matt is a supporter of individuals growth through listening and help via teamwork rather than as an individual. He truly believes that praise and encouragement is crucial to team members growth and happiness. He will commonly put others and the community first before himself…making him an catalyst for change in our community and an emerging leader in my opinion.”

“Matthew takes on leadership roles directing all departments, not just the one he is in.  He takes an interest in the well being of the team as a whole, working hard to ensure the positive outcomes in different projects and goals.  As a mid-level manager, he is approachable and warm. ”

“As an individual Matthew is someone that is very involved in the community and holds down 3 jobs…Community CU, Hilton Garden Inn and recently is on the board with the City of Lewiston with their finance/budget committee. Matthew also attends all functions held by the L/A Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Auburn Business Association. He enjoys volunteering in the community and will give 100% when he does. He is a great leader in the community.”

Megan Parks

Emerging Leaders

Case Manager
Sweetser

Nominator’s Comments:
“Megan shows her passion for our community through her roles on the Lewiston School Board, and the Jubilee Center’s Board of Directors, as well as various other community engagements. As a positive role model for area youth, she has an undeniable passion and love for her community!”

Amanda Newton

Emerging Leaders

Front Office Manager
Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch

Nominator’s Comments:
“Amanda has worked at the Hilton over 6 years now.  She has been dedicated to not only providing the best possible experience that Lewiston/Auburn has to offer to guests, but has made sure that her staff continuously feels the same passion for promoting guest experiences in Lewiston and Auburn, Maine.  She leads her staff as an equal, putting her entire soul into the good of the team.  Her efforts have helped made Lewiston/Auburn a destination of return showing that we have more to offer than a few mills, but a colorful metropolitan area that deserves the attention of travelers.  She has had a large influence on welcoming potential Bates students, CMMC residency doctors, and more as the first face they meet upon arrival to our wonderful city!”

Ian Pullen

Emerging Leaders

Vice President – Commercial Lending
Norway Savings Bank

Nominator’s Comments:
“Ian is a leader at the bank which has been regularly seen impacting the community and making their presence known through donations to local organizations. He has a competitive spirit which aims to see this community succeed and grow.”

Jessica Reid

Emerging Leaders

Owner
Corporate Intelligence

Nominator’s Comments:
“Involvement in the Community.  Member of Chamber of Commerce, Member CMMC Associates, Co-Chair CMMC Gala Committee, Member CMMS Golf Classic Committee. Member of Lewiston Auburn Rotary, Auburn Chapter, Member of Rotary Golf Committee.  Member of Maine Women’s Network, Member of Wealth Builders BNI Auburn Maine Chapter;  Member of Maine Family FCU Board and Scholarship, Building subcommittees.”

Nathan Miller

Emerging Leaders

Management, Fundraising, Grant Writing
Senior’s Plus

Nominator’s Comments:
“Nate has a mission to assist the elderly in our state by the means of food, heat, and general assistance as needed. Nate is resourceful and rallies individual communities by attending their town hall meetings to support their elderly neighbors. Nate has even been successful in getting towns who traditionally refuse to sponsor meals on wheels to increase their contribution. Nate is a “Yes” man and if he can make a difference in someone’s life, he will go above and beyond. Despite knowing Nate personally, I have worked with him in a professional capacity several times over the years and am incredibly proud of the work that he has accomplished. Nate was recently part of the creation of a local Halal meal site. Nothing can stop this guy!”

Sam Boss

Emerging Leaders

Assistant Director of Community-Engaged Learning and Research
Bates College’s Harward Center for Community Partnerships

Nominator’s Comments:
“Sam is a native Mainer who returned to the state two years ago after graduate school. Just couldn’t stay away! He and his family have settled in Auburn, and Sam is infusing fresh energy and ideas into the work of the Harward Center for Community Partnerships at Bates, where he is assistant director of community-engaged learning and research. In just two years time Sam is making a huge impact in our community. He serves on the boards of the Androscoggin Literacy Volunteers, the Stanton Bird Club, and Maine Community Integration. He has also been on the planning committee for Museum L-A’s Maine Innovation Expo for the past year. Most recently, he is helping to develop a leadership program for boys in the YWCA’s afterschool program. In addition, Sam serves on our community’s Public Health Stakeholders group and on the New Mainers’ Community Collaborative’s language access subcommittee. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer, baking, gardening, and being a dad.”

Julia Harper

Emerging Leaders

Events and Tap Room Manager
Baxter Brewing

Nominator’s Comments:
“Julia is active in community- as Vice President of Grow L+A, coordinator of Good Food Council of Lewiston Auburn, a planner of LA Green Drinks, and the coordinator, connector and event planner extraordinaire at Baxter. In each of these roles she displays leaders, love of community and passion for the cause. She is mindful of connecting opportunities, individuals and organizations across our community.

Julia has a leadership style that is patient, listening to others deeply then nurturing solutions from within those she works with. Her ability to support others and their efforts is a great example of facilitative leadership, and she shows those traits at every opportunity. We are fortunate to have her in LA, working towards our future as an emerging leader.”

Terri Cook

Emerging Leaders

Vice President Branch Administrator
Mechanics Savings Bank

Nominator’s Comments:
“It is my distinct pleasure to offer my recommendation of Terri Cook for the distinguished honor of being selected as one of Uplift LA’s 40 Under 40 Award.  As Senior Vice President and Business Banking Market Manager for Mechanics Savings Bank, I have had the opportunity to work closely with her in her capacity as Vice President and Branch Administrator.

In my opinion, Terri Cook is an exemplary individual who’s energy and enthusiasm is contagious and as a result inspires others to achieve more. She has loyally served our company leading our branch teams to provide the highest level of customer service and also playing leadership roles in a variety of significant bank projects.  She is most certainly a dedicated, and talented banker with the highest level of integrity.  Terri’s initiative, intelligence and her sincere ability to communicate effectively have made her an invaluable member of our team and our community.

In addition to her duties at the bank, she serves our community as the Chair of the United Way of Androscoggin County Board of Directors and is involved in numerous other charitable organizations including educating our youth through Junior Achievement and is involved the Dempsey Challenge.”

Entrepreneurs

Dianna Pozdniakov

Entrepreneurs

Founder/Creative Director
Sofia Fima

Nominator’s Comments:
“A true “make it here” success story for LA, Dianna has chosen Lewiston as her home to build her brand of luxury handbags. Also, she and her husband have restored the former Grant’s Clothing store on Lisbon Street into first-floor retail and upper story housing for young professionals.”

Laura Clifford

Entrepreneurs

CEO
Medical Billing Provider Solutions

Nominator’s Comments:
“Laura works hard to provide services to small, medium and large office to keep their doors open and being able to provide care to patients in new England. She is very smart, creating job growth and compassion for employees.”

Luke Parent

Entrepreneurs

Owner/Founder
Clean Co Commercial Cleaning

Nominator’s Comments:
“Luke is a hard worker always putting is employees and customers needs before his own. Luke has worked hard building a business he can be proud of.”

Courtney MacMunn Schlachter

Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur/Business Owner
Quiet City Books: Books, Art, Gifts, and Heart

Nominator’s Comments:
“For her contributions to the revitalization of L/A and her community involvement. Courtney opened Lewiston’s only book store, and is already planning to grow after less than a year in business. She loves Lewiston and her community, and aims to make affordable books accessible to more people.”

Zach Pratt

Entrepreneurs

Owner
Boba

Nominator’s Comments:
“Zach has taught classes at LRTC Green Ladle to local community members, he was involved in the Fire and Ice festival this winter. He has worked with St. Mary’s hospital to feed healthy. He is all about the Lewiston community and bringing healthy organic local food to people. Plus he’s a super cool guy!”

Jon Levesque

Entrepreneurs

Small Business Owner
The Computer Place, Inc.

Nominator’s Comments:
“I’m nominating Jon Levesque as he is a well-respected small business owner under 40 in the city of Lewiston. He has been the sole owner of The Computer Place Inc. on Lisbon Street for 10 years and has continued to show support for both the community and other small business owners.

Jon and The Computer Place Inc. have supported residential customers as well as commercial clients all throughout the Lewiston/Auburn area. Many of Jon’s clients are local non-profit organizations, new and emerging companies in the area and notable businesses that look to Jon for help to keep their infrastructure needs met.

The Computer Place Inc. employees 4 other individuals that have been with the company for many years.

Jon has also recently joined the L/A Metropolitan Chamber Board of Directors to continue his mission to support the Lewiston/Auburn community by using his knowledge of business practices as well as computer technology. He has been a member of this community all of his life and I believe is deserving and notable person under 40.”

Jared Pinkham

Entrepreneurs

Co-Founder
Grojo, Inc

Nominator’s Comments:
“Winner of two technology grants, building an intelligent gardening hardware device and analytics platform for indoor Agriculture.”

Elizabeth Cyr

Entrepreneurs

Owner/Stylist
Blush Beauty Boutique

Nominator’s Comments:
“She is very passionate about her business and growing the down town area of Lewiston. Always includes other local business in advertising and events put on by the salon. Started the business 4 years ago with hard work and dedication.

She has created such an amazing experience at the salon. They make sure every single client that leaves feeling beautiful and confident. Not only has the salon been successful since they opened there doors but have always had the community in mind. They have put on many events in support of creating awareness for women’s shelters, collecting toys for Toys for Tots and collecting/donating Prom Dresses for young girls in the area. They have hosted Uplift L/A after hours which allowed many young professionals to network and mingle. Have partnered with Baxter Brewery for the annual Brew Fest. Have Donated and walked for the Dempsey Challenge in honor of some of there clients. She has such an amazing work ethic and great eye for what is on trend. They were named one of the Top Paul Mitchell Focus salons in New England and feature in magazines for there beautiful salon. They have collaborated with Lauryn Sophie Photography for photo shots to show off there work with Lewiston Auburn as there backdrop. The ladies have worked so hard and have really given back to the community and have shown many people what a successful business in downtown Lewiston can do!”

Christine Laliberte

Entrepreneurs

Salon & Spa Owner/Licensed Cosmetologist
The Beauty Bar

Nominator’s Comments:
“I nominate Christine because of her quiet, yet passionate dedication to our community. In the past year she relocated her business and more than doubled her staff, providing more jobs. She provides a warm and friendly work environment and a beautiful establishment for her clientele. Giving back to the community is very important to her. Every time she is approached to donate something for a fundraiser, she doesn’t hesitate to give. TBB is involved with The Women’s Literary Union’s Prom Gown Giveaway by collecting and donating prom dresses, along with gifting a Prom Queen beauty package to a lucky prom goer. She also works with Safe Voices and donated a makeover package to 15 women to help them feel more confident about themselves. TBB also does a giving tree every December, where we collect new toys and clothing and donate to The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers. She also has partnered with Sasha Lee’s Boutique in Lewiston for the past three years with a shared vision of spreading self-love and body positivity. TBB donated their time and services to provide all the “looks” for the male and female models in the sold-out Lingerie Fashion Shows. Although she does so much, she does it quietly…never looking to be recognized. TBB truly is a salon with a “heart”…and that heart is Christine.”

Tanya Estabrook

Entrepreneurs

Owner
The Maid Co

Nominator’s Comments:
“Chamber member, very active in community”

Brian Buteau

Entrepreneurs

President
NuImage Awnings of Maine

Nominator’s Comments:
“Brian started NuImage Awnings of Maine from the ground up in 2005. He started with installing small local residential shading solutions in the Lewiston-Auburn area and has grown his business to a multimillion dollar enterprise. He has worked very hard over the years to obtain the knowledge necessary to grown his business into a well known name in the Lewiston-Auburn area. In 2011 he expanded his business to include commercial shading solutions. Some of the projects locally that his company is responsible for are: Outdoor railings at Marche and Fuel. The new awnings over Festival Plaza, Covered walkway at St. Mary’s , Canopy entrance at The Public Theater, Covered entrance at the Firehouse Grill, covered entrance -Bates College Squash Center, CMMC Urgent Care handicapped entrance canopy, Good Shepard Food bank entrance canopy, Rainbow Federal Credit Union entrance walkways, Maine Oxy entrance canopy and the list goes on and on. A few years ago he expanded his business to include Marine Upholstery and opened an upholstery shop on Millett Drive in Auburn. I personally met Brian when he was still in high school and he assisted in the customer service department at Futureguard Building Products. Over the years he has grown into an impressive business man who enjoys working with people in his local community. NuImage Awnings of Maine is a member of the Chamber of Commerce.”

Ashley Alexander

Entrepreneurs

Owner/Hair stylist
Blush Beauty Boutique

Nominator’s Comments:
“Ashley had opened a beautiful salon in Lewiston and is so generous with her employees and with the community! They do fundraisers and contribute to many local events and charities. They are up to date on all the newest styles and techniques in the hair industry and she takes her staff to hair conventions yearly to achieve that! Five star salon that also gives back to the community!

She has created such an amazing experience at the salon. They make sure every single client that leaves feeling beautiful and confident. Not only has the salon been successful since they opened there doors but have always had the community in mind. They have put on many events in support of creating awareness for women’s shelters, collecting toys for Toys for Tots and collecting/donating Prom Dresses for young girls in the area. They have hosted Uplift L/A after hours which allowed many young professionals to network and mingle. Have partnered with Baxter Brewery for the annual Brew Fest. Have Donated and walked for the Dempsey Challenge in honor of some of there clients. She has such an amazing work ethic and great eye for what is on trend. They were named one of the Top Paul Mitchell Focus salons in New England and feature in magazines for there beautiful salon. They have collaborated with Lauryn Sophie Photography for photo shots to show off there work with Lewiston Auburn as there backdrop. The ladies have worked so hard and have really given back to the community and have shown many people what a successful business in downtown Lewiston can do!”

Benjamin Santos

Entrepreneurs

CEO
Cosplay Convention Center

Nominator’s Comments:
“Benjamin has taken a huge risk to start up his own business here in the Lewiston/Auburn area. His website, CosplayConventionCenter.com, has already received well over 100,000 page views and he is working with some of the biggest names in the convention world to cross-promote his site and the work of others. Ben supports other local business and is an inspiration to those who are looking for someone else to show them they can start their own business.”

Chelsea Fournier

Entrepreneurs

Lawyer, Entrepreneur, Top Gun Trainer-Facilitator & Personal Brand Coach
ChChelsea Fournier Online LLC

Nominator’s Comments:
“Chelsea was a huge part of the opening of her sister, Kim Jacques business, Revelation Message, which has become a positive success. She has worked with many start up small business in protecting their intellectual property. She is providing business coaching to her clients. Having been successful elsewhere, Chelsea has reestablished her business focus in the LA community. She was recruited to stand up the LAEGC Top Gun business coaching training sessions. She effectively developed the program from scratch and provided the training facilitation leadership skills, illustrative of her professional skills in curriculum development and commitment to serving others. Chelsea is an incredible source of inspiration working on multiple businesses and community initiatives. In January she launched a personal brand/entrepreneurial online coaching business. She’s unstoppable!”

Aaron Hastings

Entrepreneurs

Co-Founder
Grojo, Inc

Nominator’s Comments:
“Winner of two technology grants, building an intelligent gardening hardware device and analytics platform for indoor Agriculture.”

Stephen Gilbert

Entrepreneurs

CEO/Partner
Anchour

Nominator’s Comments:
“Stephen’s hunger for helping businesses grow lends itself perfectly to his position as our CEO; there are few things he loves more than tackling the different challenges business presents. One of the best parts of his job is developing practical solutions to move businesses forward in a market that is rapidly transitioning towards a digital landscape.After getting his degree in electromechanical engineering and working as a front-end developer for a few years, Stephen felt compelled, at 22-years-old, to establish a full-service branding firm. Along with four other partners, he founded Anchour, which fortuitously combines almost all of his interests (except football) in one place. Stephen has led Anchour from a small boutique creative business to one of the fastest growing agencies in the northeast in three years.

Anchour’s revenue has grown by 150% since moving the business to Lewiston in 2016, despite staying small in size. Stephen’s business has worked with national brands like Sappi, Hewlett Packard, Newton, and TaskRabbit, and great local businesses like DaVinci’s, Baxter Brewing, Agren, St. Mary’s, and more. He has created full-time jobs for 10 employees and Anchour has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world including Apple, Walmart, and Sony.”

Health & Wellness

Chandra Sasseville

Health & Wellness

Chiropractor/Owner
Sasseville Chiropractic

Nominator’s Comments:
“Chandra is a champion for health and wellness in our community. As a child growing up she had some Medical issues. A chiropractor changed her life and improved many of the issues that she suffered. This life changing moment made her realize that she too wanted to make a difference. She pursued her dream of becoming a chiropractor and then returned home to open her practice here in LA. In addition to starting her practice she also started and annually organizes a Kids Day America event which is dedicated to promoting health and wellness for our community’s youths. She brings many wellness professionals together to provide free screenings and loads of information to hundreds of local families.  The event has been a true success and continues to grow every year. She is truly remarkable, an inspiration and an amazing role model. She is extremely deserving of being recognized as one of LA’s best!”

Tyler Tyburski

Health & Wellness

RN, Lead Care Manager, Population Health
Community Health Options

Nominator’s Comments:
“Tyler Tyburski, RN, is a Lead Care Manager at Community Health Options, a nonprofit health insurance company based in a refurbished Bates Mill in Lewiston. As his supervisor, I have observed that he leads by example and inspires others through his actions. He is passionate about health and wellness yet refreshingly pragmatic, resourceful, and creative in his approach.

Tyler built our National Committee for Quality and Accreditation (NCQA)-compliant disease management program from scratch. He enthusiastically embraced this opportunity with a strong working knowledge of chronic condition self-management strategies, and he employs a person-centered approach using engagement strategies that honor individual needs and preferences.
Tyler is an influential leader on Health Options’ Wellness Committee. He continuously researches the literature, looking for cutting-edge strategies to engage our Members in self-directed, effective chronic condition management and healthy lifestyle choices.

Tyler’s natural curiosity and innovative approach to wellness program development extends beyond episodic wellness challenges. He is an active contributor to Health Plan benefit design. Tyler is the liaison to our 24/7 Nurse Helpline and our health literature partner. He contributed to our Health Risk Appraisal that uses a consumer-centered approach in eliciting information and conveying feedback to respondents. He champions many wellness initiatives for our own employees and for all Health Options Members across the state of Maine, including but not limited to tobacco cessation programs, weight management support, cancer screening, and patient safety-medication adherence initiatives.

Tyler was instrumental in developing a wellness challenge that inspired individuals to nurture their emotional and spiritual well-being during the winter holiday season, taking it beyond the typical ‘physical activity’ challenge. His contributions to numerous health initiatives and wellness campaigns significantly contributed to Health Options’ receiving the Maine Psychological Association’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award and a Best Places to Work in ME Award.

He closely collaborates with an interdisciplinary team within and beyond our organization. Tyler has volunteered for the Dempsey Challenge and for targeted CMMC and St. Mary’s wellness events. He is an active participant in nearby Oxford County as Committee Member of the Oxford Wellness Collaboration Healthcare access work group. While contributing his expertise to this initiative he is also enhancing his potential as a health and wellness leader by increasing his understanding of how collective impact can be leveraged in our work in Androscoggin County and beyond.

Tyler is one of the most positive, kind, and respectful people I have ever met. I am honored to nominate him for the 2017 Uplift LA 40 Under 40 Award!”

Carolyn McNamara

Health & Wellness

Nurse Practitioner
St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Community Clinical Services

Nominator’s Comments:
“Carolyn is an incredibly talented, hard-working medical provider and this community is lucky to have her. She is dedicated to her patients, working late into the night coordinating with specialists and researching treatments. As a provider at the B Street primary care facility in downtown Lewiston she treats and advocates for hundreds of patients facing many complicated health problems. She goes above and beyond every day to help her patients through difficult, scary situations and never asks for any recognition. She is an unsung hero and deserves this award!”

Kristine Kittridge

Health & Wellness

Clinical Dietician
Metz Culinary Management

Nominator’s Comments:
“Kristine grew up in Orono and moved to downtown Lewiston upon receiving her master’s degree in Human Nutrition with a concentration in Public Policy and Professional Advocacy from the University of Maine. Since then, she has exemplified the type of young person and professional that Uplift LA seeks to recruit to and retain in our community.

On a professional level, Kristine serves as a board member and as the Public Policy Coordinator for the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, an organization that she helped to rebuild from the ground up. She has worked as a Nutrition Educator at Healthy Sebasticook Valley, a Community Transformation Grant Coordinator at Community Concepts, and a Health and Wellness Coach at Occupational Medical Consulting.  She is currently employed as a Clinical Dietitian by Metz Culinary Management at St. Mary’s Health System.

Kristine’s commitment and dedication to her clients is evident in her work, and her knowledge of community wellness is vast. She was recently recognized as Young Dietician of the Year for her “promotion of optimal health and nutrition status of the population.”

Kristine is intelligent, detail-oriented and passionate about the future of Lewiston-Auburn. She has the ability to bring people together and to build networks. She has served as the campaign manager for a competitive local state senate campaign, and ran her own race for the Ward 7 City Council seat in Lewiston.  She is a graduate of Emerge Maine, a campaign training program for for women interested in serving in public office. She possesses humility and empathy for others, is reliable and continuously follows-through – all qualities essential to moving a community forward.  She is a member of the inaugural class of the Tip L/A Leader Development Program and was recently elected Vice President of the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Central Maine.”

Katie Boss

Health & Wellness

Health Promotion Manager
Healthy Androscoggin

Nominator’s Comments:
“Katie has done extraordinary work through Healthy Androscoggin. Whether through her work helping reduce lead poisoning of our local children through work in the LA Lead Grant or developing a soon to launch edible Main Street project, Katie is committed to making LA a healthier place for all residents. In addition to her work at Healthy Androscoggin, Katie is on the board of GrowLA where she is committed to the redevelopment of Bates Mill 5 to be a vibrant part of our built environment and developing increased opportunities for active lifestyles on the LA area. Katie also recognizes the importance of health for herself and her family and is a member of the Hive. Through her work at the Hive she has been able to bring art back to being a regular part of her life while also contributing to downtown Lewiston’s economy through this the Hive’s awesome retail venue.”

“I love her commitment to the health of Lewiston.”

Jacob Crothers

Health & Wellness

Medical Director, Clinical Staff
Grand Rounds

Nominator’s Comments:
“Dr. Jacob “Gus” Crothers is a family medicine physician with a speciality in addiction medicine. Dr. Crothers was an instrumental influence in Grand Rounds’ decision to open their East Coast patient care operations center in Lewiston, Maine. As the Medical Director – Clinical Staff, he leads a team of 50 physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and RNs in delivering personalized medical care as well as providing thought leadership for how to transform the healthcare industry. Specifically, how we can use the combination of people and technology so that every patient feels like they have “a doctor in the family”, ensuring they receive the right care, at the right time, by the right doctors. In addition to his full-time work at Grand Rounds, Dr. Crothers is a board member for the Maine College of Health Professions and practices part-time at the Community Substance Abuse Centers in Portland.”

Ashley Eng

Health & Wellness

Wellness Coordinator
Mendabody Solutions and GoZone Fitness

Nominator’s Comments:
“I am nominating Ashley because she helps people be their best selves. She is a ray of sunshine, and can make literally ANY situation a blast!”

Megan Skilling

Health & Wellness

Teacher, Mentor, Coach
YMCA, Youth Move

Nominator’s Comments:
“She has inspired me to take care of myself by exercising and eating healthy . She currently teaches Zumba, Zumba toning , Aqua Zumba , and Zumba kids . She is a fierce advocate to pay it forward projects . I have volunteered with her at many events including relay for life, youth move events, and she truly embodies a caring, wonderful spirit.”

Erin Guay

Health & Wellness

Executive Director
Healthy Androscoggin

Nominator’s Comments:
“Erin began her work in public health at the Maine CDC’s Environmental and Occupational Health Program as a Field Research Scientist, coordinating an arsenic and bathing study in cooperation with the US CDC. She then enrolled in a Master’s of Public Health Program at the University of Michigan and graduated from the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in April, 2007. She spent the summer of 2006 as a Healthy Androscoggin intern. Following graduation she returned to Maine and Healthy Androscoggin as the Physical Activity, Nutrition and Tobacco Manager, and later managed US CDC-funded Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) project. Erin now serves as the coalition’s Executive Director. Through her leadership, in 2016, Healthy Androscoggin educated 1,678 community members on childhood lead poisoning prevention through trainings, workshops, classes, and events. In April 2016, the organization moved 1,045 pounds of unwanted and expired medicines from homes in Androscoggin County, significantly reducing a source of drugs for abuse. Since 2010, more than 7 tons have been collected by Healthy Androscoggin and our partners. Due to this work, Androscoggin County has seen a 45.7% decrease in high school students who have taken a prescription drug without a doctor’s order within the past 30 days from 2009-2015.”

“Erin has been active in the local public health community for over 10 years.  Her current work spans advocating for lead poisoning prevention education, nutrition education, physical activity for children, smoking cessation for adults, and access to healthcare for immigrants and refugees.  Erin began her work in public health at the Maine CDC’s Environmental and Occupational Health Program as a Field Research Scientist, coordinating an arsenic and bathing study in cooperation with the US CDC. She then enrolled in a Master’s of Public Health Program at the University of Michigan and graduated from the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in April, 2007. She spent the summer of 2006 as a Healthy Androscoggin intern. Following graduation she returned to Maine and Healthy Androscoggin as the Physical Activity, Nutrition and Tobacco Manager, and later managed US CDC-funded Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) project. Erin now serves as the coalition’s Executive Director.

Those who support the public health of individuals and communities in the state of Maine have found in Erin Guay a tireless advocate, effective organizer, coalition builder extraordinaire, and thoughtful partner.  She supports her staff and fellow public health workers with wit, grace and good humor even in the face of daunting odds. She has a deep abiding love of this community and dedicates herself to ensuring that each individual can lead a fulfilling, healthy life.”

“Erin E. Guay is the consummate public health professional. She has worked to advance the health of the greater Lewiston community for the last ten years. She began her career in 2007 at Healthy Androscoggin and has served in a variety of leadership roles since that time. She first worked as a Health Promotion Manager supervising a staff of six to prioritize community health needs and provide worksite wellness programs on tobacco cessation, physical activity and nutrition. She served as a Councilor for the “Good Food Council” of Lewiston Auburn striving to improve access to food. She coordinated the “Get Fit and Win” physical activity promotion program that served over 650 community members in 2012.

Erin is an active member of the American Public Health Association, Maine Public Health Association, Maine Network of Healthy Communities, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative Learning Network, Healthy Neighborhoods Planning Council, Maine Health Equity Council and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Erin Guay is a talented, dedicated leader who should be recognized for a 2017 Uplift LA’s 40 under 40 award. She is a worthy nominee.”

Cory St. Denis

Health & Wellness

Chiropractor/Owner
Dr. Cory House Calls

Nominator’s Comments:
“A budding individual chasing his dream of helping others with convenience of his unique house call chiropractor service. Not only is his business model unique, he is a neurological chiropractor who can help create adaptation and change at the brain.”

Local Government & Civic Leaders

Heidi Sawyer

Local Government & Civic Leaders

Marketing Engagement Manager
Manpower

Nominator’s Comments:
“Heidi is committed to bringing the community together. She has previously been on the YPLAA professional development committee where she coordinated Candid Candidates, giving people the access to learn more about candidates running for local office. This work has extended to the creation of Lewiston Rocks FB page where community members can engage on matters important to them. It has not only been a great resource for people to discuss matters with one another, but a place where information, such as snow removal schedules can be communicated directly to community members. Additionally, Heidi has engaged in workforce development roundtable that provided valuable information that is now guiding the City of Lewiston’s pilot construction trades workforce training program. Heidi has a strong commitment to Lewiston/Auburn and an amazing capacity to bring people together that should not be overlooked.”

“Heidi has been managing the Facebook civic engagement group Lewiston Rocks and has organized a successful Lewiston community gathering in the wake of political and social unrest due to the present U.S. administration.
Last fall Heidi spearheaded discussions among folks running for local political office (mayor, city council, school committee, etc.) and kept things fair and civil.
She’s an asset to our community.”

“I have known for this young women for many years and watched her involved many community events. She is people person–always want to meet new people and eager to learn from people who is different than her. She is a founder of LewistonRocks page which has near 1,000 participants. She have organized many community events–which had great turnouts. She is volunteers few local non-profits and passionate helping her community thrive and unite.  She has been actively involved in our community since I have know her and helping her community in any way she can and  unite them. As you make your choices for who to have in the nomination list, I am making my nomination to well deserved Heidi Sawyer.  When you choose Heidi you are choosing an energetic, tireless  and motivated young community leader that is  well respected in our community and well deserved for recognition.”

Natalie Bornstein

Local Government & Civic Leaders

Social Justice Program Manager
YWCA of Central Maine

Nominator’s Comments:
“Natalie is incredibly committed to the L/A community, particularly in community building around eliminating racism, building cross-cultural divides and empowering women in our community. She has been a leader in developing and implementing programs at the YWCA that are engaging around these issues. She is in the TIP L/A program gaining further leadership skills currently. She also is on the board of the Maine Jewish Film Festival.”

“A driving force for social justice programs in the LA area.  Truly an inspiration to her coworkers.”

Joseph Philippon

Local Government & Civic Leaders

Police Officer
Lewiston Police Department

Nominator’s Comments:
“A member of the Community Resource Team at LPD. Member of boards – Head Start, Sandcastle Services. He is a key resource for the Somali community. He is actively sought after for his expertise on boards for children’s resources.”

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Joe for over five years in a number of capacities. As an employee of the Harward Center for Community Partnerships at Bates College, I interact on a daily basis with community partners at non-profit organizations.  Many of these organizations are located in our downtown and serve our most needy populations.  I often hear from these partners about Joe and the positive energy and influence he has when dealing with difficult situations and individuals.  He has become a positive role model for many of our youth.  As a person of color, Joe is able to understand and relate to the struggles that many of our underrepresented downtown youth experience in a way that other officers may not.  He is a trusted and valued voice in our community.  Community partners want Joe at the table when discussing important issues affecting our downtown.

As the President of the Lewiston City Council representing Ward 5, Joe and I have worked closely together on building a relationship with our immigrant community.  Early into my second term, Joe invited me to attend monthly meetings with him at the Bartlett Street mosque.  I was immediately taken by the level of trust that both the elders and members had for Joe.  It was clear that their relationship had been built upon mutual respect.  He continues his work in this area, most recently engaging the state legislative delegation in these meetings and expanding his reach to the Lisbon Street mosque.  He has also taken on a leadership role in the planning of World Refugee Day.  Given the Lewiston Police Department’s commitment to recruiting officers from our immigrant community, I view Joe’s work in this area as a critical component to making that goal a reality.

On a personal level, Joe is kind, funny, and warm.  He and his wife Katie are active members of our community.  He is engaging and big-hearted.  He listens carefully to what people have to say and responds accordingly.  He represents the City of Lewiston with dignity and humility.”

“Since 2013, Officer Philippon has been assigned as a community resource officer. On virtually a daily basis, Officer Philippon is actively engaged with community partners and local non-profit organizations. He serves on the Lewiston-Auburn Juvenile Collaborative; he represents the LPD at Lewiston Downtown Association meetings, Neighborhood Housing Meetings, and Chamber of Commerce events.

Many of the organizations who seek Officer Philippon’s assistance are located in our inner city and serve our neediest populations. These groups routinely praise Officer Philippon and the positive energy and influence he has when dealing with difficult situations and individuals.  As a person of color himself, Officer Philippon is able to understand and relate to the struggles many of our downtown youth and recent immigrants experience.

Since education is also a big part of his job, Officer Philippon has taught a police orientation course for new Mainers. He was a member of the “Welcoming Maine” group, whose goal was to bridge the gap between native-born Mainers and our Somali population. He has also worked with the New Mainer Community Collaborative (NMCC), an association of service providers focused on addressing issues confronting the refugee and immigrant community in Lewiston-Auburn.

He started and is the lead program officer for “Project Lifesaver.” This program’s goal is to protect older members of the community who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. He works closely with the hospitals and the Auburn Police Department on this project.

In addition to his many community resource duties, Officer Philippon also serves as the lead officer for LPD’s recruitment efforts. He is the main point-of-contact for new patrol officer candidates and he represents the department at job fairs statewide. Given the LPD’s commitment to recruiting officers from our immigrant community, Joe’s relationship with our new citizens is critical to making that goal a reality.

As I indicated earlier, Officer Philippon has a passion for teaching. He gives regular presentations on “Operation Hot Spot” and on “Reality of Crime vs the Perception of Crime in Lewiston.” He received a standing ovation from over 200 people after he and the former chief of police gave a presentation on this topic at a recent Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

One his most recent successful ventures was securing partnerships with local businesses to sponsor free outdoor movie nights for families held last summer. The six movie nights that were held throughout the city were very well attended and were a huge hit with the community!”

Adam Lee

Local Government & Civic Leaders

Attorney
Trafton, Matzen, Belleau & Frenette, LLP

Nominator’s Comments:
“I have only recently gotten to know Adam, but I really like what I have seen. Adam is an attorney at Trafton, Matzen, Belleau & Frenette, LLP, focused on municipal affairs, among other things.  For lack of better phrasing, Adam is “crazy smart” when it comes to municipal development; not just in his work at the law firm, but also during his tenure on the Auburn City Council from 2013-2015.  He is currently seeking reelection to that seat in a mid-term election, and I am hopeful that he will be successful.

Adam has been a Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentor since 2009; his “little brother” was nine when they met and is now in high school. He has been a been a member of the Board of Directors of the Lewiston Education Fund, has coached debate at Edward Little High School, has been a P.A.L. umpire, has volunteered at the Lewiston/Auburn YMCA, and continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council.  He is deeply interested in the growth potential of Lewiston/Auburn and providing a sense of place for those who live here.

Adam and his wife, Heidi, have a goal to run a 5K in all 50 states before they reach the age of 50.  In support of this goal, Adam stepped up to serve as the Director of the Lewiston/Auburn Triple Crown 5K series in 2014.

Adam’s sense of humor is second to none and I often feel smarter just being in his presence.  At the same time, he is both kind and thoughtful, and considerate of the needs of everyone in our community.”

Jennifer Hogan

Local Government & Civic Leaders

President/CEO
Community Credit Union

Nominator’s Comments:
“I feel Jen is deserving of being recognized as she took on the position of President/CEO at Community Credit Union and in her first year of leadership record growth was recorded for both loans and deposits. She engages staff and our membership positively in everything she does.  In addition, she is a nearly 10 year veteran on the Chamber Board and is the Chair Elect.  She was very active in the recent CEO search for the LA Metro Chamber.  Leadership comes naturally to Jen as she has assisted many local organizations grow such as the Androscoggin Chapter of Maine Women’s Network, the L-A Rotary Club, and has been actively involved in committees such as Workforce/Education Committee of the Chamber, various committees such as Social Responsibility, Technology and Legislative Action at the Maine Credit Union League.”

“I have worked with Jen a number of years on the LA Metro Chamber board. Most recently in her capacity as the chair of the hiring committee searching for a new CEO for that organization. Jen is highly organized, focused and productive–but at the same time she is intuitive, has great relationship skills that all combines to make her a great leader for the credit union and the community.”

Grady Burns

Local Government & Civic Leaders

City Councilor
City of Auburn

Nominator’s Comments:
“I have never met anyone who cares more about the future of these two cities than Grady. I see it first hand every day. He is constantly thinking about not just what he can do as an individual, but how he can get others in the community involved too. He was raised here in Auburn and he intends to build his life here because he truthfully can not imagine doing so any other place. He loves these cities and the people in them.”

“Since I’ve known him, Grady Burns has been dedicated to being the most informed citizen he could be, and he has leveraged the responsible citizenship of his early 20s into vital leadership roles in L/A’s local government. He is currently serving his first term as an Auburn City Councilor, and he also balances this with work at a local law form, applications to law school, and dedicated advocacy in the Maine Democratic party. Specifically, Grady is president of the Maine Young Democrats and a supporting member of the Androscoggin Young Democrats, which he played an integral role in starting in February of this year.”

“Grady is a thoughtful, dedicated public servant and deserves some recognition for that!”

Local Heroes

Jenna Rae Brown

Local Heroes

General Manager
Gritty’s L/A Brew Pub

Nominator’s Comments:
“Jenna Rae Brown has been the general manager at Gritty’s in Auburn for more than 4 years and she has been on staff at Gritty’s in Auburn almost since the day we opened 12 years ago. Jenna is a strong advocate for several community groups and non-profits. She formalized her advocacy by creating Gritty’s Community Pint Nights, (CPN’s). These are events where charities and non-profits use Gritty’s to raise funds for their causes. Jenna has been the driving force behind our involvement with the Dempsey Challenge. Not only does Jenna organize and staff the beer tent at the Dempsey Challenge; she also hosts several Community Pint Nights or events for other organizations who are doing Independent Fund Raisers for the Dempsey Challenge. Jenna is often the first person to support various city events, such as Winterfest, Summerfest, the Liberty Festival, the Triple Crown 5K runs and more. Jenna and her family live in Auburn where she is active at her daughters’ school. Jenna is an inspiration to her staff. She ensures her team has every opportunity to excel while she is the first to stand back and give her people credit. We know Jenna is a rising star at Gritty’s and she deserves to be recognized by her peers in the community as a local hero in the L/A area.”

Christy Gardner

Local Heroes

Marketing & Social Media Relations
Varney’s Labs

Nominator’s Comments:
“She is a disabled veteran who is a national sled hockey champion and is competing in the army games this year. She works incredibly hard at her job where she runs her own position as well as a jack of all trades on the farm as well. She’s an inspiration to so many people and a genuinely amazing person.”

Sasha Vurnakes

Local Heroes

Owner/Operator
Sasha Lee’s Romance Boutique

Nominator’s Comments:
“Sasha’s owns a romance boutique and for the third year now hosts a lingerie fashion show with a strong message #SexyAtAnySize building the confidence and self esteem to woman, younger woman and even younger girls that no matter your shape or size everyone is beautiful. Often young girls hear their mothers talk about how unhappy they are with how they look. Young girls hear that and start to create a complex about themselves. If more woman spoke optimistically and more confident is passes the self esteem down to the young girls or young woman. I know sh had made a HUGE difference in a lot of our lives and if it wasn’t for what she’s doing many woman would not have changed the way they see themselves and to me that’s heroic. I considered myself confident until last years audition and realized How many insecurities I had about myself until I did her show last year and it changed my life!”

“I am nominating Sasha for top 40 under 40 because she does a lot to boost the self esteem of local residents. Sasha teams up with other local businesses to host a huge fashion show every year where the models are everyday citizens that she helps through weeks of coaching to feel confident enough to walk on stage. She has used her boutique as a platform to speak about body positivity, self confidence, and empowerment.”

“She is a inspiration to people with her message, of acceptance that no matter your size, gender, sexual orientation, age, background, or nationality you are beautiful and amazing. She has inspired so many people with her message and through her annual lingerie fashion show.”

Courtney Pelletier

Local Heroes

Universal Services Advocate
Veteran’s Inc.

Nominator’s Comments:
“Maine Homeless Veteran Action Committee”

Nathan Libby

Local Heroes

State Senator
Maine State Senate

Nominator’s Comments:
“I had the pleasure of serving on the Lewiston City Council with Senator Nate Libby for two years, where he was a tireless advocate for our community on both the State and municipal levels.

Recently, I have seen Nate advocate for two very important local initiatives.  The first involves the universally-accessible playground slated to be installed at Marcotte Park.  This playground will encourage interaction and enrich the lives of Lewiston’s residents by offering children of varying abilities the opportunity to play together without barriers, and to learn social skills in an integrated, more natural, stimulating and motivating environment.  Fundraising for this project has  been challenging, but Nate has persisted, most recently engaging the services of Sublime House Media to create a video, and creating a GoFundMe page that has already raised over $3500.

The second involves the convening of a Pedestrian Safety Forum in response to three pedestrian deaths in Lewiston over the course of a year.  At the request of Senator Libby, School Committee Chair Linda Scott, and myself, the forum was held on November 16, 2016 at Lewiston City Hall, to allow the public to voice their concerns and ideas in addressing pedestrian safety issues within the City.  A report is currently being compiled and recommendations will be presented to the Lewiston legislative delegation, the Lewiston School Department, and the Lewiston City Council in the near future.

Finally, in my role as the Council representative to the School Committee, I have also had the opportunity to discuss issues related to our school department with Senator Libby.  Many of those conversations have resulted in his sponsorship of bills to help address those issues and to create a public education system worthy of our children.

Nate has a strong moral character and a wonderful sense of humor.  He is thoughtful, honest and fair.  He is also smart, generous, and dedicated.  He listens to his constituents and takes a stand on issues that are important to our community.   Nate has demonstrated long-range thinking and represents Lewiston with integrity and enthusiasm.”

Megan Guynes

Local Heroes

Program Director
Tree Street Youth

Nominator’s Comments:
“Megan is a silent leader of the L/A community that typically goes unspoken about. Daily Megan serves as a mentor and role model to hundreds of youth through her role at Tree Street Youth center as a program director and beyond. Megan created and leads a powerful behavior intervention program in partnership with Longley Schools called “Longley Leaders” focused on utilizing restorative practices and engaging youth who are struggling in school to build their leadership skills. Beyond this Megan is active in the community little theater participating annually in their productions as well as being a leader of the praise and worship team/choir at Christ Temple Church in Auburn. She is the founder of the Gospelaires gospel singers group at Bates College which she created during her time there. Since graduating in 2013 Megan has called Lewiston home and leaves her mark on anyone she meets.”

Volunteers

Matthew Poulin

Volunteers

Consumer Retail Lender
Mechanics Savings Bank

Nominator’s Comments:
“I believe this nominee exhibits the strengths of a true future leader and I also believe that Matthew spends countless hours of his personal time devoted to the youth of our community and their well-being.  He is involved in the following:

-Lewiston Little League- Board of Directors/Umpire-in-Chief (2016-Present)
-Maine Gladiators- Youth Hockey Coach (2015-Present)
-Read Across Lewiston 2017 Volunteer
-Junior Achievement Volunteer 2017
-Organized a benefit skate for Tait Brown, a community member diagnosed with cancer
-Lewiston Little League- Little League & Babe Ruth Volunteer Coach (2015-Present)”

Chris Hanks

Volunteers

Credit Analyst II
Mechanics Savings Bank

Nominator’s Comments:
“Chris grew up in Androscoggin County, a Poland High School graduate. He went off to college out of state for finance, traveled abroad and brought his experience back to LA. He dabbled in teaching locally for a bit and found his home back in the financial world by accepting a credit analyst position at Mechanics Savings Bank.  From day one Chris’ energy has been contagious. He has been an asset to the bank and to the community at large. He has vision for development of the youth of Androscoggin County. Chris lives in Turner with his wife and two sons. I am amazed by how much effort he puts into his job, his volunteer work (see the list below) and being an involved father. On top of all of that he helps with his in-laws family business, the Great Outdoors, in his “spare time”.

At Mechanics we are very proud of our reputation of our employees giving back to the communities we serve. I am nominating Chris because I feel he lives up to that reputation better than anyone I know. I am proud to work with him and look forward to the impact he is  making and will continue to make on the LA community.

Volunteerism ( I know there are some I am missing):
Tree Street Youth Board Member & Treasurer, Junior Achievement Board Member, Volunteer Instructor, Sandcastle Volunteer Reader , LA Metro Chamber Education & Workforce Development Committee, Previous Advocates For Children Finance Committee Member (2016), RMA Risk Management Association”

Amanda Cloutier

Volunteers

Owner
Sapphire Nightclub and Event Center

Nominator’s Comments:
“Amanda always has open doors at the venue when it comes to benefits and fundraisers.   Just recently she held a dance for special needs patients, who included patients from JFM, Goodwill,  and many other organizations.  This was done at no cost to these groups and the clients had a great time.  Amanda is now working on organizing a walk through of Auburn during Earth day (April 22nd) and have the employees of Sapphire pick up the streets.”

Karen Staples

Volunteers

Staff Assistant
Congressman Bruce Poliquin’s Office

Nominator’s Comments:
“Karen has personally handled a project for the Elk’s Lodge in Lewiston for the last 5 years that delivers dictionaries for local school aged children in grade 3 in both Lewiston and Auburn schools. She has delivered over 700 dictionaries to our local third graders this year and also handed out Drug Awareness promotional items from our Elk Drug Awareness program on “Just say no to drugs.”

Karen helped to organize and assisted the Lewiston Elk’s Lodge in obtaining Grant for Veterans in our local area. She was then involved with the organization and helped host an event for both local and homeless Veterans in Lewiston/Auburn area at the Elk’s lodge. With the $4000 dollars received in this grant, the Lewiston Elk’s Lodge was able to donate over 90 backpacks of personnel hygiene items, bedding sheet sets, winter gloves and hand warmers to our local shelter for veterans (Veterans Inc. located on Main Street in Lewiston) as well as serve a turkey dinner with all the fixings and provide entertainment during the meal in support of Veterans day in November 2016.

Karen applied for and was able to receive a grant for Lewiston Police movie night in Lewiston for this summer 2017. This grant will help with the continuation of a project intended to help promote good relations between the local police department and its citizen. She will also help organize volunteers for this event this summer as part of the grant requirements. The grant was for $2,500 dollars.

She actively assists the Auburn Police Department’s National Night out by setting up the Elks Drug Awareness program at this event each August (has been involved the last 3 years and will participate again this year).  During this event she hands out pencils, crayons, coloring books, rulers, stickers (all with a drug awareness theme) to all of the children in attendance. Afterwards the items that are left are donated to the Auburn Police Department’s drug program for them to use and hand out as they go into local schools.

She was able also in the past to secure grants for two flag poles each worth $2,500 dollars for local veterans. The flag poles can bee seen at the Auburn Hospice House and Lewiston Armory on Central Ave.”

Christina Carter

Volunteers

Executive Vice President
Community Credit Union

Nominator’s Comments:
“Christina Carter is an amazing leader and volunteer for the communities in which she lives and works.  Working at Community Credit Union provides Christina with many opportunities to be involved in the community at large.  From participating in local Financial Fitness Fairs to a Community Recycle Day and events to raise money for Ending Hunger in Maine such as a Poker Run and Bassfishing Tournament, Christina is always raising her hand to be involved.  In January of 2017 Christina began volunteering on the Advisory Council for an organization known as Healthy Neighborhoods which aims to create more vibrant downtown communities for our community members to live, work and play in. Outside of our community in Winthrop where Christina lives, she is very active in her children’s schools having served on several Booster committees where she has participated in and led many fundraising ventures.  She has also served on the school’s PTA.”

Melanie Lamore Gagnon

Volunteers

Director of Shelter Services
Safe Voices

Nominator’s Comments:
“As the Director of Shelter Services at Safe Voices, Melanie is truly committed to ensuring that victims of domestic violence and their families have a safe place to go by making our 17-bed emergency shelter a trauma-responsive environment and ensuring that our transitional housing program best supports survivors so they and their children can live in a home, safe and free from violence. Melanie is committed to working towards ending homeless in the LA area. To that end, Melanie serves on many boards and committees in the LA area where homeless and resources are comprehensively addressed for both gaps in services and needed enhancements or changes for already existing programs.

Melanie consistently brings the needs and specific realities of survivors of domestic violence to the forefront of her work. As an licensed clinical social worker, Melanie truly understands the complicated world we live in and utilizes a trauma-informed/responsive lens in all that she does for survivors of domestic violence in the LA area. Beyond her work at Safe Voices, Melanie serves on the board of directors for the Lewiston Education Fund, a non-profit organization that funds projects and programs that expand educational opportunities and enhances academic excellence for children in the Lewiston Public Schools.”