Professional Development Programs

Instructor Biographies

All of our professional development workshops and certificate programs are taught by industry professionals.






Joe Allen, MS, CSCP, is the current president of the APICS Maine chapter.  Joe has held many positions of increasing responsibility in Supply Chain Management and Logistics. Joe also has significant work experiences in Six Sigma tools and the DMAIC process.




Tawny Alvarez



Tawny Alvarez, J.D. is an attorney with VerrillDana in Portland, Maine, and centers her practice on the understanding that the employment landscape is ever-changing—from medical marijuana’s effect on drug testing, to the effect of social networking in the workplace and mobile devices’ effect on wage and hour issues. In this evolving landscape she recognizes that for companies to remain profitable and successful they must be proactive, as opposed to reactive, to these employment issues.



Nancy Ansheles



Nancy Ansheles, M.Ed., has been owner of Catalyst & Co. in Portland for the past 21 years. She has built trusting relationships and facilitated creative learning programs that deliver results for more than 200 clients and thousands of employees.

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from James Madison University in Virginia, a Masters of Human Resource Education from Boston University, and a Certificate in Training Design and Delivery from Bryant College. She is also a qualified Myers Briggs Type Indicator instructor, and attends ongoing educational programs to strengthen her skills and keep abreast of current research. 

Nancy has presented twice at New England Regional Conference of her peers (ATD) and at the International Conference of ATD last May with her co-facilitator, Princy Quadros Mennella on “Brain Hacking: How Emotions and Neuroplasticity Can Improve your Learning Programs.” She can be reached through her website



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Miljan Bajic

Miljan Bajic, MBA, CSP, PMP, PMI-ACP, is an Agile Coach at Unum Group, where he is responsible for a full range of coaching, training, and consulting activities. Miljan is a practitioner and leader in the use of Lean and Agile methods for organizational transformation. As a coach he has worked with teams, individuals and leadership on their Agile transformations, both large and small. He believes that the most important piece of any transformation is to build the skills in the teams to build and continuously improve the process. 

Miljan received his bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems and Communication from the Bryant University and has an MBA in Project Management from the University of Southern New Hampshire. Miljan is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM).


Wolfgang Bauchinger

Wolfgang Bauchinger, CPIM
, is a Lean Six Sigma certified Black Belt. He received his Six Sigma training through the George Group (a division of Accenture). He holds a Magister (masters) degree in Business and Computing from the University of Linz/Austria. Wolfgang’s professional focus is project management and process improvement using Lean Six Sigma tools and the DMAIC process. Wolfgang has led Lean Six Sigma projects at multiple locations throughout the United States for a global manufacturing company. Before relocating to the United States in 2006 Wolfgang worked in IT consulting with clients in Europe and throughout North America.



Suzanne Benoit


Suzanne Benoit, LCSW, SPHR, is an author, speaker and consultant. Ms. Benoit is a human resource consultant working with companies and HR professionals, developing tools and solutions to a wide variety of employee relations problems. Workplace culture and difficult employee types are specialty areas. She has a varied background in a family business, large for-profit corporation and small business. She is often called in to help shift workplace atmosphere to a healthier standard. Doing business as Benoit Consulting, Ms. Benoit develops strategies that approach a healthy workplace from the point of view of owners, customers AND employees. Striving for excellence means a no-compromise posture on workplace abuse and intimidation and creating structures that reward candor, respect and accountability. She publishes articles about how negative dynamics develop and how they can be shifted toward the positive with a strategic approach. She writes about these and other HR topics and speaks to business groups offering quality technical info with humor in an interactive style.  Ms. Benoit can be reached at Learn more at



Deb BreitingDeb Breiting, is co-founder, owner, and intercultural trainer of Maine Intercultural Communication Consultants (MICC) and hails from Vancouver, Canada. Her parents being originally from Germany and Japan, Deb grew up in a diverse, multilingual home. She has a degree in Linguistics and German and a Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Studies from  the University of British Columbia. Now, with almost 20 years of teaching and training experience in a variety of business settings, Deb divides her time between  Maine Intercultural Communication Consultants and  the New Mainers Resource Center at Portland Adult  Education as an Instructor and Program Associate,  where she provides cultural and job skills training to foreign-trained professionals.


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Mikal Curran PMP, has instructed for over ten years on how to become PMP(®) (Project Management Professional) and CAPM (®) (Certified Associate in Project Management) certified. He has been an Information Technology Project Manager for Computer Science Corp., Wright Express, TD Bank and Hannaford Bros. Company where he managed major information technology and business projects for more than twenty years.

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Elizabeth Dodge


Elizabeth Dodge, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, editor, and trainer in Portland. She has more than twenty years of experience in technical writing, marketing communications, public relations, and publishing. She has been teaching and tutoring for more than fifteen years, sharing her passion for writing with a coaching style that is sensitive to the personal nature of writing.




Mary Doyle, M.A., Combining her extensive experience in corporate training and organizational development, with her specialized training in Mindfulness, Mary helps people integrate the practice of mindfulness into their work life and personal life.   She has a broad work history with large corporations, small businesses, and healthcare. She has taught countless leadership and management classes, led team building and strategic planning retreats. Mary received Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher training at Bangor University in Wales, United Kingdom. Her day to day experience as a manager in a large health care organization, combined with her extensive background as a group facilitator enables her to create a dynamic learning experience.



Christopher Dyer


Christopher Dyer M.B.A, first became interested in the mechanisms of adaptive testing after taking the GMAT CAT for the first time and knowing that he could do better. By studying the test itself, he was able to re-test and dramatically improve his score. Using what he learned from his own preparation, Christopher has been helping USM students prepare for standardized tests like the GMAT CAT and the GRE since 2003. In addition to teaching test preparation classes, Christopher coaches and mentors teams of seasonal employees at L.L.Bean.




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Janet EdmunsonJanet Edmunson, M.Ed, is President of JME Insights and has over 30 years’ experience in leadership in both large and small organizations. She was the Corporate Manager of Wellness Programs for a Fortune 50 company (Georgia-Pacific Corporation). She has also been a leader in, or consultant to, small and mid-size businesses, including New England Telephone and the Boston Five Cents Savings Bank. She retired in 2007 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as their Director of Prevention & Wellness for a staff of 20.  Since retirement, she has been a consultant and national motivational speaker, having spoken to or consulted with over 300 organizations.

While still working full-time, Janet took care of her husband, Charles, during the five years he fought a rare neurological disease. In her book, Finding Meaning with Charles, she wrote about how they strived to maintain a positive attitude throughout. Janet recently retired as chair of the Board of Directors for the national Foundation for PSP | CBD and Related Brain Diseases, having served from 2009-2013.  She is also on the Board of Trustees for the Employee Ownership Foundation. Janet has a Master’s degree from Georgia State University. 



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Liz Greason

Liz Greason a native Mainer, Liz is co-founder, owner, and principal consultant of Maine Intercultural Communication Consultants (MICC). She lived in the Middle East for many years, where she taught students from around the world at the American University in Dubai, with a focus on effective cross-cultural communication. Since returning to Maine, Liz has applied her knowledge of the Middle East, cultural competency, and intercultural communication to help Maine businesses, non-profits, and schools effectively recruit and retain a diverse workforce and serve diverse populations.

Liz has also served on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine (USM) and Portland Adult Education. In addition to being trained at the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon, Liz holds degrees from Mount Holyoke College and Reed College, and a Certificate in Mediation from USM. Liz is also a member of ACE (Association for Consulting Expertise.)


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Amy Jackson is a resident of Massachusetts.  Since 2007, Amy has been working at Vistaprint in Waltham, MA.  With nearly twenty years’ experience in Human Resources, and a passion for working with teams, she began exploring how the mindset and practices of Agile might help “non-technology” teams achieve high performance in order to deliver value to customers faster.  After completing the Emergn Agile Expert Coaching Pathway she started coaching the Vistaprint Talent + Experience team (formerly known as HR) which led to a complete transformation in how they approach their work and deliver against their employee centric strategy.  She currently leads the Agile Transformation and T+E Product Delivery teams at Vistaprint. Amy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English from the University of New Hampshire.  She is an ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching and Agile Team Facilitation.




JuJudi Jonesdi Jones principal of InfoHarbor LLC, places her clients online in front of their prospective clients. She specializes in Internet Marketing which includes online placement, social media assistance, website development and optimization. In business since 1998, Judi has a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Science and years of experience in everything ‘Internet.’

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Robert Kenney, Ph.D., is president of a training firm based in Lynchburg, Va. Bob delivers workshops through numerous centers for continuing and executive education at major universities such as Duke University, and the Universities of Virginia, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh.



 Diane Kenty

Diane Kenty Esq., is director of the court ADR program for the Maine trial courts, where she administers and serves on all statewide ADR rosters. She has mediated hundreds of cases over the last 15 years in a wide range of disputes, including commercial, family and divorce, small claims and community conflicts. Diane speaks and writes about mediation frequently and teaches the ADR survey course as adjunct faculty at Maine Law School. Formerly an attorney in private practice in Boston, she has volunteered as a consultant on mediation to the courts of Jordan and Odessa, Ukraine.


Sue Knapp


Susan Knapp, Ph. D., has over 25 years of experience as a manager and trainer and has been a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, universities, government agencies, hospitals and the United States Air Force. She has SPHR certification and is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and as a leadership coach.





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Janet LaFlamme, MBA, SHRM- SCP, SPHR, PCC, has over 30 years of experience in the field of human resources. She has held leadership positions in health care, higher education and nonprofit organizations as well as adjunct faculty positions teaching courses in Human Resources at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

As a seasoned executive in Human Resources, Janet brings a wealth of practical experience to all her workshops.  She enjoys coaching and training leaders to successfully navigate challenges and opportunities as they walk their career path.  Her blend of content expertise, natural teaching style as well as skills as a facilitator serve to ensure that her workshops will be informative as well as fun.

Janet holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine and holds the Gestalt Coaching Certification from the Gestalt International Study Center in Wellfleet, Massachusetts and is certified at the Professional level (PCC) from the International Coaching Federation.  She also holds senior certification in human resources from the Society of Human Resource Management.


William Devane Logue ("Bill") teaches Negotiation and Representation in Mediation and is a Senior Fellow and Director of Training Programs at the Quinnipiac Law School Center on Dispute Resolution. He is lead faculty for the Center's 40‐hour mediation training. He contributed three chapters to the Mediation Practice Book published in 2001 by the Connecticut Bar Association and Quinnipiac Law School.

Logue has been a mediator, facilitator, consensus builder, trainer and consultant since 1986. He mediates employment, workplace, commercial, construction, environmental, and other matters. Logue has led public policy consensus building work and facilitation on environmental, nuclear and hazardous waste, transportation and human service issues throughout the northeast. He has designed and led conflict resolution training programs for numerous organizations in the public and private sector. 

Logue is past chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and past co‐chair of the Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution in the Courts. Logue is also a past president of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution. He has been appointed as a panelist on several state and federal neutral panels. In 2015 he received the Honorable Robert C. Zampano Award for Excellence in mediation.

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Katherine Maloney

Katherine Maloney, M.B.A., is an accomplished coach, program manager, facilitator, and consultant with over 25 years of experience in Human Resources helping individuals and teams connect with success in health care, financial services, and higher education organizations. Workplace affiliations and clients have included Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Fidelity Investments, Bank of Boston, and Babson and Emmanuel Colleges.  Currently, Katherine provides career coaching for individuals and organizational consulting focused on building positive workplaces through her firm, WorkPaths Consulting.



PrincyPrincy Quadros Mennella, Ph.D. currently serves as the founding director of the Neuroscience program at Bay Path University. Princy has been a neuroscientist and educator for over 12 years. Prior to her position as director at Bay Path, Princy was a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences at Delaware State University where she taught a variety of neuroscience and related courses and supervised countless undergraduate independent research projects on brain development. At Delaware, she initiated and participated in several statewide programs to foster awareness and excitement among high school students about neuroscience, including the Delaware Brain Bee Competition (founder and organizer.)

Princy has authored numerous papers that have appeared in several leading publications, including the Journal of Neuroendocrinology, Developmental Psychobiology, Developmental Neurobiology, and Endocrinology. She has given several neuroscience-related presentations to a wide variety of audiences from elementary school children to college students to parents. She always enjoys learning and discussing about all the ways in which neuroscience is being applied to other fields.


Pam Mercier PMP, is originally from upstate New York where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Management from Siena College in New York.   A Gorham, ME resident since 2009, she spent the last four years of a 23-year career with Hannaford Bros/Delhaize America as a Critical Priorities Project Manager where she managed business and technology projects using traditional waterfall methodology.   She received her PMP in 2013 and she moved on to manage technology projects as a Technical Project Manager for Unum using both waterfall/iterative and Agile methodologies before moving into the Technology Business Management Office. She is currently employed as a Senior Consultant at Apptio, a software company based out of Washington.

Jim Milliken


Jim Milliken has provided management and communication consultation to business, industry, and nonprofits throughout the United States since 1986. His specialties include project management, in which he holds the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, problem solving and delegation, business writing and advertising, and negotiation and presentation skills. His work combines organizational skills with nearly thirty years' experience as a newspaper editor.




Leigh Mundhenk

Leigh G. Mundhenk, PhD., is an experienced career coach, consultant, and trainer who works with individuals and groups wishing to move from their current career situation to a more desired one. Her passion is working with baby boomers, transitioning to new and meaningful careers or remaining in existing careers, but with different work styles. Special strengths are in career decision-making and job search skills. 

She also enjoys helping clients with the challenges of managing their careers, such as dealing with workplace conflict, feeling "stuck," and workload management, with the goal of maximizing career satisfaction.Training is another one of her passions. Her current training programs are highly interactive and include "Managing the Multigenerational Workforce" and "Taking Charge of Your Career." She is also a certified mediator, mediating cases on a volunteer basis, as well as through the courts.

Leigh is recently retired as an associate professor from the University of Southern Maine, where her focus was on teaching career development courses and running an internship program. Prior work includes sales, sales training, sales management and marketing with the McNeil division of Johnson & Johnson, where she marketed Tylenol to healthcare providers.


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Lynne Richards

Lynne Richards, M.B.A., is founder and principal of Leading Generations, a management and leadership development firm which focuses on coaching, developing, and training leaders and emerging leaders to optimize performance and achieve results. She is an author, past president of Maine ATD, and a member of the National Speakers Association. As a former Department Head Director and manager combined with her 25 years of experience, she brings a wealth of hands-on, real world experience to her workshops and presentations. Her unique blend of humor, energy and practical approach, makes her an invaluable resource for organizations and individuals interested in expanding their skills ‘toolkit’ and enhancing performance. For more information, please see her website at


Judy Ringer





Judy Ringer provides conflict resolution, team building, and communication training throughout the United States and Canada. The author of Unlikely Teachers: Finding the Hidden Gifts in Daily Conflict, her unique workshops are based on mind/body principles from the martial art Aikido, in which she holds a black belt.




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Mike Scarpone

Michael F. Scarpone, MS, CHC, is a consultant/trainer specializing in strategic planning, leadership development, organizational behavior, and change management. 

His consulting services and customized programs target key people within organizations such as: executive management, boards of directors and all levels of staff to increase productivity, build skills and help organizations manage change and improve quality. As a consultant and trainer, Mike has worked with over 100 clients representing a diverse array of for-profit and non-profit organizations on a local, regional and national level. 

Mike has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Masters of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology and has completed graduate work in Organizational Behavior and Administration. He has numerous certifications including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Yale University Training of Trainers, Xerox Selling Skills, and Kepnor-Tregoe Decision Making Process. In addition, he is certified as a coach from the Integrated Institute in New York. Mike has published several articles in the area of management and has chaired a number of statewide conferences in the areas of volunteerism, fund raising, health care, and leadership development. He is on the Board of several organizations including Rotary Club of Kittery, Community Tool Box and Krempels Center for Brain Injury.


John Settelen Jr. CMA, has almost 30 years of experience in the energy and utility industries, including senior management positions with American Water Works, Exelon and Constellation Energy. John's financial management experience includes roles in planning, budgeting, forecasting, performance reporting, as well as accounting and control. In addition, John has led significant business transformation efforts involving process improvements, system implementations and change management. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants.

Julie Sheets


Julie Sheets has been working with Microsoft Project since the first Windows release back in 1993 and continues to work with the latest release, Project 2016. She approaches the instruction (and use) of Project from a practical, results-oriented stand point. She has been annually recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Project for her voluntary contributions to the user community for the last eleven years. She travels nationally teaching Microsoft Project but is delighted to be able to stay close to home in partnership with the Professional Development program.



Jack SmithJack Smith, M.P.A., has taught over 1,500 grant writing programs in his career. Conference presentation audiences have included state and municipal employees, nonprofit staff and board members, consumer groups, social workers, teachers, counselors and school administrators.  He currently teaches grant writing certificate programs at the University of Southern Maine, Emory University, University of Georgia and Austin Center for Nonprofit Studies. 

Jack Smith has been awarded competitive training contracts with the state governments of New York, Kansas, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and the Cherokee Nation. He has also taught for the US Department of Education and US Department of Energy. 

In 2011 and 2012, he was contracted by the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) and the US CDC to train in Ethiopia and South Africa. Jack Smith's training and consulting practice is grounded by over 25 years experience in the nonprofit and public sector.  In 1993, the Maine Mental Health Commissioner's Advisory Board cited his program and housing development work on behalf of people with chronic mental illness.  In 1986, the US Department of Energy cited the self-help weatherization model he developed through a competitive grant award from the US Dept. of Health and Human Services.  The citation was the National Award for Energy Innovation for Establishing the National Self-Help Weatherization Program Model.

He has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Maine.  Mr. Smith is formerly the Director of Housing, Energy and Development for the People's Regional Opportunity Program (PROP) in Portland, ME and Director of Housing for Community Concepts, South Paris, ME.


William Stone for the last forty years has helped individuals with career decision making, especially adults re-careering at the mid-point of their working lives.  Bill received his doctorate from Vanderbilt University where he focused his research on career development issues. He is a National Certified Career Counselor (NCCC). He is the co-author of Beginning the Career Exploration System and The Career Exploration System, published by AGS.   During his career he has authored numerous career related articles, a commercially successful workbook series and given presentations at state and national conferences including the key note at National Interactive Television Conference, The National Career Development Conference in Chicago, and the National Consultation on Careers, Ottawa, Canada.  His most recent book, Chaos Creativity, and Careers will be used during this workshop.

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Adam Taylor Esq., a founding member of Taylor, McCormack & Frame, LLC, practices in a variety of areas and assists employers state-wide. Adam advises and represents employers in all areas of labor and employment law and has successfully defended business, large and small, in both state and federal courts and frequently appears before federal and state administration agencies.

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Margaret Van Note, PMP,  is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®). She has worked as a Project Manager to implement business services and technical solutions in healthcare and financial services nationally and internationally, and has established Project Management Offices in a variety of business settings. She is currently the PMO Director for the Memic Group. Margaret’s professional focus is instituting project structure for organizations to improve results with quality, financial performance and team dynamics while running projects.


Angela Wheaton, MA, PMP, CSM, is a long time resident of southern Maine with more than twenty years of experience in managing various projects. Most recently, Angela has used her expertise in business optimization, prioritization and management to build a consulting company, Results Consulting. In addition to having a Master of Arts degree, Angela is certified by the Project Management Institute (PMP), holds a Scrum Master certification (CSM) and is a certified Facilitative Leader and trainer. She has leadership experience in the retail, banking, education, technology and healthcare fields and a passion for motivating people and building teams. 



Kay Whitmore


Kay Whitmore, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, ACC, is vice president of Human Resources at Acadia Insurance Company. She has an extensive background in all aspects of HR, having worked with organizations during times of significant change impacting every aspect of the employment relationship - from employee benefits and compensation to employee relations.  Kay is an Associate Certified Coach, a certified trainer in Crucial Conversations and in Social and Emotional Intelligence.  She is a graduate of the Maine Development Foundation's Leadership Maine program and is a Portland Symphony Orchestra trustee.





Deb WhitworthDeb Whitworth, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is Owner and CEO of HR Studio Group, LLC. In 30 years of human resources management and leadership experience, she has helped a variety of nonprofit and for profit services and industries build and maintain compliant cultures of excellence. Deb was appointed by the Governor of Maine as Commissioner with the Maine Human Rights Commission in 2011 to complete an unexpired term and reappointed another two times to fill five-year terms in 2012 and 2017. An outspoken advocate for disability rights, she was pleased to be elected in 2015 to the board of The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness. Named the Maine HR Leader of the Year in 2012, Deb is a frequent presenter on human resources and compliance topics at conferences and business functions, she is also an instructor in the HR Certificate Program at University of Southern Maine, and adjunct faculty at Thomas College. Deb leads the SHRM-SCP/SHRM-CP Certification Preparatory Course at University of Southern Maine.

For more information on how HR Studio Group, LLC can help your organization, contact Deb at or visit


Michelle Winn

Michelle G. Winn, CPLP, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, currently serves as the Director of Training for Acadia Insurance and is the only person in Maine to have successfully completed the requirements to earn the Certified Professional of Learning and Performance (CPLP) designation from the Association for Talent Development (ATD). In addition to earning the Society for Human Resource Management’s Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designation and the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation, she was named a Distinguished Teacher by the US Presidential Scholars Program and is a recipient of the Aegis Excellence Award from the Navy for her work designing e-learning. Michelle has approximately 20 years of experience in the field of learning and development, and she currently serves on Board of Directors for the Maine Chapter of the ATD.

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