Samantha Burdick
Chair

Location: Waterville

Occupation/Employer: Marketing and Business Development, Hight Family of Dealerships

Interests/Hobbies: Skiing, travel, hiking, going to the beach, hosting parties, spending time with friends and family

What’s your favorite thing about the Greater Waterville area?
I love that Waterville has a variety of local restaurants, an amazing arts culture, plenty of recreation, there is always something to do in Waterville! I also love that the community is full of compassionate and caring people.

What else do you want to tell us about yourself?
I grew up in the Waterville area, and have always called it home. However, I did spend a year volunteering as a teacher and going on safaris in Tanzania, an experience that will forever change my life and how I see the world.

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Heather MacKenzie Thorne
Vice Chair

Location: Winslow

Occupation/Employer: Real Estate Agent; Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate

Interests/Hobbies: Road trips with my husband, Hosting parties, Going to the beach, Going to the spa and taking yoga classes.

What’s your favorite thing about the Greater Waterville area?
Even though it’s a growing city, it is a small town where you can go anywhere and see a familiar face!

What else do you want to tell us about yourself?
I sit on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Maine Chamber and chair the Super Raffle, as well as sitting on the Marketing and Membership Committee. I'm also a landlord and member of the Central Maine Apartment Owners Association. My husband, Nick, and I live in Winslow with our chocolate lab, Duke. We were excited to welcome our first child in September 2019!

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Molly Woodward
Past Chair

Location: Oakland

Occupation/Employer: Director of Business Development; New Dimensions Federal Credit Union

Interests/Hobbies: Travel, Netflix and Music

What’s your favorite thing about the Greater Waterville area?
From the Arts to the trails, there is something here for everyone and the location is ideal for day trips!

What else do you want to tell us about yourself?
I'm a Thomas College graduate originally from Burlington, Maine. I am married to Richard Pierce and together we have two cats (Bella and Sophia) and our Princess, a rescue Puggle from the Waterville Humane Society

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Katie Brann
Marketing Chair / Treasurer

Location: Sidney

Occupation/Employer: Financial Advisor; Golden Pond Wealth Management

Interests/Hobbies: travel, skiing, “lake days,” field hockey – and enjoying all with friends and family

What’s your favorite thing about the Greater Waterville area?
It has been incredible to witness the revitalization in recent years and see ambitious plans come to fruition. Waterville itself has great shops, restaurants and an active arts scene, and is a short drive from the lakes, mountains, and the coast!

What else do you want to tell us about yourself?
After attending Boston University and living in Portland, ME for a few years, I was excited to come home to Central Maine. I am a nerd about my job and believe in learning something new every day. My husband Zach and I live in Sidney with our daughter, Charlotte and goldendoodle, Bodhi.

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Garvan D. Donegan
Steering Committee Member

Location: Waterville, Mid-Maine Region, State of Maine

Occupation/Employer: Director of Planning & Economic Development; Central Maine Growth Council

Interests/Hobbies: Skiing, boating, travel, literature, city planning, public service

What’s your favorite thing about the Greater Waterville area?
Waterfront downtown district(s) with collaborative public-private partnerships abound

What else do you want to tell us about yourself?
Maine native reading W.B. Yeats and/or James Joyce daily

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Kristen Harding
Secretary

Location: Waterville

Occupation/Employer: Real Estate Agent; Century 21 Surette Real Estate

Interests/Hobbies: Red Sox games, family reunions, sunday bbqs with friends, hikes with the pup

What’s your favorite thing about the Greater Waterville area?

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Meryia Michaud
Steering Committee Member

Location: Maine native, lives in Fairfield

Occupation/Employer: Insurance Agent, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

Interests/Hobbies: Music, Travel, Hosting parties, Beach days, spending time with family & friends

What's your favorite thing about the Greater Waterville area? From entertainment to shopping and a diverse pallet of tasty restaurants, you have everything you could want right at your fingertips!

What else do you want to tell us about yourself? I am the founder and president of Networking Without Barriers Pros., a non-profit dedicated to growth for its members and the communities they serve. I am a professional singer and most recently performed the National Anthem for the Travis Mills Never Quit, Never Give Up 2020 Gymnastics Invitational. I have been married to my husband Shawn for 23 years and we have two children.

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Christiane Wadsworth
Steering Committee Member

Location: Fairfield

Occupation/Employer: Financial Advisor at Edward Jones

Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, reading, snowboarding (or attempting to), lake days, spending time with family, and staying as active as I can.

What’s your favorite thing about the Greater Waterville area? The convenience of having restaurants, breweries, shops, and various nature trails all in one little city.

What else do you want to tell us about yourself? I am a Thomas College Graduate and have lived in Central Maine since 2015. I used to think I had big plans to leave, until I fell in love with the community. I am excited about the new opportunities and growth I am seeing every day! 

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Kimberly Lindlof
KV Connect Adviser / Mother Hen

Location: Fairfield

Occupation/Employer: President & CEO; Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director; Central Maine Growth Council

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What’s your favorite thing about the Greater Waterville area?
I love the citizens and small businesses of the region. I believe in the young professionals can-do attitude to make a difference in our area!

What else do you want to tell us about yourself?
I am a 1991 graduate of Thomas College, and a 2009 graduate of the Institute of Organizational Management.

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