President & CEO | firstname.lastname@example.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.
Director of Administration, Compliance & Development | email@example.com
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.
Director of Finance | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Bubar joined EMDC as an accounting intern in 2009 and has since held many roles, including her current position as Director of Finance. In addition to leading our finance team, Ashley has been instrumental in enhancing EMDC’s program systems and financial operations. She earned a BS in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University as well as an AS in Business Management and an AS in Accounting from Beal College. Ashley was born and raised in Central Maine and now lives in Saint Albans, where she enjoys being in the outdoors and is a die-hard Harry Potter fanatic.
Director of Maine PTAC | email@example.com
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.
Deputy Director of Workforce Services | firstname.lastname@example.org
Patti is the Deputy Director of Workforce Services overseeing the operation of EMDC job training programs throughout the Central/Western Maine region. She has worked in the 5-County area for 40+ years, previously as the Manager of Job Training for Western Maine Community Action, which has helped her build many community partnerships. She has been an employment specialist, supervisor and project manager where she advanced the model of employer-driven training. Patti is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a BS in Rehabilitation. She is a Maine native known for her sense of humor, organizational skills, and collaborating spirit.
Director of Youth Services | email@example.com
Madeline has experience supporting adolescents and young adults in various settings. She received her Master’s degree from the University of South Florida in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health with a focus on leadership. Before joining EMDC, Madeline worked as a Clinical and Recreational Therapist with girls in the juvenile detention setting. Madeline comes from Florida and now lives in Bangor with her Bangor native partner and their dog and cats. She is an Ironman triathlete, a seamstress, and loves being outside.
Disadvantaged Business Services Specialist | firstname.lastname@example.org
Raised in a small Native American community in southern Oregon, Leesah is well-versed in the adversity that may hinder the growth of companies and is prepared to help create and expand opportunities for local businesses. Leesah is a first-generation college student with an AA in General Studies and a BA in Psychology from Fort Hays State University. Leesah is a mother to two children and enjoys spending time with her family, including walking the beach, gardening, canning, and playing her Nintendo Switch. She lives in a multi-generational household in Cape Elizabeth with her husband, their two kids, mother-in-law, father, and dogs.
Community Resilience Specialist | email@example.com
Laurie Osher is a state representative, soil scientist, a building energy efficiency expert, a small business owner, and a former UMaine faculty member. Her business, Osher Environment Systems, helps homeowners lower their energy use, heating costs, and carbon dioxide contributions to the atmosphere. She moved to Maine in 1999 to be a Research and Teaching Faculty Member at the University of Maine in Orono after earning a Ph.D. in Soil Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and completing research with the Environmental Protection Agency. Before beginning on her Ph.D research she worked as a soil & watershed scientist for the USDA Forest Service, the US Agency for International Development, and the USDA Soil Conservation Service. Osher represents Orono in the Maine Legislature and served as an Orono Town Councilor from 2017 to 2022. She is the solo parent of 21-year-old twins, Noam and Zivi.
Katahdin Region Economic Development Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Human Resources Specialist | email@example.com
Following over 25 years of teaching, training, and developing individuals and organizational units, Scott joined EMDC as the Human Resources Specialist in 2022. He is responsible for all human resources functions in the organization, including employee development and training, employee relations, performance management, recruiting, onboarding, policy implementation, benefits administration, and strategic planning. Before EMDC, Scott held Human Resources and Operational leadership positions in the construction and retail industries, where he focused on the importance of work/life balance, as well as the health, wellness, and safety of employees. Scott lives in Bangor, where he enjoys sports, the outdoors, and spending time with his family.
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