Advisory Council

NVME’s Advisory Council serves in a strategic planning capacity and supports the development, marketing and advocacy of the organization.

The members of the Advisory Council are appointed by the Governor. Advisory Council members are chosen to represent a range of interests, skills and abilities, and geographic areas and include past program participants.

Advisory Council members provide important links to and from education, business, and nonprofits and offer significant role models of community leadership to staff and program participants alike.

Current members:

Sarah Halpin (Chair)
Back Cove Financial

Monique Claverie
St. Croix Tissue

Karen Garland-Kidder
Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County

Jonathan Henry
University of Maine at Augusta

Sophia Hewitt-Bailey
Caribbean Life Grocery & Jeff’s Jamaican Cuisine

Dannel Malloy
University of Maine System

Duncan Mixer
Norway Savings Bank

Molly O’Connell
Maine Association of Nonprofits

Cheryl Timberlake
Capitol Insights

Michael Young
United Way of Southern Maine

For more information please contact Executive Director Janet Smith:
207.621.3437 or

Summer 2024 Job Opening: Small Business Advisor

Work with a team that creates an empowering environment for Maine people to define and achieve their small business goals. This is a hybrid position based in our Portland office.