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.

Lisa Liberatore

Community Outreach/ Development Officer

Lisa is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for making connections with everyone she meets.

She started her entrepreneurial journey by founding Baxter Tea Company, a coffee and tea company, which she went on to sell five years later.

She founded Lisa’s Legit Burritos in Gardiner which has expanded to Augusta, Maine.  She created a licensing agreement to retain an ownership stake while her business partners manage the daily operation of the restaurants.

Lisa had the privilege of being the Program Manager for Scratchpad Accelerator, the first seed accelerator north of Boston, which worked with 8 scalable, investment-oriented companies that have gone on to raise over 1 million dollars in equity.  She has coordinated events ranging from 20-200 people, built a mentor pool of over 200 people across the state, and exceeded fundraising goals for programs she has assisted in.  She continues to be involved in supporting the Maine entrepreneurs and small business community.

She co-founded CoVort, Bangor’s only coworking space located in the heart of downtown.  She connects entrepreneurs and fosters a collaborative environment for members and visitors.

She authored the Power of Transparency. The book is inspired by what she discovered through from her real-life entrepreneurial experiences!

Advisory Council

Joyce LaRoche Maine State Chamber of Commerce

Brian Cotlar Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce

Kerrie Tripp Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau

Michael Aube Eastern Maine Development Corporation

Ed McKersie Live + Work in Maine 

Carin Sychterz Rudman Winchell

Suzelle Allain Cianbro Construction

Dorianna Pratt The University of Maine 

Susan Gardner The University of Maine

Chelsea McAuliffe Husson University

Vanessa Sanderson Penobscot Community Health Care

Megan Sanders Penobscot Community Health Care

Fr Augustine Nellary St Joseph Hospital

Heather Mott NES Health

Stephanie Harp Maine Multicultural Center