Each year, current business members of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce elect three (3) new members to our Board of Directors, each for three-year terms. Earlier this fall, Chamber members had an opportunity to nominate board candidates, and we are fortunate to have ten individuals who have been nominated and have agreed to serve, if elected. Once the Chamber membership has elected three candidates to the Board, the remainder of the candidates will be referred to our Board of Directors to fill the three Board-appointed seats.
Please vote for up to three of these candidates between now and October 27, 2017 - only one vote per member business, please!
Our new board members will be announced at our Annual Meeting & Gala on November 4 at the Samoset Resort.
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* - Current Board member running for re-election.
Sarah Cowan is currently Vice President, Regional Manager at First National Bank. She began her career at Camden National Bank holding various roles in Retail Banking. In 2010, she joined KeyBank where she held the position of Client Services Manager and Branch Manager. Joining First National Bank in late 2014, Sarah’s previous role at the Bank was Branch Operations Manager, overseeing both branch operations and the phone banking department. In her current role she oversees the Bank’s Knox and Lincoln County Branches – Camden, Rockport, Rockland, Damariscotta, Waldoboro, Wiscasset and Boothbay Harbor. She is currently attending Midcoast Leadership Academy, expecting to graduate in 2018. Sarah volunteers her time for many organizations, including Special Olympics Maine and The American Cancer Society. Sarah lives in Rockland with her husband Aaron and their two children, Jackson and Peyton.
Lisa was born in Belfast and grew up on Lake St. George in Liberty and now lives in Camden. She is actively involved in West Bay Rotary and the Camden Downtown Economic Vitality team, is a graduate of the Midcoast Leadership Academy and has been involved in the Maine Women's Network. She worked for 15 years in the Maine State Senate, worked in the English Department at Colby College for 2 years, was the Director for PAWS Animal Adoption Center for 4 years and co-owned a small greenhouse and nursery business before becoming a Realtor in 2013. She is a Broker at Cates Real Estate in Rockland.
Rachel Evangelos is an established accounting professional with nearly 20 years of experience. Currently, Rachel is the Plant Controller for Fisher Engineering where she is responsible for the day to day accounting of the Rockland manufacturing facility. Upon moving back to Maine in 2009 she has held accounting leadership roles in both nonprofit and for-profit settings. Prior to this Rachel spent over 10 years in the commercial real estate industry in Boston, MA. Rachel previously volunteered for Horizons for Homeless Children in Boston and served on the Town of Appleton Budget Committee. She holds her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maine at Augusta and resides in Rockland with her two children.
Bob Fernald is a publishing executive with over twenty-five years in top management of media companies. He currently serves as President, Publisher and CEO of Down East Enterprise, Inc. of Rockport Maine, publisher of Down East and other magazines, websites and events. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Syracuse University and a MBA from the University of Maine. Bob lives in Rockport with his wife Max and their three children.
Jodie Heal has been in Accounting for over 20 years. She opened Heal Accounting in December 2015. The firm has now grown to a staff of 5 and is planning for more growth. Jodie has first hand knowledge of the challenges the businesses in our area face, especially during the startup phase
Jodie has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and a Master’s of Accounting and Financial Management. She received her CPA license in 2011. Jodie resides in Warren with her husband and son. She is the Treasurer for the local Maine Women’s Network and is a wishgranter for Make-A-Wish.
Richard Lyon is the V.P. of Practice Administration for Coastal Healthcare Alliance (CHA) which employs over 80 physicians and 40 advanced practice providers (APPs) at Pen Bay Medical Center (Rockport) and Waldo County General Hospital (Belfast).
Richard started his career in Respiratory Therapy and transitioned to physician practice management. He holds Bachelors of Science degrees in Respiratory Therapy and Health Services Management and received a Masters in Public Health from New York Medical College. He is an active member of Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).
Richard lives in Camden with his wife. They have three grown children. He enjoys working on home projects, hiking, skiing, and singing.
Rick is currently Vice President of Engineering and Business Development for Lincolnville Communications. Rick has been on the executive team with LCI since November 2015 after retiring from Emera Maine. He has been a member of their Board of Directors since 2008. At Emera Maine, he held various senior positions including that of Manager of Operations, Director of Transmission, Director of T&D Assets and Engineering, Director of System Operations. He also serviced a role as Vice President of Transmission for Maine Public Service Company under the Emera Maine umbrella during the integration of that company.
During his career with Emera Maine, Rick served on several external Boards including Maine Yankee Atomic, Maine Public Service, Northern Maine Independent System Administrator, Maine Electric Power and as Chairman of the Energy Council of New England.
Rick is a graduate of the University of Maine, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology with Highest Distinction. He also has an Associate Degree in Electrical Power from Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute.
Rick is also a registered professional engineer in the State of Maine and in 2016, Rick was inducted into the Francis Crowe Society as a distinguished Engineer for outstanding professional engineering services to the Field of Engineering.
Rick resides in Hampden, Maine with his wife Debbie and has three children, Sarah, William, and Ryan and one grandchild, Colton.
Sarah McLean is completing her first term with the Pen Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Events, Facilities and Nominating Committees. She has owned Global Packing & Shipping in Camden for over 14 years and lives in Rockland with her family. Her knack for multi-tasking and organization, as well as her past experience as a board member and continued participation with chamber committees, make her an ideal candidate for the Chamber Board.
Shelby Riley has been employed with Maine Course Hospitality Group for 12 years. Prior to hospitality she worked in Business Development and Insurance Sales. She’s an active member of the community and has volunteered on several fundraising committees, including Rockland Main Street and the Rockland Lobster Festival. She is also board member of the Coast Guard City Committee. The Muscular Dystrophy Association and their fundraising efforts is a focus for Shelby, as both her nephews are stricken with the disease. Her eldest nephew, Evan, currently serves as the State of Maine MDA Ambassador.
She’s a Rockland native, where she still resides, and has created several local associations and business connections.
Shelby has 2 children, Alden and Jacoby, whom she instills her community involvement and great work ethic in.
Lisa Weiss and her husband, Ted, purchased the Hawthorn Inn in Camden in June 2014. They enjoy being able to use the inn to help various community efforts such as Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO), Camden International Film Festival (CIFF), Habitat for Humanity, Bangor Symphony, Advocates, Inc, and WGBH to name a few. Lisa is a member of the Camden Area Business Group, the Marketing Committee for the Lodging Alliance, Destination Wellness Midcoast Maine (DWMM) and the Town of Camden’s Activity committee. She enjoys being a part of organizations that promote this wonderful community and all of the obvious and hidden treasures of midcoast Maine.
Email: Tom@CamdenRockland.com or call 207-596-0376.
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