Strengthening our Community Leadership Network in Midcoast Maine

Community and Leadership Partners

Drawing from a wide range of community and leadership experts, our participants are exposed to a diversity of backgrounds, opinions, and expertise.  The following is a sampling of of those who have joined us:

Skills Building & Personal Development: Dr. Jim Patterson, Hutchinson Center Founding Director; Jane Haskell, University of Maine; Jean Belair, Belair & Assoc.; Greg Worden, Worden Assoc.; Carole Martin; Bob Gordon, Brimstone Consulting

Local Government:  Town Managers Joe Slocum (Belfast), Richard Bates (Rockport), James Gillway (Searsport); Planning & Community Development:  Brian Hodges (Camden); Tom Ford (Rockport), Camden Selectman, Martin Cates

State Government:  Sen. Chris Rector, Rep. Chuck Kruger, Sen. Emily Cain.

Creative Economy: Charles Altschul, Maine Media College, Chris Crossman & David Troup,  Farnsworth Art Museum; Kimberly Callas, Belfast Creative Coalition; Meg Weston, Maine Media College & Workshops; Monica Kelly, Bay Chamber Concerts

Healthcare and Human Services:  Eric Waters (Pen Bay Healthcare);

Education:  Alan Hinsey, Many Flags; Will Galloway, Watershed School; Glenda Plaisted, Riley School; Heather Perry, Superindendant, RSU 3

Lumber and Lobster: John Piotti, Maine Farmland Trust; JB Turner, Front Street Shipyard; Frank O'Hara, F.J O'Hara & Sons; Shey Connover, Island Institute; Jim Sharp, Sail Power and Steam Museum

Our Unique Community:  Betinna Doulton, Cellardoor Winery; Steve Lyons, Maine Dept. of Tourism;

Justice System:  Linda Hersey, Juvenile Probation Officer; Sheriff Donna Dennison, Knox County; Steve Peterson, Attorney


Our classes have been hosted over the years by many organizations throughout Knox and Waldo Counties, providing us with the opportunity to broaden our knowledge of the local area:

Belfast: Hutchinson Center, Waldo County General Hospital, Belfast Library, Athena Health, Waldo County YMCA, Belfast City Hall   Camden: Watershed School, Camden Opera House
Rockland: Maine Lighthouse Museum, Knox County Jail, Island Institute, O’Hara Sons / Journey’s End Marina, Sail Power and Steam Museum, Lincoln Street Center, FMC   Rockport: Penbay Medical Center, Maine Media Workshops   Lincolnville: Cellardoor Winery   Unity: Unity College Center for Performing Arts Augusta: State House; Maine State Museum   Searsport: Penobscot Marine Museum

Our partners are the most important part of our program (next to our participants, that is).  From sponsors to hosts to program leaders and facilitators -- they each help us experience the Midcoast, delve into the issues that affect our community, and reach within ourselves to further develop our leadership skills.

MLA 6 Sponsors

Sponsorships are available at many levels, from Lead Sponsor (sponsoring the full year) to Program Sponsors (sponsoring specific program days) to Event Sponsors (sponsoring special events during the year).