Our Team

Stephanie Harp

Interim Director


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’s capable hands in 2015. Michelle continued to support Maine Career Connect as an advisory council member until recently when Michelle’s 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