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Our Team

2022 Employer Partners

Live + Work in Maine is supported by some of Maine’s best employers. These organizations understand and appreciate that Maine’s unparalleled quality of life is a competitive advantage in attracting talent to our state – and walk the walk in their support of Live + Work in Maine. If you’re someone interested in coming to Maine – or interested in staying here – we encourage you to start your search at one of these world-class organizations.

In addition to employers, Live + Work in Maine’s Advisory Board consists of key community partners dedicated to our shared mission of supporting a sustainable workforce in Maine. The following organizations serve on our Advisory Board:

Employer Partners:
Bangor Savings Bank
Bath Iron Works
Central Maine Power
Maine Health
Martin’s Point
Systems Engineering
The Roux Institute at Northeastern University
Tyler Technologies

Community/Non-Profit/Government Advisory Board Members:

Ed McKersie, Founder of Live + Work in Maine and Chairman of the Advisory Board

Denise Garland, Dept. Commissioner, Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

Julia Trujillo Luengo, State of Maine Economic Development Plan Implementation Director, DECD

Dana Connors, President, Maine State Chamber of Commerce

Bill Benson, executive director, Boots2Roots

Masthead Maine: Portland Press Herald, Sun Journal, CentralMaine.com, Forecaster, etc (and our job board partner)

Quincy Hentzel, President, Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce

Dana O’Brien, President, FocusMaine

Jason Judd, Executive Director, EducateMaine

Ed Cervone, Director Of Business Development College of Professional Studies · University of New England

Michelle Anderson, President, Junior Achievement of Maine

Bill Allen, President, Allen Advisors LLC and Retired CHRO from PepsiCo, Atlas Air, A.P.Moller Maersk, Macy’s

Nate Wildes is Executive Director of Live+Work in Maine.  Nate is focused on raising awareness about the career opportunities and world-class quality of life experienced by those of us who live and work in Maine. A University of Maine graduate who followed employment to the mid-west only to come running back to the Way Life Should Be, Nate knows first-hand how under-appreciated life in Maine is – and how much opportunity there is for our future.

Nate is also co-founder of Flight Deck Brewing in Brunswick, Maine – his self-serving effort to create the kind of community he wants to raise a family in.

Katie Shorey is Director of Engagement of Live + Work in Maine (LWM), and a proud boomerang. She returned to Maine after working in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA. Prior to LWM, Katie was the business & community liaison for People’s United Bank and then worked at WEX on the New Business Ventures team.

Katie is active in economic development initiatives to help foster innovation and entrepreneurship. She serves as volunteer president of Startup Maine, a nonprofit that serves as a convener, educator and catalyst of the Maine startup ecosystem. In 2020 she was named to Mainebiz’s NEXT List. In addition to Startup Maine, she serves on the advisory board of Maine Accelerates Growth, is a certified SCORE mentor and former workshop facilitator, and is a board member of the Portland Community Chamber.  She attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and Fryeburg Academy.


Ashley Asselin is the team’s Marketing Manager. She graduated from Husson in 2018 and was the Marketing Director at a local credit union.

Ashley co-created a podcast, Party’s Over, focused on helping people in their 20s navigate life after graduation, alongside her former Husson roommate, Elizabeth Adley. The podcast works to help showcase inspirational individuals, usually from Maine and their stories. The co-hosts interview different guests across the country, but focus strongly on Mainers, with some notable guest including Sabin Lomac from Cousins Maine Lobster ft. on Shark Tank, and Erin Flett, voted “Women to Watch” by MaineBiz. The podcast also works with Maine brands as a way to help advertise and showcase Maine products.

Ashley’s personal and career goals are always to help build up and serve places that she cares about. Whether it is volunteering for her hometown high school, serving on Husson’s Alumni board, or helping to showcase all that Maine has to offer for young people, she strives to help give back.



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