Katie Brann
Chair

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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Sabrina Jandreau
Vice-Chair, Treasurer

Location: Winslow

Occupation/Employer: Development Coordinator, Central Maine Growth Council

Interests/Hobbies: Reading, writing, running, and travelling

What’s your favorite thing about the Greater Waterville area?
Waterville provides a space for innovators and collaborators to celebrate their diversity while providing comprehensive resources for scaling small businesses

What else do you want to tell us about yourself?
Growing up in central Maine has allowed me to recognize how special the Kennebec Valley region is to me. Working with small businesses and collaborating with area education institutions to provide opportunities for growth and development at the local and regional level drives me to work harder for those and with those around me everyday!

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Samantha Burdick
Secretary, Past 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
Steering Committee Member

Location: Winslow

Occupation/Employer: MacKenzie Landscaping Supply Center

Interests/Hobbies: Road trips, gardening, spa days & spending time with family.

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 grew up in Winslow and knew I didn't want to leave the area. Since moving to our current home in rural Winslow, we have really enjoyed growing our 'farm'. We have a large garden in which we preserve much of it by canning & freezing and collect the eggs from our 11 chickens!

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Nikki Busmanis Williams
Community Service Committee Chair

Location: Waterville

Occupation/Employer: 211 Maine Program Manager

Interests/Hobbies: Live music, reading, running, public health, and travel

What's your favorite thing about the Greater Waterville area? Waterville offers a little bit of everything: food and art scene, outdoor recreation, and job opportunities. It's a great place to enjoy and raise a family.

What else do you want to tell us about yourself? I've lived in Maine for most of my life. After graduating from Colby, I left and came back, and now I can't imagine living anywhere else. I live in Waterville with my family and can usually be found at the various school sporting events or walking my dogs on a trail.

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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: Singing, live music, golf, hiking, fitness, exploration and travel, swimming in lakes, time with family and friends, and making new social connections.

What's your favorite thing about the Greater Waterville area? The area is well rounded with accessible outdoor recreation, arts and entertainment for all ages, and has a good variety of dining options. There is a strong small business presence, a vibrant group of young professionals in the area, and job opportunities.

What else do you want to tell us about yourself? I'm a Maine native and graduate of Kennebec Valley Community College for physical therapy. I lived at Fort Bragg in North Carolina for a number of years with my husband Shawn. We returned to Maine after his military enlistment to start a family. We reside in Fairfield with our two children Ezra and Payton, and my husband's service dog Sarafina. I am committed to being a community ally both personally & professionally.

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Patric Moore
Steering Committee Member

Location: Skowhegan

Occupation/Employer: Business Relations Manager, Main Street Skowhegan

Interests/Hobbies: Skiing, traveling, reading, spending time with my dog, Barkley, and experiencing Maine through the Maine Ale Trail

What’s your favorite thing about the Greater Waterville area?
I love the small town environment and the enourmous potential for opportunities and growth. It's also a great place to call home and is nearby the mountains, ocean, and more populated areas such as Portland.

What else do you want to tell us about yourself?
I'm originally from Pennsylvania and have spent the last 10 years serving in the Air Force all across the country, however, it wasn't until I arrived to Central Maine that I truly felt like I was home.

Katelyn Pushard
Steering Committee Member

Location: Augusta

Occupation/Employer: Community Engagement Manager, United Way of Kennebec Valley

Interests/Hobbies: My current interests and hobbies are pretty much wrapped up in my little family--husband and three children--at the moment. Whether it's playing games, watching movies, going for a hike, spending time outdoors, traveling, or coaching their sports teams, most of my time outside of work centers around them right now.

What’s your favorite thing about the Greater Waterville area?
My favorite thing about the Waterville area so far has been the rich and interesting history in combination with the drive to do more for the community. I have always appreciated knowing where you come from as well as the ever-present pursuit of growth and development. Waterville certainly has both of these pieces.

What else do you want to tell us about yourself?
Born and raised in Kennebec County, I couldn't think of a better place to raise a family. I have been very involved in the Augusta area and am excited to branch out into the Waterville region with my organization's recent expansion into Northern Kennebec. It's exciting to see the momentum in this community and comforting to receive such a warm welcome.

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Haley Wescott
Steering Committee Member

Location: Skowhegan

Occupation/Employer: Community Banker, Skowhegan Savings Bank

Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with my 4 children, going to the movies, traveling, summer swims with my dogs Moose and Murphy, BBQs, and adventures

What’s your favorite thing about the Greater Waterville area?
My favorite thing about Waterville is the diverse options of food, shopping, outdoor activities, and resources for young professionals. I love that I can go to Waterville for exercise, date night, shopping, a quick drink, or business meeting. The culture is similar to much larger cities with a small-town feel.

What else do you want to tell us about yourself?
Skowhegan native and a strong love for this state- graduated from the University of Maine and have been in banking ever since. I am an active member of Olympia's Leaders program and am passionate about young women thriving in professional environments.

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Brandi Meisner
KV Connect Advisor

Location: Skowhegan

Occupation/Employer: Vice President of Operations, Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce

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