NLC-Maine is a community of young professionals who are eager to strengthen their leadership skills and apply them to making Maine stronger. Our fellows are progressive advocates, risk takers, and emerging leaders in their fields. Fellows come from multiple industries: they are educators, entrepreneurs, public servants, lawyers, and non-profit leaders. Join or support us today to help strengthen our community and develop the next generation of leaders in Maine.
Zachery Annis is a serial problem solver who focuses on politics and business.
He was recently elected as President of the Maine Young Democrats and serves as the Chair of the Knox County Democratic Party, Chair of the Rockport Democratic Party, and was founding Regional Director of the Knox Young Democrats.
As Knox County Democratic Party Chair, he increased fundraising by 27 percent and led the county to victory in the 2018 midterm election cycle. Knox Democrats won all but one race.
In addition to politics, Zachery works on entrepreneurial ventures. He has established companies that include social media advertising, software development, and a local service company. He enjoys the challenges that being an entrepreneur present.
His interest in complex systems and problem solving led him to become a self-taught programmer at the age of twelve.
In his spare time he enjoys volunteering for many different organizations, playing chess, and learning about topics — including philosophy and foreign affairs. He resides in Rockport, Maine.Less
Aaron LedbetterMaine Medical Center, Administrative FellowMore
Aaron is currently the Administrative Fellow at Maine Medical Center, a 637-bed teaching hospital in Portland, Maine. In his role, Aaron works collaboratively with leaders across MMC and MaineHealth on a diverse array of projects focused on operations and strategic planning. A native New Englander, Aaron grew up in central Massachusetts as an avid hockey player and fan. He left New England to attend Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, earning his Bachelor’s degree in History, and writing his thesis on the rise of the American public health movement during the Civil War. After undergrad, he worked for several years in research and strategy consulting, focused on mergers and acquisitions at a boutique Boston-based firm. Realizing his desire to create change in healthcare, Aaron attended the University of Michigan for graduate school and earned his Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) degrees. During graduate school, Aaron worked at the Economic Growth Institute, providing Michigan based manufacturing firms with strategic guidance to help them better weather cyclical economic trends. Outside of work, Aaron is passionate about healthcare policy, education policy, and transportation policy. He is an avid reader, coffee drinker, and pizza connoisseur, currently in search of the best slice of pizza in Maine.Less
Aidan BerkeyThe Beacon Group, ManagerMore
A resident of Portland, Aidan Berkey is currently a Manager at The Beacon Group, a growth strategy consulting firm. In this role he leads research teams and advises clients across the Aerospace & Defense, Healthcare, Industrial, and Technology sectors in developing strategic plans and evaluating how they can leverage emerging technologies. Prior to working at Beacon, Aidan’s experiences range from financial analysis in New York City to teaching political organization tactics in South America. Aidan is a graduate of Wesleyan University’s College of Social Studies, where he completed an interdisciplinary degree studying Economics, Government, History, and Social Theory, with a focus on intersections between memory and urban development in the global south. While there, he served as chair of a statewide student environmental organization and developed a love for Ultimate Frisbee. Originally from North Carolina, Aidan is also an avid international traveler who speaks 4 languages (5 if he can find a fellow Latin-speaker).Less
Alexandra von GlahnAvesta Housing, Resident Service CoordinatorMore
Alexandra von Glahn is currently a Resident Service Coordinator at Avesta Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing provider based in Portland, ME. Her portfolio includes over 200 units in Southern Maine and New Hampshire. In her role, Alexandra works with the property management teams to enhance resident experiences and develop and strengthen resident and community relationships. She is successfully certified as a Certified Occupancy Specialist, as well as a Tax Credit Specialist. Alexandra is the President of the New Hampshire Association of Resident Service Coordinators, and a committee member for the regional conference hosted by the New England Resident Service Coordinators (NERSC). Alexandra’s love of building community and driving meaningful change has led her to be very active in her surrounding communities. In addition to her work, Alexandra spends time with organizations that focus on improving access to housing, creating safe homes, and educating communities on homelessness. As a member of Housing Action New Hampshire, Alexandra assists with legislation initiatives in the housing sector, including her work on SB 247 – Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning. Her work with the Greater Seacoast Coalition to End Homelessness contributes to changing stigmas and misconceptions around Housing Choice Vouchers and subsidized housing, developing strong networks of private landlords supporting the use of vouchers, and creating housing peer networks across the seacoast region. Alexandra enjoys volunteering as a Matter of Balance coach with the Southern Maine Agency on Aging, where she teaches classes throughout York County. Each month she also assists with a shelter transition program at Cross Roads House in Portsmouth, NH to prepare clients for housing opportunities. When she isn’t serving her communities, Alexandra enjoys her involvement with local Jeep clubs, hiking, and searching used book stores for first editions of her favorite novels.Less
Alyssa BinghamCouncil of International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Manager of Traditional Programs, RegistrationMore
Alyssa Bingham is a relatively recent transplant to Maine from Vermont although she had been a frequent visitor to Peaks Island, Maine in her childhood. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in Speech - Language Pathology, she promptly decided to move in a different direction and left the United States to teach English in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While she enjoyed her time teaching and working within the field of education, the experience confirmed that teaching was not her strongest asset and that she is better suited to supporting those who teach from the background. Upon her return she moved over to Portland to start a job with the Council of International Educational Exchange (CIEE) as a manager on the Registration team, supporting students and staff pre, on and post program with academic policy, registration, grades and transcripts.
While in Maine, Alyssa has enjoyed exploring her new state, traveling roads unknown, volunteering with Preble Street and finding the time to practice and learn new languages! This love stemmed from a desire as a young child to speak a language that her parents couldn’t understand, but has grown to an appreciation to be able to communicate and connect with those from other communities and cultures. She has also pursued her passion for music by joining the Maine POPS Concert Band. She would love to marry these two passions by creating a space for divided communities to engage together through music and food.Less
Amanda RichardsMaine Osteopathic Association, Director of OperationsMore
Amanda Richards is the Director of Operations for the Maine Osteopathic Association. In her role she supports the Osteopathic profession in Maine through member education, advocacy, and member services. Previously, Amanda worked in the event industry as a wedding coordinator in the Boothbay Harbor Region. This passion carries into her work at the Maine Osteopathic Association, where she coordinates two large continuing medical education conferences each year. Amanda grew up in the mountains of Western Maine and attended the University of Maine where she earned a BA in Communication, minoring in Business Administration and Psychology. During her time as an undergrad she was involved in Greek Life, Alternative Spring Break and completed a Semester at Sea, exploring the Mediterranean. She continued on to earn a Master’s in Communication while teaching Interpersonal Communication as part of a Teaching Assistantship. In her free time, Amanda enjoys traveling the world with her partner and spending quality time with family and friends. She also enjoys yoga and cycling and is training for her second Trek Across Maine, a 3-day, 180-mile charity ride.Less
Amy LordBayside Strategies LLC, Communications and Strategy ConsultantMore
Amy Lord is a communications and strategy consultant and partner at Bayside Strategies LLC working primarily on digital content management. She comes from a varied background of non-profit and for profit work (both professional and volunteer), with experience in logistics, event planning, and database management. Since graduating from Elmira College with a degree in History, Amy has spent many hours volunteering with the American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services Southern Maine chapter, focusing on disaster volunteer management and operational efficiency. Most recently, she worked at Flight Deck Brewing as the Tasting Room Manager, where her primary duties were event planning and management, staff management, and social media marketing. Amy lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband, Adam, and her two cats; in her spare time, she loves cooking, traveling, and hiking.Less
Azulina GreenThe Beacon Group, ConsultantMore
Azulina Green is currently employed as a consultant at The Beacon Group in Portland, ME, where she conducts international research and contributes to the development of growth strategies for Fortune 500s. Prior to moving to Maine, Azulina worked for a growing study abroad company promoting greater access to international education. As an undergraduate at Mount Holyoke College studying International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies, Azulina developed a keen interest in cooperative economics. As an intern in Amman, Jordan, Azulina worked with rural women’s cooperatives to support local economic growth. When she returned to the US, Azulina began working with worker-owned cooperatives in Western Massachusetts and eventually became a founding member of a student run co-operative coffee shop. Through these experiences she gained substantial business acumen while also deepening her appreciation for, and knowledge of, democratic work structures and community ownership.
While in college, Azulina was also a member and captain of the Mount Holyoke Varsity Rowing team, Vice President of the Class of 2017, and a Peer Mentor in a program supporting campus diversity and inclusion efforts. Azulina is passionate about racial and economic justice and looks forward to getting more involved in the Maine community as she continues to explore her new state.Less
Benjamin J. GoudreauSelf ChiropractorMore
Dr. Benjamin J. Goudreau is a chiropractor in Portland, ME. As a chiropractor Dr. Goudreau educates his practice members on the importance of a healthy spine for a healthier nervous system. Dr. Goudreau is extremely passionate about his work because as a child he was very ill and chiropractic was the only thing that helped him. Since then, Dr. Goudreau has made it his mission in life to reach and educate others about preventative care so that individuals and families can live happier and healthier lives.
Dr. Goudreau is a native of Massachusetts. He earned his bachelor of science in biology at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH. Upon graduating he was accepted to Life University College of Chiropractic in Marietta, GA. After graduation, Dr. Goudreau practiced in FL for a couple years before moving up to New England to be closer to his family. Dr. Benjamin Goudreau is married to his lovely wife Alison and the two are loving their new life up in Maine.Less
Connor HortonThe Beacon Group, Growth Strategy ConsultantMore
Connor Horton is a U.S. Army veteran and former military intelligence specialist. During his time in the Army, he had many opportunities to travel around the world, with the majority of his work involving the Middle East. Through these experiences, Connor gained a passion for learning more about U.S. foreign policy in the region and has since focused his academic endeavors on the topic, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle Eastern studies in August of 2018. After leaving active duty, Connor began seeking out new opportunities where he could make a lasting impression on his community and help those around him. He hopes to do just that in Mid Coast Maine through innovative programs that seek out and meet specific community needs. In addition to his love for helping those around him grow, Connor enjoys pursuing new challenges that allow him to expand who he is personally. He currently serves as the Vice President of Public Relations in his Toastmasters club and regularly speaks on topics that push him outside of his comfort zone. Since May of 2018, Connor has worked as a growth strategy consultant at The Beacon Group and has the pleasure of continuously expanding his knowledge in areas including defense & aerospace, healthcare, technology, and industry.Less
Dan EmmonsKingsley Pines Camp, Program DirectorMore
Dan is the Program Director at Kingsley Pines Camp, where he oversees staffing, scheduling, facility rental and the many other small roles it takes to get a summer camp ready for the season. He loves working with campers and staff, and enjoys seeing their growth not only throughout the summer but over multiple years. Born and raised in Missouri, he has a degree in Strategic Communications, but was drawn instead to camp, volunteering and traveling.
After college, Dan joined Americorps NCCC, where he spent two terms working on team based community service projects all across the country including disaster relief, construction, food service, and education. His time in Americorps ignited a passion for community involvement that led him to work on a political campaign in Pennsylvania. He also spent a total of four months volunteering in Peru and Guatemala where he worked in a second grade classroom, an after school program, and assisted in constructing a community center. Dan first set foot in Maine in 2005, and has lived here year round for six years. He enjoys hiking, Ultimate Frisbee and anything that involves spending time outside. He currently lives in South Portland with his girlfriend and their dog Tenny.Less
Emily SheffieldWaypoint, Community OrganizerMore
Emily just moved back to her home state of Maine after a decade in California. The majority of Emily's career has centered on youth and workforce development. After starting out in wilderness therapy for teens, she moved on to become a job coach to foster youth and later worked as corporate recruiter for Ajilon and LinkedIn.
Emily is currently working on a contract role as a Community Organizer for Waypoint, an expansive social services nonprofit providing support to children, families and the elderly throughout New Hampshire. She is spearheading donor and business relationships for Waypoint with a focus on garnering support for the organization's spring fundraisers. Emily is also providing consulting to IntWork, a Portland-based recruiting business that connects immigrants educated in the STEM fields with gainful employment relevant to their training.
Emily has her master's in International Studies through the University of San Francisco, where she completed field research with women's cooperatives in Nicaragua. Emily is excited to be returning to more mission-driven work in the nonprofit and social enterprise spaces, and is thrilled to be working with the immigrant community in Maine. Emily is an aspiring writer and Podcaster who can't wait to meet the NLC community!Less
Hope HortonMarketecs, Virtual AssistantMore
Hope Horton is a member of the Maine National Guard and works as a Virtual Assistant in the civilian sector. She is a graduate of The College of Saint Scholastica, where the majority of her studies were focused on the fields of business management and marketing.
After nearly six years of service, Hope has proven herself, as a Guardswoman, to be an asset to the intel sector; she is well versed in the utilization of various signals intelligence collection equipment, and the compilation and dissemination of U.S. intelligence reports.
Working as a Virtual Assistant, under the tutelage of Marketecs CEO, Kathrine Farris, Hope has developed a diverse set of skills in the realm Media Marketing. On any given day Hope may be managing social media accounts, creating logos and graphics, designing websites, constructing Email marketing campaigns, or conceptualizing online sales funnels.
In her spare time Hope likes to give back to her local community. She volunteers to participate in local events, and enjoys communing with the women of her church as they strive to enrich the lives of others. She also has a passion for music and theater; she sings as one of the worship leaders at her church and goes out of her way to support the local arts.Less
Mariette AbornBowdoin College, Admissions CounselorMore
Mariette Aborn is an Admissions Counselor at Bowdoin College, where she recruits and enrolls generous, talented, and diverse students. As part of her broader commitment to increasing access and inclusivity across the higher education landscape, Mariette has a particular interest in the educational outcomes of rural students. In her current role, she contributes to this work through oversight of on-campus recruitment events for Maine high school students and management of the Admissions Office’s Instagram account. A Bowdoin graduate herself, Mariette studied Francophone Studies, Economics, and Education at the College. As an undergraduate, Mariette interned at the Mitchell Institute, Educate Maine, and the Alfond Scholarship Foundation, where she developed her interest in financial access to college and gained a greater understanding of the education pipeline in Maine.
Originally from small-town Vermont, Mariette now calls Portland’s East End her home. She enjoys playing Scrabble, creating the perfect cheese plate, and getting outside to explore Maine in her free time.Less
Mollie KaubrysCIEE, Regional Operations CoordinatorMore
Originally hailing from Rumford, Maine, Mollie Kaubrys spent most of her twenties living and working in international and higher education in New Orleans and Houston, after graduating from American University in Washington, DC. Mollie recently returned "home" to Maine, and is currently working as a Regional Operations Coordinator for the Global Navigator High School Abroad programs at CIEE in Portland. She is passionate about making higher education and study abroad accessible to students of all backgrounds and income levels. In her spare time, Mollie is an active member of the Junior League of Portland, and an avid skier, runner, yogi, and Red Sox fan.
Nicole TwohigQuahog Bay Conservancy, Development & Program ManagerMore
Nicole is an emerging leader in the environmental nonprofit sector. She is an ambitious young woman serving as a Progam and Development Strategist, working closely with charitable organizations to advance strategic planning objectives, and implement high result, solution-oriented programs. With a background in environmental policy, conservation biology, and nonprofit leadership Nicole knows what drives transformative nonprofits to mission-based success.
Nicole secured jobs, and volunteered her time and skills with a number of social and environmental nonprofits, colleges, and has sat on various nonprofit boards. Her passion and enthusiasm for social and environmental justice motivates and enhances her competence and capability in this industry.
Nicole holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Conservation Biology and Environmental Policy from Prescott College. As well as Executive Certificates for Nonprofit Leadership & Fundraising Strategies from the University of Notre Dame. Nicole looks forward to continuing her education and is currently looking at Ph.D. programs.Less
Scott LaFlammeTown of Yarmouth, Maine, Director of Economic DevelopmentMore
An Old Town native and a life-long Mainer, Scott LaFlamme is currently the Director of Economic Development for the Town of Yarmouth. Since joining the Town in 2017, Scott has established a broad professional network of business owners, developers and realtors which has resulted in over $55 million in new private development. The hallmark of his time with the Town was the completion of a massive 95,000ft expansion of the Tyler Technologies campus. Tyler Technologies is the largest company producing municipal, utility and other public sector IT systems in the U.S. With the expansion, Tyler will retain its existing 525 jobs in Maine, create 575 new professional and technical jobs in Maine by 2024, and promote tech-based business spin-off opportunities.
Prior to joining the Town of Yarmouth, Scott was the Director of Economic Development for the City of Bath. During his time with the City, Scott promoted and led community and economic engagement initiatives that have resulted in over $50 million in new private investment. He also supported several community projects by obtaining over $3 million in federal, state and private foundation grants. Additionally, Scott developed a wildly-successful regional solar bulk-purchase program that spread over 22 municipalities throughout 4 counties in the Midcoast.
At 29, Scott has already made a name for himself within the municipal government field. Shortly after his 18th birthday, Scott successfully-campaigned for a seat on the Old Town City Council. At the time, he became the second youngest elected official in Maine’s history. Upon graduating from the University of Maine, Scott was appointed as Town Manager for the Town of Turner, Maine (pop. 5,800). Here, he was responsible for the day-to-day administration of an operating budget of $3.8 million and a staff of 30 full and part time employees. At 22, Scott was the youngest municipal administrator in Maine’s history.
Scott received his bachelor’s degree in Public Management and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Maine. Scott lives in Durham with his wife Kaitlynn, young daughter Madeline and 120lb lapdog Sully.
Thomas WoodburyMt. Blue Regional School District, Foundation for Teaching Economics, School Counselor, Program Coordinator, Student AdministratorMore
Born and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts, Tom is a recent Maine transplant. He spent 7 years in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he studied Psychology (BA) and School Counseling (M.Ed., Ed.S.). Upon completion of his graduate degrees, he moved to Maine in 2016 to promote youth development, help young students unlock their potential, and take in all that Maine’s outdoors has to offer. He currently works as a high school counselor, helping students navigate life in high school and set goals for the future. During this time, he has been serving as Class Advisor for the Class of 2020. In this role, he has organized class elections, large events in the community, fundraising projects, and more.
Since high school, Tom has had a strong interest in organizational development, leadership theory and practice, values-based decision-making, and understanding the effects of individual choices on greater social phenomena. As a college freshman at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he co-founded the Sigma Alpha Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national social music fraternity. In his involvement, he held the positions of Treasurer and Fraternity Education Officer, both with an emphasis on fundraising, orienting and educating new members, and facilitating leadership development programming. He offered his time to other greek life and on-campus organizations through delivery of experiential activities. He was also an enthusiastic trombonist in the UMass Marching Band, where he worked as the Library Manager to copy, distribute, and catalog music and drill charts for nearly 400 band members each year.
Since 2011, Tom has been working with the Foundation for Teaching Economics. As a Program Coordinator and Student Administrator, Tom leads weeklong leadership programs for high school and rising college students at prestigious universities around the United States. In this role, he writes leadership development curricula grounded in experiential education, facilitates small and large group discussions, guides conflict-resolution and group decision-making processes, and evaluates program outcomes to connect and reinforce to organization’s objectives. Tom aspires to someday lead his own experiential education organization with a goal to help others grow, and to teach the practice at a university level.
In his spare time, Tom is a musician, hiker, and a novice photographer who enjoys capturing others in their element. He enjoys epic hikes and relaxing with his dog, Gauge.Less
William HardySelf Employed, Coffee Shop OwnerMore
William Hardy is the owner of Vagabond Coffee Car, a mobile coffee shop out of a vintage 1949 Truck. Coffee is one of the most environmentally impactful commodities in the world and, as such, Vagabond strives to create the most eco-conscious coffee experience possible. Vagabond eliminated straws in 2017 and they only source beans from verified fair-trade coffee farms. Future projects for the truck include doing a bio-diesel conversion to reduce its carbon footprint.
A Maine native, Will comes from a trade background and used his skills from Southern Maine Community College and the University of Maine to learn fabrication (welding and machining) to work in manufacturing here in Maine. Unsatisfied with the ethics of the trade, Will left his job to travel the world long-term, visiting over 42 countries. Taking the lessons learned from the road he has returned to Maine to focus on improving Maine's health care system, voting rights, and diversifying our green manufacturing. He was recently involved in Maine's Ranked Choice Voting initiative and is looking forward to working with the Maine AllCare project. Will and his family are active members of the local land trusts in York County preserving critical lands in Southern Maine which is experiencing rapid development.
Will is excited to be joining the NLC community to be able to meet and work with equally passionate people and bring great ideas and energy to life in this wonderful state we call home.
In his free time, Will is an avid rock climber, paraglider, traveler, martial artist, salsa dancer, and banjo picker.Less
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