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 nine 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 16, 2020 at 5pm - only one vote per member business, please!
Click each photo to view nominee bios.
* - Current Board member running for re-election.
Chris lives in Spruce Head with his wife Lindsey and their four children. His 25 years in the financial services and banking industries with roles of past ownership, collaboration, leadership and creativity. Chris is President of Ardiah Managed Services, formerly Austin Payment Solutions, which does Accounting, Technology and Payment Solutions out of his Rockport office. His collaboration experience comes from his community involvement as a past Boothbay Harbor Chamber board member, founder of the Midcoast Solutions Group and The Taverneers. He continues that experience with his current seats on the boards of the Camden Area Business Group, MRC and president of the Rock Coast Networkers. His focus is to create unity amongst all businesses to thrive as a business community, look to move that community forward and continue making it a destination for business, family and visitors!
With more than a decade of experience in nonprofit management, Sophie Gabrion currently serves as the Communications Manager at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. She brings an extensive and eclectic background to the table, specifically in the areas of digital marketing, consumer behavior, and public relations. With a habit of thinking outside the box, her daily motivation is fueled by new ideas to promote traditional favorites. Over the past seven years, Sophie has also executed a variety of training programs to support brand management and accessibility for membership organizations.
After she emerges from work mode, Sophie loves meeting friends for happy hour, renovating old houses with her mister, Tom, and exploring the great outdoors with her 10-pound rough and tumble pup, Polly. Thanks to a close relationship with her amazing parents, she is proud to be a stickler for following rules and believes in taking as much accountability for yourself as you do for members of your team. (Oh, and she also likes pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ironic stereotypes.)
Diane is a 27-year veteran of the nonprofit sector. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and specialist in fundraising, governance, and strategic planning, she launched Evergreen Philanthropic Solutions, a woman-owned small business based in Camden, Maine, in February 2018. Evergreen helps nonprofits, high net worth individuals, corporations, and foundations achieve their philanthropic goals.
Diane was formerly the national Director of Women in Philanthropy for the American Red Cross and also served as the national Director of Strategic Markets for United Way: collectively, both organizations engaged over 70,000 women and raised over $1.5 billion since their inception.
Diane’s other experience includes roles with SOS Children’s Villages and the District of Columbia Public Library Foundation. She has served on the boards of the DC Public Library Foundation, the Junior League of Washington, and the Tahirih Justice Center. Diane was initiated into Rotary while serving abroad as Chief of Protocol at the US Embassy in Canberra, Australia; she earned a Paul Harris Fellow Award for her distinguished service in the Camden Rotary Club. A sought-after speaker, Diane has a book on women’s philanthropy that will be published in October 2021.
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). His team is responsible for bringing in new providers and supporting the providers’ efforts to improving our community members’ health and quality of life in Midcoast Maine.
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 Company 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 two grandchild, Colton and Carter from Kenduskeag, Maine
I grew up in Dexter, Maine and attended the University of Maine with a business concentration. My career has included management positions with Dexter Shoe Company and FW Webb.
I am currently Vice President at Maritime Energy. This is truly a great company to work for. I love the community involvement and the respect that we give and receive throughout.
My wife Susan and I have two beautiful children and our dog Moxie. I love the outdoors and spend as much time in it as I can. I like meeting new people and making a difference whenever possible. I believe in family first and helping community whenever possible. Whatever I can do to help, just give me a shout.
I am a Maine native and sole surviving parent of two children. I started my career in the insurance and financial industry 22 years ago. I’ve made a commitment to serve my customers and community with integrity, kindness, care, and compassion. Through my Quotes for Good campaigns, I raise money for local non-profits, and I am a current board member (and treasurer) for PAWS. Being active in the community is VERY important to me. As a board member for the Chamber I can continue to serve our community that have given so much to me. My business and board experience means that I have a lot to offer to the Chamber Board.
I have lived in Camden for 38 years and been involved with the business community all of that time in some capacity. Currently I serve on the Board of
Directors for Camden Area Business Group, Midcoast Solutions Group as Treasurer and Camden Connect Over Coffee Committee.
Previously I served on the Board of Directors for 63 Washington (Senior Living), Treasurer; Maine Women’s Network Midcoast Chapter,Treasurer; Maine Women’s Network State Chapter, Treasurer; and I have served on the Camden Budget Committee, and Camden Winterfest Committee, to name a few. I am married, have 5 children, 15 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two dogs.
A Warren native, Laura Tracy has spent much of her time working and volunteering in Knox County. She is currently the Assistant Branch Manager of the Rockland Bangor Savings Bank. Prior to working at BSB she worked at Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors assisting in managing the annual boat show as well as selling ad space –both online and in the magazine.
Laura spent several years as President of the Student Association at the University of Augusta at Rockland while juggling small children and completing her degree. Later she spent time as the Vice President of the Warren Community School PTA.
In her free time Laura loves to spend time with family and friends. She can typically be found outside hiking, at the beach or learning to fly.
Email: Tom@CamdenRockland.com or call 207-596-0376.