Workforce Development

Jon Farley, Director of Economic and Workforce Development

Jon manages EMDC’s workforce development programs, which serve approximately 800 workers each year through a number of federal and state funding programs including the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Workforce Investment Act, the National Farmworker Jobs Program, and other sector-based programs. During the past several years, Jon has focused on developing the strategic framework and service delivery systems creating a “single portal” for EMDC’s economic, community, business and workforce development services. Jon has more than 30 years of experience in workforce management, planning and evaluation in the public and nonprofit sectors in Maine and Virginia. He has performed consulting assignments with workforce and economic development organizations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Texas.


Hook Wheeler, Deputy Director Business & Workforce Services

As EMDC's Deputy Director of Business & Workforce Services, Hook oversees the day to day implementation and integration of the organization's business and workforce programs. Based in EMDC's Ellsworth office, he focuses on connecting with our region's businesses to better understand their needs and to help EMDC create programs and services to meet those needs. A Hancock County resident, Hook is a Past President and current board member of Island Housing Trust, and has served on a number of other committees including the Bar Harbor School Committee and the Tri County Workforce Investment Board.


Fran McIntyre, Information and Data Manager

Fran is the Data Manager for the Workforce Investment Act Programs. Fran joined Eastern Maine Development Corporation with approximately 15 years of experience in Workforce Development. She is responsible for the day to day data management operations including the maintenance of approximately 1,000 workforce participant personnel files each year. Fran is also responsible for maintaining quality control of the Workforce Investment Act registration process from date of application to date of separation. She supports a professional staff of 16 providing technical assistance and document management.





Jason Aylmer, AmeriCorps Program Manager

Jason came EMDC in 2013 as part of the AmeriCorps program and, upon completion of his assignment, joined the staff as a Career Advisor with the youth program. Currently, he manages the Bangor AmeriCorps Community Collaborative.   He is also an active volunteer with the Food and Medicine program and a number of community events.



Theresa Mudgett, Career Pathways Coordinator

Theresa has been employed in Workforce Development for more than 24 years and with EMDC since 2009 as a Senior Career Advisor and, most recently, as a Regional Coordinator for the Maine Health Care Sector Grant for the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board. Theresa is a member of the Maine Health Care Forum, Piscataquis County Economic Development Executive Committee serving as its Secretary, and a past board member of the Charlotte White Center and Penquis Leadership Institute Steering Committee as well as a County Advisor for the Maine Community Foundation.


Aleigh Suffern, Youth Career Advisor

A recent graduate of the University of Maine, Aleigh joined the EMDC team in 2014. Working closely with the workforce staff, she focuses her efforts on creating pathways to careers and successful futures for the region's youth.  Aleigh is also active in the Greater Bangor community where she serves with  Literacy Volunteers of Bangor. She is also a Medivac Unit Specialist with the Maine Army National Guard and is a Dorm Parent for John Bapst Memorial High School's Residential Life program.




Georgia Underwood, Career Advisor

Georgia began as an intern at EMDC working with George McKay in the Dover office and was hired on to work at the Bangor office in February 2013. She works with dislocated adults and adults with barriers to employment such as a documented disability and economically disadvantaged.






Betty Rambo, Career Advisor

Betty has more than 35 years experience working in all facets of job training programs. She has helped seniors, youth, welfare recipients as well as laid-off workers in several different capacities. Betty is presently working as a Career Advisor in the Ellsworth EMDC Office. Her duties include career counseling, assessment, resume development and job search techniques.

Joyce Santerre, Career Advisor

Joyce is a Career Advisor with a social worker license who works from EMDC’s office in East Millinocket. Joyce has 15 plus years of professional growth and experience in workforce development and career training services. She establishes working relationships with customers and provides a holistic approach in assessing and assisting them to identify their work competencies, career path and achieve their employment goal thus leading them to a pathway of self-sufficiency.





Loretta Alley, Career Advisor

Loretta serves clients in Hancock County with career assessment, career exploration, career counseling, workforce development, community outreach, job search strategies, resume development and networking. She has more than 15 years experience working in all facets of vocational programming and workforce development. 







Susan Cerini, Career Advisor

Susan joined EMDC in 2014 working with adult clients enrolled in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program. Based at the Bangor CareerCenter, she helps customers as they explore career options, create career plans, develop skills and search for jobs. Prior to joining EMDC, Susan spent more than a decade in public service working for Congressman Mike Michaud as a Constituent Service Representative.


Kevin Gregory, Peer Support Specialist

Kevin works from EMDC’s East Millinocket office, primarily with dislocated workers from the region’s paper mills. He assists clients with resumes, interviewing skills, applications, unemployment issues, Dirigo choice insurance issues, Maine Job Bank and any other issues that may arise. In addition to his work at EMDC, Kevin also serves as School Board Chairman in Millinocket and is active in a number of other civic and community organizations.





Denise Smith, Youth Program Coordinator

Denise has been working with EMDC’s Youth clients since 2009. Her main responsibility is to serve the 16-21 year old population with assistance in education, training, and employment. Denise’s work as a Career Advisor has been cited by The U.S. Department of Labor's Training and Employment Guidance Letter and one of her current projects, Career Compass, has also received National recognition from the Department of Labor.

Denise serves as Chair of the Younger Worker’s Committee of the Maine's State Workforce Investment Board, is on the Associate Board of Directors for Maine Youth Leadership, part of the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board’s Youth Council, the Drug Free Community Steering Committee, and a volunteer at MountainView Youth Development Center.


Janet Smith, Administrative Assistant/Customer Service Representative

Janet is the welcoming face visitors see and the helpful voice on the phone when clients, partners and friends call or visit the Bangor CareerCenter on Oak Street. A member of EMDC for more than 13 years, Janet also serves on a number of non-profit boards and committees and is a part of numerous charitable events in the Bangor region.



Tom Fernands, Manager of Information Technologies

Tom has a unique, combined background in electronics and human services. Tom started working with workforce programs in 1989 administering academic and aptitude tests. For many years, he assisted customers through the intake and eligibility process of workforce programs. Today, Tom conducts file reviews, analyzes data for trends and handles computer system administration for the organization.