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Lee Umphrey

Lee Umphrey

President & CEO |

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.

Dr. Vicki Rusbult

Dr. Vicki Rusbult

Senior Director of Administration, Compliance & Development |

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 serves as the Co-President of the Maine Multicultural Center.

Susan Cerini

Susan Cerini

Senior Director of Business and Workforce Services |

Susan recently returned to EMDC as Senior Director of Business and Workforce Service. Previously, and over 7 years, she started out as a career advisor then became the adult program manager, the Director of Workforce and ended her first time around as the Senior Director of Workforce.  She adopted two boys who are now ages 10 and 12 in December of 2022 after fostering them for two years!  Susan lives in Brewer with Her husband Chris, two boys Wriley & Wronan and pug Gracie.

Cynthia Meservey

Cynthia Meservey

Director of Human Resources |

Cynthia Meservey has rejoined EMDC to lead our recruitment and Human Resources management efforts. Cynthia has extensive leadership experience in several administrative positions focused in financial, personnel, and technology areas. Cynthia has 15 years of experience working with EMDC, leaving in 2011. Her deep knowledge of our organization, and affinity for our work will enable her to provide top notch human resource management. Cynthia lives in Bradley, Maine with her husband and four dogs.

Amy Collinsworth

Amy Collinsworth

Katahdin Region Economic Development Director |

Amy has a history of working in teams on projects to transform businesses through technology and training while achieving operational excellence. For the last several years, she was a project coordinator for General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, helping guide the execution, development, and implementation of creative strategies to achieve outcomes. In addition, her marketing, graphic design, and technology expertise will help improve current and new opportunities, boosting and promoting economic revitalization. As a Millinocket native, she has strong ties to the Katahdin Region and is thrilled to return home for work and family. Amy has a BA in New Media from the University of Maine and an AS in Computer Aided Drafting and Design from EMCC.

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