Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce
50 Elm Street
Waterville, ME 04901
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Board of Directors
Brandi, a native of Skowhegan, is a community banker at Skowhegan Savings Bank in Skowhegan, where she specializes in personal and commercial lending. After graduating from Skowhegan High School, Brandi went on to study locally at Thomas College, earning her BS in Business Management and MBA. Brandi serves as Vice-President of Main Street Skowhegan’s Board of Directors and is a member of their Community Engagement committee. Brandi also chairs the Annual Awards Ceremony Committee and sits on the Executive Board for Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce.
Heather MacKenzie Thorne
1st Vice Chair
Heather is a realtor at Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate and has been in the industry since 2011. She grew up in Winslow and still resides there with her husband Nick, son Brayden and Chocolate Lab, Duke. She received her Bachelors in Mental Health and Human Services from the University of Maine, Augusta in 2013. Heather is involved in many civic organizations and serves on many committees and boards including Chairing the Marketing and Membership committee for Mid-Maine Chamber, KV Connect steering committee, chair for Mid-Maine Chamber’s Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate Super Raffle, Kennebec Valley Board of Realtors, and Co-volunteer coordinator for Sukeforth Family Festival of Trees. She is past board member for Central Maine Apartment Owners Association and past member of the National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judges & USA Gymnastics. She is an active landlord, and in her spare time, she enjoys going on road trips with her husband, hosting dinner parties and spending time in Greenville and the Moosehead Lake Region.
2nd Vice Chair
Michelle Joler-Labbe, a Waterville native, attended University of Maine Farmington receiving a B.A. in Psychology. She also went to Springfield College where she obtained a Master’s in counseling. Currently, she is the chief human resource officer at Thomas College. Michelle presently is a member of Kennebec Valley Human Resource Association. She resides in Vassalboro with her husband, daughter and two dogs. In her spare time, she boats, kayaks and spends time at the lake. Michelle is current Chair of Mid-Maine Chamber’s Business Breakfast Series.
Bruce is a commercial loan officer at Maine State Credit Union. Bruce is responsible for commercial lending in the greater Waterville and Augusta Areas. He is board treasurer, chairs Business to Business Showcase and Business Expansion & Retention Committees, and serves on the Bass Fishing Subcommittee, and Marketing Committee. Bruce earned his undergraduate finance degree and his MBA at the University of Maine in Orono, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration. Bruce was born and raised in Fairfield, where he now lives with his wife, two daughters, and two sons.
Director -At- Large
Gary Levesque grew up in Jay, Maine and earned his Bachelors L.S. from University of Maine, Orono. He’s a financial service professional with New York Life Insurance Co. and has worked there for 20 years. Gary is a past board member of the Hospice volunteers of Waterville Area, and Past Trustee of Oakland United Baptist Church. He is a Member of Kennebec Valley Elks Club and is a Mason. He’s Past chair of the Mid-Maine Chamber Golf Committee. Gary joined the board to create a better economic environment to attract businesses to the area as well as to help businesses that are already here to prosper and to be able to hire and retain more employees. Gary is married, has two children, and enjoys golfing when he can.
Growing up in Bangor, Joy developed a passion for volunteering and participated in a wide variety of activities in school and in the community. Her desire to work in all aspects of community improvement and personal empowerment led her to government. She served as a staff person in the U.S. Congress and for two health care-related nonprofits during her 10 years in Washington, D.C. Joy returned to Maine to join the communications office of Governor Baldacci. Since 2011, Joy has served at MaineGeneral Health, the largest private employer in the Kennebec Valley. She became director of Marketing & Communications in 2014. She is currently Board Chair of the Chamber.
Rick is part of the Choice Wealth Advisors management team. Rick works with individuals, families and small businesses primarily in the central Maine region. He is a Waterville Elks Lodge member, Maine Association of Realtors Foundation board member and Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area member. Rick serves on the Chamber marketing and membership committee and is chair of the golf committee. Rick resides in Skowhegan, Maine with his longtime companion Deborah Dow and his two stepchildren, Trever and Linsey. He enjoys spending summer weekends with his family at his camp on North Pond located in Mercer, Maine.
Greg is a talent scout for T-Mobile USA. He currently serves on the Md-Maine Chamber of Commerce’s Marketing and Membership Committee.
Shawn is a Sales Representative at Cunningham Security. He currently serves on many boards including Board of Directors for Pen Bay Chamber of Commerce and multiple committees. Shawn is a member of Waterville Elks. He serves multiple committees of the Bangor Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of Rock Coast Networkers. Shawn chairs the Taste of Waterville committee for Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce. He has been involved with the Chamber for over 13 years.
Brian Bowman is co-owner and Vice President of Bowman Constructors and is responsible for all aspects of the business. He is new to the Chamber.
Martha Wentworth works at GHM Agency.Martha has developed a passion for insurance over the years, obtaining her Property and Casualty license in 1996, Life & Health Insurance license in 2002, currently holding her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation and working on her Certified Risk Management designation (CRM). Martha enjoys working with both personal & commercial customers.
Mike Guarino owns Maine Wilderness Guide Service and works at Snow Pond Center for the Arts. He currently is on the Boards of Friends of Messalonskee Lake Association, Belgrade Lakes Region Business Group, Kennebec Valley Tourism Council and Sidney, Maine Task Force. He sits on the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce’s Mid-Maine Bass committee, golf committee and the marketing and membership committees.
Dr. Richard R. Hopper
Dr. Hopper has 31 years of professional experience in teaching, higher education administration, economics of education, and international development. His formal academic training is in economics (George Washington University), international affairs (Geneva, Switzerland), and education policy (Harvard University). In addition to a 15-year career at the World Bank as a Senior Education Specialist, he has managed US higher education programs abroad, assisted in the establishment of new universities abroad, and advised governments and individual institutions on investments, reforms, and labor market linkages.
Originally from Cambridge, MA., Rick now lives in Waterville with his wife Sara. He has 2 adult children and a granddaughter. He is Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services at Northern Light Inland Hospital. Rick is currently on the Family Violence Project Board , serving as Treasurer.
Bill is the director of the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs at Colby College where his team focuses on research administration and developing grant funding partnership with foundations, companies, research labs, and government agencies. He holds a BA and MA from Drew University and an MBA from the University of Navarra IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Bill has held management positions at Stanford University, Hewlett Packard, Princeton University, and the United Nations Foundation in Washington D.C. where he worked on global collaborations in health and the environment, as well as disaster recovery in hot spots around the world. A resident of downtown Waterville, Bill continues a renovation project of his circa 1850’s home. Bill currently sits on the Board of the Waterville Public Library and is on the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce’s Public Policy committee.
Dr. Melik Peter Khoury
He is an energetic visionary, passionate about the environment, technology, education and sustainability science. Under his leadership Unity College has successfully launched The Enterprise Model, which offers traditional and adult students educational opportunities through UC: Distance Education; UC: Hybrid Learning; and UC: Sustainable Ventures. In the process, Dr. Khoury has begun to break down the traditional barriers associated with higher education – making it more affordable, accessible, flexible and relevant for students locally and around the world.
Garvan manages Central Maine Growth Council’s regional economic development initiatives and networks. This includes city planning and policy analysis, regional projects, grants, business expansion/retention, enterprise growth, and entrepreneurial development. Along with these key roles, Garvan administers the growth and development of the City of Waterville’s federal U.S. Foreign Trade Zone program (FTZ 186), a regional effort to cultivate global trade and outreach in the State of Maine. The Maine native earned his B.A. from Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, FL in 2008, graduating with a double major in Political Science and Environmental Sciences, earned a M.A. (MCPD) in Community Planning and Development from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, and holds a Maritime Port Manager (MPM) certificate from the Loeb-Sullivan Graduate School of International Business & Logistics, at Maine Maritime Academy and the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE).