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Lee Umphrey

Lee Umphrey

President & CEO | lumphrey@emdc.org

Following decades of professional experience connecting people and communities with programs and resources at local, state, federal and international levels of government, Lee Umphrey joined Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) as President and CEO in October of 2018.

With additional experience in program and financial management at private non-profit organizations, Lee most recently led a financial turnaround of the Harrington Family Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Downeast Maine.

Lee began his career in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress. While employed at the institution’s Congressional Research Service, he learned the value of research and gained an appreciation for the consequential role of information dissemination in creating opportunities. As a staffer for several subsequent years with U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell, Lee developed the foundation for what would become a career-long emphasis on successful interactions with Capitol Hill, federal agencies and international entities.

Throughout his career, Lee has focused on education, healthcare and workforce needs as well as community and economic development, to create, reinvigorate and promote sustainable initiatives through legislative action and access to state and federal programs. As Vice President and Interim Executive Director of Math for America, he directed a congressional process establishing a national math and science corps that became public law.

Lee has excelled in creating communication and public relations strategies in many roles including Director of Communications for Maine Governor John Baldacci and Community Liaison for Senator George Mitchell in his capacity leading the Northern Ireland peace negotiations. In concert with the start of the Peace Talks in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Lee organized an education and workforce conference with participants from East and West Belfast, Republic of Ireland and the United States. He later spent several years building US-Northern Ireland partnerships and helped launch education programs in Ghana, Africa.

Lee resides in Bangor. His two children, Hunter and Ellen, returned to Maine after graduating from College and Law School. They have five children.

Jon Farley

Jon Farley

Vice President of Operations | jfarley@emdc.org

As Vice President of Operations at EMDC, Jon developed the strategic framework and service delivery systems that created a holistic approach for EMDC’s community, business and workforce development services. This strategy, “Blueprint for Success: A New Architecture for Business and Workforce” launched in the fall of 2009, is designed to integrate previously separate services for businesses and workforce. Jon has over 40 years of experience in program 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. He is a graduate of the University of Maine with a BA in Political Science.

Ken Bloch

Ken Bloch

Director of Maine PTAC | kbloch@emdc.org

Ken joined EMDC in September 2015 as the statewide Program Manager of the Maine Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), part of a national program that helps small businesses sell to all levels of the government. He has used his almost thirty years of experience in defense procurement and program management to steadily grow that program, tripling the number of full-time counselors supporting Maine businesses. He is a twice elected member of the board of directors of the national PTAC association as well as a member of the Bangor Area Recovery Network (BARN) board of directors. He was born in Maine, but grew up in the Boston area, and lived and worked all over the world, before finally moving back to Maine in 2007.

Kim Smith

Kim Smith

Director of Lending | ksmith@emdc.org

Joining the team in November of 2020, Kim was promoted to Director of Lending in January 2021. In her role, Kim leads a team of staff that connects businesses with impact lending programs, in turn creating/retaining jobs, generating future investments, and growing communities statewide. Working with the lending team to manage EMDC’s $18 million loan portfolio, Kim fosters partnerships including those with the U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Economic Development Administration and local financial institutions. Kim joined EMDC with 17 years of lending experience, and most recently was a branch manager at a local credit union.

Susan Cerini

Susan Cerini

Director of Workforce Services | scerini@emdc.org

Susan joined EMDC in January of 2015 as a Career Advisor, and quickly worked her way into the role of Adult Program Manager. In August of 2018 she became the Director of Workforce Services, where she leads the workforce team by developing training and programming. Susan works with partners throughout our region to identify workforce needs, and secures funding and grant opportunities that develop programs. A native of the Katahdin Region, Susan came to EMDC with over 12 years’ experience with constituent services and outreach programming for Congressman Michael Michaud.

Leah Gulliver

Leah Gulliver

Assistant Director of Workforce Services | lgulliver@emdc.org

Leah Gulliver joined EMDC in May 2019 as a Youth Career Advisor focused on building relationships with businesses and community organizations.  In October 2019, she was promoted to Senior Workforce Development Specialist with a concentration on youth programming.  In November of 2020, Leah was promoted to Assistant Director of Workforce Services.  In her current role, works with businesses, partners and the workforce team to build a sustainable workforce in Maine for generations to come.  A Greater Bangor local, Leah is motivated by the region’s commitment to creating communities Mainers can be proud of.  She started her career in municipal employment, which included 5 years in Human Resources and benefits management.

Vicki Rusbult

Vicki Rusbult

Director of Community & Business Services | vrusbult@emdc.org

Vicki joined the organization in 2010, and has more than 38 years’ experience in project and grants development and management in the fields of transportation, economic development, community planning, cancer research, primary care research, and healthcare. Vicki oversees community and regional economic activities and provides technical assistance for comprehensive planning, community development, writing and publication of the regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), and infrastructure planning and development.  She has a Doctorate of Education/Educational and Transformative Leadership from the University of New England and a Masters’ in Public Administration from the University of Maine, and currently serves as the President of the Maine Multicultural Center.

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