Our Team

Aubrae Filipiak


Aubrae originally came to Maine Career Connect as a client, when her family relocated to Bangor, ME for her husband’s job. She remained involved well past the transition period as a supporter. In the fall of 2017, she approached MCC with an idea that eventually became the MCC Connections program. Her work on developing and implementing that program are what ultimately led to her being offered the role of director.

Aubrae has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Michigan State University and a degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America. Her 20+ years of work in the restaurant industry took her all over the country and gave her a unique opportunity to hone her skills at relocating and becoming established in new communities, which translate very well to the role she holds with Maine Career Connect.

She is active in the philanthropic community in Bangor, serving on the Board of Directors for Mabel Wadsworth Center, is a member of the Eastern Maine Medical Center Auxiliary and an ardent supporter of many local charities. She lives in Bangor’s Little City neighborhood with her husband, Joel and son, Henry.

Michelle Hale

Project Consultant

As Project Consultant for Maine Career Connect, Michelle is supporting the development and implementation of programming in the Bangor region as well as facilitating business development growth in other parts of the state.

Michelle was the Founding Project Leader of Maine Career Connect under the University of Maine in 2014, turning the program over to Carin Sychterz’s capable hands in 2015. Michelle continued to support Maine Career Connect as an advisory council member until recently when her return to employment at the University of Maine as a human resources partner allowed for the opportunity to provide consultation as part of her current position.

Michelle has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Husson University along with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from The University of Maine. In addition, Michelle holds certifications in professional coaching and as a trainer for Crossing Cultures with Competence. Michelle’s work experience includes more than a decade of nonprofit program management and development along with human resources activities including recruitment, career development and workforce planning.

Michelle is active in the Bangor region participating as a steering committee member for the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce Fusion:Bangor program and a past participant of the Bangor Region Leadership Institute. Michelle lives in the Fairmount neighborhood in Bangor with husband, Elliott and children, Allison and Owen.


Advisory Team

Joyce LaRoche, Maine State Chamber of Commerce

Carin Sychterz, Rudman Winchell

Joanna Russell, Northern Maine Development Commission

Dori Pratt, University of Maine

Vanessa Sanderson, Penobscot Community Health Care

Kerrie Tripp, Greater Bangor Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

Brian Cotler, Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce

Heather Mott, Bonney Staffing

Jennifer Brooks, Eastern Maine Development Corporation

Destiny Demo, Cianbro